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Boris Johnson to tell 109 new Tory MPs they must 'repay the public's trust' as they enter Commons

Boris Johnson to tell 109 new Tory MPs they must 'repay the public's trust' as they enter Commons
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Boris Johnson will welcome 109 new Conservative MPs to Westminster on Monday as he begins putting his new Commons majority to work.


The Prime Minister will tell his newly-elected colleagues - who will be sworn in over the next two days - that they must "repay the public's trust" after a wave of former Labour strongholds switched to the Tories.

Mr Johnson is also expected to carry out a mini-reshuffle following the decision of Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan to quit the Cabinet and the election defeat of environment minister Zac Goldsmith. 

A more extensive shake-up of the Cabinet is expected to take place in the New Year.

Speaking ahead of the PM's meeting with his new Tory troops, a Number 10 source said: "The seismic events on Thursday returned Conservative MPs in Bolsover, in Blyth and in Bishop Auckland to name but a few.

"This election and the new generation of MPs that have resulted from Labour towns turning blue will help change our politics for the better."

They added: "The PM has been very clear that we have a responsibility to deliver a better future for our country and that we must repay the public’s trust by getting Brexit done.

"Our job is to serve the people of this country, and the 'People’s Government' will deliver on the people’s priorities."

Cabinet minister Rishi Sunak on Sunday confirmed that the Government intends to bring Mr Johnson's EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill back to Parliament before Christmas, and all Tory MPs have pledged to back it.

The Daily Mail reports that the Prime Minister is set make an overhaul of Britain's immigration system a top priority in his first months of governing. 

Mr Johnson has promised to introduce a new Australian-style points-based immigration system, with the paper reporting that Number 10 is considering splitting up the Home Office to create a new Department for Borders and Immigration.

He is also expected to use a £100bn infrastructure fund to pump cash into parts of the North and the Midlands who made the switch to the Conservatives at the election. 

Meanwhile a legally-binding promise to increase NHS spending is set to form part of the week's Queen's Speech, where the new government will unveil its agenda. 

In a message to voters who backed the Tories, Mr Johnson said: "Let’s unite this country, let’s spread opportunity to every corner of the UK, with superb education, superb infrastructure and technology. Let’s get this done and move forward."

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