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Ex-teaching assistant Bashford lands Cabinet Office job

Inside Croydon

Town Hall reporter KEN LEE on the Croydon councillor who has risen without trace

Anyone who aspires to this country being run by anything that might resemble a meritocracy may be saddened to learn that the “politically restricted” job which Croydon councillor Sara Bashford has just landed is in the high-powered Cabinet Office.

Sara Bashford: the newly appointed Cabinet Office civil servant’s skills include handing out T-shirts

This appointment represents a meteoric rise for the sometime teaching assistant, and comes just three months after Gavin Barwell somehow wangled the job of chief of staff to the interim Prime Minister, Theresa May.

The two Downing Street appointments may not be coincidental.

Until June, Bashford had a job working as a constituency office assistant in Croydon Central for Tory MP Barwell. There, her onerous duties included answering the telephone, counting paper clips and handing out free T-shirts. She may have also done…

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