PR Week reveals that Andy Coulson has recruited a new director of political operations. He is Oliver Dowden, who until January this year was Deputy Director of the Conservative Research Department. He then left to join PR outfit Hill & Knowlton. H & K are one of a number of top PR firms desperate to recruit Tories "in the know" and they won't be best pleased at losing someone of Dowden's pedigree.
This is the second new signing by CCHQ in the last few weeks. Dapper American Conyers Davis is joining Liz Sugg's events & advance team, having performed a similar role for the Governator in California.