Office Politics: Osborne Faces Cornish Rebellion

Backbencher George Osborne has been scouting out a new office in parliament. He had a good look around the triple-room shared by Tory MPs Steve Double, Scott Mann and Derek Thomas – as the home to three MPs it is one of the largest offices on the parliamentary estate. The suspicion is the former Chancellor wants to turf out his colleagues and have it all to himself. Double, Mann and Thomas have marked their territory by emblazoning the door with a sign warning potential new tenants that this is the “Cornish Embassy”. After the pasty tax, people will be starting to wonder what George has against the Cornish…

First Picture of new Cabinet

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New Government in Full

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HER MAJESTY’S GOVERNMENT

July 2016

Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service

  • Rt Hon Theresa May MP**

HM Treasury

  • Chancellor of the Exchequer – Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP**
  • Chief Secretary to the Treasury – Rt Hon David Gauke MP***
  • Financial Secretary – Jane Ellison MP
  • Economic Secretary – Simon Kirby MP
  • Commercial Secretary – Lord O’Neill of Gatley*

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May: I Would Press Nuclear Button

Question: “Are you prepared to authorise a nuclear strike that could kill hundreds of thousands of men, women and children?”

Theresa May: “Yes.”

Boom! 

Cabinet in Numbers: Just 7 Brexiters

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Guido has been crunching the numbers for May’s new Cabinet. There are only seven Brexiters, one more than in Cameron’s last Cabinet. There are only eight female members, one more than previously, hardly a march of the women. Most of the key Cameron and Osborne allies have gone though there remain nine Cabinet members who could be described as Friends of George. And there are just two ethnic minorities (half the number of Davids), though that is representative of the wider population. It’s still a heavily male, Remain Cabinet…

David Cameron: Musical Tribute

Dave’s best bits, put to music…

Camerons Leave Downing Street For Last Time

Register of His Member’s Interest

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This morning’s Sun revealed that Tory minister Justin Tomlinson had split up with his wife (above left) and fallen in love with his 25 year-old parliamentary assistant (above right). Of course, MPs are required by the Commons authorities to declare all family members, spouses and partners in their employ. Sure enough, in the new Register of Members’ Interests released this afternoon, Justin confirms:

Awwwww.

Cameron’s Last Laugh Over May, Labour, and Watson

An email from “Judith” over Tom Watson’s threats to the Labour leadership poses a particular highlight in Cameron’s last PMQs against Corbyn. The buoyant PM looks raring to go…[…]

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Cameron’s Empty Schedule

“Other than one meeting this afternoon, the diary for the rest of my day is remarkably light.” Classy…[…]

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Ruth Davidson’s Lobby Lunch

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Ruth Davidson didn’t spare Leadsom or Brexiteers at today’s lobby lunch:

The top Tory Scot left no Brexiteer safe, taking a pop at the member for Uxbridge’s recent departure from front line politics:

After the room broke up into laughter she said “Sorry that’s not even my speech, that’s just a text from Stephen Crabb….”. […]

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Prime Minister Elect Addresses the Nation

“We need a strong, new positive vision for the future of our country. A vision of a country that works not for the privileged few, but that works for everyone of us, because we’re going to give people more control over their lives.[…]

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Brady Signals May Coronation

1922 chair Graham Brady says he has to consult with the party board before Theresa May is confirmed as the new leader. Gove is not going to stand against her:

“Andrea Leadsom spoke with great dignity and courage today. I wish her every success in the future.

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CONFIRMED: Leadsom Pulls Out

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As of 11:32am this is unconfirmed – sources say Andrea Leadsom is pulling out. She had been genuinely shattered by the motherhood row over the weekend. A statement is coming at noon…

UPDATE 12:13pm: Confirmed, she’s out. You read it here first.[…]

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LISTEN: Partial Times Audio Excerpt

The Times have released a partial excerpt audio recording of the key part of Andrea Leadsom’s interview with Rachel Sylvester:

Rachel Sylvester: “Does your family inform your politics?

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FLASHBACK: Leadsom Grills Bob Diamond in 2012

Sky’s Faisal Islam has dug out this video of Andrea Leadsom forensically grilling Bob Diamond at the Treasury select committee in 2012. She may well have given her CV a bit of a gloss. But no one can deny she knows her stuff…[…]

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