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New task for political adviser

McTernan signs up for public affairs post

John McTernanFormer Prime Minister Tony Blair’s director of political operations, John McTernan, has joined a public affairs agency.

McTernan will work with Sean Worth and Nick Faith, at Westminster Policy Institute as an associate, offering senior strategic advice to clients.

He was a Labour party strategist on health, welfare, regeneration, defence and Scotland and was an adviser to Mr Blair between 2005 and in 2007 when he moved to Australia to work for the Labor Party on its general election campaign.
From 2007 to 2010 he was a special adviser to two Cabinet Ministers in Gordon Brown’s Labour Government: first to Des Browne who was Scottish Secretary and then Defence Secretary; and then to Jim Murphy who was Scottish Secretary from 2008 until May 2010.
Mr McTernan worked for Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard from 2011 to 2013.
He returned to the UK to become the chief of staff to Mr Murphy during his ill-fated spell as leader of the Scottish Labour Party.
Mr McTernan has been a regular commentator in the press and to both radio and television political programmes.
He was born in London and grew up in Edinburgh. He studied at the University of Edinburgh. 
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