Rees-Mogg Refuses to Say Government Won’t Block Julian Lewis’ Committee Chairmanship

Asked by Peter Bone whether the Government is planning on continuing its “hissy fit over the election of Julian Lewis to the Intelligence and Security Committee by blocking his appointment, Rees-Mogg dodged the question, instead accusing the new chair of “playing ducks and drakes” with Labour to usurp the Government’s wishes. Further No. 10 shenanigans will not go down at all well with the Tory old guard…

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Mogg Concedes as MPs Reject Government-Proposed Complaints Process

Relative drama from the Commons last night as MPs voted to reject a government proposal that would have seen MPs debate serious behaviour breaches on the floor of the house.

The core proposals will see a panel of independent experts consider complaints against MPs, before issuing their recommendations; less serious sanctions would be imposed directly by the panel, however more serious punishments – such as expulsion or suspension – would have to be approved by a vote in the Commons. Finally ending the historic process of MPs adjudicating on their own behaviour…

Jacob Rees-Mogg had tacked on an extra proposal, allowing MPs to debate the most serious cases before a vote. Mogg’s proposals were rejected by 243 to 238.

Parliamentary staffers had spent the day heavily lobbying their bosses to oppose Rees-Mogg’s proposal, over fears that despite the limited rules of any debate – including a ban on naming the alleged victims and discussion of specific details of the case – MPs would, in the words of Meg Hillier MP, use the debate as a “bully pulpit”, using “gossip” and “innuendo” to get around the rules. Fury turned to jubilation among staffers and after the defeat there was “sheer joy” in their Whatsapp groups…

The vote in favour of Chris Bryant’s wrecking amendment cannot technically be chalked down as a Government defeat, nevertheless, the Tory whips tried their hardest to persuade MPs into the voting lobbies with them to support Rees-Mogg’s motion, including a dig-in-the-ribs email setting out how the Chief and Deputy Chief Whip were intending to vote. 45 Tory MPs ended up backing Bryant’s amendment, including Theresa May and serving Minister Penny Mordaunt.

Following his defeat, Rees-Mogg responded via an article in The House Magazine, conceding:

“If this means more complainants will feel confident in the system, then so much the better. Of greatest importance is the fact that the independent panel has been established.”

Magnanimous as ever, Jacob…

In Case You Missed It: Parliament Begins Formal Investigation into Rob Roberts*

*Rob voted against Chris Bryant’s amendment…

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Rees-Mogg’s Wurst Meataphore

Celebrating the return of the physical Parliament, Jacob Rees-Mogg opines:

We have three public bill committees going at the moment, we will shortly have four. This means that the sausage machine is back in action; and the sausage machine of legislation – we essentially in the chamber create the outer covering, but it is the committees that push the meat inside before it comes back here to be tied up and sold in strings… the sausages we promised in our election manifesto will soon be barbequed”

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Mogg Channels Thatcher: “Will We Have an Extension? No, No, No!”

Guido missed this classic Mogg moment from business questions yesterday. Asked by Lee Anderson for reassurance the government will not be extending the transition period, Rees-Mogg gave as emphatic an answer as he could muster, resorting to quoting Lady Thatcher’s famous refute of EU political expansion: No, No, No!

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From Ivory Towers to Alton Towers

A heckle from Chris Bryant this afternoon slightly backfired when Jacob Rees-Mogg revealed that he had indeed been to Alton Towers. He will therefore be well prepared for the snaking queue that awaits this afternoon’s vote.

“Yes indeed I have I took my sister Annunziata there many years ago… anyway enough of my reminiscences.”

Later in the debate, Karen Bradley dropped some impressive knowledge of Alton Towers, name checking both the Nemesis and Oblivion rollercoasters. These modern Tories are more in touch than Guido expected…

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Jacob Rees Mogg Announces MPs Will Be Able to Appear in Debates Remotely on Medical Grounds

In what will be seen as a compromise, Jacob Rees-Mogg has announced that despite the hybrid parliament ending, MPs who are away from the House on medical grounds will be able to participate in debates in the Chamber remotely. What will not placate calls from Rob Halfon however is that remote voting has conclusively ended. If the government gets its way, Rees-Mogg made it clear that shielding MPs will have to rely on pairing…

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