David Lidington

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  • Feb.26.2018: Tories using Brexit to grab back devolved powers, say ministers. In a major speech in north Wales, the Cabinet Office minister David Lidington gave details of a proposal under which the "vast majority" of returning powers would start off in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast rather than Whitehall. Lidington, effectively Theresa May's deputy, claimed the proposal amounted to a "very big change" but admitted it would result in the UK govt retaining control over certain aspects of lawmaking which are normally devolved when there was a need to protect trade within the UK or meet international obligations. He insisted this would be a temporary "backstop arrangement" and suggested Whitehall departments would have to report regularly to parliament to spell out their progress in allowing powers to return to devolved administrations. The Guardian, Steven Morris, Severin Carrell
  • Oct.02.2017: Iain Dale’s 100 most influential people on the Right 2017. Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. After a year as Leader of the House he replaced the hapless Liz Truss as Justice Secretary in the June reshuffle. Calm and reassuring, Lidington is an important player in the May team. Conservative Home, Iain Dale
  • Oct.03.2016: Iain Dale’s 100 most influential people on the Right. Leader of the House of Commons. Popular with MPs on all sides of the House, Lidders – as he is known – had spent six years as Minister of State for Europe and if anyone deserved a move and a promotion it was him. He’ll never make the headlines, but he’s in a job which is vital to the smooth functioning of govt. And if anyone fits a job like a hand in a glove, he does. Conservative Home, Iain Dale