The Johnson government’s new Spads: 6 things you need to know

Boris Johnson’s government is still in the process of hiring (and firing) special advisers to assist its new ministers and do the bidding of Johnson’s strategic adviser Dominic Cummings. Here’s what we know so far about the appointments that could be influential in shaping the future of environmental regulation.

1 Many of the new Spads have links to organisations that have been explicit about their desire to cut green tape

Among the new recruits is Munira Mirza, formerly of centre-wing thinktank Policy Exchange and regular contributor to libertarian online magazine, Spiked. Chloe Westley is another ex-thinktanker, formerly at Taxpayers Alliance and Brexit campaign, Vote Leave. Nerissa Chesterfield used to be the communications head of free-market thinktank the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), which has said it wants to trash environmental protections, calling them "anti-competitive” and a “disguised methods of protectionism”, and Ross Kempsell, who also recently joined the new administration, is a former chief reporter for right-leaning website GuidoFawkes. READ MORE

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