Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has kept a surprisingly low profile since being named as the ToriesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ new communications chief on a reported salary of Ã‚£275,000 a year.
The Daily MirrorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s associate editor and columnist Kevin Maguire says on his political blog that lobby hacks see more of CoulsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s spin team colleague Henry Macrory, formerly Daily Express deputy editor and Daily Star political editor.
Maguire says: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Much of the credit for the improved image of the Tories deserves to go to gnarled tabloid veteran Henry Macrory. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been struck during recent weeks how often we see the ConservativesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ spinner popping into every newspaper office in Westminster to promote his lot and knock Labour.Ã¢â‚¬
Maguire, unsurprisingly, does not much like the Ã¢â‚¬Å“knocking LabourÃ¢â‚¬ part, but says the old battler is Ã¢â‚¬Å“well-informed, unfailingly courteous and possesses the sense of the absurd thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s crucial in our gameÃ¢â‚¬.