Phil Hammond has hit back at suggestions he’s a bit of a scrooge by releasing his Christmas card, a salvo of festive goodwill featuring his dogs Rex and Oscar. Bark, the herald angels sing!
One of the main reasons Brooks Newmark’s sexting was so inappropriate is that he co-founded the Women2Win group helping young women get involved in politics. Newmark invited our Sophie to a Women2Win event – he was abusing his position in the group to meet young Tory women. Well, Women2Win have welcomed Brooks back into the fold, there he is in the photo above holding a Women2Win placard while campaigning for the Tory candidate in the Sleaford by-election. Alongside a bevy of young Tory women. Have to wonder if this is responsible from those now running Women2Win…
When Phil Hammond was Foreign Secretary, the Foreign Office did not exactly embrace the festive spirit. Indeed, a Christmas tree historically erected in the quad outside the FCO was canned by the scrooges in the last Labour government. Under Boris, Guido is happy to report that the Yuletide festivities have returned. This morning a Christmas tree was unveiled to the delight of merry mandarins, a gift from the Norwegian foreign minister Borge Brende, as children from the Norwegian school in London sang carols. BoJo ho ho!
Tory MP Heidi Allen is involved in a local bunfight after deciding to run for Cambridgeshire mayor, proposing to double-job alongside her work in parliament. Allen says she can do both jobs at the same time and give “the majority” of her mayoral salary to charity. Her announcement has however gone down like a cup of cold sick with local Tory figures. Cambridgeshire councillor Tom Hunt warns: “Can’t say I’m thrilled about the idea… Talk about having your cake and eating it”. Huntingdonshire councillor Jonathan Gray says: “Both are full time, different, roles. Can’t be done properly by one person”. Fenland councillor Michelle Tanfield adds: “Can’t see how she could do both well. We need a full time mayor”. And Sawtry councillor Darren Tysoe says he is “not sure how a sitting MP” can be mayor as well. Tory whips are said to be less than enthused by Allen’s decision, remember she has been a thorn in the side of the government on tax credits and more. Heidi is going to have to overcome a lot of opposition, sure she will relish the debate…
— Murnaghan (@SkyMurnaghan) December 4, 2016
A big barney on Sky News as Dermot Murnaghan accuses Boris of lying over his free movement comments. Boris hits back by telling Sky their story was
“cooked up… I’m not entirely convinced your reporter talked to those ambassadors… Your story was a dud, it was wrong, it was a load of old baloney… [the journalist] was offered something that was completely untrue, it was nonsense… I’m glad that it’s been corrected.”
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) December 4, 2016
Boris made clear on Marr that he is against “large” payments to the EU in exchange for single market access, stressing the need to take back control of the money we send to Brussels. This will be framed as a split between Boris/Fox on one side and May/Hammond/Davis on the other. Brexiteers should remain calm though. It’s sensible to consider all options for free trade with the EU – Brexit always likely meant we could still pay in on some aspects – just as it’s sensible to oppose sending Brussels exorbitant sums…
Mischievous anonymous EU ambassadors have briefed Sky News that Boris has privately said he supports free movement. Boris strongly denies this and challenges them to prove he said it. Is this another example of the fake news epidemic? Boris has been very clear about his views on free movement…
On November 15 Boris said it was a “myth,” “nonsense” and “bollocks” to say free movement is a founding principles of the EU.
On September 25 Boris said it was “complete baloney” to link free movement with the single market.
On June 26 Boris said people had voted for “control” over immigration.
Boris pledges a tough new Australian-style immigration system after Brexit on June 1.
There is no mention of free movement in Boris’ pro-Remain article.
In his pro-Leave article he bemoaned the “lack of control” on immigration.
In December 2015 Boris called for an opt-out of free movement rules.
In his 2015 conference speech, Boris said: “it should be up to this parliament and this country – not Jean Claude Juncker – to decide if too many people are coming here”.
In October 2014 Boris called for quotas of EU migrants.
In January 2014 Boris said he was pro-migration but had a “problem” with free movement.
Unusually for him, Boris has always been consistent on free movement, even well before the referendum. He is pro the benefits of migration but wants control of borders decided by Westminster. Why is that so hard for Remainers to understand?
Peter Bone has tabled a Bill to implement Theresa May’s promise to trigger Article 50 by the end of March. Awkward… for the government…
Super-keen Andrea Leadsom is the first Cabinet minister to deliver a departmental plan for Brexit to Downing Street. While some lethargic ministers are just beginning to get started, Number 10 were pleasantly surprised to receive a 25-year proposal from Andrea for how Brexit Britain should approach the environment.[…] Read the rest
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The EyeSpy.MP Twitter account has chanced upon an intriguing meeting between Suzanne Evans and the Tories’ main man in Brussels Syed Kamall, which took place just hours after the UKIP leadership announcement. […] Read the rest
Worth pointing out that yesterday’s OBR forecast comprehensively debunked several of the key claims made by the Remain campaign. During the referendum Osborne and the Treasury told voters 500,000 jobs would be lost in the aftermath of the Brexit vote. The OBR’s numbers are hugely more optimistic, they say unemployment will only go up by 100,000 by 2020 and that employment will rise too: 500,000 more jobs will be created.[…] Read the rest
Michael Gove is another who’s coining it now his political ambitions are on hold. The Gover is making a cool £150,000-a-year for his new column at the Times, which will no doubt delight some lowly reporters on the paper. It is a good column that’s always worth reading and is a fount of gossip and mischief.[…] Read the rest
George Osborne might have been standing at the despatch box yesterday as Chancellor on a meagre £141,000-a-year. Instead, he’s trousered £320,000 for speeches to various bankers in the last two months alone. Pro rata that’s nearly £2 million a year, £40,000-a-week, over £5,500-a-day.[…] Read the rest