PM Johnson appoints new spokesman

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic briefing at Downing Street

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson appointed a new spokesman on Tuesday, hiring Max Blain, a senior official who has previously worked as a deputy spokesman in Johnson's office.

The spokesman is, among other duties, responsible for a daily briefing with parliamentary reporters. Blain will take up his post in April. His predecessor was promoted to director of communications last year.

(Reporting by Kate Holton, writing by William James)