The Prime Minister's Secretariat (the 'Garden Suburb') was formed 100 years ago, to support David Lloyd George in the conduct of the war. But would it still be needed once hostilities came to an end?
Dr Andrew Blick
Dr Andrew Blick is Lecturer in Politics and Contemporary History, King's College London. His publications include, with George Jones, 'At Power's Elbow: aides to the Prime Minister from Robert Walpole to David Cameron; ‘People Who Live in the Dark’, a history of special advisers; ‘Premiership’, also with George Jones; and – with Peter Hennessy – ‘The Hidden Wiring Emerges’, an analysis of the UK Cabinet Manual. He is currently writing ‘Beyond Magna Carta: a constitution for the United Kingdom’.
It is a century since David Lloyd George formed the first ever prime-ministerial policy team, known as the ‘Garden Suburb’.
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