The belief that by hammering one sector of the economy you’ll help another is more reminiscent of socialist ideology than free market conservatism.
Reports suggest the Government is planning to reduce spending from 0.7 per cent of gross national income to 0.5 per cent.
From calling the measures “dystopian”, to criticising Whitty and Vallance’s latest graph, there were some scathing speeches.
Troublemaking Tories are no bad thing as the UK moves forward with its 5G contract.
Tobias Ellwood is the Member of Parliament for Bournemouth East and Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Europe Minister. Mark Philips is a Security and Resilience Policy Adviser. Observe any major traffic accident, and the efficiency with which our three blue light services work together is impressive. However, if the incident is more complex and involves […]
Tobias Ellwood is the Member of Parliament for Bournemouth East, Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Europe Minister and author of the Open Europe publication Upgrading UK Influence in the European Union. Follow Tobias on Twitter. So no EU budget deal in Brussels last month – but one significant positive did emerge: British leadership and determination […]
Tobias Ellwood is the Member of Parliament for Bournemouth East. In a very British way, the nation took some time to embrace the full impact of our hosting the Olympics. How do you follow Beijing? Will that rain ever stop? And how can we run a dozen Olympic venues if we can't even get Heathrow […]
Tobias Ellwood is Conservative MP for Bournemouth East. To illustrate the changing demands placed on the modern soldier, a U.S Marine General, Charles Krulak, introduced 'The Three Block War' concept – in which soldiers might conduct full scale military action, peacekeeping/stabilisation operations and humanitarian aid within the space of three contiguous city blocks. The concept […]
Tobias Ellwood is the Member of Parliament for Bournemouth East. Since the eighties it has become a parliamentary ritual to debate the proposal of moving the clocks forward, only to see each attempt scuppered by archaic rules which allow individual members, intent on speaking until the proverbial cows come home, to talk the Bill out. But […]
Tobias Ellwood is Conservative MP for Bournemouth East. Perhaps we are too close to events to appreciate it, but historians may single out 2011 as exceptional, not just for the dramatic events that took place but for the enduring consequences that may result. RA Butler commented that politics is the art of the possible. 2011 […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. Following the resignations of Stewart Jackson and Adam Holloway as Parliamentary Private Secretaries, due to the European referendum vote, the following PPS appointments have been confirmed: Conor Burns, MP for Bournemouth West, will act as PPS to the Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland […]
Tobias Ellwood is Conservative MP for Bournemouth East. As you might guess, morale was low on the fifth floor of the MOD during the week following Party conference, and depreciated by the day. The story broke on the last day of conference and nine days of intense media coverage later, Liam Fox had resigned. Such […]
Tobias Ellwood is Conservative MP for Bournemouth East. As all MPs know, the only outbreak of sweat you are likely to experience during an overseas delegation is on arrival, whilst making a dash in the sun from the plane to the car. Useful though such visits are – if you really want to build lasting […]
Tobias Ellwood is Conservative MP for Bournemouth East. Libya is now the first Arab Spring country to taste freedom by overthrowing a regime whose dictator had responded to the popular uprising with a magnitude of force. It is too simplistic to say, as some commentators have suggested, that Libya presents a new "intervention lite" blueprint […]
Tobias Ellwood is Conservative MP for Bournemouth East. Following protracted interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan, the international community will be breathing a collective sigh of relief that this UN backed, expedition-light intervention turns a critical corner. As Op Herrick and Op Telick illustrated, defeating the enemy, difficult though this can be, can prove less of […]