The established parties have lost their grip on this contest, but their hold on other parts of the country’s system remains strong.
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The more likely Tory voters see headline figures like these, the less likely they are to turn out to vote.
That’s the head of the Downing Street Policy Unit, the Chair of May’s Policy Board, the most important Minister you’ve never heard of…and our former columnist.
This election follows a referendum that strained, and in some cases shattered, party loyalties. The Prime Minister ought now to be building her own big tent.
His great achievement two years ago was to sever the head off the Liberal Democrat snake – and most of the body too. Now he must defang it again.
Nine Labour MPs, three independents and an SDLP MP voted against holding one.
May should announce that she will reappoint her top three ministers and her Brexit team post-election
Doing so would at guarantee continuity to her negotiation planning, and free Johnson to do what he does best without distraction – namely, campaigning.
Fairness for younger people. A shift to technical education. More homes. Tax help for families. Cut the Lords in half. A voluntary cap on party donations.
Simon Burns (pictured left with mystery friend) is retiring. Other MPs will go too – giving Downing Street & CCHQ an unprecedented opportunity to influence selections.
Above all, don’t neglect the obvious. May is vulnerable to Tory revolts – as the NICs debacle proved. She wants a real working majority.
This proportion would be content to rely on WTO terms if necessary, or say that Single Market access isn’t important to them in the first place.
In a nutshell, members’ top priority isn’t cutting immigration from the EU, let alone stopping payments to it: instead, it’s restoring self-government – and fast.
He’s there to buck up the Foreign Office and jet off overseas – thus reducing his capacity to re-pursue his leadership aspirations at Westminster.
The Government seems to get the message, but Conservative MPs should be vigilant. An Islamist government in Damascus would be in neither Syria’s interest nor ours.