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Watch: Geoffrey Cox’s minister of the year acceptance speech

29 November 2018

11:30 AM

29 November 2018

11:30 AM

Geoffrey Cox’s rousing warm-up act for Theresa May at Tory party conference elevated the Attorney General’s public profile. In the weeks since, Cox’s importance has continued to grow, as cabinet ministers – both remainers and leavers – have come to depend on his legal know-how to interpret the Brexit deal. And now, Cox has been named minister of the year at The Spectator‘s Parliamentarian of the year awards last night. Here’s what he had to say:

‘Well, I’m incredibly grateful, privileged and honoured to have been awarded this tremendous and distinguished award. I have to say that, after just four months in the cabinet, it comes as both a surprise and a pleasant shock….And may I conclude with some lines from Matthew Arnold’s ‘Dover Beach’: ‘For we are here as on a darkling plain, swept with alarms of struggle and flight, where ignorant armies clash by night.’

Mr S. is delighted that Cox has kept up his habit of reciting poetry to get his message across…

 


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