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Fresh blow for Theresa May as another senior adviser quits her Number 10 team

Fresh blow for Theresa May as another senior adviser quits her Number 10 team

John Ashmore

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Theresa May has been hit by yet another resignation from her top team after Number 10 deputy political director Nick Hargrave became the latest senior aide to quit.

Mr Hargrave is joining lobbying firm Portland as a director, according to Public Affairs News.

Mrs May has already lost ten advisers since the election, including her joint chiefs of staff Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy, and will have been hoping that the exodus was coming to an end.

In April, the Prime Minister lost director of communications Katie Perrior and press secretary Lizzie Loudon in the space of three days.

The latest departure comes after Portland hired another of Mrs May’s former top aides. Will Tanner is joining the agency as its chief policy adviser having resigned as deputy head of the Number 10 policy unit just days after the general election.

A Portland source said Mr Tanner would “advise clients on the policy priorities of the Conservative government, including Brexit”. The role of chief policy adviser at Portland was previously held by Lord O’Shaughnessy, now a junior minister at the Department for Health.

Portland is run by Tony Blair’s former deputy communications chief Tim Allan. The agency has also hired Laura Trott, who was head of was head of strategic communications at Number 10 under David Cameron.

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