Hunt’s PPS Backing Greens in Brighton

Brighton Kemptown Tory MP Simon Kirby has spent the last five years praising the hunting ban, “campaigning for animal rights” and “fighting development to safeguard our precious green areas” as he tries to defend his 1,328 majority. Judging by his Twitter feed in the last 24 hours it appears he is backing the Green Party outright in his neighbouring constituency:

Have to wonder what the Tory candidate for Brighton Pavilion, Clarence Mitchell, thinks about his neighbouring MP backing his opponent…

Tories Maintain Lead in “Gold Standard” 36% Poll

Looks like that Green surge has turned into a Green slump and the votes have gone back to Labour.

Labour up though in Guardian ICM.

 

Demob Happy Hague Blunders War Tribute

You would have hoped that any Cabinet minister, let alone the best selling historian William Hague, might have remembered that VE Day is in May…

Via Ned

UPDATE:

UPDATE II:

Got there in the end!

Tory Jitters: Backbencher Publicly Slams “Dry Economics Lecture” Plan

Just in time for the Budget, former Tory whip Michael Fabricant has slammed the Tory election strategy, speaking out against the “dry economics lecture” currently on offer:

“The Long Term Economic Plan is a means to an end and so is lowering the deficit.

YouTube videos displaying a reduction in deficit are appropriate for a dry economics lecture, but they are hardly going to win the hearts and souls of the electorate.

We’ve got to say why we want a strong economy, what are those sun lit uplands?

We’ve not just got to win the battle of the minds but the battle of the heart.”

Whatever happened to David “let sunshine win the day” Cameron, who promised the Conservatives would be the “party of optimism”?

PM Met Three Top Telegraph Men in Three Months

With whom did the Prime Minister have a “general discussion” early last year?

And who did he meet two months later?

Wonder what they could have discussed

Tories Try to Derail Farage in Thanet

A handy coincidence for the Tory campaign to stop Nigel Farage in Thanet that the government is to announce £12 million of extra funding for HS1 services to the heart of the constituency today. Whether or not they will be painted in traditional colours has yet to be confirmed. UKIP are off on one:

Tory sources insist the wheels were set in motion months ago and the plans are simply on track: “These things don’t happen overnight”. But what was their real loco-motive?

Tory Case Against Reckless Thrown Out

Before Christmas the Tories took Mark Reckless to court in a sour grapes attempt to claw back thousands of pounds spent on campaign literature before he defected to UKIP. Today, the judge has thrown the case out. A doubly expensive defeat…

UPDATE:

Big Tobacco to Government: See You In Court

Fag manufactures Philip Morris have hit back at the plain packaging vote, calling today’s action “an irrational and unnecessary attack on private property that vilifies products that well informed adults choose to buy”:

“The UK Government is ignoring serious legal issues under UK, European, and international law. Five countries are challenging the legality of plain packaging at the World Trade Organization, and 11 EU Member States have objected to the UK’s proposal at the European Commission – recognising their duty under EU treaties to uphold EU law and free competition. At the same time, the EU Court of Justice is considering whether the UK and other Member States have the power to introduce pack standardisation measures beyond those already required by the EU.

While advocates of plain packaging may downplay these issues, the UK Government should be fully aware of the potential consequences of ignoring them, and of rushing to preempt the legal process.”

Guido suspects we would not have plain packaging coming to the UK if it were not for Lynton Crosby. His lobbying connections made it impossible for a Conservative government to veto this nannying, arbitrary measure.

Bercow Apologises to Esther McVey

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After a point of order from Tory MP Heather Wheeler, Bercow has apologised for his sexist “washing machine” jibe yesterday about Esther McVey:

“If I caused offence by what I said, I very happy apologise to that Member… It was

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Guido is told Charlotte Vere, Shaun Bailey, and Victoria Borwick are in the final for Kensington….[…]

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Shock Kensington Olympic Contender

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Smear and Loathing in SW7

A colleague of Victoria Borwick, the current favourite to be the next Tory MP for Kensington, denies being behind an attempt to smear a rival candidate. The rumour was put about to the media yesterday – in writing – that […]

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