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Deputy prime minister John Prescott today announced the appointment ...
Deputy prime minister John Prescott today announced the appointment

of Alun Evans to be the director of communications at the


The appointment follows an open competition and will take effect from

February 28.

Mr Evans, 41, is a career civil servant. He is currently working in

DETR on secondment from his post as head of the 10 Downing Street

strategic communications unit. Before that he was principal private

secretary to David Blunkett, Gillian Shephard and Michael Portillo at

the DfEE.

Mr Prescott also announced the appointment of Derek Plews as his

press secretary.

Mr Plews, 39, joined the civil service in 1985 after a career in

journalism. He has worked at the ministry of defence and the former

department of employment before moving to the department of transport

in 1995. He has been the deputy director of communications (press) at

DETR since 1997.

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