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Priti Patel appoints head of former taxpayers’ alliance as new aide | Priti Patel

Priti Patel has appointed the former leader of a hard-right anti-tax pressure group and former editor of a conservative blog to a government role in Home officeraises issues of official neutrality.

Jonathan Isaby, the former CEO of the Taxpayers’ Alliance, which fights for lower public spending and lower taxes, is the home secretary’s new communications private secretary, a taxpayer-funded role.

A former editor of Conservative Home and editor of Brexit Central, Isaby announced the appointment on Twitter. He said: “I was looking forward to telling you that this week I have taken a job in the civil service as private secretary of communication to home secretary Priti Patel in her private office at the home office. Excited to get started in the new role. ”

But the appointment was met with immediate criticism from the opposition, which criticized the political bias in the Whitehall appointment.

Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said: “We know that Priti Patel is under fire from Tory MPs for failing to crack down on crime, and only last month did the police union declare confidence in her. So it’s no wonder she’s desperate to get an extra spin doctor in.

“But there must be serious questions that anyone with such close personal political ties to the Home Secretary can be appointed. Once again, it’s a rule for the Tories and their comrades, and another for everyone else. ”

Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine said: “The Tories take the form of shelves of meritocracy for cumocracy.

“People are tired of being out of touch with the conservative ministers handing out government jobs to their chums, that’s the last thing we need when we’re trying to get over the pandemic.

“This appointment raises serious questions about the government’s commitment to official neutrality. The public expects taxpayers’ money to recruit politically neutral officials and not just fill the pockets of Tory supporters. ”

Jardine’s reference to “Kumokrati” alludes to ongoing criticism of the government over how it awarded contracts for coronavirus-related goods and services during the pandemic, claiming that politically connected companies and individuals were given priority.

Isaby was the first editor of Brexit Central, a pro-Brexit news site founded by Matthew Elliott, one of the chief architects behind the campaign to leave the EU (EU). The website described its mission as “promoting a positive vision of Britain after Brexit”.

The Interior Ministry said the appointment was in line with the criteria set out in the Civil Services Commission’s recruitment principles.

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