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The four people who could join the PM’s new team

Boris Johnson: Who's resigned from Number 10 so far?

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There have been several major exits from Downing Street in recent weeks as key members of Boris Johnson’s team have resigned. The PM has faced intense criticism over his handling of partygate, along with his latest accusation levelled at Sir Keir Starmer over his handling of the Jimmy Saville case during his time as Director of Public Prosecutions.

Mr Johnson is facing a staffing crisis as a number of senior positions at Number 10 have been left empty, so who could join the PM’s team?

Number 10 has already announced that Munira Mirza will be replaced by Tory MP Andrew Griffith as head of the Downing Street policy unit.

Here are four of some of the most prominent names suggested as potential appointees, according to POLITICO’s Playbook Editor Alex Wickham.

Simone Finn

Simone Finn is currently Mr Johnson’s deputy chief of staff.

According to reports, Baroness Finn is one of the Prime Minister’s closest aides and she has been tipped for a major promotion.

Lynton Crosby

Lynton Crosby helped with the Conservatives election campaigns in 2015 and 2017.

He is so influential behind the scenes that he has been nicknamed the “Wizard of Oz.”

But he is currently in Australia so he might take some convincing to return to the UK.

David Canzini

David Canzini is close to Mr Crosby, in fact, he is a director at Crosby’s polling and market research firm.

Mr Canzini is said to be “party loyalist”, a senior Tory commented, who could join the PM’s team to help boost support for the Conservatives.

Simon McGee

One Downing Street insider told Politico he “knows BJ [Boris Johnson] very well and is also basically freelance so could do it.”

Who has left Downing Street?

There have been a number of key resignations from the PM’s core team.

Munira Mirza

Ms Mirza has been at the centre of Mr Johnson’s team for at least 14 years having first worked with the PM during his time as Mayor of London.

She resigned over Mr Johnson’s comments in the Commons that Sir Keir Starmer had “spent more time prosecuting journalists and failing to prosecute Jimmy Savile, as far as I can make out”.

Her resignation letter, which was published by The Spectator, said: “I believe it was wrong for you to imply this week that Keir Starmer was personally responsible for allowing Jimmy Savile to escape justice.”

She added: “You tried to clarify your position today but, despite my urging, you did not apologise for the misleading impression you gave.”

Martin Reynolds

Mr Reynolds was the senior aide who appeared to invite Downing Street staff via email to a “bring your own booze” gathering in the Downing Street garden to “make the most of the lovely weather”.

It was announced on Thursday evening that Number 10 had accepted Mr Reynolds’ resignation.

Dan Rosenfield

Mr Rosenfield was the PM’s principal private secretary and Downing Street’s chief of staff, a position he was only appointed to in January 2021.

Mr Rosenfield became the fourth of the PM’s top aides to resign as the political turbulence continues at Westminster.

Jack Doyle

Mr Doyle has resigned as director of communications, a role he was appointed to in April 2021.

He allegedly went to a Downing Street gathering on December 18, which is thought to have been attended by around 50 people according to ITV News.

Elena Narozanski

Ms Narozanski was Downing Street’s policy adviser on women and equalities and issues.

She is largely credited with working on the PM’s 2019 electoral campaign policies on supporting grassroots football.

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