Like other recent candidates, Strafford also made much of his long-standing personal connections to the area. A local source tells me he clearly “knew his stuff”.
We also want victims to be put first. Too often, their voices get lost in the system – but we will ensure they are heard when key decisions are made.
Among them are: what does he do about economic policy? Who runs Downing Street? And: what about the Home and Foreign Offices?
Like Brokenshire, who he replaces as Security Minister, he is willing to return to government at a lower rank.
Should he be handcuffed under public restraint, like a suspect watched by Priti Patel? Or freed to run wild through Alpine meadows, like Julie Andrews?
The second in our mini-series of pieces from the Centre for Social Justice on the virus – and helping those in deep poverty.
Nineteen Conservative backbenchers spoke against the policy. It’s doubtful whether a top-down targets system will pass the Commons.
Johnson will almost certainly decide to tough it out. But he will have a big problem if school returns prove tricky.
With one of the Britain’s top educational institutions moving its courses online, there are big questions to ask about the future of the industry.
Politicians get a kicking, sometimes deservedly, but if you want an example of committed public service, look no further, on this reshuffle day, than at this one.
He is one of the few elements of continuity in what has been a turbulent year at the Government’s top table.
A global approach to quite different challenges has failed. A long-term decline in specialised teaching skills must be reversed.
We have the Government that we should have had then, ready to counter the charge that Vote Leave scurried away from Brexit, rather than manning up to deliver it.
The key to promotion in this shuffle wasn’t primarily having backed Leave – it was supporting Johnson.
Many of us have seen first-hand unofficial exclusions leading to permanent off-rolling. These schools make families feel that they are the problem.