Afriyie's Last Chance

You get the impression Adam Afriyie knows what is coming reading his begging letter to colleagues ahead of Friday’s vote on the Wharton bill. He has a point when he underlines – literally – how this is the last the chance to hold a referendum this parliament, a Tory majority post-2015 isn’t exactly odds-on so the government’s route to a referendum is hardly convincing. As he says, “we have been hamstrung by the LibDems in Coalition”.

Guido has knocked Adam in the past for his terrible media strategy, his inability to build support for his amendment and his cack-handed and now still-born leadership campaign. Guido is however sympathetic to Afriyie’s argument, it just has no chance of success and he should have tried to build support for the argument before advancing the amendment…




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Jo Swinson on Chris Rennard…

“Vince — and Tim before him — have repeatedly, publicly said Rennard is not welcome anywhere near their frontbench team, even as an adviser. I remain deeply frustrated that he was not expelled from the party through its disciplinary process. It just feels wrong, and I do not want Lord Rennard to continue as a member of the party. As far as I am concerned, he is not welcome.”

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