Mak Backs ‘In’ After Telling Selectors He’d Back ‘Out’

2015 intake Tory MP Alan Mak told his Havant selection meeting that he was an Outer. Last year he provided local Conservative members with a detailed CV describing himself as a “Thatcherite and patriot”, telling them he was inspired to join the Tories by the Keep the Pound campaign and boldly claiming he was a “policy adviser to James Wharton MP, author of the EU referendum bill to give voters a say on Europe and win back UKIP votes”. Before the election, he wrote:

“Our current relationship with the EU doesn’t work for Britain. Things have got to change. We need to get tough with Europe… we shouldn’t be afraid to leave.”

His campaign literature claimed:

“Alan backs lower immigration, deportation of foreign criminals and terrorists, and stopping abuse of our NHS and welfare system. Enough is enough.”

Today, in a much-awaited statement, Mak has come out for… Remain.

“After conducting a hard-headed analysis of the detail of the Prime Minister’s re-negotiated settlement,” says Mak, “I will support the Prime Minister and vote to Remain”. After conducting a hard-headed analysis of his future career trajectory, more like. Alan, you’ve let Guido down, you’ve let yourself down and worst of all, you’ve let your country down.

Cameron Launching “Conservatives In” Tomorrow

Guido hears a new Tory Remain campaign is being launched by David Cameron tomorrow. Conservatives In will bring together Conservatives for Reform in Europe and other pro-Remain Tory groups. An invite has been sent to “known and trusted people” to join “senior Conservatives” at a secret location at 5pm. The Conservatives.In website is currently a holding page, though the domain is registered to Tim Barnes, the former chairman of the Tory Reform Group who helped run Ken Clarke’s leadership campaign. Barnes is already on the Tory candidates list, so expect to see this dripping wet in parliament in 2020…

Cameron Confirms Civil Servants Helping Remain

Nadine Dorries has grilled the PM about Guido’s revelation that a pro-EU letter supposedly from FTSE 100 bosses, due to appear in tomorrow’s papers, was actually drafted by a Downing Street civil servant. Cameron said Chris Hopkins wrote the letter with his authorisation:

“He’s a civil servant working in No.10 and his authority comes from me, and he’s doing an excellent job… the government’s view is that we should Remain in a reformed European Union and the civil service is able to support the government in that role”

Your taxed euros hard at work getting pro-Remain front pages…

Tories at War: Cameron Ridicules Boris

Labour MPs cheer the Prime Minister, slap their thighs and gleefully cry “more!” as Dave ridicules a furious Boris, who heckles “rubbish, rubbish” at his leader from the backbenches. Cameron calls Labour “his new friends” and Labour MPs invite him to cross the floor and join them.

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It’s war…

READ: Zac Goldsmith’s Tax Return

Zac has published his tax return – he made £1.5 million from his trust income last year, and has taken home over £6 million since 2010. His marginal tax rate for the five year period was 46%, which compares with 40.3% for Boris, and 33.3% for Ken. Sadiq’s tax return would look somewhat different, will he publish his too?

Whitto’s £1,000 Charity Bet With Piers Morgan

Piers: Do you want a bet? Let’s have a bet John. I’ll bet you £1,000 to charity that if you guys win, and you may well, David Cameron has two hopes of remaining Prime Minister: no hope and Bob Hope. There’s my hand. For charity?

Whitto: Alright, go on then.

Piers: £1,000 that David Cameron is still Prime Minister after losing the referendum. We’ll see what happens. We’ll get you back on the sofa for when you pay up.

By contrast Owen Paterson suggested on Westminster Hour last night that Dave would have to go…

Andrea Jenkyns Sings Mamma Mia

Downing Street Soliciting Big Business Support For Remain

Guido has got hold of a draft letter sent to FTSE 100 bosses by Downing Street business adviser Chris Hopkins yesterday, soliciting support for Dave’s deal. It was due to appear in tomorrow’s Times, but you can read it on Guido today:

From: Chris Hopkins
Sent: 21 February 2016
To: XXXXX

Dear Sirs

We run businesses representing every sector and region of the United Kingdom. Together we employ hundreds of thousands of people across the country.

Following the Prime Minister’s renegotiation, we believe that Britain is better off staying in a reformed European Union. He has secured a commitment from the EU to reduce the burden of regulation, deepen the single market and to sign off crucial international trade deals.

Businesses like ours need unrestricted access to the European market of 500 million people in order to continue to grow, invest and create jobs. We believe that leaving the EU would deter investment and threaten jobs. It would put the economy at risk.

We believe Britain will be stronger, safer and better off remaining a member of the European Union.

Give me a call if you have any issues.

Regards,

Chris

The letter was sent around yesterday, after the new rules limiting what Leave ministers are allowed to do with public resources came into effect. No.10 are unsportingly using the taxpayer-funded civil service machine to campaign for Remain, within the rules…

Boris: Why I’m Backing Leave

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Boris’ Telegraph column is out:

There is only one way to get the change we need, and that is to vote to go, because all EU history shows that they only really listen to a population when it says No.

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Top ‘In’ Tory Changes His Mind and Backs Leave

Just four months ago, Nadhim “this blessed plot” Zahawi wrote on ConHome that “divorce” from the EU would be “worse for everyone“. This afternoon he was named by Conservatives for Reform as a Remain supporter. Tonight, […]

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Tory MPs Split Down the Middle

Conservatives for Reform, the Europhile Tory group, have announced the names of two dozen or so more Tory MP supporters who were previously undeclared. As expected, there has been a big leap in the number of Tory Remainers in the […]

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READ: Gove Statement in Full

For weeks now I have been wrestling with the most difficult decision of my political life. But taking difficult decisions is what politicians are paid to do. No-one is forced to stand for Parliament, no-one is compelled to become a

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