Theresa May's chief of staff have the same job. But they're being talked about very differently
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The Mail on Sunday has shed a little light on Theresa May's 'Praetorian guard'.

In a seemingly business-as-usual article about Theresa May’s joint-chiefs of staff, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, it was reported that a number of senior civil servants are reportedly unhappy with the level of influence the pair wield.

A ‘government source’ claims that Timothy and Hill having been telling officials not to put documents for review directly into May’s box, or send it to her via email. Instead, much to their chagrin, they have to go through the aides first.

The Mail on Sundayarticle also descibes the two, with disparate levels of interest:

This is how Nick Timothy is described:

Mr Timothy exerts particular influence over policy. He helped to drive Mrs May's plans to bring back grammar schools, announce an inquiry into the policing of the 'Battle of Orgreave' during the 1980s miners' strike and launch an industrial strategy. Ministers have privately expressed surprise at the way Mr Timothy has demanded a big say in all key Government decisions, likening the Birminghamborn steel worker's son to Rasputin, the Russian peasant and mystic who ruled the Royal court before the Russian Revolution.

Compared to Fiona Hill:

A former Sky producer with news management skills, who has been credited with helping to fashion Mrs May's distinctive wardrobe.

It would appear from the description that Hill has done very little else with her career than picking out the prime ministers infamous footwear.

An alternative description might prudently have mentioned her work at the Conservative press office with former MP Andrew Lansley, her year working at the British Chambers of Commerce or a number of years working in public relations for Lexington Communications. Or indeed her interests in modern slavery or women's equality, in particular her involvement with May's legislation combating the former issue during her time as Home Secretary.

Nope, wardrobe.

The Mail on Sunday have been contacted for comment.

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