Last month, he told the Defence Select Committee that Russia has ousted terrorism from the top of the national threat list – which has big spending implications.
It’s one thing to recognise the long-term threats posed by states such as Russia, quite another to meet them.
Brexit has transformed the context in which we plan our security. Commitments to our European neighbours and Global Britain require more money.
The new Defence Secretary’s rawness may make him more likely to dig in against the Treasury than otherwise – precisely because he has a point to prove.
May’s damaged authority is having a beneficial side-effect – namely, freeing Tory MPs to think aloud about the Party’s future.
The Labour leader delivers his pitch, but Mark Francois asks: “Is that it?”
It was not an edifying spectacle, but it was convincing in its way.
The one-time Shadow Minister for Europe on the the Lisbon Treaty, William Hague, immigration – and the time when Cameron rebelled against the party line on the EU.
Were they all to do so, it follows that Cameron would have no need to offer Ministers a free vote – as he should.
Cllr Lumley joins the Conservatives – to help defeat UKIP and their “cheap sound bites”.
Watch out for Sajid Javid, Esther McVey, Liz Truss, Nicky Morgan and Karen Bradley.
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