Rishi and Hunt Plummet in Popularity Amongst Conservative Members

In news that will not surprise co-conspirators, the current Cabinet isn’t popular with anyone much – nor even among Conservative members. The latest Conservative Home cabinet popularity league tables have been published and very few come off well. The big losers are Rishi Sunak, on 9%, and Jeremy Hunt on -9%. Both fell by 40% in less than a month…

Elsewhere, Dominic Raab may be feeling the heat from the Lobby’s campaign for his scalp – he dropped by 18%. Michael Gove also lost support. Robert Jenrick came dead last.

The average score for a cabinet minister was 21.7, lower than the 23.7 under Liz Truss and the last month of Boris. For context, Boris’s first cabinet averaged 57.4…

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Commission Publishes Final Revision of Boundary Review

The Boundary Commission has published its finalised revision of proposals for equalising constituency sizes and it makes interesting reading for a number of MPs. The review is designed to equalise constituency sizes, which had left England underrepresented, giving all seats, excluding protected areas, an electorate of between 69,700 and 77,000. It’s left a number of MPs facing challenges…

Gavin Williamson’s South Staffordshire is set to merge with South Dudley, leaving him with a scrap for a place. Dominic Raab’s job holding Esher and Walton has been made the more challenging with the addition of less favourable areas. While Ben Wallace’s constituency is also being hived off. Robert Buckland’s Swindon South has also become less comfortable. In other news Sir Keir, Rishi and Boris come off relatively unscathed. Though Tories overall shouldn’t be too displeased, the number of seats in England has gone from 533 to 543, which will likely benefit them.

Where England gains Scotland and Wales have lost out. Scotland will have two less seats, whilst Wales faces cuts of 8. Naturally this has caused concern amongst the home nations. Dave Doogan, SNP MP for Angus, was clearly feeling the heat and told The National the proposals were “a disgrace”. Nothing to do with the fact he will soon be seatless…

A consultation will now open until December 5th, and final proposals will be submitted by July 2023. Co-conspirators can find out what proposals might mean for them here.

Hat-tip: State of the Nation for the map

 

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WATCH: Wallace Confirms Scrapping of £250 Million National Flagship Yacht

Ben Wallace has confirmed the scrapping of the proposed £250 million national flagship, the successor to the Royal Yacht Britannia. The new ship – which was supposed to be named after the late Prince Phillip – had been a project of the Boris era, and was intended to serve both as a tribute to the Royals and to attract global trade to Britain. Now, sadly, it’s been abandoned. Commiserations, Chopper. Talk about sunk costs…

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New Prime Minister: Runners & Riders

After a premiership even shorter than the leadership contest that put her there, Liz has resigned. Thankfully, the search for her replacement will take a week, rather than two months. Here are the runners and riders…

Rishi Sunak – Polls suggest the membership have buyer’s remorse and might well back him this time. A Team Rishi source tells Guido “he has no choice” but to stand. Wouldn’t go down well with the right of the parliamentary party though…

Penny Mordaunt – Narrowly missed out on the membership stage of the contest last time. Clearly didn’t even bother furloughing her campaign after Liz won. Senior cabinet members told Guido during conference – remember that? – they were furious at how overtly she was on leadership manoeuvres. Would be a shock if she didn’t stand…

Ben Wallace – Consistently tops Tory membership polls. Some already branding him the ‘unity’ candidate. Ruled himself out last time after “discussing with colleagues and family”. Doesn’t look like he necessarily has the same concerns this time…

James Cleverly – A very charismatic guy, at the top of politics for years. Very loyal to both Boris and Liz, while managing to keep his hands clean of the economic mess of the past two months. Potential to suck up the Boris diaspora. Didn’t run last time due to his wife’s ongoing battle with cancer.

Suella Braverman – A source from her last campaign tells Guido they’re not yet sure if she’ll stand. Although it wasn’t a no…

Kemi Badenoch – Still has huge grassroots support; the question is whether big beasts like Gove would fall in behind her again. In the circumstances the party will want a more experienced hand.

Boris is currently on holiday on the other side of the world – although why would he want the job right now? Michael Gove has already ruled out standing. Guido was first to reveal Jeremy Hunt is not standing, and can rule out Tom Tugendhat.

Only a week to go…

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Andrew Griffith Mistaken for Ben Wallace… Again

For the second time in four days, a paper has managed to mix up bald white Tory minister Andrew Griffith with bald, white, Tory secretary of state Ben Wallace. First it was the Sunday Mail, now it’s the Mirror…

The Mirror also managed to confuse Kwasi Kwarteng with the president of international for Bank of America earlier this month. Hard lessons obviously learnt. Picture desks: catch up…

UPDATE: Griffith responds: “We really must stop going to the same hairdresser!”

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James Heappey Threatens to Quit If Hunt Cuts Defence Spending

Armed Forces Minister James Heappey has just laid down the gauntlet for Prime Minister Hunt: abandon the commitment to 3% of GDP on defence spending by 2030, and both Heappey and Wallace will quit. Wallace briefed out the same threat himself over the weekend. Given Hunt last night warned suitably “scary” cuts are coming in his Halloween mini-budget, losing the two Ministers at the top of the MoD might give pause for thought. Maybe…

Speaking this morning to Nick Ferrari, Heappey was unambiguous:

Ferrari: … Does the Government still support the 3% lift of GDP on defence spending by 2030?

Heappey: Yes.

Ferrari: [Ben Wallace] says he would quit if that were changed, would you join him?

Heappey: Yeah… but no one’s said, Nick, that 3% isn’t going to happen by 2030.

True, although what people say and what actually happens are often two different things. Just ask Kwasi…

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