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Mapped: Boris Johnson's Cabinet and the Tufton Street Lobbying Network

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Boris Johnson Tufton Street map

Boris Johnson has retained a core of ministers linked to a lobbying network pushing to weaken the UK’s environmental regulations in his first cabinet reshuffle since the general election. But the day also saw a number of high-profile sackings, potentially weakening the network’s influence in Downing Street.

While there are few outright climate science deniers in Johnson’s cabinet, a number of ministers have strong ties to groups based in and around Westminster's Tufton Street, with many special advisers (SPADs) being alumni of organisations attached to the address.

How Dark Money From Overseas Flows Into Boris Johnson's Government

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With Boris Johnson sauntering into Downing Street having recrafted his own script from guffawing jester to grave populist, swathes of right-wing lobbyists have stealthed their way from the fringes of Westminster to the heart of government.

We know this, because we've been watching this slow erosion of democracy for years. In the time since the Brexit referendum, we and others have sought to uncover the connections of those now in the cabinet –  the money and friendly relationships behind the big changes taking place in Britain.

‘Brexit: The Uncivil War’ — What You Need to Know About The Real People Leading the Leave Campaign

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Brexit: The Uncivil war

How was the Brexit referendum won?

That’s the question at the core of Brexit: The Uncivil War, written by James Graham and aired for the first time on Monday, which presents a two-hour account of events leading to the Leave campaign's victory on the 23 June 2016.

The overwhelmingly male cast plays the string of ministers, political activists, businessmen and strategists involved in whipping up support for the Leave side. In the foreground of the story is Vote Leave campaign director Dominic Cummings, played by Benedict Cumberbatch as the mastermind behind the campaign’s catchy slogan and the cunning strategist who understood the power of data in political campaigning.

Senior Vote Leave Members Join Forces to Create a 'Museum of Communist Terror' In The UK

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Daniel Hannan MEP

A group of hard-Brexiters is working together to launch a “Museum of Communist Terror” with the aim to “keep alive knowledge and understanding of the deaths, terror and economic failure that took place under Communist regimes, primarily in the 20th century”.

Over the last month, individuals from high-profile and opaquely-funded organisations advancing free-market and libertarian ideology have joined the venture founded by journalist and writer James Bartholomew.

This included senior members of Vote Leave such as the campaign’s founder Daniel Hannan, who later founded the IFT (previously Institute for Free Trade), technology chief Thomas Borwick and head of social media Chloe Westley, now a campaign manager at the Taxpayers’ Alliance, which was founded by Vote Leave’s chief executive Matthew Elliott.

Kate Hoey

Kate Hoey

Credentials

  • According to her profile at her website, Hoey attended the Belfast Royal Academy and the Ulster College of Physical Education before taking an economics degree in London. [1]

Background

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Centre for Policy Studies

Centre for Policy Studies

Background

The Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) is a free-market thinktank founded by Sir Keith Joseph and Margaret Thatcher in 1974, promoting an ideology of small government and economic liberalism.

Although the Centre claims to be non-partisan, historically it has been closely linked to the Conservative Party, with a strong influence on British politics since it was founded.

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Web of Power: Cambridge Analytica and the Climate Science Denial Network Lobbying for Brexit and Trump

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It has been a heck of a few days in the spotlight for Cambridge Analytica — a ‘political consultancy’ that confesses it likes to operate in the shadows.

Revelations continue to emerge about its practices, including allegations of illegal use of Facebook data and corrupting foreign elections.

While the company denies any illegal behaviour, what we do know is that it has been behind seismic political shocks on both sides of the Atlantic: Brexit, and the election of Donald Trump.

Tied to those is a climate science denial agenda that seeks to slash regulation, and line the pockets of those with a vested interest in fossil fuels.

Matthew Elliott

Matthew Elliott

Credentials

  • BSc in Government, London School of Economics (2000) [1]
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Arts [2]

Background

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Michael Hintze

Michael Hintze

Credentials

  • MBA, Harvard Business School. [1]
  • MSC. in Acoustics, University of New South Wales. [1]
  • Doctor of Business, University of New South Wales. [1]
  • BSc. Physics and Pure Mathematics, University of Sydney. [1]
  • BEng. Electrical Engineering, University of Sydney. [1]

Background

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Andrea Leadsom

Andrea Leadsom

Credentials

  • According to a profile on her website, Leadsom attended Warwick University where she gained a degree in Political Science and also became a Conservative Party activist. [1]

Background

Read time: 10 mins

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