Boris Johnson has begun the search for a new spokesperson to hold televised briefings on his government’s activities.
The holder of the new role will “communicate with the nation on behalf of the prime minister”.
The job’s salary will be based on experience, but Number 10 wants someone who has already held senior roles as a spokesperson or journalist, and reports have suggested the taxpayer-funded post could pay around £100,000 a year.
The job advert states: “As a politically-appointed special adviser, rather than an impartial civil servant, the spokesperson will also be able to take aim at opponents as well as defend the government’s actions.”
The successful applicant will regularly give on-the-record White House-style televised briefings.