LONDON – Theresa May’s head of policy John Godfrey has become the latest senior official to leave Downing Street, meaning almost all of the prime minister’s pre-election team have now departed.
Sources close to the prime minister told Buzzfeed News on Wednesday that the influential Godfrey is departing “to explore new opportunities, and leaves with our best wishes.”
Godfrey exit means five of the six senior advisers appointed by May last year have now left.
The highest profile departures were Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, the joint chiefs of staff who resigned after the shock general election result, which left the Conservatives eight seats short of a majority.
Last week the Financial Times reported that Godfrey’s deputy, Will Tanner, had decided to quit, continuing the exodus of May’s staff from Downing Street.
Godfrey was sidelined from writing the party’s manifesto, which was largely authored by Timothy and Ben Gummer, the former Cabinet Office minister.
The latest resignation will raise fears of further chaos inside the top tiers of government, as May’s inner circle is forced out. Conservative MPs are partly behind the clearout, with many demanding a reaction from the prime minister to her disastrous decision to call a snap election.