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Prime Minister's Press Secretary (PMPS)
Prime minister's press secretary (PMPS)

Bernard Ingham, press secretary to Margaret Thatcher from November 1979 to 1990 described the role of the PMPS as ‘a bridge … between media and government’ (Ingham, 1991: 164). Ingham orchestrated a two-way flow of political communications informing the Prime Minister about media reporting of her government but also advising her about what information to release to the media: and with what spin! In brief, the role of the PMPS is to handle all aspects of the Prime Minister's press relations.

George Steward, an official from the Foreign Office News Department, was the first Press Secretary appointed in 1931 by Ramsey MacDonald, who wanted professional advice on how to handle the Conservative-dominated press (Cockerell et al., 1984: 37). ...

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