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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Quote of the Day

Stephen Bush writing in the New Statesman‘s morning briefing…

“The terrifying truth is that the Opposition is too divided – within the parliamentary party, within the trades unions, within the Shadow Cabinet and even within the leader’s office – to be anything other than a veto player as far as Brexit goes, and the party’s whole gambit is really about trying to make that weakness look like a strength. Keir Starmer saying that Labour is “increasingly likely” to vote down the deal is simply a reflection of the fact that the one thing the Labour party will be able to agree on as far as Brexit goes is that Theresa May’s deal is no good.”


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