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Inside the lonely world of ‘spadville’

28 March 2014 14:47

We approached the big black door of Number 10 Downing Street full of pride and a little trepidation. Someone pulled back the brass knocker and let it fall. Inside, the… Continue reading

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Patrick Rock, the Prime Minister's former deputy head of policy

No10 rejects suggestions that it covered up the arrest of Patrick Rock

4 March 2014 13:06

After this morning’s shock Daily Mail splash on Patrick Rock’s arrest, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman was grilled on the case at the noon lobby briefing. He repeatedly told journalists… Continue reading

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Patrick Rock, the Prime Minister's former deputy head of policy

No.10 aide Patrick Rock resigns after being arrested over child abuse image allegations

3 March 2014 23:01

Jaw-dropping news tonight: the Daily Mail’s James Chapman reveals that Patrick Rock, the deputy director of the Number 10 policy unit and a long-serving political ally of David Cameron, has… Continue reading

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The top level of government isn’t riddled with personal hatred – thanks to Osborne

23 January 2014 9:48

Now that the economic statistics are looking better, people are beginning to rediscover the once-fashionable thought that George Osborne is a great strategist. Things are coming together before the 2015… Continue reading

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Justin Welby and the Downing Street grid

21 October 2013 11:14

One man who isn’t on message at the start of the government’s economy week is Justin Welby, who has been warning against excessive jubilation at the end of this week… Continue reading

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Damian McBride and today’s Downing Street spin operation

20 September 2013 13:59

Damian McBride’s memoirs will naturally make uncomfortable reading for the Labour party, but the current occupants of Downing Street will also be feasting on his lesson in the dark arts,… Continue reading

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There may be no room for reporters aboard Cameron's plane, but at least that inspired Bloomberg's Rob Hutton. Image: Getty

A rare success for Downing Street spin machine

11 September 2013 15:38

Downing Street and the press are rarely a productive coupling, though it seems the PM’s spin team have, for once, inadvertently spawned something positive. Introducing his new book about journalistic… Continue reading

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Who is the Mail on Sunday talking about?

2 June 2013 20:46

So, who is it then? Please speculate in the privacy of your own homes rather than within the comments section below, as our lawyers would – like the rest of… Continue reading

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US Vice President Joe Biden Visits The UK

Downing Street’s class divide

7 May 2013 15:24

Last week I chided those in SW1 who were criticising David Cameron for appointing yet more Old Etonians to his staff without first checking their own teams for signs of blue… Continue reading

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Chris Lockwood is set to join David Cameron's new policy unit (pictured). Photo: PA.

Chris Lockwood to join new Number 10 policy unit

29 April 2013 20:16

Downing Street has pulled off a coup with the recruitment of Chris Lockwood, the US editor of The Economist, to the new Downing Street policy unit. Lockwood is one of… Continue reading

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Once civil servants have praised one Prime Minister, they must praise them all

15 April 2013 16:01

Sir Jeremy Heywood and Sir Bob Kerslake have penned a civil service tribute to Margaret Thatcher in today’s Telegraph. They laud her as the ‘best kind of boss.’ They are… Continue reading

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Public Administration Select Committee Publish Their Report Into The Andrew Mitchell Plebgate Inquiry

Is Andrew Mitchell the right man for Britain in Europe?

4 April 2013 10:50

It now looks almost certain that Andrew Mitchell will be our next EU Commissioner in 2014. The job was not advertised and the backroom selection process remains a mystery. In… Continue reading

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The Door To Number 10 Downing Street

Key David Cameron aide to quit Downing Street

2 April 2013 22:37

Sky News has revealed tonight that Rohan Silva, one of the Prime Minister’s key advisers, is leaving Downing Street. Silva might not be a household name but he has been… Continue reading

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Damian McBride giving evidence to MPs this morning.

The ‘bedroom tax’ shows Downing Street does need a Damian McBride character

27 February 2013 13:14

MPs are debating that Cut With the Awkward Name, the Under-occupation of Social Housing: Housing Benefit Entitlement, also known by its opponents as the ‘bedroom tax’, this afternoon. I’ve already… Continue reading

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Could a second term of coalition government be on the cards? Image: Getty

Mid-term review: A return to the rose garden?

7 January 2013 16:58

‘David Cameron and Nick Clegg get coalition better than anyone else in the government’ one Downing Street aide remarked to me recently, and watching the two men at today’s press… Continue reading

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Downing Street feels that David Cameron has emerged well from the EU budget talks. Images: Getty

A satisfactory outcome at the EU budget talks for David Cameron

23 November 2012 16:24

So, the EU budget summit has — as expected — broken up without agreement. We await the date of the next discussion of the matter. But for the moment it… Continue reading

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Dame Helen Ghosh: 'Women don't network'. Ahem. Image: Getty

Dame Helen Ghosh and the elite cupcakes

1 November 2012 16:18

Dame Helen Ghosh’s words about women and David Cameron’s government have put Downing Street backs up this afternoon. Dame Helen, whose Civil Service career spanned thirty-three years culminated in a… Continue reading

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Gabby Bertin (Ieft) is soon to leave Downing Street, temporarily replaced by Susie Squire. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Change at Number 10

31 October 2012 10:38

Gabby Bertin is one of David Cameron’s long-marchers; she has been with him since he won the leadership in 2005. Bertin has acted as his political spokeswoman for the last… Continue reading

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Andrew Robathan denied that he had asked for the House of Commons gallery to be cleared last week. Picture: Press Association

Prime Minister auditions as his own press officer after shambolic week

22 October 2012 17:22

In between confusing the Chamber just a little bit more on his European policy this afternoon, David Cameron appeared to be auditioning to work as his own press officer, reading… Continue reading

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The Prime Minister Considers His First Cabinet Reshuffle

Are you a ‘suspicious striver’?

7 October 2012 12:17

I have always wanted to be part of that tranche of voters identified by pollsters as being crucial in general elections. But it never happens. Every few years arseholes in… Continue reading

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In his first outing in print, Mr Steerpike reports that Downing Street is tiring of communications director Craig Oliver, aka Craig Dre. Image: Getty.

Dre departing?

4 October 2012 10:59

Mr Steerpike is now available weekly in the magazine. This one’s been getting them talking today: It’s a hat-trick! Word reaches me that Dave may be about to lose his… Continue reading

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Today has also seen a clear out at Downing Street. Photo: Getty Images.

The Downing Street reshuffle

4 September 2012 17:06

It is not just ministers who are being moved around today: the Downing Street operation is also changing around. Though the people involved in these moves are less well-known than… Continue reading

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Olympics Day 15 - Athletics

Downing Street humbled by Mo Farah

11 August 2012 22:24

The genius of Mo Farah was only underscored by the plodding stupidity of Downing Street’s statements about the “All Must Have Prizes” culture this weekend. If this is the culture… Continue reading

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Olympics Day 3 - Beach Volleyball

Sneaking a peek at the beach volleyball

30 July 2012 12:36

The Olympic beach volleyball is situated just behind Downing Street on Horse Guards Parade, and as such is perfectly located for a politician wishing to take an hour or so… Continue reading

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The EU referendum, you read it here first

1 July 2012 14:15

Many Spectator subscribers, picking up today’s newspapers, will be a bit puzzled. Is it news that David Cameron has come round to the idea of an EU referendum? Haven’t they… Continue reading

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