Bringing on more women, rising stars and members of the 2015 intake – or even this year’s – will bring less gain than it could if such moves are not part of a policy plan.
That’s what Sarah Wollaston suggested on my show this week. Plus: my prison visit, sticking by your friends…and sticking with spending control in the Budget.
Many Tories will be glad to see her back on the frontbench. But her new job will exercise a different set of political muscles from her past role.
Gavin Williamson is gifted, well-connected, successful – and not devoid of ambition. His former deputy is now Chief Whip. This is a controversial appointment.
Lisa Nandy claims to have offered the then-Home Secretary proof that whips were using allegations to demand loyalty from MPs.
The new rules require rebels to strike openly and in strength. Trying to get around them and do things the old-fashioned way… doesn’t work.
The process of choosing members is taking a long time. Some will wonder how departments can continue without full scrutiny for almost four months.
Here are four rules to guide us all through the next few years, including: don’t die unless you have a majority of over 25,000.
A consequence of Brexit is a danger that the UK ends up having less influence on EU member states over such responses – or sanctions against Russia.
Most of the latter are used to trying to stop rebellions, not start them.
A referendum is a fertile breeding ground for conspiracy theory – but this one is utterly beyond belief.
Ministers must consult and build alliances before rushing ahead with more ambitious reforms.
Watch for a pre-referendum announcement of enquiry of one kind or another into the “Battle of Orgreave” during the miners’ strike.
The one-time Shadow Minister for Europe on the the Lisbon Treaty, William Hague, immigration – and the time when Cameron rebelled against the party line on the EU.
Pledges on this scale cannot be delivered in this Commons without Conservative consensus. They can only be charmed – not bullied – onto the statute book.