Steph Driver, who featured in damning ‘Labour leaks’ report endorsing ‘Ergon house’ fund, to take over from private health lobbyist Ben Nunn as Starmer’s head of communications
Keir Starmer has appointed a replacement for Ben Nunn – the private health lobbyist ousted on Friday as Starmer’s head of communications.
His new communications director is Steph Driver. Ms Driver makes an appearance in the notorious ‘Labour leaks’ report on the alleged misdeeds of right-wing former HQ staff – one in which she praises the infamous ‘Ergon House’ plan to divert funds, intended for the campaign to win the 2017 general election, into a secret pot to fund the protection of right-wing Labour MPs.
In WhatsApp messages among right-wing staff, Ms Driver – at the time a ‘Political Advisor – Press and Comms’, according to her Linkedin – is seen describing the plan as ‘brill’ and saying that she endorsed it – and promising to ‘very much’ keep it secret from anyone else:
Keir Starmer has previously poured contempt onto the Forde Inquiry – which Starmer ordered himself – into the events and conversations revealed by the leaked report, among other ways by readmitting staff accused in the report while the inquiry was not yet completed.
The Forde report still lies buried in the proverbial ‘long grass’ on a pretext revealed by Skwawkbox to be as flimsy as can be imagined, but apparently not buried so far or so deep that Starmer cannot reach to pour yet more scorn on the inquiry, on party democracy and on the members whose tireless efforts to win the 2017 general election were undermined by right-wing staff desperate to get rid of Corbyn.
Update: former Corbyn aide Steve Howell tweeted this article this morning with his own illuminating commentary:
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