Cameron Introduces ‘Stomach Infrastructure’ To New UK Cabinet | Independent Newspapers Limited
Newsletter subscribe


Cameron Introduces ‘Stomach Infrastructure’ To New UK Cabinet

Posted: May 12, 2015 at 3:56 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

•Tells Them To Focus On ‘Bread And Butter’

By Ejikeme Omenazu, Lagos

British Prime Minister, David Cameron, on Tuesday May 12, 2015 told the first all-Tory cabinet meeting for 18 years that they must focus on “bread and butter” ways of improving people’s lives.

Addressing his top team for the first time since his victory, he promised a “down-to-earth” Conservative agenda focused on extending opportunity.

He also insisted all changes to public services must be rooted in “true social justice and genuine compassion”.

The new government is expected to prioritise laws on work and childcare.

Meanwhile, Cameron is completing the reshuffle by announcing a host of junior ministerial appointments.

There are jobs for the 2010 intake of MPs, including Rory Stewart, Caroline Dinenage, James Wharton and Tracey Crouch.

Chancellor George Osborne said the government has a “clear mandate” for its negotiations with the European Union amid fresh speculation about the timing of a future referendum on the UK’s membership

A cabinet minister said that newspaper reports that the government was set to “go to war” with the BBC were “a bit over-excited”

The Conservatives won a 12-seat majority in the House of Commons in Thursday’s election, taking 331 of the 650 seats.

At the start of the cabinet meeting since the election, Cameron said the new government would be different from its predecessor, saying it would not have to “trade away” policies and would therefore be more accountable.

Brandishing a copy of the Conservative manifesto, he said the government had a mandate to deliver all of it.

He urged his ministers to focus on “down-to-earth” ways of “giving everyone in our country the chance to live a good and fulfilled life and make the most of their talents”.

His party, he said, will offer “the chance to get on, with the dignity of a job, the pride of a pay cheque, a home of their own and the security and peace of mind that comes from being able to support a family”.

He said it would also support those that cannot work, repeating a phrase he delivered after the 2010 election that “those that can should and those that cant we always help”.