April SpAd Update

Whilst there remains no signs of a fully-updated internal SpAd list leaking from No. 10 (they must have other priorities at the moment), hires and reshuffles are still going ahead. Guido brings you the latest:

  • Cass Horowitz has been hired by Rishi Sunak, presumably as comms rather than policy judging by his history managing social media content for ITV’s Peston. He joins the joint No.10 Economic Unit set up after Javid’s resignation…
  • As Guido reported in January, former Scottish MP Luke Graham has now been hired by No. 10 to head up their ‘Union Unit’
  • Will Sweet, former Tory PPC for Putney, has been taken on board by Anne-Marie Trevelyan
  • Sweet replaces Cameron Brown, who has been seconded to No. 10’s Coronavirus comms operation
  • Attorney General Suella Braverman has gained her first SpAd; Dr. Christopher Jenkins, who brings expertise to what could be quite a tough role over the coming years in the form of a PhD from Cambridge. Let’s hope he did a PhD in curbing judicial reviews…

Keep up to date with Guido’s rolling SpAd list here

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Rees-Mogg Gets Brandon Lewis’s SpAd Leftovers

A couple of quiet SpAd moves have gone on amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, with Guido revealing this morning that Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has scooped up ITN’s Angus Walker after 20 years with the broadcaster.

After No. 10 scooped Hugh Bennett from Jacob Rees-Mogg’s office, Guido also learns Rees-Mogg is bringing Fred de Fossard – formerly of PRU and currently at Public First –¬†on board as his replacement. Jacob wasn’t the first SpAd job Fred went for however; back in February, @PoliticalPics snapped newly-appointed Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis leaving No. 10 with a CV in his arms.

There’s aren’t many Westminster wonks who were event coordinators at Pong Cheese Ltd…

Keep up to date with Guido’s rolling SpAd list here

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Spad Jobs Website Blocked in Number 10

Downing Street’s overzealous cyber-security firewall has puzzled those who work in the building today, as advisers have found Number 10’s own new ‘Spad Jobs‘ recruitment website is prohibited. Does Dom not want SpAds to find out if their own jobs are being advertised?..

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No. 10 Launch SpAd Recruitment Website

The exponential rise in reporting on SpAds has finally culminated in a shake-up of recruitment ordered by No. 10, including the launch of spadjobs.uk, both to increase transparency in the recruitment process, and to encourage more corporate and professional appointments. Guido’s not sure Downing Street will attract corporate professionals with current SpAd pay grades…

It’s also been announced that all new appointments will be screened and vetted by the Conservative Party with the help of Hanbury Strategy (the consultancy co-founded by Vote Leave’s Paul Stephenson), before having a phone interview and an interview panel with Isaac Levido. Lee Cain will then have the final say. Guido spots the site was registered by the Tories on the 17th February – the day Andrew Sabisky resigned…

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Hugh Bennett & Steph Lis Move to Number 10

Our former news editor, Hugh Bennett, has moved across to Number 10, after six months of working as a special adviser to Jacob Rees-Mogg. He will be working for former Vote Leave colleague Oliver Lewis, in Number 10’s EU negotiations unit – guaranteeing that the UK will be in control of its laws, money, borders, and trade in ten months time. Barnier should watch the video above to understand the new reality of Britain’s negotiating stance. Hugh has a firm grasp of Brexit’s details and a razor sharp mind…

Last the summer, during the Tory leadership campaign, Hugh set out his view for how negotiations should be done. Barnier and civil servants watch out…

Guido can also exclusively reveal that Steph Lis, formerly of DexEU and before that the IEA, has also gone to the EU negotiating unit. Barnier won’t know what has hit him…

Keep up to date with Guido’s rolling SpAd list here

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Public Don’t Care About SpAds

According to YouGov more people say they don’t care very much or don’t care at all than that they care about how SpAds or civil servants are treated in Downing Street. Drill down into the data and you find that Northerners and social grades C2DE care even less. As you were Dom…

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