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Bim Afolami: After the reshuffle, back to the future - NHS queues, rising energy bills, and higher prices

Posted On: 25 Oct 2021   |   Posted By: Conservative Home

Bim Afolami is MP for Hitchin & Harpenden.
As the Prime Minister said at Cabinet on Friday morning, it is “half time” in this Parliament. We have two more years to deliver on our election pledges before shaping up for the next election. Covid has basically taken up the vast majority of this Parliament so far, not only preventing us from focusing on our wider domestic agenda (though, very importantly, we have delivered Brexit), but also creating new problems, such as lan extra £350 billion in public debt and huge NHS waiting lists.
By two years from now, levelling -p needs to be noticed on the ground, people need more money in their pockets, and public services need to be consistently improving. Is this going to be straightforward to deliver? In a word, no.
The Government reshuffle was a significant start on moving forwards. Much has rightly been made of the importance of Michael Gove's new beefed-up MHCLG - now LUHC: the department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities - with responsibility for housing,...

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