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David Cameron was oblivious to the hell about to be unleashed within the Conservatives as he stood triumphantly at a lectern in Brussels late on Friday afternoon.
Former education secretary David Blunkett has warned that government plans to turn all schools into academies by 2022 are doomed to fail and could turn into a fiasco similar to Andrew Lansley’s NHS reforms.
The civil war engulfing the Conservatives has intensified after Iain Duncan Smith launched an attack on the government’s austerity programme for balancing the books on the backs of the poor and vulnerable.
The Conservatives’ key pre-election pledge to protect the NHS with £8bn extra spending a year was entirely disingenuous as the government had been told the service required at least double that amount to keep going, according to a book by a former minister.
Stephen Crabb – former Welsh secretary, the first man in the cabinet with a beard since David Blunkett, and now the replacement for Iain Duncan Smith as work and pensions secretary – was immediately dismissed as a “yes man” by shadow chancellor John McDonnell, a nod to the fact that Crabb has never voted against the government.
George Osborne has long coveted the prize of the Tory leadership.
Social engineering through the tax system is nothing new. Both Tory and Labour chancellors have become excited at the prospect of initiatives to encourage spending in one area and discourage it in another.
David Cameron was being driven back from RAF Northolt early on Friday evening when he was told that Iain Duncan Smith, his predecessor but one as Tory leader, had resigned from the cabinet. The work and pensions secretary quit in a fury, following vicious arguments with the Treasury over cuts to benefits for the disabled, announced in the budget only two days before.
Jeremy Corbyn believes Britain should reject key aspects of the single market when it leaves the European Union, he has made clear, sparking a fresh row with some of his party’s MPs.
Less than 0.5% of the electorate for Labour’s leadership ballot later this month have been denied a vote, the party has announced, as it seeks to rebut claims of a deliberate purge of Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters.
MPs and peers should abandon the crumbling Houses of Parliament for six years so that a radical refit costing up to £4bn can be carried out, an influential committee is expected to recommend on Thursday.