Damon Poole

Department for Health and Social Care

Media adviser

Another former Vote Leaver, “Damo” Poole was very close to Dominic Cummings and Lee Cain and was sent by the latter to Health to be Matt Hancock’s media Spad after the departure of the well-regarded Jamie Njoku-Goodwin. A street fighter like his mentor Cain, Poole was head of research at Change Britain, a pressure group set up by prominent Vote Leave members, and was head of broadcasting at Number Ten during numerous boycotts of programmes including Today and Good Morning Britain. The rugby-mad Spad is also a former account director at Brunswick public affairs firm.