News story: Former cabinet secretaries talk about their time in office

The films, which are part of the Cabinet Confidential series, contain interviews with Robert Armstrong, Robin Butler, Richard Wilson, Andrew Turnbull and Gus O’Donnell. They all talk about what happened behind the scenes whilst working as the Prime Minister’s most senior civil servant. “Cabinet secretaries are among the rarest of rare breeds” explains contemporary British […]
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David Cameron told to stop moralising to multinationals over tax

CBI head and UK’s largest employers descend on Downing Street amid claims tax row has been used as ‘political football’The president of the CBI is delivering a firm message from some of Britain’s largest employers to David Cameron, calling on him to stop “moralising” on how multinational corporations should be taxed.Roger Carr, flanked by some […]
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Google chief Eric Schmidt to meet David Cameron after tax row

Meeting follows row over Google’s tax affairs but No 10 denies multinational tax arrangements are on agendaGoogle executive chairman Eric Schmidt will meet David Cameron next week, just days after the internet giant was mauled by a Commons committee over its tax affairs, it has emerged.Downing Street confirmed that Schmidt is set to attend a […]
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Ernst & Young lobbies against tax transparency at Downing Street

Top accountancy firm’s call for voluntary tax reform at odds with campaigners who want greater transparency for multinationalsTop tax advisers at Ernst & Young, auditors to Google, Amazon and Facebook, have held a high-level lobbying meeting at Number 10, urging the prime minister not to support calls for financial transparency measures which have been proposed […]
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William Hague rejects calls for shift in Downing Street tactics over Ukip threat

Foreign secretary dismisses calls for an immediate EU referendum, as one senior MP accuses him of failing on strategyWilliam Hague was at loggerheads with old allies on the Tory right on Sunday night after he rejected calls for a change in tactics by Downing Street as a response to the new threat posed by the […]
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‘Plebgate’ bicycle put up for sale

Andrew Mitchell sells bike at centre of row to raise money for charity that helps HIV and Aids affected children in KenyaFormer chief whip Andrew Mitchell’s bicycle, which was at the centre of the “plebgate” row, has been put up for auction to raise money for charity.Mitchell was riding the seven-year-old bike when police officers […]
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Why senior staff are leaving David Cameron in droves | Paul Goodman

Cameron’s senior advisers appear to be finding other jobs fast. The reasons why aren’t hard to identifyEarlier this month, after the news was announced of Rohan Silva’s depature from Downing Street, I listed some of those who had left previously:• Tim Chatwin, head of strategic communications.• James O’Shaughnessy, head of policy.• Peter Campbell, who helped […]
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No plan to drop overseas aid commitment, says Downing Street

UK government denies reports that it will omit pledge to enshrine aid spending in law from Queen’s speechDowning Street has stuck to its line that there is no change in plans to enshrine increases in overseas aid spending in law, despite renewed reports that it will ditch its election pledge.The Times on Monday reported (paywall) […]
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UK economy is slowly healing, Downing Street insists amid triple-dip fears

Ahead of GDP figures, PM’s spokesman defends cabinet secretary, who reportedly spoke of ministerial divisions over growth strategyDowning Street has said the economy is “slowly healing” before the publication of the latest growth figures which could show that Britain has entered a triple-dip recession.The prime minister’s spokesman, who was forced to defend the cabinet secretary, […]
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"We called her ‘Mother Hen’"

Gardener, Paul Schooling (pictured), started work at 10 Downing Street in 1989. He remembers Baroness Thatcher’s love of flowers and plants: “Mrs Thatcher loved the garden, and after she left office she came to a reception at Number 10. She was walking in the garden by the roses with then-Prime Minister Tony Blair and I […]
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