Shapps Trying to Snap Up Jezza

Axed Home Office minister Jezza Browne reveals Grant Shapps has tried to get him to meet up to talk about defecting to the Tories. Presumably at Nandos. But he said no:

“One, because I had no intention or desire to defect to the Conservatives… and, secondly, that it could, and probably would, be misconstrued if I had a meeting at all.”

Whole lot of different possible permutations here. Judging by the weakness of Browne’s denial – not even an attempt to rule out a future defection – you can bet Shapps will be on the phone again at some point. If he still says no, will the Tories still see his Taunton Deane constituency as a target seat? It was a 49%-42% LibDem-Tory split last time round. Or will they go easy on him with an eye on 2015 coalition negotiations? Should’ve just given him a panda…




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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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