Paying tribute last week to the SpAds who have made “grown-up government” possible, Paul wrote of Sheridan Westlake that:

‘Eric Pickles has been known to say that it’s been a pleasure working for Westlake.  This is very nearly true.  As Hayden said of Handel, on hearing the Hallelujah Chorus: “He is the master of us all.”’

Now we have news that Westlake is moving to join the Number 10 operation. The details of the appointment are as yet unknown, but it’s a just reward for his work at DCLG, and certainly good news for the professionalism of the organisation which he is joining.