May's inner circle
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Katie Perrior on Theresa May's inner circle

Some are saying it is not just the election campaign that explains the Conservative disaster but the way that Downing Street under Theresa May had already been operating.

There's a sense that her two main aides Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill had tight control and everyone else, including senior cabinet minister, were frozen out.

Katie Perrior, Theresa May's former director of communications, told Radio 4's Today that the atmosphere in the meetings would be "great" if Timothy and Hill weren't there and "terrible" if they were.

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