Peter Lilley Puts Tim Yeo on His Little List

Benefit offenders, sponging socialists and young ladies who get pregnant to jump the housing queue, now Peter Lilley can add chairmen of Energy and Climate Change select committees to his little list. Lilley lost it with Tim Yeo when he interrupted his tough questioning of scientist Dr Emily Shuckburgh yesterday:

Worth reading Gallery Guido’s take for more:

“We had a masterclass in passive aggressive responses from Emily Shuckburgh of the Royal Meteorological Society. Her winsome smile, her quiet, disbelieving giggle, her cosy chuckling with allies in the room, her manner of explaining something really, really difficult to a seven-year-old. And almost effortlessly constructing answers just wide enough of the question to confuse the issue, the audience and the questioners.”

Tim Yeo never would be missed, he never would be missed…

Mitchell ‘Did Call Officers F**king Plebs’

Just when you thought it was over, one of the Plebgate cops has this morning given an interview to the Times insisting Mitchell did call officers “f**king plebs”. Ian Richardson was the first person to speak to the officer who claims Mitchell used the word:

“I said ‘Write that down and ring the skipper because you just threatened to arrest the Chief Whip in Downing Street — there’s likely to be some problems’.”

Which was prescient, to say the least…

Richardson blames the Police Federation for using the Downing Street policemen’s story for their own political ends and the bent cop who wrote up a false witness account, saying that despite all this the original account is correct. This might be closer to the truth than a lot of what else has been written about Plebgate…

Picture Special: Inside New Tory Headquarters

CCHQ has moved into its new offices at Matthew Parker Street behind the QEII Conference Centre. Here is the scene inside, with Maggie and Churchill taking centre stage:

It’s much more of an open plan setting:

Still, not everything is going to plan…

New CCHQ Security Concerns

As the Tories move into new HQ, Chairman Lord Feldman warns against leaks…

Flood Hit MP Asks Miliband: Why are You Actually Here?

Ed was confronted by an angry Reading resident on his travels this morning. Click below to see what happened:

Better late than never Ed might say, but Tory MP Alok Sharma’s question of what he was actually doing there is a fair one…

The Honourable Tristram Scab

An impressive effort from Tristram Hunt to be called a Tory by Tatler and eviscerated by the Morning Star in the space of one week:

“Labour party shadow education minister and Engels biographer Tristram Hunt crossed a picket line of striking university lecturers at Queen Mary University on 10 February to lecture to students on Marx and Engels. The strikers, members of the UCU union, were taking part in a two-hour “lightning” strike as part of an extended campaign of industrial action against real pay cuts – the government’s 1% public sector pay, which is well below the rise in the cost of living. The Morning Star quoted a striker as saying the shadow minister looked “shamefaced” as he scabbed on crossed their picket line.”

Good for him.

WATCH: Hammond Confronted by Angry Flood Victim

The Defence Secretary had his own Chris Smith moment in Berkshire this morning. “Why don’t we talk about this inside…?”

Via @liarpoliticians

The War of Jenkin’s Dear

The Times Diary is tipping Andrew Lansley for our next EU Commissioner, with Andrew Mitchell still owed a favour, however Guido hears another name is in the frame for the job. Staunch Tory Eurosceptic Bernard Jenkins’s reputation took a big hit after he mistakenly claimed 95 Tory MPs had signed a letter to the PM demanding powers be clawed back from Europe only for the letter not to arrive and dozens of the alleged signatories deny they had even put their names to it. Now revenge is in the air. Bernard Jenkins has been heard to openly opine on Cameron’s lack of female ministers and the “unconscious slights to women”. The joke doing the rounds is that Jenkin’s wife Anne, the Tory Baroness Jenkin of Kennington, could be made a government minister. Or better still replace Cathy Ashton…

Tory MP Accused of Rigging Election

With South East Cornwall devastated by the floods, you might think their MP Sheryll Murray would drop everything to help her constituents in their hour of need. In fact, Murray has been hit by a wave of criticism from drenched […]

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Paterson in a Pickle

Eric Pickles is laying it on thick in the House about Owen Paterson, saying that he and the Environment Secretary are “two peas in a pod, two brothas from another motha” and that they speak every day.

Which will do […]

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Tapsell Offers £10,000 to Pay for Thirsk Open Primary

The Tories are split on what to do about the deselection of marmite-like Anne McIntosh. While some are hoping she will go quietly and drop her threats to stand as an independent in the seat, Tory grandee Sir Peter Tapsell […]

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Jamie Reed Channels Expenses to Private Health Firm

The delightful Jamie Reed wasted no time getting down and dirty after hearing that Owen Paterson was facing emergency surgery for a detached retina. When Downing Street said they did not know if Paterson had gone private for the op, […]

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