Afriyie Two Times Tories

Adam Afriyie’s quest for world domination continues from strength to strength.

Guido hears that the future Tory leader has been taking tea-party soundings with various backbenchers.

These niceties are essential for any future Prime Minister building support amongst his party troops, yet you would have expected someone of Afriyie’s monumental standing and renowned competence to keep a list of who has been invited.

The Tory benches are awash with tales of various members being summoned for not one, but two, cuppas and a chat with their future leader, only to discover Adam is introducing himself again as if they had never met. Yes he did!

 

Secret Handshake for Tories at the Beeb

Earlier Guido pointed out that Kevin Maguire was using the fact Tory MP Charlotte Leslie once worked as a researcher on the Weakest Link as proof that the BBC was not biased, well Ms. Leslie gets in touch:

“It was at the BBC that a fellow Conservative caught me by the lift, gave me a secret handshake having overheard a phone conversation I’d had with a Conservative friend and whispered ‘I’m a Conservative too, but don’t let them find out or you’ll be going nowhere’. Be worth a little survey of Conservatives in the BBC, and just how socially acceptable it is to be one!”

A few token Tories, however high-profile, can never balance out a culture…

WATCH: Jo Swinson’s Finest Hour

By some distance. Afriyie’s face was a classic.

Via @liarpoliticians.

Guardian’s Bid for Smear of the Year

Polly Toynbee, or her Guardian sub, has found the culprit responsible for the deaths of young children at their hands of their parents: the Tories of course! Apparently Baby P and Hamzah Khan’s deaths can be blamed on “Tory vandalism”, Michael Gove to be specific. Just the one problem. Aside from Polly ignoring the role of you know, the parents, or even social workers, teachers and doctors, both Baby P and Hamzah Khan died under a Labour government. And this from a paper that moralises about rival’s ethics.

Tory MPs Humiliate Afriyie

Scoop from the Speccie: 140 of the 147 members of the 2010 intake Tory MPs have signed a letter telling Adam Afriyie to drop his EU amendment.

Dear Adam

Delivering a referendum on our membership of the EU is, as you have said, essential. We believe that the bill before the House provides in its current form the best opportunity to secure this outcome, in part because of its uncomplicated, unambiguous nature. This gives the Bill the best chance of progressing through the House.

So, whilst we recognise the sense of urgency reflected in your amendment, we feel that this will jeopardize the progress of legislation and the prospect of a referendum. Knowing that you value and respect the views of colleagues we hope and request that you withdraw support for the amendment tabled in your name.

Which is just about as awkward as it could get for someone who wants to be leader. Going on Question Time this evening yet another Team Afriyie media strategy success…

WATCH: Fallon’s Taxing Energy Interview

Eamonn Holmes had Michael Fallon squirming in his seat when the Energy minister tried to get away with saying energy taxes were less than half the actual figure this morning:

Safe hands dropping the ball…

Vid via @liarpoliticians.

Lib Dems 4 Theresa May

So it seems Cameron was perfectly happy with the message that Norman Baker moving over to the Home Office would send Theresa May, but the Home Secretary does have fans in government. Lynne Featherstone told Guido at last night’s LBC 40th birthday bash that May is an “incredibly competent politician”. The former Home Office Minster had less praise for Baker: “Norman is, er, very liberal so that’s good.” What could shatter this coalition harmony?

Old Banger’s Double Reshuffle Blow

Spare a thought for Greg Knight the former chair of the Procedure Committee who was lured away from the safe £80,000 job, perhaps by the £92,000 salary, to be No. 3 in the Tory Whips’ office. Now he’s a sacked whip. Reshuffled into the deck on a back bench salary (£66,000). But he has his network to fall back on. In 2007, Knight was named as one of the 50 most influential people worldwide in the Historic Vehicle Movement. Broom broom.

Sacked Tory MP’s Ex-Wife Does a Tim Loughton
Publishes Text From DC’s Gatekeeper Kate Fall

It has been widely reported this morning that Fiona-Natasha Syms did not take the news of her ex-hubby Robert’s sacking as a Tory whip very well:

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Embattled Blunt Begs Colleagues for Support

The embattled Reigate MP Crispin Blunt has written to Tory colleagues, on Commons headed paper, begging for support in his reselection bid:

Dear
 
Reigate reselection
 
You will be aware that my re-adoption as the Parliamentary Candidate for Reigate will now

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Dowden’s Day Job Perks

dowden

Some rather “unsubtle” and “unsophisticated” politicking from Number 10’s Deputy Chief of Staff Oliver Dowden, who is trying to sew up the nomination for the safe Tory seat of Croydon South. Local co-conspirators tell Guido that Dowden has been calling […]

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Nadine Solicits Votes

Nadine has emailed every Tory MP today in her bid to become Deputy Speaker. It’s quite something:

From: DORRIES, Nadine
Sent: 07 October 2013 14:50
Subject: FROM NADINE DORRIES MP
Importance: High

I will be writing personally, however, I am

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