Tories call for a more Eurosceptic minister
Senior Conservative backbenchers are pressing David Cameron to appoint a more Eurosceptic Europe Minister in his upcoming reshuffle. The post has been held since the 2010 election by David Lidington – a moderate figure whose appointment was welcomed by other EU Governments.
Mr Lidington got the job in place of Mark Francois, the former Eurosceptic shadow Europe minister, who had brokered the Conservative controversial split from the main centre-right EPP group in the European parliament.
But now backbenchers are pressing Mr Cameron to move Mr Lidington in the reshuffle to signal a new harder line. Some are pressing him to bring back Mr Francois or offer the job to Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee.
Mr Brady was the Tory spokesman on Europe for three years in opposition but resigned in 2007 in a row over grammar schools.
One senior Tory backbencher said: "We need someone more Eurosceptic as Europe Minister. This is about to become the most important policy area."
Any move to install a more Eurosceptic figure would be met with resistance from the Liberal Democrats but Tory right-wingers say Mr Cameron must act if he wants to reassure his party.
"Europe is one of the key appointments and the Liberal Democrats should be told they can go hang," one said.
Mr Cameron regards Mr Lidington as one of the three most effective ministers of state in his government. But he could reward him with a promotion to the Cabinet as Northern Ireland Secretary, since he held that in opposition.
- 1 Rihanna 'nude pictures' claims emerge on 4Chan as hacking scandal continues
- 2 iOS 8 apps and features: eight iPhone settings you need to look at after you install the update
- 3 Kim Kardashian 'nude photos' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
- 4 'F*ck it, I quit': KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
- 5 Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Rihanna 'nude pictures' claims emerge on 4Chan as hacking scandal continues
Kim Kardashian 'nude photos' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
Khorasan: Muhsin al-Fadhli - the man leading a terror group more feared by US officials than Isis
'F*ck it, I quit': KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
Alicia Keys leaks own nude photo 'to create a kinder and more peaceful world'
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
£18000 - £25000 Per Annum + bonus and benefits: Clearwater People Solutions Lt...
£65000 Per Annum Benefits + bonus: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: If you are...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Chester: Job Opportunity for an experienced Che...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Manchester: Nursery Workers x 3 Greater Manches...