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Former editor rejoins old paper as columnist

The former editor of a regional daily has returned as a columnist as part of a revamp of the title.

Jane Wolstenholme, left, took over the hot seat at the Liverpool Daily Post in December 2002 aged 28 and left four years later to write books and run a PR firm with her husband.

She is one of several new writers signed up by the Trinity Mirror daily for its makeover and relaunch.

Also joining the stable are writer and broadcaster Will Batchelor and internet entrepreneur Ben Hatton, who founded Liverpool-based digital agency Rippleffect, as well as welcoming back political columnist ‘Brocklebank’.

They complement existing writers such as political commentator Jim Hancock, ex-Liverpool FC footballer and BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson and Brookside writer Phil Redmond.

This latest revamp comes a year after the Daily Post dropped its Saturday edition for the first time in its 153-year history and changed some of its supplements.

Other changes to the paper include a new masthead, more prominent business coverage, increased story count and expanded rugby union and golf coverage.

LDP Creative, a page focussing on the region’s creative industries, will now appear twice a week on Mondays and Fridays, while existing supplements LDP Homes, LDP Business and LDP Weekend will stay.

Editor Mark Thomas blogged: “It is the culmination of a major project behind the scenes in our editorial department.

“The newspaper was given a very contemporary new look when we relaunched it in 2004, but five years on it was time to freshen things up, and the changes our head of design Gary Bainbridge has come up with will really keep us at the cutting edge of stylish newspaper design.

“Looking good is half the battle, but providing the right mix of good writing and robust and stimulating journalism is absolutely vital.”

The old Liverpool Daily Post design

And the new-look paper