Jeremy Corbyn has hired controversial social media cheerleader Alex Nunns to work as his speechwriter.
The appointment, which is believed to have been made in recent months, has been revealed in the register of MPs’ staff with Parliamentary passes.
Nunns is best known as author of The Candidate, a soft-focus account of Corbyn’s rise to the leadership. A long-time supporter of Corbyn, the book was written with special access to some of his closest allies, including chief of staff Karie Murphy, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey, Momentum chief Jon Lansman, comms adviser James Schneider and shadow chancellor John McDonnell.
Prior to his appointment, Nunns had become one of Corbyn’s most loyal social media cheerleaders, defending him from allegations of antisemitism, attacking anti-Brexit “zealots” and monitoring the media for signs of bias.
His personal website also boasts of his editorial work on books by WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange and controversial academic Norman Finkelstein, but his longest gig was writing for far-left magazine Red Pepper.
In was in that capacity that he controversially compared the G8 under Tony Blair’s presidency to the leader of Nazi Germany in an interview, saying that on poverty “they are expecting G8 to come up with a solution when G8 is itself the problem. This is like petitioning Hitler to help the Jews.” Under Tony Blair’s leadership, the G8 cancelled third world debt and committed $50 billion in aid to developing nations.
Corbyn has also appointed former Momentum organiser Joe Bradley to manage his relationship with Labour’s increasingly Momentum-dominated National Executive Committee. Bradley recently got in hot water for attacking Labour MPs campaigning for a second referendum.