Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, with David Davis holding a press conference with the EU’s Michel Barnier and Theresa May discussing the free market
- Theresa May’s free markets speech – Summary and snap analysis
- Davis/Barnier Brexit talks press conference – Summary and analysis
- Afternoon summary
A slight tremor at the department for education as the long-serving education minister in the Lords, John Nash, steps down, to be replaced by the newly-enobled businessman Theodore Agnew.
Although the role is officially that of parliamentary under-secretary of state, Nash’s job was that of minister for academies, after being appointed by Michael Gove back in 2013. It’s a like-for-like swap: Nash was a Conservative party donor who founded a chain of academy schools; likewise Agnew is a Tory party donor who founded a chain of academies and free schools – in Agnew’s case the Inspiration Trust in Norfolk.