With the Osborne and Cameron operation moving over from the Norman Shaw building on the Parliamentary Estate to CCHQ on the fifth floor of Millbank, it is interesting to note who has been given the chop. The latest floor-plan reveals the fact that, unannounced, Ashcroft has lost his much discussed “office” in the centre of operations. He has been turfed out and it has been turned into a proof-reading area and editing suite, clearly they have decided it is more important to check the small-print. A case of “thanks for all the cash m’lord, goodbye!”
The policy unit has been pushed further and further from the centre and replaced with even more spinners, which illustrates campaign priorities. Perhaps worryingly for the embattled shadow Chancellor his desk space is listed as “George Osborne / Hotdesk”, as is often the way with offices using temporary staff. There are a mere 6 double-barrelled names listed in the 200 strong operation. See, the Tories really have changed!
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