THERESA MAY has appointed a senior BBC journalist as Downing Street’s new media chief, it was revealed yesterday.
Robbie Gibb, who edits the BBC’s Daily Politics and Sunday Politics shows and leads the corporation’s Westminister team, wrote on Twitter: “I am pleased to announce I will be leaving the BBC to join the Prime Minister Theresa May as her new director of communications.”
He is the brother of Schools Minister Nick Gibb and a former vice-chairman of the Federation of Conservative Students, a group formerly known as “Maggie’s Militant Tendency” whose leading members wore “Hang Nelson Mandela” T-shirts in the 1980s.
He will take up the post that became vacant when Katie Perrior quit in April.
Tensions have been brewing in Downing Street since Ms May’s joint chiefs of staff Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill were forced out over their role in the Tories’ dismal general election campaign.