Phi Wire Hand Picked Politics - Live

  • LabourList | Labour need to go further on the National Minimum Wage, say LabourListreaders

    • source icon
    • 08:56
  • James Walsh | What's it like being a Ukip voter on the Guardian website?

    • source icon
    • 08:40
  • Paul Goodman | Who should lead the Metropolitan Party?

    • source icon
    • 08:31
  • Jon Wilson | Britain needs to renegotiate its relationship with the real world

    • source icon
    • 08:13
  • Patrick O'Flynn | The PM's response to the EU's money demands implies UK may pay given time and no...

    • source icon
    • 08:09
  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

  • PoliticsHome | Only the latest five entries on the PhiWire are visible to non-subscribers

News, gossip and insight from PoliticsHome Editor Paul Waugh

Chloe and Cam

Chloe Smith's meteoric promotion was no surprise to her many admirers, not least those who know how much she has impressed David Cameron since her by-election win.

I've now been told a version of just how the PM broke to his wunderkind the news of her elevation to the Treasury  - and it underlines his determination to hire her.  The phone call went roughly like this:

PM: "Hi Chloe, Prime Minister here, I'd like to offer you the post of Economic Secretary to the Treasury"

Chloe: "Well, thank you Prime Minister....It would be an honour, but the Treasury.... it's a little daunting..."

PM: "Not daunting surely for someone who was a chartered accountant?"

Chloe: "Er, well, actually Prime Minister, I wasn't an accountant. I was a management consultant in an accountancy firm."

PM: "Never mind! Welcome aboard!"

It sounds wonderfully authentic, given the way Prime Ministers appoint their ministers over the phone*. For the record, English lit graduate Chloe worked for Deloitte's - that must be why his intel was slightly awry.

Still, she'd better be good with numbers now...

 

 

*FOOTNOTE: It reminds me of the time Blair rang the wrong guy to offer him a job in an early reshuffle. Back in his first term, he rang Bernard (Lord) Donougue, Harold Wilson's former policy adviser, to offer him a minsterial post at Agriculture.

But it was only mid-way through the conversation that Blair realised that the man on the other end of the phone was actually Brian Donohoe, a humble backbencher. Blair quickly realised his error and the shortest ever ministerial job offer was quickly ended.

Be briefed for £1.50 a week...

PoliticsHome PRO Find out more