I understand that Max Chambers of Policy Exchange will soon join the Number 10 policy unit. Chambers will take on the home affairs brief that has been vacant since Patrick Rock’s resignation in February; Rock quit shortly before being arrested over an alleged offence related to child abuse images.
At Policy Exchange, Chambers has advocated devolving more powers to Police and Crime Commissioners and building bigger, more modern prisons. He is the latest figure from Policy Exchange to be recruited to the Number 10 policy unit; Alex Morton joined to cover housing in December of last year.
With Neil O’Brien, the former director of Policy Exchange, advising George Osborne and heavily involved in the manifesto process, it is clear that the modernisers’ favourite think tank will have a considerable influence in shaping the 2015 Tory offer.