Trump Takes Inspiration From Letwin

The President-elect last night announced he will be formulating a rule decreeing that for every one new regulation, two old regulations must be torn up. Of course in Britain we already have the very same rule, implemented by Oliver Letwin during the last government. Incidentally, Trump is also planning to “drain the swamp” by banning public officials from becoming lobbyists for five years after they leave their government jobs. Imagine the uproar that would cause through the SW1 revolving door…

Water Fib! Tory Non-Swimmer Claimed to Be Surfer Boy

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Local Cornwall residents were surprised to read over the weekend that Tory MP Scott Mann cannot swim and had to be saved by his colleague Johnny Mercer after getting in trouble in the water. Mann wrote on HuffPo: “I am an adult and I am unable to swim” as he recalled his ordeal. All the more curious considering how just two months ago Mann was pictured in the Bude and Stratton Post “surfing in his spare time”, posing in a wet suit as he campaigned to scrap a “surf tax”. The picture above was taken by his parliamentary researcher just in time for the press release attacking the tax. Presumably Mann wasn’t keen to be snapped in the water. Post-truth politics is making waves…

Labour on Three Line Whip For Boundary Blocking Bill

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Labour are on a three line whip to vote for Pat Glass’ private member’s bill seeking to reject boundary changes and keep the number of MPs at 650. It goes without saying that the bill is a vain attempt by Labour to prevent their own seats from disappearing, despite the massive cost to the taxpayer of ignoring the Boundary Commission and not cutting the size of parliament. Labour MPs facing deselection battles with Momentum will gladly vote for it. Guido is told that Tory MPs have gone home to their constituencies and are not looking to kill the Bill today. The Tories are relaxed, they expect Labour to win today’s vote and say they will let them have their moment, before killing it at a later date. “Don’t worry, the idea of Pat Glass getting anything into law is for the birds,” a Tory source assures Guido. 

‘Shy’ Tories Actually Just Busy, Labour Voters Home More

It is often said half-teasingly that canvassers and pollsters are more likely to meet Labour voters than Tories because Tory voters are still at work. Now there is empirical evidence for the claim. Professor John Curtice, perhaps the only pollster with his reputation intact after he called the 2015 election, says there is no such thing as “shy” Tories skewing polls, they are just “busy“. Curtice’s study found that if polls were based on people who answered the door on a first visit, Labour would be six points ahead. If polls were based on those who needed three to six visits before answering, the Tories had an 11 point lead. His conclusion: Labour voters were more likely to be at home rather than out at work.

“Conservatives are just simply more difficult to get hold of. There is an availability bias. People who you can get hold of first time round, who say, ‘oh yes come in’ are disproportionately Labour voters. The people you can easily get hold of are not representative.”

As the old joke goes, the Tory voters really were still at work…

Tory Candidate Seeking Injunction Over MEP Dispute

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Guido understands Tory candidate Alex Story is currently in the High Court seeking an interim injunction against the Yorks and Humber nominating officer to prevent him from installing anyone else as Yorkshire’s MEP. Story was due to take up the vacant role as Yorkshire’s next MEP, only to have his career “ended”, he says, by a “CCHQ cock-up”. Background here. Leeds council are arguing against the injunction being granted – the Tories instead put up local councillor John Proctor for the role. More to follow as we get it…

Unemployment Falls #DespiteBrexit

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In May the Treasury told voters unemployment would rise immediately after a Leave vote:

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“a vote to leave would represent an immediate and profound shock to our economy. That shock would push our economy into a recession and lead to an increase in unemployment of around 500,000

Today’s ONS figures show unemployment fell by 37,000 in the three months to September. The unemployment rate has fallen from 4.9% to 4.8%. We now have the highest employment rate on record. Remainers will spin that Brexit hasn’t happened yet, but the Treasury forecast was for the immediate aftermath of a vote to leave…

Stephen Phillips: I Can’t Live With Being Called a Conservative

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Guido has got hold of the letter sent by outgoing Tory MP Stephen Phillips to his local association. Phillips lays into the direction of the government under Theresa May, slamming her over child refugees and international aid. He finishes with the quite remarkable admission:

“Some will label me a quitter, or, no doubt, worse. Those are labels with which I can live. The label Conservative no longer is.”

So he is quitting the Tory party as well as parliament. Resigning to spend more time with his five figure per month QC salary…

Tory MP Stephen Phillips Resigns With Immediate Effect

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Tory MP Stephen Phillips is resigning from parliament. Phillips is an odd one, a Leaver who has become a help to those trying to obstruct Brexit since the referendum, publicly complaining that the government is avoiding parliamentary scrutiny of Brexit. He is quitting with immediate effect:

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“Best Speech of Osborne’s Career”

More than one Tory MP at the Spectator awards last night described this as the best speech of George Osborne’s life. “There won’t be much time for chit chat, a bit like when Theresa and I last spoke…”[…] Read the rest

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Theresa May: Craig Oliver’s Gong Made Me Retch

A hard-hat and hi-vis clad Theresa May accepted the Politician of the Year award at last night’s Spectator awards, before delivering as cutting a put down of Craig Oliver as Guido has ever heard. Made all the better by Craig being there to hear it.[…] Read the rest

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Tory MP ‘Stuck His Hands Down Man’s Pants and Tried to Kiss Him’

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Tory MP Ben Howlett is the subject of police enquiries after allegedly sexually assaulting a gay couple in a nightclub in his Bath constituency. The Sun reports allegations that:

“He pushed a man up against the wall and stuck his hands down his trousers into his pants and tried to kiss him.

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Andrew Mitchell Puts Constituency Home Up For Sale

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Andrew Mitchell has put his constituency home up for sale, Guido can reveal. Thrasher may have decided to put the £350,000 Sutton Coldfield property on the market to help pay his million pound legal bill, though there has also been speculation that Mitchell feels he has no future in Theresa May’s regime and is considering his political future.[…] Read the rest

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Tory Whips Saved Vaz

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When 203 MPs voted for Keith Vaz to join the Justice select committee last night, everyone assumed Labour MPs had turned up to back their man. In actual fact, Guido can reveal that it was the Tories who whipped their side to secure Vaz’s position.[…] Read the rest

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LibDems Make It About Zac’s Wealth

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Unknown LibDem Richmond candidate Sarah Olney has used her first national newspaper interview to launch a clumsy attack on Zac Goldsmith’s wealth. Speaking to the MoS, Olney went after Zac over the money he inherited from his dad, claiming he won’t understand what it means if the price of Marmite goes up.[…] Read the rest

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Soubry Kept Off Brexit Committee

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The Tories elected to the Brexit select committee are Alistair Burt, Maria Caulfield, Michael Gove, Andrea Jenkyns, Jeremy Lefroy, Peter Lilley, Karl McKartney, Craig Mackinley, Dominic Raab and John Whittingdale. Eight out of ten are leavers, Vote Leave dream team reunited.[…] Read the rest

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CONFIRMED: Zac Resigns

He is appointed to be Steward and Bailiff of the Three Hundreds of Chiltern. Statement from Zac within the hour… […] Read the rest

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