Theresa May’s mission statement for government branded ‘pathetic’ by ministers

Posted On: 
6th February 2018

A new mission statement drawn up by Theresa May in a bid to show the Government's driving purpose has been branded “pathetic” and “anaemic” by ministers.

Theresa May's mission statement to her party was baldy recieved by ministers
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The document lays out the Prime Minister’s vision for the country, including plans for Brexit and the economy.

But the strategy was badly-received by ministers after it was revealed in a presentation by Gavin Barwell, Mrs May’s chief of staff, and Robbie Gibb, Number 10's director of communications.

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One told the Times: “This is just a list of anaemic bromides. It doesn’t amount to a political strategy or a call to arms. If this is supposed to inspire us I despair. It’s pathetic.”

Another added: “It’s hardly going to get you all fired up.”

The seven-point plan, called Building a Britain Fit for the Future, includes a pledge to get ‘the best Brexit deal’ alongside ‘taking a balanced approach to spending’.  

It also includes commitments on building more homes, improving standards in schools and tackling injustices.

However, it fails to mention defence, welfare, aid, mental health, social care or the environment.   

A Downing Street source admitted that the statement was being rewritten.

They said: “This document was used as a basis for consultation with the parliamentary party and has since been substantially revised."