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

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21: Director of Communications Lee Cain leaves 11 Downing Street heading to 1922 committee meeting on September 21, 2020 in London, England. On Sunday, the country reported 3,899 new Covid-19 cases and 18 additional deaths. The government has suggested new nationwide restrictions would be required to curb a "second wave" of the virus. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

2021-04-22 14:23:00

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

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

“My experiences in Westminster made it simple to see why younger working-class ladies and men battle to get forward,” he wrote in an article for the Spectator journal.

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)
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Mr Cain labored with Dominic Cummings on the Vote Depart marketing campaign for Brexit

Mr Cain, a former journalist who left Quantity 10 after a bitter energy battle in November, added: “Once I first entered Downing Road I received the distinct feeling that some senior officers thought I needs to be content material merely to be there.

“The clear message was: you have come a good distance, do not overreach now.”

He mentioned kids from poorer households battle to make it into “large professions” and after they do they “battle to interrupt by the ‘glass ceiling’.”

“Britain’s strongest jobs are nonetheless dominated by the tiny proportion (7%) who attended personal college,” he mentioned. “No shock that Fleet Road and Whitehall are among the many worst offenders.

“It nonetheless issues what college tie you wore, it issues what accent you have got and it issues what class you might be. It is a catastrophe for working-class girls and boys.”

Mr Cain mentioned if the pattern continues, “political events and enterprise leaders will discover themselves ever extra baffled and out of contact with the folks they search to guide”.

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

In a bid as an example his level, he recalled discussions in authorities final summer time over free college meals.

Ministers had been coming underneath stress from campaigners, together with footballer Marcus Rashford, to increase meal vouchers to eligible pupils over the summer time holidays.

Mr Cain admitted the federal government was “shedding a PR warfare” with Rashford at that time and recounted attending a cupboard assembly with Boris Johnson and his prime staff.

“I requested the folks working the nation what number of of them had been ever eligible without cost college meals and found I used to be the one individual within the room who had been,” Mr Cain mentioned.

“Is that the explanation the federal government received itself in such a horrible tangle over this emotive concern? No.

“However wouldn’t it have helped if extra senior politicians had had private expertise of meals poverty? Undoubtedly.”

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Nevertheless, Mr Cain praised the prime minister, saying he was a pacesetter who “believes in social mobility” and has put “levelling up” on the “very centre of his premiership”.

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

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

He was an in depth ally of Dominic Cummings, Mr Johnson’s former chief adviser, having labored with him on the Vote Depart marketing campaign for Brexit in 2016.

Mr Cummings left Quantity 10 himself across the identical time as Mr Cain.

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