While Andrew Jones returns as an Under-Secretary to the department from which he was removed as an Under-Secretary.
“Unlike the previous political declarations, the scope for delay, fudge or obscurantist language has passed. This is now a time for clarity and plain speaking.”
Meanwhile, the Government has quietly been appointing more trade emissaries during the last few months.
“We need a radical shift in the NHS, from a hospital service for the ill, to a service to keep us healthy.” – Hancock’s speech, full text
“Over just the last year, emergency admissions at A&E have increased by 6.6 per cent. This rate of growth of demand is simply unsustainable.”
The party has selected a local candidate to win back what was one of only a few Conservative footholds in the North East.
“Under this Conservative Government austerity is coming to an end – but discipline will remain.” – Hammond’s Budget speech, full text
“Now we have reached a defining moment on this, long, hard journey. Opening a new chapter in our country’s economic history.”
With strong local connections and potentially years to campaign, she likely has a strong chance of overturning Labour’s narrow majority.
Two more associations in target seats, both won from Labour in 2010 only to be lost again last year, have chosen their would-be MPs.
He won out over Cllr Helen Harrison and Clarence Mitchell. The Labour majority is 607, and the possibility of a by-election looms.
Fox. Go for the Export Dividend. “Based on a ten per cent uplift in exports, the budget deficit could reduce by some £20 billion.” His trade speech: full text.
He praises a new IEA analysis.
Selection news: Peterborough shortlist revealed, and the first London seats open for candidate applications
Plus: the postponed selection processes in Darlington and Wirral West have been restarted. And: Ryan Henson selected in Bedford.
Updated, plus: the results of four recent contests in target seats – Bishop Auckland, Bristol North West, Crewe and Nantwich, and Ipswich.
“We should…switch to Canada +++ and deliver an outcome that is good for the UK, acceptable to Parliament, and negotiable with Brussels.”
Penny Mordaunt: “The more we do, the more we trade, and the less demand there will then be for aid.” Her development speech: full text.
Traditional donor governments gave a tiny fraction of the total sum needed last year. So how do we close that gap? The private sector has to be part of the answer.
“I passionately believe that our best days lie ahead of us.” The Prime Minister’s Conference speech, full text.
“We stand at a pivotal moment in our history. It falls to our party to lead our country through it.”