Former Downing Street director of communications reveals more about 'shouting matches' over government way of working

Former Downing Street director of communications reveals more about 'shouting matches' over government way of working

Katie Perrior said people didn't like what she had to say in her role (Stock image)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Downing Street's former director of communications has revealed more about the "shouting matches" which took place about the way the government operated during the past year.

Theresa May's closest aides, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, resigned following the general election. Some MPs had said that those at the top of the party appeared to be part of a clique.

Katie Perrior told Sam Delaney: "I spent 10 months in No.10 as director of communications and I felt like I was banging my head against a brick wall on a daily basis.

"I kept on saying [to May and her advisors], 'This can’t continue, the way of your working, the way that you operate with your Cabinet, the way you operate with Members of Parliament cannot continue, it has got to change' and they didn’t like what I had to say."

Perrior says that they couldn't ignore MPs "the first time and then read all this stuff in the papers about how it’s cliquey and you can’t get through, and then ignore them a second time" so now "she’s having to see all these MPs" that she wouldn't have seen previously.

The former political advisor said Theresa May is "an absolutely professional public servant, she’s the hardest-working politician I’ve ever met. She’s not connected with the public in the way she would have wanted to and she would be distraught about that."

She added: "If you keep on telling everybody they are scumbags…sooner or later people will not put themselves forward for election."

Listen to the full interview above

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