Downing Street

  • 3 Dec 2017

    “Talking the talk is all very well, but you also need to walk the walk” – the parting shot of the Chairman of the government’s Social Mobility Commission. Alan Milburn said he didn’t doubt the Prime Minister’s personal commitment to the issue, but he’d reluctantly concluded that Brexit is occupying much of her attention, to…

  • 8 Mar 2016

    EU referendum and Whitehall slumbers

    You might have thought that today’s Cabinet would see fireworks, not least as it was preceded by a meeting of Political Cabinet with Boris Johnson turning up. But Mr Johnson had nothing to say.

  • 21 Aug 2014

    David Cameron will return to Cornwall later after interrupting his holiday over events in Iraq. Who is in charge while he is away from Downing Street?

  • 23 Oct 2013

    Police officers grilled over ‘plebgate’ meeting

    MPs have quizzed key figures from the police over the plebgate affair, which engulfed politician Andrew Mitchell last year.

  • 25 Apr 2013

    Johnson Minor and the Conservative manifesto

    If anyone knows the workings of Boris Johnson’s mind, it’s Jo Johnson, new head of No.10’s policy unit. But Johnson Minor’s instincts on Europe are not quite the same as his brother’s.

  • 5 Nov 2012

    Cameron moves to clear up north Wales abuse scandal

    David Cameron’s personal assurances to the man at the centre of the north Wales abuse allegations are a signal of the government’s intention to clear up what happened, Gary Gibbon writes.

  • 31 Oct 2012

    Chief whip tells No. 10 it’s lost

    No. 10 is saying the chief whip reckons the EU vote is lost, yet David Cameron is still meeting backbenchers. Is this dark arts stuff from No. 10 using the media to secure a victory?

  • 13 May 2010

    Inside the forbidden garden

    The wisteria in full bloom, the grass mown, and the Downing Street garden – for so long a neglected and unpretty place – seemed to have been left much improved by its departing tenants. Only a dark parched patch in the middle of a lawn stood testament to the little wendyhouse Fraser and John Brown…

  • 22 Feb 2010

    Christine Pratt ‘still vague’ on Downing Street bullying claims

    Christine Pratt of the National Bullying Helpline is “still a bit vague” about just how many complaints came through to her organisation from Downing street, blogs Gary Gibbon.

  • 21 May 2009

    A day of miscalculation by the political classes

    How convenient, the Whitsun break. Have you ever wondered how many weeks the political classes absent themselves in a year? But the problem today is not absenteeism. In some cases it’s a lack of it.

  • 20 Apr 2009

    In the Loop but out of touch

    I went to see In the Loop last night, a romp around New Labour spin doctors. Thin plot, thin skeleton to hang some very funny jokes. It’s a pity in a way, because it over simplifies the spin doctory. It isn’t all ‘attack dog’ and ‘filth’. There is also a very sophisticated subjugation of truth, and…

  • 15 Apr 2009

    On G20 day, we had nothing better to do

    You may have found the past few days of revelations concerning the inner workings of Downing Street, a heartbeat from the prime minister, hard to credit. But how about this? On the day the G20 summit met in London’s Docklands, we asked people – mainly via Twitter – to keep an eye open for anyone…

  • 15 Apr 2009

    Downing Street rat revealed

    Spotted by our cameraman yesterday – the Downing Street rat. After the Damian McBride affair, Brown’s opponents might ask whether it is a rat leaving a sinking ship?

  • 14 Apr 2009

    Damian McBride and me

    For those of us who intersect with the Downing Street Press Office from beyond the confines of the Westminster lobby, the revelations regarding Damian McBride came as little surprise. Uncouth would be a kind description of the man, charmless would perhaps be more accurate. After all, he was seemingly known as Mad Dog to his…