Stewart ‘Truth Bullets’ Jackson’s Acceptance Speech

You probably missed this at the time, but Tory MP Stewart Jackson’s acceptance speech in Peterborough is well worth a watch. Even after they lost a very dirty campaign, the Labour activists at the count were booing:

‘It’s hard to be gracious’ after what they put me through he later told the BBC.

Message From ‘The Chief': ’22 Meeting in the Morning With Dave

Mark Harper has sent his first email to Conservative MPs as their new Chief Whip:

From: Chief Whip
To: xxx
20 May 2015 16:02
Subject: Message from the Chief

Congratulations to all colleagues and a warm welcome back to a Conservative majority government.

Special congratulations to newly-elected colleagues.

The PM will address the 1922 tomorrow at 11:00 in Committee Room 14 and all colleagues are invited to attend. 

We expect the Commons formally to return on Mon 18th May.

The Chief

Signed off, in bold, “The Chief”. Nothing says you means business like bold, eh?

Computer Says No: Last Minute Tory Campaign Software Fail

Uh oh. Looks like the Tories are having serious problems with their Vote Source campaign software, which is failing to generate knock up slips of people who are registered but have yet to vote:

This is a message from CCHQ that I’ve been asked to send out to London officers: ‘Vote Source’ isn’t generating knock up slips in committee rooms. Can you urgently ring each user and ask them to stop generating more as it is making the queue even longer! You can generate them from the control room. Vs team working on issue will be fixed soon.

“It would happen on polling day” laments a Tory source…

George Osborne Skewered By Kay Burley On Deficit Failure

Kay Burley had George Osborne on the spot today on the key policy failure of this government, in a way that other heavyweight interviewers like Evan Davies and Robert Peston failed to achieve. She asked: is the UK deficit higher than Greece’s deficit? Kay challenged him to give a yes or no answer, he kept trying to misdirect her and waffle. When he refused to answer she asserted that the answer was yes. Osborne stuttered and looked badly flummoxed. Then he claimed untruthfully that the Greek deficit is ballooning. It isn’t, the Greek deficit is lower than the UK’s deficit and the IMF forecasts they will be in surplus before the UK.

According to IMF data last year the Greek deficit (-2.4%) was lower than the UK deficit (-5.7%), it will be lower this year at -0.78% versus -4.78% and they are due to be in surplus next year – before the UK. Osborne has failed to meet his own deficit targets because he put off the hard decisions and switched to neo-Keynesianism whilst spinning austerity rhetoric. Lying about Greece doesn’t help his case…

PM Surveys Muddy Waters as Dragons Lurk

Dave’s visit to Chester Zoo was a sketchwriters’ wet dream.

The only animals were dragons behind his shoulder (on the left in the picture above).

The PM stared pensively into muddy waters.

Exclusive to all newspaper sketchwriters tomorrow…

Stringy Says Keep Cam and Carry On

When UKIP are losing the strip club vote, you know their vote is being squashed…

Standard Backs the Tories

Here is their endorsement in full.

Via @TJ_Politics

All The Presidents Ben: Brillo Slaughters Bow Group Charlatan

BHQ

Here’s the interview of the day. It was not pretty:

Guido thinks Tarzan spoke for us all when he said: who the hell is this guy?

Tory Wars: Bow Group Split Over UKIP Endorsement

Ben-Harris-Quinney

The oldest Tory think tank has descended into open warfare after its chairman said Conservative supporters should vote UKIP where the Tories can’t win. Earlier today Ben Harris-Quinney told the Telegraph:

“Our preference at this election is a Conservative

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Blue ‘un: FT Endorses Tory-Led Coalition

As predicted by Guido two weeks ago, the FT backs the Tories over Miliband:

“Mr Miliband is preoccupied with inequality. His prescription is an increase in taxes such as restoring the 50p level for high earners and imposing an ill-conceived

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Economist Backs Tory-Led Coalition

“Mr Miliband believes that living standards are squeezed because markets are rigged—and that the government can step in to fix them. He would freeze prices while “reviewing” energy markets, clamp down on the most flexible “zero-hour” labour contracts and limit

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Labour Smashed in Ipsos MORI Drill Down

The PM’s approval rating is on the up. According the Standard’s polling:

“The percentage who are satisfied with his performance has jumped from 39 to 46 in two weeks, giving him his best net rating since 2012, at -2, which

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