Monday, 12 June 2017

Evening Standard: Austerity and Brexit cost Conservatives their majority, says Theresa May's chief of staff Gavin Barwell

Evening Standard: Austerity and Brexit cost Conservatives their majority, says Theresa May's chief of staff Gavin Barwell

Voters' anger over austerity and Brexit cost the Conservatives their majority at the General Election, the Prime Minister's new chief of staff has said.

Gavin Barwell admitted Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had been able to tap into frustrations over public sector pay and concerns among Remain-supporters over the Tory approach to leaving the European Union.

The former housing minister lost his Croydon Central seat in Thursday's vote but made a swift comeback after being brought into Number 10 as her senior aide.

In a sign that he will push for a change in approach on Brexit, he said: "We do need to make sure that people that are Conservative-minded that voted Remain in the referendum are happy to continue supporting our party."

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