We continue our series, putting this year’s local elections under the magnifying glass to find changes and trends.
Had he been on the Left, he would have been regarded as one of our towering public intellectuals. But he committed the ultimate sin: he was a Thatcherite.
Edward Garnier, Alan Haselhurst, John Randall and Andrew Tyrie are also elevated. David Evennett is knighted.
The attempt by some Remainers to frame the negotiation as ‘how can we achieve the closest possible relationship with the EU?’ is disingenuous, and should be strongly rebutted.
Get Heywood and Robbins out; get Rees-Mogg and Duncan Smith in. There is still a chance to reverse last week’s defeat.
Party member opinion on the negotiations is clearly at the harder end of the spectrum on independence and economics – though not invariably on immigration.
The Government could allay fears and bring consensus by appointing an external advisory committee to scrutinise how the powers are used.