Government Changing Law to Scrap Committee Chair Term Limits

Poring over the Order Paper as he always does, Guido spotted a fascinating Standing Order vote coming up later today and being pushed by the government – to abolish Committee Chairs’ term limits. Very Putinesque. Paving the way for grandees like Bernard Jenkin and Clive Betts to stay on past their impending term limit…

There are many luxuries to having a large majority, but few anticipated rule changes like these coming up. Guido understands the Tory old guard have been banging on about seeing such a change for a while, feeling some select committee chairs have been shortchanged by the term limits because of the successively short parliamentary sessions since 2015. Will we see further parliamentary reforms from the government like this over the next five years?

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Would the SNP Be Prepared to Leave the UK Without a Deal?

The SNP’s rhetoric around No Deal was shown up for the nonsense it is on today’s Politics Live when Sir Bernard Jenkin asked if the SNP would only let Scotland leave the UK under terms the UK could set. Ian Blackford quickly tried to move the conversation on. Clear logic making it an excruciating experience for the SNP…

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Through the Keyhole: Bernard Jenkin’s Sumptuous Georgian Townhouse

Bernard Jenkin may not have got the most flattering portrayal in Channel 4’s Brexit drama on Monday night but at least he was able to watch it from the comfort of his sumptuous five-bedroom Kennington townhouse. However, the BJ-lifestyle could soon be yours for a mere £2.8 million – the outgoing Harwich MP has had the Grade II Listed Georgian property on the market for a while now but hasn’t been able to shift it. Could you be the lucky buyer?

Your guests will love dinner in the elegant dining room with impeccable period furnishings original dark wood panelling. Very tasteful…

Enjoy the wonderful natural light in the smart yet comfortable drawing room. Or close the curtains and relax in the way that best suits you…

The luxurious master bedroom has a whole floor to itself and comes complete with ensuite bathroom and its very own dressing room. Perfect for discarding those unwanted clothes…

Stick the relatives safely in the separate basement flat when they come to stay. Special relationship sofa cushions not necessarily included…

Take back control of the sizeable garden with plenty of potential – make the most of any summer heatwaves by turning it into your perfect sun trap. Just watch out for the neighbours…

Plot your next boardroom coup in your stylish wooden studio annexe tucked away down the bottom of the garden, complete with its own bathroom for those extended scheming sessions. Your rivals will never see it coming…

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Jenkin: Morgan and Soubry Pack It In Or Corbyn Will Be PM

Bernard Jenkin tells Nicky Morgan, Anna Soubry, Osborne and Heseltine to shut up or Corbyn will be in Downing Street. A view held by increasing numbers of Tory MPs this afternoon…

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EU Wants

Bernard Jenkin tells Today what EU countries want

“I’m afraid what they want is a lot of our money.”

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Bernard Jenkin Accuses No. 10 of Cash For Questions

Bernard Jenkin has accused Downing Street of a stitch up over their Trade Union bill u-turn. Did ministers deliberately abandon the manifesto commitment to look at the way unions donate to political parties in order to secure funding from unions for the Remain cause?

“Trade Union leaders have been complaining they are unable to campaign effectively for a remain vote in the EU referendum while the Government’s trade union bill has been threatening Trade unions and their funding. The trade union bill would have implemented a Conservative manifesto commitment, and I quote, legislate to ensure trade unions use a transparent opt in process for trade union subscriptions….Yesterday the Minister’s concession was wholly unexpected and my Right Honourable friend for Grantham and Stanford announced his decision to abandon the opposition in this change to the bill…It has been confirmed to me, from two independent sources that Number Ten instructed these concessions to be made after discussions with trade union representatives…This being true would amount to the sale of government policy for cash and political favours…Mr Speaker this stinks. This reeks of the same of Cash for Questions. This shows this government really is at the rotten heart of the European Union.”

That is an explosive claim…

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