His in-tray features: Covid, mental health, NHS reform…and social care. He’s set to be the most pressured Health Secretary since Lansley.
Posts Tagged: Matthew Hancock MP
Hancock’s resignation. It is now open season on every Cabinet Minister who may have broken the Covid rules – in any circumstance.
His exit was coming. But there’s a risk for Johnson of a media ramp, with other Ministers vulnerable to a feeding frenzy.
“The last thing I would want is for my private life to distract attention.” The Health Secretary’s resignation letter.
“I want to reiterate my apology for breaking the guidance, and apologise to my family and loved ones for putting them through this.”
The former Health Secretary uses Twitter to push the Government’s message on vaccines, the NHS and building back better as he goes.
A brief apology doesn’t justify him remaining in post. It’s now up to him to do so live. This is one for Andrew Neil, assuming he’s available.
The decision on lifting the remainder of lockdown will be based on many factors. But that’s the question at the heart of it.
If more former Ministers stayed in the Commons, it would be a more effective chamber.
Cummings has said he will hand over material to the inquiry. Will the committee ask the Government to do likewise?
Cummings Reborn – as the champion of Parliament. He has given MPs more power, so leaving the inquiry with less.
Yesterday, he bent the passage of time – by giving the Commons the chance to carry out a Covid reckoning before the inquiry is up and running.
And Williamson’s negative rating halves in the wake of his intervention in the Batley Mohammed cartoons row.
David Gauke: Ten years for lying on a form. Disproportionate – and characteristic of our cavalier approach to sentencing.
If we impose yet more draconian prison sentences to win a political arms race, the burdens on the taxpayer will become unsustainable.
Our Cabinet League Table. Truss is still top, Johnson is up again – and Kwarteng comes straight in at fourth.
The Brexit deal bounce in our final survey of last year has left little room for a vaccine bounce in the first survey of this one.
As Johnson put it yesterday: “we can’t think of this just as a project for us and us alone”.
The Prime Minister seems to be mulling some school re-openings pre-Easter. But how long will it last and who can really be sure?
The recent bias in Downing Street against putting the Work and Pensions Secretary up for press conferences and big media shows is inexplicable.