Which candidate can devise and push through the policies needed to unite the Tory shires with the Leave voters of the north?
Conservatives Abroad has several suggestions for how the next Prime Minister can better engage with this large and increasingly important constituency.
The former Minister for Disabled People contributes the first article in a three-part mini-series on reform to the adult social care system.
He is not wide of the election manifesto on which he stood, and should not be no-confidenced this evening. But there is a sting in the tail.
To be able to move on, the candidates must first articulate an honest vision of our new relationship with the European Union.
In trying to find a way across, and to secure the votes she needs from Labour MPs, the Prime Minister risks unintended consequences.
The words of Gordon Brown to Tony Blair echo in our ears. “There is nothing that you could say to me now that I could ever believe”.
It would bring with it many compensations, including regulatory freedom, tariff income and £39 billion of cold, hard cash.
Javid is right to bury the “tens of thousands” target – but he needs to set out a clear pathway to lower migration.
The more one thinks about it, the more problematic it becomes.
We also need to examine a ‘no deal transition period’ – i.e: a payment for a period of time to enable both the UK and the EU to adjust to the changes ahead of us.
Tory MPs were elected on a manifesto which affirmed that “…we continue to believe that no deal is better than a bad deal for the UK.”
Is she chickening out on Brexit? Or playing chicken with Commons and Party over her deal? Or merely a headless chicken herself – bent on daily survival?
If we need to leave with no deal and negotiate a free trade agreement during the transition period, so be it.
Article 20 says that the backstop will only ‘cease to apply’ if ‘the Union and United Kingdom decide jointly’ that it should end – no sovereign right for the UK to leave.