In a debate in Westminster Hall in Parliament on Wednesday afternoon, South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom called for the Government to urgently commit to a full review of the business case for HS2 before the Notice to Proceed is granted later this year. In the first debate she has led since returning to the backbenches after stepping down as Leader of the Commons, Andrea felt it was important that HS2 was one of the first issues she raised in Parliament on behalf of her constituents, and wanted to put on record her strong concerns about the business case and value for taxpayer money.Andrea said:“There is no doubt that investment in infrastructure is the key to solving the UK’s productivity challenge, and we have to see investment that benefits our entire United Kingdom.“Getting the best value for money has to be at the heart of all that we do, and it is vital that we make sure we are investing in the right infrastructure projects.“HS2 is one of the single … [Read more...] about Andrea Leadsom MP calls for full HS2 spending review
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Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom has announced her resignation from the government over Theresa May's new Brexit proposal. Mrs Leadsom said she "no longer believed" that the government's Brexit approach "could deliver on the referendum result". In a letter written to Mrs May, Mrs Leadsom said she did not believe that the UK will be "truly sovereign" through the deal proposed, and said a second referendum would be "dangerously divisive". She also said there had been "such a breakdown of government processes that recent Brexit-related legislative proposals have not been properly scrutinised or approved by Cabinet members". A former Tory leadership candidate in 2016, Mrs Leadsom was a high-profile Brexiteer, becoming a figurehead of the Vote Leave campaign. She was one of a number of Brexit-supporting colleagues in the so-called Pizza Club who were absent for the start of Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday. Posting the letter on Twitter, … [Read more...] about Commons leader Andrea Leadsom resigns over Brexit
The resignation of Andrea Leadsom as leader of the Commons has left Theresa May’s government on the brink of collapse. She stepped down from her cabinet role on Wednesday in “yet another devastating blow for the prime minister”, says PoliticsHome, as bookmakers slashed the odds of May leaving office before the end of June to 4/6. Leadsom was due to announce when the prime minister’s Withdrawal Agreement Bill – the legislation needed to implement the agreement between the UK and EU – would be introduced, but revealed that she could not do it as she did not believe in the plan. She has also indicated she could throw her hat into the ring to succeed May, having dramatically pulled out of the last leadership race in 2016, handing the keys to Downing Street to her rival. What did she do before politics? Leadsom's pre-politics career was in finance, as a banker and fund manager. Aged 30, she was financial institutions director for Barclays and so had a … [Read more...] about Who is Andrea Leadsom?
South Northamptonshire MP Andrea Leadsom has resigned from her role on Theresa May's cabinet saying she doesn't believe the Government's approach will deliver Brexit. The Leader of the House of Commons said she couldn't support a deal that opened the door to a second referendum that would "undermine the union".She also believes there has been "a complete breakdown of collective responsibility" in Mrs May's cabinet."I do not believe we will be a truly sovereign United Kingdom through the deal that is now proposed," Mrs Leadsom wrote in her resignation letter."I have always maintained that a second referendum would be dangerously divisive, and I do not support the Government willingly facilitating such a concession. It would also risk undermining our union which is something I passionately want to see strengthened."There has been such a breakdown of government processes that recent Brexit-related legislative proposals have not been properly scrutinised or approved by cabinet members."The … [Read more...] about Andrea Leadsom resigns from cabinet over Brexit
Commons leader Andrea Leadsom has announced her resignation from the government. Mrs Leadsom said it was with "a heavy heart" that she was standing down, but that she no longer believes the government's Brexit approach will deliver on the referendum result. Mrs Leadsom was a high-profile Brexiteer, becoming a figurehead of the Vote Leave campaign. Her resignation, which comes amid a backlash over Theresa May's new Brexit plan, is the 36th by a minister under Mrs May, 21 of whom have been over Brexit. Posting her resignation letter on Twitter, she wrote: "It is with great regret and a heavy heart that I have decided to resign from the Government." Mrs Leadsom, a former Tory leadership candidate in 2016, outlined four reasons for her decision in her letter. Addressing the letter to Theresa May, she wrote: "1. I do not believe that we will be a truly sovereign United Kingdom through the deal that is now proposed; "2. I have always … [Read more...] about Andrea Leadsom resigns as Leader of the House of Commons