Martin Vander Weyer Martin Vander Weyer

‘That’s Shriti Vadera — Gordon’s representative on earth’

The new Prime Minister’s trusted policy enforcer and adviser on business issues has been mistreated by the media

Margaret Thatcher’s speechwriters always struggled to get her to do the jokes. I once had a similar problem with Shriti Vadera, the former banker who will next week become, arguably, the most powerful woman with a paid job in Downing Street since Lady Thatcher’s departure.

Miss Vadera is Gordon Brown’s most trusted policy adviser and Whitehall enforcer.

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