DIARY: No 10 adviser tries not to labour on past roles

Simon Walker’s appointment to the Number 10 policy unit is something of a coup for his City PR firm Brunswick. But the move may have surprised those who knew him at Oxford University in the 1970s.

Simon Walker’s appointment to the Number 10 policy unit is something of

a coup for his City PR firm Brunswick. But the move may have surprised

those who knew him at Oxford University in the 1970s.



Not that anyone doubted his abilities, nor his interest in politics.

Walker had all the hallmarks of a high flyer including a brief spell as

president of the Oxford Union, an office previously held by William

Gladstone.



Par for the course for policy unit types, you may think. However,

eyebrows may twitch a little at the revelation that in 1973 Walker was

also chairman of Oxford Labour group - an unusual claim for one of the

PM’s advisers.



Politics, of course, is littered with people who have crossed the

political divide - and back again. In Walker’s case the transformation

appears to have happened during his time in New Zealand, where he ran a

small consultancy advising the Labour Party. With the UK-version of

Labour looking increasingly unbeatable - it is an experience which may

yet stand him in good stead.





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