Confirmed: Andrew Bowie to Stand Down as Tory Vice Chair

While some are reporting tonight that Tory Vice Chair Andrew Bowie has resigned from his role, Guido understands he has not yet left the position, however he intends to step back from the job shortly to focus on his constituency work. He will not leave the role until a replacement is found. Disappointingly it sounds less dramatic than initial reports made out…

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EXCLUSIVE: Dan Hannan Appointed New CCHQ Vice-Chair

A finalised list of Conservative Party chairmen and vice-chairs sees former MEP and Board of Trade member Dan Hannan appointed as the party’s new “international ambassador”. A new “Vice Chairman for Thinktank relations” role has also been created and given to the recently-appointed policy board chief Neil O’Brien. An interesting choice given O’Brien spent the morning oddly trawling back through old Tweets of the IEA’s Christopher Snowdon on the likelihood of a vaccine, seemingly to gloat…

While many of the positions had been public before, as detailed in his list of PPSs and Vice-Chairs, the new official list seen by Guido finally gives official job titles to the roles:

  • Lee Rowley, Deputy Chairman – assisting the Co-Chairman with Blue Wall Engagement
  • Nickie Aiken – Vice Chairman for Women and Affiliate Groups
  • Andrew Bowie – Vice Chairman for Youth Engagement and Northern Ireland
  • Sir David Evennett – Vice Chairman for Business Engagement
  • Caroline Johnson – Vice Chairman for Disabilities
  • Alan Mak, Vice Chairman for Backbencher policy
  • Neil O’Brien, Vice Chairman for Thinktank Relations/Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party Policy Board
  • Dan Hannan, International Ambassador
  • Peter Gibson, PPS to the Party Co-Chairman

Tory donors can breathe a sigh of relief over the long list though – the roles’ generation pay packets were recently abolished…

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Read in Full: Government’s New PPS’s, Trade Envoys and Tory Chairmen

To accompany Guido’s seminal SpAd list, he is today able to release the first comprehensive list of bottom rung government payroll appointments. Rarely seen in one single database…

Boris has seemingly finished off his PPS list, notably including many of the 2019 intake. Some disgruntled straight, white, male MPs moan to Guido No. 10 seems to be fast-tracking female, BAME and LGBT MPs up the ranks faster than them…

Guido also spots the much-delayed reshuffle to the Tories’ line-up of party chairs has been concluded, promoting figures like Alan Mak and Nickie Aiken. Interesting given recent reports CCHQ were planning to cut down the number of vice-chairs as a money-saving manoeuvre…

Finally, today Liz Truss announced the full list of new government trade envoys, with 15 new additions compared to the last list. Some announcements have raised eyebrows; including the appointment of Ian Austin to Israel, and Daniel Kaczynski to Mongolia – one MP suggests to Guido it’s a ploy to get him as far away from controversy as possible…

Read the database in full below:

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