Jack Doyle

10 Downing Street

Director of communications

After ten years at the Daily Mail, Jack Doyle rose to the position of associate editor for politics before being poached by Johnson to be his press secretary at Downing Street. Doyle’s more behind-the-scenes role and promotion to deputy director of communications saw him working hand-in-glove with his old Mail colleague James Slack, who was director of communications for a stint after Lee Cain left government in November 2020. Slack has moved to The Sun as deputy editor, with Doyle now promoted to Director of Communications.. A rare Spad to have a Twitter account with his current job title listed, Doyle’s most recent tweet was a government graphic urging people to observe lockdown. Less than a month into his new job, Doyle has found himself at the centre of an extraordinary spat with Dominic Cummings, who has accused the new comms chief of leaking against him. The very first sentence of Cummings’ most recent blog named Doyle as the source, “at the PM’s request”, of “a number of false accusations to the media”, and went on to cite Henry Newman as the leaker of plans for a second lockdown late last year. Doyle’s job already looks to be a sizable one.