Tory MP Throws Support Behind Lisa Nandy

Lisa Nandy has won major plaudits from none other than her opposition Tory MPs today after a row from Shadow Cabinet found its way onto the Huffington PostAccording to the site, Nandy butted heads with Sir Keir at a meeting last Thursday, accusing him of focusing too much on Partygate and not enough on how the party would deal with the cost of living crisis. She apparently said Labour risks looking “out of touch” as a result. A fellow shadow cabinet source told the site “She pissed everyone off because we’ve hardly seen her in the local election campaign.”

While Nandy’s well-timed and quickly-briefed intervention hardly endeared her to Labour colleagues, it’s unsurprisingly gone down very well with Tories. Matt Vickers MP tells Guido “Lisa Nandy is absolutely right”

“Starmer has no plan or policy on the issues of the day, he is putting his personal hatred of the PM before the priorities of regular folk and they can see through it“

If Nandy plays her cards right she could be positioned for an imminent leadership challenge of both Labour and the Tories…

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Tory MP: “One of My Best Friends is a Sassy Little Bitch Called Karen”

Stockton South MP Matt Vickers in the Chamber just now as MPs debate plans to introduce fixed penalty notices for animal cruelty. One of the more unique Hansard entries…

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Guido Forks: Tory MP Levels Up Parliament’s Canteen

After an airport, a Treasury campus, an ONS campus, a BEIS campus, a free port, the country’s biggest industrial zone and constant praise from the Cabinet, one might think Teesside has had enough wins for a lifetime. Not content with levelling up the north east, Stockton MP Matt Vickers has now won a victory in SW1 – getting the region’s iconic dish, the Parmo, served in Parliament. 

Breaded chicken, smothered in béchamel sauce and topped with your week’s worth of dietary cheese allowance, no night out in Teesside is complete without one.

Vickers enjoyed a photoshoot in the Commons Terrace Cafeteria this morning with the chef, complete with a personalised chef hat. Guido’s senior reporter – a proud north easterner – popped over to Parliament this afternoon to try it out, and can confirm that while not a looker, it tasted great. The closest attempt at replicating the dish he’s found in London so far…

The dish has proved incredibly popular, with a canteen server at one point having to shout at the queue, “Is there anyone that ISN’T here for a parmo?” Fingers crossed it’s not a one time dish…

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12 Tories Vote Against Rule of 6 as Labour Councils Demand PM Rejects Curfew and Further Lockdown

Last night 12 Tory MPs and five DUP-ers broke ranks and voted against the ‘Rule of Six’, after repeated challenges to the government to prove the evidence that said the limit – and inclusion of children within the six – affected the spread of Coronavirus. The MPs in full were:

  • Peter Bone
  • Graham Brady
  • Gregory Campbell
  • Philip Davies
  • Jeffrey M Donaldson
  • Richard Drax
  • Paul Girvan
  • Philip Hollobone
  • Esther McVey
  • Huw Merriman
  • Gavin Robinson
  • Jim Shannon
  • Henry Smith
  • Desmond Swayne
  • Plus two tellers: Craig Mackinlay and Christopher Chope

If the government feels it can live with such a small rebellion, they wont have long to wait for another. New intake MP Matt Vickers rose to unlikely prominence yesterday as an opposer of the 10 pm pub curfew, telling the government to rethink its approach and later telling Julia Hartley-Brewer the policy “flies in the face” of the Eat Out to Help Out success. He’s clearly a fan of the Brewers…

The Tory rebellions come as it is reported that three city council leaders – Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle – write to the PM insisting they are not subjected to “further economic lockdowns” as well as demanding an end to the “counter-productive” 10 pm curfew and for Westminster to allow local areas to decide their own anti-COVID strategies. The key question is how Captain Hindsight Starmer respond sympathetically to these demands from his own senior regional leaders…

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Westminster’s Patient Zero?

On February 28th, Stockton South MP Matt Vickers was unable to attend a meeting with ‘Friends of the Stockton & Darlington Railway’ due to “being in voluntary quarantine after a recent visit to Thailand” – the fourth MP to self isolate over the Coronavirus outbreak. Very responsible of our public servants…

The MP’s Facebook profile, however, shows Vickers had a meeting with the Chamber of Commerce on February 19th – eight days before the 28th, and that he went for a haircut the day after he missed his meeting with Friends of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, on the 29th. Parliamentary colleagues were similarly surprised to see him turn up to work this Monday. You’re supposed to self-isolate for 14 days…

Vickers should be very careful, as Coronavirus is known to attack the old, weak and vulnerable most – so he must be wary who he interacts with over the coming days. Unfortunately, look who he was spotted posing with at last night’s Kebab Awards…

So is Vickers endangering the health of Westminster workers – or was he just desperate for an excuse not to meet his friends at the Stockton and Darlington Railway? Vickers hasn’t responded to Guido’s calls for clarification…

UPDATE: The Tories finally get in contact with Guido to clarify Vickers did come back from holiday in Thailand, and after advice from 111 was tested and found not to have Coronavirus, though missed his vital meeting with the Stockton & Darlington railway due to the testing. Guido’s praying for Corbyn’s sake that Vickers’s tests were accurate…

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Case of the Missing Casework

When she was in the counting hall watching her boss lose his job, Charlotte Hall – former caseworker to Labour MP Paul Williams – claims all she could think about were “the people I was helping as a caseworker and what will happen to them”. It is surprising to discover from Williams’s Tory successor, Matt Vickers, that almost one month on the former MP’s team have handed over “nowt”; preventing vital ongoing casework advancing. Paul Williams is currently on the shortlist to become Labour’s Police and Crime Commissioner candidate, with Vickers pledging to turn up to every husting until he gets his constituents’ casework…

UPDATE: Paul Williams has just tweeted in response “Matt Vickers hasn’t asked me for anything – he had just made this story up”, then he tweets “I spoke with Matt on 17/12 and advised him there weren’t any outstanding issues.” A blanket denial that there is a single case outstanding…

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