Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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…

Monday, July 21, 2014

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.

Friday, July 18, 2014

WATCH: Cameron Statement on Ukraine Plane Crash

Via Sky/ITV.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

SPEAKER WATCH: Bercow’s “F**k Off” Bust Up With Fabricant

The Speaker didn’t take too kindly to being reminded of the time he launched a four-letter tirade at the Clerk of the House by Michael Fabricant this afternoon. The chamber was stunned to silence and poor Bercow didn’t know quite how to respond as the expletive made its way into Hansard:

A Clinton-esque reply from Bercow, giving himself just enough wriggle room. Of course Fabbers was technically wrong that Bercow told Robert Rogers to “*.*.*.* off”. Guido understands the full quote was: “F**k off Robert, can’t you see we haven’t finished yet…”

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

MUSICAL SPECIAL: Claire Perry Does the Locomotion

New rail minister Claire Perry showed she is well on top of her new brief as she left Downing Street this afternoon, sharing her good news with assembled news crews in style. As ever, Guido put it to music:

Come on, baby, do the locomotion!

WATCH: Adam Boulton Swallows a Fly on Live TV

The funniest thing that happened during the reshuffle:

Handled with consummate professionalism, as ever…

Monday, July 14, 2014

WATCH: Ken Clarke’s First Post-Reshuffle Interview

“I will confess that I spent more of last week at the Test match than I did in my office.”

Via ITV.

Friday, July 11, 2014

WATCH: Question Time’s Passionate Highlander

Those who wish to deny freedom for Scotland have so far failed to convince in terms of the emotional argument, so they could do worse than listen to this “passionate highlander” on Question Time last night:

Fightin’ talk…

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ed Miliband: I’ve Got My Eyes on You

Mesmerised Ed got lost in Yvette’s words as she spoke at the despatch box earlier. Well, he was checking something out anyway. Guido thought he would put their touching moment to music:

“You’re everything that I see…”


Seen Elsewhere

What Ruffley Standing Down Tells Us About Gove | James Forsyth
Tories Say They Could Sack Ruffley | Buzzfeed
Ruffley Supporter Provokes Outcry | HuffPo
Mirror Readies Pennies for Hacking Payouts | Media Guido
How to Win a Twitter Argument | Hopi Sen
Sign Petition Calling for Ruffley to Resign | Change.org
People’s PMQs Would Divide Politicians and Public | Dan Hodges
Morgan Hires Gay Rights Campaigner as SpAd | Telegraph
Don’t Underestimate Philip Hammond | Nick Wood
Labour Council Collaborates With Pro-Hamas Group | Breitbart
Qatar Sugar-Daddies of Islamist Financing | Left Foot Forward


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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.”



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