Tory MP Alan Mak did his best Theresa May impression on the BBC earlier, causing an exasperated Simon McCoy to laugh out loud. Ambitious Alan’s appearance has had colleagues joking about a leadership bid. Mak Britain Great Again?
The Tory MPs’ team was thrashed 5-2 by the Lobby in the traditional conference football match yesterday. Changing room chatter reveals MP Alan Mak, a mercurial central midfielder, was subbed off after just nine minutes, by which point the Tories were 3-0 down. According to a teammate, “we started playing well when he was taken off”. Mak requested to be allowed back on the field in the second half – he lasted another five minutes before suffering the ignominy of being subbed off a second time. Housing minister Gavin Barwell scored the first own goal of conference by heading into his own net on an afternoon to forget for the Tories. “Mak-ed in the morning, you’re getting Mak-ed in the morning…”
The Tory MP’s endorsement awaited with baited breath almost as much as was that of Alan Mak was undoubtedly Matt Hancock’s. On Newsnight George Osborne’s former lackey last said he backed Theresa (as did Mak). Suspicion among Tory MPs is that he must have been promised a cabinet-level job for backing her. That’s bound to raise the eyebrows of those in SW1 who suspect Osborne is behind Theresa…
2015 intake Tory MP Alan Mak told his Havant selection meeting that he was an Outer. Last year he provided local Conservative members with a detailed CV describing himself as a “Thatcherite and patriot”, telling them he was inspired to join the Tories by the Keep the Pound campaign and boldly claiming he was a “policy adviser to James Wharton MP, author of the EU referendum bill to give voters a say on Europe and win back UKIP votes”. Before the election, he wrote:
“Our current relationship with the EU doesn’t work for Britain. Things have got to change. We need to get tough with Europe… we shouldn’t be afraid to leave.”
His campaign literature claimed:
“Alan backs lower immigration, deportation of foreign criminals and terrorists, and stopping abuse of our NHS and welfare system. Enough is enough.”
Today, in a much-awaited statement, Mak has come out for… Remain.
“After conducting a hard-headed analysis of the detail of the Prime Minister’s re-negotiated settlement,” says Mak, “I will support the Prime Minister and vote to Remain”. After conducting a hard-headed analysis of his future career trajectory, more like. Alan, you’ve let Guido down, you’ve let yourself down and worst of all, you’ve let your country down.