ConHome: Saj Would Beat Gove in Tory Leadership Contest

The conversation in Tory circles is very much centred around Theresa May going in the spring if she makes it through this year. ConHome’s survey of party members this morning calculates that Sajid Javid would currently beat Michael Gove as their choice for next leader. The run offs ConHome has surveyed over the last few days have been interesting: Boris beats Hunt, Saj beats Hunt (not much going for the Health Secretary) and Gove beats Boris. Saj has had a good couple of months and finds himself in a strong position…

Saj: Time to Review Scheduling of Cannabis

Sajid Javid announces review of the scheduling of cannabis, currently in the most tightly restricted category reserved for drugs that have “no currently accepted medical use”. The Home Secretary again getting his way over the PM…

Saj Hires Olivia Robey

Guido can reveal Olivia Robey has been hired as Sajid Javid’s new Special Adviser. Robey is a rising star in Tory circles, she was the former head of CCHQ’s political section before being made a director at the well-connected PR agency Hanbury Strategy. She will be starting shortly as a policy adviser with responsibility for crime, vulnerability and policing. A savvy appointment from Saj and a much-needed hire to strengthen his team following his move to the Home Office. Congratulations…

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Saj on ISIS

Sajid Javid on ISIS and far-right terrorists:

“As a Home Secretary with a name like Sajid Javid, I am everything that they despise. So the way I see it, I must be doing something right.”

Saj: 31 Windrush Victims Will Be Compensated

Saj says of 63 Windrush migrants who were wrongly deported, 31 will be located and compensated by the government. He said the other 32 are convicted criminals and Britain won’t take them back…

Some rockets for Number 10 and the Treasury: he refused to back the tens of thousands net migration target, said he wanted to “look again” at May’s policy of including foreign students, criticised the cap on doctors’ visas and vowed to take on Hammond for more police funding.

He also slapped down Baroness Warsi over her Tory Islamophobia comments and rejected criticism from the Muslim Council of Britain, noting they don’t represent British Muslims, and that successive Tory and Labour governments have refused to deal with them because of their support for extremists.

Unlike most cabinet ministers who appear on Marr, Saj even managed to give a positive vision of Brexit. Impressive outing…

Friday Caption Contest (And What Do You Do Edition)

Entries in the comments…

Saj on Hostile Environment

Sajid Javid describes Theresa May’s ‘hostile environment’ as

“very negative, quite unBritish”

Labour Activists Brand First BAME Home Secretary “Coconut” and “Uncle Tom”

Sajid Javid’s appointment as the first BAME holder of a Great Office of State has been met with a torrent of vitriol from Labour activists, members and pro-Corbyn social media fanboys. Here is a selection of the racially-charged abuse Saj has been receiving…

Tariq Mahmood, a prominent Labour activist who is out campaigning for the local elections in Peterborough this week, called him a “coconut”:

Jack Johnson, a former Labour councillor of 10 years, called Saj an “uncle Tom” and “scum”:

X Factor’s Steve Brookstein, who has repeatedly tweeted in support of Corbyn and Labour, called him an “uncle Tom”:

Suna Miah, who ran the audio-visual for Corbyn’s speech at the Muslim Council of Britain leadership dinner two weeks ago, called Saj a “brown coconut”:

Omar Qureshi, a Labour member in Birmingham who is pictured wearing a Corbyn t-shirt in his Twitter profile picture, said:

Labour activist Salman Khan, a self-proclaimed Corbyn supporter with a “Jeremy Corbyn for PM” graphic in his Twitter picture, tweeted that Saj is a “literal coconut”:

The @LabourUnite account, which has 35,000 followers including John McDonnell, Angela Rayner, Chris Williamson and a host of other Labour MPs, called Saj an “uncle Tom” too:

Bern Price, a Corbynista who posts pro-Labour and anti-Tory memes most days, shared this video from the Corbyn fan page EL4C, adding: “Uncle Tom has sold out to the Honkeys”:

Nu’man Abd al-Wahid, a “researcher on British imperialism” and big time Corbyn supporter who runs a Twitter account called @ChurchillsKarma, said:

Mohammed Kawsar, a Labour activist who regularly posts pro-Labour graphics and tells his followers to vote Labour, commented:

Tony Walker, a Labour supporter in Leeds who posts pro-Corbyn memes and is friends with Jackie Walker, commented:

Kinder, gentler. politics. Will Corbyn even lift a finger to stop this?

Tory Power Stances in Full

A lot of talk on Twitter about the Tory ‘power stance’ after Saj’s stride outside the Home Office earlier – and why they do it. As Guido readers have known since 2015, this is why

Pic via Kieron Bryan

Saj Drops ‘Hostile Environment’ Rhetoric

First significant change in tone from the new Home Secretary…

Could Saj Tip Balance on Brexit Sub-Committee?

Sajid Javid’s appointment has significant implications for Brexit. He also replaces Rudd on the Cabinet Brexit sub-committee, which meets this week to discuss the controversial May / Robbins “customs partnership”. When Rudd was on the committee, the customs partnership sceptics were seemingly outnumbered. What does Saj think? He was a Remainer but he has been clear that he wants to leave the customs union and be able to sign trade deals. Could he tip the balance away from May’s customs partnership towards the Brexiters’ preferred Max Fac option?

UPDATE: More on this from Gary Gibbon.

Sajid Javid on Labour’s Syria Line

Sajid Javid on Labour’s weak Syria statement:

“This Labour press release could have been written by the Kremlin. No mention at all of Russian and Iranian complicity. Wonder why? How did a once great political party come to this?”

Saj: We’ll Consult on Extending Stop and Search

Another consultation…

Saj: We Are Lucky to Be British

The sort of upbeat message we don’t hear enough from this government. You could almost put it to music…

Saj Late For Wife Date

Asked by Niall Paterson, Sajid Javid says he walked out of an interview with the Observer when they asked if he thought May should fight the next election because he was late for a date with his wife. “It’s as simple as that…”

Tories Queue Up to Blast Trump

May on Trump:

“I see no equivalence between those who propound fascist views and those who oppose them. I think it is important for all those in positions of responsibility to condemn far right views wherever we hear them.”

Other Tory MPs and ministers have been somewhat more direct:

Can’t wait for the state visit…

Gwynne Lifts Saj’s Lines

New Shadow Communities Secretary Andrew Gwynne got to grips with his new brief at the Local Government Association conference yesterday . He had a nice line on the importance of localism and devolving power across the regions:

“Voters did not vote to leave the EU to take back control from Brussels only for it to be held in Whitehall.”

A good line, but where did Gwynne get it? It is remarkably similar to a speech given at the LGA Councillors’ Forum back in January…

“Last June, the people of Britain voted to take back control. We’re not about to reclaim power from Brussels only to hoard it in Westminster.”

… by Sajid Javid, Gwynne’s opposite number.

That moment when you’re two weeks into your new brief, aren’t up to scratch so lift lines from the Secretary of State you’re meant to be shadowing…

Hundreds of Fire Doors Missing From Camden Blocks

Will Corbyn and McDonnell want to politicise this? Hundreds of fire doors were missing from tower blocks in Labour-run Camden following recent inspections. You can bet if it were a Tory-run council Labour MPs and the Corbynista online army would be a lot more vocal…

Jezza’s Spectacular Ethnic Minority Gaffe

Jez is really not having a good day. He has now claimed that “only Labour can be trusted to unlock the talent of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people”. It is going down spectacularly badly…

Only Jez can unlock the talent of ethnic minority people? What on earth is he thinking?

READ: Business Rates Changes By Constituency

On Saturday night Sajid Javid and David Gauke emailed Tory MPs to insist there would be no u-turn on the government’s controversial business rates changes, and that negative news stories about some eye-watering rises were “half-truths”, “misinformation”, “myths” and “made up”.[…] Read the rest

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