Theresa’s U-Turns: Key Tory Policy Reversals

10 October 2016, 16:33

Theresa May

These are Prime Minister Theresa May’s key policy U-turns in her short time in Number 10.

Foreign Worker Quotas:

Barely a week after Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced a controversial proposal to force companies to publish the amount of foreign workers they employ at the Tory party conference, the government was forced into a humiliating climbdown.

A cacophony of condemnation helped topple the policy, with commentators from across the political spectrum lining up to slate the policy. LBC’s very own James O’Brien’s take on the policy took the internet by storm.

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Surprisingly even figures from UKIP condemned the proposal. Here is MEP Roger Helmer comparing the plans to ‘North Korea.’

The government now say the data will be collected, but not made public. It will be use it to identify skill shortages in key industries. However, Labour’s Harriet Harman pointed this data may still come to light under freedom of information laws.

Hinkley Point:

Theresa May sparked widespread speculation that she was poised to can the controversial Hinkley point deal with French utility EDF, when she announced a pause in the process shortly after taking office. However, only months later the deal has been signed, on terms broadly similar to those agreed by David Cameron’s government.

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Key concerns focus on the significant tax payer contribution to the project, with the general public guaranteeing EDF a price for the electricity it produces for decades at nearly double the price it can be bought in the wholesale market from other sources.

The role of China in the project has also raised eyebrows. However, with the PM signalling a more interventionist role for government in key industries at the Tory party, this deal may fit in well with her new vision for the state.   

Site of nuclear power station at Hinkley Point

New London Airport:

Theresa May's precarious position in the Commons may have been a key factor in her decision to kick the long awaited decision on new airport capacity for London into the legislative long grass.

The government is due to announce a proposal on whether to build a new runway at either Heathrow or Gatwick on Tuesday. Any vote on the plans, however, has been delayed for at least a year, staving off mutiny by Tory MPs until a later date.

Former mayoral candidate and MP for Richmond Park Zac Goldsmith has threatened to resign and stand as an independent if Heathrow goes ahead, with the backing of other West London MPs also opposed to another runway.


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Closer to home May faces opposition from Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who has said he will 'lie down in front of the bulldozers' to stop Heathrow being built. Boris, along with other  members of the cabinet, have been granted a 'derogation' allowing them to oppose a new runway, with some conditions attached.

We will keep this article updated with any other significant developments and stay tuned to LBC for around the clock political coverage of Theresa May's government.

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