Cameron hires Times writer who called Michael Gove a revolutionary to head No10 policy unit

Camilla Cavendish is a reformer like her friend Gove, whom she called 'more Marxist than his enemies'


David Cameron has appointed Sunday Times journalist Camilla Cavendish as head of the Number 10 policy unit.

Ms Cavendish wrote for the Murdoch-owned Times from 2002 to 2013 when she moved to the Sunday Times. She won the Paul Foot award for investigative journalism in 2008 for her work on miscarriages of justice in child protection cases.

In a recent column she called for the PM to embrace new policy ideas outside the Conservatives’ comfort zone.

Writing in February 2014, Cavendish described her friend and former Times colleague Michael Gove, now justice secretary, as a ‘revolutionary’ and ‘more Marxist than his enemies’ for his pushing ahead with education reforms, believing ‘the means justify the ends’.

Her columns suggest she is a ‘compassionate conservative’ reformer in the Govian mould.

Ms Cavendish has also served on the board of health watchdog the Care Quality Commission where she led an independent review on the training of health care assistants.

The Times newspaper was notable for its pro-Tory bias during the general election campaign, despite its reputation as being more balanced than other papers.

We await to see what ‘revolutionary’ new policy ideas the Number 10 policy unit produces under its new head.

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