Tory MP: Graham Brady Has 48 Letters

Conservative MP and ERG member Anne Marie Morris told Newsnight last night that she believes the 1922 Committee chairman has the required 48 letters from Conservative MPs in order to trigger a leadership contest. According to Morris, all it takes is for those Members who have handed in their letters to say that they can be used, and a contest begins.

“My belief… is that we do have the 48, and what depends on whether or not they can be used is whether or not those Members who have put them in give him the go ahead. He has them, but subject to [approval].”

Morris seems very confident in her assumption. Only time will tell…

Shailesh Vara Resigns As Northern Ireland Minister Over May’s Deal

In the first Government resignation since the Cabinet agreed to Theresa May’s draft withdrawal agreement, Northern Ireland Minister Shailesh Vara ‏has resigned in order to vote against the agreement. Vara, who voted Remain and initially supported Chequers, says the draft agreement locks the UK into the “shackles of the EU.” Guido has heard another resignation may be imminent… 

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Jacob Rees-Mogg to Tory MPs: Vote Down This Deal

ERG Chairman Jacob Rees-Mogg has written to all Conservative MPs calling on them to vote down Theresa May’s draft withdrawal agreement. Short and to the point…

Read In Full: Draft Withdrawal Agreement

Read it in full here…

Watch: PM’s Draft Agreement Statement

After a marathon cabinet meeting lasting more than five hours, the Prime Minister is delivering a statement in Downing Street. She announced that the Cabinet has signed up to the draft withdrawal agreement…

Letters Are Going In…

The BBC’s Laura K is reporting that Brexiteer anger is so high this evening that more letters are going in to Graham Brady, despite the ERG not having made a decision on whether to back a letters campaign. The ERG are leaning towards backing letter writing, but the word is if they do this will not kick off until tomorrow. Lots are waiting for the conclusions of the cabinet meeting and the PM’s statement this evening…

Rumours are swirling Westminster as to how many letters have gone in now. It’s said to be very close… 

“AD10S EU” Number Plate for £15,000

For a mere £15,000 this number plate could be yours. According to the Ebay seller it is genuine. The seller’s pitch reads

A truly, totally unique number plate rarely comes to market but this is one of those times. The perfect present for the person in your life who will miss the European Union and wishes to commemorate it in the best way with this poignant souvenir! Ideal for Spanish speakers as the plate translates to – ‘Goodbye EU’. After all the voting, the controversy, the turmoil, the tears, the cheers, this is the number plate that sums it all up! The plate is not on a vehicle so once paper work completed it is all yours to fit onto your car so it could not be simpler!

If the bad boy of brexit is good, Father Christmas might bring it for Arron Banks to replace his M15 SPY…

Number 10 Cancels PM’s Press Conference

Home Office Minister Nick Hurd informed the Commons that there will be no press conference tonight, and that the Cabinet meeting is “still ongoing”. Initially the meeting was expected to finish around 5pm. Have the Cabinet’s Brexiteers found their backbones?

UPDATE: There will be no press conference but the Prime Minister will make a statement outside Number 10, when the cabinet meeting finishes. Whenever that is…

Blair: Robbins’ Chequers Camouflage a “Tribute” to the Civil Service

Ever popular former Prime Minister Tony Blair has given yet another speech to remind people of how he right he is always right about everything. Incredibly he also sent congratulations to May’s Brexit guru Olly Robbins for supposedly hoodwinking the Cabinet at Chequers:

“I take my hat off to Olly Robbins, Olly is a very skilled guy, the elaborate camouflage of all the different points is a tribute to the skill of the British civil service, I say that sincerely.”

Sincere or not, Blair’s comments will do nothing to dispel many Brexiteers’ suspicions that the Civil Service has been working to stitch-up the entire Brexit process behind the scenes. The familiar tactic of details being withheld from Cabinet Ministers until the last minute has led to Ministers being bounced bit by bit into a soft Brexit by stealth. Blair’s claim that EU officials privately say that Britain has “basically caved in” will not leave anyone too impressed either. Cock-up or conspiracy…

PMQs: Brexit Knockout Special

Theresa May knew she was in for a tough bout when howls of laughter greeted her stock response to the opening question: “This morning I had meetings with ministerial colleagues and others…” She had survived the warm-up rounds with her ministers for now, but could she withstand a gruelling slugfest with the MPs? It must have been serious as Jeremy Corbyn had improbably decided to go in on the issue of the day…

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Scots Tories Throw Down Gauntlet to May on Fishing

Theresa May’s Brexit headache has got another notch worse with the arrival of a letter from all thirteen Scottish Tory MPs, including Scottish Secretary David Mundell, explicitly reaffirming their red lines on UK fishing rights post Brexit. It includes a stark warning against “becoming an independent coastal state in name only“, and makes clear that Scottish Tory MPs “could not support an agreement with the EU that would prevent the UK from independently negotiating access and quota shares.” Not a good sign for Downing Street that Mundell, a Cabinet minister who has had access to the actual text, has signed it…

Read the full text below:

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UK Top of Big Four EU Growth League

German GDP growth figures have today been released for the third quarter this year. Official numbers now show that the German economy actually contracted by 0.2% in the third quarter, 0.6% below what was forecast. Meanwhile, Italy is completely stagnant. This latest release comfortably puts the UK at the top of the EU ‘big four’ growth league…

Andrew Neil Burns Bercow

Andrew Neil had a sly dig at the Speaker after PMQs ended after only 43 minutes today, joking that Bercow only ended it early “probably because he knows that we come out of it now… so he won’t be on television himself”. Not before Bercow had taken the chance to use one of his many interruptions to lecture MPs about “respect and good behaviour” in Parliament. Without a hint of irony…

Commons Clerk Resigning

Bercow has announced that House of Commons Clerk David Natzler is resigning. Natzler will resign and retire in April next year. The Cox report into Parliamentary bullying singled out the Clerk of the House for criticism along with the Speaker and other Commons senior management. When will the Speaker follow his lead…

Peter Bone Savages Theresa May

“You are not delivering the Brexit people voted for and today you will lose the support of many Conservative MPs and millions of voters across the country.”

Ouch…

Is UK Tobacco Policy A Failure?  

It is the Department of Complacency. For decades DH’s tobacco policy has missed opportunities, scored own goals and only made progress because its greatest errors have been overridden by reality. This is after all the department which repeatedly tried to ban vaping. If MEPs had listened to Jeremy Hunt’s plea then every e-cigarette on the market would have been banned…

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Osborne’s Brutal Front Page

George Osborne’s Evening Standard isn’t holding back, dropping this front page just in time for PMQs. George making another trip to the freezer…

PMQs: Who’s Asking the Questions?

Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Alex Burghart (Brentwood and Ongar) (Conservative) If she will list her official engagements for Wednesday 14 November.
Q2 Chris Elmore (Ogmore) (Labour)
Q3 Marion Fellows (Motherwell and Wishaw) (SNP)
Q4 Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough) (Conservative)
Q5 Leo Docherty (Aldershot) (Conservative)
Q6 Antoinette Sandbach (Eddisbury) (Conservative)
Q7 Mike Wood (Dudley South) (Conservative)
Q8 Wes Streeting (Ilford North) (Labour)
Q9 Yvonne Fovargue (Makerfield) (Labour)
Q10 Ruth Smeeth (Stoke-on-Trent North) (Labour)
Q11 Joan Ryan (Enfield North) (Labour)
Q12 Mr Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley) (Labour)
Q13 Alec Shelbrooke (Elmet and Rothwell) (Conservative)
Q14 Kwasi Kwarteng (Spelthorne) (Conservative)

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Protest Scheduled For 1PM Today Outside Downing Street

A number of Brexit groups including Leave Means Leave and Leavers of Britain are seriously not happy with Theresa May’s proposed Brexit deal, and are calling on Brexit supporters to get down to Downing Street at 1pm today to protest the terms of the withdrawal agreement. Some keen (and artistic) protesters have turned up early showing off protest signs that they must’ve been up all night making! Guido hears some big names are minded to turn up this afternoon…

UPDATE: Leave supporters have turned out in healthy numbers to give Cabinet ministers something to think about on their way into the meeting this afternoon…

Labour Press Office Complains About the Truth


Let’s examine this post-midnight claim by Labour’s Press team:

  • In 1975, Corbyn voted in favour of leaving the European Economic Community, which later became the European Union
  • Corbyn later voted against the Maastricht Treaty that created the EU, arguing it was undemocratic.
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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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