David Drew MP comments on the elevation of Boris Johnson to Prime Minister
Fewer than 100,000 Tory activists have chosen to appoint Boris Johnson as their leader and, by extension, the Prime Minister of this country.
He presents himself as new, but he and his Cabinet of millionaires head a government now in in its tenth year in power: one which has no desire to fix the low wage, low-productivity economy it has generated through years of austerity.
As we've seen in the ongoing case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, in his short stint as Foreign Secretary he was reckless and uncaring of the individual lives of British citizens abroad.
Beneath the one-liners and tousled hair, this Johnson administration will promise everything and anything it can to stay in office. Why else appoint Dominic Cummings, the man who brought Cambridge Analytica to British politics, and whom who David Cameron once described as a 'career psychopath'.
Cummings' work with Vote Leave was cavalier to say the least.
In Stroud we are fortunate to have retained a strong manufacturing base which provides high-quality opportunities for skilled and well-paid work.
But under this administration, low-paid, part-time jobs have proliferated, rents massively increased, and in-work benefits plummeted. Our young not only fear climate change, they lack homes, security and prospects.
Whatever the huff, bluff and bluster over Brexit, these are the metrics by which Mr Johnson and his government should be judged.