The political logic of the Prime Minister’s choice is solid enough. But we’re past the stage where his Sunday statement can simply be taken on trust.
Four in five of our party member respondents say yes. Hunt is top choice to come in from outside – but there’s no strong support for any non-member.
So long as the Prime Minister is available to make the really big calls – or has left clear instructions or authorisation – the Foreign Secretary can deputise.
The Government needs to give shape and definition to its backroom plans to end the lockdown. His colleagues must support the man in charge.
An 80-seat majority is a fabulous opportunity, but we need practical, effective and popular policies to deliver on our manifesto.
Plus: Will Javid come back? Will Boris Island fly? Hazzer, formerly the Duke of Sussex. And: an ice bath in a Scandi forest.
The shock departure of Sajid Javid obscures the fact that there was much less churn than one might expect, especially at the lower levels.
“I would urge you to ensure the Treasury as an institution retains as much credibility as possible.”
He is one of the few elements of continuity in what has been a turbulent year at the Government’s top table.
Meanwhile Ruth Davidson, so often one of the highest-scoring politicians, is at the bottom of the chart after her row with Johnson and strong line against No Deal.
A rolling list of all the senior members of the new Government. As we write, we have the Cabinet list plus those entitled to attend.
“We are now committed, all of us, to leaving the EU on October 31 or even earlier – no ifs, no buts.”
A manifesto from Govern Up on how the Johnson administration can best get to grips with Whitehall – and deliver effectively.
Margot James resigned as a minister following her rebellion. Meanwhile, the Chancellor joined Gauke and Clark in failing to support the Government.
Its members must be signed up to leaving on October 31. Here’s a rough draft of what the top team might look like.