CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

CABINET OFFICE – MINISTERS AND CIVIL SERVANTS – 2 March 2020

Dr Julian Lewis: How does my right hon. Friend think that Margaret Thatcher would have got on if she had been subjected to the same smears and sexism as have been used against the current iron lady in the Home Office?

[The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office (Michael Gove): My right hon. Friend makes an important point. We are all aware that progress in the past has depended on strong Ministers, and indeed strong Prime Ministers, setting exacting terms, but it has also depended on having a brilliant and able civil service that can act with confidence and provide candid advice. Those two important pillars of our constitution are at the heart of this Government’s operation.]