Tory MP’s House Husband Subsidised By Taxpayer

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Continuing Guido’s series of troughing new MPs who are already employing family members on the public payroll, meet the new Tory MP for Eastbourne.

At her selection, Caroline Ansell revealed that her husband Nick would be giving up his full time job as a teacher if she was elected as an MP to look after their three boys.

A noble commitment. 

Yet, just two months since she came to Westminster, Caroline has declared:

“I employ my husband, Nicholas Ansell, as a full time Personal Assistant.”

Guido asked Caroline why the change of heart, but alas she declined the opportunity to comment. Only a cynic would suggest that Nick’s role as a house husband was being subsidised by the taxpayer…

Dave Meets UKIP

Guido is very hungover after last night’s Speccie bash. It was very hot and there was a lot of Pimms involved, also an inexplicable number of pretty models there…

Sadly no Miliband this year, instead it was Harman’s turn to pretend she wanted to be there. Osborne took a couple of hours off from preparing for the Budget while Michael Fallon was bullish about the jihadis. Liz Truss was flirty and Nicky Morgan wandered around looking for someone to talk to. Boris was banging on about some airport…

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Most amusing was the PM’s drive by, where he immediately got locked into conversation with UKIP spin supremo Gawain Towler. Apparently Dave’s defence was that the smaller European nations are going to support his renegotiation plans. There are about four million reasons why that conversation looked painful. 

Despite the heat the PM’s old pal Steve Hilton got a proper hug, though the hippy chat was soon troubling Dave:

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Dave Kills Mood at Summer Party With Rant About Surveillance

Dave used last night’s champagne fuelled Tory summer ball to go off on one about terrorists and mass surveillance.

Speaking to a 850 strong crowd at a packed Hurlingham Club, Cameron said he was all for Muslims who call out and condemn terror, but argued that he sees it as his mission to tackle any violent ideology.

First in his sights who those that say things like “I don’t condone terror, but a caliphate is a good thing” or that we bring terrorism on ourselves and it’s all our fault because of Iraq and Afghanistan, Israel, or poverty in Muslim countries.

An emotional Cameron got things stirring by declaring that we can’t sit idly by as even if we left them alone they’re not going to leave us alone, they’ll come and destroy us and our way of life using the only methods they know.

Witnesses report he then went on a passionate defence of data gathering – having a dig at those who think the government is overreaching/turning into Big Brother.

The PM’s shaky justification for mass-surveillance was that we have always tapped phones and intercepted letters of organised criminals and the IRA, now that technology has moved on, we need to react.

Iffy: bugging Seamas O’Bomber’s landline is somewhat different from reading everyone’s emails.

It’s safe to say the civil liberties lobby were not out in force at the £450 per head event.

Zac and Boris: Heathrow Not Happening

The long-awaited Davies Commission

“has unanimously concluded that the proposal for a new northwest runway at Heathrow Airport, combined with a significant package of measures to address its environmental and community impacts, presents the strongest case and offers the greatest strategic and economic benefits – providing around 40 new destinations from the airport and more than 70,000 new jobs by 2050″

Here comes trouble.

Zac Goldsmith, the Tories’ star mayoral candidate, confirms this morning that he will resign his seat if the government presses ahead with with recommendations. “It’s a pledge of course I’d honour,” he tells LBC:

Boris meanwhile tells the BBC “my services as a bulldozer blocker won’t be required” because a new Heathrow runway simply “isn’t going to happen”.

David Cameron would avoid all this if he kept his 2009 promise: “No ifs, no buts, there’ll be no third runway at Heathrow”. Good timing for the first Tory mayoral hustings on Saturday…

Sajid Slams CBI: Stinging Speech Threatens Brexit

The Business Secretary let the CBI have it at the Corinthia last night, telling them to their faces that their pro-EU intransigence doesn’t “make sense”:

“Imagine my surprise last month, when I attended an event much like this one and heard that the CBI thinks the UK should remain in the European Union no matter what. That the people of Britain should vote to stay in regardless of whether or not the Prime Minister wins the concessions that British business so badly needs. That none of the concerns the CBI has raised over the years are actually that significant. 

Of course you’re entirely free to come to that conclusion. But does it really make sense to say, so early in the process: … “the rules of this club need to change… but don’t worry, we’ll always be members no matter what happens”?

You’re some of Britain’s most respected, most successful business leaders. You know how negotiation works. You wouldn’t dream of sit down at the start of a merger or acquisition and like a poker player showing his hand to the table announce exactly what terms you were prepared to accept. It doesn’t work in the boardroom and it won’t work in Brussels.”

Before turning their own words against them:

“You have never been shy about highlighting the ways in which the EU can hamper and undermine British business. Here’s three quotes:

“The likely effect of many of Brussels’ current proposals will be to damage the UK’s prospects for growth.” That was John [Cridland], speaking in 2011.

“We don’t want a situation where smaller firms are saddled with poorly thought-out EU regulations which impede their ability to grow.” So said Katja [Hall] in 2013.

“The European Parliament’s decision … is bad for business … it will make it harder for firms to grow and export across Europe.” That was Sean McGuire, your man in Brussels, in a statement made four years ago.

These are all valid complaints, all concerns I share. They’re exactly the kind of points the CBI should be making to defend the interests of its members.”

Praising the CBI’s rivals while being hosted by John Cridland will have gone down like a cup of cold sick:

“Look at the stance taken by the Institute of Directors and the British Chambers of Commerce. Like the CBI, the IoD and BCC are great cheerleaders British business. Like the CBI, they want the renegotiation process to deliver genuine reform. But unlike the CBI, they’re waiting until that process is complete before recommending how to vote in the referendum.”

Finishing with a warning that Brexit shouldn’t be ruled out:

“We must speak with one voice. And we must be unafraid to say that we could walk away if Brussels refuses to compromise.”

Bravo for giving the CBI a deserved slap, but you can’t help reading this and thinking much of it could apply to the PM…

Boris Gets a Pay Rise

Last week the Telegraph gave new Tory MP Victoria Borwick a slap for raking in £100,000 a year for her three jobs. For some reason they neglected to look into the outside interests of another, more prominent London politician.

Boris Johnson infamously described his rumoured £250,000 Telegraph salary as “chicken feed”. This month BoJo has declared a £22,916.66 payment for his column, which, if we assume is a monthly fee, means they pay him £275,000 a year. That would appear to be a 25 grand pay rise since 2009.

The £67,000-a-year Uxbridge MP has also landed an £88,000 advance from Hodder and Stoughton “for a book as yet unwritten”, on top of his £140,000 salary as London Mayor. He also made another grand “for sale of Chinese subrights for book already written”By Guido’s calculations that leaves him just shy of £600,000 a year…

UPDATE: Boris will have to take a pay cut from his Mayoral salary, down to £47,000 for the the final year of his term. Still leaving him on a cool half a million.

Revealed: Cameron’s Demands to EU Leaders

EU REFORM

Top leak to the Guardian, revealing what the PM wants in his renegotiation deal:

  • Answering UK concerns about sovereignty by giving the UK an exemption from the EU’s historic commitment to forge an “ever closer union” of the peoples of Europe. The prime minister said the UK does not want to stop other member states from pursuing this goal but Britain needs an opt-out because the European Court of justice has used it to push through integrationist measures. He also suggested giving national parliaments the ability to club together to use yellow or red cards to block EU proposals they object to.
  • A renewed focus on competitiveness and economic growth by freeing up the service sector and promoting trade including, but not exclusively so, the EU-US transatlantic free trade agreement, which is the subject of lengthy intense negotiations.
  • Ensure fairness between eurozone and non-eurozone members to ensure that countries outside the single currency cannot have new rules in the single market imposed on them. He cited financial services and cited the example of the double majority system on the banking union. This ensures that new rules have to be agreed by a majority of eurozone and non eurozone countries.
  • Imposing restrictions on EU migrants claiming benefits. He had hoped to introduce an emergency brake but now accepts this is not possible. Cameron has been accused of planning to act in a discriminatory way after he proposed imposing a four year ban on EU migrants claiming in-work benefits.

Apparently the PM’s plan is to undermine the “risky” alternatives to staying in. Only bringing back these meagre concessions would also be quite a risk…

Tory Select Committee Election Results

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From: 1922 Committee 
Date: 24 June 2015 
Subject: ELECTIONS – SELECT COMMITTEES

Thank you to all colleagues who participated

The following have been elected to the Select Committees as listed below:-

Culture Media and Sport

Nigel Adams, Andrew Bingham, Damian Collins, Nigel Huddeston, Jason McCartney

Education

Lucy Allan, Michelle Donelan, Suella Fernandes, Lucy Frazer, Caroline Nokes

Defence

Richard Benyon, James Gray, Johnny Mercer, Bob Stewart

Foreign and Commonwealth

John Baron, Adam Holloway, Daniel Kanczynski, Andrew Rosindell, Nadhim ZAHAWI

Health

Dr James Davies, Andrea Jenkyns, Andrew Percy, Maggie Throup, Helen Whately

Home Office

Victoria Atkins, James Berry, David Burrowes, Nusrat Ghani, Ranil Jayawardena

Treasury

Steve Baker, Mark Garnier, Stephen Hammond, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Chris Philp

And five more unopposed elections, via ConHome:

Communities and Local Government

Bob Blackman, Kevin Hollinrake, Mark Prisk, Mary Robinson

Environment and Rural Affairs

Chris Davies, Simon Hart, Rebecca Pow, Rishi Sunak

Justice

Alex Chalk, Alberto Costa, Philip Davies, John Howell, Victoria Prentis

Public Accounts

Richard Bacon, Kevin Foster, Stewart Jackson, Nigel Mills, David Mowat, Stephen Phillips, Anne-Marie Trevelyan

Science and Technology

Victoria Borwick, Chris Green, Dr Tania Mathias, Matt Warman

Sky News’ Highly Disconcerting Budget Promo

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Cameron Screws Up Another Three Letter Acronym

“The truth is this, Full Fiscal Autonomy has now become FFS: Full Fiscal Shambles.”

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Tory Flip Flop Forces British Jobs to be Advertised Across Europe

The Tories were positively crowing last year about tearing up rules forcing all Jobcentre vacancies in the UK to be advertised across the EU. Esther McVey even had a good boast about standing up to Brussels:

“We are giving businesses

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Boris’ Painfully Awkward Wheelchair Gaffe

BoJo had his very own Joe Biden moment at the State of London debate last night:

Boris: “Why aren’t you, why aren’t you even standing? That’s the question we all want to know.”

Nicholas: “Because I’m in a wheelchair.”

Boris: 

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