Blue on Blue: First Shots Fired in EU Row

If Cameron pushed through HRA reform today he would be accused of rushing it by critics. Just as his fast-tracking of the EU referendum bill has irritated others. Here’s Liam Fox accusing No. 10 of not being ‘entirely honourable':

“Those who are urging him to go for a referendum in 2016, I think, have ulterior motives which are not entirely honourable. I think they want to see a decision made quickly to limit the level of debate in the United Kingdom; I think that they are afraid that if we have a very full debate then some of the real unacceptable issues in Europe at the present time will become all the more clearly seen by the British public.”

After years of demanding a referendum, suddenly on the cusp of one, there is a dawning realisation amongst eurosceptics that they will in all likelihood lose… 

Cooper Falls to Third, Stephen Kinnock Backs Creagh

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The gauges of support have moved a little today. Kendall has now moved into second place in terms of MPs publicly declaring support. Bookies have lengthened the odds on Yvette as she falls back to third place. Creagh adds one more supporter but still a distant fourth…

Full list of declared supporters can be found here: order-order.com/labdec send updates to team@order-order.com.

Ed Balls: Out of Office

A Yorkshire co-conspirator sends this mournful image of Ed Balls’ former constituency office in Morley…

Black Cab Protest Blocks Ambulance and Fire Brigade

Westminster is in gridlock as unionised cabbies deliberately obstruct the roads in protest at private hire cabs. Will someone think of the poor MPs…

More seriously, there have been reports that a fire engine with its lights on and sirens blaring could not get past cabbies on Parliament Square.

Minutes later, Guido watched as a police motorcycle had to escort an ambulance through Westminster to get past the parked taxis. Way to get the public on your side…

Use Guido’s Uber promo code and get £20 off your first Uber ride, if you are so inclined…

Indy Pol Ed Runners and Riders

Andy Grice is stepping down after 17 years at the helm as Indy political editor. As ever, MediaGuido brings you your runners and riders to replace him:

Oliver Wright
Indy Whitehall Editor

Wright has been at the paper for seven years since coming over from the Times, first as news editor and then bringing in stories as Whitehall editor. The clear favourite for the job.

Nigel Morris
Indy Deputy Political Editor

Veteran correspondent Morris has been at the Indy even longer and is said to be keen. Would be a safe pair of hands, if a little unexciting.

Jane Merrick
Sindy Political Editor

Already writes a regular column for the daily so not impossible that she might jump over from the Sunday edition. Good for hard-hitting scoops about Michael Gove. Would be a crying shame if her widely-enjoyed allotment blog suffered.

Craig Woodhouse
Sun on Sunday Political Correspondent

Has spent three years as the number two on the Sun on Sunday and has previously worked at a Lebedev stable over at the Evening Standard. Experience in tabloid discipline would also be useful for the i sister paper, which has significantly higher circulation.

Matt Chorley
MailOnline Political Editor

A former Sindy man, bosses won’t have forgotten classic Chorley scoops during his stint at the paper such as Welcome to Britain’s sex toy capital. Could be a goer if he is overlooked for the Daily Mail pol ed job.

Joe Murphy
Evening Standard Political Editor

Already on a Lebedev paper, Murphy has one last big job in him and a move to the Indy would make sense. Known for such top scoops at the 2013 Budget.

Simon Carr
Guido Fawkes Sketchwriter

Sketch master Carr was at the Indy before moving to this parish. There would need to be a serious negotiation about allowing him to file from his Portugal holiday home. Would also mean writing for a smaller readership.

So, who will it be?

Big Tobacco Firms Take Government to Court

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JTI, the owners of Benson and Hedges, follow British American Tobacco (Rothmans, Dunhill) and Philip Morris Inc. (Marlboro) into the High Courts to protect the billions they have invested in their brands. If the High Court does not protect or compensate them for their losses from the planned censorship by plain packaging, they will go to the WTO in Geneva for protection. This battle is not over yet…

Simon Danczuk v ‘Dr’ Eoin Clarke

Twitter’s favourite resident loony lefty, “doctor” of wimmin studies and serial idiot, Eoin Clarke, is recovering from election defeat by acting as some sort of internet heavy for Andy Burnham. This morning Simon Danczuk came to the attention of the good “doctor”:

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Incidentally, a Twitter account called @LabourAndy has quickly amassed over 10,000 followers by tweeting out questionable claims and graphics, much like how one @LabourEoin made his reputation. The “unofficial account supporting Andy Burnham’s Labour Leadership Campaign” has been promoted by Burnham himself. When contacted by Guido, whoever runs @LabourAndy would not be drawn on whether or not their name is Eoin Clarke…

SpAd List: Rolling Updates as They Come In

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A new government means a new SpAd list and Guido’s handy resource of political appointments is starting to take shape. There are still a few gaps missing and we will be updating as and when news of the remaining hires comes in.

 Guido’s SpAd list can be read here.

Also getting SpAds are Priti Patel, Anna Soubry, Grant Shapps and Brandon Lewis.

Downing Street has been bolstered with the high profile appointments of Camilla Cavendish as policy chief and Mats Persson to advise on Europe, as well as taking super-SpAd Sheridan Westlake over from DCLG.

Meanwhile the CCHQ talent pool has been dredged, with Conservative Research Department chief Alex Dawson off to work for Theresa May and several party press officers getting government jobs. Head of Broadcast Carrie Symonds moves up to spin for Whitto at DCMS, while Deputy Head of Press Ben Mascall will be keeping Michael “back stabber’ Fallon on a leash.

Internally, super-sleuth Andrew Goodfellow steps up to the coveted Head of the Conservative Research Department gig. You may not have heard of him but you’ve certainly read his work…

Help us fill in the gaps by emailing news of other appointments to team@order-order.com.

Natalie Bennett Lands New Job as Junior Parliamentary Staffer

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Natalie Bennett finished behind Labour and the Tories in Holborn yet she has still managed to make it to parliament – by pretending to be a junior member of staff.

Bennett was spotted last week swanning down the corridors of […]

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4 More MPs Declare for Kendall

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This morning Liz Kendall has got four more public declarations from Chuka Umunna, Emma Reynolds, Jonathan Reynolds and Stephen Twigg which together with the weekend’s backing from Simon Danczuk now puts her on 20 public nominations – 3 ahead of […]

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Top LibDem: Forgive Carmichael Because All MPs Lie

Ex-LibDem deputy leader Malcolm Bruce hasn’t done Alistair Carmichael any favours with his intervention on the Today programme this morning, suggesting the people of Orkney and Shetland should forgive him because all politicians lie:

Bruce: “If you’re telling me that

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Return of Awkward Ed

Creeping into the Commons just behind Nick Clegg to be sworn in as the MP for Doncaster last week, old habits died hard for Ed Miliband. Going in to shake John Bercow’s hand, Awkward Ed managed to knock over the […]

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