PMQs: Who is Asking the Questions Today?

Q1 Chloe Smith (Norwich North)

Q2 Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover)

Q3 John Glen (Salisbury)

Q4 Sir David Amess (Southend West)

Q5 Yasmin Qureshi (Bolton South East)

Q6 Seema Kennedy (South Ribble)

Q7 Kevin Foster (Torbay)

Q8 Mhairi Black (Paisley and Renfrewshire South)

Q9 Kevin Hollinrake (Thirsk and Malton)

Q10 Chris Law (Dundee West)

Q11 Martyn Day (Linlithgow and East Falkirk)

Q12 Rachel Reeves (Leeds West)

Q13 Alison Thewliss (Glasgow Central)

Q14 Margaret Ferrier (Rutherglen and Hamilton West)

Comments in the comments please…

Blair’s Letter to Bush

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Written in July 2002. “I will be with you, whatever.”

Tory Public Declarations Latest

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Theresa May won 165 votes yesterday but has only 118 supporters publicly declared. This means she has around 50 spare backers whom her rivals fear she will employ tactically in order to guarantee her preferred opponent makes the ballot. Naturally Team TM deny they will gerrymander the vote.

Two Fox supporters – David Nuttall and Edward Leigh – have publicly jumped over to Leadsom. Another – Robert Syms – has gone to May. Gove will be working hard stressing his liberal credentials to Crabb backers. The bookies are now offering near enough the same odds for a May-Gove ballot as a May-Leadsom…

“Sarah Vine is Away”

Readers of today’s Daily Mail hoping for more musings from inside the Gove household have been left disappointed…

UPDATE: Steerpike say she won’t be writing for the next few weeks. Media Guardian say the column will be shelved but a spokesman says: “We are looking forward to her next brilliant column in the Mail.”

Mordaunt Attacks “Bogus” Leadsom Claims, Defends “Stellar” City CV

Andrea Leadsom has admitted making “misleading” claims about her City career to today’s Times, following up a story questioning her credentials on Iain Martin’s new site Reaction. Andrea’s campaign chief Penny Mordaunt has just been on the Today programme attacking the article as “bogus” and insisting she had a “stellar” banking career. This isn’t the first time an ambitious Tory has been accused of talking up their City CV – remember Sajid Javid last year. Leadsom’s main obstacle is clearly going to be questions over her experience. Guido fact: she has more actual ministerial experience than David Cameron did before he became Tory leader…

Crabb Pulls Out

Crabb pulls out and endorses May.

Fox is backing May too.

Gove says he’s staying in.

And then there were three – sudden death for second place on Thursday…

New Shadow Cabinet in Full

Leader of the Labour Party

Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP

Deputy Leader of the Party, Party Chair and Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office

Tom Watson MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, and Shadow Lord President of the Council and Campaigns and Elections Chair

Jon Trickett MP

Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs

Cat Smith MP

Shadow Minister without Portfolio

Jonathan Ashworth MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Shadow Minister for the Constitutional Convention

Grahame Morris MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Kelvin Hopkins MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

Clive Lewis MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities

Angela Rayner MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Barry Gardiner MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs

Rachael Maskell MP

Shadow Foreign Secretary

Emily Thornberry MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Health

Diane Abbott MP

Shadow Home Secretary

Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP

Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

Kate Osamor MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Shadow Lord Chancellor

Richard Burgon MP

Shadow Leader of the House and Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

Paul Flynn MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

Dave Anderson MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

Andy McDonald MP

Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer

John McDonnell MP

Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Rebecca Long-Bailey MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Debbie Abrahams MP

Opposition Chief Whip

Rt Hon Dame Rosie Winterton MP

Leader of the House of Lords

Rt Hon Baroness (Angela) Smith

House of Lords Chief Whip

Rt Hon Lord (Steve) Bassam

First Round Results: Fox Out, Leadsom Second

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First round results in full:

Theresa May: 165

Andrea Leadsom: 66

Michael Gove: 48

Stephen Crabb: 34

Liam Fox: 16

No surprises. Fox out.

May says “I am pleased with this result”, Leadsom allies say the result is “excellent“, Team Gove say: “we’re in business”. Gove’s odds have just halved…

Naz Shah Suspension Lifted

Labour have lifted the suspension of Naz Shah, the MP who Guido revealed had said Israeli Jews should face “transportation” out of the Middle East, compared Israelis to Hitler and claimed “the Jews are rallying”. Shah had been profusely apologetic all along and will apologise again for bringing the party into disrepute. Shami Chakrabarti’s recommendation of no lifetime ban for anti-Semitism is being enforced. Promotion to the Shadow Cabinet imminent?

Ken Clarke on “Bloody Difficult Woman” Theresa May

Ken Clarke and Malcolm Rifkind were caught having a frank exchange of views with their mics on on Sky. Here are a few choice moments:

Ken Clarke on Crabb: “I don’t know what Crabb’s views are on most things”

Malcolm Rifkind on Gove: “I don’t mind who wins as long as Gove comes third”

Ken Clarke on Leadsom: “So long as she understands that she’s not to deliver on some of the extremely stupid things she’s been saying”

Ken Clark on May: “Theresa’s a bloody difficult woman but you and I worked for Margaret Thatcher”

Ouch…

UPDATE:

Leadsom’s Old Blog a Little Old School

Twitter lefties and Lobby hacks are trawling through Andrea Leadsom’s old blog written back before she was an MP. Expect to see her musings taken out of context and spun for the worst possible headline. Guido has had a look himself – she comes over as well-meaning but a little old school. In one blogpost she expresses her discomfort at gay adoption:

“There’s a truly unbelievable story in the paper today, that a young brother and sister… have been turned down for adoption by their own grandparents… If that weren’t enough, the siblings are now to be adopted by two complete strangers against the wishes of the grandparents… And as if that weren’t enough, the two strangers are a gay couple, who have been selected ahead of several heterosexual couples.”

In another post Leadsom rails against political correctness, writing:

“I’m sick and tired of political correctness… I don’t want my daughter to be taught by a woman with a veil covering her face. What’s wrong with wanting to communicate face to face?”

In this well-intentioned article condemning racism, she uses the old-fashioned phrase “coloured people”.

“During my campaign, I had come across a small number of (mostly) young men, who had strongly racist views. They told me they would only vote for a party that was willing to get rid of black and coloured people from this country. What struck me as strange is that they weren’t bothered about the thousands of white Europeans arriving from Central and Eastern Europe”

Expect her enemies to use this as ammo, suspect Andrea will not be harmed with this electorate…

Lap Dancing Lawyer Tries to Block Brexit

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It’s not just Mishcon who want to block Brexit through the courts – now city silks are writing to the PM to demand Article 50 is not triggered. The pompous letter complains the “referendum did not set a threshold necessary to leave the EU”, whinges “the result of the referendum result was influenced by misrepresentations of fact” and moans “the outcome of the exit process will affect a generation of people who were not old enough to vote”. It tells Cameron to launch a Royal Commission and free vote in parliament. Who is behind this drivel?

Philip Kolvin QC, a silk who judging by his Chambers profile seems to do a lot of EU-law related work. His expertise is in licencing rather than constitutional law – specifically acting for “leading lap dance operators in London and the provinces” as well as “the sex shop industry in Soho”. Kolvin appears to have spammed his round-robin letter out across the whole Bar. Something tells Guido he won’t have a happy ending.

FOBTs are not FUN – Stop Now!

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Wanda Goldwag, the Chair and Independent Standards Commissioner of the Senet Group, says – “When the Fun stops – Stop” and the tagline of her apparently independent Senet Group is “Promoting Responsible Gambling Standards”

Wherever does this “fun” concept come from? Since when was gambling a laughing matter or a kids’ activity?

The Senet Group only promotes standards relating to advertising and marketing. Of the £3,000,000 funding provided by its members (Coral, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power, William Hill and Scotbet), £2,251,000 was spent on “advertising and communications” out of a total spend of £2,677,000. There is no accounting for the money they spent on “aggressive” lobbying of Scottish politicians – coincidentally who are about to clamp down on FOBTs!

There were 35 complaints to the Senet Group in 2015 of which only one was upheld but no sanction applied. This was because human error caused the “responsible gambling messages” to be below the percentage standard for window dressing!

Ms Goldwag has about as much authority over the bookies as a hen in a fox’s den. Her CEO, Ron Findlay, also quit recently. Clearly the fun stopped for him.

Meanwhile all gambling sectors combined only contributed £6.5 million towards gambling research, education and treatment in 2015. Clearly the bookies are having more fun spending their loose change on Wanda.

How does Ms Goldwag profess to be independent when her salary is paid by the bookies, the standards she sets are agreed with the bookies and when the complaints procedure does not result in sanctions?

There is no evidence that “responsible gambling messages” have had any impact on reducing the totality of FOBT harm. Surely a better approach would be to deter anyone from FOBT gambling by promoting “FOBTs are not FUN – Stop Now!”

Content produced and sponsored by Stop the FOBTS

Raheem Running?

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Raheem Kassam hinted on Newsnight last night that he was considering running for UKIP leader. This morning a source with knowledge of the matter tells Guido that Kassam will only run if Arron Banks doesn’t throw his hat in the ring. Run Raheem, run!

Say Can You See… Cleverly Singing

Guido thinks James Cleverly’s excuse for singing – in breach of parliamentary etiquette – lines from the Star Spangled Banner had something to do with the rockets referenced in the anthem being Congreve Rockets of the oyal Artillery. The House was acknowledging the 300th Anniversary of the Royal Regiment of Artillery and Corps of Royal Engineers. Cleverly still serves as a Lieutenant colonel in the Royal Artillery reserves and Mark Lancaster holds the same rank in the Royal Engineers reserves. Lancaster’s response was less melodic…

Tory MPs Begin Voting, Gove’s Ratings Crushed

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A long-term Gove loyalist told Guido yesterday that he hoped the Chilcot drama tomorrow will provide cover for his preferred candidate’s likely humiliation on Thursday. The miscalculation of the Boricide has been devastating for Gove’s campaign. The polite, good-humoured, fun Gove – popular across the party – is now seen as a ruthless Machiavellian bastard.[…]

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