Boris Kisses Another Blonde

Boris has uncharacteristically been pictured kissing a blonde. Except this time it was by accident – with Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom moving the same way as the PM in an attempted cheek kiss. He certainly has a type…

“What Should We Have Wanted…”

Guido was pretty much alone in saying Andrea Leadsom would be better than Theresa May before May’s coronation and afterwards.

Now look, YouGov’s polling of Tory party members shows they wish they had in hindsight chosen Leadsom. Told you so…

Rory Stewart Jumps to Second Place With Tory Members

Looks like Rory Stewart’s ‘unique’ style of campaigning hasn’t done him too much harm, he’s managed an improbable jump into second place in the latest ConHome leadership survey. He’s still going to need at least another eight votes if the fun is going to continue. He tells The Sun he is still “one or two votes short”…

Raab and Gove have both been pushed down a place and fall under 10% for the first time in months, Hunt has closed the gap slightly while the Saj has managed to put a bit of distance between himself and the remaining candidates. Hancock looks to have cleared the 16-vote bar with George Freeman’s switch from Gove yesterday, the other three all have work to do. The membership won’t be too distraught either way, it’s just 2% for McVey and Leadsom while Hancock and Harper don’t even muster 1%…

It’s all a bit academic anyway, these are all molehills compared to Boris Johnson’s towering peak – breaking the 50% mark for the first time. His smooth launch yesterday failed to offer any kind of gamechanging gaffe his rivals need to dent his imposing lead. It’s increasingly starting to look like a race for second place…

Harper-Leadsom Leadership Negotiations

Tory leadership watchers have been buried under an avalanche of leadership launches today. Gove is launching this afternoon, Hancock kicked off this morning, while Raab launched in the same building as Hancock but at the same time as Hunt. Hunt sportingly delayed by a few minutes but then ended up running into Esther McVey’s abruptly interrupted launch. Nightmare…

Guido can reveal that the Leadsom and Harper campaigns faced an even bigger problem – they managed to book their launches at exactly the same time in exactly the same building, just on different floors. Advisers from both teams clocked the clash over the weekend…

In a twist, Team Harper’s Emma Barr and Team Leadsom’s Lucia Hodgson managed to successfully negotiate with each other to move the events forward and back by half an hour each meaning journalists can go from one to the other without missing anything. Showing off their negotiating skills ahead of any clashes with Michel Barnier…

Leadsom: WAB is Dead, We Must Legislate for a Managed Exit

Leadsom Fandom Posts Emotional Tribute

Leadsom 4 Leader seems to be bursting back to life with what looks awkwardly like a eulogy video for the former Leader of the House. Check out the other unofficial Twitter fan campaigns here

Leadsom “Seriously Considering” Standing For Tory Leadership

This morning on GMB, the Leader of the Commons didn’t hesitate when asked to confirm she is seriously considering standing for the Tory Leadership. She told Piers Morgan she is ‘seriously considering’ running. She said to Katy Balls in February of her last aborted leadership run:

‘Since then, as you do, you kind of lie awake reliving a conversation thinking what I should have said was this but it makes me more determined than ever to do what I can to make this country a greater place.’

Guido stands by his contention that she’d have obviously been better than May, if she had become leader. Leadsom had a plan, we would not have run a disastrous general election, we would have left the EU…

Vote Confirmed for Tomorrow – But Not Meaningful Vote 3

There is a lot of ambiguity surrounding whether a meaningful vote will be held tomorrow. Andrea Leadsom told the Commons this morning that the Government will bring forward a vote tomorrow that “will comply with the Speaker’s ruling.” The vote will take place as Leave Means Leave hosts a big rally in Parliament Square…

UPDATE: A spokesperson for Andrea Leadsom has put out this statement:

“Tomorrow’s motion will need to be compliant with both the Speaker’s ruling and the EU Council’s decision on conditionality relating to exit on 22 May. Discussions are ongoing and we will look to table the motion as soon as possible today, in order to avoid asking for another extension and the requirement to undertake European Parliament elections.”

Looks like they’re still making their minds up…

UPDATE II: A Downing Street source confirms to Guido that it is not MV3 being tabled for tomorrow after all, but there will be motion tabled later today that is more meaningful than Monday’s neutral motion. What could it be…

Another Meaningless Vote Confirmed for Monday

Andrea Leadsom has just revealed Parliamentary business for next week. Monday will see another Brexit vote, but not a meaningful one. Section 13(4) of the Withdrawal Act relates to the Government making a statement relating to the next steps they will take rather than a meaningful vote itself. Parliament will then vote it in a motion that Bercow has decided is amendable. Expect another deluge of Remainer wrecking amendments, all helped along by the Speaker…

Labour MP’s Shameless LGBT Hypocrisy Over Andrea Leadsom

At PMQs this afternoon, mace-wielding prat Lloyd Russell-Moyle accused Andrea Leadsom of having said that “parents should decide when they are exposed to LGBT education,” whipping out the accusation that this was “Conservative Party dog-whistle politics.” The only problem is that Andrea Leadsom didn’t say that at all…

What Leadsom actually said was that she supports LGBT relationship education:

“It’s absolutely vital that children do grow up understanding the society they live in and they grow up tolerant, seeking equality and respecting differences… I think it is the case that you have to allow parents to choose to withdraw their children up to a certain age, but at the same time in order to have an equal society there comes a point where children do need to understand the social norms around them.”

Curiously, Russell-Moyle hasn’t said anything about the Labour MP Shabana Mahmood who has been directly supporting the parents in Birmingham who are campaigning against LGBT-inclusive education, in effect supporting a new Section 28. Even Owen Jones condemned her, but somehow Russell-Moyle hasn’t said a word on it. Somehow Russell-Moyle forgot to jump on board the outrage bus when its destination wasn’t a partisan attack on a Tory…

Leadsom Slams Bercow For Lack of “Courtesy and Respect”

During an explosive session in the Commons this afternoon, Andrea Leadsom slammed Bercow for not treating colleagues “with courtesy and respect.” Naturally, he responded by ignoring her…

MP Accuses PM of Acting in Bad Faith

Andrea Jenkyns accuses PM of acting in bad faith…

“I would not be surprised if we were promised that it would be looked at in the next stage to gain support but then be immediately dropped once the withdrawal agreement had gone through. The government needs to work on building up trust as many of us feel that we have been strung along.”

Twitter Bitch Fight of the Week: Valentine’s Special

Andrea Leadsom has got into a heated poetry battle with Television’s Sue Perkins after she criticised the Leader of the House’s (admittedly not very good) Brexit Valentine’s Day poem. Perkins rather unimaginatively labelled it “shit”…

Leadsom clapped back in Ariana Grande-like fashion: “Doesn’t rhyme, doesn’t scan, isn’t amusing and isn’t romantic…..next?” Sue then resorted to a personal insult about Andrea’s dress sense…

But Andrea had the last word – with the first poem to actually scan properly…

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Andrea Leadsom’s Valentine’s Day “Poem”

It’s not just Tory staffers who have been getting into the Valentine’s spirit, Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom had a short Valentine’s poem to read out to MPs today.[…] Read the rest

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The New Hot Red Westminster Power Look

Today’s power look of choice in Westminster is a striking red jacket coupled with a circular necklace, as modelled by both Andrea Leadsom and Arlene Foster this morning. The fierce red jacket and shiny round necklace combo help project tenacity, authority, and fearlessness for any aspiring powerbroker to face down the Prime Minister or Speaker of their choice.[…] Read the rest

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Leadsom Outwits Bercow and Grieve on Brexit ‘Plan B’

Dominic Grieve and John Bercow’s attempts to force the Government into a corner have fallen flat thanks to a loophole which allows the Government to avoid another humiliating defeat just three (working) days after the last one. Andrea Leadsom confirmed that the Government would lay its motion on its Brexit ‘next steps’ on Monday as required by Grieve’s rogue amendment, but that the debate and vote on it would not be held until the following Tuesday 29th.[…] Read the rest

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Leadsom’s Plan To Get Rid Of “Annoying Little Creature”

Andrea Leadsom got a chance to present an award to who she considers to be the ‘Best Villain’ on ITV’s Peston last night. She awarded it to “an incredibly annoying little creature, that squeaks a lot and has found a place in the corridor outside my office, but I have a plan to get rid of it.”

She went on to clarify that she was not in fact talking about the Speaker (whose office is very close to Leadsom’s) but of a mouse in her office.[…] Read the rest

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Leadsom on Bercow’s Impartiality

Andrea Leadsom told BBC Radio 4’s Today

“He’s made his views on Brexit on the record, and the problem with that of course is that the chair’s impartiality is absolutely essential. … He’s made his views known on Brexit… it’s a matter for him but nevertheless it’s a challenge and all colleagues need to form their own view of that.”[…] Read the rest

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WATCH: Government Will Publish Full Legal Advice

Geoffrey Cox looked absolutely crestfallen as Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom announced to the House after an historic defeat that the Government will be publishing its legal advice on the Withdrawal Agreement in full.[…] Read the rest

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Bercow Bullies Leadsom Out Of The Chamber

The Chamber saw some extraordinary targeting of Andrea Leadsom by the Speaker this morning. Talking in the chamber is very normal behaviour. The way Bercow spoke to the Leader of the Commons is certainly not. It’s clear who comes off worse here. […] Read the rest

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