Show Hide image The Staggers 17 February 2017 Jeremy Corbyn's campaigns director Simon Fletcher quits Fletcher was credited with masterminding Corbyn's rise to the top of the Labour party. Sign up to the Staggers Morning Call email * Print HTML Jeremy Corbyn's campaigns director Simon Fletcher, who ran Corbyn's first campaign for the Labour leadership, has quit the leader's office. Fletcher, who has left his post to work on other projects, according to Labour sources, said in a statement that "Working for Jeremy Corbyn's leadership campaign and in the leader of the opposition's office has been a huge privilege." He added: "I have worked with Jeremy for well over two decades and I will continue to support him and his leadership." Fletcher, who previously worked for Ken Livingstone, both during his campaign to be elected Mayor of London and thereafter at City Hall, was widely respected inside and outside the Labour party. The Labour leader praised Fletcher in a statement. "I'd like to thank Simon for his work both for my office in parliament and as the campaign director for my 2015 leadership election campaign. I wish him well for the future." › Tory leaflets "falsely claim" Labour MPs in Stoke voted against Brexit Julia Rampen is the editor of The Staggers, The New Statesman's online rolling politics blog. She was previously deputy editor at Mirror Money Online and has worked as a financial journalist for several trade magazines. Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. His daily briefing, Morning Call, provides a quick and essential guide to British politics. Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles Douglas Carswell leaves Ukip to become independent MP Labour is a pioneer in fighting sexism. That doesn't mean there's no sexism in Labour Why isn't Labour putting forward Corbynite candidates?