Onasanya’s Former Comms Chief Gives Evidence Against Her 

Peterborough MP Fiona Onasanya’s former head of communications Dr. Christian DeFeo has appeared in the Old Bailey to give evidence against the Peterborough MP, as her trial enters its fifth day. The prosecution’s case is that Fiona Onasanya schemed with her brother Festus to claim a Russian man was behind the wheel of her speeding car.

Witness Dr. DeFeo has reportedly told the jury that the car Onasanya is alleged to have been driving was caught speeding on a road outside his home on the evening Osanaya had been at DeFeo’s house. DeFeo says Onasanya turned up alone in her Nissan Micra. Onasanya’s brother Festus has pleaded guilty to similar charges, although Fiona Onasanya continues to profess her innocence…

No More Resignations Expected Today

Cabinet Brexiteers Michael Gove, Liam Fox, Chris Grayling, Penny Mordaunt, and Andrea Leadsom have reportedly agreed to stay for now and will work together as a ‘Brexit bloc’ to try to get EU withdrawal back on track. They agree with Gove’s analysis…

Mark Francois Sends in Eviscerating No Confidence Letter

Francois has become the 20th MP to publicly announce they have sent a letter of no confidence in to Graham Brady. Guido has spoken to half a dozen more MPs who say they have put in a letter but refuse to go public…

  1. Steve Baker
  2. Peter Bone
  3. Ben Bradley
  4. Andrew Bridgen 
  5. Maria Caulfield
  6. Simon Clarke
  7. Philip Davies
  8. Nadine Dorries
  9. James Duddridge
  10. Mark Francois
  11. Adam Holloway
  12. Andrea Jenkyns
  13. Anne Marie Morris
  14. Sheryll Murray
  15. Jacob Rees-Mogg
  16. Laurence Robertson
  17. Lee Rowley
  18. Henry Smith
  19. Martin Vickers
  20. John Whittingdale

“She just doesn’t listen.” Read the full text of the extraordinary letter here:

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Adonis Voted To Overturn Lord Lester Suspension

Lord Adonis is one of a number of peers who have been scolded by the Labour Women’s Network for voting to overturn the record breaking suspension recommended for Lib Dem Lord Lester over sexual harassment. The Sub-Committee on Lords’ Conduct initially recommended that Lord Lester be expelled altogether from the Lords, but this was then watered down by the Committee For Privileges And Conduct.

Their comprehensive report recommended that Lord Lester be suspended for three and a half years for sexual harassment and “corrupt inducement” to sexual relations. In the final vote he got off scot free. Each step of the way the establishment go on protecting their own..

Gove NOT Resigning

After boundless speculation, Michael Gove has decided to stay at Defra. Sources close to hims say he felt it would be “a nihilistic act” achieving nothing, and that it is better to make things work from the inside. Gove, of course, did not take this ‘remain and reform’ view during the referendum…

UPDATE: Gove’s statement…

“I’ve had a very good morning in a series of meetings with my colleagues here at Defra, just making sure that we have the right policies on the environment, on farming and on fisheries for the future.

And l’m also looking forward to continuing to work with all my Government colleagues, and all my colleagues in Parliament in order to make sure that we get the best future for Britain.

I think its absolutely vital that we focus on getting the right deal in the future and making sure that in the areas that matter so much to the British people, we can get a good outcome.”

PM Can’t Say If There Will Be A Free Vote

“So there will be a free vote?”

“I didn’t say… I’m not… look, Nick… there is cabinet responsibility/ The Government will put its decision to the House of Commons.”

Penny Mordaunt spent hours last night in Number 10 arguing for a free vote on the draft withdrawal agreement. The Prime Minister is decidedly equivocal this morning on LBC. Are Brexiteers being strung along yet again?

Gove Refuses To Say If He Will Resign

Suspiciously schtum from a normally forthright Gove…

Brandon Emails National Convention About Backstop

Party chairman Brandon Lewis has sent this email to members of the National Convention.

Trying to convince the backbone of the party of the merits of the deal…

Government Minister ‘Likes’ Letter Of No Confidence

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, Minister of State for the Commonwealth has liked a photo of Henry Smith MP’s letter of no confidence on Twitter. One more to add to Guido’s Resignation Watch list?

Who Is On Question Time Tonight?

Good luck dissecting today…

Theresa May’s Statement in Full

Nothing has changed…

Meanwhile In Lib Dem Land

Unfortunate subject line of the Lib Dem email this afternoon, considering their recent financial troubles. Is any party in Westminster close to competent today?

Peers Rule to Not Suspend Lord Lester

Peers have voted 101 to 78 to block the suspension of Lord Lester for sexual harassment, going against the conduct watchdog’s recommendation of a record breaking suspension until 2022. They decided the inquiry was unfairly run. This is extraordinary. The privileged protecting their own…

“Where’s Gove?” Update

In answer to “Where’s Gove?” Guido understands he was supposed to be in West Yorkshire this afternoon and subsequently Teesside. He cancelled both events, giving a family reason, presumably heading back to London if he ever left. Meanwhile he has been offered the Brexit Secretary job. Such is his Machiavellian reputation that his absence from the action in SW1 is fueling rumours…

UPDATE: Michael Gove has reportedly told Theresa May that he will only agree to become Brexit Secretary if he can renegotiate her deal. If not, he is considering quitting Cabinet himself. Bold move…

Watch Rees Mogg Press Conference in Full

Mogg spoke to a massive media scrum for ten minutes. It’s all but certain now that Graham Brady has the 48 letters required to force a vote of no confidence…

Rees-Mogg: This Is Not A Coup

Speaking outside Parliament following the ERG meeting where it was decided that letters should be sent in, Rees-Mogg clarified:

“A coup is when you use illegitimate procedures to try to overturn someone in office. This is working through the procedures of the Conservative Party.”

Speaking to a huge media scrum, Mogg said that there are “many many people” who could replace Theresa May. “You’ve got Boris Johnson and David Davis, you’ve got Dominic Raab and Esther McVey, you have Penny Mordaunt, you have streams of talent within the Conservative Party who would be very capable of leading a proper Brexit”

ERG Advises MPs To Send In Letters

It’s on. Mogg will be making an announcement outside parliament after the ERG meeting…

Read Rees-Mogg’s full letter to Graham Brady below:

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Brexit Deal Resignation Watch

Join Guido all evening for a fun game of ‘Resignation Watch’. Many of the above Cabinet ministers have recently been beefing up their Brexit credentials, with even previously loyal ministers like Grayling and Fox voicing dissent. Key figures to watch include Dominic Raab, Andrea Leadsom, and Penny Mordaunt…

UPDATE: Gone as of 15:00:

Gove Offered Brexit Secretary Role, Telegraph Reports

The Telegraph is reporting that Gove has been offered Raab’s old job. He wasn’t keen on the role when Davis quit, will he want to take up the poisoned chalice now? The role of DExEU Secretary is effectively that of ‘Chief Assistant to Olly Robbins’. Not the most attractive brief…

UPDATE: Gove has reportedly turned down an offer to be new Brexit secretary. Will he follow through this logic and resign?

Mundell Hits Out at Raab

Punchy from the Scotland Secretary, calling Raab a “carpet bagger”. Can safely lower odds on Mundell resigning[…] Read the rest

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Quote of the Day

Dominic Raab wrote in his letter of resignation…

“This is, at its heart, a matter of public trust,” he told the PM, concluding: “I cannot reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country in our manifesto at the last election… I believe that the regulatory regime proposed for Northern Ireland presents a very real threat to the integrity of the United Kingdom. I cannot support an indefinite backstop arrangement, where the EU holds a veto over our ability to exit…”

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