Boris Johnson is setting up a new No10 distribution unit to push through his political agenda – almost two years from entering Downing Street.
The Prime Minister will revive the old unit of Tony Blair, which was ousted in 2010 by the coalition government.
Dr. Emily Lawson, who led the NHS England vaccine rollout, will lead the new team over the summer, led by a senior mandarin, while she oversees the Jabs program.
It was brought to former Blair aide Sir Michael Nye to sharply review the government’s effectiveness.
The move sparked speculation that Mr Johnson was eager to move forward with the Whitehall Reform, a pet project of his controversial former colleague Dominic Cummings.
Mr Cummings, who left Downing Street in November, threatened authorities that a “hard rain” was coming for Whitehall.
The PM’s official spokesman said: “This new entity will be smaller and we will have a larger authority to ensure the strongest possible approach to support the successful delivery of the government’s agenda and it will work with existing members and teams. “
Asked if the move was due to difficulties in fulfilling the government’s promises, the spokesperson said: “No … We received expert advice from Michael Nye and made a clear recommendation on the area and the Prime Minister accepted That was a good way to have a small focused team working on these priorities. “
The PM’s spokesman had denied the plan that it is a force of No. 10, and would instead help focus on economic reforms and jobs plans as the country emerges from the epidemic.
The move shows that after the coronovirus crisis, Mr. Johnson’s focus has shifted to the future.
With next month’s local election due early, and weeks of damage to the rows on the Tory sled, the government is desperate to return to the front foot.
The new unit will be appointed by existing officers, as well as auditors and data scientists.
The spokesperson said it would work closely with No 10, Cabinet Office, Treasury and other government departments.