The Guido Fawkes political blog also reports that the new Northern Ireland Secretary of State has yet to appoint a special adviser, saying that he was “spotted returning from his first official trip to his new district thumbing through his ministerial folder containing a document entitled ‘A beginner’s guide to the political scene in Northern Ireland’. Sounds like he urgently needs a hire – any Northern Ireland experts get in touch with him …”
Brandon Lewis becomes the fourth Northern Ireland secretary in four years. Who he I hear you ask? From his Wikipedia entry: Brandon Kenneth Lewis CBE PC (born 20 June 1971) is a British Conservative Party politician who has served as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland since the February 2020 cabinet reshuffle. Lewis previously served as Minister for Security and Deputy for EU Exit from 2019 to 2020, and Chairman of the Conservative Party and Minister without Portfolio from 2018 … Read more
Whilst individual ministers rise and fall, overall the Government goes to the polls with a lot of goodwill from grassroots Conservatives.
The Home Office minister denies allegations that the Tories are setting arbitrary and unachievable targets with their promised points-based model.