Notting Hill set
The term Notting Hill set refers to an informal group of young figures in prominent leadership positions in the Conservative Party, or close advisory positions around the current party leader and Prime Minister, David Cameron.
The term was coined by Derek Conway in 2004, before Cameron became leader. It was intended to be pejorative, as Conway was one of the 'bed-blockers' preventing the party modernising. The term is in reference to all of them having lived in Notting Hill, in west London, although the group's two leading players, Cameron and George Osborne, no longer live in Notting Hill.
The set is often seen as symbolic of the wing of the party that currently dominates the leadership. It combines traditional centre-right economic views with socially liberal and environmentally friendly stances on other issues. The group refer to themselves as the "Smith Square set" and at the time of the 1992 general election, were often referred to as the "Brat Pack".
The following have been reported to be its members:
- David Cameron, Prime Minister
- George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer
- Michael Gove, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
- Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries
- Nicholas Boles, Minister of State for Skills and Equalities
- Steve Hilton, Director of Strategy at Conservative Campaign Headquarters
- Rachel Whetstone, Hilton's wife and head of Google's Europe division
- Edward Llewellyn, Downing Street Chief of Staff
- Catherine Fall, Cameron's Deputy Chief of Staff
- Marie Woolf; Ben Russell (28 July 2004). "Tory leader put under pressure on three fronts". The Independent.
- Nicholas Watt (28 July 2004). "Tory central". The Guardian.
- Katherine Barney (3 March 2006). "The Tory Notting Hill Set sell up and move on; Cameron and his pals quit west London base". The Evening Standard.
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/nickrobinson/2008/02 Make a million by helping the poor
- Snowdon 2010, p. 3.
- "Who are the Notting Hill Set?". The Daily Telegraph. 26 Feb 2006.
- Snowdon, Peter (2010) . Back from the Brink: The Extraordinary Fall and Rise of the Conservative Party. London: HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-00-730884-2.
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