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News, gossip and insight from PoliticsHome Editor Paul Waugh

Cam's new Sam Seaborne: Julian Glover

I've got some hot news for West Wing types: David Cameron has just appointed the Guardian's Julian Glover as his chief speechwriter.

Glover replaces Ameet Gill, who yesterday began his first day as the new head of strategic comms at No.10 (replacing Tim Chatwin).

Julian, civil partner of the Times' Matthew Parris (they tied the knot in 2006), has impressed the Downing Street team with his passion for the Coalition over the past year - not an easy job at the Graun. The paper's chief leader writer, he is a thoroughly modernising Tory who cut his teeth helping John Major to write his memoirs. Julian becomes a special adviser as soon as he is released by his current employers.

The Lib Dems will be delighted by his impending arrival too. I hear that Glover (as well as Martin Kettle) played a key role in getting the Guardian to shift its allegiances to the Libs in its infamous leader column ahead of the last general election.

Julian is not to be confused with his namesake, the actor Julian Glover...who once played Darth Vader's sidekick in The Empire Strikes Back. 

As for Ameet, this week was his last conference speech. Already the team in No.10 are paying him lavish tributes for all the work he's done over the past five years on Cam's speeches. He now heads up The Grid, the list of announcements set out for Whitehall by Downing Street.

 

 

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