We’ll continue to update this as the Prime Minister fills out the lower ranks of his government.
Posts Tagged: Conor Burns MP
His appointments to the Territorial Offices are a mixed bag: Cairns is a welcome retention, Jack a bold but possibly risky change, and Smith another letdown for Ulster.
Also: MPs criticise Foreign Secretary over Ulster veterans; Johnson makes Thomson his Scottish campaign chief; and fierce competition to lead the NIO.
Here’s our best stab at who is voting for whom, and this list will be updated each morning, as the contest continues.
Mostly ERG-aligned Leavers – but roughly ten former Remainers, a core of whom now back a second referendum.
The logic of his position was that the UK was leaving by March 29th. It hasn’t changed. The Government’s has. So he’s gone.
It may have produced Anna Soubry – but it also gave us a mixed cross-section of Tories, including Conor Burns, Esther McVey, Priti Patel and Liz Truss.
Andrew Gimson’s Commons sketch: May cannot sell her compromise and centrist MPs are preparing to take over
Power seems to be seeping away from the ancien regime.
Yesterday in the Commons. More opponents than supporters of the Prime Minister’s deal on the Conservative backbenchers.
That said, there was more backing for her from her party than some of today’s headlines suggest.
Meanwhile, the Government has quietly been appointing more trade emissaries during the last few months.
That’s ten gone from the front bench or CCHQ – and it would be surprising were there not more today.
Is the Witney MP’s decision a one-off, or part of a co-ordinated plan – with more to come? Downing Street and the Whips will be searching for an answer.
It doesn’t seem to be complete yet, but here are as many of the appointments as have been released to date.
Seema Kennedy becomes the Prime Minister’s second PPS. Brexiteer Kwasi Kwarteng is PPS to Philip Hammond. And much, much more.
There’s one undeniable trend among those promoted: they backed the winning candidate.