What a Chief of Staff does

Amy’s account of what a parliamentary chief of staff does.

Thinking of the Chief of Staff I know best, you also need to be endlessly discrete and have endless patience. It is a difficult role because you work for the MPs but straddle the line and act as a conduit for information (and sometimes punching bag) between Parliament and Parliamentary staff, the Party and their paid staff, and, finally, the members and volunteers.

Not sure quite how Matt McCarten will deal with that.

If that’s what he was employed to do. It’s hard to see him fit in as a manager and a conduit between a number of demanding groups.

And if he is a different job specification Cunliffe will need someone else to do this.

Or his office and his party will struggle to lift itself out of apparent chaos.

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