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Labour attacks ‘Whitehall power grab’ over northern rail policy

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Ministers have been accused of a “massive power grab” and of silencing leaders in the north of England by stripping powers from Transport for the North (TfN), the statutory body set up to advise the government on the ...

Met appoints Whitehall troubleshooter Louise Casey to wipe out misogyny

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The former Whitehall troubleshooter Louise Casey has been brought in by the Metropolitan police to root out misogyny and lax standards, as it battles to dig itself out of a crisis caused by its mishandling of the Wayn...

PM’s ex-aide blames Whitehall staff for Covid ‘mixed messages’

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Boris Johnson’s former director of communications has blamed a lack of expertise in Whitehall for the government’s struggle to get its message across in the early days of the Covid crisis. Lee Cain was a key adviser t...

One in five Whitehall non-executive directors have links to political parties

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A fifth of Whitehall’s non-executive directors appointed to oversee the work of government departments have “significant political experience or party alignment”, according to new evidence that ministers are using the...

Whitehall non-executive jobs ‘pay up to 14 times more than junior nurses’

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Appointees to Whitehall oversight jobs are being paid up to £20,000 for 15 days’ work a year – 14 times more than junior nurses – according to Labour, amid new calls for transparency on ministerial appointments. The p...

Greensill inquiry is attempt to deflect blame from ministers – Whitehall union

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An inquiry into lobbying launched by Boris Johnson is an attempt to deflect attention from the role of ministers in the Greensill scandal, the head of the senior civil servants’ union has said. Dave Penman, the genera...

Ex-Foreign Office chief reveals Whitehall tussle over China policy

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A Whitehall battle for control of the UK’s China policy is under way between the Cabinet Office security directorate and the Foreign Office, a former senior diplomat has disclosed. The disagreement, described by Simon...

Can £9m Whitehall situation room help improve crisis decision-making?

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It is intended to rival the White House situation room: a £9m control centre surrounded by large flatscreens in a bunker below the Cabinet Office. A technology hub adding cinematic presentation to moments of national ...

Government to spend £9m on Whitehall ‘situation room’

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The government has earmarked more than £9m for creating a US-style “situation room” at Whitehall – the latest in a series of expensive refurbishments that have drawn criticism, given the 1% pay offer proposed for NHS ...