All but one of the current team has been appointed since May became Prime Minister. What institutional memory are they supposed to draw on?
She points to the opportunities to imitate New Zealand agriculture, and to crack down on big businesses which evade tax.
There’s one undeniable trend among those promoted: they backed the winning candidate.
40 per cent of the adult population is classed as inactive.
To keep unemployment falling, we need to take the brakes off businesses becoming employers.
David Rutley is the Member of Parliament for Macclesfield, Damian Green’s PPS, and a member of the Free Enterprise Group. Follow David on Twitter. The growth in the number of self-employed is, perhaps, one of the major demographic shifts in Britain that is not fully appreciated politically. According to the Office for National Statistics' seasonal Labour […]
David Rutley is the Member of Parliament for Macclesfield, Damian Green’s PPS, and a member of the Free Enterprise Group. The latest GDP figures are encouraging. But with the UK’s improving competitiveness, why aren’t British businesses exporting more? We have been importing more than we export for nearly 30 years. More particularly, this is a […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. The Daily Mail this morning reports on the 118 Conservative MPs who have written to constituents indicating their opposition to gay marriage proposals. The Mail says "Their opposition has been expressed in letters and emails sent to constituents who have contacted them with their own concerns", and points out that […]
David Rutley is the Member of Parliament for Macclesfield, Damian Green’s PPS, and a member of the Free Enterprise Group. David spent many years in business as a senior executive in companies such as Asda and worked as a Special Adviser at the Treasury during the last Conservative government. In Hamlet, it is famously said […]
By Paul GoodmanFollow Paul on Twitter As a former broadsheet Comment editor, I over-estimate the importance of comment pages, both on paper and online. Since the blogs, such as this one, now compete with them, fewer people read them – especially since the rise of the paywall. Then there's TV. Then there's Twitter. Then there's […]
By Paul GoodmanFollow Paul on Twitter Last year, the Prime Minister flew to Brussels amidst rumour of a leadership challenge if he didn't achieve at least a token repatriation of power. Today, he faced the Commons not only with no such repatriation realised but with his veto – so rapturously greeted at the time by […]
By Paul GoodmanFollow Paul on Twitter Grovelling? Yes, let's face it: it happens. But not yesterday when the Prime Minister was questioned after his statement on Libya. Read Patrick Mercer on Islamism, Andrew Tyrie on torture, Peter Lilley on getting Libya to pay, Baron on intervention, Chisti on Syria. Plenty of pertinent questions Also follow […]
David Rutley has been MP for Macclesfield since the 2010 general election and was a special adviser at the Treasury during the last Conservative Government. Today marks the first anniversary of George Osborne’s Emergency Budget. It will certainly be remembered for robustly tackling the record budget deficit. But its reputation will become bigger than that, […]
by Paul Goodman This morning's reports of Andrew Lansley's Commons statement yesterday haven't missed that he was unsupported in the Chamber by the presence of senior Cabinet colleagues. (The Prime Minister was en route to Pakistan.) What some may have missed is the strong support given to the Health Secretary by Conservative backbenchers. Some it, […]
During Tuesday's debate concentrating on the economy, two of the new Conservative MPs making maiden speeches hgihglighted the needs to get to grips with the deficit. David Rutley, who stepped into Sir Nicholas Winterton's shoes as MP for Macclesfield, explained: "We have to get this economy working again, which means that we must focus on […]