CCHQ Expanding Complaints and Discipline Team

Given how busy they are it’s not much of a surprise to see one particular team within CCHQ is expanding. Today Guido spotted a new vacancy has appeared on the Party’s job board

“A newly created opportunity has arisen for a Researcher to join the Complaints teams. This is a fantastic role that would suit someone with strong attention to detail, who is always highly organised and able to maintain and act with discretion.”

A “fantastic role” apparently. Candidates have until 30th May to apply, with the successful applicant expected to “[conduct] investigations under the Party’s disciplinary processes”, talk to lawyers, and update “a comprehensive database”. A database and workload which is seemingly growing every day…

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Tories and Labour Ignoring Local Election Issues

The local election campaigns are underway and, as usual, hardly taking the country by storm. Both parties are slinging huge quantities of mud at each other, albeit neither the Tories nor Labour seem to remember the capabilities of local councils. Labour’s current campaign slogan is “High taxes and low growth. Britain can do better than this”, which implies councillors’ job is to grow GDP. The Tories, meanwhile, have launched a new campaign on Facebook targeting constituents of the Labour shadow cabinet, accusing them of voting “to keep illegal migrants in Britain”. One Tory source boasted that, unlike when Labour briefs the press about Facebook attack ads, they have actually put them out. Guido calculates they’re spending around £3,000.

One thing Guido can’t work out is why one of CCHQ’s attack ads is being directed at Jenny Chapman, who is referred to as the “MP for Darlington” in the Tories’ advert. She lost her seat in 2019. Peter Gibson won’t be happy…

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Probably a Good Day for CCHQ to Take Down Tax Promise

The Tory manifesto made six straightforward, clear-cut and verifiable promises. The promise not to put up National Insurance was there in black and white, just above the Prime Minister’s signature. Given it is going up today it is probably a bit embarrassing to leave it on the Conservatives.com site…

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CCHQ Makes Ben Wallace PM

Ben Wallace’s showing during the Ukraine crisis has certainly upped his odds as next PM with the bookies, and he’s currently polling as the most popular cabinet member with the Tory grassroots. While he’s publicly said he’s not interested in the job – “to be Defence Secretary is just an amazing thing… I am not really attracted to anything else other than that” – it seems the digital team over at CCHQ have different plans. A co-conspirator spotted this graphics cock-up while scrolling the party’s homepage…

That the CCHQ graphics team have wrongly promoted a cabinet minister should come as little surprise, given they previously made Chris Grayling party chairman for 27 seconds. More recently, Guido spotted the team had accidentally used a picture of York while announcing the new treasury campus in Darlington. Can you tell they’ve just lost their Head of Press and the Communications Director is on holiday? 

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CCHQ Press Chief Finally Enters SpAd-dom

Guido can reveal that CCHQ’s long-serving head of press, Harriet Smith, has finally achieved SpAd-dom after almost seven years working for the party. Smith joins newly-appointed chief whip Chris Heaton-Harris. Guido’s old enough to remember the Mail reporting Smith would never make the jump…

The news follows the appointment of Oscar Reddrop to replace Ed Oldfield as No. 10’s broadcast SpAd over the weekend. Hopefully his work in No. 10 creates better output than his time on the Shaun Bailey mayoral campaign…

There’s still one gap following February’s night of the long knives, which saw the infamous clear-out of No. 10 staff. In the wake of Munira Mirza’s departure from the policy unit Elena Narozanski followed her out the door, leaving a gap as No. 10’s ‘Women & Equalities, DCMS and Extremism” adviser. Surely a crucial position to have vacant as they introduce the Online Harms Bill to parliament…

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Coming Soon: CCHQ’s Red Wall Ribbon-Cutting

The Tories look set to imminently boost their red wall presence – and given recent polling, not a moment too soon. A party source tells Guido that their long-awaited Leeds campaign headquarters – first announced by Amanda Milling way back in September 2020 – is set to open in mere weeks.

Back in 2020, the then-CCHQ chair announced the plans, saying it demonstrated a show of “commitment to the blue wall seats… This new headquarters will provide the Party with a base at the heart of the blue wall.” A year and a half on, and it sounds like the party’s already underway trying to shore up support. While its formal opening will be in a few weeks staff are already at work following a prolonged recruitment drive and the project will get up to full steam when work-from-home guidance is lifted. Another source suggested given recent events the party will be keen for the moment to be noticed by the media. Guido looks forward to Dowden’s forthcoming ribbon-cutting…

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