Nick Boles, the MP for Grantham and Stamford, has resigned the Conservative whip following the failure of the Government to support any of the Brexit options suggested by MPs. Boles had proposed the Common Market 2.0 option in an attempt to break the Brexit deadlock, but MPs voted against his plan.
Boles posted his decision on Twitter:
“I am resigning the Conservative whip with immediate effect. The Conservative Party has shown itself to be incapable of compromise so I will sit as an Independent Progressive Conservative.”
Lord Sugar has been confirmed as a Government Enterprise Tsar in a bid to encourage youngsters to start their own business or begin an apprenticeship.
Lord Sugar said in a statement:
“I’m delighted to be taking on this challenge. I built successful businesses with the support of hundreds of talented young people who learned their skills on the job – exactly the kinds of skills you learn in an apprenticeship. But not enough of our young people know about apprenticeships and what they offer, and too few feel empowered to set up their own business.
I’ll be travelling the length and breadth of this country to tell young people why apprenticeships are a great way for them to build their skills – and talking about the opportunities for starting their own business, hopefully instilling some entrepreneurial spirit”.
Nick Boles, the Minister of State for Skills, said:
“We want every young person in Britain to get on and build a great life for themselves, whether it’s by starting an apprenticeship or setting up their own business. Lord Sugar has huge credibility among young people and I am delighted that he has agreed to help the government bang the drum for apprenticeships and enterprise”.
The Government has announced a large rise in the number of apprenticeships. There has been a 115% increase in the number of higher apprenticeships started in the year 2015 compared to 2014.
Nick Boles, Minister of State for Skills, said in a statement:
“We want to give all young people a chance to make the most of their talents and create a better life for themselves. That’s exactly why we are committed to creating 3 million apprenticeships by 2020.
Businesses and colleges should be congratulated for helping apprenticeships move from strength to strength. I am hugely proud of the success we have achieved together and look forward to even more young people getting the chance to work hard and get on”.