Behind the Scenes at Downing Street – Lee Cain, former Downing Street Director of Communications and Q&A

19th Nov 2021, 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Law and Psychology

Lee Cain, former director of comms at Downing Street will be interviewed by Politics Lecturer Paula Keaveney about his career, his time working with top politicians and his thoughts on how the government could communicate better.  He will also give advice on careers in communications, followed by a Q&A session.


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Lee Cain is the founder of strategic advisory firm Charlebye. As the former Downing Street Director of Communications, he was a key political strategist to Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Inside No10 he navigated one of the most turbulent political periods in modern UK history from the EU referendum in 2016 to the UK’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.

While as a key campaign strategist he urged the country to “Take Back Control” and “Get Brexit Done” – helping the Conservative Government win the largest election majority since Margaret Thatcher.  He is also credited with developing the “Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives” messaging for the Government’s Covid-19 response.

Programme: Friday 19 November 2021

Time: 4 pm- 6 pm

Venue: Law & Psychology Building, Lecture Theatre 

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A journalist by training, Lee has advised many of the UK’s leading politicians including Theresa May, Michael Gove and Andrea Leadsom.  He began advising Boris Johnson while he served as Foreign Secretary and later spearheaded his campaign to be Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party.

After a landslide victory, Lee was asked to become Downing Street Director of Communications in 2019. Here he was central in all key parts of government including communications, economic strategy, national security, constitutional crisis and key domestic policy. Working at the heart of government, Lee held direct responsibility for managing some of the biggest media stories of the past half century.