“I don’t think it is necessary or appropriate for the Government to dictate” to supermarkets, the Environment adds Secretary says. “We need people to calm down.”
The overall numbers are down slightly after the allegations against the Home Secretary and the Government’s defeat over Heathrow.
Eustice should start by creating an ‘Office for Natural Statistics’, to sit within DEFRA and co-ordinate data collection in a way never done before.
“We have deployed over three miles of temporary flood barriers and 90 mobile pipes, and we have been keeping structures and rivers clear of debris.”
Eustice defends Johnson for not visiting areas affected by floods, saying he is fully engaged with efforts to help victims.
We cheer the mission. But government needs more compromise, art, tact and accomodation than campaigning alone allows.
Chris Pincher, the new appointee, must stay in the post for the rest of this Parliament. It’s the only way that a strategy can be implemented properly.
There will be some bruised personalities on the backbenches who will need careful managing over the next few months, and I hear that Spencer is already on the job.
We’ll continue to update this as the Prime Minister fills out the lower ranks of his government.
The key to promotion in this shuffle wasn’t primarily having backed Leave – it was supporting Johnson.
On almost every measure it offers a superior blueprint for leaving the EU than the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement.
Its members must be signed up to leaving on October 31. Here’s a rough draft of what the top team might look like.
So no more dropouts after Sam Gyimah’s departure earlier this afternoon. The first ballot will be held on Thursday.
That’s variously for a customs union; for a custom arrangement plus the Single Market; for a second referendum, and for staying in the EU.
Those for included Eustace, Fallon and Percy. Those against, Dowden, Quin and Skidmore.