Back in 2009 Damian McBride had to step down from his role as Gordon Brown’s advisor after leaked emails revealed that he had been part of a proposed sex smear campaign against the Tories. The emails showed that McBride was embroiled in a plot to damage the reputations of senior Tories with smears relating to their private lives.
While Ed Miliband took steps to distance himself from McBride during his time as Labour leader, it appears there is a space for the disgraced spinner in Corbyn’s ‘straight talking, honest politics’. McBride has been hired as Lady Nugee’s media advisor. The Huffington Post reports that the disgraced spinner applied for the job serving Emily Thornberry in her role as shadow defence secretary after spying the vacancy online. McBride will work as her communications adviser on a fixed term contract while Labour’s defence policy review gets underway.
With McBride on the payroll, Mr S suspects that Thornberry’s new and improved press operations will spell bad news for anti-Corbyn Labour MPs. A slick operator, McBride will no doubt advise Thornberry not to contact any more Tory grandees for assistance with the review after she became the subject of much ridicule after she asked Nicholas Soames for assistance on the matter. Winston Churchill’s grandson went on to leak their correspondence to colleagues.