Craig Oliver and Lynton Crosby

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 10Scrapbook 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 buildingeven though he had not been security vetted.

Jeremy Heywood letter on Lynton Crosby Number 10 access

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 managerin 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  Spinners tried to claim the pass was issued in error by “an admin officer” before being “swiftly withdrawn”.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:

Boris Johnson request for Lynton Crosby pass

As for Number 10 security … at least Crosby isn’t wanted for murder.

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