Speaker Spec-Data

This data from our friends at the Spectator says it all. Being Speaker was always about Bercow grabbing attention on his feet. Bercow will go down in history as wrecking the office of Speaker, unless a traditionalist is elected his successor it is now irredeemably partisan and will likely be so in the future. Imagine Chris Bryant in the Chair…

UPDATE: Two corrections, it is not the Speccie’s data, it is Robert Colvile’s analysis. The CPS wonk also says this does not compare like-with-like because it is over this data is actually speeches across entire parliamentary career, not just while Speaker. Our first mistake was because, unlike us, the Speccie did not credit the source and our second was taking their headline at face value.

Robert Colvile says that comparing Bercow and Michael Martin’s last three years as Speakers is better. Bercow is still 3 times as gobby as his predecessor…

Harman Pitches Herself as Continuity Bercow

The race to be the next speaker is formally on, with a number of candidates now openly campaigning. In truth many candidates have been quietly on the campaign trail for well over a year. Harriet Harman has the most sophisticated operation and the most support from the Labour benches. Another serious contender at this stage is Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle. Harman took to the airwaves on The Today Programme to declare that she agreed with Bercow’s flagrant disregard for precedent…

Guido brings you the runners and riders to be the next speaker in full here…

  • Harriet Harman (Lab)
    • The (self-described) ‘Mother of the House’. Pitching herself as ‘continuity Bercow.’ That will go down well with Remainers but is unlikely to pick up much Tory support…
  • Lindsay Hoyle (Lab)
    • Deputy Speaker. Good sense of humour with a decidedly smaller head than his would-be predecessor. Seen as less activist with a broader appeal across the House. But will this Remainer Parliament want someone less keen on breaking the rules for their own cause?
  • Chris Bryant (Lab)
    • Loves Parliamentary procedure so much he wrote a book on it. An also-ran.
  • Charles Walker (Con)
    • A close friend of Bercow and loyal Theresa May fan. May want to add ‘speaker’ to his title along with his KBE this morning.
  • Eleanor Laing (Con)
    • Seen as more cooperative in the eyes of Brexiteers…
  • Rosie Winterton (Lab)
    • Another Deputy Speaker and former Labour Chief Whip under Miliband.
  • Meg Hillier (Lab)
    • Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee.
  • Sir Henry Bellingham (Con)
    • Promised to bring back ceremonial outfits, including wifs for the clerks and speaker. Will go down well with traditional Tories…
  • Sir Edward Leigh (Con)
    • Certainly the Tory Brexiteer’s favourite… so a no-hoper if Bercow insists on this cohort of MPs voting in the next speaker.
  • Pete Wishart (SNP)
    • Clearly doesn’t think Scottish independence is likely any time soon…

Expect backroom dealings and grovelling campaigning over the next two months…

UPDATE: After putting his name about, Pete Wishart has sheepishly pulled out

UPDATE II: Election for the next speaker announced for 4th November

UPDATE III: Shailesh Vara (Con) has emailed MPs announcing he is also running for speaker, promising to be impartial and to address “everyone in a respectful and fair manner“.

Bryant Tickles Cox

Chris Bryant got Geoffrey Cox chuckling at the Despatch Box after regaling an unexpected anecdote…

“Kay Burley Will Stand Against Matt Hancock in West Suffolk”

Labour MP Chris Bryant reckons Kay Burley could stand against Matt Hancock in West Suffolk if the future of Sky News is threatened under proposed merger plans. Kay would win…

Bryant Asks Kay Out for Dinner

Chris Bryant says if Trump’s state visit goes ahead he will take Kay Burley out for dinner, or even cook. It’ll be the news event of the year…

Bryant’s a Winker

Chris Bryant sets pulses racing on the Daily Politics…

Hypocrisy of DUP-Hating Europhiles

Frustrated Remoaners have been decrying the Tory government-propping DUP as homophobic because they oppose gay marriage. Yesterday Angela Merkel voted against legalising gay marriage in Germany saying “it should be between a man and a woman”. Where is the outrage from the usual Europhile loudmouths? The virtue signallers who banged on about Trump? Has Chris Bryant tweeted his disgust? Silent hypocrisy.

Plaid Cymru Could Be About to Turf Bryant Out

Over at Paddy Power’s Blog Guido is speculating on Chris Bryant’s troubles. Plaid Cymru is insurgent in the Rhondda, in the local elections in his constituency Labour lost six seats, taking their count from 15 to 9 councillors. Plaid surged from 7 seats to a total of 14 councillors.Even more worrying for Bryant the share of the votes cast for Plaid went from 39.9% in 2012 to 47.9% last week. Labour’s share plunged 12% from 54.9% in 2012 to 42.5% last week. That’s not a poll – which are bad enough for Labour in Wales with them trailing the Tories – that’s real votes cast. Read the full argument, make your own mind up…

Campaign Report: 30 Days to Go

We will stand up for millions of working families repeatedly hit with rising energy bills.

For the many not the few. Give a toss about stuff.

Theresa May’s Brexit plans will leave us poorer. There’s been a 5p/litre hike in the cost of fuel since the referendum.

Celebrating Europe Day is as relevant as the UK celebrating Empire Day.

Yet again BBC leaves Green Party out of its key election programmes & includes UKIP.

Vote SNP to re-elect strong voices for oil and gas jobs.

Jeremy Corbyn refused to say he would definitely lead the UK out of the EU if he becomes PM.

Chris Bryant under real pressure in the Rhondda: Plaid Cymru 11/10, Labour 4/6.

Welsh Voting Intention: Conservatives 41%, Labour 35%, Plaid Cymru 11%, the LibDems 7%, UKIP 4% (YouGov)

Bryant’s WhatsApp Rejection

Chris Bryant is defending a 7,445 majority in his Leave-voting Rhondda constituency, so he needs all the help he can get. Several non-Labour voters were bewildered to find themselves invited into Bryant’s campaign WhatsApp group this week. Judging by the number who immediately left the group, the request for help was not universally well received. 

His voter targeting needs work…

Bryant Running for Speaker

The worst kept secret produces the worst non-denial. Chris Bryant wants to succeed Bercow as Speaker. His problem is that his abrasive character and sharp tongue are unlikely to encourage the necessary Tories to back him…

Labour MPs Make Complete Ankaras of Themselves

Responding to the coup in Turkey, in which 90 died, protesters were gunned down and over 1,000 were injured, top Corbynista Shadow Cabinet member Jon Trickett said:

It’s now been deleted.

Chris Bryant for some reason decided it was all about Brexit:

Labour MPs, step away from the keyboard…

Bryant’s UKIP Bashing Comes Back to Bite Him

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Welsh Labour MPs stuck the knife into Plaid’s Leanne Wood last night after she relied on UKIP votes to challenge Carwyn Jones for First Minister. Chris Bryant led the attack, arguing Labour shouldn’t form a government if they relied on UKIP to win:

“I’d only be interested in forming a progressive government. If I’d to rely on Tories/UKIP to win, I’d say no thanks”

Owen Smith and Nia Griffiths piled in too. Which makes the news that UKIP Assembly Members Nathan Gill and Mark Reckless are considering backing Jones for FM very awkward indeed. Those two UKIP votes could keep Labour’s FM in his job and defeat the Plaid insurgency. Yet Labour MPs have publicly said they don’t want UKIP votes. Bryant has suddenly gone very uncharacteristically quiet…

Who Is On Question Time Tonight?

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Bryant’s Osborne Coke Joke

Chris Bryant has a good line. “I’m delighted that finally the Chancellor has realised the dangers of Coke…”[…] Read the rest

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Bryant Ribs “Leader of the Out Campaign” Grayling

Chris Grayling will be delighted to have been named the “leader of the Out campaign” by Chris Bryant at Business questions. Grayling writes in today’s Telegraph that the EU is “disastrous” for Britain:

“Most people in Westminster know that I hold strong Eurosceptic views.

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Chris Bryant Caught on Camera

Poor old Chris Bryant was due on the BBC News Channel after Whitto had finished his down-the-line, when they cruelly cut to him at the most unfortunate of moments:

After all his hard work defending the Beeb, this is how they go and repay him…[…] Read the rest

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Out-of-the-Loop Chris Bryant Hasn’t a Clue

As Guido revealed in this week’s Sun on Sunday:

“The BBC has announced 1,000 jobs are to go as part of a £150 million round of cuts. These job losses would cover just £50 million of the sum, however, leaving another £100 million awaiting Aunty’s axe.

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Culture Shadow Chris Bryant on BBC 3

Culture Shadow Chris Bryant MP goes luvvy…

“I agree with the hundreds of stars who have signed a letter calling to save BBC Three.”[…] Read the rest

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Blair Already Back Electioneering For Labour

There was plenty of chatter in the broadsheets this weekend about what, if any, role Tony Blair would play in the coming Labour election campaign. However – as readers of the Sun on Sunday would know – Mr Tony was already back and doing his part to raise cash for candidates last week.[…] Read the rest

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