Dave Sells Out

Tonight will see the PM address his MPs at a briefing about the next election:

From: Government Chief Whip
Sent: 21 December 2012 13:05
Subject: Parliamentary Party Meeting: 8 January 2013

Dear Colleagues,

The Prime Minister has asked me to invite you to an important Parliamentary Party meeting when the House returns in January with a focus on our campaign for the 2015 General Election. There will be a presentation from the Party Chairman and Stephen Gilbert, and the Prime Minister will respond to questions.

This meeting will take place at 17:30 on Tuesday 8th January in the Boothroyd Room.

Due to limitations on space, please confirm your attendance by responding to this email by Friday 4th January.

I hope you have a happy Christmas.

Government Chief Whip

It seems that it’s not just a limited number of hacks that Dave will take questions from, but only a selection of his own Members too. Grumpy MPs were greeted with this last night:

From: Government Chief Whip
Sent: 07 January 2013 19:47
Subject: FW: Parliamentary Party Meeting: 8 January 2013

Dear Colleagues,

Further to this email, due to exceptional demand we are now at maximum capacity and it will not be possible to accommodate those who have not already responded. There will of course be other meetings of the parliamentary party in the future.

Thank you for your patience.

Government Chief Whip

That should keep the troops happy, especially those ones starting to sweat about their seats…




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