Joel Winton

10 Downing Street

Deputy director of policy unit

Having worked for a major free-markets-focused and pro-growth foundation in the United States, Wilton was brought into the Number Ten policy unit by its head, Munira Mirza, to forge better links between Number Ten and MPs, to politically sense-check announcements and avoid further messy U-turns such as on free school meals and A-levels. Picking up sensitive political issues such as migrant boats from Calais, Winton has come into his own in the post-Cummings era Downing Street, working closely with former Spad and rising star MP Neil O’Brien to make sure the parliamentary Conservative Party is better connected to Number Ten.