Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Full PPS Reshuffle List

David Cameron – GAVIN WILLIAMSON
William Hague – MARGOT JAMES
George Osborne – ROBERT HALFON
David Gauke – GARETH JOHNSON
Theresa May – GEORGE HOLLINGBERY
James Brokenshire – GUY OPPERMAN
Mike Penning – STEVE BRINE
Philip Hammond – DAMIAN COLLINS
Baroness Warsi – ERIC OLLERENSHAW
David Lidington – DAVID RUTLEY
Hugo Swire – ALEC SHELBROOKE
Lord Livingston – STEPHEN McPARTLAND
Chris Grayling – STEPHEN METCALFE
Michael Fallon – GRAHAM EVANS
Mark Francois – ANDREW BINGHAM
Anna Soubry – MARK PAWSEY
Greg Clark – DAVID MOWAT
Matthew Hancock – NICOLA BLACKWOOD
Nick Boles – MIKE FREER
Ed Vaizey – JUSTIN TOMLINSON
Iain Duncan Smith – CHARLIE ELPHICKE
Esther McVey – JAMES MORRIS
Mark Harper – CAROLINE NOKES
Baroness Stowell – MARK SPENCER
Jeremy Hunt – ANDREW JONES & SIMON KIRBY
Eric Pickles – JOHN GLEN
Brandon Lewis – JULIAN STURDY
Nicky Morgan – CAROLINE DINENAGE & BEN GUMMER
Nick Gibb – REHMAN CHISHTI
Justine Greening – JULIAN SMITH
Desmond Swayne – JACK LOPRESTI
Patrick McLoughlin – IAIN STEWART
John Hayes – NEIL PARISH
Theresa Villiers – MARY MACLEOD
Stephen Crabb – DAVID MORRIS
Sajid Javid – MARCUS JONES
Liz Truss – ROBIN WALKER
Francis Maude – STUART ANDREW
Oliver Letwin – PAUL MAYNARD
Jeremy Wright – HEATHER WHEELER
Grant Shapps – JAKE BERRY

Live Like Chuka Umunna at the White House
Only £36,000 for the Summer Holidays!

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Chuka Umunna is not the only Labour front-bencher to be visiting the White House this summer. For the cheeky sum of £36,000 you can live like the Shadow Business Secretary for a week at Casa Blanca – his family’s villa in Ibiza is available to rent for £1,700-a-week. Unfortunately it is all booked out until September – so Guido will have to wait…

Click above to see inside the ‘spacious, airy’ 3000 square foot San Jose property, which boasts a private pool and is ‘situated within its own 1.5 acre grounds, in an elevated hill-side position. With parking for several cars, the villa is also surrounded by a large, natural pine garden and tiered flowerbeds.’  It’s recommended for a ‘Romantic Getaway’. You too can read “50 Shades of Grey” by the pool with a special friend… all a very long way from his Streatham constituency in south London.

No trashy types please…

Loony Left Coming For Evil Thomas the Tank Engine

Well this is just about the best thing that Comment is Free have ever published. For reasons such as ‘classism, sexism, anti-environmentalism bordering on racism’, kids must be weaned off of the evil that is Thomas the Tank Engine:

“For one, these trains perform tasks dictated by their imperious, little white boss, Sir Topham Hatt (also known as The Fat Controller), whose attire of a top hat, tuxedo and big round belly is just a little too obvious. Basically, he’s the Monopoly dictator of their funky little island.”

“For the record, all the “villains” on Thomas and Friends are the dirty diesel engines. I’d like to think there was a good environmental message in there, but when the good engines pump out white smoke and the bad engines pump out black smoke – and they areall pumping out smoke – it’s not hard to make the leap into the race territory.”

It’s not white smoke you numpty, it’s steam. They are steam engines. Little racist steam engines. Give me strength…

Grumbles at the Dave’s BBQ

“No10 summer barbecue last night – cross between a wake (sacked and overlooked) and a stag party (or hen party!) for newly promoted” tweeted Mark Pritchard this morning. While Dave has enjoyed a spectacular turn around in party unity over the last year, there are some jolly bruised members either still on the backbenches, or unwillingly back there. How was the PM’s small talk, Guido asked a few Tory MPs. “Sheepish” says one. “Haughty” said another. Happy holidays!

UKIP on Course for Two MPs According to Ashcroft Poll

Lord Ashcroft’s latest constituency polling has UKIP in first place in two Tory held seats where Labour came second in 2010. Thurrock Tory MP Jackie Doyle-Price, who has a majority of just 92 in Thurrock, drops to third on 28%. In first place is UKIP’s Tim Aker, on 36%, well ahead of the Labour candidate, Ed Miliband’s carpet-bagging former SpAd Polly Billington, who is on 30%. Meanwhile in Thanet South, where Farage is expected to run, UKIP are first on 33%, with the Tories and Labour level pegging on 29%. The LibDems are almost wiped out in both constituencies, on 2% and 4% respectively. If Ashcroft is on the money, UKIP will have at least two MPs in 2015. They are not just hurting the Tories, but Labour too…

Ruffley Faces Tory Crisis Meeting as Voters Call for His Head

Bury St. Edmunds Conservative Association has brought forward a meeting of its executive from 9 September to 31 July – Thursday week. They will grill David Ruffley over his caution for assaulting a woman, unsurprisingly once again both Ruffley and the association declined to comment when approached by the BBC last night. Jenny Antill of the Suffolk Domestic Abuse Partnership, who is also a Tory county council cabinet member, has added her name to the growing list calling on him to resign:

“He is a part of a government who has stood out firmly against domestic abuse in all its forms and I think under those circumstances he really must consider his position.”

Ruffley now has nine days to come up with an explanation as to how he can be a candidate for parliament after accepting a caution for violently assaulting his ex-girlfriend. Staying silent didn’t work…

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Elsewhere BBC’s Look East is now following the issue closely and the local Green Party is meeting tomorrow to consider how to make Ruffley’s behaviour an issue during the election campaign. Now the issue has spread out into wider civil society locally with the Dean of St Edmundsbury Cathedral having now written to Ruffley calling on him to consider his position as calls mount for his resignation. The issue won’t go away…

Awkward Ed Miliband White House Moments

Ed arrived at the White House last night hoping President Obama might take a moment out of dealing with several world crises to help him with his election campaign:

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The Labour leader got his 25 minute ‘brush-by’ with the President. This was the least bad photo:

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They discussed Ukraine, Gaza, the EU and the economy. Just over six minutes each subject.

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What was in Stewart Wood’s bag? Surely not a gift from the Commons shop. Fortunately he just went for some DVDs, including House of Cards. The British version, obviously.

Ed didn’t exactly look comfortable:

Of course, within minutes the internet had delivered its verdict:

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Well at least it went better than Gordon, just…

Monday, July 21, 2014

Crosby Keeps in Running With No 10

Lynton Crosby had a hand in telling several ministers to jog on in last week’s reshuffle, and it seems he certainly knows how to keep in the running with the party leadership. Guido hears the fifty-something campaign guru has, in an effort to be fighting fit for the election, taken on the same personal trainer employed by the Camerons. This one could run and run…

SPEAKER WATCH: Bercow Cracks Joke in Ukraine/Gaza Debate

The PM was updating the House on the situation in Ukraine and Gaza, with MPs paying tribute to those who lost their lives and discussing what Britain’s response should be.

Enter stage left, John Bercow. Carrying a tin ear.

The Speaker interrupted the House’s discussion about Hamas with a joke about Cameron playing tennis:

Another black mark. 

UPDATE: A Westminster wag points out that Bercow has a book out soon on tennis.

What is Happening to Miliband in the White House Right Now

“Give him a bottle of milk.”

Courtesy of In The Loop.

Seen Elsewhere

Dave’s Chums Who Made Millions From Putin | Mail
Now Osborne Must Cut Taxes | Mail
Britain’s Recovery Outstrips the World | Times
Ruffley Could Be Suspended From Commons | Telegraph
Ruffley Loses Confidence of Constituency | Guardian
Ruffley Under Pressure to Quit | Telegraph
Gove Launches Ruffley Probe | Staggers
Clegg Must Fire David Ward | Sun
David Ruffley’s Campaign Against Domestic Violence | Buzzfeed
LibDem Criticises Clegg Over Farage Debates | Express
Ruffley Must Go | Guardian


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New Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has big ambitions in his first meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu today:

“I came to bring this conflict to an end.”



Flight Watch says:

Russia Today is a cauldron of bullsh*t. The only people that take it seriously are deluded conspiracy theorists. Other RT journos have resigned citing the same reasons.

It’s about as believable as Press TV, KCNA of North Korea or the Daily Mirror.


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