Stop Lansley Operation Underway

As support for Martin Callanan for EU Commissioner grows, enemies of Andrew Lansley are out to stop the Leader of the House beating him to the job. Some argue Lansley is Dave’s preferred candidate and the favourite, though it is noticeable that he is struggling to win the support of the party. One euro-Tory tells Guido:

“Callanan or Lilley for Commissioner. We don’t need a managerial, consensual Europhile like Lidington, Mitchell or Lansley.  This is a key test for how serious the PM is about reform.  A leftist would be unacceptable to the backbenches.”

Isabel Hardman also raises questions about Lansley’s lack of popularity among colleagues from all quarters:

“So why aren’t Tories pleased that their long-serving colleague might be off to Brussels at the end of his career? For once, Eurosceptics and Europhiles are united in their lack of enthusiasm for a candidate, and indeed the entire reported shortlist. One pro-EU MP thinks the proposal “suggests Dave doesn’t have a plan or a vision, except to make life easy”. “What are his qualifications?” moans one Eurosceptic backbencher. “What’s his vision of the European Union? Where is his battle-readiness to fight our corner?” Mr Lansley’s vision for Europe is indeed rather mysterious, which does not bode well.”

Foreign Office minister David Lidington definitely isn’t part of the stop Lansley operation:

Eyebrows have been raised that ConservativeHome seem to be continuing their ancient vendetta against Lanners, accusing him of being unqualified for the post and arguing that it should go to someone who isn’t just one of Dave’s mates. The Mail has been briefed that Callanan is not in the running:

Will the PM break the habit of the lifetime and actually listen to his party?

Callanan Speaks: “I’m Off to Push on Some Doors”

Martin Callanan has stoked speculation about his chances of being the next EU Commissioner. Writing his last piece for ConHome as leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group, Callanan makes his pitch:

“Realistically, governing parties do badly at elections. People are not fully feeling the effects of the economic recovery in their pockets and wage packets. Against that backdrop, to almost beat the main opposition party is a fantastic achievement. In 1999, we won the European elections by a landslide. We all know what happened in 2001. This result was not good for Labour. And for the Liberal Democrats, they proved that they are the Party of ‘IN’ – IN deep s**t…

This might sound odd and even quite concerning, but decisions in the European Parliament are rarely made in the debating chamber, or even in the plenary votes. These days, they are usually made in what’s known as a trilogue – when a selection of MEPs, EU governments and the Commission come together to negotiate on details of specific laws. If you want to defend your interests – that is where it is done. Frankly, we are going to have to work even harder now that our numbers are depleted…

But for me, as they say, one door closes and another opens – so I’m off to push on some doors to see what’s next.”

Could the door be that of the EU Commission…

Callanan Does Not Rule Out EU Commissioner Bid

Martin Callanan, Former Tory MEP and grassroot favourite to be Britain’s next EU commissioner, is being extremely tight lipped about the gig. When Guido asked if he was interested in the job he said “I’m sure you’ll understand but I can’t say anything about it. I cannot comment about this.”

We’ll take that as a yes then.

Callanan for Commissioner

The saddest bit of news for the Tories from Euro results night was Martin Callanan losing his seat. The chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists group is getting a lot of deserved support today. Paul Goodman makes the suggestion that he should be Dave’s choice for EU Commissioner. His case is a convincing one:

“He was a driving force behind making the ECR group work.  He knows how the Parliament and the Commission work.  Downing Street and Conservative MPs know him.  His Euro-sceptic views are long-standing, deeply-felt and real.  His centre of gravity on Britain’s membership is roughly the party’s centre of gravity.  Yes, he has just lost a Euro-election.  But he won three others.  One of our present commissioners, bless her, has never stood for election at all.”

James Kirkup agrees:

“Mr Callanan was a Conservative MEP and the leader of the Tory group in the Parliament until this week when he lost his seat. He’s well respected in Brussels and popular with party colleagues: just the balance needed to do the job as Mr Cameron hopes to undertake his great renegotiation. And he’s a very decent, modest man, as shown by his various interviews following his defeat. Really, Mr Cameron could do a lot worse than Callanan for Commissioner.”

Callanan is a good man, whose defeat was the price of UKIP splitting the vote on the right. The PM will struggle to find a better choice…

State of the Parties

The results are in, with the exception of Scotland which does not announce until later today. This is the state of the parties this morning:

Here is the BBC’s earthquake warning map:

You can see the results and all the MEPs elected in full here.

Herman van Rompuy, Jose Manuel Barroso, Jacques Delors, Cathy Ashton, Peter Mandelson, Ken Clarke, Ed Miliband, Nick Clegg, your boys took one hell of a beating…

European Election Results

SCOTLAND

SNP: 389,503
Lab: 348,219
Con: 231,330
UKIP: 140,534
Green: 108,305
LD: 95,319

MEPs: Ian Hudghton (SNP)David Martin (Lab)Ian Duncan (Con)Alyn Smith (SNP)Catherine Stihler (Lab)David Coburn (UKIP).

LONDON

Labour: 806,959
Con: 495,639
UKIP: 371,133
Green: 196,419
Lib Dem: 148,013

MEPs: Claude Moraes (Lab), Sayed Kamall (Con), Mary Honeyball (Lab), Gerard Batten (UKIP), Lucy Anderson (Lab), Charles Tannock (Con), Seb Dance (Lab), Jean Lambert (Green).

SOUTH EAST

UKIP: 751,439
Con: 723,571
Lab: 342,775
Green: 211,706
LD: 187,876

MEPs: Nigel Farage (UKIP), Dan Hannan (Con), Janice Atkinson (UKIP), Nirj Deva (Con), Annalise Dodds (Lab), Diane James (UKIP), Richard Ashworth (Con), Keith Taylor (Green), Catherine Bearder (LD), Ray Finch (UKIP).

WEST MIDLANDS

UKIP: 428,010
Lab: 363,033
Con: 330,470
LD: 75,648
Green: 71,464

MEPs: Jill Seymour (UKIP), Nina Gill (Lab), Philip Bradbourne (Con), Jim Carver (UKIP), Sion Simon (Lab), Anthea McIntyre (Con), Bill Etheridge (UKIP).

NORTH WEST

LAB: 594,063
UKIP: 481,932
CON: 351,985
Green: 123,075
LD: 105,487

MEPs: Theresa Griffin (Lab), Paul Nuttall (UKIP), Jaqueline Foster (Con), Afzal Khan (Lab), Louise Bours (UKIP), Julie Ward (Lab), Sajjid Karim (Con), Steven Woolfe (UKIP).

WALES

Lab: 206,332
UKIP: 201,983
Con: 127,742
Plaid: 111,864
Green: 33,275
LD: 28,930

MEPs: D. Vaughan (Lab)N. Gill (UKIP), K. Swinburne (Con), J. Evans (Plaid).

SOUTH WEST

UKIP: 484,184
Con: 433,151
Lab: 206,124
Green: 166,447
LD: 160,376

MEPs: William Dartmouth (UKIP), Ashley Fox (Con), Julia Reid (UKIP), Julie Girling (CON), Claire Moody (Lab), Molly Scott Cato (Green).

YORKSHIRE AND HUMBER

UKIP: 403,630
LAB: 380,189 
CON: 248,945
GREEN: 102,282
LD: 81,108

MEPs: Jane Collins (UKIP), Linda McAvan (Lab), T. Kirkhope (Con), A. Bashir (UKIP), R. Corbett (LAB), M. Hookem (UKIP).

EAST MIDLANDS

UKIP: 368,734
Con: 291,270
Lab: 279,363
Green: 67,066
LD: 60,773

MEPs: Roger Helmer (UKIP), Emma McClarkin (Con), Glenis Willmott (Lab), Margot Parker (UKIP), Andrew Lewer (Con).

EAST

UKIP: 542,812
Con: 446,569
Lab: 271,601
Green: 133,331
LD: 108,010

MEPs: Patrick O’Flynn (UKIP)Vicky Ford (Con), Richard Howitt (Lab), John Agnew (UKIP), Geoffry van Orden (Con), Tim Aker (UKIP), David Campbell-Bannerman (Con)

NORTH EAST

LAB – 221,988
UKIP – 177,660
CON – 107,773
LD – 36,093

MEPs: Jude Kirton-Darling (Lab), Paul Brannen (Lab), Jonathan Arnott (UKIP)

Martin Callanan, the leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists group, has lost his seat.

UKIP Top Poll in Newark

Two weeks til the by-election…

European Election Exit Polls

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The exit polls in from Europe so far show a strong anti-EU vote across the continent. The right-wing anti-EU People’s Party is top in Denmark, Beppe Grillo’s anti-establishment Five Star party is second in Italy (according to test data), far left Syriza are top in Greece and Front National appear to have won in France. Britain’s results are expected after 10pm…

UPDATE: A table of exit polls as they come in is available here via @AlbertoNardelli.

Pollsters’ Final Euro-Election Calls


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Two pollsters, Populus and ICM, called it for Labour the rest called it for UKIP. As far as Guido can tell IPSOS-Mori did not do a Euro-poll saying it was “too close to call”. We shall find out who […]

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Leading Rebel Tory MPs Kick Back at UKIP Pact

Though Carswell, Bone, Jenkin and Rees Mogg broke cover last night to call for a UKIP pact, Tory high command seem pretty relaxed about it all. Grant Shapps even just took the mick out of Rees Mogg on live TV, […]

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Final Polls Put UKIP in First

Sun/YouGov:

UKIP: 27%

Lab: 26%

Con: 22%

Green: 10%

LD: 9%

Mail/Opinium:

UKIP: 32%

Lab: 25%

Con: 21%

Green: 6%

LD: 6%

They’re predicting an earthquake…[…]

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WATCH: Establishment Lackey Disowns Nigel Farage

To summarise some of the politer Twitter responses, Neo-Guido, a salad-dodging establishment stooge, has sold out to the “LibLabCon”. Speaking on Channel 4 News last night he warned that Eurosceptics have growing concerns about UKIP’s impact on the Europe debate, […]

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