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Sebastian Payne @SebastianEPayne London via Gateshead

@FinancialTimes Whitehall Editor and presenter of Payne’s Politics podcast. Writing 'Broken Heartlands' for @panmacmillan. Views not always pink.

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No10 official hits back at this conspiracy theory: "We never ever doctor photos, the pics were out almost immediat… https://t.co/TzlV905Jor @lukemcgee You are an awful manMatt Hancock on #marr won't get into when lockdown will begin to be lifted. "I've said before we're going to have a… https://t.co/Wq3tHFq0Jn @janinegibson how much is it worth? Who is it married to?
1/24
2021
NEW: Boris Johnson has spoken to @POTUS this evening https://t.co/wzNzQEUPgYMy @times piece today on the choices for the Government once Covid deaths start falling while cases are still rising https://t.co/wxJiTl9dzN
Retweeted by Sebastian Payne @RobbieTimes Just the tonic for lockdown!🎙 This week’s episode of Payne’s Politics: @GeorgeWParker and @gideonrachman on Biden, Boris and how the two leade… https://t.co/XM0jgNQ2kq
1/23
2021
@PickardJE Next week in the press gallery https://t.co/6Eeet7P7cZContrary to misleading reports earlier this week, immune response to first BioNTech/Pfizer dose looks good https://t.co/nIaSC2ezXE
Retweeted by Sebastian Payne @PickardJE Wait, you’re from the north?The @FinancialTimes global vaccine tracker has launched! UK currently 4th and top European country for roll out… https://t.co/bI98WZ1YTQWell played #justabust https://t.co/1urazWSgGYUK has easily hit its 2m coronavirus jabs a week target. Now to maintain it https://t.co/W9QnCb8twoHad a chat with Twitter's unexpected pandemic keyboard warrior Neil O'Brien, about his popular fact-checking thread… https://t.co/VdhTKwj2Fw
Retweeted by Sebastian Payne @JGForsyth For those asking what’s Australian about it, see @pilitaclark’s excellent column on the topic https://t.co/Xp0gQZ51R6Sounds like we're heading for an Australian-style constitutional convention to deal with the union question - buyin… https://t.co/HL1IZR36tK
1/22
2021
Evening all, I’ll be reviewing tomorrow’s papers on Sky News this eve with @colettebrowne. Join us at 10:30 and 11:… https://t.co/vxIWnfhUZwWonder how @GuidoFawkes will feel about this new rave tax (£800 for those attending house parties of 15+, doubling… https://t.co/sQnvsNUbAvAnd in more good news, couldn’t be happier for my top friend @NickyWoolf and his family https://t.co/MZdM9ax7U7Received the wonderful news that my mother received her first dose of Covid-19 vaccine - incredibly efficient, no w… https://t.co/6VcrrSsx8X @blairmcdougall Reminds me of this https://t.co/9SdYxzabLvNEW: Tees Valley mayor @BenHouchen and all local government leaders have written to @RishiSunak to urge Treasury No… https://t.co/3UgahY559lHelen MacNamara, one of the most powerful figures in Whitehall, is leaving the civil service for the Premier League… https://t.co/BT2vcQcU9yAlways the Boss https://t.co/Y9mqIsK64g
1/21
2021
NEW: Boris Johnson is set for a "battle royal" with Conservative MPs over his cautious approach of easing lockdown.… https://t.co/5byMofzOkJ
Retweeted by Sebastian PayneBut one senior Number 10 official said any discussions about dates for ending lockdown were “wrong”. “No decisions… https://t.co/NWn0pnWCYvDiscussions are underway in Whitehall about an exit strategy that could see England returning to tier 4 in March, t… https://t.co/YGdEi3iFYaSenior Tory cont: "Hancock has indicated to backbenchers he might be prepared to take some risks once vaccinations… https://t.co/dIOUSyBd6DOne senior Tory on the debate ahead: "There is a big question about what happens when we hit the target of vaccina… https://t.co/bO9rfHtgNDWhitehall officials say the decision on when and how to un-lockdown will be a political one: "It is going to be a… https://t.co/uigVoNbDwqAllies say Johnson doesn't want to undermine plaudits for vaccine roll out: “Boris wants this to be the last lockd… https://t.co/w0BEcwnOJq @GeorgeWParker Covid Recovery Group, which is sceptical of lockdowns, is likely to vote against renewing March 31 e… https://t.co/Lie70VswD3NEW: Boris Johnson is set for a "battle royal" with Conservative MPs over his cautious approach of easing lockdown.… https://t.co/5byMofzOkJBernie Sanders is ready to go drinking down the local pub in lockdown https://t.co/LljZLWLnOYIn response to Dame Louise Casey, Allegra Stratton, Boris Johnson's press secretary, says "there is no way this par… https://t.co/1rat5pRJlJ @duncanrobinson Alright Geoffrey Cox👀 https://t.co/IClvEvBHEsCallaghan invited Carter to the U.K. In May 1977 that Mr Carter captured the hearts of the North East when he gre… https://t.co/8Vx5LmJbMf
Retweeted by Sebastian PayneBreaking up Whitehall's monopoly on policy making is a great idea. But shunting departments to politically convenie… https://t.co/aiUti6bvQN
Retweeted by Sebastian Payne.@KennyFarq is always worth reading, but this is especially interesting on the Scottish Labour leadership contest https://t.co/BN1DDzA4lE
1/20
2021
Big decisions about location ahead for HMT which could see a new northern office sink or swim. Great write up from… https://t.co/yFUGpr3Uyu
Retweeted by Sebastian Payne @MPIainDS @ABridgen @TomTugendhat @Simon4NDorset Here’s the full run down of 33 rebels who voted against the govern… https://t.co/5YEIeMRmTVWhen you have @MPIainDS and @ABridgen on the Tory right uniting with @TomTugendhat and @Simon4NDorset on the left,… https://t.co/HLnhyO3vcYBig rebellion: 33 Conservative MPs voted against the govt to back an amendment outlawing trade deals with countries… https://t.co/Uio2qkiE6KWhy moving senior civil servants to a northern city makes sense by @SebastianEPayne featuring @jillongovt on how sh… https://t.co/S4AhW4hqFH
Retweeted by Sebastian Payne.@sarahjnickson argues there needs to be opportunities to climb the ranks outside of London: "You really need a so… https://t.co/fni1QV0SU3If Treasury North went to a northern city — Leeds or Newcastle are in contention — the benefits are clearer: major… https://t.co/HO3xjkbpsHBut the danger of the towns approach to relocating the British state was seen with the Office for National Statisti… https://t.co/de7khSAuNDThere is an almighty Whitehall row currently ongoing on about where Treasury North should go. The towns argument… https://t.co/ypdlTDo2WC @FinancialTimes The Treasury’s proximity to power is supreme, but its connection to the outside world can be tangen… https://t.co/b4Hz513do5Breaking up Whitehall's monopoly on policy making is a great idea. But shunting departments to politically convenie… https://t.co/aiUti6bvQNIn response to this tweet, one 109er Tory gets in touch to say they are “as entitled as any other democratically el… https://t.co/4jhi4F8j3B @Greg_Callus @wallaceme @ConHome You assumed too much @wallaceme Elsewhere there is anger about the 109’s anger. One well placed Tory says “Frankly a lot of these newb… https://t.co/a8H2UDxGQBFor those why the 2019 intake Tories simply don’t rename their WhatsApp, MPs have told me “it’s now a thing” to be… https://t.co/hnqCLazcB8 @AshleyRParker @PhilipRucker Super congrats Ashley! Delighted for you, can’t wait to follow your coverage of the new administrationFascinating profile of the new business secretary @KwasiKwarteng by @PickardJE - especially on his ideological jour… https://t.co/vvAOXhSFmq
1/19
2021
@Fa_schieb @youngvulgarian You may appreciate this column in 2017 I did on the topic https://t.co/JiQN7MiXOyRishi Sunak does not want UC uplift becoming permanent. “It would cost £6bn — that’s the equivalent of putting 1p… https://t.co/jqNifwjSvxOthers are blaming the whips’ office and saying that the feelings of backbenchers aren’t being properly communicate… https://t.co/1sveuoJ1pFOne MP said were 350 messages on the 109 group in *one morning* mostly about universal credit and No10’s messaging.… https://t.co/Y21lETdN30MPs’ anger isn’t about the policy, but the government’s decision making: "Nobody really thinks pushing UC up in th… https://t.co/bvvqzBJ0tDOne 2019 intake Tory MP: "I’m completely fed up with being marched up the hill on deeply unpopular policies and bei… https://t.co/8M1vG7MH1iNEW: Boris Johnson is facing a wave of backbench anger over his handling of the Universal Credit debate. The 109 W… https://t.co/Bf8QRFiEFlWant some good news? The UK is doing well on vaccinations - domestically on track to hit its targets and internati… https://t.co/8aBPOlHoso
Retweeted by Sebastian PayneMore outstanding political reporting from @jonathanvswan. Crazy doesn't begin to explain it https://t.co/cBpiAuAkIR @oliverdarcy @daveweigel Snap! @daveweigel @oliverdarcy Can fully recommend an upgrade to one of the new Apple Silicon MacBooks. Keyboard is divin… https://t.co/xZRYiaz6YF43 weeks 😭 (via @alexwickham) https://t.co/jm2z1RV5PU
1/18
2021
This is the best of Britain. @nickcpapadop is a wonderful community leader for Salisbury https://t.co/CPoSJeQVoc“The party has become rather like one of those soap operas you long since ceased following and are surprised to dis… https://t.co/2bLqs4lLGX
1/17
2021
🎙 This week’s episode of Payne’s Politics: @PickardJE and @JasmineCC_95 analyse the latest Covid news: lockdown, v… https://t.co/xbs4vBsMTIMagnificent moving writing by @rafaelbehr https://t.co/FfnW4AreKX
1/16
2021
@MarkCasci @OpinionYP @SamCoatesSky @Peston Hi Mark, I asked one straightforward question to each of the people at… https://t.co/4jqLmK6xb5NEW: Boris Johnson announces 3.3 million people have been vaccinated - including 1.3m over 80 year olds (45% of tot… https://t.co/blE0sBEhTS @steve_hawkes Target is two million jabs a week, prioritising first but also secondsMore strong vaccination numbers today. At this rate, the government very close hitting its target of delivering 2m… https://t.co/wBJaa6QWOtDamning indictment of Scottish Labour by Tony Blair https://t.co/meNab6GAil"His nomination represents a new phase of Johnson’s premiership, an acceptance that if he is to change things, he n… https://t.co/OmNSDki0EBSo. The hunt is on in Whitehall for #brexit dividends...to show some clear value in the freedoms given by Brexit.… https://t.co/Pdfbqc2JPJ
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1/15
2021
Richard Leonard is out as leader of Scottish Labour. Here's my @FinancialTimes column from last year about why his… https://t.co/JyvAKXUfnhHeading to the shop, hearing there’s no queue outside https://t.co/JARLvnKtrj @gabrielmilland @NeilDotObrien Northern Lights, Northern Lights and Northern LightsMy sister is doing some fun research on personality types and political participation. Are extroverts more likely t… https://t.co/DS9vBM7Zuu
Retweeted by Sebastian PayneTransport for the North loses 40% of core funding and fifth of total annual funding. Burnham: “This appears to be a… https://t.co/Aw5EIbaHso
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1/14
2021
💥 SCOOP: ‘Treasury North’ will lead the march of 22,000 civil servants out of London. Rishi Sunak is eyeing up Le… https://t.co/vQ4NQDGdKs
Retweeted by Sebastian PayneMore details on govt plans to shift civil servants out of London, via @GeorgeWParker and @SebastianEPaynehttps://t.co/GgAgUBxFWo
Retweeted by Sebastian Payne @ejbeals The Cabinet Office’s argument is that they’re moving senior positions, so people can have fuller careers o… https://t.co/WDI9V7Epjd👀 https://t.co/NdmjgzodWc @gabrielmilland Agreed - and the Cabinet Office seem to appreciate that. There is chatter around Whitehall that per… https://t.co/7kiFUHeIPUremember Rishi Sunak's plans to move 22,000 civil servants out of London? @SebastianEPayne has the story today on w… https://t.co/5LpIlhF5kK
Retweeted by Sebastian Payne @FisherAndrew79 @johnmcdonnellMP https://t.co/jlkBSypLsO @Matt_VickersMP Pints argument is strong @lukemcgee Thanks budAt this risk of hyperbole, these proposals could be a bigger deal than the BBC relocation to Manchester. Top scoop… https://t.co/vZEPuOvdx7
Retweeted by Sebastian Payne @jamesrbuk As the SDP had rolling party conferences on a train, why don’t we have a rolling civil service that work… https://t.co/TSntgsiszmThese departments are only the start. The national infrastructure bank will also be based in the North, possibly in… https://t.co/VjiXB3XmOWTreasury says no final decision has been taken on a location for TN. Rishi Sunak expected to make the announcement… https://t.co/fJveFC34e1.@BenHouchen says TN “needs” to on Teesside: “If he’s forced by the civil service to swap one metropolitan city f… https://t.co/y5Cyl9Xdfw
1/13
2021

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