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. Results may vary

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. Backbenchers who have worked with Grieve on amendments before privately whisper that his drafting skills are not as tight as they are made out to be…

Leadsom also announced that the Government would not be bringing any more Brexit legislation back to the Commons for the foreseeable future, including the Trade Bill and the Immigration Bill. No legislation, nothing for Remainers to attach hostile amendments to…

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. Priceless.

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.”

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. She went on to say that the Government will respond tomorrow…

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. Tetchy Bercow looks like he had a big night last night…

Leadsom Limits Leader’s Longevity

Last night Peston pushed Andrea Leadsom on the PM leading the party into the next election. Leadsom’s answer was basically a diplomatic “no”.

Fox and Leadsom Threaten to Resign If May Makes Further Concessions

Last week it was Brexiteers who were furious after Theresa May caved into a soft Brexit, this morning it is Remainers who are kicking off after Number 10 accepted the ERG amendments last night. Now Soubry, Morgan, Grieve and co are attempting to keep us in the customs union if we haven’t got a frictionless trade agreement with the EU by January. The reality is Number 10 and parliament cannot allow any further concessions to the Remainers or the EU if the government is to survive.

The remaining few Brexiteers in the Cabinet say they will not stomach any further sellout. Penny Mordaunt and Esther McVey are staying very quiet as they consider their positions. Sources close to Liam Fox and Andrea Leadsom say they will resign if the government makes any further concessions. All of these ministers are privately unhappy with the Chequers plan but currently willing to hold their noses – they say that will change if the EU or Remainers succeed in bouncing Number 10 into any further climbdown. Fox, Leadsom and the remaining Brexiteers in the Cabinet have been weak so far, but they are now at the end of the line...

Leadsom Deletes Tweet Calling Chequers an “Embarrassing Climbdown”

Poor Andrea Leadsom is having a total mare. Last night she tweeted this Telegraph article describing Theresa May’s Chequers plan as an “embarrassing climbdown”, which is not very in keeping with Number 10’s new strict enforcement of collective responsibility. She quickly deleted the tweet.

Then she tweeted a strong endorsement of Chequers, criticising her Brexiteer colleagues who oppose the plan as “the herd”. She also got the number of people who voted Leave wrong by 200,000.

Not sure which tweet is more embarrassing for Andrea.

Bercow “Stupid Woman” Complaint Rejected

John Bercow will not face a standards probe after he called Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom a “stupid woman –  because only he can rule on conduct in the Chamber. Yep, seriously…

Standards chief Kathryn Stone said the issue was outside her remit as she rejected a complaint against Bercow made by Tory MP James Dudderidge, who listed the excuses given for not investigating the Speaker and told Guido:

“It is ludicrous that bullying allegations cannot be investigated because they are 7 years old, because an NDA was signed, because it was in the chamber, because it was a currently member of staff or because the person bullied is so traumatised. Enough is enough”

Bercow later acknowledged the outburst but failed to apologise. Bercow is judge and jury when it comes to his own behaviour, the system is broken…

Leadsom on Bercow

No prizes for guessing who Andrea Leadsom is talking about:

“As you said last week, Mr Speaker, we have a responsibility to safeguard the rights of this House and as Leader of the House I seek to do exactly that, treating all members of parliament with courtesy and respect. I hope and expect all Honourable and Right Honourable members to do likewise.”

Bercow Confesses: I Did Call Leadsom Stupid

The Speaker admits:

“I used the word stupid in a muttered aside. That adjective simply summed up how I felt.”

Doesn’t address whether he used the sexist term “stupid woman”. Doesn’t apologise. Not a good look…

WATCH: Moment Bercow Flipped Out at Leadsom

This is the moment John Bercow allegedly called Andrea Leadsom a “stupid woman” and “f***ing useless” on Wednesday. In an extraordinarily bad-tempered rant, even by the Speaker’s standards, Bercow eyeballs Leadsom and admonishes her in a particularly aggressive manner. Leadsom is so unimpressed at Bercow’s macho behaviour that she deliberately looks away and refuses to make eye contact. When you watch the video, you can see this visibly infuriates the pint-sized Commons ref, whose bluster builds into an almost deranged crescendo. When the Speaker finishes, the camera pans out. At this point Bercow turns to the left, clearly gesticulates towards Leadsom and appears to say something. An eye-witness tells Guido that Bercow said a number of words, one of which was definitely “outrageous”. Bercow does not deny that he also called her a “stupid woman” and “f***ing useless”. 

The Speaker has previously flat out denied all the recent bullying allegations against him. Guido understands he has not denied this one because he fears footage will emerge proving he did say it. Footage in the Commons is controlled by the Parliamentary Broadcasting Unit. There is always a camera on the Speaker, the PBU will have had the footage, as yet they are not being forthcoming about helping to clear up what was said. As with all parliamentary bodies, all roads lead to the Speaker, so the PBU will be under immense internal pressure to cover this up. This week MPs on the Standards Committee voted to block an investigation into Bercow. He is being protected by the system. Anyone who comes by the footage can leak it to Guido in confidence here

Leadsom Contacts Police: 4 New Brexit Death Threats Reported to Cops This Morning

Andrea Leadsom’s office tell Guido they have complained to the police about this Brexit death threat she received this morning. Guido also understands four other such letters have been reported to the police today. Six Leave donors received the letters last week. Grim stuff…

UPDATE: Met statement:

“Police are aware of threatening letters sent to four Members of Parliament at the House of Commons. Two of the letters were reported to police on Friday February 9, and two on Monday February 12. The letters are being investigated by officers from the Parliamentary Liaison and Investigation Team within the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command. There has been no arrest at this stage. Enquiries are ongoing.”

Now Leadsom Gets Brexit Death Threat

Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom tweets that she is the latest pro-Brexit politician to receive a death threat signed “THE REAL 48 PER CENT”. The chilling note reads:

“You have taken lives on our side. Now we will take lives on yours. We are coming for you.”

Multiple Leave donors received the threats last week, now Brexit-backing MPs are getting them too. And to think Remainers claimed the letters were fake… 

In Age of Brocialism, When Will Labour Have a Woman Leader?

As we celebrate 100 years since women got the vote it is worth reflecting on how that has translated into power. With the Tories now on their second female Prime Minister it is a glaring anomaly that no other party has put a woman into 10 Downing Street. Labour and the LibDems are more conservative in many ways…

Now the brocialist Labour Party is allowing people with penises on to all-women shortlists which were designed to positively discriminate in favour of born women, it seems even less likely that they will ever offer the country a real woman leader. Whereas in the most recent May v Leadsom election the Tories had an all-women shortlist for leader…

Leadsom: Sex Harassers Will Be Sacked and Lose Whip

Consequences for Garnier and Crabb?

Eyes on tomorrow’s papers…

Car Windscreen Smashed Inside Parliament

This is the scene on the Parliamentary Estate where an object described as a “huge chunk of stone” has smashed through a car windscreen. It’s unclear exactly what happened, but a co-conspirator tells Guido that within the last 30 minutes a “huge chunk of stone fell off Norman Shaw North”. Fortunately, there are no reports of any injuries. Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom has been spotted on scene along with police and parliamentary authorities. The car is rumored to belong to Northampton North MP Michael Ellis. Very dangerous… 

UPDATE 13.30: More pics coming in from the scene:

UPDATE 14.17: A parliamentary spokesperson said:

“The main entrance to Norman Shaw North has been closed for health and safety reasons until further notice. The incident is being investigated by parliamentary authorities as a matter of urgency.”

Leadsom on Austen

She resurrected Jane Austen before she recovered from saying she was one of “the greatest living authors” to one of the “greatest ever authors”. The mainstream media really has it in for Andrea seizing on her slip of the tongue. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a right winger in possession of much ambition will be tripped up by the media.

Labour Filibuster Debate on Hard-Left Abuse of MPs


Labour last night used a spurious three hour plus-long debate on procedure to block the scheduled debate on hard-left abuse of MPs.[…] Read the rest

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