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The Travolta of the Treasury: Rishi Sunak’s aide Liam Booth-Smith sports a leather biker jacket

The Travolta of the Treasury: Rishi Sunak’s aide Liam Booth-Smith sports a leather biker jacket and shirt unbuttoned halfway down his chest as he accompanies Chancellor to No10

  • Chancellor appears to have new style rival in the form of aide Liam Booth-Smith
  • Seen strutting along the street wearing a leather jacket and an unbuttoned shirt
  • Heads up joint No10-No11 policy unit and has previously served Boris Johnson  


Rishi Sunak may have won the nickname ‘Dishy Rishi’ for his youthful looks and brooding publicity snaps… 

But one of his top aides has now upped the style stakes after being spotted sporting a leather biker jacket and shirt unbuttoned halfway down his chest in a style tempting comparisons to John Travolta in Grease or sitcom character The Fonz. 

Special adviser Liam Booth-Smith completed his look with skinny trousers and black leather shoes – as he strutted down the pavement with one hand tucked in his jacket and the other holding a suitcase. 

Booth-Smith grew up on a council estate and attended a private school in Staffordshire before going on to study Politics at Loughborough University and taking a series of think-tank jobs before becoming special advisor. 

A stylish Liam Booth-Smith (second from left) with Lisa Lovering (far right), Mr Sunak’s senior parliamentary assistant. Also pictured around Mr Sunak (second from right) is a member of the security team (far left) and a senior civil servant (centre)

John Travolta in Grease

Mr Booth-Smith (seen in a second photo yesterday) now heads up the joint No10-No11 policy unit

Mr Booth-Smith (seen right in a second photo yesterday) now heads up the joint No10-No11 policy unit. Pictured left: John Travolta in Grease 

The group leaving outside of the back of No10 yesterday also included Lisa Lovering, Mr Sunak’s senior parliamentary assistant, who manages his diary, a member of his security team, and a senior civil servant.  

Mr Booth-Smith, who is in his thirties, heads up the joint No10-No11 policy unit, making him one of the Chancellor’s most senior aides. 

A housing policy expert, he was highly rated by Dominic Cummings – also famous for pushing the boundaries of conventional business attire – and Boris Johnson’s former communications chief Lee Cain, according to allies speaking to Politico

He served as an adviser to the PM before joining the Treasury in February 2020 as a special adviser to Mr Sunak. 

‘He is completely and utterly Rishi,’ a former colleague said. ‘It was an inevitability [he would switch to backing Sunak] now his patron in Cummings has gone.’

The Chancellor is known for his moody PR shots, such as this one released to publicise his Winter Economy Plan

The Chancellor is known for his moody PR shots, such as this one released to publicise his Winter Economy Plan  

The source added that Mr Booth-Smith ‘is not discreet about his dislike of the PM, adding: ‘He has no compunction to sarcastically say ”it is going splendidly in No.10”.’

Mr Booth-Smith was educated at the £12,000-per-year Newcastle Under Lyme School and Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College before gaining a BA in politics and social policy at Loughborough. 

He worked in communications and senior management roles at several think-tanks before beginning his government service by joining the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in June 2018.    

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