Labour has hired more than a dozen civil servants in the past 18 months as it continues to step up its preparations for government.
Sir Keir Starmer’s party is widely expected to win the next general election, likely to be held within a year, and has poached mandarins from across Whitehall departments.
Sue Gray, the senior civil servant who investigated lockdown-busting parties held in Boris Johnson’s Downing Street, was poached by Sir Keir, the Labour leader, in March.
Ms Gray then refused to cooperate with a Cabinet Office inquiry into whether she broke any rules by agreeing to take a job with Sir Keir, Oliver Dowden, the Deputy Prime Minister, told the Commons this summer.
She has now started a role as the Labour leader’s chief of staff after being cleared by Acoba, the appointments watchdog, despite outrage from Conservative ministers.
Ms Gray was a former second permanent secretary at the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.
Among senior civil servants to join Labour’s team are Nick Williams, its head of economic policy.
Mr Williams was a science policy adviser for more than five years and subsequently went on to work on the Government’s growth strategy during the pandemic.
Another former Treasury official who managed key global fiscal partnerships started working under Rachel Reeves, the shadow chancellor, this spring.
Former senior Treasury policy advisers have also started work for Labour in the past 18 months, an analysis by The Guardian newspaper found.
‘Woke elements of the Civil Service’
New recruits have also come from further inside the Government, the analysis revealed.
A data scientist working in No 10 moved this month to take up the same role for Labour, while another Downing Street official who worked on parliamentary briefings made a similar move last September.
Meanwhile, the head of business engagement at the Northern Ireland Office also joined Reeves’s team as a business relations adviser earlier this year.
Other recruitment successes by the party saw them hire a senior lawyer from the Governmnet legal department in April as a legal counsel, and a private secretary in the business, energy and industrial strategy department going to work directly for Sir Keir.
Sir Jacob Rees-Mogg, a former business secretary, told The Telegraph: “The problem with Sue Gray going into Labour is that she was so senior, and if you are that senior your impartiality should be perpetual.
“It’s no surprise that there’s a revolving door between the civil service and Labour. The woke elements of the Civil Service would find themselves at home in the Labour Party.”
The Labour Party declined to comment on staffing matters.