His determination to promote more women may have a knock-on effect on the biddability of male Tory MPs.
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The shock departure of Sajid Javid obscures the fact that there was much less churn than one might expect, especially at the lower levels.
“Javid has already seen one SpAd fired. The Prime Minister may push to dismiss at least two more…which he would resist. This one may not end well.”
David Gauke: Javid, Smith, Cox. Three fine Ministers fired – so that Number Ten could take back even more control.
But is a system of government whereby all power is concentrated in Downing Street likely to result in that power being well used?
We cheer the mission. But government needs more compromise, art, tact and accomodation than campaigning alone allows.
Reshuffle 3) Chris White: It isn’t just Ministers who get fired. A third of SpAds are set to lose their jobs.
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.
Grasping this nettle will involve appointing someone prepared to be considerably less popular with sections of the gallery than was their predecessor.
Let Sunak and Dowden join Jenrick at the top table. And that should be about it. If the Coronavirus takes off, Ministerial changes will be the least of our worries.
The month-on-month stability in our rankings highlights against just how much an overall majority has calmed British politics.
Also: Spotlight on the literal handful of MPs providing Stormont’s entire opposition; and Scottish Tories offer a budget deal to the SNP.
Henry Hill: New decade, old story? Smith’s Stormont deal under fire from Tory MPs and Ulster parties
Also: Scottish Conservative leadership candidates set out how they’ll take the fight to the SNP; Jack says no referendum re-run in Sturgeon’s lifetime.
Setting aside the Ulster-specific sections, the proposals for reviving Stormont pledges frictionless trade with the mainland and a commitment on legacy prosecutions.
The Prime Minister heads a Cabinet whose stock has risen markedly in the wake of this month’s decisive election victory.
Plus: Leaders who will have to go and reflections on my eleventh general election. How things have changed.