The Prime Minister will welcome 109 new Tory MPs to Westminster today with a message that addressing voters’ concerns now could see the Tories win a record fifth term in 2024 – and rule throughout the 2020s.
He will carry out a minor reshuffle today to fill gaps left by the departures of former culture secretary Nicky Morgan and former Welsh secretary Alun Cairns.
But he is already planning a more radical shake-up in February, which could see up to a third of existing ministers culled and a major overhaul of the Whitehall machine.
Tory sources said last night the PM is considering splitting up the Home Office to create a new Department for Borders and Immigration to deliver on his pledge to cut the number of low-skilled migrants coming here.
The new department will focus on putting in place an Australian-style points-based immigration system and toughening up the UK’s borders – leaving the Home Office to focus on the fight against crime.
Mr Johnson will also use a £100billion infrastructure fund to reward voters in the Midlands and the North who voted Conservative for the first time.
His strategy of ‘Boosterism’ will involve pumping cash into neglected regions in an attempt to increase opportunity.
Boris has the majority to do whatever the hell he wants, but will he use that majority effectively to sort out what needs to be done? What does need to be done?
Boris is prioritising immigration with the possibility that a new government department could be spun out of the Home Office to deal with the matter. As immigration was a major issue in the election, this is wise, but as Boris is very liberal at heart, is he serious about clamping down on immigration?
Boris is going to thrown a shed of dosh at the NHS, but is just throwing a load of money at something a good idea without reform?
Boris is very much looking towards the next election already and he wants to keep these Northern voters with promises of new train-lines and other goodies for the North, will it work and will he be able to permanently buy off what were life long Labour voters?
I don't know about anyone else, but I can think of one person who might be happy with many of these announcements to come and that's David Owen. Boris' version of Conservatism is sounding very SDP like to me, so could we be seeing a new way of doing government with very right wing policies in some regards coupled with very left wing cash heavy policies on the other?