Former Downing Street chief of staff Nick Timothy is set to start work as a regular columnist for the Daily Telegraph and The Sun newspapers.
Timothy resigned as advisor to Prime Minister Theresa May the day after June’s general election results, which resulted in the Conservative party failing to win an overall Commons majority.
Together with fellow advisor Fiona Hill, Timothy was blamed for the party’s poor election campaign. In particular, he led on policy and co-wrote the manifesto on which May ran for election – including the so-called “dementia tax” pledge that was much criticised in the press.
Timothy will begin a weekly column in the Telegraph from next Thursday following an interview with him that is expected to be published in the paper on Saturday, the BBC has reported.
His Sun column is believed to be monthly, but no start date has been set as yet.
Telegraph editor Chris Evans said: “We’re delighted that Nick Timothy has decided to join the country’s top political team at The Telegraph as a weekly columnist. We look forward to the valuable insights he will bring at this fascinating and historic time for the government.”
A Sun spokesperson said: “Nick Timothy is a political heavyweight and a great addition to The Sun team, with a unique insight from behind the front door of Number 10.”
Timothy previously wrote a fortnightly column for Conservative Home in the run up to the EU Referendum last year.
Following this year’s general election, he wrote a diary piece in The Spectator headlined: “Where we went wrong.”
In it he said: “The manifesto was later written off as ‘the worst in history’. One of the criticisms is that, instead of offering voters giveaways and bribes, we spelt out where cuts would fall.
“While I accept that the manifesto might have been too ambitious, I worry that the implication of this argument is that politicians should not be straight with the electorate.”
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