Downing Street and CCHQ will be perturbed by the continuing run of men being selected in the safer constituencies.
He will be familiar to some readers as the former Chief of Staff for George Osborne between 2006 and 2015.
In the run up to the White Paper on Levelling Up, our interview with the former Chancellor opens this week’s ConHome series on localism.
My view is that the only way to help square this circle is to rediscover our concern for public service reform.
The role of strong local leadership here cannot be underestimated in galvanizing place prosperity.
If the Prime Minister doesn’t have confidence in his most senior Ministers, it’s impossible to see how anyone else can.
CCHQ itself is also a victim of what it has helped to create. Here’s a way forward that should be acceptable to all.
The number of finalists appears to be the result of the local association pushing back against CCHQ’s attempts to influence the selection.
This ambitious 39-year-old is grappling valiantly with the Leveson problem, and no one does a better digital transformation.
“He is the Red Adair of the administration – the middle-order batsman who, if the openers are out cheaply, ensures that the middle order does not collapse.”
Pledges on this scale cannot be delivered in this Commons without Conservative consensus. They can only be charmed – not bullied – onto the statute book.
Let’s hope he’s soon back on the Candidates List from which he should never have been excluded.
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