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…

When Adam Afriyie Didn’t Care About a Referendum

Guess who abstained from the 2011 Tory EU rebellion that was calling for an EU Referendum? Someone who has made a lot of noise about the need for an EU referendum before the election and should not have been worrying about possible career progression under Cameron enough to vote against what he believes is a vital issue. Slow clap for Adam Afriyie.

Gordon Confronted About McBride

Gordon’s alive!

And he’s been spotted on the fringe…

…of the United Nations General Assembly:

Telling…

Phillip Schofield Oblivious to Irony

This would be the same Phillip Schofield who cost ITV £125,000 in damages after smearing Lord McAlpine as a nonce…

Where’s Gordon?

An MP sitting in the chamber texts to confirm the former Prime Minister is not present for a debate on a major international crisis that could ultimately result in British troops being committed to military action.

Labour Charging Members for Laughter

What’s the only thing worse than an email from the Labour Party? Well one that opens with “Your invitation to join Eddie Izzard and Jo Brand” must be pretty high up the list.  Labour are organising “Stand Up For Labour” – an evening of comedy with scant disregard for the feelings wheelchair bound members. The name reminded Guido of the last time he heard a politician utter those words, and given it’s a very slow Friday in the middle of August:

Apparently the event will “you rolling in the aisles with a great night of laughs for Labour.” A feeling many of us do not need to pay £30 for the daily pleasure.

Harman's Son Grasses Mean Media to His Mummy

Joe Dromey, a red prince of the Labour aristocracy, stands accused of using his mother’s position as Shadow Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport to try to threaten a national newspaper. Crowing about a minor clarification that he had won on the back of reporting the Mail to the PCC, Harriet Harman’s son Joe insisted that the complaint was solely his and he “used the PCC, as anyone else can”. He later confessed that he had CC’d his mother in an email to the newspaper. Given her sensitive role around the implementation of the Leveson recommendations and the setting up of a new media regulator, Guido will let you draw your own conclusions on whether this was in anyway appropriate conduct for any politician’s child, let alone one that told comrades that he aspires to be an MP himself one day. Running to mummy is one thing, running to mummy the shadow media regulator is quite another…

Dromey Jr is claiming that he did not have his mother’s permission to CC her in his email to the newspaper, though he is asking us to take him at his word on that one. Once again we have politicians, albeit in this case a wannabe one, throwing their weight around in an attempt to bully the media. Joe is right when he says anyone can go to the PCC, only a red prince however can use his mother’s prominence in public life as a stick to try and beat away scrutiny. If Harriet Harman didn’t give permission for her son to use her name in his complaint, what action did she take when she saw that she had been CC’d in the email? 

Fake "Dr" Eoin Clarke to Eat His Words

Regular readers will remember serial idiot “Dr” Eoin Clarke. The doctor (of Irish feminism) was making predictions this morning about the spurious High Court challenge to the changes in handouts:

So how did that go for him?

Eat them Clarke, eat them right now.

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Labour Shadow Health Minister Loses It After Debate Jamie Reed's Foul Mouthed Tirade

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Tensions are running high in the heat. After the unedifying scenes in the House earlier, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister Jamie Reed cracked under the pressure. During the statement Tory David Morris, who represents one of the Trusts that was plagued with problems, called for Burnham’s resignation.[…]

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To the Manor Born: Chuka's Small Business Blunder

Last Thursday the National Skills Academy for Retail organised “Independents’ Day” to celebrate local independent businesses. As is so often the way, the Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna saw the perfect chance for a photo-op. He posed outside The Manor Arms, an independent pub in his Streatham constituency:

Yesterday it was announced that The Manor Arms has been taken under control by Broken Foot Inns Ltd, a pub chain.[…]

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Gordon's Alive!

Perfectly timed as Ed goes for MPs with second jobs, the Prime Mentalist will speak in the House this evening for just the third time in the last year:

ADJOURNMENT DEBATE

Until 7.30pm or for half an hour (whichever is later) (Standing Order No.

[…]

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Former MP Andrew Pelling Hopes to Beat Rivals

Former Tory MP Andrew Pelling has been selected to fight the Croydon ward of Waddon. For Labour.

Council Leader Tony Newman claims Pelling’s selection in Waddon will “put the fear of God” into his former Tory colleagues.

And wives…[…]

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Jailed £19 Million Money Launderer Was Doomed

Community ‘hero’ Abid Hussain has been jailed for his part in a £19 million money laundering racket, working with crime gangs in the Middle East to smuggle drug money into the UK. It all started to go wrong for Abid (second from left next to Labour MP Fabian Hamilton, who gave him a character reference in court) after a trip to Downing Street in 2010:

He was doomed.[…]

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Former Prime Mentalist’s £1.37 Million Income Spin

Embarrassingly, the Member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath has been found to be Parliament’s top outside earner, in absentia. The Guardian reports, sympathetically:

“Gordon Brown earned more than £1.37m from giving speeches around the world. Brown said the income supported an office that he uses to “support my ongoing involvement in public life”, with £600,000 going to charity and none of the money to him personally.”


That line again.[…]

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Sir David Nicholson Was Doomed

It was only a matter of time…[…]

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Liability Brown

It’s official: 71% of Scots say the Prime Mentalist is a liability. Readers of the Scotsman say Gordon’s attempt to take on the freedom fighters will do his cause more harm than good. It would be some Jonah curse…

H/T @moonbeamfalafel
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Quote of the Day

David Cowling, the BBC’s head of political research, in an internal memo…

“It seems to me that the London bubble has to burst if there is to be any prospect of addressing the issues that have brought us to our current situation. There are many millions of people in the UK who do not enthuse about diversity and do not embrace metropolitan values yet do not consider themselves lesser human beings for all that. Until their values and opinions are acknowledged and respected, rather than ignored and despised, our present discord will persist. Because these discontents run very wide and very deep and the metropolitan political class, confronted by them, seems completely bewildered and at a loss about how to respond (“who are these ghastly people and where do they come from?” doesn’t really hack it). The 2016 EU referendum has witnessed the cashing in of some very bitter bankable grudges but I believe that, throughout this 2016 campaign, Europe has been the shadow not the substance.”

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