Francis Maude

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David Cameron: Tories won’t alter tax credit cuts

4 October 2015 12:17

One of the rows that the Tories are starting their conference with is over tax credits. A growing number of…

The Conservative Party Annual Conference Continues In Birmingham

5 key ways the next government can deliver on its campaign promises

26 March 2015 12:08

Every government comes to power eager to deliver on its manifesto pledges and policy ideas. Yet our polling shows that just…


Who paid for that?

1 March 2015 16:16

One of the things that even its critics, such as myself, have to concede that the European Union has been…

Francis Maude is trying to undo some of the gumming up of Whitehall. Picture: Getty

One area where Labour and the Tories have started agreeing

11 February 2015 19:31

With less than three months to go to the election, politics is pretty partisan at Westminster at the moment as…


Gunpowder, treason and caviar – selling out in Westminster, Guido style

22 October 2014 12:20

If you’re going to sell out to the establishment, you might as well do so on an industrial scale. As…

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude Announces Plans To Scrap 192 Public Bodies

Mutually assured benefits: Francis Maude’s public sector revolution

2 August 2014 9:45

A revolution is underway in Bromley. The average time that it takes for a leg ulcer to be treated and…

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Whitehall needs reform – and the Prime Minister needs to lead it

11 December 2013 13:41

James Forsyth is right. Whitehall does need reforming. But he is wrong to present this in stark terms of ministers…

Francis Maude

The great irony of the government’s transparency push

31 October 2013 17:00

David Cameron’s announcement that the government will publish a register of beneficial ownership should make it harder for companies to…

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Tory modernisers can’t rest on their laurels – the job’s never done

1 October 2013 13:54

Where next for Tory modernisation? The first point is that it never ends. The Conservative party could not have survived…

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Could making Whitehall smaller, better, faster, stronger save £70 billion?

2 September 2013 18:10

The government could save £70 billion from the Whitehall spending bill by moving into a new digitised age. That’s the…

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Politicians are finally being grown-up about government

10 July 2013 11:07

One of the promises from the last round of ‘new politics’ pledges when the Tories were in opposition was a…


Coalition shifts position after a weekend of sleaze, lobbying register now coming in

2 June 2013 13:45

Today is not a good day for politics or parliament. The latest, depressing sleaze revelations are only going to increase…


The View from 22 — Francis Maude and Liz Truss on Margaret Thatcher

11 April 2013 8:48

How does Margaret Thatcher’s legacy impact Tory MPs today? This week’s Spectator magazine contains a 16-page supplement considering the premiership…

Francis Maude announced further reforms to the civil service today. Picture: Getty

Francis Maude strikes conciliatory note in stand-off over senior civil servants

20 December 2012 13:58

Francis Maude’s latest plan to get the civil service working more effectively sounds very sensible: so sensible, in fact, that…

Francis Maude is trying to undo some of the gumming up of Whitehall. Picture: Getty

The gumming up of Whitehall

17 December 2012 12:36

Tony Blair is paying a visit to journalists in the Commons this week for a festive lunch. Last week, David…

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Who do you think you are kidding mister computer hacker?

4 December 2012 9:30

The Big Society struggles on, making its mark yesterday in the unexpected realm of cyber security. In a written ministerial statement on…

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The gate beckons for Andrew Mitchell

12 October 2012 9:55

The papers are unanimous: Andrew Mitchell is a dead man walking, and like most pantomime ghouls he’s become a laughing…

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Firestarter Francis Maude needs to keep fanning the quango bonfire

22 August 2012 13:30

The Prime Minister once promised a ‘bonfire of the quangos’. Although his government has sometimes failed to fulfil expectations, his firestarter…

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Slashing and burning the civil service, or just skimming off the top?

9 August 2012 15:46

Are Francis Maude’s £5.5bn savings in central government spending a significant step forward in his battle to shrink the public sector? In…

Prime Minister David Cameron Holds A Meeting With President Of The IOC Jacques Rogge

Overhauling the Rolls Royce

19 June 2012 16:45

‘I was sceptical [about civil service reform] until I read that unreadable column.’ This was the response of a Westminster…


Cameron must take on Whitehall

1 April 2012 15:56

I doubt that, come the election in 2015, many voters will remember the row about putting VAT on pasties or…


A question of motivation

31 March 2012 9:55

Flitting through the opinion pages this morning, there’s one headline that stands out far more than any other. It’s on…


Fuel for the political bonfire

29 March 2012 9:48

Pasties and jerry cans — who’d have thought that yesterday’s politics would descend into a roaring debate about two such…


Labour’s baggage stops it from gaining the upper hand

26 March 2012 16:58

It now seems as if Downing Street is moving towards releasing a list of Chequers guests. This is belated recognition…


How will the Lib Dems respond?

26 March 2012 14:43

The key thing to watch for during Francis Maude’s statement is the Lib Dem reaction. At the moment, the Tories…