Tory Mayoral Candidate Longlist

  • Shaun Bailey – Bookies’ favourite at the moment. Has received endorsements from several prominent Tories. London Assembly Member who is one of the few candidates with a backstory to rival Khan’s. Has been effective in his criticism of the mayor over knife crime. 
  • Andrew Boff – Perennial candidate.
  • Duwayne Brooks: Joined the Tories a few weeks ago and is being talked up by insiders. Has branded Sadiq “the worst mayor ever”One to watch.
  • Simone Finn: Well-liked around Westminster and certainly no push over. Cut her teeth fundraising for Boris’ first mayoral bid, impressive CV – qualified accountant, worked on trade promotion (so well placed to sell London abroad), and known to leave civil servants quaking in their boots. She did more than anyone else to get trade union agreement on pension reform over the line, so well placed to deal with TFL. Puts the party in Conservative Party.:
  • Alison Cork: According to ConHome, Alison is “an entrepreneur, specialising in home interiors, and television presenter”. Google says she hosts the QVC shopping channel.
  • Ruby McGregor-Smith: Via Harry Cole, she broke whip to vote to keep us in customs union and single market, leading ministers to seek her sacking just a few months ago. What are CCHQ doing putting her on the list?
  • Kulveer Ranger: Former Boris adviser who was very effective in City Hall. Not sure he could take the pay cut.
  • Joy Morrissey: Works at the Centre for Social Justice, a mother, a Councillor in Ealing as well as the former parliamentary candidate for Ealing Central & Acton. Not really a household name.
  • Kevin Davis: Former leader of Kingston council.
  • Andrew Rosindell: The hardline Brexiteer candidate now Richard Tice didn’t make the running.

Good luck…

Boris: It’s Not Too Late to Save Brexit

The key line from Boris’ statement…

Boris Statement in Full

Mr Speaker I want to thank you for granting me this opportunity first to pay tribute to the men and women of the FCO

who have done an outstanding job over the last two years

I am very proud that we have rallied the world against Russia’s barbaric use of chemical weapons

with an unprecedented 28 countries joining together to expel 153 spies in protest at what happened in Salisbury

We have rejuvenated the Commonwealth with a superb summit that saw Zimbabwe back on the path to membership – and Angola now wanting to join

and as I leave we are leading global campaigns against illegal wildlife trade and in favour of 12 years of quality education for every girl

and we have the flag going up in nine new missions in the Pacific and the Caribbean and Africa and more to come

we have overtaken France to boast the biggest diplomatic network of any European country

None of this would have been possible without the support of my RT Hon friend the PM

Everyone who has worked with her will recognise her courage and resilience

and it was my privilege to collaborate with her in promoting Global Britain

a vision for this country she set out with great clarity at Lancaster House on Jan 17 last year

a country eager as she said

not just to do a bold, ambitious and comprehensive free trade agreement with the EU

– out of the customs union and out of the single market –

but also to do new free trade deals around the world

I thought it was the right vision then. I think so today

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Rising in the Polls Undead UKIP Terrifies Tories

UKIP which post-referendum was dormant is back from the dead, seeing its support rise from 3% to 8% in recent polls. Hardcore leavers don’t seem to have been put off by the alt-right turn the party has taken under Gerard Batten. The spoiler ramifications of this resurrection for Tory MPs with small majorities is an horrific nightmare for CCHQ. Zombie UKIP candidates with no hope of victory could still deprive Tory candidates of seats.

The prospect of Nigel Farage returning to the political stage and re-energising UKIP with a betrayal narrative with him as a De Gaulle type national saviour still seems far fetched to many pundits. Swing-seat Tory and Labour MPs will however dread the thought of Nigel back on BBC Question Time tub thumping…

Labour to “Take Action” Against Jewish MP Who Called Out Jez

Following last night’s Commons bust-up between Margaret Hodge and Jeremy Corbyn, in which she called him “an anti-Semite and a racist” and said “You have proved you don’t want people like me in the party”, Labour have announced they will be taking action… against Hodge. They say her behaviour was “clearly unacceptable”Disciplining a Jewish MP for calling out anti-Semitism… great look.

Why Won’t Corbyn Adopt Internationally Accepted Anti-Semitism Definition?

Get the feeling this would be a much bigger story without the Tory Brexit mess…

May: Corbyn Would Not Deliver on Will of People

For a minute there she almost sounded like a Brexiteer…

Andrea Jenkyns: At What Point Was It Decided Brexit Meant Remain?

Yikes!

PMQs: Who is Asking the Questions

Q1 Alison Thewliss (Glasgow Central)

Q2 Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire)

Q3 Dr David Drew (Stroud)

Q4 Andrea Jenkyns (Morley and Outwood) 

Q5 Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent) 

Q6 Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Washington and Sunderland West)

Q7 John Woodcock (Barrow and Furness) 

Q8 David T. C. Davies (Monmouth) 

Q9 Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test)

Q10 Chris Philp (Croydon South) 

Q11 Luke Graham (Ochil and South Perthshire)

Q12 Dan Carden (Liverpool, Walton) 

Q13 Alex Cunningham (Stockton North) 

Q14 Mr Marcus Jones (Nuneaton) 

Ian Paisley Jr Suspended From Commons

From the House of Commons standards committee:

Mr Paisley and his family made two visits to Sri Lanka in March/April 2013 and July 2013. These visits were paid for by the Sri Lankan government. Although the precise value of the hospitality offered cannot be precisely calculated, they were of a value significantly in excess of the then registration threshold of £660. (The Daily Telegraph claimed that the cost of the visits was £100,000; Mr Paisley accepts an estimate of about £50,000.) Mr Paisley did not register either visit in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. 

Very strong sanction:

In view of the seriousness of this matter, we recommend that Mr Paisley be suspended from the service of the House for a period of 30 sitting days starting on 4 September 2018. We also require that Mr Paisley register the benefits he received from the Sri Lankan government which will be italicised in the Register to indicate that they are a late entry.

30 sitting days from the 4 September takes us into November. This is a Brexiteer vote in the Commons lost…

Congratulations Cliff Richard

Cliff Richard has won £190,000 damages from the BBC for invasion of privacy over the helicopter coverage of the police raid on his home. The judge awarded him £20,000 aggravated damages because of the sheer arrogance of the BBC nominating the story for the Royal Television Society’s ‘Scoop of the Year’ award.  Combined legal costs could reach £5 million….

John Woodcock Resigns From Labour Party

Labour strongly disputes the claims in the letter and a source points out that Woodcock’s resignation handily means his sexual harassment investigation cannot be concluded, denying justice to the complainant.

Guido has been told Woodcock was informed a few days ago of the date of his hearing by the National Constitutional Committee. And he has resigned before that hearing could take place…

UPDATE: Woodcock has gotten in touch to say that it is a lie to say he was given a hearing date. We have asked Labour for substantiation of the claim… developing…

Via Laura K

Japan’s EU Free Trade Deal

Good news yesterday that the EU and Japan signed a huge free trade deal on Tuesday that cuts or eliminates tariffs on nearly all goods. A major boost for the global trading system that is under increasing threat from Trumpian protectionism. Trade between the EU and Japan currently stands at €86 billion…

The deal does allow for some regulatory alignment in so much that, for example, car safety and environmental standards will be aligned, Japan will also adopt international labelling standards for textiles and medical products. Something rational brexiteers can live with so long as the regulatory alignment is not restrictive of non-export goods. What the agreement does not require is for Japan to join the customs union or the single market. It does not require the ECJ’s ultimate jurisdiction, instead a mediation panel and the Dispute Settlement Body of the WTO will be the arbitration method. This is normal for free trade agreements.

Remainers can’t explain why the UK can’t have a similar deal with the EU. Anyone might think that the EU is just trying to frustrate Brexit…

Whips Only Told Brandon to Vote on Two Crunch Votes

Is Brandon Lewis / Julian Lewis excuse that they didn’t know he was paired with pregnant Jo Swinson last night believable? Not really. The Tory party chairman abstained for seven of the nine votes – the whips told him he was not needed for the seven where the government didn’t need every last vote. For the two votes that were on a knife-edge, Brandon voted with the government. Did the whips really not know he was paired with an absent pregnant MP? Swinson isn’t buying it, she says the excuse is “literally not credible”.

Tory chief whip Julian Smith has offered this apology:

As has Brandon, but he has declined to answer Swinson’s request for a further explanation:

There is talk that other paired Tories were pressured to break their promises too…

Scottish Rockets: A Correction

Yesterday Guido suggested that siting a spaceport in Sutherland, Soctland at latitude: 58° 10′ 18.00″ N was not a good idea. Given that it will be the northernmost operational spaceport in the world and the reason spaceports are usually and preferably sited near the Equator is because that is where the Earth’s rotational speed is the highest. Rockets launched from sites near the Equator get an additional natural boost that helps save the cost of putting in extra fuel and boosters. So putting a spaceport in the North of a northern hemisphere country seemed just plain dumb.

A number of well informed readers have been in touch to dispute this, claiming that Scotland is perfect for “polar orbit launches”. Scotland is apparently a world leader in the production of handbag-sized satellites that can be launched by small rockets into Low Earth Orbit. Not altogether clear if they can be launched using an upturned pre-shaken bottle of Irn Bru as propellant, though the science is developing.

In the circumstances Guido feels we should clarify and correct the record. We have learnt two things; sometimes it pays to read more than the headline on a press release, a lot of rocket scientists read Guido…

Remainers Threatened No.10 Into Backing Soft Brexit – Then Reneged

Remainer Tory MPs agreed a deal to support Theresa May if she pursued “continued economic alignment” with the EU – only to renege on it today with an amendment attempting to keep us in the customs union.

Guido can reveal that on 1 July, key Remainer Stephen Hammond emailed his ‘Conservative Group for Europe’ of hardcore Remain MPs, outlining the terms of a coordinated threat to Number 10. The Remainers agreed that if the Cabinet backed a soft Brexit with “continued economic alignment” plus a backstop arrangement, they would not put down rebel amendments to the Trade and Customs Bill. Number 10 and the Cabinet went through a lot of pain to agree to the Remainers’ demands. Yet today Remain rebels are reneging on the deal and attempting to defeat the government with their customs union amendment.

From: HAMMOND, Stephen
Sent: 01 July 2018 
To: SANDBACH, Antoinette; SOUBRY, Anna; ALLEN, Heidi; WOLLASTON, Sarah; GRIEVE, Dominic; CLARKE, Kenneth; SUGG, Debbie; MASTERTON, Paul; DJANOGLY, Jonathan; NEILL, Bob; MORGAN, Nicky; VAIZEY, Ed; FREEMAN, George; Tom Tugendhat MP; LEE, Phillip; LEFROY, Jeremy; SPELMAN, Caroline; PAWSEY, Mark; STEVENSON, John; HOLLINRAKE, Kevin; CARTLIDGE, James; CHALK, Alex; HEALD, Oliver
Subject: Conservative Group for Europe Meeting on Tuesday

Hi
Apologies for the round robin of this email.

Firstly we will have our usual meeting this week at 5 pm on Tuesday , currently scheduled in CR7.

However, more importantly, we have to make the wider voice of Conservatives who want a sensible Brexit and are pro- business heard. Therefore we will probably need to commit to a number of actions this week. I suspect I shall be asking people for help with some different projects.

So as a first task please could everyone make a point to call their Whip to deliver the following message;

The PM has our support if the Cabinet resolves a proposal which not only allows continued economic alignment but that the Cabinet must also agree the Backstop arrangement. The proposal must be one that the EU will say shows progress and are likely to welcome. No more time nor political capital can be spent on foolish Brexiteer schemes.

If the Cabinet can’t agree this then we will force a solution in Trade Bill and the Customs Bill. The only reason a compromise was accepted on meaningful vote was because it delivered what we wanted and we wanted to give the PM the space she asked for at the Council. That Council has now gone and no one should be under any illusion that we will vote against the Government if necessary, as happened in December”.

If anyone has any issue or queries , please do get in touch

All best

Stephen

Number 10 caved in to all these demands from their ultra-Remainer rebels, pursuing a soft Brexit to get them onside. Even with the ERG amendments yesterday, the government is still heading towards the softest of Brexits and “continued economic alignment”. And still the Remainers are breaking their promise and trying to keep us even closer to the EU. Shows the dishonesty of the Remainers, claiming that the ERG is controlling the government when it is they who have been coordinating threats to force Number 10 into a non-Brexit…

POLL: Should MPs Vote for an Early Holiday?

As if the six weeks holiday they have this summer were not enough, MPs are voting to knock-off the week before. Aren’t there a few legislative issues to iron out before?

Nadine: Soubry Has Lost the Plot

Farron and Cable Blame Carmichael For Clusterf*ck

What is the point of the LibDems? Last night Vince Cable and Tim Farron missed the vote on the key Brexit amendment. Cable was at a “confidential meeting” elsewhere and Farron was giving a talk in Dorset about evangelism. If they’d bothered to turn up the government’s majority would have been just one. Vince is briefing out that his absence was “cleared by the party chief whip”, while Faz has told the Guardian “I was authorised to be absent”. Both rather cruelly dumping on Alistair Carmichael for the cock up rather than take responsibility for themselves. Carmichael says sorry:

“Last night I messed up. The government squeaked home by just 3 votes in a key amendment. It should have been 1. I was not expecting a close vote – up until 8pm Labour were planning to abstain which would have meant the vote would be lost by hundreds. In fact several Labour MPs voted with the government- which is why they won. By the time it became apparent that the vote was going to be close – it was too late to get two of our MPs back in time to vote. I’m taking responsibility and redoubling my efforts to stop Brexit.”

Is there any party in Westminster that isn’t a total shambles?

Taxpayers Pay £1 Billion-a-Week UK Debt Interest

Liz Truss has kindly reminded Guido that the Treasury has other problems besides Brexit. The taxpayer is funding debt interest of over £1 billion-a-week, which is more than the budget for Scotland and Wales combined. Remember that when hear Scottish and Welsh MPs demanding more taxpayer spending.[…] Read the rest

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