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Runners and riders: 10 Downing Street’s new press conference host

Update: It has been reported that the former BBC and ITV journalist Allegra Stratton will be Downing Street’s new press conference host.

This morning, Boris Johnson confirmed on LBC that the government is planning to introduce daily televised press briefings not too dissimilar to White House press conferences. Replacing the off-camera afternoon lobby briefing, the conferences aim to build on the success of the daily coronavirus briefings, which Johnson said showed that ‘people want direct engagement and want stuff from us’.

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