Attendees at Transport for the North’s annual conference were blessed with a real treat today. Following Chris Heaton-Harris’s address (prerecorded, presumably because the trains ran too slowly), the hall’s speakers blared out house music at full volume as the audience eagerly awaited the next guest speaker. Here are the lyrics to “WATEVA & Fiveight’s – Get $”, as heard this morning:
They took my f*@king moneyLet’s get money, motherf*@ker, get money
Get money, motherf*@ker, get money
Let’s get money, motherf*@ker, get money
Get money, motherf*@ker, get money”
Former Corbyn and McDonnell spinner James Mills now runs TfN’s communications and engagement. Probably just a coincidence…
Following reports of a CO2 energy crisis and claims that meat could be disappearing from supermarket shelves in just two weeks, Kwasi Kwarteng has made clear that there is no need to panic. He told the Commons, “there is no question of the lights going out… there will be no three day week or a throwback to the 1970s.” He added that “such language is alarmist and unhelpful.” Never repeat the charge…
Less than a day after arriving in the US our newly-appointed foreign secretary Liz Truss can report that the US travel ban is to be lifted. The BBC’s Jon Sopel was told the announcement came completely out of blue to British officials who “expected no progress” on the issue. The borders will relax from November…
Yesterday The Guardian published an attack on the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) after an ultra-woke employee quit, accusing the watchdog of failing to support ethnic minorities and “colluding in [the] denial” of structural and institutional racism. Guido for one is happy to see that the current, more sensible direction being taken by the EHRC is driving out some of the more extreme woke-warriors. Baroness Falkner has recently been leading an impartiality charge; publicly defending the Sewell Report, ending the Stonewall diversity champions scheme and defending Maya Forstater.
While the Guardian didn’t name the furious ex-employee, Guido’s now seen the email in full and is happy to identify as Preeti Kathrecha. Alarmingly, the individual who was too woke even for the EHRC has since been hired in another taxpayer-funded job
Within her departing tirade, Preeti Katchrecha boasted that she is:
“…excited to have the opportunity to manage and develop race equality programmes across all NHS Boards – who have accepted there is a need for real change and for the dismantling of structural and institutional racism.”
An advert seen by Guido shows this Social Justice Warrior role was advertised for £53,000 of your taxpayer pounds. Enough for the NHS to pay for two nurses offering elderly care…
Now the dust has settled on last week’s reshuffle, Guido thought co-conspirators might want an update to the SpAd state of play:
While the joint No. 10 + No. 11 team is staying the same, Robert Jenrick’s ex-advisor Olivia Oates is joining newly-appointed Chief Secretary Simon Clarke as his SpAd.
Newly-promoted Cabinet Office secretary Steve Barclay has taken his ex-treasury SpAd Aled Maclean-Jones with him, and has been joined by former Dowden SpAd Amy Milner, as revealed by Playbook this morning.
Dominic Raab’s team has lost Rob Oxley who The Sunday Times revealed to be joining Nadine Dorries at DCMS. Guido understands Roxley will be her media SpAd while Hudson Roe, who’d only just returned to DCMS under Dowden, has been asked to stay on to work on policy.
Guido hears Anne-Marie Trevelyan has poached Will Holloway, a former DfIT advisor himself and more recently deputy director of Onward.
Kwasi Kwarteng has scooped up Marcus Natale from No. 10’s research and briefing team as a new policy SpAd to cover the energy and climate change brief.
Gove’s Cabinet Office team is following him over to the newly-branded Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities in full.
Oliver Dowden has taken Emily Maister and Lucy Noakes with him to CCHQ, while Mike Crowhurst is our first paternity leave entry on the list.
Teams remaining the same include those working for Patel, Javid, Coffey, Eustice, Shapps, Lewis, Hart, Rees-Mogg and Lord Frost.
Many newly-appointed secretaries of state, including Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Nadhim Zahawi are interviewing for positions from today. Successful candidates can get in touch here…
Read the list in full below…
Some news from South Yorkshire as mayor Dan Jarvis has announced he won’t stand for re-election at the next mayoral election:
“I said from the beginning that being a Mayor and an MP wasn’t a long-term arrangement. And I meant it.”
Not only does this mean an opportunity to join Starmer’s front bench, it puts him in pole position for a leadership attempt in future…
Regardless of Jarvis’s political future, Guido’s pleased to see him announce an intention to quit. In February, he revealed Jarvis had quietly admitted he’d become a part-time MP after declaring he spent a full 120 hours on the metro mayor role. He pointed out Steve Rotheram and Tracey Brabin both quit parliament after being elected mayors so why should he be any different? His constituents will be delighted to regain a full-time MP…