Greg Hands on Don Cameroni and the Five Families

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Greg Hands used a fairly punchy election night analogy when addressing CWF on Saturday:

“You know the scene at the end where Michael Corleone is holding the baby at the baptism, and he’s reading the out the name of the father and they say do you reject sin. And he’s holding the baby. That was like our Prime Minister holding the baby of our Conservative only government. While meanwhile his five main opponents are all being gunned down. Ed Miliband, gone. Ed Balls, gone. Nick Clegg, gone. We had Nigel Farage, gone. We had Vince Cable gone. Just like in the Godfather, the heads of the five families all wiped out.”

Free from the shackles of the whips office now…

Human Rights Weren’t Invented in 1998

“King John rode from his castle here to Runnymede where he met the barons to sign the Magna Carta. The principles enshrined in Magna Carta; the primacy of the rule of the law; that none shall be taxed without representation and importantly the freedom of the English church, are seen as the first glimmers of Human Rights. They are principles that bolstered my desire to enter public service. The House will be aware that Human Rights were not conceived in 1998 they existed for centuries…”
New Tory MP Ranil Jayawardena hits the nail on the head during his maiden speech.

Zac Evens to be Tory Candidate for Mayor

ZAC

The latest odds from Ladbrokes have Zac Goldsmith favourite to be the Tory candidate for Mayor:

Conservative Mayoral Candidate
Evens Zac Goldsmith
5/1 Nick de Bois
8/1 Syed Kamall
10/1 Lord Coe
10/1 Karren Brady
10/1 Stephen Greenhalgh
10/1 Michael Bloomberg
16/1 Ivan Massow
20/1 Andrew Boff
25/1 Sol Campbell
Justine Greening should be on that list too, but as Guido reported on Sunday, Tories back Zac:

“The rollie-smoking multi-millionaire greeny has a growing following, increasing his majority in Richmond, South West London, from 4,091 to a stonking 23,015 at the election. Green Party peer Baroness Jones is also keen on the idea, saying many Greens “very much like that he comes across as very green and committed and passionate”. Zac has promised to resign his seat and force a by-election if the Government approves expansion of Heathrow Airport this summer, potentially giving him the perfect platform to launch a bid for City Hall. A friend says: “He’ll only do it if he thinks it’s genuinely what his constituents want.”

The race is beginning to rumble behind the scenes…

Coulson Slams Waste of Public Money

He’ll be looking for a job…

At Last! Burnham Gets an Endorsement From the South of England

So far not a single Labour MP south of Stoke has backed Andy Burnham for leader, though he won the support of the member for South West Surrey today:

“It is a topsy turvy world when the Shadow Health Secretary, who was the scourge of private sector involvement in the NHS, now wants to be the entrepeneur’s champion. As one entrepeneur to another, can I put our differences to one side and on behalf of the whole Conservative Party wish him every success in his left-wing leadership bid. It is perhaps the only occasion in history when our interests and those of Len McCluskey are totally aligned.”

From Burnham’s grimace he knows it’s true…

Boris Honeymoon Over as Hammond Slaps the New MP

If Boris thought he would be welcomed back into the parliamentary fray as a great statesman, he was quickly put in his place during Monday’s Queen’s Speech debate about Britain’s standing in the world:

Boris was quickly on his feet, trying to boost his foreign policy credentials:

“What can we do to prevent the appalling tragedy that might befall the great archaeological site in Palmyra, is there any hope he can offer?”

The Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond began courteously enough in his reply:

“I know my Honourable Friend is extremely concerned about this issue, but he will know that ISIL, for what it’s worth, have given some limited assurances about its intentions in regard to the site.”

But then he gave his potential rival a gentle slap:

“The problem of course is the principal instrument that the coalition has to deploy is air power, and he can well understand the difficulty of deploying air power to protect historical sites – that doesn’t make sense.”

Just as Boris will “well understand” a side swipe when he sees one…

PPS Reshuffle in Full

Cabinet:

· The Prime Minister: GAVIN WILLIAMSON
· Chancellor of the Exchequer – George Osborne – CHRIS SKIDMORE
· Home Secretary – Theresa May – MICHAEL ELLIS
· Foreign Secretary – Philip Hammond – CHRIS PINCHER
· Secretary of State for Justice – Michael Gove – ROBERT JENRICK
· Secretary of State for Defence – Michael Fallon – GRAHAM EVANS
· Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – Iain Duncan Smith – DAVID RUTLEY
· Secretary of State for Health – Jeremy Hunt – STEVE BRINE
· Leader of the Commons – Chris Grayling – MIKE FREER
· SoS for International Development – Justine Greening – ANDREW BINGHAM
· Secretary of State for Education – Nicky Morgan – ROBIN WALKER
· Leader of the House of Lords – Baroness Stowell – KWASI KWARTENG
· Secretary of State for Transport – Patrick McLoughlin – STUART ANDREW
· Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills – Sajid Javid – JOHN GLEN
· Secretary of State for Northern Ireland – Theresa Villiers – REBECCA HARRIS
· Secretary of State for DEFRA – Liz Truss – MARK SPENCER
· Secretary of State for DCLG – Greg Clark – HENRY SMITH
· Secretary of State for Wales – Stephen Crabb – DAVID MORRIS
· Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster – Oliver Letwin – ALOK SHARMA
· Secretary of State for DCMS – John Whittingdale – HEATHER WHEELER
· Secretary of State for Scotland – David Mundell – IAIN STEWART
· Secretary of State for DECC – Amber Rudd – PAUL MAYNARD

Ministers attending Cabinet:

· Chief Secretary to the Treasury – Greg Hands – JAKE BERRY
· DWP: Minister of State – Priti Patel – ALEC SHELBROOKE
· BIS: Minister of State – Anna Soubry – MARK PAWSEY
· Paymaster General – Matthew Hancock – GARETH JOHNSON
· Minister without Portfolio – Robert Halfon – ANDREW STEPHENSON
· Attorney General – Jeremy Wright – REHMAN CHISHTI

CONSERVATIVE PARTY APPOINTMENT

· Parliamentary Adviser to the Party Chairman – Lord Feldman – CHLOE SMITH

Ministers of State

· Grant Shapps – CHARLOTTE LESLIE
· Penny Mordaunt – OLIVER COLVILE

President Incriminates Himself on Hidden Tape

Oh dear, things are going from bad to worse for President Harris-Quinney. Now a Tory councillor, despite being booted out of the party, he has been secretly recorded bashing the gays on a visit to the Kremlin of all places. Pink News have the tape:

“I am pleased to say that from a climate of fear that had been created by the LGBT lobby, as a necessity of support for same-sex marriage, we successfully ensured that a majority of Conservative Members of Parliament did not vote for same-sex marriage, and the Conservative Prime Minister was forced to endure the indignity of passing same-sex marriage only with the support of opposition parties.”

CCHQ are having their revenge after Harris Quinney’s ‘vote UKIP’ election stunt:

“Ben Harris-Quinney is a homophobe and a menace. This sort of vile politics has no place in modern Britain. He is not even a member of the Conservative Party, and he should be sacked as a Conservative Councillor immediately.”

Ouch…

Cross Party Support for Carswell

Former Tory colleagues have come out to slam the mob who had it in for Carswell yesterday:

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BoJo: I am Back

Bow down… but seriously, check out that sexy look from Rees Mogg. Ohhh.[…]

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Another Mitchell Police / Bike Run In

Cylicists in Westminster are being forced to dismount and walk their bikes through the temporary pedestrianised zone today thanks to the Queen’s Speech.

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Blue on Blue: First Shots Fired in EU Row

If Cameron pushed through HRA reform today he would be accused of rushing it by critics. Just as his fast-tracking of the EU referendum bill has irritated others. Here’s Liam Fox accusing No. 10 of not being ‘entirely honourable':

“Those

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Quote of the Day

Former Miliband guru Arnie Graf reveals Labour’s disconnect with the working class:

“On one of my trips to the U.K. in the autumn of 2013, I bumped into one of Ed’s strategists in Portcullis House. He asked me if I was assisting the staff on Ed’s trip that was to take place in a few days to one of the regions. I told him that I did not have knowledge of his planned trip.

He told me that Ed was going to give a talk at the region’s annual fund raising dinner and that prior to the dinner he had invited the media to join him at a local coffee shop to listen to a conversation he planned to have with a minimum wage worker. The point of the conversation was to show how difficult it was for a minimum wage worker to get on in life.

There was only one problem. No one had been able to locate a minimum wage worker for Ed to talk with.”

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