David Cameron ‘listens to his backbenchers’

A MINISTER appointed to act as David Cameron’s link to the parliamentary party in a mini-reshuffle insisted the move shows the Prime Minister “cares” about the views of his backbenchers.

Rightwinger John Hayes was announced as the Prime Minister’s senior parliamentary adviser on Thursday as Mr Cameron moved to build bridges with restive Tories.

The former energy minister insisted Mr Cameron was an “exceptional leader” and “more than capable of leading across the party”.

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However, pressed as to why so many backbenchers were unhappy with the Prime Minister’s leadership, he said: “I don’t think it has gone dangerously wrong but I think what the Prime Minister has recognised in my appointment is he wants to build the team that allows for that communication to happen.

“Clearly that is about listening, shaping policy, as I say, through the insight and understanding of backbench colleagues.”