If Conservatives don’t take the Opposition seriously, one can hardly blame them. And yet that could prove to be a big mistake.
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If his mission is successful, he will hugely bolster the long-term future of the Conservative party.
Chris Newton: The Government’s Free Speech Bill won’t fix universities if viewpoint diversity isn’t addressed too
Zahawi, the new Education Secretary, should consider whether the bill as it stands is a sticking plaster.
The Liberal Democrat leader is pressed by Marr on his party’s commitment to free speech on this issue, and tries to evade the issue.
The media has suggested there is something suspect about the Conservative Party’s receipt of private money.
Richard Ekins: The repeal of the Fix-term Parliaments Act is essential for restoring faith in our democracy
However, the Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill must be strengthened.
That Switzerland and New Zealand each have their own arrangements suggests that a bespoke arrangement ought to be possible.
Iain Dale: Starmer is right to appoint one of Blair’s former advisers. But if other MPs can’t see that, Labour are doomed.
Plus: I’ll admit that I didn’t see the Lib Dem victory coming. And: So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodbye.
Joseph Baum: As a senior Chesham and Amersham Conservative, I’m dismayed by our defeat. But there’s fight in us yet.
If we don’t learn lessons, then the Party runs a real risk of repeating this result at the next general election more widely.
But this electoral Titan has an Achilles heel – tax rises which, rather than planning or HS2, are the real threat to future Chesham & Amershams.
Alex Morton: Ministers can have more houses or higher immigration. But they won’t be able to get away with both.
Annual net migration currently suggests 55,000 more homes a year since the 2014 projections – more than the entire rise planned after the housing row.
The Government’s planning proposals haven’t even gone out to consultation yet – and everyone knows that the current system’s broken.
WATCH: ‘People thought Boris couldn’t be beaten, we’ve shown they can.’ Davey on Chesham and Amersham.
Lib Dem leader says Conservatives “have taken people for granted” who feel Johnson is “not in tune with traditional Tory values”.
David Gauke: Chesham and Amersham. Yes, a realignment is taking place in British politics. But it is likely to happen slowly.
Plus: Why Johnson will end lockdown in July, but is to blame for maintaining it. And: Labour. Seen as too anti-Semitic in some places… not enough in others.
Interview with Dominic Raab: The EU’s approach to the Northern Ireland Protocol is “pretty analogue in a digital age”
The Foreign Secretary contends that by forming an aspirational coalition the Conservatives can gain votes in the North without losing support in the South.