“A society that does not judge you for where you come from or your background or how you live your life provided you do no harm to others that is the syncretic genius of our country.”
“Of course sometimes the exchanges are tough, but that is to be expected…because the prizes for success are enormous. As are the consequences of failure.”
“We need to disrupt plots in their early stages. Many such plots will include some element of online radicalisation.”
We are leading a fourth industrial revolution with new technology changing our economy: Hammond’s speech in full
“The market economy frees people and businesses, encourages them to create, take risks, give ideas a go because they can see the results and benefit from their success.”
Iain Dale’s 100 most influential people on the Right 2017. May tops it. Davis is second. And Davidson third.
Who would have predicted that Gavin Barwell, having lost his seat and ministerial position, would climb 63 places to number seven?
The Scottish Conservative leader says that, “for all the devolution of power in the last twenty years, our Union continues to be far too London-centric”.
It’s a promising start, but Momentum is already ahead in this game.
“I am optimistic about what we can achieve by finding a creative solution to a new economic relationship that can support prosperity for all our peoples.”
“I stress that I became disillusioned with the Service, not with civil servants.” Maude’s Speaker’s Lecture – full text
The former minister for the Cabinet Office explains why his experiences have convinced him that reform is urgently needed.
The Government won by 326 votes to 290. Ken Clarke voted against the Programme Motion – the only Tory vote against the Bill earlier today.
A vocal Brexiteer, a vocal critic of the Government’s plans, and two newly-elected MPs (Simon Clarke and Vicky Ford) were unsuccessful in the race.
Conservative Select Committee election results. A squeeze on places, “Very high turnout” – and some prominent losers.
Ability, popularity with colleagues and specialist knowledge seem to have mattered more in these elections than intake or ideology.
It’s a depressing truth that today’s great public speakers would not have seemed particularly remarkable 40 or 50 years ago.
But, as ever, most members won’t have known there was an election on – or had a vote on who will “lead the Voluntary Party”.
Party Conference is, as he puts it, “increasingly corporate, expensive [and] exclusive”. So here is his first shot at something different.