At Last! Burnham Gets an Endorsement From the South of England

So far not a single Labour MP south of Stoke has backed Andy Burnham for leader, though he won the support of the member for South West Surrey today:

“It is a topsy turvy world when the Shadow Health Secretary, who was the scourge of private sector involvement in the NHS, now wants to be the entrepeneur’s champion. As one entrepeneur to another, can I put our differences to one side and on behalf of the whole Conservative Party wish him every success in his left-wing leadership bid. It is perhaps the only occasion in history when our interests and those of Len McCluskey are totally aligned.”

From Burnham’s grimace he knows it’s true…

Boris Honeymoon Over as Hammond Slaps the New MP

If Boris thought he would be welcomed back into the parliamentary fray as a great statesman, he was quickly put in his place during Monday’s Queen’s Speech debate about Britain’s standing in the world:

Boris was quickly on his feet, trying to boost his foreign policy credentials:

“What can we do to prevent the appalling tragedy that might befall the great archaeological site in Palmyra, is there any hope he can offer?”

The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond began courteously enough in his reply:

“I know my Honourable Friend is extremely concerned about this issue, but he will know that ISIL, for what it’s worth, have given some limited assurances about its intentions in regard to the site.”

But then he gave his potential rival a gentle slap:

“The problem of course is the principal instrument that the coalition has to deploy is air power, and he can well understand the difficulty of deploying air power to protect historical sites – that doesn’t make sense.”

Just as Boris will “well understand” a side swipe when he sees one…

PPS Reshuffle in Full

Cabinet:

· The Prime Minister: GAVIN WILLIAMSON
· Chancellor of the Exchequer – George Osborne – CHRIS SKIDMORE
· Home Secretary – Theresa May – MICHAEL ELLIS
· Foreign Secretary – Philip Hammond – CHRIS PINCHER
· Secretary of State for Justice – Michael Gove – ROBERT JENRICK
· Secretary of State for Defence – Michael Fallon – GRAHAM EVANS
· Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – Iain Duncan Smith – DAVID RUTLEY
· Secretary of State for Health – Jeremy Hunt – STEVE BRINE
· Leader of the Commons – Chris Grayling – MIKE FREER
· SoS for International Development – Justine Greening – ANDREW BINGHAM
· Secretary of State for Education – Nicky Morgan – ROBIN WALKER
· Leader of the House of Lords – Baroness Stowell – KWASI KWARTENG
· Secretary of State for Transport – Patrick McLoughlin – STUART ANDREW
· Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills – Sajid Javid – JOHN GLEN
· Secretary of State for Northern Ireland – Theresa Villiers – REBECCA HARRIS
· Secretary of State for DEFRA – Liz Truss – MARK SPENCER
· Secretary of State for DCLG – Greg Clark – HENRY SMITH
· Secretary of State for Wales – Stephen Crabb – DAVID MORRIS
· Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster – Oliver Letwin – ALOK SHARMA
· Secretary of State for DCMS – John Whittingdale – HEATHER WHEELER
· Secretary of State for Scotland – David Mundell – IAIN STEWART
· Secretary of State for DECC – Amber Rudd – PAUL MAYNARD

Ministers attending Cabinet:

· Chief Secretary to the Treasury – Greg Hands – JAKE BERRY
· DWP: Minister of State – Priti Patel – ALEC SHELBROOKE
· BIS: Minister of State – Anna Soubry – MARK PAWSEY
· Paymaster General – Matthew Hancock – GARETH JOHNSON
· Minister without Portfolio – Robert Halfon – ANDREW STEPHENSON
· Attorney General – Jeremy Wright – REHMAN CHISHTI

CONSERVATIVE PARTY APPOINTMENT

· Parliamentary Adviser to the Party Chairman – Lord Feldman – CHLOE SMITH

Ministers of State

· Grant Shapps – CHARLOTTE LESLIE
· Penny Mordaunt – OLIVER COLVILE

President Incriminates Himself on Hidden Tape

Oh dear, things are going from bad to worse for President Harris-Quinney. Now a Tory councillor, despite being booted out of the party, he has been secretly recorded bashing the gays on a visit to the Kremlin of all places. Pink News have the tape:

“I am pleased to say that from a climate of fear that had been created by the LGBT lobby, as a necessity of support for same-sex marriage, we successfully ensured that a majority of Conservative Members of Parliament did not vote for same-sex marriage, and the Conservative Prime Minister was forced to endure the indignity of passing same-sex marriage only with the support of opposition parties.”

CCHQ are having their revenge after Harris Quinney’s ‘vote UKIP’ election stunt:

“Ben Harris-Quinney is a homophobe and a menace. This sort of vile politics has no place in modern Britain. He is not even a member of the Conservative Party, and he should be sacked as a Conservative Councillor immediately.”

Ouch…

Cross Party Support for Carswell

Former Tory colleagues have come out to slam the mob who had it in for Carswell yesterday:

Silence from the left, so far…

UPDATE: Carswell talks to Iain Dale about the incident.

BoJo: I am Back

Bow down… but seriously, check out that sexy look from Rees Mogg. Ohhh.

Another Mitchell Police / Bike Run In

Cylicists in Westminster are being forced to dismount and walk their bikes through the temporary pedestrianised zone today thanks to the Queen’s Speech.

One person looked particularly pleased…

Blue on Blue: First Shots Fired in EU Row

If Cameron pushed through HRA reform today he would be accused of rushing it by critics. Just as his fast-tracking of the EU referendum bill has irritated others. Here’s Liam Fox accusing No. 10 of not being ‘entirely honourable':

“Those who are urging him to go for a referendum in 2016, I think, have ulterior motives which are not entirely honourable. I think they want to see a decision made quickly to limit the level of debate in the United Kingdom; I think that they are afraid that if we have a very full debate then some of the real unacceptable issues in Europe at the present time will become all the more clearly seen by the British public.”

After years of demanding a referendum, suddenly on the cusp of one, there is a dawning realisation amongst eurosceptics that they will in all likelihood lose… 

Ivan-o Idea What I Pay My Staff

It all went a bit Natalie Bennett for wannabe Tory mayoral candidate Ivan Massow on LBC this evening:

When asked why he was calling for a London Living Wage yet paying his staff the minimum wage all Ivan could muster […]

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Dave Leaves Juncker Hanging

The PM is in Latvia for a meeting with EU leaders, where he bumped into his old high-fiving friend Jean-Claude Juncker:

At least one of them learnt their lesson from last time

Via Mirror

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Boris Tells Unionised Cabbies: “It’s Called the Free Market”

Ever the equal opportunity offender, Boris has evened up his dig at Uber by antagonising black cab drivers. He told a hostile audience of cabbies in the London Assembly public gallery:

“You are dealing with a huge economic force which

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Theresa May Slams “Scaremongering” Police Federation

Theresa May stood up in front of the Police Federation this afternoon and tore them a new one:

“This weekend the federation warned that spending reductions mean that we will be forced to adopt a paramilitary style of policing in

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