Independent Live: Conservative conference - Oliver Letwin talks to Steve Richards
Tuesday 05 October 2010
In this exclusive podcast Oliver Letwin MP, Minister of State at the Cabinet Office, talks to Steve Richards at the Conservative Party conference fringe in Birmingham and takes questions from the audience.
Examining Letwin’s role in the formation of the coalition, the interview looks at the common ground between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. Explaining how he helped create the program for government, Letwin outlines his position as coalition enforcer and describes relationships within the Cabinet, the Government and the Treasury.
Letwin goes on to describe the shift of power from central to local government and community ownership as a key theme of the coalition. Giving communities the power to decide how they want their neighbourhoods to look and feel is, he says, a Government priority.
The MP for West Dorset emphasizes how the Government is engaging in radical changes to the planning system. As well as discussing the hopes of professionals creating mutual ownership in the workforce in the public sector, Letwin criticises what he calls the “micromanagement” of the last government.
Steve finishes with Letwin’s thoughts on the budget deficit, the empowerment agenda and the external and internal appearances of the coalition before a question and answer session chaired by The Independent’s Mary Ann Sieghart. Topics from European Union and defence procurement to ecological localisation are put to Letwin, who manages to finish on the importance of goats as a form of foreign aid.
Sponsored by John Lewis
Diving in at the deep end is no excuse for shirking the style stakes
- 1 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 2 War is war: Why I stand with Israel
- 3 L'Oreal cuts ties with Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere after hunting trip photographs
- 5 Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country
Ian Thorpe gay: Olympic swimmer comes out in Parkinson interview
Death in the Valley of the Dolls: Heroin overdose turns the spotlight on prostitution boom in California's tech industry
Supermoon 2014: When and why will the moon look bigger and brighter this summer?
Woman, 61, jailed for seven years after drink-drive death of cyclist
Gaza-Israel conflict: Pro-Palestinian demonstrators take to streets of London, Paris and New York in wave of protests
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’
£40000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Web Developer ...
£50000 - £67000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# R&D .NE...
£40000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Developer (...
£55000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: C# Developer (...