Hilton. O’Shaughnessy. Peter Campbell. Tim Chatwin. All gone from Number 10. And now Rohan Silva is to leave
By Paul Goodman
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- James O’Shaughnessy was Head of Policy.
- Peter Campbell was a long-time researcher to Cameron, who helped to prepare him for Prime Minister's Questions - as he did former Conservative leaders.
- Steve Hilton was...well, Hilton needs no introduction to our readers.
- (...And then there was Andy Coulson...a bit of a special case...)
And now Rohan Silva is to leave, according to Sky News. It is claimed that he wants "to launch a business in the digital education sector". I first got to know Silva, who is now a senior policy adviser to David Cameron, when he was working for George Osborne, and this engaging, bright and charming figure deserves all the good wishes that he can take with him when he goes.
This says something either about the Coalition's ability to retain them, or about their view of the likely general election result in 2015, or both. Silva was ribbed by the still-missed SteveHiltonGuru for being Hilton's tea-maker. He is much, much more than that: an eloquent believer in public service reform. A true radical is leaving the building - perhaps one of the last.