Rumour: Huhne is in Hiding

Lets see if we can smoke Chris Huhne out. A source suggests that cowardly Chris is on the run and is so desperate not to face questions after his cack-handed weekend of spin, that he is skipping his own Energy Bill reading in the House this afternoon. Calamity Chris is going to go to Privy Council instead. The Privy Council sends out invites to a pool of members, but you can send apologies if you have something more important in the calendar. Like your own Bill being debated. Something to hide Secretary of State?

UPDATE: Rumours started by members of the Lobby are swirling the Palace. It is said that Huhne will be resigning at 16.45. Guido can’t see it happening unless one of the papers has found the same speeding points smoking gun that Guido has been digging for all week. Sky claim he will be going to the Energy bill reading now. Incidentally he has been a minister for exactly a year today which means his full pension has kicked in…

UPDATE II: Hear Huhne just told Her Majesty he’s not coming to Privy Council after all. A late apologies. So who is going to ask him a speedy point of order?

UPDATE III: Despite the fact it’s unlikely to happen today, without the smoking gun, Huhne is the bookies favourite to be the next person to leave the Cabinet.

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Dominic Raab wrote in his letter of resignation…

“This is, at its heart, a matter of public trust,” he told the PM, concluding: “I cannot reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country in our manifesto at the last election… I believe that the regulatory regime proposed for Northern Ireland presents a very real threat to the integrity of the United Kingdom. I cannot support an indefinite backstop arrangement, where the EU holds a veto over our ability to exit…”


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