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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In response to the news that Emily Thornberry described the Lib Dems as “like the Taliban” over their new revoke Article 50 Brexit policy, the former Lib Dem leader responded:

“Come on Emily, if we really were like a Middle East terrorist group, don’t you think Jeremy would’ve invited us to a conference fringe meeting before now?”


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