His other priorities? Tackling crime, fighting terror and extremism, and dealing with illegal immigration. He is careful to praise Home Office staff.
The new Home Secretary won’t toe the Downing Street line as his predecessor did. His appointment is thus a sign of weakness at the top.
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.
“I feel it necessary [to resign] because I inadvertently misled the Home Affairs Select Committee over targets for illegal immigration.”
We must find our identity in modern Britain; break away from obstructive stereotypes; source authentic leaders who connect with voters; become the party of opportunity; and never style ourselves as an alternative to “chaos”.
Trips abroad are notoriously dangerous for Prime Ministers. As discipline wobbles while May visits China, we look at who might be interested in rocking the boat.
Plus: Should May resign, and if so, when? Who should be the next Party Leader?
If making a final decision seemed too risky for the Prime Minister, her deliberate indecision has now proved even more dangerous.
And here we end, by reflecting on what he might have thought about Labour’s move away from the tenet of democratic government.
The Somerset MP in conversation with ConHome on: social care, housing, Brexit and the Lords, Carillion…and the reshuffle.
Many ministers are indeed well-suited – but it feels as if this is a secondary consideration: just check their CVs, and ask if we might sometimes choose better.
That doesn’t just mean talking about it – it means putting it into practice both in Government and in how we run our own Party operations.
Plus: The mystery of the missing Kwasi Kwarteng. The presence of the ebullient Brandon Lewis. The absence and recovery of Nick de Bois. Plus: Capita’s failures.
The Labour leader showed no sign of wanting to get rid of the Prime Minister.
Mind you, the substance of it was a lot better than the style (though that wasn’t hard). The lesson May will surely draw is not to have another big upheaval.