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Soubry’s Constituency Association Chairman Canvassing Membership’s Support


Guido contacted Dr John Doddy, chairman of the Broxtowe Conservative Association, to confirm the authenticity of this leaked membership survey. He said “no comment”, which Guido takes as confirmation. Association chairman do not do this if they are happy with their MP. It takes a lot to bring about the ousting of a Tory MP, Soubry’s flirtation with the idea of a centrist party even more than her Europhilia will not go down well with Tory activists. This does not bode well for her…

UPDATE: Guido understands that Anna Soubry has also written to all members of her constituency association.

UPDATE II: Readers in Broxtowe are sending in their responses…

Saturday Seven Up

This week 194,997 visitors visited 672,004 times viewing 1,017,213 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

You’re either in front of Guido, or behind…

May’s Curtsy to Wills

If Gordon Brown did curtsies… 

Shadow Equalities Minister: A Bit of Support From Jews Would Be Nice

The shadow equalities minister Dawn Butler tells “all the Jewish people attacking me” that “a bit of support from you would be nice”:

Oh dear…

“Who?” US Ambassador on Sadiq

Sky interviewed US Ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson in advance of President Trump’s visit next month – check out this exchange:

Kay Burley: “What’s your relationship like with Sadiq Khan?”

Ambassador Johnson: “With whom?”

Kay Burley: “Sadiq Khan, The Mayor of London”

Ambassador: “My relationship is very good”

Safe to say Sadiq won’t be on the itinerary. Brutal…

Friday Caption Contest (Down But Not Out Edition)

Entries in the comments…

Question Time’s £450,000 Gender Pay Problem

The conventional wisdom is that the BBC will appoint a woman to present Question Time. David Dimbleby is paid £450,000 a year, or £15,000 an episode. If he is replaced by a woman, gender pay sensitivities mean it is unthinkable that she could be given a pay cut. The Beeb would have to stump up the full £450,000. If a man is hired, however, insiders note, the salary could be slashed, potentially saving the BBC and licence fee payers hundreds of thousands of pounds a year. Tough one for Beeb bean counters…

Owen Smith On Top of Things As Ever

Top Remainer Owen Smith having a pop at the “Brexit-supporting” Times. Uhhh…

Will always be a mystery how Smith managed to lose to Corbyn…

74% of Guido Readers Say Scrap Question Time

A Guido poll of more than 6,500 Twitter followers has concluded that BBC Question Time should be scrapped. The overwhelming majority (74%) was in favour of canning the programme so that politicos can regain their Thursday nights. No need to find a new presenter either – problem solved. Guido suspects this is a sentiment shared in the wider country…

“Set to” Doing a Lot of Heavy Lifting in Times Airbus Splash

Remainers and The Times are loving the “Airbus prepares to move business from Britain” story this morning. Couple of things here. The Times claims in its top line:

“The European aerospace company Airbus is set to become the first big manufacturer to pull investment from Britain after losing patience with Theresa May’s stalled Brexit negotiations.”

“Set to” is doing a lot of heavy lifting. Read down and you see Airbus is only threatening to “pull investment” if there is no deal. Incidentally, The Times calls no deal “hard Brexit” – Guido remembers when they used to say “hard Brexit” was leaving the single market and customs union. When you think that privately Number 10 does not countenance the possibility of no deal, that the government has done next to no preparations for such an outcome, and that the PM’s “no deal is better than a bad deal” rhetoric is empty, it is clearly far more likely there will be a deal. So Airbus is not “set to” pull out by any objective measure.

Also worth remembering Airbus was a chief player in Project Fear during the referendum. They made intervention after intervention threatening to pull investment if the country voted to Leave. Since then, Airbus boss Tom Enders admitted that the company plans to retain its operations “long into the future’’. It’s pretty obvious that Airbus and the overwritten story in the Times are just trying to make sure no deal is well and truly off the table. Which it effectively already is thanks to Number 10. This is Project Fear 2.0 from big business and a Remoan comic…

Bercow’s Last Day

In June 2009 when he became Speaker, John Bercow promised MPs he would serve “for no more than nine years in total”. That deadline expires today, but he’s still in office…

While we all wait for Bercow’s last day, this is the line from the Speaker’s office:

“He was elected by the House in 2017 for the course of the Parliament. In the event he has anything to say on his future plans, he will make an announcement to the House first.”

Still waiting…

Who’s On Question Time Tonight?

Another majority remain panel on Question Time tonight. But at least Wetherspoons legend Tim Martin is on…

Meanwhile, voting continues in Guido’s poll, which closes after the show: should Question Time be scrapped?

Have your say…

Riot Convicted Bastani: Remain Protest Was “Public Nuisance”

Aaron Bastani accused the remain-backing Our Future Our Voice protest (who had the temerity to hold up a banner at the back of the crowd during Corbyn’s Labour Live speech) of “causing a public nuisance”. Vanilla protesting doesn’t impress the hardcore Dr Bastano

Press Gallery Welcomes Thornberry

Banter from the Press Gallery this lunchtime, who are dining with Emily Thornberry. England flags all round. Good to make her feel welcome…

H/T: Picture via Chris Hope

Labour Parliamentary Candidate Posted About “Holocaust-Mongers”, Defended Jackie Walker

Earlier this week Labour’s parliamentary candidate in the marginal seat of North Swindon was forced to distance herself from a Twitter account which sent a string of shocking anti-Semitic tweets. Kate Linnegar denied all responsibility for the posts from a Swindon People’s Assembly account which used her face as the profile picture. Well, Guido has found some more posts on her personal Facebook page, which she definitely did post herself. The first link to an interview with Norman Finkelstein accuses moderate Labour MPs who criticised Naz Shah over her anti-Semitism scandal of being “Holocaust-mongers”, and defends Shah and Ken Livingstone.

The second link defends Jackie Walker, who was twice suspended by Labour for anti-Semitism:

Are Labour going to do anything about this clearly awful candidate in a key marginal?

Hands Off Over Heathrow Vote

Greg Hands has resigned from the government as it emerged there will be a whip on the Heathrow vote on Monday. Hands is a longstanding campaigner against a third runway. He tweeted:

“As the Government will be whipping the vote on Monday, this means I am resigning from the Government. It has been an honour to serve the Prime Minister (and her predecessor) for the last 7 years and I wish the PM & the Government every continuing success.”

More could follow…

Lansman to Discuss Corbyn Anti-Semitism “Smears” in Tel Aviv

Momentum supremo Jon Lansman will tonight defend Jeremy Corbyn over the Labour Party’s anti-semitism scandal at an event in Tel-Aviv. Lansman will speak at the Tel-Aviv office of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, an organisation connected with Germany’s far-left party Die Linke. The promo reads:

“In Israel, the media often portrays Corbyn as a controversial figure. Israeli establishment politicians – including from the local Israeli Labour Party – launched a barrage of smears and accusations against him, assisted by uncritical journalists in the media. Both his positions on Israel and Palestine, as well as the question of antisemitism within his Party, featured prominently in the attempts to blacken his image.”

They seem to have forgotten Corbyn’s position that anti-Semitism is not a smear…

May Speech Brings About Policy Exchange Collapse

Last night at Policy Exchange’s summer party the centre-right think tank’s guest speaker was for once – as Theresa May noted – not Michael Gove. Mid-speech the wind threatened to knock over the set bringing back memories of that disastrous last party conference speech. Chief wonk Dean Godson ended up anchoring the backdrop despite being told by the PM “Why don’t you just let it fall down?”…

Top Boris Aide Leaving

Top Boris Johnson adviser Ben Gascoigne is departing, Guido understands. Gascoigne has been at Boris’ side for a decade, guiding him through both victorious mayoral campaigns, two elections and the EU referendum. Most recently he has been his SpAd at the FCO leading on parliamentary management and delivering on key policies.[…] Read the rest

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