Exclusive: More than a dozen civil servants from different departments have moved to party in past 18 months

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Labour is recruiting a growing number of civil servants to bolster its preparations for government, with officials hired from No 10, the Treasury and other government departments.

Having poached Sue Gray, the party has been on a wider hiring spree across Whitehall for roles including covering data science, economic growth and engagement with businesses, the Guardian can reveal.

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