In this campaign, free for the first time to talk policy and politics after nine years of collective responsibility, it was Hunt whose personality shone through.
Many of our proposals can be introduced quickly. Some might take 12 – 15 months. We don’t believe anything will take longer than two to three years.
A new Prime Minister, and a changing of the guard at the Foreign Office, is a chance to change tack on the British Indian Ocean Territory.
Owen Bennett sets out the known facts about an astonishing Tory.
Jeremy Hunt was the best Foreign Secretary of recent times – and his successor’s record gives me hope he will build on that legacy.
Lessons endure from my polling study of our new Prime Minister, carried out six years ago when he was London’s Mayor.
One could sense Labour MPs, and some Tory ones too, grasping that “everything is changing”.
We have the Government that we should have had then, ready to counter the charge that Vote Leave scurried away from Brexit, rather than manning up to deliver it.
We can now see the new Government taking shape, after a dramatic bout of sackings and new appointments at the top.
The result was as expected, and the winner kept his comments tight and spare. But there’s a job at the Brit Awards awaiting Cheryl Gillan.
It found Johnson on 67 per cent, Hunt on 29 per cent and “Other” on four per cent. Our next two surveys were closer to a YouGov poll.
He wins by 92,153 votes to 46,656, on an 87 per cent turnout – 159,320 votes cast in all.
The NHS, the environment, childcare: the creative energies of Team Johnson must be poured into new policies for these.
There are four possible approaches he could take on Brexit. Not all of them lead to success.
On the whole, pay rises should go to those on the frontline, or be used for recruitment and retention, or be based on performance.