Boris Johnson tipped to become Conservative Party chairman by Jacob Rees-Mogg

Boris Johnson has been touted as the next Conservative chairman by Jacob Rees-Mogg after Nadhim Zahawi was sacked from the post on Sunday. The former business secretary argued that Mr Johnson had “all the qualities” to take on the role in a move that would involve a return to the Tory frontbench after just four … Read more

Rishi Sunak’s plan to ditch EU laws facing Lords delays

Mr Sunak did not win the summer contest, with Liz Truss securing the backing of Tory members and becoming prime minister in September, only to resign after her economic plan imploded. He voted for Brexit in the 2016 EU referendum, unlike Ms Truss, and cited the fact on a number of occasions as he sought … Read more

English taxpayers foot bill for Welsh government ‘ghost offices’

A year ago the Labor first minister fined workers £60 for turning up to the office under a strict response to the Omicron variant. “We definitely here in Wales want to see a future in which people can blend times when they will work from home, times when they will be in the office. There … Read more

Probation officers shouldn’t work from home, says justice committee chairman

The probation officer in question is understood to have spent a lot of time working from home, meaning other members of the team did not get the usual opportunities to offer advice on or read the report. It is understood that probation officers are, as a general rule, allowed to write up reports from home. … Read more

Rishi Sunak and Jeremy Hunt’s popularity plummeted among Tory members after the Autumn Statement

Tobias Ellwood, the Tory chairman of the Defense Select Committee, said China is now “colossal” as a military power. He said he believes “eventually” there will be a “clash” with Beijing. Asked how much the “sleeping dragon” of China is watching the West’s response to the invasion of Ukraine, Mr Ellwood told Sky News: “Well, … Read more

The UK is starting to get real about Europe – POLITICO

Paul Taylor is a contributing editor at POLITICO. After six years of chaos and recrimination since Britons voted to leave the European Union, there are signs the country is showing an unexpected outbreak of common sense in its approach to the bloc. In his first weeks in office, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak — a Brexiteer … Read more

‘Will we be ready by 2030 to ban petrol engines? That’s not a long time off’

Rees-Mogg, who was leading a review of public bodies before his promotion to run the business department last September, also believes that money can be saved by reducing spending on quangos – including by scrapping some of them completely. “Ultimately, yes, you want to look at whether there are quangos that can be wound up … Read more

Rishi Sunak’s Cabinet: Who’s in and who’s out as Prime Minister reshuffles

R ishi Sunak vowed to fix the “mistakes” of his predecessor’s administration as he entered No10 as Prime Minister. The new Conservative leader began a comprehensive cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday afternoon, with several ministers who had been loyal to Liz Truss and Boris Johnson losing their Government jobs. Mr Sunak braced the nation for “difficult … Read more

Liz Truss orders cutting of government quangos to rein in spending

Liz Truss has ordered ministers to reduce the number of government agencies as part of a cost-cutting exercise designed to tackle the budget deficit. The medium-term fiscal plan due to be set out by Kwasi Kwarteng next month will include merging or scrapping quangos, as a key strand of efforts to find tens of trillions … Read more

Civil servants drew up plans to undo the recruitment freeze before the reshuffle even began

Civil servants drew up plans to revive a recruitment scheme frozen by Boris Johnson’s government before the minister who oversaw the move had even left his department, The Telegraph has learnt. In May, the Government announced that it was pausing the civil service Fast Stream in 2023 in a move to reduce staffing numbers. The … Read more