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Dr Garvan Walshe

Head of Political Strategy

A veteran of the Conservatives’ elite four-person policy unit, Garvan brings unparalleled insight from his years working at the highest levels of the Party.  His ideas continue to influence the Party’s – and now the Government’s – thinking. Garvan’s work managing…

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The sober, irreplaceable Philip Hammond

By Dr Garvan Walshe, Head of Political Strategy, Cogitamus Limited Where Gordon Brown and George Osborne gave us doorstoppers, filled to the gunwales with highly political gimmicks (Osborne even once announced £40m to be spent on the Internet of Things solely so he could make a joke about Ed Miliband’s two kitchens), “spreadsheet Phil” – as he has been known since his time at the Ministry of Defence – produced a slim, sober, statement so low-key as to seem transplanted from the deliberately dull world of the German Bundestag into the boisterous and adversarial House of Commons. Hammond resisted two…

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