Her influence developed long before she moved into 10 Downing Street via her work over the last decade within the Conservative Party.
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I called publicly for the collective award of the GC to the NHS fully 15 months ago – within a month of the nation going into its first lockdown.
Lord Ashcroft: My campaign against captive lion breeding in South Africa scores a success. Its government agrees to a ban.
There is still a long way to go. I have no doubt that further battles lie ahead. But today’s news is an important step in the right direction.
Lord Ashcroft: My survey of Scottish voters. The SNP maintains its lead for the Holyrood elections. But there are clouds on its horizon.
For many, Brexit is a powerful justification for a new independence referendum. But this, too, works both ways.
Lord Ashcroft: A woke country with a barbaric practice. Why Norway should halt its bloody slaughter of hundreds of whales.
I believe that so prosperous a nation can and should stop the apparent pain and trauma that the mammals suffer when harpooned.
The new President’s problems will begin right at the start with whatever he decides to do next.
Lord Ashcroft: “If Trump loses…he can run again.” My American election focus groups in Pennsylvania and Arizona.
“Trump lies a lot and Biden’s kind of not all there.” And it’s less than a week to go until voting day.”
Lord Ashcroft: “If you’re voting for Trump, you keep your mouth shut.” My American election focus groups in Georgia and Ohio.
Many felt the election was going to be close – and that, whatever the outcome, there was a widespread expectation that things would get messy.
Lord Ashcroft: Trump – “toxic”, “awesome”, both or neither? My American election focus groups in Michigan and North Carolina.
Several of our participants remained undecided. They wanted to hear more about where both candidates stood on policy, especially healthcare.
Lord Ashcroft: “I think there might be riots whoever wins.” My American election campaign focus groups in Florida and Wisconsin.
“I could see this dragging out for weeks…we probably won’t know who’s president until late December or early January.”
Lord Ashcroft: What my new poll of eight thousand people says about Covid-19, the two main parties, Johnson and Starmer
Challenging findings for the Prime Minister, encouraging ones for the Opposition Leader – with the economy as a key battleground.
Tough measures brought in to ensure that the island remains free of the virus have once again killed off tourism for the foreseeable future.
In political terms, there is still time for the Coronavirus crisis to turn the tables on the President. But it hasn’t yet.
My open letter to the Prime Minister proposes the award to recognise the astonishing efforts of those working for our healthcare system.
I was delighted to see your appointment. I confess to slight bias, given that you retweeted an article of mine calling for an end to ring-fencing of the aid budget.