BBC journalist takes job with Boris

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A senior BBC political journalist has been appointed as London Mayor Boris Johnson’s communications chief.

Will Walden, the corporation’s Westminster news editor, will bring “drive, originality and flair” to the post, Mr Johnson said.

Mr Walden replaces Guto Harri, another ex-BBC man, who quit to take up a post with News International after Mr Johnson was re-elected earlier this month.

Mr Johnson said: “I’m delighted that Will Walden will be joining my team at City Hall.

“He will bring drive, originality and flair to the post of director of communications.

“It is ever more vital that politicians communicate clearly and honestly with voters about how we are spending their money and how we plan to improve the city.

“I believe Will has exactly the right skills to help us engage with Londoners. He has enormous experience of politics and a great track record at the BBC. I am thrilled to welcome him on board.”

Mr Walden, who will start the £127,784-a-year job in July, began his career on local newspapers.