The two key tasks for whoever takes over – EXPRESS COMMENT

The two key tasks for whoever takes over – EXPRESS COMMENT

When only a tiny fraction of the electorate (the 124,000 members of the Conservative Party) will decide who is to become our next prime minister, calls for a national vote understandably will be vociferous. So there are two overriding concerns for Tory MPs to consider. The next leader of the party must be able to deliver Brexit and must be able to defeat Jeremy Corbyn. The two go hand in hand. You can't have one without the other. Watching the Tory party disintegrate has been a grim spectacle and nothing except hard work and hard choices will begin the process of rebuilding it. We're not impressed so far by headline-grabbing announcements by the various candidates. We, along with millions of decent law-abiding people up and down the land, want to rally behind someone we can trust, someone who will put the interests of the country before his or her own ambitions. That means delivering Brexit and exposing Corbyn as a shallow Marxist, desperate to bankrupt Britain.

Life-or-death deal day

MPS today will finally sit down to discuss the plight of those who suffer from cystic fibrosis but who cruelly are denied life-saving drugs on the NHS.

The Daily Express has campaigned long and hard about this heart-breaking issue and will continue to do so.

As the chief executive of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust put it yesterday: "The promise of words and ongoing talks are no longer enough, we need to see the drugs made available now."

That means a deal must be struck with the US pharmaceutical giant Vertex, which until now has refused NHS England's £500million offer for the drug.

We understand Vertex has tabled a new and "improved" counter-offer to the NHS and so we urge all sides to reach an agreement today when they meet at Westminster Hall.

For many, it is a matter of life or death.

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