Former Press Complaints Commission director Guy Black, now executive director of Telegraph Media Group, has been awarded a working peerage in the Dissolution Honours List. He is quoted in the Telegraph today saying: “I am deeply honoured to have been granted a Peerage. I greatly look forward to supporting the Prime Minister and the Coalition Government in the House of Lords.” Black's first political job was in the Conservative Research Department from 1986-89, which he left to become Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Energy, John (now Lord) Wakeham. After the 1992 election he spent four years in public affairs, working for Westminster Strategy and then Good Relations. In 1996 he returned to work for Lord Wakeham as director of the Press Complaints Commission. In December 2003 he became director of communications for the Conservative Party, and press secretary to the Leader of the Opposition, Michael Howard. Black returned to the media after the 2005 General Election, joining the Telegraph Media Group in September that year. In September 2009 be became chairman of the Press Standards Board of Finance, the body responsible for funding the PCC and overseeing the industry's system of self regulation.
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