Beneath the headlines the Scottish Secretary’s statements were entirely consistent with the Prime Minister’s muscularly unionist approach.
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Theresa May edges out Ruth Davidson for the top spot for only the second time, and there is a general rise in positive feeling about most ministers.
Also: Mundell calls for devolution within Scotland; and Hammond praises the Ulster economy.
Lord Howard and Charles Moore cross swords with Lord Hope and Joshua Rosenberg on the changing role of our courts and the criticism it brings.
Extending the window from five years to ten would preserve the benefits whilst removing the threat of a legislative “cliff edge”.
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Die-hard Remainers have a clear strategy. The Prime Minister must move swiftly and decisively to defeat it.
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Whether or not May wants an early election is beside the point: recent events illustrate why governments shouldn’t be imprisoned in office.
It flows from the Crown-in-Parliament, so support for it is entirely compatible with advocating Parliamentary sovereignty.
Also: Davies defends Welsh devo-sceptics; Tory peer spearheads bid for gay marriage in Ulster; Davidson attacks SNP’s policy vacuum; and Foster comes out swinging for Brexit.
There is a solid case for the Conservatives not running a candidate against him.
If the former Prime Minister thinks it so important that voters have space to reflect and reconsider, why did he not fight for a less punishing exit mechanism in 2007?
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