Keir Starmer drafts in New Labour pollster amid civil war

Desperate Keir Starmer has drafted in a New Labour pollster as his strategy chief as he faces civil war after the disastrous Super Thursday elections. Deborah Mattinson, a key adviser to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, has been appointed to the critical role as Sir Keir tries to rebuild his shattered leadership – including dropping … Read more

Keir Starmer drafts in New Labour pollster amid civil war

Desperate Keir Starmer has drafted in a New Labour pollster as his strategy chief as he faces civil war after the disastrous Super Thursday elections. Deborah Mattinson, a key adviser to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, has been appointed to the critical role as Sir Keir tries to rebuild his shattered leadership – including dropping … Read more

Civil servant leading review into Boris Johnson’s flat refurbishment ‘found out about plans in news’

Boris Johnson failed to tell his most senior civil servant about the plans for his Downing Street refurbishment to be paid for by a charitable trust, according to reports. Simon Case, who was appointed cabinet secretary in September, only discovered about the controversial plans in the newspaper. The mandarin is now conducting a review and … Read more

Civil servant leading review into Boris Johnson’s flat refurbishment ‘found out about plans in news’

Boris Johnson failed to tell his most senior civil servant about the plans for his Downing Street refurbishment to be paid for by a charitable trust, according to reports. Simon Case, who was appointed cabinet secretary in September, only discovered about the controversial plans in the newspaper. The mandarin is now conducting a review and … Read more

Review finds dozens of senior civil servants have paid second jobs

Official review discovers up to 100 senior civil servants have paid jobs outside of Whitehall as Cabinet Secretary Simon Case insists none represent a conflict of interest but all mandarins will now have to declare interests ‘on at least an annual basis’ Simon Case found ‘fewer than 100’ senior Whitehall figures have second jobs Cabinet … Read more

Review finds dozens of senior civil servants have paid second jobs

Official review discovers up to 100 senior civil servants have paid jobs outside of Whitehall as Cabinet Secretary Simon Case insists none represent a conflict of interest but all mandarins will now have to declare interests ‘on at least an annual basis’ Simon Case found ‘fewer than 100’ senior Whitehall figures have second jobs Cabinet … Read more

Greensill lobbying inquiry: Top civil servant says David Cameron phoned and texted him for company

The Treasury’s top civil servant today revealed that David Cameron called and texted him on behalf of Greensill at the height of the pandemic – as the Bank of England also disclosed records of approached for the ex-PM. Sir Tom Scholar said Mr Cameron contacted him repeatedly in March and April last year as the … Read more

Boris Johnson defends Civil Service amid Greensill lobbying storm

Boris Johnson defended senior Civil Service figures amid a lobbying scandal today, insisting they were not all ‘double-hatting’ with lucrative second jobs. The Prime Minister said it was ‘simply not the case’ that ‘loads of people’ were gaming the system to earn eye-watering amounts while on the Government payroll in a potential conflict of interest. … Read more

Government watchdog Lord Pickles slams civil service ‘double jobbing’

Boris Johnson today backed Lord Pickles after the government watchdog warned over a lack of ‘boundaries’ in civil service links to business and said ‘excuses’ are being used to avoid checks. The PM said he ‘thoroughly’ agreed after the peer, head of the¬†Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, delivered a damning assessment of the revolving door … Read more

American civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson says Britain is the ‘mother of racism’

Civil rights leader the Reverend Jesse Jackson has today weighed into the UK’s debate on race, by saying that Britain is the ‘mother of racism’. The influential American, 79, said Britain must face up to its role in slavery, as he flatly rejected the findings of the recent report into race and racism in the … Read more