Tory party chairman Lord Feldman has emailed Tory MPs and members warning them to hide their passes when outside the conference secure zone in Manchester. Feldman warns “it will be particularly important” not to wear the passes during the TUC’s anti-austerity march on Sunday. Guido has the email:
I am looking forward to welcoming you to our Party Conference in Manchester next week.
For the first time in almost two decades, we have a Conservative Prime Minister at the Cabinet table, surrounded only by Conservative Ministers. I’m delighted that we will have more members and activists with us; with 30% more than the last time we met in Manchester.
You may be aware that a protest march planned by the TUC will take place Sunday 4th October to coincide with the start of our Conference. The march will pass close to the Conference venues and I wanted to let you know that there may be road closures and potentially some local travel disruption on the day. Please allow for additional time for journeys to the Conference venues between 12.00 and 16.00. It will be particularly important not to wear your Conference security passes outside the secure zone. I am, as ever, grateful to Greater Manchester Police for all their efforts to put in place measures to secure the smooth running of Conference.
Conservative Party Chairman
Seems “the kinder, new politics” means Tories have to hide their identities from Corbynistas in the steet…
Nicola Sturgeon was caught in a Kezia Dugdale / Ruth Davidson pincer movement during a bruising First Minister’s Questions today. Guido’s highlights of the fiery exchanges over her scandal-hit former Business spokesman Michelle Thomson are well worth a watch:
Killer final line from Sturgeon throwing Thomson under a bus…
The Leave.EU campaign have just fired off a punchy press release having a pop at Lord Lawson and warning the referendum campaign “can’t be won from SW1”:
This may or may not be true, however at the bottom of the press release is the address of the Leave.EU headquarters:
Errr, guys, have you thought this line through?
UPDATE: Leave.EU tell Guido that “SW1 is a state of mind.” Hopefully the postman knows that…
Tom Watson’s deputy leadership campaign was bankrolled by multi-millionaire former Monaco-based tax exile Max Mosley. Guido can reveal Mosley wrote Watson a cheque for £12,500 in August, also providing him with £27,554 worth of printing, a total of a cool £40,000. Mosley spent years avoiding tax in Monaco, returning to the UK in 2010 when he complained “I now have to pay tax here“. Don’t tell Jeremy Corbyn…
Watson’s campaign placed press regulation as his number one issue, putting Leveson front and centre of his website ahead of any other issue. What was it about their shared Murdo-phobia that convinced the German-themed spanking party enthusiast to open his chequebook?
Seven London Tory councillors have written to Boris urging him to “please think again” about Transport for London’s proposed crack down on Uber:
“we are worried by Transport for London’s proposed regulations on Uber. Red tape will hit Londoners who want to get a taxi without paying the higher prices that black cab regulation generates… We are sympathetic to black cab drivers who feel TFL’s existing regulations are onerous. The answer is to cut black cab red tape and leave Uber alone.”
The councillors who signed the letter are Paul Church, Thomas Crockett, Peter Cuthbertson, Tony Devenish, JP Floru, Richard Holloway and Gotz Mohindra. Will Boris regret paying lip service to the cabbie lobby?