Theresa May wants Douglas Hague as ‘new Damian Green’
Right-hand man’s resignation could trigger emergency reshuffle
Theresa May’s aides have begun planning for an emergency reshuffle in case her deputy, Damian Green, is forced to resign after claims that pornography was found on his parliamentary computers when his office was raided by police in 2008.
Senior government sources say the prime minister would like to persuade Lord Hague of Richmond to return as her right-hand man if Green is forced out — but overtures to the former foreign secretary indicate that he does not want to come back to the cabinet.
Sue Gray — the Cabinet Office head of propriety and ethics — is investigating whether Green misled No 10 about the claims revealed by The Sunday Times and the way he attacked Bob Quick, the former Metropolitan police chief who confirmed his officers reported discovering pornography.
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‘Deputy God’ Sue Gray rules on Damian Green’s fate
The civil servant adjudicating on the fate of Damian Green honed her skills as one of the most feared and respected officials in Whitehall after successfully running a pub in Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles.
Sue Gray, 60, who also oversaw the Plebgate inquiry, took an unusual “career break” in the 1980s, running The Cove public house near Newry with her husband, Bill Conlon, a country and western singer.
The pub, popular with both Protestants and Catholics, was less than 10 miles from the Irish border in a region so violent it was dubbed “Bandit Country”. It has since closed down.
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EVERY PM NEEDS A WILLIE
Desperate PM Theresa May hopes to tempt William Hague into deputy role to bolster crumbling cabinet
Theresa May is keen to persuade William Hague to become her deputy fearing scandals will claim more scalps
THERESA May is hoping to lure William Hague back into frontline politics to help bolster her crumbling team.
She has pleaded with the ex-Foreign Secretary to be on standby to be her deputy.
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