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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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?
News / UK by Press Association 08/05/2019, 10:43 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Cabinet minister Andrea Leadsom has said she is “seriously considering” standing for the Conservative leadership. Ms Leadsom’s comment came as pressure increased on Theresa May to name a date for her departure and cross-party Brexit talks with Labour dragged on without a conclusion. Talks on a compromise deal were continuing in Whitehall, with Labour insisting the Government still needs to shift on its red lines. Discussions on Tuesday were described as “constructive and detailed” by Downing Street and “very robust” by Labour, with shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey saying: “Nothing has been agreed yet.” Senior Tory backbenchers on the executive of the 1922 Committee were due to meet in Westminster to discuss the outcome of a meeting at which chair Sir Graham Brady is believed to have set out … [Read more...] about Andrea Leadsom mulls renewed bid for Conservative leadership
A petition signed by nearly 3,500 supporters of a bypass for Farthinghoe was gladly accepted by South Northants MP Andrea Leadsom today (Friday, April 26). Villagers collected numerous signatures at Tesco supermarkets in Brackley and Banbury as well as many more online to show the strong support for their campaign.Mrs Leadsom will now use the petition in her quest to get the new road signed off as she lobbies the Department of Transport and Highways England.Pip Clayton, who has been leading the village’s campaign, said the response has been fantastic and thanked everyone who has helped.“We’re very proud of what we’ve achieved,” she added.The campaigners believe this is the closest Farthinghoe has been to securing a bypass for the A422, an ongoing project for decades.Mrs Leadsom called on villagers to set up a petition in February so she was delighted to see it come to fruition with such success.“It’s fantastic, there’s only around 300 … [Read more...] about Farthinghoe bypass petition signed by 3,500 handed to Andrea Leadsom MP
A top Tory has been slapped down by EU chiefs after bizarrely calling for them to RE-OPEN the Brexit deal. Andrea Leadsom said it would be "fantastic" if Germany restarted talks on the 585-page Withdrawal Agreement - despite EU chiefs and Theresa May both saying that won't happen. She suggested German Chancellor Angela Merkel could re-open the deal, agreed back in November, to "support a proper UK Brexit". But minutes later, EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier declared bluntly: "The withdrawal agreement is not going to be reopened. It is not up for negotiation again. That continues to be the case." Brexit-backing Ms Leadsom made her claim as Theresa May jetted from Paris to Berlin, begging for a short Brexit delay ahead of tomorrow's summit of 27 EU leaders. It came amid reports that Ms Merkel could put a five-year time limit on the Irish 'backstop' - a clause in the deal which may trap the UK under EU rules from January 2021. But a German government spokesperson denied the reports … [Read more...] about EU brutally steamrollers Tory Andrea Leadsom’s call to re-open the Brexit deal