Political Capital: David Gauke discusses COVID, Brexit and the recovery

There is a lot about the Government’s COVID-19 response which is genuinely impressive – so why is the media being so critical?

The judgement of history on the Government’s COVID response will come in due course and could ultimately vindicate them. The public verdict will, however, come much sooner and could nevertheless go the other way.  Former Cabinet Minister David Gauke discusses with James Dowling, Lansons lead political consultant.

This podcast, recorded during the pandemic, looks at the Government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis and how the Government will manage the moment of greatest political peril – when the UK starts to exit the lockdown. David and James consider the more politically deft approach taken by Labour under Keir Starmer  – and where this leaves us on Brexit and the public finances.

Podcast Highlights:

– How is the Government is handling the crisis – and are they making their job harder for themselves with their public presentation

– Why is the Government refusing to say when they will start lifting the lockdown – and what are the options for doing so?

– Is Keir Starmer setting a trap for the Government?

– Where does this leave the public finances – and how does the Government best create the conditions for their recovery?

– Finally, what is going to happen with Brexit? Is the Government really intent on leaving the transition at the end of the year, regardless of whether we have a deal in place?

 

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Guest Speaker David Gauke:

Following a career at the law firm Macfarlanes Gauke was selected for the safe seat of South West Hertfordshire, getting the nomination ahead of 215 candidates. Upon being elected in 2005, Gauke supported David Davis in the leadership election and was promoted in 2007 to the frontbench as a Shadow Treasury Minister, where he concentrated on reforming and simplifying tax policy.

When David Cameron looked to freshen up his government in the run-up to the 2015 General Election, Gauke was promoted to Financial Secretary to the Treasury, replacing Nicky Morgan who became Education Secretary. In June 2016, He announced he would vote for the UK to remain in the European Union, despite being against closer integration. He said that although the consequences of leaving were uncertain, the considerable worries for the UK’s businesses and trade prevented him from voting otherwise.

In 2016, he announced his support for Theresa May to become the next Conservative Party Leader and Prime Minister and she appointed him as Chief Secretary to the Treasury upon her selection as leader. Gauke was promoted to the role of Secretary of State for Work and Pensions following the June 2017 general election, overseeing the introduction of Universal Credit.

He was moved to the position as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice in the January 2018 reshuffle, becoming the first politician with legal training to take the position in over 5 years, before leaving Parliament in 2019.

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Podcast speakers

James Dowling

Head of Public Affairs

James oversees Lansons public affairs and public policy practice. Previously working as a Special Adviser to David Gauke, first in the Department for Work and Pensions, and then at the Ministry of Justice, James worked with senior ministers across Government, including the Prime Minister and Chancellor.

James advises on political risk management and delivery of business goals through public policy. Policy areas of particular expertise include insurance, banking, tax, justice and legal services.

David Gauke

Former Cabinet Minister

David is a former MP of 14-years, serving under two Prime Ministers – David Cameron and Theresa May – latterly holding the roles of Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, andLord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice between 2017 and 2019.