Published in The Yorkshire Post, Monday 17th October 2011
Recently I was asked what qualities I bring from my Northern roots to my role in Government. My response was simple: what I bring to the Cabinet table is Yorkshire common sense.
A common sense approach to politics means that you don’t do what politicians normally do and deny the obvious. It means you don’t spin your way out of something that’s gone wrong. It means telling it as it is and being straight with people – having the courage to be upfront and frank.