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Senior BBC figures interview for No 10 spin doctor job - reports

Agnes Chambre

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Two senior figures at the BBC are competing to be Theresa May’s head of communications, it has emerged. 

Downing Street sources have said the broadcaster’s diplomatic editor James Landale and political programmes editor Robbie Gibb are the frontrunners for the job, and have already been interviewed.

No 10 strategy director Chris Wilkins is also understood to be running for the top communications post.

Mr Gibb or Mr Landale’s appointment would not be the first ex-BBC employee to take the role. Craig Oliver, a former producer for the corporation, was David Cameron’s spin-doctor for most of his tenure at No 10.

Mr Gibb is editor BBC's Daily and Sunday Politics programmes and executive editor of the Andrew Marr Show and This Week. He is also the brother of Tory schools minister Nick Gibb. Mr Landale, a former Etonian, is the BBC’s former deputy political editor.

The job became available when Katie Perrior quit before the election. Her departure was quickly followed by Mrs May’s press secretary Lizzie Loudon.

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