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Despite being bound by collective responsibility, the new Ministers have had their Blackberries and phones taken away for Cabinet. Trust levels are obviously high.

Coronation or Will Cruddas Stand?

Over at Politicalbetting.com thinks Jon Cruddas might throw his hat in the ring for the Labour Party leadership. Guido has spoken to a number of Labour insiders who are divided on the issue. Some say he has to come off the sidelines as a critic and do something now Brown is banished. Others doubt he has the bottle and think he’ll calculate he can’t win and chicken out. If he doesn’t stand it will be another coronation for David Miliband.

The bookies have this morning marked Cruddas up to second favourite ahead of Balls and Ed Miliband. Burnham hasn’t ruled himself out either…

UPDATE : On the basis of a tip and some clues Guido called Matthew MacGregor from Blue State Digital’s London office to ask if his firm was going to be running the Cruddas online operation.  No denial has been forthcoming, so with those clues and the sudden overnight movement on the betting markets it is “Game On” as they say in Labour’s new media circles…

The Rancour to Come

Civil Servants and Downing Street staff breathed a huge sigh of relief as Brown walked into the sunset.  Finally a chance to close to door on the culture of bullying, tantrums and rage. But just as that door was closing, a recycled Converse clad foot jammed it open. Fresh from a sprint down Whitehall, Steve Hilton, out of breath and panting, created a formidable presence as he entered, mentally eyeing up a corner to build his temper controlling zen area.

Despite his blue sky thinking and change mantra, Hilton is actually cut from the same school of man management as the previous occupant of Downing Street. Famed for temper tantrums, the dynamics of his small/bald man complex play out on his sometimes tearful underlings. The knives are being quietly sharpened, though he is determined to keep his feet under the desk and his influence on government policy direction.  ConservativeHome’s Tim Montgomerie is already describing some of Hilton’s previous actions as “unforgivable“. It can’t be long before the sniping begins…

The Belated Tory Victory Party is Tonight

The place to be in Westminster tonight is Adam Afriyie’s at-home party for new MPs. The PM is going to drop in and most of the parliamentary party will be knocking back the booze. It will be the first post-government party for most of them.

Champagne is no longer banned…

Nick RSVPs With Put Me +5 on the Cabinet Door

The Rose Garden of Downing Street rarely sees such amicable proceedings. In what could be described as a cross between a Richard Curtis film and the end of Blind Date when the couple come back for a chat, Cameron and Clegg laughed and joked their way through a rather painful show of affection. One day they will probably look back and regret such an OTT performance. Some terms of their agreement have just been released. The real extent of the horse-trading will have to wait to be dripped out when the going gets tough.

The Dusk of a New Age

While the helicopters were trailing every move a government made yesterday evening, the Tory hacks descended on the Red Lion, just a stones throw from Downing Street. From the moment Gordon left, until the small hours this drunken throng grew and grew. CCHQ staffers who were congregating outside before heading down to the hired basement to watch the speech, looked on wistfully as press secretary Gabby Bertin, best buddies Steve Hilton and Coulson, along with Dave’s diary and events staff all legged it down Whitehall and into the Cabinet Office so they could be there to greet the new Prime Minister.

As the night wore on and the champagne started flowing, one or two press officers were still on campaign mode and dispersed those holding Conservative signs in one hand and Veuve in the other, just as the snappers arrived. As Cameron’s meeting with his MPs wrapped up, the new intake let their hair down. Clearly not having found the subsidised bars inside they joined the still growing crowd. No wonder Cameron was given such a rapturous welcome inside, it had clearly been a long evening for some of the old hands, though there were distinct grumbles about junior Minister jobs going to the Liberal Democrats. Didn’t stop the gins coming though.

Even Cameron’s suit and shirt joined the party at one point, a loyal team member carrying the dry cleaning casually stopped off for a drink.  A late star turn came from famous-for-Westminster Nick Robinson who tried his hardest to pretend he wasn’t flattered having booze soddled drinkers asking to take photos with him. After a quick briefing from Gabby Bertin, who had re-emerged from somewhere, Robinson and ITV chum Mark Austin disappeared off in a blacked out car with a mysterious gaggle of women… Most intriguing.

So What Happens at PMQs?

So it falls to Harman to try land the first blow on Cameron at PMQs a week today. If her erratic performances standing in for Gordon are anything to go by, it shouldn’t be too much for him to worry about.

However Guido was wondering what happened to Clegg?

No longer will he get his two questions as leader of the  third-party as he is now very much in the government. He will probably be standing in as Deputy Prime Minister when the PM is away, but something tells Guido that Dave won’t be giving him too many of these star-turns. So on a week by week basis that leaves the DUP as the third largest party…

They better choose a new leader pretty quick.

Johnson Falls in Behind David Miliband

Alan Johnson has ruled himself out of the leadership race this morning and backed David Miliband.  Guido is fascinated by the prospect of a David versus Ed fight between the Miliband brothers.  What will their mother say?

Harman says she is out of the race, which many find hard to believe, maybe she really is comfortable as deputy. Balls is weakened by being the proprietor of an ultra-marginal constituency. David Miliband’s people have wasted no time drawing that to people’s attention.

Some money is going on a few outside hopes, including Jon Cruddas Andy Burnham and even Baldemort, Liam Byrne. David Miliband is the far and away favourite with a 59% chance, think that might be worth a sell

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