Something odd is going on in Theresa May’s office. Women – and only women – are suddenly jumping ship.
As the Daily Mirror reported, Downing Street press secretary Lizzie Loudon, May’s most senior spin doctor, quit unexpectedly on Friday – just days after May’s communications director Katie Perrior.
A source has, apparently, told the Financial Times that the mood in number 10 has turned ‘from day to night’.
It’s not known why there is a sudden exodus and why it appears only women are involved. Is there a dispute over the planned direction of the campaign under newly-appointed, all-male team heading the campaign (Lynton Crosby, Mark Textor, Tory Chair Patrick McLoughlin and peer Stephen Gilbert)? Is the dark mood of the office to blame? Is there a more interpersonal reason?
Whatever the truth of the matter, it’s clear that all is neither well nor healthy in Mrs May’s office – and that her ‘control freak’ attempts to stage-manage everything are not succeeding with the very staff she relies on most.
If some of her closest staff are choosing the moment when she most needs them to abandon ship, what does it say about the woman at the very heart of the campaign – Theresa May herself?
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