Lord Speaker Returning to Woolsack Today

In March Guido reported that 82-year-old Lord Speaker Norman Fowler had left London to work from his Isle of Wight home “for the time being”, and in so doing encourage vulnerable members of the House of Lords to stay away from the Chamber. Guido can now reveal Lord Fowler will be returning to the Lords today, after almost three months of remote working. His crack will be back on the sack this afternoon…

Lord Fowler is returning in order to conduct the new hybrid, semi-digital House of Lords which starts today. His return, however, is being stressed as not a cue for other members to return. The Lord Speaker will be likely presiding over more screens than people. Tune in to the Lords Chamber for what will no doubt be a teething problem full first session at 14:30…

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Mogg Channels Thatcher: “Will We Have an Extension? No, No, No!”

Guido missed this classic Mogg moment from business questions yesterday. Asked by Lee Anderson for reassurance the government will not be extending the transition period, Rees-Mogg gave as emphatic an answer as he could muster, resorting to quoting Lady Thatcher’s famous refute of EU political expansion: No, No, No!

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Where’s Barry Gone?

Guido was surprised to see Mr Gardiner didn’t turn up for Business Questions today. He had been thirteenth (unlucky for some) on the order paper to speak, yet – much to Guido’s disappointment – he was nowhere to be seen. Even more curiously, a co-conspirator tells Guido they saw Barry heading to the Speaker’s offices at around 9 am this morning – no doubt for a talking to. The house authorities are taking infection risk very seriously. Guido would not be surprised if his colleagues do not see the former Shadow Trade Secretary for two weeks, less than voluntarily…

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SNP MP Whitesplains to Kemi Badenoch

Today’s BAME Urgent Question was never going to be one Parliament’s more tranquil sessions given the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests. Kemi Badenoch gave a feisty performance, scolding left-wing white MPs for telling her how to feel as a black person. Her slap down of SNP MP Alison Thewliss, who conflated all black Britons with recent immigrants, is worth a watch…

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Labour MPs Push Absurd PMQs Earpiece Conspiracy

Two Labour MPs have used Twitter to help push a top-tier crank conspiracy that Boris was, in fact, using an earpiece to help him at PMQs. Their proof? A photo of Boris’s clearly empty ear

A Tweet from anonymous account @Shadowkass that started the absurd theory, which garnered 1,700 likes, was quote Tweeted by Birmingham Selly Oak MP Steve McCabe who said, “Would be better for the PM to clear it up immediately”. 

Later, Bill Esterton referenced “suggestions that Johnson had an earpiece in for PMQs“, saying “If he was receiving help, it didn’t show”.

Boris’ performance was noticeably upbeat because of the larger MP presence in the chamber, though Guido didn’t realise he’d rattled Labour this much…

UPDATE: Corbyn’s former PPS joins the crackpot crew

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Boris Slams Starmer’s Approach of “Agree, U-Turn, Criticise”

Responding to Starmer’s final PMQs question today, Boris indicated a climb down by the government on self-isolating MPs being able to proxy vote to avoid having to join the kilometre-long Westminster voting queue (as Guido reported yesterday). The PM did, however, defend the new system, saying many up and down the country are also getting used to long queues when shopping. Not a good look for MPs to complain about something that is part of most people’s everyday life these days…

Boris was, as expected, clearly bolstered by the presence of more MPs behind him, ramping up for a final attack on Labour’s approach under Starmer: “Our policy is test, trace and isolate; his policy is ‘agree, u-turn and then criticise, Mr Speaker!” It’s admittedly bold to accuse your opposition of u-turning moments after announcing one yourself…

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