A former Cabinet minister was banned from Number 10 after criticising Theresa May for wearing a £1,000 pair of trousers, explosive text messages have revealed.
Sacked education secretary Nicky Morgan was referred to as that woman in the messages from Fiona Hill, the Prime Minister’s joint chief of staff.
But text messages obtained by the Mail on Sunday show that Ms Hill texted Mr Burt to tell him Don’t bring that woman to No 10 again” after she spoke out about the premier’s decision to pose in Amanda Wakeley-designed “bitter chocolate trousers.
Ms Morgan, however, found out about the message and sent the aide a stinging riposte.
The message seen by the Mail on Sunday said: If you don’t like something I have said or done, please tell me directly. No man brings me to any meeting. Your team invites me.
If you don’t want my views in future meetings you need to tell them.
Ms Hill, believed to be referring to the pair attending the previous meeting together, replied: Well, he just did. So there!
Earlier this week Mrs May insisted she was not out of touch with ordinary people because she opted to wear costly clothing. She wore the £1,000 trousers during a photo shoot for a newspaper.
Speaking during trip to Bahrain, the PM said: Look, I stood on the steps of Downing Street and said what I did about the importance of a country that works for everyone because that is what I have heard from people as I have gone around the country, as I have met people in a whole variety of circumstances.
I believe it is important for politicians to get out and about and that’s exactly what I continue to do. It is important that we have a country that works for everyone.
Ms Morgan had expressed doubts about the fashion choice, insisting: My barometer is always: How am I going to explain this in Loughborough market?
The MP said the trousers had been noticed and discussed in Tory circles. Mrs Morgan said: I don’t have leather trousers.
I don’t think I’ve ever spent that much on anything apart from my wedding dress.