Magazine article Public Finance

Former Advisers Flood Back into Government

Magazine article Public Finance

Former Advisers Flood Back into Government

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Advisers and policy specialists have joined Cabinet ministers on the Downing Street merry-goround this week as Prime Minister Tony Blair builds his team for a third term.

Conor Ryan, David Blunkett's special adviser from his days as education secretary, follows his old boss back into government at the Number 10 Policy Unit.

Ryan is a seasoned education commentator, and teachers' leaders welcomed his return to the prime ministers inner circle.

'He's had a lot of experience in education and knows the subject well,' a spokeswoman for the National Union of Teachers said.

Another new recruit to Blair s policy team is Philip Collins, who is leaving his job as director of the Social Market Foundation after five years to become a Downing Street speechwriter and strategic thinker'.

David Lipsey, the Labour peer and SMF chair, paid tribute to Collins' outstanding' legacy. …

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