Britain’s top civil servant has “reminded” Downing Street staff about security procedures after David Cameron’s director of communications was caught sneaking the Tories’ £500,000 election adviser Lynton Crosby into the back entrance of Number 10, Scrapbook can reveal.
The letter from Sir Jeremy Heywood to Labour MP Sheila Gilmore will be seen as a censure for Craig Oliver, who used his chip-and-pin pass to let Crosby through a turnstile at the back of the building — even though he had not been security vetted.
The incident is by no means Crosby’s first brush with controversy when it comes to security passes. In 2011 it was revealed that he had been issued with a pass for City Hall as Boris Johnson’s campaign manager — in breach of strict rules on using the building for party political purposes. Spinners tried to claim the pass was issued in error by “an admin officer” before being “swiftly withdrawn”. But a freedom of information request by tenacious hack Adam Bienkov revealed that Crosby had access for five months after a request from, errrr, Boris himself:
As for Number 10 security … at least Crosby isn’t wanted for murder.