Blanchflower is 'no shrinking violet'

The Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee's latest member, David Blanchflower, told the Treasury Select Committee on Wednesday 24 May that his commitment to the rate setting MPC will form his "primary responsibility."

Blanchflower told the Committee he will be commuting from the US for 12 days each month.

He also confirmed that the central bank will be picking up his travel and accommodation costs. "My focus can be fully here," Blanchflower said, adding that he will also be making regional

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