SpAds in Numbers


With Guido’s SpAd list all but complete, our data bods have crunched the numbers to give you a statistical analysis of the government’s bag-carriers. More than two thirds of SpAds are men – that said, female representation among advisers is higher than in the Commons. 32% of SpAds are women compared to just 29% of MPs. 5% of SpAds are ethnic minority, which is below the 6% figure for MPs and is also an under-representation on a national scale. Plenty of diversity on the names front though – Richard, Rupert, Tim and Tom all feature prominently, not to mention Poppy, Lottie and Flora.


A government that works for everyone, especially Richard.

SpAd List: New Appointments


Guido’s SpAd list is pretty much complete. Latest moves include Keelan Carr and Ben Mascall to Downing Street to do the Scotland brief and Number 10 grid respectively. Michael Fallon has taken on Richard Holden at the MoD, Liam Fox’s second SpAd will be Amy Tinley, Raoul Ruparel is with David Davis at the Brexit department and Rupert Oldham-Reid is off to the whips office. See the full list here:

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Guido’s Guide to Tory Davises/Davieses


The geniuses at HuffPo are very angry with Brexit Secretary David Davis, accusing him of proposing dental age checks on refugees arriving in Britain and illustrating their story with a picture of him at the desptach box. Also boarding the outrage bus are the amateurs at the LibDem press office, though they are upset with Philip Davies over the dental checks idea. If these Remoaners had checked before rushing out their Brexiteer bashing stories and press releases, they’d have seen that it was actually proposed by backbencher David Davies. Guido has produced a handy graphic to help HuffPo and the LibDems:


There’s also Mims Davies, though less likely that mistake will be made. These Tory MPs all sound the same…

Graphic credit: @mrharrycole

Heathrow / Gatwick Vote in Winter 2017/18


The Cabinet sub-committee will announce its decision on airport expansion next week BUT there will then be a year-long public consultation, meaning the final vote will not be until the winter of 2017/18. Ministers will be allowed to disagree with the government’s decision but not publicly campaign against it, which means Justine Greening and Boris presumably won’t be able to support a Judicial Review. Zac Goldsmith is set to call a by-election and run as an independent if they go with Heathrow. Downing Street won’t say how many ministers have threatened to resign…

Minister Warned CCHQ About Rape Arrest Aide


CCHQ were warned months ago that they should sack Sam Armstrong, the Tory aide who has been arrested over an alleged rape in the Commons. Back in June Rob Halfon appealed to Lord Feldman to remove Armstrong from his job with South Thanet MP Craig Mackinlay. Halfon told Feldman that Armstrong had attempted to blackmail him – something Armstrong denies – and said it was “ridiculous” that he was still being employed. Despite this, and despite the Tories banning Armstrong from party conference last year, they allowed Mackinlay keep him on the payroll and give him a parliamentary pass. Why did Mackinlay keep Armstrong in a job? Why did Feldman fail to act? Armstrong would of course have known a lot about the South Thanet general election campaign’s expenses – which is also currently under police investigation. This has the potential to blow up in CCHQ’s faces…

Remainers’ Dishonesty About Boris


Remainers have jumped on the Sunday Times story about the famous unpublished Boris article making the case for Remain. Alastair Campbell says BoJo has been “exposed as a two-faced lying Charlatan”. The LibDems accuse him of “duplicity“. The Guardian’s Zoe Williams says Boris “tries on opinions like clothes, discarding them as the mood and weather takes him“. Once again, these Remoaners are telling porkies.

Everyone knows Boris wrote a second pro-Remain article. What Tim Shipman reveals in his Brexit book is that Boris thought his own case for Remain made him want to “vomit“. The article was not an expression of his true beliefs, as some Remainers are dishonestly claiming. On the contrary, it helped him make up his mind to back Leave. As Shippers reveals:


Those Remainers accusing Boris of duplicity are the truly duplicitous ones…

Anti-Grammars Lobbying Letter Organised By Private Schoolboy


The Teach First charity are circulating a letter aimed at lobbying Tory MPs to vote against grammar schools – and the man behind it is an Oxbridge-educated former private schoolboy. Teach First ambassador Louka Travlos is seeking to drum up enough covert support that he can get an anti-grammars letter published by a newspaper, telling colleagues:

“We need signatures from at least 3000 members of our community if the newspaper is going to be able to make the letter into a story. Crucially we need to do it without social media. If the letter is tweeted and shared publicly no paper will be interested in making it into a story.”

On his personal Facebook page however, black-tie wearing Travlos discusses how he himself enjoyed the merits of a selective education:

“My parents were wealthy. They sent me to an expensive private primary, Orme House, where they drilled me on exam practice… I remember the visceral fear of failure and having to go to…(shudder) State school…. But my parents could afford specialist private tuition, so I passed.”

His selective education allowed him to go on to study PPE at Oxford. Talk about pulling up the drawbridge…

Saudi Stooge Kawczynski Now Shilling For Russia

Tory MP Daniel Kawczynski has taken some time out from shilling for the Saudis to defend Russia on Putin propaganda channel Russia Today. Channelling the Morning Star, Kawczynski slammed “the west” and blasted Boris for using “derogatory” language. Makes a mockery of the Foreign Affairs committee that it has Kawczynski as a member.

Gove: Listen to the Liberal Elite

Michael Gove tells the House to listen to the liberal elite, recalling that on referendum night we were told:

“I will forgive no one who does not respect the sovereign voice of the British people once it has spoken. Whether it is a majority of 1% of 20%, when the British people have spoken you do what they command.



Steve Hilton’s Start-Up Named & Listed Foreign Workers


Steve Hilton was appalled by Amber Rudd’s foreign worker list idea, blasting it in the Sunday Times as “divisive” and “repugnant“. So he’ll be pleased Downing Street have since said that no numbers will be published and the proposal may be voluntary anyway.[…]


May’s Five U-Turns in Three Months


Theresa May has not yet been Prime Minister for three months and she has already u-turned on five significant policy issues:

  • EU citizens’ right to remain: During her leadership campaign May refused to guarantee the status of EU nationals living in the UK, now the government says they are “100% sure” they’ll be allowed to stay.


Raoul Ruparel New Davis SpAd


David Davis has finally hired his policy SpAd, signing up Open Europe director and top EU wonk Raoul Ruparel to join the Brexit department. Ruparel is praised by former colleagues as one of the finest minds around on Europe. So what does he believe?[…]


Dave Lunched at Wiltons During May’s Speech


A co-conspirator who lunched at Wiltons on Jermyn Street yesterday sat a few tables away from David Cameron, meaning the former PM missed his successor’s conference speech. Dave was reportedly there just after midday, at which point Theresa May was at her lectern in Birmingham.[…]


Saj Overrules Fracking Luddites


Good news for the fracking revolution: Sajid Javid has overruled Lancashire county council and given the go ahead for fracking on the Fylde. Labour / Guardianistas have reacted predictably, claiming locals don’t want fracking and it’ll be disastrous for the area.[…]


No, Le Pen Did Not Endorse May’s Conference Speech


Less thorough elements of the online media are claiming that Marine Le Pen last night tweeted an endorsement of Theresa May’s conference speech. According to Huff Po UK:

Le Pen, who was once tried for inciting racial hatred for comparing Muslims praying publicly to the Nazi occupation, responded: “Exactly.” She even threw in an applause emoji.



Telegraph Fall For Philip May Parody Account


The Telegraph had written 300 words and hit the publish button before they realised that a tweet from ‘Philip May’ about his conference suit was sent by a parody account. According to their report:

Philip May, husband of Prime Minister Theresa May, has taken to Twitter to reveal the outfit he wore to join his wife on stage at the Conservative Party conference is “model’s own”… Philip May has broken with this tradition, which has previously been criticised as sexist, and drew attention to it with a quip on social media. 



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