Monday, September 10, 2012

New Parliamentary Private Secretaries Announced, So Far

As the news of which lucky members of the 2010 intake are chosen to be PPSs breaks, Guido will be updating this post as and when. So far we have:

  • Sam Gyimah to David Cameron
  • Duncan Hames to Nick Clegg
  • Daniel Kawczynski to David Jones at Wales
  • Damian Collins to Theresa Villiers at NI
  • Alec Shelbrooke to Mike Penning at NI
  • Harriet Baldwin to Mark Hoban at DWP
  • Lee Scott to Chris Grayling at Justice
  • Amber Rudd to George Osborne at Treasuary
  • Ben Gummer to Alan Duncan at DfID
  • David Burrowes to Owen Patterson at DEFRA
  • Paul Maynard to Oliver Letwin at Cabinet Office
  • Laura Sandys to Greg Barker at DECC
  • Gavin Williamson to Patrick McLoughlin at Transport
  • Lorley Burt to Danny Alexander at the Treasury
  • Stephen Gilbert to Ed Davey at Energy and Climate Change
  • Simon Wright to David Laws at DfE
  • Andrew Jones to Andrew Mitchell at the Whips’s Office
  • Jessica Lee to Dominic Grieve as Attorney General
  • Paul Uppal to David Willets at BIS
  • Therese Coffey to Michael Fallon at BIS
  • Jake Berry to Grant Shapps
  • Stuart Andrew to Francis Maude at Cabinet Office
  • John Glen to Eric Pickles at Communities
  • Mark Menzies to Mark Prisk at Housing
  • Eric Ollerenshaw to Sayeeda Warsi
  • Mary Macloed to Maria Miller at DCMS
  • Simon Kirby to Hugh Robertson at DCMS
  • Claire Perry to Philip Hammond at Defence
  • Kris Hopkins to Andrew Rothaban at Defence
  • Damian Hinds to Mark Francois at Defence
  • Gavin Barwell to Michael Gove at DfE
  • Mel Stride to John Hayes at Energy
  • Keith Simpson to William Hague at FCO
  • Tobias Ellwood to David Lidlington at Europe
  • Richard Graham to Hugo Swire at FCO
  • Rob Wilson to Jeremy Hunt at Health
  • George Hollingberry to Theresa May at Home Office
  • David Rutley to Damian Green at Police
  • Guy Opperman to Mark Harper at Immigration
  • Julian Smith to Justine Greening
  • John Howell to Andrew Lansley
  • Nigel Adams to Lord Strathclyde
  • Julian Sturdy to Simon Burns at Transport
  • Amber Rudd to George Osborne at Treasury
  • David Mowat to Greg Clark at Treasury
  • Andrew Selous to Iain Duncan Smith at DWP
  • Daniel Kawczynski to David Jones at Wales
  • Ben Wallace to Ken Clarke

Hear of anymore? Email Guido.

UPDATE: The LibDem changes are in. Clegg is hardly teaching his rebels a lesson:

Video: Boris Speech to Olympic Victory Parade

Free Thinking Lobby

First there was the man from the Sun:

Then the chairman of the Lobby:

And then the man from the Mirror:

Is there an echo in here?

Telegraph Blogs Poach HuffPo Hacks

Telegraph Blogs readers have been enjoying the musings of Willard Foxton over the last seven days, with the former HuffPo contributor sharing his views on sexy Instagram photos amongst other things. Now Damian Thompson has pinched his second HuffPo blogger in two weeks, as Luke McGee joins the team on Monday.

The phrase brain drain comes to mind…

DJ Watson Spins Leveson

Touchy Tom Watson tends to get testy when people bring up his links with the lefties Political Scrapbook. He pointedly told the Leveson Inquiry that he had nothing to do with them, which was news to some:

Watson:“I know the guy, the young guy that runs it. I have no relationship with it in terms of management or anything else.”

Jay: “Have you provided information to them for their use?”

Watson: “No.”

Watson would have us believe there is no cosy relationship here, despite obviously feeding them stories. Fellow Labour MP Kerry McCarthy let the cat out of the bag this weekend though when she revealed Scrapbook‘s special guest for their Labour party conference shindig:

Hmm, surely that comes under “or anything else”.

What “Daddy” Did Next: Fred Michel Lands New Job

Jeremy Hunt was the great survivor of the BSkyB deal, getting himself a promotion, but it seems his texting partner in crime – News Corp lobbyist Fred Michel – has landed a new gig as well.

“Daddy”, as he became affectionately known by Hunt, is off to be European Director of Public Affairs and Communication at global telecoms giants Telefonica.

Big drink tonight!

Sunday Politics Team Changes

Sunday Politics Line Up Changes

Fans of BBC1’s Sunday Politics may be a little disappointed when Andrew Neil’s show returns this month. Sadly, sexy journalist and part-time Labour councillor Rowenna Davis will no longer be seen on the show’s pundit panel. Westminster is full of people with faces for radio but she will be replaced on the panel by the Guardian’s chief political correspondent, the equally pretty Nick Watt.

Guido reported this first in his Daily Sunday Star column.

Daily Star Sunday Column Now Online

If you picked up your Daily Star Sunday yesterday you would know that MPs are still claiming £3.6 million in expenses to pay the wages of members of their families, including the holier than thou John Mann. Why bombing Iran may soon be Nick Clegg’s fault and all about Ed’s real life “pre-distribution”.

Yesterday’s column is now online here

Ashcroft Pulls Out of Rebel Tory Party Conference

Now you see him, now you don’t. Lord Ashcroft’s face has been pulled from the rebel Tory conference line-up for Saturday week. Last month Guido noted with interest that the Conservatives’ one time biggest donor would be the keynote speaker at what will essentially be a Dave-bashing event. Looks like he’s falling in line thanks to his new job…


Seen Elsewhere

Cam Can Sell Euroscepticism to Europe | Peter Oborne
Treasury’s Laws There to Be Broken | Jill Kirby
Dave’s Pro-Free Markets Speech | ASI
Forget the Nimbys, Bring on the Bimbys | ConHome
Emily is No Snob | Islington Tribune
Cam’s Red Line | Sun
Politicians Must Examine Their Extincts | Laura K
Immigration Lies | Nigel Farage
Take That Mr Speaker | Quentin Letts
How Avoidable Scandals Destroy Stupid Politicians | Alex Wickham
UKIP Mosque Confusion | The Week


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UKIP’s Patrick O’Flynn:

“I think Mail online comments are a telling indication of public opinion.”



Left on Left says:

The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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