British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has renewed the staff of the official seat of the Government, number 10 Downing Street, after the ‘Partygate’ scandal, the parties held in the building at the hardest time of the pandemic and with the strictest restrictions in force.
Johnson’s new chief of staff will be Steve Barclay, a Conservative MP, while Guto Harri will be the new communications director.
Johnson has highlighted that these changes “they will improve the operation of Number 10” after a week in which five top Downing Street officials have resigned following the publication of the Gray report on the parties.
“This week I promised changes to deliver on the job the British people elected us to do. We need to continue to recover from the pandemic, help hundreds of thousands of people get jobs and deliver on our ambitious agenda to improve the whole country.” , Johnson explained, according to the BBC.
“The changes I’m announcing today to my team will improve how Number 10 works, It will strengthen the role of my cabinet and my fellow MPs and accelerate our mission to improve the country.”has assured.
Barclay was Brexit minister under Theresa May. “I am honored to have been asked by the Prime Minister to be Chief of Staff for 10 Downing Street and with my responsibilities in the Cabinet Office,” Barclay posted on Twitter. Thus, Barclay will continue as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister of the Cabinet Office.
It is an honor to have been asked by the PM to serve as Chief of Staff for No10 Downing Street alongside my responsibilities in the Cabinet Office.
I am looking forward to working with the PM, Ministers and Parliamentary colleagues on the issues that matter most to our country
— Steve Barclay (@SteveBarclay) February 5, 2022
Harri, a former BBC journalist, had previously worked for Johnson during his first stint as Mayor of London and was Johnson’s spokesman and chief of staff.