Nicknamed "Steady Eddie", Llewellyn attended both Eton and Oxford with Cameron. During the period of Conservative opposition, he was an adviser to Chris Patten (working for him during the 1997 handover of Hong Kong from the UK to China) and worked alongside Paddy Ashdown in Bosnia.
In May 2010 The Spectator tipped Cameron's chief of staff Llewellyn to be "the new power broker" and "one of the most influential people in Downing Street these next few years". In addition to his good relations with the Liberal Democrats - having been sidekick to Ashdown and also good friends with Nick Clegg's wife, Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, during his time in Brussels - he "has extensive links across government". For example, he has twice worked alongside National Security Adviser Peter Ricketts (in Hong Kong and Bosnia).
Phone hacking investigation
In an email to Llewellyn on 10 September 2010, Assistant Metropolitan Police Commissioner John Yates offered to brief the Prime Minister on his examination of the News of the World phone hacking investigation. Llewellyn responded:
- On the other matters that have caught your attention this week, assuming we are thinking of the same thing, I am sure you will understand that we will want to be able to be entirely clear, for your sake and ours, that we have not been in contact with you about this subject.
- So I don't think it would really be appropriate for the PM, or anyone else at No 10, to discuss this issue with you, and would be grateful if it were not raised please.
Contact, Resources, Notes
- Tim Edwards Guarding the PM: the very secretive Ed Llewellyn The Week, 20 July 2011
- Department of Information Services, " Parliamentary Information List", accessed 07.09.10
- Andy McSmith Ed Llewellyn: The old school chum in trouble for not communicating The Independent, 20 July 2011, accessed 15 October 2014
- Channel 4, "Hung parliament: who are the dealmakers?", accessed 07.09.10
- James Forsyth, "The new power broker", The Spectator, 12.05.10, accessed 07.09.10
- Helene Mulholland and Matthew Taylor, Phone hacking: emails show Cameron aide 'stopped' briefing, guardian.co.uk, 19 July 2011.