A new special relationship: Cameron holds eight conversations with Blair on how to run the country | Mail Online
Well-placed sources admit their discussions stray far beyond foreign affairs and into how the Government should reform public services and the civil service. They have also discussed the euro crisis and the economy.
Mr Blair has also been advising Mr Cameron on how to cope with the rigours of the job as he undergoes the most testing time of his premiership.
Meetings: Mr Blair is understood to have held talks with Mr Cameron¿s recently departed policy guru Steve Hilton, pictured
‘They have a lot to talk about,’ said a senior source. ‘It is quite a special relationship between one Prime Minister and another. Who else knows what you’re going through?
‘They ostensibly talk about the Middle East but when you’ve got him on the phone it is natural to talk politics.’
Mr Blair has also had discussions on public service reform with senior ministers and it is understood he has held talks with Mr Cameron’s recently departed policy guru Steve Hilton.
Labour peer Lord Adonis, who helped pioneer Mr Blair’s academy schools programme, which Education Secretary Michael Gove has dramatically expanded, was in No10 for talks with Mr Cameron on Monday. That meeting was also previously kept quiet by No10. Senior Tory sources say the Prime Minister has not ruled out offering a job to Lord Adonis, who is supposed to be running Labour’s own industrial policy review.
Mr Cameron’s policy unit has also been consulting Matthew Taylor and Geoff Mulgan, two former heads of Mr Blair’s Downing Street policy unit.
Details of the extensive web of contacts are likely to enrage partisans on both Tory and Labour benches.