World UK's Johnson picks new chief of staff to lead post-Cummings 'reset'

18:05  26 november  2020
18:05  26 november  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Boris Johnson has appointed a new chief of staff , Downing Street has announced. Dan Rosenfield' s appointment follows a period of upheaval which saw the prime minister' s senior aides Dominic Cummings and Lee Cain resign. Mr Rosenfield has previously worked as a Treasury civil servant

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By William James

a man wearing a suit and tie: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street in London © Reuters/SIMON DAWSON Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street in London

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson appointed Dan Rosenfield, a business consultant and former treasury official, as his new chief of staff on Thursday as he tries to restore trust in his leadership.

Johnson is reshaping his senior team of advisers following the departure of Dominic Cummings earlier this month. Cummings was seen as the driving force behind Johnson's strategy on Brexit and most other policies, and his exit has been billed as a chance for a 'reset' for the British leader.

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Mr Johnson said he can continue working via Zoom but fears it will derail ' reset ' after Dominic Mr Johnson had hoped to launch a ' reset ' of his premiership to claw back support from mutinous Tory 'We have two new scientific weapons – mass lateral flow testing and the real prospect of beginning a

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Rosenfield joins from Hakluyt, a strategic advisory firm for businesses and investors, where he has been global head of corporate clients and head of the UK business since 2016, the government said.

He previously worked at Bank of America as a managing director of investment banking, and spent over a decade working in the finance ministry where he served as a senior aide to former finance ministers Alistair Darling and George Osborne.

"Dan is a class act and an inspired appointment," said Rupert Harrison, a former aide to Osborne who now works for Blackrock. He described Rosenfield as bright, tough and politically savvy.

Johnson has been heavily criticised for his response to the COVID-19 crisis and a failure to communicate properly with elected members of his ruling Conservative Party, which has stirred rebellion over lockdown rules and Brexit policies.

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Professor Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance have warned the UK is at a 'critical point' in the fight against coronavirus after a surge in cases as Boris Johnson faces a Cabinet row over reimposing lockdown measures.

Boris Johnson ' s most senior aide is said to have told colleagues the Cabinet Office must be stripped of powers, swiping: 'A hard rain is coming.' Dominic Cummings told colleagues need for fundamental civil service change. Claimed that coronavirus had exposed problems with the Whitehall machine.

The decision to hire a relatively low profile former civil servant marks a change of direction for a prime minister whose inner circle was previously largely made up of alumni from the 2016 Brexit campaign, with Cummings at the fore.

The chief of staff is traditionally the most powerful political appointment in the prime minister's office. Though exact responsibilities vary according the leaders' preference, the job involves providing strategic and political advice to help the prime minister take decisions.

Rosenfield will begin work on Dec. 7 and officially take up the Chief of Staff role on Jan. 1, Downing Street said.

(Reporting by William James and Guy Faulconbridge, Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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