CCHQ has emailed Tory association chairmen begging them to publicly support Theresa May’s Chequers deal if journalists come asking. The email, sent over the weekend by CCHQ Director General Alan Mabbutt, even suggested a form of words for local party chairmen to use, saying Chequers “delivers fully on the referendum result”. One of those who received the email says it is unprecedented for CCHQ to be issuing verbatim lines to association chairmen like this. Guido has not seen any association chairmen use the line…
Statement to Newspapers and Journalists
We are aware that newspapers and others will try to portray the Party in a bad light. Any responses will almost certainly be filtered to suit their agenda. However, if you do decide that you should respond may we suggest the following? “I support our plan for Brexit as set out by the Prime Minister. It delivers fully on the referendum result, taking back control of our borders, money and laws.”
Good luck with that…
Meanwhile, Tory party chairman Brandon Lewis has also emailed association chairmen offering them a briefing in person with Gavin Barwell in Downing Street, or a conference call with the PM herself.
We would like to offer you, as Chairmen of Conservative Associations across the UK, the chance to hear more about the details of the Government’s plan for Brexit and to ask any questions you might have about it, both for yourselves and on behalf of members in your Associations.
We therefore invite you to sign up to one of the options below:
Briefings in person at 10 Downing Street
Gavin Barwell, the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff, will be holding two briefing sessions at No. 10 for Association Chairmen on the Brexit plan. If you would like to attend one of these, please email xxxxx specifying which one of the dates below you would like to attend.
1. Tuesday 17th July – 15:45-16:45
2. Wednesday 18th July – 09:30-10:30
Conference call with the Prime Minister
We recognise that not all Association Chairmen will find it practical to attend a briefing in person, so we also invite you to join a conference call with the Prime Minister on Tuesday 17th July at 18:45.
Guido’s sense is that this tweet from Bosworth Conservatives is representative of Tory associations across the country:
Local Members oppose the Chequers Agreement:
As an Association we would urge the Government to look again at this proposal to ensure that the Referendum Result is respected, delivered and seen to be delivered.
— Bosworth Tories (@BosworthTories) July 15, 2018
But perhaps Gavin and Theresa will be able to charm them round…