Cancel Culture Hits Tory Party Conference

While it’s already been reported that Rishi Sunak has decided to give Tory Conference a miss this year – apparently to “give Truss all the space she needs to own the moment”  – it looks like he’s not the only one who’s skipping the journey to Birmingham on Saturday: David Davis, Sajid Javid, and Mel Stride have also confirmed they’re sitting it out. It seems they agree with Labour, the LibDems, the SNP and Plaid that there are more important things going on than justifying a three-day bender in the West Midlands…

Guido also hears many of Rishi’s parliamentary backers are avoiding the event, although not as an organised faction. One supporter tells Guido that while the mood is “very very bad”, they haven’t decided to gang up and boycott it together – instead, they’ve all just independently decided it’s not worth it. Another said the combination of “arrogant” Liz backers, free-flowing booze and the constant presence of the Lobby provides very little incentive to battle train strikes and go to Birmingham. Apparently some whips are now concerned whether any Rishi supporters will bother going at all…

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Read in Full: Rishi & Liz’s Campaign Donors

The latest register of interests is out, and with it we can finally see who donated to Liz and Rishi’s leadership campaigns. Despite a £300,000 spending limit, both candidates received well in excess of this: Liz raked in £424,349, however Rishi beat this with £449,570. 

Rishi Sunak: 

  • Lord Michael Farmer – £23,470
  • James Diner – £10,000
  • Dr Selva Pankaj – £25,000
  • Lord Michael Spencer – £25,000
  • Star Nebula Ltd – £10,000
  • James Diner – £5,100
  • Graham Marchant – £10,000
  • VM.A V Corporate Services – £5,000
  • Mark Futter – £5,000
  • Yoginvest Ltd – £50,000
  • William Salomon – £10,000
  • Karen Cooksley – £3,000
  • Chris Rea – £50,000
  • Alan Lee – £3,000
  • David Esfandi – £5,000
  • Lord Michael Farmer – £15,000
  • Stephen Massey – £25,000
  • Sir Mick Davis – £25,000
  • Vikram Kumar – £7,000
  • Bruce Hardy McLain – £5,000
  • Charles Wigoder – £10,000
  • Jonathan Maffey – £2,000
  • Chris Rea – £50,000
  • Al-Karim Nathoo – £10,000
  • Access Self Storage Ltd – £10,000
  • Adam Bates – £15,000
  • Queensway Admin Ltd – £10,000
  • Adam Bates – £15,000
  • Eleanor Wolfson – £20,000

Liz Truss: 

  • Jon Moynihan – £20,000
  • Grolar Developments Ltd – £15,000
  • Phillip Jeans – £10,000
  • SJJ Contracts Ltd – £15,000
  • Fitriani Hay – £100,000
  • Gary Mond – £10,000
  • Natasha Barnaba – £50,000
  • Howard Shore – £50,000
  • Gordon Phillips – £10,000
  • Tungsten West plc – £4,050
  • Andrew Law – £5,127
  • Linda Edwards – £10,000
  • Smoked Salmon – £10,000
  • Clara Freeman – £5,000
  • Tony Gallagher – £5,500
  • JC Bamford Excavators Ltd – £5,316
  • Alison Frost – £5000
  • Michael Spencer – £25,000
  • Lord Greville Howard of Rising – £4,356
  • Baroness Sheila Noakes – £5,000
  • Barbara Yerolemou – £10,000

Fitriani Hay’s £100,000 donation to Liz was by far and away the biggest. Penny Mordaunt has also registered £84,400 of donations for her leadership campaign. There’s no cost of living crisis for Tory donors…

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Rishi Has More Time on His Hands Now

Backbencher Rishi Sunak making a debate intervention today on “unavoidably small hospitals“:

“Thank you for accommodating me at a late stage in this debate. I hadn’t planned on speaking but this morning I saw the order paper and it turns out I had more time on my hands than I anticipated.”

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Bridgen: Rishi Lost the Election, Though “Won the Argument”

Tory MP Andrew Bridgen has just spoken to the BBC to give his verdict on the leadership race:

Rishi lost the leadership election, but I think he won the argument about supporting the country through this winter and the energy crisis. I think we’ll have a credible policy within a week, which will entail a price freeze for energy…”

Guido’s heard that one before. What is it with “winning” arguments and somehow losing elections?

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Boris & Carrie Congratulate Liz, Rishi Calls for Unity

Boris has congratulated Liz Truss on a “decisive win” in the leadership race:

“I know she has the right plan to tackle the cost of living crisis, unite our party and continue the great work of uniting and levelling up our country. Now is the time for all Conservatives to get behind her 100 per cent.”

It’s not like Boris stayed neutral throughout the race. This morning the BBC’s Chris Mason reported that Liz visited Boris at Chequers to ask his advice on how to be PM. 

Rishi has tweeted, through obviously gritted teeth, “It’s right we now unite behind the new PM, Liz Truss, as she steers the country through difficult times.”

Meanwhile, Carrie took to Instagram to wish Liz and her family well, alongside a photo of her, Boris, Wilf and Romy stepping through the No. 10 door into Downing Street for the last time.

“I expect Wilf and Romy won’t remember it but they’ve had an incredibly happy start to their lives growing up here.”

Hopefully they’ll remember the wallpaper rather than the broken slide…

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Rich’s Monday Morning View

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