Labour Verdict on Deputy Speaker Election: “Laings to Lose”

Mixed reviews for the Tory MPs who want to be Deputy Speaker and their performance in front of the Parliamentary Labour Party. Brian Binley continued his quest to come through the middle of Eleanor Laing and Simon Burns by pointing out as a 1922 Committee Exec Officer he is obviously a backbencher’s friend. Digging at Burns he said he was Not the No. 10 candidate, nor crucially the Speaker’s mate either. It didn’t work with everyone: “Binley was awful” a Labour MP tells Guido, “Bellingham did very well as did Laing.” Bellingham is a growing dark horse after two strong speeches in front of Tories last week and now Labour, but a Shadow Minister sums up the mood: “Think it’s Laing’s to lose.”  Voting is tomorrow…

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Rowan Atkinson tells The Times

“All jokes about religion cause offence, so it’s pointless apologising for them. You should really only apologise for a bad joke. On that basis, no apology is required.”


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