Harman Unfit for Quasi-Judicial Privileges Committee Chairmanship

Guido’s already covered the irony-come-hypocrisy of Labour appointing Harriet Harman – a woman who herself received multiple Fixed Penalty Notices as a minister – to lead the investigation into whether Boris misled the house. Christopher Hope reckons she might be a poor pick for natural justice reasons. The chair vacancy originally arose when Chris Bryant acknowledged that, given he’d already made a number of anti-Boris statements in the media and the committee’s findings would have been completely compromised:

“However, it is also important that the House be seen to proceed fairly without any imputation of unfairness and that the whole House have confidence in the Committee of Privilege’s proceedings.”

It’s now emerged his replacement, Harman, has not been neutral on the question up until this point either. She has tweeted her views relating to allegations around the PM’s truthfulness, with one saying “If PM and CX admit guilt, accepting that police right that they breached regs, then they are also admitting that they misled the House of Commons”. You wouldn’t favour your chances going to trial if the judge was on the record with such levels of preconceived bias…

Yesterday in the Commons, Andrew Murrison asked Michael Ellis whether he agreed “that those placed in a position of judgment over others must not have a previously stated position on the matter in question”. The Cabinet Office minister replied:

“It is, of course, an age-old principle of natural justice that no person should be a judge in their own court.

Where an individual has given a view on the guilt or innocence of any person, they ought not to then sit in judgment on that person. I know that point he is referring to, and I have no doubt that the right honourable lady will consider that.”

It seems to be yet another own goal by Labour, mind-made-up Harman’s appointment totally undermines the impartiality of the privileges committee investigation…

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No Cost of Living Crisis for Present-Giving Cabinet

Michael Ellis has clocked in an early contender for picture of the day, as the Cabinet announced they’ve gifted a music box to the Queen for her Platinum Jubilee. The announcement – accompanied with snaps of Michael Ellis showing it off to the Cabinet like an excited child at Christmas – sets out the box was handmade entirely in Britain, plays Handel’s Messiah when opened, and is Downing Street staircase yellow on the outside with portraits of the country’s post-1952 PMs. The inside lid features each cabinet minister’s name.

A Downing Street spokesperson has said the gift was organised – quelle surprise – by Parliament’s royal fan boy Michael Ellis, who’s also been in charge of fundraising for Parliament’s Jubilee gift. Guido has confirmed every member of the Cabinet stumped up a whopping £200 per head, meaning the 31-strong contributors paid some £6,200 for the gift. Guido’s sure Her Majesty will use it every day…

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Michael Ellis Calls Out Angela Rayner’s Job Titles Hypocrisy

Labour MP Ben Bradshaw managed to score a massive own goal this afternoon when trying to accuse Boris’s new chief of staff, Steve Barclay, of having too many jobs. Cabinet office minister Michael Ellis gently pointed out Barclay’s four roles – Chief of Staff, Cabinet Office Secretary of State, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and MP – pale in comparison to Angela Rayner’s own list of responsibilities:

  • MP for Ashton-Under-Lyme
  • Deputy Labour Leader
  • Shadow Secretary of State for the Cabinet Office
  • Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
  • Shadow First Secretary of State
  • Shadow Secretary for the Future of Work

Ellis got the expected cheers from the Tory side…

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Jim Shannon Breaks Down During Ellis Questioning
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Paymaster General Confirms Cabinet Office to Investigate 3 Lockdown Parties

Paymaster General Michael Ellis confirming the Cabinet Office will investigate three parties: Cleo Watson’s leaving drinks on November 27th, Gavin Williamson’s Department for Education party on December 10th, and the Downing Street staff party on December 18th. Leaving out the Lee Cain Downing Street leaving drinks – where Boris is alleged to have delivered a speech – on November 13th

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Suella Braverman Returns Ahead of Rumoured Reshuffle

Among the grinning faces in a cabinet photo put out by No. 10 this morning was the conspicuous re-appearance for Suella Braverman. Back in March, Braverman became the first minister to go on maternity leave, and was replaced by Michael Ellis, the solicitor general. While Guido understands Braverman isn’t back in the department until next week, she was nonetheless invited back to cabinet early today. Interestingly she sat behind a ‘minister without portfolio’ name tag. Where was Amanda Milling?

In turn, Michael Ellis was temporarily replaced by Lucy Frazer, who now faces a return to the backbenches. That is unless there’s some sort of conveniently-timed reshuffle this Thursday. A prospect that’s sounding more and more likely…

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