Boris Johnson's brother added to David Cameron's team

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David Cameron has added the brother of London Mayor Boris Johnson to his Downing Street team. Jo Johnson is Boris' younger brother and will head up the Policy Unit - inside Downing Street.

Jo Johnson, brother of London Mayor Boris Johnson
Jo Johnson, brother of London Mayor Boris Johnson Credit: Press Association

The Prime Minister has also appointed several of his MPs to a new policy advisory board. One of them Margot James - the Stourbridge MP - tweeted her reaction:

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Delighted to be appointed to Number Ten Policy Unit, looking forward to bringing Midlands industry/trade experience + NHS, women and schools

The MPs include some of those who have voted against Government policy in recent months on House of Lords reform - and Europe.

The move will inject fresh Tory thinking into Government
The move will inject fresh Tory thinking into Government Credit: Press Association

It's a clear sign that Mr Cameron is reaching out to his own MPs and trying to build bridges with the parliamentary party in the House of Commons. Many feel the Prime Minister has been ignoring their concerns and priorities.

But Conservative MPs have returned from the Easter break in a more cheerful mood.

It follows a series of policy announcements on welfare reforms which Tory strategists think are popular with voter.

The lead in the polls Labour has enjoyed has also narrowed slightly.