Number 10: PM will want to see support from across the Commons before passing Carol Mills name to the Palace
— Sam Coates Times (@SamCoatesTimes) August 26, 2014
According to sources close to Jesse Norman’s tally sheet, more than 50 MPs from across the House are backing plan to delay the appointment of Carol Mills and set up a proper pre-appointment hearing – currently 8% of all MPs. The Speccie have the wording of said motion:
‘That this House believes that the recommendation of Ms Carol Mills to be Clerk of this House should be subject to, and contingent upon, a pre-appointment hearing and report by a select committee.’
Sources have let it be known to Guido that this is no old guard operation:
“It’s not the usual suspects but very much younger Members, new Members, Modernisers, etc. And the numbers are building steadily despite the issues of reaching people during recess/Bank Holiday etc. We’ve had people calling in from their holidays to add their names. There is real concern and anger about this. So there’s a head of steam building strongly for the Commons to have its say.”
There is no cross party support for Mills, and No. 10 have woken up to this.
A significant moment in this row.