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15 August 2017

10 times James Chapman slammed his former boss David Davis

The Brexit Secretary’s ex-adviser makes damning claims about his work and social life.

By Media Mole

James Chapman, the former DExEU chief-of-staff and Mail journo, has been firing off fascinating allegations on Twitter about his former boss and Brexit Secretary David Davis.

Here are some of the juiciest:

1. Horrifying the Slovakian PM

2. Being too chummy with BBC journalists like Andrew Neil and John Humphrys

3. Working a three-day week

4. Acting “drunk, bullying and inappropriate” with Diane Abbott

5. Ordering someone else to make him plain ham sandwiches (no butter)

6. Ignoring how existing trade deals with non-EU countries would play out

7. Calling up Nigel Farage….

8. …and demanding civil servants saved his number on his office phone

9. Mistaking Michel Barnier for a “far-right” friend on the phone

10. Taking six sugars in his tea, stirred in by someone else


Davis himself denies having Farage on speed dial, though admits to having his number. On Good Morning Britain, he referred to Chapman as “dear old James” and said:

“James did a great job as my chief-of-staff, but even the day he arrived he was a Remainer.”

Your mole contacted the Department for Exiting the European Union to find out Davis’ response to Chapman’s other allegations, and was pointed towards his similar comments on Sky News this morning:

“James was a ‘Remainer’ from the beginning, but he was a very good Chief of Staff. I am not going to criticise or argue with him [on air].”

Your mole has also asked BBC News about its presenters’ relationship with the Brexit Secretary. Radio 4 Today programme editor Sarah Sands said on Twitter that Davis and Humphrys have never been on holiday together, and Andrew Neil denies being a regular drinking buddy. They are not providing any further response to Chapman’s claims.

How the Secretary of State takes his tea and sandwiches remains unconfirmed. 

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