No.10 Confirm Nadine is Not Security Threat to PM

An unnamed No. 10 insider has briefed Nick Watt of the Guardian:

“Nadine Dorries has made clear that she does not think the prime minister should be murdered. But she is well known for having unusual views and unusual ways of expressing them. There will no change to the security arrangements for the prime minister. We were never genuinely concerned about a threat to the prime minister’s life.”

Unlikely to be a sense of humour failure, Downing Street staffers are clearly wittier than previously thought. Either way the original story that Guido ran this afternoon made it clear that the comment was made metaphorically. Given that Nadine is not the only Tory MP thinking these political thoughts, conference could well be a metaphorical bloodbath for the PM.

UPDATE:

TUC Say: Maggie! Maggie! T-Shirts Out! Out! Out!

Another victory for Maggie against the unions.

Bigot-gate II

Talking of backtracking on press releases, check out this stunning reverse ferret from Nick Clegg’s Office this afternoon over the word “bigot”:

1:

Date: 11 September 2012 15:00
Subject: Deputy Prime Minister Equal Marriage reception this evening

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg will tonight be joined by celebrity campaigners, religious figures, activists, charities and politicians as he hosts a reception to celebrate the Government’s historic consultation on equal marriage.

Guests will served Ben and Jerry’s ‘Appley Ever After’ ice cream, specially renamed by the company in support of equal marriage and will be entertained by Diversity, London’s only gay, bisexual and transgender community chamber choir. The Government’s consultation on equal marriage was published on 14 June this year. The Government will respond by the end of the year.

The Deputy Prime Minister is expected to say:

“Continued trouble in the economy gives the bigots a stick to beat us with, as they demand we “postpone” the equalities agenda in order to deal with “the things people really care about”. As if pursuing greater equality and fixing the economy simply cannot happen at once.

2:

Date: 11 September 2012 16:24
Subject: Recall: Deputy Prime Minister Equal Marriage reception this evening

Communications (Cabinet Office) would like to recall the message, “Deputy Prime Minister Equal Marriage reception this evening”.

3:

Date: 11 September 2012 16:30
Subject: CORRECTION: Deputy Prime Minister Equal Marriage reception this evening

With apologies, please see corrected text below. The last version you received was incorrect and sent to you in error. Please only quote from the text below.

I’m sorry for any inconvenience this causes

The Deputy Prime Minister is expected to say (check against delivery):

“Continued trouble in the economy leads some people to demand we “postpone” the equalities agenda in order to deal with “the things people really care about”. As if pursuing greater equality and fixing the economy simply cannot happen at once.

That plan seems to have gone well.

No one has noticed.

Hardly anyone anyway.

Surely not a pre-conference attention grabber?

Emails via TND.

PRCA Backtrack on Press Release Mocking Chloe Smith

You would think that the lobbying group representing lobbyists would know how to check a press release before it’s sent out. What with being PR experts and all…

Not so with the Public Relations Consultants Association. Compare and contrast these two versions of their release from this afternoon. The first version has been pulled from their website…

Now you see it:

PRCA – PRCA calls for Chloe Smith to engage with the lobbying industry
Tue, 11 September 2012 

The PRCA has called for Chloe Smith, who has been handed the ministerial brief for the proposed statutory register of lobbyists, to listen and engage with the industry. Smith has joined the Cabinet Office from the Treasury, where she was best known for her poor performance when interviewed by Newsnight’s Jeremy Paxman. The minister takes over from Mark Harper, whose consultation proposals into a statutory register are still being considered following widespread criticism that it would not include in-house lobbyists.

Now you don’t:

PRCA – PRCA calls for Chloe Smith to engage with the lobbying industry
London, 11th September 

The PRCA has called for Chloe Smith, who has been handed the ministerial brief for the proposed statutory register of lobbyists, to listen and engage with the industry. Smith has joined the Cabinet Office from the Treasury to take over from Mark Harper, whose consultation proposals into a statutory register are still being considered following widespread criticism that it would not include in-house lobbyists.

Probably best not to take the mick out of the minister you will be trying to lobby…

Grant Shapps’ How to Guide for CCHQ Team Reshuffles

Have you ever landed a fancy new job and then got stuck wondering just how you are going to reshuffle the team below you? Well fear not, internet guru Grant Shapps has just the solution for you. Watch with amazement as the new Tory top dog announces his beefed up team:

Deputy Chairman:

  • Sarah Newton MP

Vice Chairmen:

  • Alok Sharma MP – BME Communities
  • Richard Harrington MP – Campaign Finance
  • Bob Neill MP – Local Government
  • Michael Fabricant MP – Parliamentary Campaigning
  • Nicola Blackwood MP –  Social Action
  • Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP – International Affairs
  • Alan Lewis – Business
  • Andrew Stephenson MP – Youth

With rebellious LibDem getting promoted, note Blackwood and Clifton-Brown keep their jobs despite voting against the whips on Lords reform. No such luck for Conor Burns and Angie Bray…

1% Bob’s £100,000 Delusion

It takes something pretty extraordinary from Bob Crow to raise an eyebrow, but the RMT fat cat has surpassed himself at the TUC today:

“I’ve been in a minority all my life. I’ve got more in common with a Chinese labourer than I do with a city financier – I don’t care if it’s the Queen’s head or the Queen’s arse on a ten pound note… If you spit on your own you can’t do nothing. If we all spit together we can drown the bastards.”

Guido challenges Crow to find a Chinese labourer earning £100,000 a year while living in a rent-subsidised council house.

The only minority Bob’s in is the 1%…

Quote of the Day

Danny Alexander slams Miliband’s ‘pre-distribution’ in the House:

“Spend money before it arrives in the hope it might come later.”

Tim Yeo Quits Lucrative Green Job
MP and CEO Walk From Eco City Following Guido Revelations

Last month Guido revealed that Tim Yeo’s cab-selling company Eco City Vehicles was set to profit from a change in the law agreed by their own CEO Peter Da Costa – yet another conflict of interest from the chairman of the Energy and Climate Change Committee. Following the revelations here and here, Yeo has quit as a director of the company. Da Costa is also standing down. With the lobbying mission accomplished, now Yeo is running for cover…

There has been speculation in recent weeks that No. 10 have become increasingly worried about Yeo’s outside interests, raising questions over whether he could stay as the Energy Select Committee chairman while having such high level interests in green businesses. Some see Yeo’s “man or mouse” attack on the PM was a tanks on lawn warning shot from the golf fan. The loss of his Eco-City job means he’s down over £3,000 per month, but don’t feel too sorry for him – Yeo remains a director of ITI Energy, AFC Energy, Eurotunnel and  chairman of TMO Renewables. Guido will say it once again – just because the conflict of interest is declared, it’s still a conflict of interest.

Dame Jowell Quits to Spend More Time With Crook Hubby

Hardly a surprise, but Shadow Olympics minister Tessa Jowell has quit the shadow cabinet today as promised. Heebie jeebie-giving Jowell told Ed it was job done following the Games.

No news yet on whether he asked her to stay with […]

Nadine: “We Need a Kill Cameron Strategy, Not a Voice”

Earlier Guido noted that the Conservative Voice team were “not quite saying what they wanted”. No such restraint from one Tory backbencher. Nadine Dorries isn’t very happy with the new group, particularly the fact that this morning’s launch consisted […]

Whispers are Louder than Conservative Voices
New Group Denies Big Donor Backing

In the subtle surroundings of Cameron’s old haunt – the dining room of the St Stephens Club – Conservative Voice launched this morning with David Davis and Liam Fox, as well as recently un-promoted members of the 2010 intake like […]

Zac Showed Boris How He Could Win Richmond

On the weekend the Mail frontpaged a meeting between Zac Goldsmith and Boris in which, they claimed, Zac outlined how if he stood down in protest against Heathrow expansion plans, Boris could stand in his place and return to parliament. […]



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