Angela Smith Selected for LibDems in Altrincham and Sale West

“The Liberal Democrats are delighted to announce that Angela Smith will stand in the key Conservative battleground, Altrincham and Sale West, against Sir Graham Brady in the next general election.”

Graham Brady won 51% of the vote in 2017. LibDems won 7%. Looks like Angela is retiring at the next election…

mdi-timer 11th October 2019 @ 11:34 am 11th Oct 2019 @ 11:34 am mdi-comment Comments
Graham Brady Returns as 1922 Chair

Following the leadership candidacy that never was, Graham Brady has been reappointed Chairman of the Tory Backbench 1922 Committee. He will remain in situ until a new executive is elected in the next parliamentary session.

mdi-timer 3rd September 2019 @ 4:34 pm 3rd Sep 2019 @ 4:34 pm mdi-comment Comments
Brady Resurfaces With Fresh Call to Bin the Backstop

Guido can shed some new light on the curious case of the disappearing 1922 Committee Chairman – Graham Brady has finally resurfaced several weeks after disappearing without trace following his bizarre decision to ‘recuse’ himself from the Committee to launch his own abortive leadership bid. Not a single MP came forward in his support, Guido can’t even remember him making the case for himself…

Now Brady has popped up in the foreword to the latest Policy Exchange paper by Lord Bew on the Irish backstop, calling for the next Tory leader to drop the backstop. As Brady points out, the only Brexit option to ever command a majority in the House of Commons was the deal with his amendment calling for alternative arrangements replacing the backstop. The EU are the ones chasing unicorns if they think a deal with the backstop is ever getting through…

mdi-timer 17th June 2019 @ 10:20 am 17th Jun 2019 @ 10:20 am mdi-comment Comments
No Backers Yet for Penny, Rory or Brady

With Guido’s co-conspirators having identified the given allegiances of some 82 Tory MPs, which is 25% of the parliamentary party, only three would-be candidates have no identified backers so far. Admittedly only one – Rory Stewart – has publicly declared he will run. The rumour going around a febrile Westminster, categorically and vehemently denied by her people, is that Penny Mordaunt will come out for Hunt…

View lists here: order-order.com/backers

mdi-timer 24th May 2019 @ 5:18 pm 24th May 2019 @ 5:18 pm mdi-comment Comments
Where the 1922 Executive Stand on the Tory Leadership Rules

Guido understands that this is how the so-called “men in grey suits” – the 1922 Executive Committee – have been divided over whether to change the Conservative Party’s rules to allow Theresa May to be challenged with a fresh no confidence vote before December. It’s on a knife edge:

  • Pro-change (8): Bob Blackman (Secretary), Nigel Evans (Secretary), Geoffrey Clifton Brown (Treasurer), Bernard Jenkin, Pauline Latham, Sheryll Murray, William Wragg, Bill Wiggin
  • Anti-change (9): Cheryl Gillan (Vice-Chair), Charles Walker (Vice-Chair), Kemi Badenoch (Tory Party Vice-Chair), John Lamont, Jeremy Lefroy, Mark Pawsey, Antoinette Sandbach, Alec Shelbrooke (Tory Party Vice-Chair), John Stevenson
  • Abstain (1): Graham Brady (Chair)

The split is largely Leave-Remain, although three Leavers, 1922 Vice-Chairmen Cheryl Gillan and Charles Walker, and Kemi Badenoch, are currently opposing the change. Geoffrey Clifton-Brown previously opposed removing May but has publicly switched since. Crucially, Chairman Graham Brady – a Brexiteer – is on the fence, while others like Gillan are thought to be wavering…

As Guido reported earlier, Brexiteers are weighing up different strategic options to maximise the chances of successfully changing the party leadership. May has been granted a week’s reprieve to have one more attempt at getting a deal through. The Committee can’t stay on the fence forever when she fails again…

UPDATE: Guido understands that Kemi Badenoch is actually opposing any change, not abstaining as originally reported.

mdi-timer 9th May 2019 @ 4:42 pm 9th May 2019 @ 4:42 pm mdi-comment Comments
1922 Committee Ultimatum Shifts to Next Week

Yesterday’s 1922 Executive Committee meeting was touted as significant but members failed to decide to initiate moves against the Prime Minister this week. Brexiteer sources close to the committee, scarred from their experience in December, tell Guido that they are hesitant to rush into a leadership challenge again until they are sure they could win it.

One said that they want to wait to “inflict maximum pain” so more of the Parliamentary Party wakes up to the urgency of dislodging the Prime Minister. With another WA vote now seemingly taking place within the next two weeks, the European Elections, and the Peterborough by election on the horizon, a source told Guido that “it’s only going to get worse”…

The Prime Minister will meet the committee next week, likely on Tuesday or Wednesday where they hope she will present a more comprehensive exit plan than her current refrain of seeing the first phase of negotiations through. Some are more optimistic than others that this will materialise…

Meanwhile the balance of power on the committee appears to be shifting against the Prime Minister, with previous waverer Sir Geoffrey Clifton Brown this morning definitively saying it’s time for May to go.

Other executive members Cheryl Gillan and Kemi Badenoch (who is also a party vice chair) are thought to still be on the fence. Guido looks forward to next week’s showdown…

mdi-timer 9th May 2019 @ 10:37 am 9th May 2019 @ 10:37 am mdi-comment Comments
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