Guido imagines it’s quite stressful for the Tory Wakefield candidate during this campaign. Not only is the probability of Labour winning 92%, according to the bookies, tensions must be fraught within the local party’s camp. Guido understands Andrea Jenkyns is very heavily involved in both the ground and air war of the party’s campaign, so presumes she must have had time to speak to candidate Nadeem Ahmed about his 2018 views that her call for a confidence vote of Theresa May was “blatantly showboating” and her conduct was “damaging” the party:
“She’s blatantly showboating. The way she’s going about it is very immature.”
“She said: “Come on we need a hat-trick! Boris Johnson let’s be having you! Time for true #Brexiteers to make it happen.”
Coun Ahmed said: “I looked at that, and thought, “You’d expect that from a seven or eight year-old.””
There’s also no word on whether Jenkyns has unblocked her local party adversary, with Nadeem telling the press in 2018 “She’s blocked me on Twitter since last week as well because I didn’t agree with her.” Responding to Ahmed’s attack at the time, Jenkyns told the BBC he should concentrate on “being a stronger opposition leader”. Hopefully they’re all one big happy family now…
Since Guido’s exclusive, monarchists have been tripping over themselves to defend Her Majesty. As Robert Jenrick declared on the BBC this morning, he proudly hangs a picture of the Queen in his office. Jenrick isn’t the only patriotic parliamentarian to show their love for Liz today, though. Other members of Her Majesty’s government have also taken to Twitter to declare their loyalty to the crown…
Andrea Jenkyns told her followers that she is “sick of this woke nonsense”, and posted a photo of her home shrine to Queen Elizabeth with the hashtag “GodSaveTheQueen”.
Not to be outdone, Joy Morrissey told her followers that she’s “ordered another portrait of the Queen” for her office, and that she plans to send one to Oxford’s Magdalen College. Guido’s sure they’ll be delighted.
Just ordered another portrait of the Queen to hang in my office - our longest serving Sovereign & Head of State.— Joy Morrissey MP (@joymorrissey) June 9, 2021
Probably 🤔send one to Oxford’s Magdalen College as well since they seemed to have misplaced a copy… Hope it really brightens up their common room. #GodSaveTheQueen pic.twitter.com/0HUHwOpMDr
Andrea Leadsome, who told Politics Live that the students who voted to take the portrait down were “utterly pathetic”, also showed off her photo:
Andrew Rosindell has a picture of Her Majesty in his office. Rumour has it that for the 2012 Jubilee he bought thousands of portraits of the Queen and sent them to friends and colleagues all over the world. You can never have too much of a good thing…
A classically forthright Andrea Jenkyns raked in the retweets on Sunday evening, calling for No Deal with the EU, saying “No more talking or moved deadlines, let’s just leave without a deal.”
Yet, as Politeia’s Jonathan Isaby points out, Jenkins is Parliamentary Private Secretary to Robert Jenrick and is therefore regarded as an (albeit junior) member of the government payroll vote and bound by collective responsibility. Guido doubts No Deal is now official Government policy…
Young Tory Activist and former council candidate, Joshua Spencer (25), has been sentenced to 9 weeks in prison for claiming to have paid some “crackheads” £100 to beat up Yvette Cooper. In a message on a dating website, Spencer wrote:
“We should have left no deal on the 29th before the whore Yvette got her hands on to it and voted to revoke democracy. She will pay. I’m already organising … to hurt her. Amazing what crackheads will do for £100. I’m going to get her beat up”
Spencer also told Cooper, “if you make peaceful revolution difficult you make a violent one inevitable.”
Awkwardly for the Tories, Andrea Jenkyns MP provided a character statement for the young Tory, describing him as a “decent and honest person whose heart is in the right place and who always helps people in need”; although saying he had been “let down by the system” and needed help for his mental health problems. He was still allowed to stand as a Tory council candidate in 2019 after being arrested for the messages…
UPDATE: Andrea gets in touch to emphasise she wrote the personal reference for James Spencer to “make absolutely sure that [his severe mental health] factors were taken into consideration as part of the trial”, going onto say “I do not condone in any way, having been a victim myself, any threat to MPs or any other member of the public.”
“I wish to express solidarity to Yvette, her staff and all my colleagues who, like me, have been threatened in these difficult past months of political tension.”
Brexit Hero Andrea Jenkyns braved the rain and the Remainer rabble outside Parliament this afternoon to deliver a Christmas gift. Flanked by Sue who has been protesting in favour of Brexit outside Parliament for the last year, Andrea delivered Steve Bray a House of Commons sock. Now he’ll finally be able to heed the Prime Minister’s advice and put a sock in it…
Hilary Benn faced a point of order from Tory MP Craig Mackinlay during his DExEU committee’s questioning of Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay this morning. Mackinlay pointed out that Benn had hogged 20 minutes of questions, without giving the dozen other committee members any time to speak.
“I’m just wondering what we’re doing here. You’ve had the floor now for 20 minutes, I doubt there is any other member of this committee who will have the floor for 20 minutes during this discussion this morning, and I would welcome an opportunity for others to speak.”
Brexit Hero Andrea Jenkyns then chipped in calling in to question Benn’s suitability to chair the session at all.
“And you, with respect, are rather biased because you were pushing the Benn Act through, so I would personally like to see the Chair resign.”
All of which Benn promptly ignored and ploughed on with his questions…