Number 10 has appointed Tobias Ellwood has the Prime Minister’s parliamentary adviser on this year’s Nato summit, Coffee House has learned. Ellwood, who is currently PPS to Jeremy Hunt, will work as a link between MPs, peers and the Prime Minister. The summit will take place in Newport, Wales, on 4 and 5 September 2014.
This is interesting, not just because Number 10 is still making strenuous efforts to improve the Prime Minister’s relations with the rest of his party (although in my Telegraph column today I examine whether one such effort, the Number 10 policy board, is really all it’s cracked up to be). Ellwood was PPS to Liam Fox when he was Defence Secretary until Fox resigned from his job in October 2011. Fox is being tipped today by the Mail to take the top job at Nato when the current secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen steps down, which will be after the summit. Perhaps Ellwood will also be able to prepare the ground a little for his old boss as he works as the Prime Minister’s adviser?