Shapps’ CCHQ goes negative. Expect two more years of this…
Michael Green / Grant Shapps and @MattChorley currently busy chatting away over a nice lunch DoubleTree Hotel terrace bar…
— Eye Spy MP (@eyespymp) September 27, 2012
— Grant Shapps MP (@grantshapps) September 27, 2012
Matt looking less than convinced by Shapps / Green lines such as 'y'know it was 15 years ago… in 1997… blown all out of proportion'.
— Eye Spy MP (@eyespymp) September 27, 2012
As the fallout from Clegg’s singing dominates Westminster, Vince Cable’s own positioning on the mea culpa has been forgotten. One line of CCHQ’s internal press summary for last night really sticks out. The internal blue verdict on Vince’s Newsnight appearance is stinging:
“Cable was serious [sic] roasted and further damaged the Lib Dems in an attempt to cover himself.”
No sympathy there it seems…
Have you ever landed a fancy new job and then got stuck wondering just how you are going to reshuffle the team below you? Well fear not, internet guru Grant Shapps has just the solution for you. Watch with amazement as the new Tory top dog announces his beefed up team:
- Sarah Newton MP
- Alok Sharma MP – BME Communities
- Richard Harrington MP – Campaign Finance
- Bob Neill MP – Local Government
- Michael Fabricant MP – Parliamentary Campaigning
- Nicola Blackwood MP – Social Action
- Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP – International Affairs
- Alan Lewis – Business
- Andrew Stephenson MP – Youth
If Grant Shapps’ first press release is anything to go by, not much has changed in the Party Chairman’s office over at CCHQ. Tory spinners are keen to point out that he has been kicking some arse in his first few days. Unhappy with the thumb-twiddling Corby campaign that he has inherited, the new Chairman has been sending out overly optimistic memos to all approved candidates compelling them to come and meet him on the front-line this weekend. “He’s not giving them much of a choice, it’s a clear sign of a new regime at CCHQ.” Same old lines being pumped out though…
Guido called BS on Grant Shapps’ claim yesterday on the Daily Politics that his tie cost £4, but low and behold the new Tory Chairman has published the receipt:
This sartorial butchery shows just how much the party has changed.
Strong steer from Downing Street sources that Baroness Warsi about to become ex-Tory party chairman #bbcdp
— Andrew Neil (@afneil) September 3, 2012
Not too late to call for The Miner…
This morning on ConservativeHome Alistair Thompson reported that beleaguered Tory chairman Baroness Warsi was both “on holiday” and “destined for demotion“. A few hours later CCHQ went out of their way to deny one of those claims:
In the comments Thompson says CCHQ emailed ConHome to refute that Warsi was currently on a summer break, but gave no such rebuttal that she is facing the chop in the Autumn reshuffle. Telling…
Wannabe Tories on the party’s approved candidates list were left unimpressed last night when this hit their inboxes:
From: Chairman of Candidates
Date: 6 August 2012 17:58
Subject: Corby and East Northamptonshire
The Party now has a pending Parliamentary by-election in Corby and East Northamptonshire and we are asking every candidate on the Approved List to rise to the challenge. Our call centre in CCHQ Midlands, based in Coleshill will be open from 10.00am until 8.00pm on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, or you can make evening calls from CCHQ.
To take part please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the dates you are available to help.
If there are reasons why you cannot give your support at this time, please let Gareth know by emailing email@example.com or Davina on firstname.lastname@example.org
Chairman of Candidates
Before asking people to sacrifice their time and effort in the name of a by-election, would it not have been more sensible to tell the hopefuls the process, if one exists, by which one of them could become the candidate? Or is this by-election selection, as widely speculated, going to be another back-room stitch up? The A-list parachuting operation went so well last time…
According to Joe Murphy of the Standard, Warsi has got away it over her expenses mystery:
BREAKING Baroness Warsi cleared by Lords commissioner, I hear
— Joe Murphy (@JoeMurphyLondon) July 26, 2012
Refresh your memory of the allegations and fall out here.
UPDATE: CCHQ confirm:
Allegation that Baroness Warsi wrongly claimed overnight subsistence allowance has been dismissed by the Lords Commissioner for Standards.
— CCHQ Press Office (@CCHQPress) July 26, 2012
Presumably she was able to prove that she paid the cash to someone, given that her landlord at the time claimed he received no money.
Cameron has said that “I am pleased that these allegations have been dismissed by the Lords Commissioner.” He mentions that Warsi as Co-Chairman will be leading the Tory Police commisioner elections “big summer of campaigning”. Moved in the autumn then…
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