Fresh blow for Theresa May as second key aide in three days quits Downing Street

Posted On: 
21st April 2017

Theresa May has been dealt a fresh blow after losing a second key Downing Street aide inside three days.

Theresa May on a visit to a factory in North London yesterday.
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Number 10 press secretary Lizzie Loudon today announced she was leaving to pursue other interests.

Her departure comes hard on the heels of Katie Perrior, the Downing Street director of communications, also quitting.

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Both women took up their posts after Mrs May became Prime Minister last July. Their exits within days of her calling a snap election will be seen as a blow for the Prime Minister.

Ms Loudon is a former press officer in the Department for Work and Pensions, who has also been a special adviser to Iain Duncan Smith, and worked on the Vote Leave campaign in last year's EU referendum, as well as Mrs May's leadership bid.

Speculation had mounted in recent months that she was growing increasingly disillusioned with life in Number 10.

She said: "I was honoured to be asked to work on Theresa's campaign and to come into government. By anyone's standards it has been an amazing and historic nine months and it was thrilling to be a part of."

Ms Perrior had worked for the Conservative Party in the past, and was most recently a partner in a PR firm before joining Mrs May's team.

Writing on her Facebook page, she said: "Always said I wouldn't stay past an election. Good decision, right choice. A vote for Theresa May and a Conservative Government is the only route forward. As for me - new opportunities ahead. Exciting times!"