Thursday, September 09, 2004

All change in the office too

My name is Kath and I am Alan Milburn's assistant. It's an interesting job to say the least - especially over the last couple of days.

We've had hundreds of calls from journalists all trying to wheedle information out - and a good dose of speculation and intrigue.

Alan has been pretty busy too - and has a huge workload ahead of him now as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. Basically he's the General Election mastermind, preparing the manifesto for the Labour Party and looking ahead to whenever the Prime Minister decides the call the election.

It's not going to get any quieter in the office...


Blogger Mike said...

Congratulations Kath! Welcome to the world of blogging. And, good luck to Alan with the new job.

9:18 pm  
Blogger Sarah said...

Yey for Alan getting the message and starting the oh-so-very simple process of blogging - even though it is through his assistant. So, about him being back in the cabinet then. Good news for Darlington or not?

11:18 pm  
Blogger Nosemonkey said...

So then, considering old Alan is effectively Minister Without Portfolio, any word yet on what role he's going to take in promoting the new White Paper on the EU Constitution, and in convincing the country of the benefits of Europe? He is, after all, well-known for his ability to generate positive press coverage, and now that the Tories might be teaming up with the UKIP the "Yes" campaign needs all the heavy-hitters it can get.

Either way, and despite the fact I've disagreed with a lot of his ideas in the past, it's nice to see him back in the frontline - and especially nice to see that he's making an attempt to engage directly with the voting public like this.

11:34 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We'll be watching....

2:32 pm  
Blogger Kath said...

Big issues in Darlo this week are: travellers in Haughton, the closure of the Victim Support officein Duke Street, possible closure of 4 sub post offices - all of which Alan has been getting closely involved in.

The office has worked very closely with councillors in Haughton and Red Hall to reassure the residents up there that the situation is being dealt with and the travellers have moved on. Alan has also written to the Post Office people objecting to the plans to close 4 sub post offices.

Meanwhile, we're gearing up for a whole of week of conference in Brighton. It's always busy but this year Alan is double-booked on lots of occasions to speak and will have to get just about everywhere! I am organising his diary and promise to do a conference blog to let you know the real story of life as a hard-working MP's assistant!

Alan is here as usual on Friday - lots to do with a visit from a high-profile Cabinet colleague coming along for good measure! He'll probably head to Hartlepool too to help with the by-election.

2:17 pm  

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