Many are choosing to depart at an age which would have been very unusual in earlier times, and each gives Johnson a new chance to reshape the parliamentary party.
Posts Tagged: Michael Fallon MP
In Sevenoaks we ran an uber-local campaign. I am pleased to report that this was a successful strategy.
Mostly ERG-aligned Leavers – but roughly ten former Remainers, a core of whom now back a second referendum.
And her enemies are divided: can the No Dealers and the People’s Voters combine to defeat her?
The former Defence Secretary – usually a reliable loyalist – weighs in. Unhelpfully for Downing Street.
Also: Scottish Conservatives keep up the pressure over fishing and the backstop; Plaid set out new front bench; and Bradley empowers Northern Irish civil service.
The best way forward might be a statute of limitations on past conduct that covers the United Kingdom as a whole.
Also: Welsh Tories criticise Jones’ delayed departure; Welsh Labour row over voting reform continues; Trimble attacks ‘scaremongering’ over Ulster; and more.
That’s four Cabinet Ministers gone in less than a year since the election – Michael Fallon, Priti Patel, Damian Green…and now the Home Secretary.
During the Cold War being ‘strong on defence’ was a potent vote winner, and the money flowed accordingly.
Last June’s election has transformed the debate about capitalism. May must find a strategic response.
Tactical newspaper articles are necessary but insufficient. She should make a series of speeches to set out her stall and try to change the weather.
The Brexit negotiations and the lack of an obvious successor are likely to keep her in place at least until we leave the EU in March 2019.
Unlike Michael Fallon, whose presence in Cabinet the Prime Minister inherited, he was her own creation at the top, and one on which she relied.
As Margaret Thatcher learned, there’s a lot more involved in ensuring the widespread ownership of capital than simply handing it out.
Plus: How many letters has Brady had? The tragedy of the death of Carl Sargeant. And: introducing my new podcast with Jacqui Smith.