Eustice on new policy board
A CORNISH MP has been given a place on a new board which will help draw up policy for the Conservative Party in Downing Street.
Camborne, Redruth and Hayle MP George Eustice, a former press secretary to David Cameron, is on the new Conservative policy board formed to give a variety of Tory figures the chance to influence decisions at the head of the party.
The West Briton understands Mr Eustice's outspoken views on Europe and his work in bringing eurosceptic Tory MPs together was one reason for his appointment.
Mr Eustice was a contributor to Mr Cameron's speech on Europe and has been working on future EU contributions.
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More recently he worked closely with Oliver Letwin to bring rival parties together to reach a compromise over the Leveson Report.
Mr Eustice's appointment to the policy board 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 advising Mr Cameron and his team. Mr Johnson will be a Cabinet office minister in his new role.
Mr Eustice said the board had been established to provide greater political direction to the No 10 policy unit.
He said it would give MPs a greater say in drawing up policy and a chance to put forward ideas to be developed.
Mr Eustice added the board would work on the Conservative Party manifesto for the next general election, as well as more immediate policy and ideas which could be implemented later.
He added: "I am looking forward to getting to work on the new No 10 policy board. This Government has implemented some important reforms in areas such as education and welfare and we need to build on what has been started."
Other members include Peter Lilley, who served in Margaret Thatcher's Cabinet, Jesse Norman and Nick Gibb.