Downing Street fears Lord Carter will lift lid on 'turf wars'

Downing Street is concerned that the imminent departure of Lord Carter from government could lead to more damaging stories about the inner workings of Number 10.

Stephen Carter: Ten months as PM's chief of strategy
Stephen Carter: Ten months as PM's chief of strategy

The Times revealed this morning that Carter is set to leave his job of communications minister in the next few weeks. A report suggested that the former Brunswick CEO was planning’ a low-key exit over the summer recess’.
 
Before his current role, Carter spent a difficult ten months as Brown’s chief of strategy. He joined Downing Street in January 2008, but was almost immediately frustrated by colleagues leaking negative stories and briefing against him. At the time, the stand-off between Carter and long-serving Brown aides was dubbed 'the Downing Street turf wars'.
 
A Downing Street source told PRWeek today that Carter could be tempted to lift the lid on his time at Downing Street:
 
The source said: ‘Carter signed the Official Secrets Act, but that doesn’t cover everything. The fear is that he’ll take the opportunity to get his side of the story across. It could be very damaging.’
 
PRWeek reported last year that Carter had become increasingly frustrated by colleagues and Labour MPs briefing against him during his time at Downing Street. One insider said at the time: ‘He's been spitting bile to friends for a couple of months' (PRWeek, 1 September 2008).

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