|David Cameron||Lord de Mauley||Geoffrey Clifton-Brown||Lord Luke|
|Oliver Letwin||Lord Cope of Berkeley||Bill Wiggin||Lord Astor of Hever|
|Hugo Swire||Lord Glentoran||Viscount Bridgeman||Viscount Astor|
|Boris Johnson||Lord Skelmersdale|
UPDATE : Candidates names as well please. Off to a good start in no time…
Sources assure Guido that those speculating that this is a faux-row to get Gordon off the front-page are mistaken, it is cack-handed presentation of the policy which has given irreconcilable activists a stick to beat Dave with. This is no carefully contrived Clause-4 moment.
- Dave appears strong and willing to stick to a position that angers some people, (think Kinnock taking on Militant, so not a slimy pleaser).
- The “Tories have changed” narrative is reinforced.
- Rather amazingly, the Tories, rather than Brown, are dominating the political agenda less than a week after he became PM-elect.
“The task is simple – to create more good school places. I intend to lead the debate on improving quality and standards in all our schools. That’s why I won’t be distracted by calls to create a few new grammar schools. My focus is on the need to develop good local schools.”
Willets, for all his supposed brains, is really not up to selling policy change to the Conservative activist base. Something that will no doubt be remembered come the reshuffle…
Looks like Jonathan Powell’s successor will follow in his high ethical standards…
The PDs are standing firmly on their anti-IRA, tax-cutting, free markets and free enterprise platform. Didn’t Britain once have a successful political party that stood for those values?
Incidentally Tony Blair, fresh from paying tribute to Sarkozy, appeared last night in Fianna Fáil’s party political broadcast backing Bertie Ahern. Fianna Fáil is the Irish equivalent of the Conservative party – so that is the second foreign centre-right political leader he has backed against their socialist opponents in as many weeks. The PDs are allied internationally with the LibDems, but as far as Guido can discover, no-one from Cowley Street is going to help the Irish liberal party. We will cope…
Even the prayers of atheists get answered…
UPDATE : Maybe not. As of this evening still officially 3 nominations short? Time for some more prayers? Although over at LabourHome they say he definitely has the numbers.
This note also provides guidance to ministers in relation to the requirements of the Ministerial Code.
During the leadership/deputy leadership election campaign, ministers remain in charge of their departments. Government business continues as normal.
All costs associated with the leadership/deputy leadership campaign – travel, accommodation, printing and so on – should be met by the individuals or the Party not the taxpayer.
Under the terms of the Ministerial Code, ministers must not use government resources for party political purposes. They must uphold the political impartiality of the civil service and not ask civil servants to act in any way which would conflict with the Civil Service Code.
Last week they quietly re-launched the WebCameron site, it is actually a step backwards technically from the one Roake created. It now focuses on Dave’s Diary (tip: make the posts shorter and more often Dave, like errm, Dale’s Diary). It has a forum which is based on off-the-shelf software. Gone is that pesky “Ask Dave”, gone is the uploading of user generated content, gone is all the cutting edge stuff.
WebCameron now has all the capability and cutting edge cheap look and feel of the LibDem Youth and Students website but with videos. In short it is a step backwards. Simple geeky details like the RSS feeds changing without warning meant that subscribers didn’t notice, they just stopped getting their feeds, Guido didn’t notice any email warning either. Sloppy.
The Tories are now looking to hire a replacement, with a wish-list of abilities that are much in demand in the Clerkenwell-Soho hot-spots of the Web 2.0 mini-bubble. Rishi Saha, of Pimp-My-Party fame, is searching for a Tory leaning geek. Roake won’t be unemployed for long.
UPDATE : Guido now understands that Roake has received offers already. Bubble 2.0 is definitely out of Beta.
Blears’ salary as Party Chairwoman is paid for by the Labour Party. During the leadership elections she is not doing any work as Chairwoman (for obvious reasons), organising the elections is all being left to Jaquie Smith. Given the cash-strapped nature of the Labour party some are calling for her to forego her salary during the campaign – she is after all not doing the job she is paid to do. Seems fair enough…