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Boris Cracks Chlorinated Chicken Gag to Mike Pence

Boris re-used his PMQs gag during US Vice President Pence’s visit to Number 10.

“We’re not too keen on that chlorinated chicken. We have a gigantic chlorinated chicken of our own here on the opposition front bench.”

Looked a bit confused but he got it in the end…

Labour’s Finchley Candidate Apologises for Saying Antisemitism was ‘Weaponised’

Labour’s Finchley and Golders Green candidate has had to apologise for saying Labour’s Antisemitism crisis had been “weaponised”. Definitely not a great election strategy in any constituency, let alone one that is overwhelmingly Jewish…

Sara Conway told Jewish News that the argument over Labour’s successive Antisemitism scandals have been “whipped up”, however she has now climbed down, saying:

Another stellar candidate choice from the Labour Party…

UPDATE: Labour’s candidate has announced she is standing down “with immediate effect.”

Prof. Vernon Bogdanor: “Parliament Can Achieve Nothing”

Constitutional expert Professor Vernon Bogdanor took to the Today Programme today to make sense of the political mess. In doing so he explained how this parliament has not voted for anything other than delay and had passed its sell by date.

“Parliament can achieve nothing, the Government is in a minority of 43, there clearly ought to be an immediate general election.”

Will the Remainers listen to the experts..?

Boris’ Other Brother’s MP Bid

Whilst Jo Johnson’s resignation this morning will have been a blow to Boris, Britain may not have to wait too long to see another Johnson in Parliament.

Boris’s half brother (from Stanley’s second marriage) – Max Johnson – recently spoke of his own political ambition. He even joked about a “one in, one out” policy – what a coincidence…

Government Tabling New Election Motion for Monday

Jacob Rees-Mogg has announced the Government will table a new election motion on Monday evening. After the anti-No Deal bill is set to become law…

This would satisfy Labour’s conditions for voting for an election. Will they keep their word..?

Labour MP’s 80-Minute U-Turn

As Labour MPs chickened out of voting for an election, some of their ranks were less subtle in their u-turning, from having called for an election for years.

Marr Rodda – MP for Reading East – embarrassingly called for Boris to hold a general election, only to vote against an election 80 minutes later.

Some MPs really do make it too easy for us…

Jo Johnson Standing Down

Boris’ brother, former second referendum supporter, and government minister is standing down from the House of Commons after nine years as an MP. He cites an unreasonable tension between “family loyalty and the national interest”…

“It’s been an honour to represent Orpington for 9 years & to serve as a minister under three PMs. In recent weeks I’ve been torn between family loyalty and the national interest – it’s an unresolvable tension & time for others to take on my roles as MP & Minister.”

He was one of the authors of the 2015 manifesto. Drama, he’s resigning to spend less time with his family…

Luciana Berger Defects to Lib Dems

Clearly sensing an imminent election, the formerly Labour Party, then Change UK, then independent MP has joined the Liberal Democrats. Guido hears a rumour that she is looking to stand in Finchley and Golders Green, where she has her London home. Someone had better tell Clareine Enderby, the already selected Lib Dem candidate for the constituency

MPs Standing Down at the Next Election

As Britain heads for an inevitable general election, MPs are making decisions about their own future career plans. So as the day-to-day politics unfurls, Guido brings you the comprehensive and continually-updating list of MPs who have announced they will be stepping down at the next election. Get in touch with any updates…

Speaker

  • John Bercow

Conservative

  • Bill Grant, Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
  • Caroline Spelman, Meriden 
  • Claire Perry, Devizes 
  • David Jones, Clwyd West
  • David Tredinnick, Bosworth
  • Glyn Davies, Montgomeryshire
  • Hugo Swire, East Devon
  • Jeremy Lefroy, Stafford
  • Jo Johnson, Orpington
  • Keith Simpson, Broadland
  • Mark Prisk, Hertford & Stortford
  • Michael Fallon, Sevenoaks 
  • Nick Hurd, Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner

Labour

  • Albert Owen, Ynys Mon
  • Geoffrey Robinson, Coventry North West
  • Gloria De Piero, Ashfield
  • Jim Fitzpatrick, Poplar and Limehouse 
  • John Mann, Bassetlaw 
  • Kate Hoey, Vauxhall
  • Kevin Barron, Rother Valley
  • Paul Farrelly, Newcastle-under-Lyme
  • Roberta Blackman-Woods, City of Durham 
  • Ronnie Campbell, Blyth Valley
  • Stephen Pound, Ealing North
  • Stephen Twigg, Liverpool West Derby
  • Teresa Pearce, Erith and Thamesmead

Lib Dem

  • Norman Lamb, North Norfolk 
  • Vince Cable, Twickenham 

Conservative Independents

  • Alastair Burt, North East Bedfordshire
  • Guto Bebb, Aberconwy 
  • Richard Harrington, Watford
  • Oliver Letwin, West Dorset
  • Justine Greening, Putney
  • Ken Clarke, Rushcliffe 
  • Nick Boles, Grantham
  • Nicholas Soames, Mid Sussex
  • Richard Benyon, Newbury

Before the 2017 election, 31 MPs announced they would be standing down. No election’s been called yet and we’re already up to 37…

Ireland’s Coveney Promises Checks “Somewhere Away From the Border”

Brexiteers will feel vindicated after Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister, Simon Coveney has voiced what Guido reported back in July, that the Irish Government is planning for checks away from the border, ensuring it remains soft. He told a business event that checks would be introduced “somewhere away from the Border”:

“We recognise the reality that Ireland will have a responsibility to protect its own place in the single market. That will involve some checks. But I can assure you we will try to do that in a way that limits the risk. And we will try and do it away from the Border.”

Coveney said that his Government would have to introduce checks on the Irish side of the border, but not on the border itself. He also said it will be up to the British whether it wanted to place checks on goods on the Northern Irish side of the border.

The Irish Government accepting that the border may remain soft in the event of a No Deal, accepting what Eurosceptics have been saying for months does beg the question: If they can institute checks away from the border in the event of No Deal, why not in the event of a backstopectomied deal..?

Lords Surrender as Boris Concedes on Commons’ Bill

Last night the Commons passed anti-No Deal legislation with the Kinnock amendment tacked on, and opposed a general election; creating further chaos…

However, following Boris’s defeat in the commons, there has been reports that far from the 100 hours-worth of debate we were anticipating in the Lords, the Government has conceded defeat and negotiated with the opposition to agree Hilary Benn’s Bill to complete all its stages by Friday – with the bill then going back to the Commons for any further consideration on Monday.

It looks like the decision was accepted by Boris, who now will want legislation to be passed as quickly as possible, to ensure Labour can’t again duck out of backing a general election next week. Prorogation could be enacted as late as the 12th, allowing Boris to secure his preferred route to an election by the 16th…

UPDATE: Downing Street are saying that it’s not for the lords to fight this bill. They told the Lords to stand down as in their view the House of Commons has to take responsibility for their “surrender bill”. Number 10 want elected MPs to have to explain to to the electorate their decision to delay Brexit.

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