Both have chosen people with previous experience of their constituencies, which will stand them in good stead in the event of an early election.
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Marr’s interview has shaped the news agenda whilst the Brexit Party leader has another opportunity to burnish his outsider status.
A lethal combination of strategic incoherence and operational incompetence has seen the Remain wave pass the would-be mould-breakers by.
The new Solicitor General and FCO/DfID minister are both sensible choices, which might say more about the Prime Minister’s position than her judgement.
Also: Mercer resigns over Government’s handling of historical allegations against veterans; and Welsh health minister fends off no-confidence vote after latest scandal.
Local elections 4) The minor parties: Greens surge, UKIP collapse, localists and independents thrive
Could the absence of the Brexit Party explain in part the enormous increase in the number of ‘Others’ being returned?
Also: Ministry of Defence and Northern Irish Office clash over protecting ex-servicemen and police; and another bad week for Scottish Labour.
The Government’s combination of pro-shale rhetoric and highly restrictive regulation could almost be calculated to please nobody.
Also: Will Lyra McKee’s murder in Londonderry be enough to re-start the political process in Northern Ireland? It doesn’t seem likely.
Also: Dugdale wins lawsuit against cybernat blogger; devolution row as English hospitals shut out Welsh patients over funding; and a week in SNP bad news.
Also: Dublin urged to ‘come clean’ over support for IRA during the Troubles; Welsh tax powers come into force; and Salmond inquiry tells Sturgeon not to destroy evidence.
If she insists on a functioning Assembly before a no-deal Brexit, why on earth would Sinn Fein oblige her?
Some have stepped down due to scandal or ill-health, but the overwhelming majority are down to policy disagreements with the Government.
It is a telling sign that several PPS positions – usually the first step on the ladder for ambitious MPs – have gone unfilled since November.
Also: May cites absurd fears about ‘direct rule’ to justify abandonment of No Deal; Tory rebels wooed separatist votes; and polls open in Newport West.