Trade Committee Empty Chairs Secretary of State

The international trade committee has taken the novel approach of empty chairing Secretary of State Anne-Marie Trevelyan over lack of attendance and the Aussie trade deal. Taking her team by surprise given last night the committee tweeted the session had been cancelled after she pulled out.

The only other time Guido can only think of this being done was with Damian Collins’s empty chairing of Mark Zuckerberg. It’s interesting Angus Brendan Macneil is taking such a strong line on the Australian trade deal – Guido thought he’d had a change of heart

See also: SNP Discovers Joys of Free Trade

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Anne-Marie Trevelyan: MP Pinned Me Against Wall, Said “She Must Want” Him

International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan confessed to a harrowing personal experience of abuse in Westminster during her morning media round, when questioned about the ongoing spate of sex and behaviour scandals coming out of Parliament. Trevelyan claims to have been “at the sharp end” of misogyny from MPs multiple times:

“AMT: I have witnessed and been at the sharp end of misogyny from some colleagues many times over…

NF: Might I ask how that misogyny presented itself?

AMT: Well we might describe it as ‘wandering hands’, if you like, we might describe it as, you know, a number of years ago being pinned up against a wall by a male MP who is now no longer in the House I’m pleased to say, declaring that I ‘must want him because he’s a powerful man’.”

Just looking back over the last week, we’ve had Angie’s legs, the porn MP, a shadow cabinet member accused of sexist comments, Trans Tory MP Jamie Wallis charged over a car crash and Liam Byrne suspended for bullying. We’ve almost got enough for a complete re-write of ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire’…

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UK Closes in on CPTPP Membership

The Department for Trade’s announced the UK has moved into the second and final phase of accession to join the CPTPP free trade area, a move confirmed by Japan this morning. The £8.4 trillion trade bloc, hailed by Anne-Marie Trevelyan as “one of the largest and most exciting free-trading clubs in the world”, could be set to welcome the UK as a member by the end of the year, giving us access to the 11 current members’ markets. 99.9% of exports would become tariff-free…

Trevelyan hails the decision by Japan:

“CPTPP is one of the largest and most exciting free-trading clubs in the world. Today’s announcement is a major milestone for us joining this dynamic group of economies and means the finish line is in sight.  

“I look forward to visiting Asia next week and flying the flag for Global Britain by holding valuable trade talks with key partners across the Indo-Pacific region and pushing to secure CPTPP accession by the end of the year. This just one aspect of our Indo-Pacific strategy, which will benefit businesses and consumer across every part of the UK and help us to level up at home.” 

Yet another benefit of Brexit

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Trevelyan Makes Up Second Job Proposals as She Goes Along

Now that Boris has announced plans to restrict MPs’ second job hours to “within reasonable limits“, it looks like the government still hasn’t figured out what those limits are. Speaking on the media round this morning, Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan gave three different answers to the question of how many hours per week an MP could reasonably expect to work at their second job – all within the space of an hour. Classic broadcast round clock-up…

First on Times Radio, Trevelyan claimed it was acceptable to spend “8-10 hours” a week on other work. That number then jumped to “10-15 hours” when she appeared on BBC Breakfast. By the time Trevelyan appeared on the Today programme, the figure had somehow climbed all the way up to “10-20 hours“. It’s worth pointing out that Geoffrey Cox currently works 41 hours a month on his extra-curricular work, so according to Trevelyan, he’d actually be able to double his outside earnings before hitting this floated limit…

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RESHUFFLE: Alok Sharma Becomes Full-Time COP26 President, Kwasi Kwarteng Appointed Secretary of State for Business

Government sneaks out mini-reshuffle at 1700 on Friday:

  • Kwasi Kwarteng appointed Business Secretary
  • Alok Sharma becomes full-time COP26 President
  • Anne-Marie Trevelyan will become Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth

“The COP26 President will be based in the Cabinet Office and has been appointed as a Minister. He will report directly to the Prime Minister. He will not be part of the wider Cabinet Office Ministerial team, headed by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office (Rt Hon Michael Gove MP), whose responsibilities remain unchanged.

The COP26 President will continue to be supported by others, including High Level Champion Nigel Topping, UK International Champion on Adaptation and Resilience Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the UK’s Net Zero Business Champion Andrew Griffith, and Mark Carney, the PM’s Advisor on COP26 Finance.”

No. 10 clarifies to Guido that Sharma can continue attending Cabinet, though he is now a Minister of State rather than a Secretary of State…

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MP Suggests Using Grounded Aircraft to Fill Ventilator Shortage

New Tory MP Marco Longhi spent his morning badgering colleagues in their ‘Health and Social Care Support’ WhatsApp group offering suggestions as to how the NHS could overcome its ventilator shortage. One such suggestion seemed to include putting Coronavirus patients in grounded aircrafts so they can use the drop down oxygen masks…

Secretary of State for DfID Anne-Marie Trevelyan called the idea “not mad“. Well it is a little air-brained…

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