Ex-journalist Allegra Stratton to lead Downing Street’s new ‘White House’ style on-camera press briefings


FORMER journalist Allegra Stratton has been appointed as Downing Street’s new press secretary – who will give the first on-camera press briefings to the nation, it was reported today.

Ms Stratton, who is currently Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s Director of Strategic Communications, will take up the role in the coming weeks, the BBC and Sky News claimed.

Allegra Stratton will lead No10's new daily telly briefings

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Allegra Stratton will lead No10’s new daily telly briefingsCredit: London News Pictures

She’s worked for both ITV and the BBC in the past.

The daily updates are going to be in a White House-style format like those seen in America.

Boris Johnson is said to want to allow the public to engage better with the Government.

The PM is said to have interviewed the candidates personally this week.

Currently political journalists can quiz the PM’s official spokesperson off-camera every day – but this will be an on-camera live telly briefing.

Downing Street expects ministers to make regular appearances at the briefings.

It comes as the PM promised to update the nation more regularly with more briefings as coronavirus grows again.

Who is Downing Street’s new press secretary?

  • Allegra Stratton is a comms specialist and former journalist, working in politics and government
  • She has previously worked for the BBC, The Times, The Independent, The Guardian, and ITV
  • Her current role is Director of Strategic Communications at the Treasury
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