Brooks Newmark Gets Carter Ruck to Delete His Sext Pics from Internet


Brooks Newmark has instructed Carter-Ruck to remove all his sext pictures from the internet. Letters have gone out from the solicitors to newspapers, who have complied with his demand because they are his copyrighted images. He used to like sharing his photos…

Now if you search the stories about him you will see that the original pictures he sent have indeed been removed. Obviously since he sent photos voluntarily to our “Sophie” this will be amusing to argue about in Court. A senior government Special Adviser has been known to share with colleagues some of the funnier – so far unpublished – pics of Brooks in his pyjamas. “‘Ere, do you want to see some dirty pictures?”

Local Witney Selection Upsets Tory Hopefuls


Things are moving quickly in Witney. Guido hears a Tory Parliamentary Assessment Board meeting to vet candidates was rushed through over the weekend and a decision could be made as soon as Thursday night. The word is it will be a local candidate and that the party has not opened selection to the main candidates list, excluding the likes of Dan Hannan and Esther McVey. There are a lot of upset Tories who wanted to put their names forward and now believe they’ve been blocked from running. Will they direct their anger at David Cameron, who is highly influential in the Witney selection, CCHQ’s head of candidates Gareth Fox, or Theresa May? Baroness Jenkin will also be unhappy after she just yesterday called for the new MP to be a woman. A shortlist of local candidates is likely to be very male and pale…

House Prices Up 4%, Osborne Forecast 18% Drop


In the post-Brexit vote period house prices have risen 0.7% month-on-month in September (vs -1.2% in August) and were up 4.0% year-on-year (vs +4.1% in August), according to real-estate website Rightmove. This contrasts with the 18% drop predicted by the Treasury when George Osborne was Chancellor. That figure was clearly calculated in the same way he worked out the deficit would be cleared by 2015, HS2 will be economically viable and the Hinkley Power station is good value for money. They are all figures pulled out of his arse nowhere…


Incidentally, the big businesses funding George’s Nothern Powerhouse Partnership pressure group, do they by any chance have a “sod-the-taxpayers there’s gold in them there subsidies” stake in his plans? Of course they do…

Tories Failing to Keep 15 Election Promises

Back in February the Sunday Politics launched its Manifesto Tracker, recording which election promises the Tories have kept or broken. Remember the pledge to require migrants to contribute for four years before they can claim benefits or tax credits? No word on whether that will be kept post-Brexit. The promise of no child benefit or tax credit for overseas children of EU migrants? Cameron’s renegotiation failed on both of these, May’s government has since said nothing. And what about Osborne’s target of surplus before end of parliament? It was always fantasy, and May and Hammond have formally dropped that commitment. The BBC’s analysis counts 15 election pledges on which no progress has been made. They made good on their promise of a referendum at least… 

See the tracker in full here.

Another Top Kipper Defects to Tories

A second top Kipper has defected to the Tories in two days, just as UKIP conference gets underway in Bournemouth. Alexandra Phillips, who used to be an aide to Nigel Farage and was head of media at the party’s HQ, says it is “time to go home”. She tells Guido:

“After watching UKIP tragically turn in on itself for the past year I felt that I had personally and professionally outgrown the party. When Theresa May became Prime Minister and immediately embarked on promoting a policy reintroducing selective education to build social mobility, assenting to explorative fracking for future energy security and approaching Brexit with a pragmatism and determination I find admirable, I knew it was time to go home.”

UKIP having a bit of an existential crisis at the moment…

Return of Osborne

George Osborne still believes he is in play. Here are the top lines from his Today programme interview:

  • He’s not going anywhere: “I don’t want to write my memoir because I don’t know how the story ends.”
  • Theresa May was the best PM “of the candidates who put themselves forward”. Subtle.
  • May’s grammar schools plans don’t help the majority: “80% of the discussion is about where 20% off the children go”
  • The new PM’s “special share” provision for Hinkley “would not add anything”
  • He is going to be noisy: “the voice for the liberal mainstream of the country”
  • Will he be a distraction from May’s government? “Not necessarily.” So, yes.

Earlier this week Paul Goodman at ConHome foresaw a route back to power for Osborne: the Tories lose to a Sadiq Khan-led Labour in 2025, Osborne becomes party leader and wins the 2030 election, becoming PM at the age of 59. If May goes wrong, Boris 2020 is the more likely outcome. Osborne’s very long game is a very long shot, unfortunately it’s all he has left…

Gove Tipped as Next Sunday Times Editor


Since Michael Gove got his new gig as a columnist for the Times there has been some scuttlebutt going round that it might be an audition for the editorship. Writing in The Oldie, the Mail’s Stephen Glover suggests the Gover is being lined up for the top job at the Sunday:

“[Fleet Street] is awash with a story (which by the time you read this may have already broken its banks) that Gove is about to be made editor of Murdoch’s Sunday Times.”

He goes on:

“According to ‘friends of Gove’, whom I have consulted, no offer of any editorship has been made by Murdoch, from which it follows that none could have been accepted. Of course, it may be that these friends are not being wholly honest…”

Incumbent editor Martin Ivens, who’s been at the paper for two decades, might have something to say about that. Be your stubborn best…

Top Kipper Defects to Tories Live on Air

Former UKIP party director Steve Stanbury, who has been a major behind the scenes figure for the Kippers for years, has just defected to the Tories live on the Daily Politics. He says UKIP has achieved what it set out to do and the Tories are now best placed to deliver Brexit…

Tory MP Justin Tomlinson Suspended From Commons


Tory MP Justin Tomlinson has been suspended from the Commons for two days for leaking a Public Accounts Committee report to Wonga. Extraordinarily, Tomlinson thought it acceptable to share a draft report on regulating consumer credit with a Wonga employee. The Wonga employee replied with a series of recommendations, which Tomlinson then put to his committee.[…]


First Picture of May’s Cabinet


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Witney By-Election Runners and Riders


Dave is off and a by-election has been called, as ever Guido gives you your (early) runners and riders:

  • Dan Hannan – Got his wish of being sacked as an MEP, surely it’s time for this hero of the revolution to come to Westminster?


Complete Government PPS List


Prime Minister Theresa May MP – George Hollingbery MP
Chancellor of the Exchequer – Philip Hammond MP – John Glen MP
Chief Secretary to the Treasury – David Gauke MP – Craig Williams MP

Home Office
Home Secretary – Amber Rudd MP – David Rutley MP
Minister of State – Brandon Lewis MP – Victoria Atkins MP
Minister of State – Ben Wallace MP – Tom Pursglove MP

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Foreign Secretary – Boris Johnson MP – Andrew Stephenson MP
Minister of State – Sir Alan Duncan MP – Pauline Latham OBE MP
Minister of State – Baroness Anelay – Amanda Milling MP

Ministry of Defence
Secretary of State for Defence – Michael Fallon MP – Graham Evans MP
Minister of State – Mike Penning MP – Jo Churchill MP

Ministry of Justice
Justice Secretary – Elizabeth Truss MP – Robert Jenrick MP

Department for Education
Education Secretary – Justine Greening MP – Henry Smith MP
Minister of State – Nick Gibb MP – Seema Kennedy MP/Edward Argar MP

Department for Exiting the European Union
Brexit Secretary – David Davis MP – Stewart Jackson MP
Minister of State – David Jones MP – Jeremy Quin MP

Department for International Trade
Secretary of State for International Trade – Liam Fox MP – Iain Stewart MP
Minister of State – Greg Hands MP – Helen Whately MP

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Secretary of State for Business – Greg Clark MP – Conor Burns MP
Minister of State – Jo Johnson MP – Wendy Morton MP

Department of Health
Secretary of State for Health – Jeremy Hunt MP – James Morris MP
Minister of State – Philip Dunne MP – James Berry MP

Department for Work and Pensions
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – Damian Green MP – Mark Pawsey MP
Minister of State – Penny Mordaunt MP – Peter Heaton-Jones MP

Department for Transport
Secretary of State for Transport – Chris Grayling MP – Mike Freer MP
Minister of State – John Hayes CBE MP – Victoria Prentis MP

Department for Communities and Local Government
Communities Secretary –Sajid Javid MP – Rebecca Harris MP
Minister of State – Gavin Barwell MP – Rebecca Pow MP

Office of the Leader of the House of Commons
Leader of the House of Commons – David Lidington MP – Kevin Hollinrake MP

Office of the Leader of the House of Lords
Leader of the House of Lords – Baroness Evans of Bowes Park – Kwasi Kwarteng MP

Scotland Office
Secretary of State for Scotland – David Mundell MP – David Morris MP

Wales Office
Secretary of State for Wales – Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP – Glyn Davies MP

Northern Ireland Office
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland – James Brokenshire MP – Oliver Colvile MP

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Environment Secretary – Andrea Leadsom MP – Sheryll Murray MP
Minister of State – George Eustice MP – Simon Hoare MP

Department for International Development
International Development Secretary – Priti Patel MP – Kelly Tolhurst MP
Minister of State – Rory Stewart MP – Amanda Solloway MP

Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Culture Secretary – Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP – Craig Whittaker MP
Minister of State – Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP – Mims Davies MP

Cabinet Office
Paymaster General – Ben Gummer MP – Lucy Frazer MP

Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster – Sir Patrick McLoughlin MP – Stuart Andrew MP[…]


Nicky Morgan Looked Round Posh Private School For Son


Sacked former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has been Theresa May’s fiercest Tory critic on grammar schools. All eyes on her in the Commons this afternoon after she blasted the PM:

“I believe that an increase in pupil segregation on the basis of academic selection would be at best a distraction from crucial reforms to raise standards and narrow the attainment gap and at worse risk actively undermining six years of progressive education reform. 



May Orders Ministers to Link Every Policy to Meritocracy

Theresa May’s grammar schools speech was as much about defining her premiership as anything else. If eagle-eyed photographer Steve Back hadn’t snapped those secret government papers outlining the return of grammars, today’s speech would not have been made until conference. Senior Tories watching noted one key line:

“It will mean recalibrating how we approach policy development to ensure that everything we do as government helps to give a fair chance to those who are just getting by”

This is tanks-on-Labour’s-lawn rhetoric, but the PM is deadly serious about revamping how policy is formulated across Whitehall.[…]


Tory MP Will Quince Sings For Britain’s Got Talent

Colchester MP Will Quince singing Bring Him Home from Les Mis, the song that made the career of Alfie Boe. And here he is belting out Nessun Dorma at a charity gig three years ago:

We’ll find out next year if he made it through…[…]


Gove Gets to Work


Times hacks are used to their editorial conferences being a very Tory affair – true blue attendees have included Tory peer Danny Finkelstein, former Tory MP Matthew Parris and former Tory Tim Montgomerie to name but a few. It was nonetheless noted in the newsroom that having a sitting MP present crossed the line rather than blurred it.[…]


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