Benn’s DExEU Committee Mutiny

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…

Jenkyns To May: Step Aside

“It’s time to let someone else lead our party.”

Ouch…

Tory MPs Supporting Brexit Party, 1922 Rule Change Rumoured

Tory MP Lucy Allan is publicly recommending candidates for the rival Brexit Party. Andrea Jenkyns has also dropped hints that she too is supportive of the Brexit Party. Not much party discipline being shown…

Sources within the 1922 Committee suggest that there is a fair chance the executive will endorse a rule change tonight allowing a fresh challenge if a third of the parliamentary party indicates they will support it – effectively raising the threshold in terms of numbers of MPs required and removing the one challenge-a-year rule. Alternatively the 12 month challenge delay period could be reduced to six months – meaning the next leadership challenge would be on from June 3rd. There are no rules in politics…

There is also a likely National Convention meeting could take place at the end of May. If they voted to no confidence the PM whilst only symbolic it would be devastating.

Andrea Jenkyns in Car Crash

Morley and Outwood MP and Brexit heroine Andrea Jenkyns has been involved in a nasty car crash today, after someone pulled out of a side road and ran into her car. She informed her twitter followers that “Airbags came out and got a stinking headache. At least everyone okay though.” Guido is glad to hear Andrea (and everyone else) is okay, and wishes her head a quick recovery!

#FBPE Tweeters Claim Andrea Jenkyns is a Russian Agent

First we had Corbynistas telling each other to throw their TVs in the bin in protest at the BBC. Now Guido brings you the latest from the other deranged corner of Twitter: the #FBPE Remainers. Dozens of them are accusing Brexiteer MP Andrea Jenkyns of being some sort of Russian agent.

Is it a full moon or something?

Brexiteer Andrea Jenkyns Receives Extreme Abuse

This is one of the abusive emails sent to Brexiteer Tory MP Andrea Jenkyns last night. Warning: unpleasant content.

The email subject line gives away the motive.

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

Yikes!

Andrea Jenkyns: “100% Ready” to Trigger Tory Leadership Contest

As Andrea says, she is a blunt Northerner, Tory MP Andrea Jenkyns is ready to put her letter into Graham Brady if Theresa May crosses the Brexit red lines. She’s not the only one…

Andrea Jenkyns: Brexit Legend

Tory Brexiteer MP Andrea Jenkyns, walking through the ‘Stop Brexit’ protesters outside parliament this afternoon chanting “Go Brexit!”. Legend.

Tory Quits Government to “Fight For Brexit”

Tory MP Andrea Jenkyns has resigned as a PPS to focus on her role on the Brexit select committee and “fight for Brexit”.

“Currently, there are 21 members on the Brexit committee, only 7 of which voted to leave the EU. It is my opinion that the reports produced by the committee have been unbalanced in favour of us either remaining in the EU, the customs union or delaying our departure. I, therefore, feel I need to spend more of my time doing all I can do to correct this imbalance and be a robust voice for the benefits of Brexit.”

Jenkyns offers this conditional support for the PM:

“The Prime Minister has my full support in delivering the Brexit that she promised the British people. I am glad that the Prime Minister shares my vision of a truly Global Britain which is able to strike trade agreements with other countries. We want to see a new relationship with Europe, with a new model not enjoyed by other countries – nothing that leaves us half-in, half-out. And in order to achieve this, we need to leave the customs union.”

She concludes:

“I made a promise to my constituents during this parliament to fight for Brexit and this is a promise that I intend to keep to the best of my abilities. And it is important that I have both the time and freedom to speak out on the backbenchers to be able to do so.”

Well at least that’s one Leaver on the payroll standing up for Brexit…

Andrea Jenkyns Sings Mamma Mia

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