BLUEPRINT FOR BORIS’S BRI­TAIN

PM will put bor­der con­trol, NHS and in­vest­ment in the North at heart of bid to gov­ern for an­other decade

Daily Mail - - Front Page - By Ja­son Groves Po­lit­i­cal Edi­tor

BORIS John­son will put con­trol of Bri­tain’s bor­ders at the cen­tre of a Gov­ern­ment shakeup de­signed to en­sure years more of Con­ser­va­tive rule.

The Prime Min­is­ter will also prom­ise to im­prove the NHS and re­ward vot­ers who switched to the Tories in the North by pump­ing cash into ne­glected ar­eas.

It comes as he wel­comes 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 North who voted Con­ser­va­tive for the first time. His strat­egy of ‘Boos­t­er­ism’ will in­volve pump­ing cash into ne­glected re­gions.

In a mes­sage to sup­port­ers yes­ter­day, he said: ‘Let’s unite this coun­try, let’s spread op­por­tu­nity to ev­ery cor­ner of the UK, with su­perb ed­u­ca­tion, su­perb in­fra­struc­ture and tech­nol­ogy. Let’s get this done and move for­ward.’

On Thurs­day, he will un­veil his Queen’s Speech which will leg­is­late to de­liver an ex­tra £34bil­lion fund­ing for the NHS.

His pro­gramme will also in­clude a frame­work for the im­mi­gra­tion sys­tem, to­gether with new laws to in­crease the amount that mi­grants pay to use the NHS.

Other mea­sures will in­clude longer sen­tences for ter­ror­ists and se­ri­ous crim­i­nals, laws to limit the im­pact of strikes in the pub­lic sec­tor and mea­sures to end no-fault evic­tions for renters.

Com­muters us­ing North­ern Rail and South West Trains have been

‘Peo­ple putting their faith in us’

hit by dam­ag­ing strikes this year. A new Min­i­mum Ser­vice Agree­ment Bill would force unions to guar­an­tee a cer­tain level of ser­vices – prob­a­bly 50 per cent – to re­duce the im­pact on com­muters.

A No 10 source said: ‘The seis­mic events on Thurs­day re­turned Con­ser­va­tive MPs in Bolsover, in Blyth and in Bishop Auck­land to name but a few. This elec­tion and the new gen­er­a­tion of MPs that have re­sulted from Labour towns turn­ing blue will help change our pol­i­tics for the bet­ter.

‘The PM has been very clear that we have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to de­liver a bet­ter fu­ture for our coun­try and that we must re­pay the pub­lic’s trust by get­ting Brexit done.’

The fast start to Mr John­son’s new ad­min­is­tra­tion came as:

Trea­sury Chief Sec­re­tary Rishi Su­nak con­firmed Bri­tain would now leave the EU ‘within weeks’, with Michael Gove rul­ing out any ex­ten­sion to the Brexit tran­si­tion;

Min­is­ters con­firmed that the Gov­ern­ment will press ahead with plans to de­crim­i­nalise fail­ing to pay the BBC li­cence fee;

Labour de­scended into bit­ter in­fight­ing, with ex-min­is­ter Caro­line Flint claim­ing Shadow For­eign Sec­re­tary Emily Thorn­berry told a north­ern MP: ‘I’m glad my con­stituents aren’t as stupid as yours’;

Ni­cola Stur­geon warned Scot­land ‘can­not be im­pris­oned in the UK’, as Mr Gove con­firmed the Gov­ern­ment would not sanc­tion a sec­ond in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum;

Mr John­son was con­sid­er­ing hand­ing a peer­age to en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter Zac Gold­smith to en­able him to keep his job, days af­ter he lost his London seat;

The PM was draw­ing up plans to ap­point a new Cli­mate Change Sec­re­tary next year to de­liver on his pledge to make Bri­tain ‘the green­est coun­try on Earth’;

Gov­ern­ment sources said a re­port on Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in Bri­tish pol­i­tics would be pub­lished next month, and;

Jeremy Cor­byn’s al­lies threw their weight be­hind busi­ness spokesman Re­becca Long-Bai­ley to suc­ceed him, as he claimed that Labour had ‘won the ar­gu­ment’ in the elec­tion.

Newly- elected Tory MPs were last night head­ing to West­min­ster for the first day of a Gov­ern­ment which Con­ser­va­tive strate­gists hope could last ten years.

Mr Su­nak told the BBC’s An­drew Marr Show that the Gov­ern­ment’s fo­cus was on de­liv­er­ing Brexit and then ‘lev­el­ling up across the United King­dom, mak­ing sure that op­por­tu­nity is spread’.

Mr Gove told Sky News: ‘We need to make sure that eco­nomic op­por­tu­nity is more equally spread across the whole coun­try and we need to in­vest in the in­fra­struc­ture and also the im­prove­ment for skills and ed­u­ca­tion nec­es­sary in or­der to make sure that op­por­tu­nity is more equal.’ New Bishop Auck­land MP Dehenna Davison, Stock­ton South MP Matt Vick­ers, Dar­ling­ton MP Peter Gib­son, Sedge­field MP Paul How­ell and Red­car MP Ja­cob Young dubbed them­selves ‘the Blue Wall’ as they caught the train down to London to­gether from the North East.

Just days af­ter Mr John­son’s his­toric land­slide, Tory strate­gists al­ready have their eye on the next elec­tion. A se­nior source said: ‘The first six to 12 months are key. Peo­ple have got real ex­pec­ta­tions of change and we have got to show we are de­liv­er­ing it.

‘Peo­ple need to feel this first term has worked for them, they need to be able to point to things lo­cally that have changed, they need to feel that their lives have got bet­ter – oth­er­wise they will not vote for us again. A lot of peo­ple are putting their faith in us for the first time

and we sure as hell have to make sure we don’t let them down.’

MPs will be sworn in over the next two days ahead of the Queen’s Speech which will be dom­i­nated by meet­ing Mr John­son’s elec­tion pledges.

The new pro­gramme will also in­clude amend­ments to the Hu­man Rights Act to pre­vent ‘vex­a­tious claims’ against Bri­tish troops, and a new Sen­tenc­ing Bill to in­tro­duce a manda­tory min­i­mum 14-year term for adults con­victed of se­ri­ous ter­ror­ist of­fences.

All eyes to­day are on who Mr John­son ap­points as cul­ture sec­re­tary, with a re­mit to shake up the BBC. Former cul­ture sec­re­tary John Whit­ting­dale is un­der con­sid­er­a­tion, but Mr John­son is also un­der pres­sure to bring new blood into his top team. Mr Su­nak has also been tipped as a pos­si­ble can­di­date, as has de­fence min­is­ter Anne-Marie Trevelyan.

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