Boris Johnson has brought a man who ran London's most exclusive sex parties into the heart of his Number 10 operation, the Mirror can reveal.
It’s reignited a row over the hiring processes and vetting of staff working for the Prime Minister.
Dougie Smith previously worked for Conservative HQ as a strategist and opposition researcher, digging up dirt on political opponents under David Cameron's leadership of the party.
But in 2003 it was revealed he was the co-host of Fever Parties, a group running orgies and swingers' parties for the wealthy and beautiful.
For more than five years he hosted the parties, which saw up to 50 couples descend on Mayfair townhouses for sex and partner swapping until the early hours.
The parties would start with guests mingling over drinks in a candlelit lounge before they gradually drifted off into adjoining rooms furnished with enormous beds.
He's now been given a Number 10 pass and a desk in Mr Johnson's most senior political office, according to internal Downing Street documents seen by the Mirror.
But he does not appear on the published list of Mr Johnson's Special Advisers.
It's understood Mr Smith reports to Mr Johnson's top aides Dominic Cummings and Eddie Lister and was involved in the 'reorganisation' of cabinet special advisers which led to several high-ranking aides being sacked.
It's not known what level of security clearance Mr Smith has been granted.
Labour MP Stephen Doughty demanded answers about how Mr Smith was vetted before being hired by Number 10.
He said: “This revelation raises yet more questions about the hiring and vetting process at the heart of government.
“The cabinet secretary has yet to answer my questions about the previous hiring decisions of Dominic Cummings.
“We now need urgent answers about the hiring of Dougie Smith, the vetting he was subjected to and how he was appointed to the role.”
It comes just a month after another aide, Andrew Sabisky, was forced to resign as a Number 10 contractor.
The "super forecaster", hired Mr Cummings' bid to recruit "weirdo's and misfits", quit after a string of inflammatory remarks about sex, race and eugenics were uncovered.
And newly elected Tory MP Jamie Wallis faced questions in January over links to a "sugar daddy" website.
Mr Smith is married to Munira Mirza, Mr Johnson's Director of Policy.
Known in Westminster as a “fixer”, Mr Smith was accused by Nigel Farage of approaching Brexit Party figures ahead of the 2019 election, offering them “inducements” such as peerages to step down.
At the same time he was running the parties by night, he was coordinator of Conservatives for Chance – a think tank whose board members included Theresa May
He admitted to his involvement in Fever when it was revealed in 2003, saying his work in politics and his sex parties did not "overlap."
He told the Times in 2003: "Fortunately we're living in the 21st century and even naturally censorious people tend to feel slightly self-conscious about wagging their fingers at what consenting adults do behind closed doors."
He has since said he has severed all ties with the company and their events.
Archives of Fever’s website from 2003 boast of “exclusive house parties for good looking couples under 40 years of age.”
To attend one of the parties, couples would have to submit photographs and pay £50 to cover costs.
Single women were also permitted to attend the parties, but the site warned “entry is not guaranteed.”
Single men were banned.
The site reads: “In our spare time we go to great lengths to hold sensational parties that can equal what New York and Paris – with their much more liberal laws – have to offer young swingers.”
It adds: “If you are a young, attractive and sophisticated couple and you are seeking the thrill of sexual recreation among your peer-group then you've come to the right place.
“You and your partner can find everything you desire on special Saturday nights with Fever.”
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