Meet the Candidates: Team McVey

Esther McVey is positioning herself as the most ‘authentic’ Brexit candidate in the Tory leadership race, she’s gone even further than Dominic Raab in actively advocating a no deal Brexit as her preferred option. She’s also set out robust positions on spending aid cash on police and schools and scrapping HS2 in favour of investing in the North and the regions. Combined with her blue collar Tory credentials as a Barnado’s girl from Liverpool, could a different “blonde bombshell” wrongfoot the frontrunners?

Team McVey is a blue collar affair and a youthful one too. James Roberts, a former CTF operative and now Political Director at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, is doing strategy while Tory candidate Clark Vasey, who runs corporate affairs for Fujitsu, is working on policy. Brexiteer spinner Ed Barker is doing her comms, although McVey will be hoping his previous career as a saxophonist for George Michael doesn’t lead to any careless whispers on the campaign trail. Dan O’Neill, former aide to Richard Tice and Michael Fallon, is in charge of the digital side of the campaign. He’s also a saxophonist, will they be tempted to start a band?

McVey is also receiving informal advice from former senior journalist turned PR guru Ian Monk, as well as former Tory MP David Nuttall and of course her famous First Fiancé Philip Davies. Former Tory Vice Chair for youth Ben Bradley is leading her Parliamentary operation. She’s got five MPs publicly backing her at the moment including Remainer Gary Streeter – despite her Brexit position. Can her blue collar agenda reach out further beyond her Brexiteer base?

Social media support: MakeWay4McVey has a great name but only 284 followers and questionable proofreading skills, McVey herself has 34.3k followers on Twitter, she’s new to Instagram but has already got 164 followers in under 24 hours. No sign of a Facebook page…

Mainstream media support: The Telegraph has run a number of supportive op-eds although no major endorsements as of yet.

ConservativeHome members survey: 3.1% (7th)

YouGov public recognition: not yet included

William Hill odds: 50/1 (14th)

Guido Victory: Esther Ringed

Guido spoke with Philip Davies this afternoon following the commencement of our campaign to get him to get a ring for Esther McVey following their engagement. Davies assures Guido that he has bought a ring, “three or four weeks ago from Hatton Garden”, it is just taking an unusually long time to be custom fitted. Guido got Mrs Fawkes’ ring made from scratch in less time. Esther must have a very busy schedule. Guido is looking forward to the photo shoot…

Esther’s Campaign Proposal

Guido is a big fan of Esther McVey, who is embarking on a pub-tour leadership campaign, flying the flag for “Blue Collar Conservativism”, something that has been missing from the Tory offer since Thatcher won over the aspiring classes with council house sales, union busting, and national pride. Important issues.

The more pressing immediate issue for Guido follows on from her revelation that Phil Davies, her MP flat-mate, ‘has popped the question and I have said yes. I haven’t got a date and I haven’t got a ring, but we hope to marry sometime next year.’ Guido has seen Esther and Phil around at events, they are a lovely well-matched couple. So Phil, this is said in friendly way…

In the words of Beyoncé, “you shoulda put a ring on it”. You are not an impoverished teenager. Pull your finger out Phil, you are punching well above your weight, stop messing about and pop down to Hatton Garden. It will also provide some great campaign narrative and photos… we are such romantics…

Readers will remember that Guido’s campaign support for the institution of marriage succeeded in getting Ed Miliband and Justine to do the right thing in the end. We can do it again…

Philip Davies Sends Letter to Graham Brady

Philip Davies has submitted a letter of no confidence in Theresa May in protest at the Chequers plan. He has explained his decision in a letter to constituents via the Yorkshire Post:

“Politics is all about trust and once it is lost it is impossible to win back. Many people have told me that as a result of this they have lost trust in the PM to properly and fully deliver the referendum result. It is with much sadness that I have to say that I have also lost trust in her to deliver the referendum result too. Failure to keep our promise to the electorate will almost certainly lead to the catastrophe of Jeremy Corbyn becoming Prime Minister and I cannot sit back and allow that to happen. Therefore I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that I have no alternative but to send a letter to the Chairman of the 1922 Committee asking him for a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister.

If 48 such letters are sent a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister amongst Conservative MPs will take place. This is a secret process and people do not need to declare that they have sent such a letter, but I believe you (and my constituents) have the right to know what I do as your local MP and that is why I am writing to let you know. Some of you will agree with my decision and some of you will disagree – I am well aware of that. But you all have a right to know.

I always have to look you all in the eye and tell you that I have done what I believe is right for the country and our Party. This has not been an easy decision and I have agonised over it, but I know in my heart of hearts it is the right decision. I hope that the Conservative Party and I can look forward to your continued support at what I appreciate is a very difficult time.”

Partner of Cabinet minister Esther McVey, who has been silent this week…

Corbynista BBC Comedienne Whacks Aide After Botched Attempt to Stitch Up Tory MPs

A Corbynista comedienne had a public meltdown on the parliamentary estate, called a Tory MP a “d*ckhead” and whacked a young aide with a camera after her attempts to stitch up several MPs for a BBC TV show spectacularly backfired. Luisa Omielan posted a video on Facebook yesterday accusing Philip Davies of “shoving” her during an interview in his Commons office, claiming she was considering going to the police to accuse him of assault. Guido has spoken to several eye-witnesses who say Omielan’s version of events is untrue. One says:

“He absolutely did not touch her or physically intimidate her. She had two older male members of her camera crew who didn’t feel the need to jump in. I’m a woman and I didn’t feel the need to say anything. He just told her she couldn’t run around the parliamentary estate unescorted and would have to be escorted off. She then told him to f**k off, called him a d*ckhead, grabbed the camera and ran out.”

Omielan was filming for a BBC Three show called “Politics For Bitches”. Her interview with Davies ended after Omielan asked him how he could be a Tory and a northerner and started screaming about “NHS cuts”. Guido understands she applied for a job as a parliamentary assistant at Ben Bradley’s office before attempting to bring a camera crew to the interview. Omielan told the Tory MPs she approached that she was not political and didn’t know anything about politics. Guido can reveal that to be untrue – Omielan has repeatedly expressed her support for Corbyn and her dislike of the Tories on Facebook, and is even a Labour Party member. A pretty amateurish attempt at a stitch up…

When Omielan made her hasty getaway, Guido understands she whacked a young female aide with her camera. Omielan admits: “I accidentally hit the girl on the way out which I’m really sorry for. I hit her with the camera.” Have to wonder what the BBC are doing sending a Corbynista into parliament to fib to Tory MPs about her political views, swear at them and hit their staff…

“Return to Worker” Budget Spend Equivalent to £5 Each

In a Mumsnet exclusive report Downing Street brief that the Budget – which this year falls on International Women’s Day – will include a new £5 million fund to extend a return-to-work scheme. Before Philip Davies loses it – the scheme is open to men as well…

It is a move that will be welcomed by none of the 600,000 babies born last year. The spend works out as equivalent to £5 per head for return-to-workers. More than enough to pay the return-to-worker’s bus fare back to work. For one day…

Philip Davies Elected to Women and Equalities Committee

Guido hears Philip Davies, he of the justice gender gap, has been elected unopposed to be a member of the Women and Equalities Committee. Congratulations Philip, well deserved. Ignore the haters…

Guido’s Guide to Tory Davises/Davieses

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The geniuses at HuffPo are very angry with Brexit Secretary David Davis, accusing him of proposing dental age checks on refugees arriving in Britain and illustrating their story with a picture of him at the desptach box. Also boarding the outrage bus are the amateurs at the LibDem press office, though they are upset with Philip Davies over the dental checks idea. If these Remoaners had checked before rushing out their Brexiteer bashing stories and press releases, they’d have seen that it was actually proposed by backbencher David Davies. Guido has produced a handy graphic to help HuffPo and the LibDems:

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There’s also Mims Davies, though less likely that mistake will be made. These Tory MPs all sound the same…

Graphic credit: @mrharrycole

Philip Davies MP – Bookies Leading Tool in Parliament Needs Suspending

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Tory MP Philip Davies was the clear leader of a group of MPs exposed in a recent Private Eye article, for accepting freebie hospitality trips from the bookies. Caroline Nokes, another Tory MP and John Mann, Jim Dowd, Justin Madders and Toby Perkins from the Labour Party all accepted around £500/600 in freebies from the lobbying bookies, but Davies beat them all with £3,000 of freebies.

What makes Davies, who besides having a bit of a problem with women, is anti-gay marriage and thinks disabled people should work for less, so popular and valuable to the bookmakers? He’s the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Betting and Gaming Group.

This is a group that produces glossy brochures after inviting bookmakers and their cohorts to make speeches. Those speakers include bookmaker trade chief, Malcolm George, who took exception to a article about his pants being on fire. Did Schillings, the bookie’s lawyers, set off a fire extinguisher? If so, why are Mr George’s pants still burning strongly?

No-one who opposes bookies’ FOBTs (the high-stake, high-speed roulette machines) is ever invited to speak by Davies. As a result, Parliamentarians get a bookie-biased briefing organised by a man who gets a raft of freebies from them! This financial interest was not disclosed in a glossy brochure that he sent to the Parliamentarians.

Whether or not the Tories suspend Mr Davies for his “feminist zealot” views, he should be suspended for financial interest and non-disclosure.

Davies has no shame where he takes his freebies from and has a lot of form with the bookies, but other MPs should be wondering why the bookies are now so keen to “freebie” them!

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Is There a Justice Gender Gap?

MP Philip Davies has given a speech on ‘The Justice Gender Gap’ which has resulted in Jeremy Corbyn calling for him to have the Tory whip withdrawn. It is 45 minutes long and quotes a lot of facts and figures to make his case. Judge for yourself…

Beeb Still Offering Ethnic Minority Only Places

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A job advert on W4MP shows the BBC is still selectively recruiting based on race, despite the backlash caused by similar schemes earlier this year. The advert states:

“All roles advertised through Creative Access are only open to UK nationals from a black, Asian or non-white ethnic minority.”

Practices like this were blasted by Sir Trevor McDonald, while Tory MPs called it “racist”…

Jess Phillips v Philip Davies on International Men’s Day

A box office dust up between Jess Phillips in the red corner and Philip Davies in the blue corner:

Worth watching to enjoy first hand the absolute contempt they clearly have for each other.

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