Neale Coleman

A top adviser at London City Hall is set to take a huge pay cut to come and work for Jeremy Corbyn. Neale Coleman is to quit his £148,000 Olympic legacy tsar post — carrying a salary nearly £5,000 more than the prime minister — to  become the Labour leader’s ‘director of policy and rebuttal’.

The 61 year-old is doubtless familiar to Corbyn chief of staff Simon Fletcher, The pair worked closely together during Ken Livingstone’s mayoralty — with Coleman then kept on by Boris Johnson.

The news of Corbyn’s first major appointment as Labour leader comes as panicky opposition advisers brief the press that such roles are to be axed, with shadow cabinet ministers being denied a dedicated personal aide.

Whether or not a centralised team is introduced to support the front bench as a whole, Labour spinner and wonk appointments could still face veto by Coleman as director of policy — as they did under his Miliband-era predecessor, Torsten ‘Ed Stone’ Bell.

Coleman is certainly well placed to handle one of this week’s thorniest issues: republican Corbyn’s appointment to Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

Having himself been appointed a CBE for his work on the Olympics, perhaps he can give his new boss some tips on kneeling before royalty.

  1. His appointment appears a very good move, as does the centralisation of pads to ensure some of these shadow cabinet ministers stop ‘accidently’ going off reservation to the glee of the MSM.

  2. @Angelo

    Really? I thought this was supposed to be the start of THE NEW POLITICS!

    Looks just like the old politics to me. With added Geography Teacher.

  3. “Money is only a prime motivator for greedy sociopaths”

    and people surveyed in Money magazine (!!) consistently listed it outside their top ten reasons for taking a particular job…
    seems to be the Number one for Tory/NeoCons and Banking careerists though.

  4. Sounds like massive centralisation. I guess the aim of Corbynite ‘democracy’ will be to ensure no-one departs from the line laid down by the Great Leader and his henchmen.

  5. Corbyn’s appointing good advisers by the looks of things. I’d be more interested in what he will be paid by Corbyn rather than what he ‘was’ being paid. If he takes a cut, it’s an ideological choice for him and that suggests a motivated adviser.

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