Parliament’s Union Jack in a Flap

Robert Courts flagged up a major issue this morning at Business Questions. The MP for Witney let Jacob Rees-Mogg and the House know a shameful fact about the Parliamentary estate:

“My right honourable friend will no doubt be distressed to note that the Union Jack above Portcullis House has been flying upside down for some time.”

Courts called for a debate in Government time on the issue, to ascertain “whether in fact the building is in distress, or whether it’s the MPs within it that are in distress?” 

During his answer, Rees-Mogg faced heckles from would-be pedants on the benches opposite, criticising him for referring to the flag as the Union Jack, saying instead it should be called the Union Flag. No doubt they pretty quickly regretted their attempted interventions after Mogg’s riposte…

“Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Mr Speaker, the pedants are wrong, it is the Union Jack and has been referred to for many centuries. There is this pedantic but erroneous view that it should be called the Union Flag, and it is used by people who are more pedantic than they are wise”

Takes a brave MP to attempt to correct the Leader of the House on his English… 

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By-Election Results in Full

Witney

Robert Courts (Con) – 17,313 (45.02%)

Liz Leffman (Lib Dem) – 11,611 (30.19%)

Duncan Enright (Lab) – 5,765 (14.99%)

Larry Sanders (Green) – 1,363 (3.54%)

Dickie Bird (UKIP) – 1,354 (3.52%)

Easy Tory hold though a big swing to the LibDems, very bad result for UKIP.

Batley and Spen

Tracy Brabin (Lab) – 17,506 (85.84%)

Therese Hirst (Eng Dem) – 969 (4.75%)

David Furness (BNP) – 548 (2.69%)

Garry Kitchin (Ind) – 517 (2.54%)

Labour uncontested in Batley and Spen.

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Dave Fails to Fix It For Final Crony

Fair to say 37 year-old barrister Robert Courts is a surprise choice as the Tory candidate in Witney. Just 48 hours ago he was a 6/1 outsider with the bookies – at one point they were offering 20/1 – so how did this humble underdog secure the seat? Grumbles from West Oxfordshire suggest CCHQ attempted to stitch up the selection for David Cameron’s chosen successor, his aide Natasha Whitmill. The party blocked the general candidates list from applying for the seat, then blocked the two local bookies’ favourites, James Mills and David McFarlane, from the final shortlist. Whitmill should have comfortably beaten the remaining lower profile candidates and become the MP. However, Witney Tories rejected Dave’s choice and plumped for Courts, a military history fan and lover of Game of Thrones, instead. A tale of the unscrupulous methods of Tory selections and the brutality of local politics, and how Dave failed to fix it for his final crony…

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Rob Courts Tory Witney Candidate

Robert Courts, the deputy leader of West Oxfordshire district council, has been selected as the Tory candidate in Witney. He’ll be an MP on 20 October…

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