What does Boris Johnson’s Chief of Staff do and who is ahead?

Well known to Henry Newman in Westminster, he worked for Michael Gove as a special adviser for most of his career. Mr Newman took a career break from the government to run the Open Europe Think Tank, but is now working back in the cabinet office under the Chancellor of the Duchess of Lancaster. As a close ally of Mr. Gove, Mr. Newman can walk naturally along a Euroseptic Downing Street.

The field is even wider on Friday night Kit Malthhouse, A Home Office minister who worked with Mr Johnson at City Hall, has given his name to MPs for the role. Walden, Mr. Johnson’s former PR chief at City Hall can be contacted, as well as Tory Pierre Lord True.

What will the Chief of Staff do?

The Chief of Staff is a political appointment, the office bearers work closely with the Prime Minister on policy making and official communication.

The role of Chief of Staff on Downing Street was created when Tony Blair took office in 1997, and he was first in the hands of Jonathan Powell, Mr Blair’s only full-fledged prime minister. Probably the most well-known officers are Nick Thimoth and Fiona Hill from the time of Thiensa Meyer’s office.

The pair are said to have earned a formidable reputation among Downing Street workers for their desire to control what happened in the building.

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