Lee Cain: Boris Johnson’s former head of communications says ‘class-based bias’ nonetheless exists in Westminster


“Elegance-based bias” nonetheless exists in Westminster, in keeping with the top minister’s former director of communications.

Lee Cain stated he had “misplaced depend of the days I used to be branded a ‘bruiser’, ‘thuggish’ and even an ‘oik’ for the dual crimes of getting a robust northern accessory and shaved hair”.

“My reviews in Westminster made it simple to peer why younger working-class men and women fight to get forward,” he wrote in a piece of writing for the Spectator mag.

WATFORD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04: Downing Street former special advisor Dominic Cummings (L) and Director of Communications Lee Cain (R) attend British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's press conference at the NATO summit at the Grove hotel on December 4, 2019 in Watford, England. France and the UK signed the Treaty of Dunkirk in 1947 in the aftermath of WW2 cementing a mutual alliance in the event of an attack by Germany or the Soviet Union. The Benelux countries joined the Treaty and in April 1949 expanded further to include North America and Canada followed by Portugal, Italy, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. This new military alliance became the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO). The organisation grew with Greece and Turkey becoming members and a re-armed West Germany was permitted in 1955. This encouraged the creation of the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact delineating the two sides of the Cold War. This year marks the 70th anniversary of NATO. (Photo by Adrian Dennis - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
Mr Cain labored with Dominic Cummings at the Vote Go away marketing campaign for Brexit

Mr Cain, a former journalist who left Quantity 10 after a sour energy fight in November, added: “After I first entered Downing Boulevard I were given the distinct feeling that some senior officers idea I will have to be content material merely to be there.

“The transparent message used to be: you will have come a ways, do not overreach now.”

He stated kids from poorer families fight to make it into “large professions” and once they do they “fight to wreck during the ‘glass ceiling’.”

“Britain’s maximum tough jobs are nonetheless ruled by means of the tiny share (7%) who attended personal faculty,” he stated. “No wonder that Fleet Boulevard and Whitehall are a few of the worst offenders.

“It nonetheless issues what faculty tie you wore, it issues what accessory you have got and it issues what category you might be. This can be a crisis for working-class girls and boys.”

Mr Cain stated if the fad continues, “political events and industry leaders will to find themselves ever extra baffled and out of contact with the folks they search to steer”.

Boris Johnson Pic: Simon Dawson/10 Downing Street
The PM ‘understands that the will for social mobility is now extra pressing than ever’, Mr Cain stated. Percent: Simon Dawson/10 Downing Boulevard

In a bid let’s say his level, he recalled discussions in executive remaining summer time over loose faculty foods.

Ministers have been coming below force from campaigners, together with footballer Marcus Rashford, to increase meal vouchers to eligible pupils over the summer time vacations.

Mr Cain admitted the federal government used to be “dropping a PR conflict” with Rashford at that time and recounted attending a cupboard assembly with Boris Johnson and his most sensible workforce.

“I requested the folks working the rustic what number of of them have been ever eligible without spending a dime faculty foods and found out I used to be the one individual within the room who were,” Mr Cain stated.

“Is that the rationale the federal government were given itself in this kind of horrible tangle over this emotive factor? No.

“However wouldn’t it have helped if extra senior politicians had had non-public revel in of meals poverty? Definitely.”

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On the other hand, Mr Cain praised the top minister, announcing he used to be a pacesetter who “believes in social mobility” and has put “levelling up” on the “very centre of his premiership”.

“Boris Johnson understands that the will for social mobility is now extra pressing than ever, as we emerge from lockdown,” he added.

Mr Cain adopted Mr Johnson into Downing Boulevard in 2019 after serving to run his a hit marketing campaign for the Tory management.

He used to be an in depth best friend of Dominic Cummings, Mr Johnson’s former leader adviser, having labored with him at the Vote Go away marketing campaign for Brexit in 2016.

Mr Cummings left Quantity 10 himself round the similar time as Mr Cain.


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