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Camborne and Redruth MP George Eustice takes up post on Downing St board

By RWhitehouse  |  Posted: April 26, 2013

George Eustice

George Eustice

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GEORGE Eustice has been given a place on a new board which will help draw up policy for the Conservative Party in Downing Street.

The Camborne and Redruth MP, who is a former press secretary of Prime Minister David Cameron, has been named as one of the new Conservative policy board which has been formed to give a variety of Tory figures the chance to influence decisions at the head of the party.

It is part of a number of changes introduced by Mr Cameron which included the appointment of Jo Johnson – younger brother of London mayor Boris – as head of the policy unit.

Mr Johnson will lead a team of special advisers and civil servants in advise Mr Cameron and his team at Downing Street. Mr Johnson will be a Cabinet Office minister in his new role.

Mr Eustice said that the policy board had been established to provide greater political direction to the Number 10 policy unit.

He said that it would give MPs a greater say in drawing up policy and a chance to put forward ideas which could be developed.

Mr Eustice said that the board would be working on the Conservative Party manifesto for the next General Election but said that it would also be working on more immediate policy as well as policy ideas which could be implemented later in this Parliament.

He added: "I am looking forward to getting to work on the new Number 10 Policy board which aims to secure greater input from MPs as policy ideas are being developed.

"This government has implemented some really important reforms in areas such as education and the welfare system  and we need to build on what has been started."

Others appointed to the policy board include Tory veteran Peter Lilley, who served in Margaret Thatcher's Cabinet, along with Jesse Norman, Paul Uppal, Margot James, Jane Ellison, Jake Berry and Nick Gibb.

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  • jimjams2011  |  April 27 2013, 9:51PM

    This is a man that the people of camborne and redruth elected. What connection does he have with the issues of the people?

  • Green Ginger Studios  |  April 27 2013, 7:59PM

    What have we done to deserve these clowns? I'm particularly intrigued by: "This government has implemented some really important reforms in areas such as education and the welfare system and we need to build on what has been started." How about building a genuine mandate? You LOST the election and used your position as, er, the loser to strike a deal with the biggest loser and write an illegitimate manifesto AFTER the event. Well, if the Tory back benches are going to have a greater input into the policy pot of No. 10 then we should be in for some fun in the months and years ahead - especially from UKIP Eustice. Footnote: Just a little curious to know if Trevaskis Farm has been a significant beneficiary of the CAP. Anyone know?

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  • nickthompson  |  April 26 2013, 7:03PM

    "Mr Johnson will lead a team of special advisers and civil servants in advise Mr Cameron and his team at Downing Street. Mr Johnson will be a Cabinet Office minister in his new role." As a new Minister we will be paying Mr Johnson £134,565 a year plus all expenses, perhaps he can get his colleagues to support Sir Michael Darrington.--- http://tinyurl.com/c38ny9n

  • break  |  April 26 2013, 5:12PM

    Well,if they want him on this board,he must be really good at ignoring the public,says alot for him.

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