Downing Street is to have White House-style televised press briefings for the first time, and Boris Johnson’s new press secretary is reportedly to be Westminster media veteran Allegra Stratton.
Chosen following a selection process announced in July, Allegra Stratton will be the first official press secretary for the prime minister as the government moves away from the old school of closed-door press briefings to a small core of lobby correspondents, according to claims.
Inspired by the perceived success of the direct-to-the-public coronavirus press briefings launched as a means to tackle what the government perceived as unhelpful speculation, Downing Street will for the first time host general daily televised press conferences in a style compared to White House briefings.
Selected in a personal interview with the prime minister, Rishi Sunak’s advisor and director of strategic communications Allegra Stratton is a former journalist with the Guardian, BBC, and ITV. She fought off competition from other