It lets me take county council matters to the heart of Government – to unlock investment opportunities and bring economic benefits to Nottinghamshire.
Also: Ministers give opponents of Troubles amnesty six weeks to propose alternatives and square off to the devocrats over freeports.
But this electoral Titan has an Achilles heel – tax rises which, rather than planning or HS2, are the real threat to future Chesham & Amershams.
We left the EU precisely to take back control. Having repatriated power, we mustn’t leave it in the hands of Whitehall functionaries.
The Government’s ambition is commendable, however, the scale of the challenge is significant.
Voters who felt taken for granted by Labour, have a Conservative Mayor fighting hard on their behalf.
Imagine if the Thatcher Government had sought to run the City from Whitehall. The self-defeating militancy seems to have been discarded.
Despite a surprisingly liberal migration policy, the bulk of the post-Brexit evidence so far suggests not.
The Government got “Brexit done” – and now wants to deliver on its pledge to spread “opportunity across the whole United Kingdom”.
The Prime Minister listened supportively, but jiggled his right knee up and down in a manner suggestive of unbearable mental tension.
One of an occasional series of articles that ConservativeHome is publishing in advance of the Budget.
The “Red Wall” communities in my area overwhelmingly backed Johnson in the last election, and it’s essential that the faith they put in him is returned.
It will deliver clean and high value development across Britain’s best growth region.
If the Spartans hadn’t held out against the pleas of our colleagues then Britain would have been trapped in a customs union with no way out.
A Thames Freeport will be a magnet for new investment, jobs, skills development and the adoption of greener technology.