Senior Tories take spads with them to new roles

Several special advisers including former Hanover consultant James Wild are following their senior Conservative bosses to new departments.

Michael Fallon: New Defence Secretary (picture credit: BIS)
Michael Fallon: New Defence Secretary (picture credit: BIS)

Wild, who worked at Hanover as an account director between 2009 and 2012 and is also a former public affairs manager for T-Mobile, is going with Michael Fallon from business and energy to the Ministry of Defence.

Former Defence Secretary Philip Hammond is taking his special advisers Graham Hook and Hayden Allan to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where he replaces William Hague.  

Hook has previously worked as a senior consultant at lobbying firm Interel and Allan as a Tory party official.

They will join Denzil Davidson, who remains at the Foreign Office, but Arminka Helic and Chloe Dalton will move with Hague, who is now Leader of the House of Commons and has a general election strategy role.

Earlier this week the new Education Secretary Nicky Morgan moved on three of her predecessor Michael Gove’s key policy advisers – Henry Cook, Beth Armstrong and Jamie Martin.

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