David Mundell on Christmas

David Mundell tells The Times…

“I expect Christmas to take place.”

Mundell Hits Out at Raab

Punchy from the Scotland Secretary, calling Raab a “carpet bagger”. Can safely lower odds on Mundell resigning

Scots Tories Throw Down Gauntlet to May on Fishing

Theresa May’s Brexit headache has got another notch worse with the arrival of a letter from all thirteen Scottish Tory MPs, including Scottish Secretary David Mundell, explicitly reaffirming their red lines on UK fishing rights post Brexit. It includes a stark warning against “becoming an independent coastal state in name only“, and makes clear that Scottish Tory MPs “could not support an agreement with the EU that would prevent the UK from independently negotiating access and quota shares.” Not a good sign for Downing Street that Mundell, a Cabinet minister who has had access to the actual text, has signed it…

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“So, Boris Can Wait…” Tory Karaoke in Full

Tory conference finally saw the energy and passion it has been lacking this week courtesy of the InHouse Communications karaoke night. Partygoers witnessed peak Matt Hancock as he took to the stage to sing Happy Birthday to himself, before performing a high octane duet of Don’t Stop Me Now with Therese Coffey (watch above). James Cleverly and Kelly Tolhurst attempted Don’t Go Breaking My Heart before Clevz redeemed himself with a more impressive rendition of Twist and Shout, complete with memorable hip action. Will Quince demonstrated surprising depth as he had the room hand-waving to My Way. Nigel Evans gave us Delilah, David Mundell just about made his way through 500 Miles and a Brexit-backing cross-party trio of Paul Scully, Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Ian Paisley Jnr had the room rocking to Sweet CarolineThen it was the turn of the Lobby…

Faisal Islam took great pleasure in adapting the lyrics of Don’t Look Back in Anger to belt out “So, Boris can wait” – just the latest MSM smear. Dan Hodges and Glen Owen teamed up with Number 10 Sunday Lobby specialist Kirsty Buchanan to murder Mr Brightside. An emotional David Wooding, one arm raised aloft, sang You’ll Never Walk Alone, the only time he’ll be able to do that in Manchester. The night ended with Number 10’s Richard “Tricky” Jackson nailing You Raise Me Up. Hic…

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Scottish edition, you can stay late at the pub…

David Mundell Comes Out as Gay

Scotland Secretary David Mundell has come out:

New Year, new start! I have already set out my political priorities for the year and now I am setting out my personal one. Having taken one of the most important decisions of my life and resolved to come out publically as gay in 2016, I just want to get on with it, and now, just like that, I have said it. How can it be both so easy and so hard to say a few short words?    

In the end, it took just a couple of  taps on a keyboard, yet at some points, in my mind, it was going to be harder than standing for election, speaking in the House of Commons or being cross-examined on television. I still cannot fully rationalise such feelings, but I know they are not uncommon, particularly in men of my age. Of course, everybody who gets to this point, has had their own journey. I have certainly been on mine – conflicting emotions, of doubts and fears, but ultimately positive and uplifting, with an unstoppable direction of travel. Over time, I came to understand that, for me, the only way to be truly happy on a personal level is to acknowledge in public as well as in private, who I am. 

I so admire the many people, young and old, who are doing this every day, uncertain of the reaction. I have been very fortunate and couldn’t have had more love and support from my family and friends. However, making this  public is something I have had to do myself. I don’t know what the wider reaction will be, but I know it’s the right thing for me to do. 

Other than the intensely personal and positive  difference it  makes to me, and the way I can live my life, my hope is that my coming out doesn’t change anything else about how I go about my work or how people treat me. Gender and sexuality should make no difference whether you are a Cabinet Minister or in any other walk of life and I hope that I can, in my own way, reinforce that message.    

The first openly gay Tory Cabinet minister.

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