Number 10 Policy Unit

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Number 10 Policy Unit
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Policy Unit overview
Formed 1974
Policy Unit executive
Parent department Prime Minister's Office
Website 10 Downing Street

The Number 10 Policy Unit is a body of policymakers in 10 Downing Street in the British government. Originally set up to support Harold Wilson in 1974, it has gone through a series of guises to suit the needs of successive Prime Ministers, staffed variously by political advisers, civil servants or a combination of both.

The Coalition Government of May 2010 quickly disbanded two major parts of central infrastructure, the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit (PMDU) and Prime Minister's Strategy Unit (PMSU), as part of the Prime Minister's agenda to reduce the number of special advisers and end micromanagement of Whitehall.[1] In their place, a strengthened Policy and Implementation Unit was launched in early 2011, staffed wholly by civil servants and reporting jointly to the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister under joint heads Paul Kirby[2] (Policy) and Kris Murrin (Implementation).[3]

Members of the Policy Unit in 2010 were [1] Gavin Lockhart-Mirams (Home Affairs), Sean Worth (Health and Adult Social Care),[4] Chris Brown (Education), Richard Freer (Defence),[5] Tim Luke (Business and Enterprise),[6] Michael Lynas (Big Society)[7] and Ben Moxham (Energy and Environment).[8] The Unit is supported by the Research and Analytics Unit.[9]

The current Downing Street Director of Policy is James Marshall, who was appointed by Theresa May on 27 June 2017.[10]

List of Policy Directors[edit]

# Policy Director Years Prime Minister
1 Bernard Donoughue 1974–1979
2 John Hoskyns 1979–1982 Margaret Thatcher
3 Ferdinand Mount 1982–1983
4 John Redwood 1983–1985
5 Brian Griffiths 1985–1990
6 Sarah Hogg 1990–1995 John Major
7 Norman Blackwell 1995–1997
8 David Miliband 1997–2001 Tony Blair
9 David Miliband 1997–2001
10 Andrew Adonis[11] 2001–2003
11 Geoff Mulgan[12] 2003–2004
12 Matthew Taylor 2005
13 David Bennett 2005–2007
14 Dan Corry 2007–2008 Gordon Brown
15 Nick Pearce 2008–2010
16 Paul Kirby 2011–2013 David Cameron
17 Jo Johnson 2013–2015
18 Camilla Cavendish 2015–2016
19 John Godfrey[13] 2016–2017 Theresa May
20 James Marshall 2017–present

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