Unlike Michael Fallon, whose presence in Cabinet the Prime Minister inherited, he was her own creation at the top, and one on which she relied.
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Gove to the Treasury. Hunt to CCHQ. Johnson to Business. And the first-ever woman Conservative Chief Whip. A reshuffle plan.
How to give Brexit contingency the priority it needs, put housing delivery at the front of the queue and recharge the batteries of Tory social reform.
Who was Minister of the Year? Backbencher of the Year? And – in a hotly contested field – what was feud of the year?
If Gove could talk to the animals, talk to the animals. Why the Conservatives are campaigning on the environment.
With a woof-woof here and a moo-moo there, there is a new Tory focus on our feathered, scaled, winged and four-legged friends.
Futhermore, the Government needs to sharpen up its sense of mission. And there is a heap of talent on the Tory backbenches.
Grieve’s win may embolden some pro-EU Tory MPs. But talk of Parliament “taking back control” is exaggerated.
We want Davidson in Scotland. We also want her in the Commons. We can’t have both – and she has made her choice. The right one.
Her confirmation that she is staying to fight the 2021 Holyrood elections binds her fortunes to May’s.
Then come Redwood and Tugendhat to make up the top five. Four of the top ten have been in the Commons for less than three years.
To “take the fight to Labour” successfully, as William Hague urges this morning, she requires a more sharply-defined sense of who she is fighting for.
The deal’s internal contradictions are coming back to haunt it, to the confusion of May, Varadkar, Juncker, Barnier – the whole lot of them.
Our snap survey. Seven out of ten party members think May was right to agree last week’s Brexit deal
Perhaps while Party members don’t like elements of the deal very much, their main emotional reaction to it is simply relief that trade talks are set to begin.
As Michael Gove hints this morning, the Cabinet must finally debate and decide which route it prefers.
It’s just that single question, but we believe our Panel members will appreciate the opportunity to express a view.
Trade talks may collapse – or produce no deal worth signing. But at least they’re set to happen. That’s a big breakthrough for May.
Some said we would never get the conversation going. But now it’s ready to take place. Which should win the Prime Minister some Parliamentary respite.
Jo Johnson is third. Then Greg Hands and Matt Hancock. But those who lead the results may be no less likely to go up than those who trail them.