Allegra Stratton
Allegra Stratton

The UK government has appointed Allegra Stratton as press secretary, a job in which she will lead its new daily televised press briefings.

Stratton was previously director of strategic communications for Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak.

Before that, she was national editor for ITV News, and worked for both the BBC and the Guardian.

According to a BBC News report, Stratton will be employed as a special adviser—a temporary class of civil servant allowed to give political advice to ministers.

That status will leave her free to attack the opposition parties, as well as setting out the government's position.

Stratton takes the position as UK prime minister Boris Johnson faces growing questions about his government’s handling of the pandemic and its economic fallout.