July 9th, 2012

Conor Burns Ready to Resign as PPS Over Lords Reform
Burns’ Letter to Chief Whip In Full

Tory rebel Conor Burns is ready to resign as Owen Paterson’s PPS after informing his chief whip that he will vote against the government on Lords reform. Burns has left the final decision up to Dave, it appears he could be out of a job tomorrow evening: “It would seem that my position is incompatible with membership of the Government. I deeply regret the government have put us in a position where a long-held and mainstream view means I cannot continue to serve as a PPS“. Guido is sure it won’t be the least we hear from Conor.

Sky’s Sophie Ridge confirms:

Guido has just asked Conor if he had; proffered his resignation if asked or simply thrown himself at the mercy of the Prime Minister? To which he replied: “Sort of both!” Burns is now leading the heckling of Nick Clegg and co. in the Commons. They said it would be bloody…

UPDATE: Here is Burns’ letter in full:


Further to our conversation in your office I wanted to formally write to put my position as PPS to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland at yours and the Prime Minister’s disposal. I have long held views on reform of the House of Lords and cannot support the Bill tomorrow or the programme motion. It would appear that my position is incompatible with membership of the Government. I am a keen supporter of the Government and deeply regret that the Government have put us in the position where a long held and mainstream view within the Conservative Party means that I cannot continue to serve as Owen’s PPS. If by voting against the Bill tomorrow means I have to resign I will of course continue to support the Government and the Prime Minister from the backbenches.


Via @SophyRidge


  1. 1
    Very rare says:

    He a decent MP.


    • 4
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      Me never trust the buggers.


      • 15
        Bournemouth Voter says:

        “He a decent MP.”
        No he isn’t. Look at his voting record rather than set piece PR stunts.
        He is a typical career politician and former lobbyist who is positioning himself for the coming conservative crash. Rats leaving a sinking ship are acting on pure self interest, not beliefs.
        Don’t trust this man…ever!


        • 37
          DiscoPaul says:

          Agreed. Did he rebel over a Euro referendum? Nope he rebelled over a bill that would limit party patronage over a corrupt second chamber.
          The man is a no mark.


    • 20
      Sandra in Accounts says:

      “The House of Lords is a “flawed institution” which exercises power without legitimacy, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said”

      He has got some feffing cheek that Clegg.

      He lost two MPs at the last GE, has only 57 MPs in Parliament & yet controls all major EU & Constitutional Legislation in the Coalition.

      The sooner that quizzling accepts his Spanish EU passport & fecks off the better.


    • 23
      Popeye says:

      Ye Gods, it appears we have an honourable member at last?


    • 33
      Oxymoron Alert says:

      decent MP


  2. 2
    tottenham Chutzpah says:

    Dave fiddles while Conor Burns


    • 25
      Fawkbender says:

      Don’t worry, there are plenty more MPs who want to climb the slippery pole, Burns is entitled to resign if that is what he wants, I think it is time Dave called a GE or Cleggy said we are pulling out of coalition and be independent, that should concentrate minds.


  3. 3
    Moley says:

    The electorate will watch with real interest to see whether MPs of all parties have the courage and integrity to put the Country’s interests before their own political ambitions.

    It is however highly unlikely that long term political ambition will be best served by a display of moral cowardice.


    • 6
      Well it's a thought says:

      The reform of the HOL is just a second bite troughing charter, just as the plod commissioners is a second bite for the trash that the people threw out at the last vote,
      it’ll go through as we don’t have a democracy, these MPs wouldn’t know democracy if it bit them in the arse.


  4. 5
    Calamity Clegg says:

    Cameron fiddles as Conor Burns.


  5. 8
    Whip & Carpet Burns says:

    This is getting downright dirty


  6. 9
    Jimmy says:

    Dear Conor,

    Who told you you were a member of the government? You’re a PPS. Plankton in other words. Get over yourself.

    Big Hugs



  7. 10

    Don’t make it easy for them Conor, don’t resign stand your ground.

    Let the buggers sack you and show themselves up for the sacks of s**t they are.


  8. 12
    HenryV says:

    Cleggy was always the mild mannered one in Last of the Summer Wine……


  9. 14
    Veronica says:

    Conor the red sofa destroyer


  10. 16
    Well it's a thought says:

    Is the HOC the place where people text or a place for debate, counted 3 up to now texting, have they no shame.


  11. 17
    Leusebiof says:

    I simply do not understand it.
    Conor Burns has been the classic pro government MP
    He has voted EVERY time in favour of Cameron’s stance on the EU and has never, ever, not voted for more EU.
    So we know that;
    a) he cares absolutely nothing for democracy or the wishes of the British people.
    b) he fully supports Cameron’s even when its against UK’s interest.
    Yet suddenly he “makes a stand” on something which most people do not care about.
    Now, if Cameron really wants to vote against the LD position on HOL reform but can’t be seen to do so, where would he find a loyal follower to act as a proxy for him?


  12. 18
    Anonymous says:

    what did i reed bowt tory grammer plans. does the the chap know that government is singular?


  13. 19
    annette curton says:

    I’m resigned to the whole situation.


  14. 21
    Backwoodsman says:

    Re clegg. Someone who calls the HOL a ‘deeply flawed institution’, but who supports the ongoing un-audited clusterfuck which is the EU, clearly has a well developed sense of irony !


    • 22
      just saying says:

      Eleanor Laing MP summed up Clegg and this Lords reform shambles up perfectly in an excellent speech.


    • 24
      Lou Scannon says:

      It’s high time Clegg was deported.


    • 30
      Beeboid One says:

      We at Bring Back Communism are loving this coalition spat as it takes the focus of our incompetent Liebor Party and their venal corrupt “leaders”


  15. 29
    oldlankybill says:

    Hells bells a man of principle.

    Get David Attenborough down to make a documentary film before the species becomes extinct!


  16. 31
    Polythesis says:

    “I will of course continue to support the Government and the Prime Minister from the backbenches.”

    Is this prick serious? And we wonder why the coalition is able to get away with what it does. Why if he is opposing the regime does he feel he has to crawl to them like a dog after a beating, is it some kind of perverted loyalty like a battered wife going home to their abusive husband? Cowards and weaklings.


    • 43
      Bob the Banker says:

      Yo, Poly, baby. Nothing I like better than crawling back to someone who has given me a damn good thrashing! Bet you love it too, eh?


  17. 32
    not now cato says:

    Nice to see Labour keeping the fuck quiet about this – having spent 13 years in the wilderness whining about the HoL being undemocratic, then 12 years in power and not making the HoL democratic.

    We should have an executive and a legislature, like they do in the USA.

    Any MP who does not see this is not to be trusted.


  18. 35
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Wow – I must stop posting these kinda things late at night when I’ve had a few beers – wouldn’t want all these truths coming out about how effing corrupt and utterly useless the newest Local MP is ……. Still I am on record as having asked him and his Spads numerous times to have a quiet and civil local surgery meeting (Friday afternoons – out of drinking hours) with me for numerous reasons [Reasons given to his Spads] in respect of local and national issues – but he just doesn’t want to know … wonder why that would be?


  19. 36
    PC clitoris says:

    What’s going on with this country? The Gov should get on with the serious problems facing the country and stop pissing about with this rubbish.This Tory posh boys club has got to be the worst Gov of all time.Hell I thought Labour were bad but they look good next to this shower of fools.


  20. 39
    No tool like an old tool says:

    Another one of Dave’s detoxifying bumboys goes native.


  21. 40
    I can't believe it's not Labour says:

    Lords “reform” is just another costly job creation scheme for the political class, like, e.g. devolution. The smugly perma-grinning face of Smartalex Salmond should serve as a dreadful warning to all reformers. So here’s a really radical idea for little Cleggie and his doomed band of coalitionists: why not have a House of Lords consisting solely of unpaid hereditaries? It would be cheap and, after all, the Duke of Omnium, a.k.a. Plantagenet Palliser. was a distinguished if fictional Liberal PM!


  22. 41
    Mark Wouters says:

    Lets have real lords reform and monarchical reform ,By Abolishing the Monarchy and abolishing the House of Lords and Abolishing all thier titles,oh and give the money wasted on these useless Jerks to people Like Me who are facing imminent EESA benefit cuts.


    • 42
      I can't believe it's not Labour says:

      Why not find gainful employment in domestic service to a Socialist aristocrat (e.g. Lord Prescott or Lord Mandelsohn) Mark? Surely these fine fellows are not, to use your vulgar proletarian language, “useless jerks”?


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