Cameron’s Memoirs Reduced by 20% at Tory Conference

The signs were never good for David Cameron’s autobiography, following reports of slow pre-orders and a backlash over publishing the memoirs at such a fractious political moment. A sign – if one was needed – of how much he is struggling to flog the book can be seen at the Tory conference bookstall, where the book is currently reduced by 20%. For comparison, Thatcher’s books are selling very well at full price…

Perhaps spurred on by this, May announced at the Henley Literary Festival today that she doesn’t have any plans to write an autobiography at the moment.


This does presume May could actually find a publisher willing to take her on of course…

Tories Plan Short Election Manifesto

Despite reports of a rift between Boris and Crosby, it looks like Boris has accepted Crosby’s advice in at least one respect – the next Tory manifesto is set to be a short one. Despite Boris having a better track record of levity than brevity…

Speaking at a Women2Win fringe event late last night, the PM said

“And if you want any evidence – any further evidence – to our commitment to having a wonderful agenda not just for women but for the entire country, I can tell you that we […] already have a Conservative manifesto for the next election (which will be a short and concise… with no hostages to fortune) being drawn up by two particularly brilliant women”

As Tim Shipman detailed in Fallout, Crosby implored May to release a very short manifesto that only covered Brexit, to ensure the election didn’t get derailed by other more contentious policies – the election guru even suggested May didn’t release a manifesto at all. Nick Timothy, however, overruled him, leading to the disastrous 2017 election campaign. Ironically earlier in his speech, Boris got the room to cheer May – however for her work on Women2Win, not her election tactics…

May to Stand in Next Election

Unlike David Cameron who bolted from public life the moment he resigned as PM, Theresa May will be standing in the next election. Just think of the riveting backbench speeches we have in store…

Maidenhead Tories confirmed her re-selection this weekend, however her selection was never really in doubt – Guido knows how good she is at remaining…

See all of Theresa May’s Resignation Honours

Following her resignation six weeks ago, Theresa May’s resignation honours have now been announced. Read them all below…

Peerages

Theresa May’s Nominations (Conservative)

  • Rt Hon. Gavin Barwell, former Chief of Staff to Theresa May
  • David Brownlow CVI DL, Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party
  • Stephen Parkinson, Political Secretary and former SpAd to the Home Office
  • Joanna Penn, Deputy Chief of Staff and former SpAd to the Home Office
  • Elizabeth Sanderson, Former SpAd to Theresa May in No. 10 and the Home Office

Theresa May’s Nominations (Crossbench)

  • Sir Simon Woolley, Founder and Director of Operation Black Vote
  • Ruth Hunt, Former Chief Executive of Stonewall

Conservative Party Nominations

  • Zameer Choudrey CBE, Chairman of Conservative Friends of Pakistan and Chief Executive of Bestway Group
  • (Henry) Byron Davies, Chairman of the Welsh Conservatives and former MP for Gower
  • Raminder Ranger CBE, Chairman of Conservative Friends of India

Labour Party Nominations

  • Christine Blower, Former General Secretary of NUT
  • John Hendy QC, Barrister and Honorary Professor at UCL
  • Cllr. Debbie Wilcox, Leader of Newport City Council

Green Party Nominations

  • Natalie Bennett, Former Leader of the Green Party

Non-Affiliated Peerages

  • John Mann, MP for Bassetlaw and Government Antisemitism Advisor
  • Margaret Ritchie, Former leader of the SDLP and MP for South Down

Crossbench Nominations

  • Harold Carter CB, General Counsel, No. 10
  • Rt Hon. Lady Justice Hallett, VP of the Court of Appeal Criminal Division
  • Sir (Nigel) Kim Darroch KCMG, Former Ambassador to the US and National Security Adviser

Other Honours

Order of the Companions of Honour (CH)

  • Rt Hon. Sir Patrick Mcloughlin MP, MP for Derbyshire Dales and former Chairman of the Conservative Party

Knight/Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG)

  • George Hollingbery MP, MP for Meon Valley and former Minister of State for Trade Policy and Former PPS to the PM
  • Oliver Robbins CB, Theresa May’s former Europe Advisor and Chief Brexit Negotiator

Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)

  • Rt Hon. David Lidington CBE, MP for Aylesbury and former Deputy PM
  • Peter Storr CB, Former European Adviser to the PM

Knight/Dame Commander (KBE)

  • Cressida Dick CBE QPM, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service
  • Charles Walker OBE, MP for Broxbourne and Chairman of the House of Commons Procedure Committee

Knighthood (KT)

  • Geoffrey Boycott OBE, Former captain of the English National Cricket Team
  • Ashley Fox, Former MEP for the South West and Gibraltar and leader of the Conservative delegation in the European Parliament
  • Robbie Gibb, Former Director of Communications at Downing Street
  • Andrew Strauss OBE, Former Captain of the English National Cricket Team
  • Ehud Sheleg, Treasurer of the Conservative Party

Companion of the Order of Bath (CB)

  • Peter Hill, PPS to the Prime Minister and former Director of Strategy at the FCO

Commander of the British Empire (CBE)

  • (David) Jackson Carlaw MSP, MSP for Eastwood and Interim Leader of the Scottish Conservatives
  • Ian Gallen, Consultant physician and endocrinologist at Royal Berkshire Hospital
  • Fiona Hill, Former Joint Chief of Staff to Theresa May
  • Richard Jackson MBE, Former Head of Operations at Downing Street
  • Rt Hon. Brandon Lewis, MP for Great Yarmouth and Minister of State at the Home Office, former Tory Party Chair
  • James Marshall, Former director of the PM’s No. 10 Policy Unit
  • James Slack, PM’s Official Spokesman
  • Rt Hon. Julian Smith, MP for Skipton & Ripon, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and former Chief Whip
  • Nicholas Timothy, Former Joint Chief of Staff to Theresa May

Order of the British Empire (OBE)

  • Kirsty Buchanan, Director of Communications and MHCLG and former No. 10 SpAd
  • Victoria Busby, Former Director for Events & Visits at No. 10
  • Keelan Carr, Former Director of Research and Messaging at No. 10 and SpAd
  • Alexander Dawson, Former Director of Researcher and Messaging at No. 10
  • Philip Dumville, Agent to Maidenhead, Beaconsfield and Chesham & Amersham Conservative Associations
  • Paul Harrison, Former Press Secretary to the PM
  • Hon. Caroline Haughey QC, Barrister, Furnival Chambers and Independent Reviewer of the Modern Slavery Act 2015
  • Seema Kennedy, MP for South Ribble and Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office. Former PPS to the PM. 
  • Matilda Macattram, Founder and Director, Black Mental Health UK
  • James McLoughlin, Former SpAd to the PM on Business Relations
  • Dr. Deborah Milligan, GP at Swallowfield Medical Practice
  • Raoul Ruparel, Former SpAd to the PM and DExEu
  • William Vereker, Former Business Envoy to the PM

Member of the British Empire (MBE)

  • David Beckingham, Political Adviser at No. 10
  • Clare Brunton, Private secretary to the PM
  • Eleanor Nicholson, Former Deputy Director of the Cabinet Office Europe Unit Secretariat
  • Jennifer Sharkey, Executive Secretary to Theresa May

British Empire Medal (BEM)

  • Graham Howarth, Head Chef to the Chequers Estate
  • Debra Wheatley, Housekeeper at 10 Downing Street

May Spotted on the Backbenches

Unlike Cameron, it looks like May is sticking to her word and continuing to be an active Member of Parliament for Maidenhead.

Here she is sitting on the backbenches for the first time since 1999 next to long-time ally Damian Green, having served on the frontbench continuously for 20 years…

 

Record Number of Boris’s Born

Unlike Boris, the ONS have released official birth figures, which show the number of parents naming their baby boys after the new PM has hit a record level of 47 babies. 34% up on last year. 

The previous Boris births peak was 43 in 2014, in the run up to the then Mayor of London returning to the Commons. The figures also show a 25% fall in the number of Jeremys – much in line with Labour’s polling position under Corbyn’s leadership; and the number of Theresas staying broadly stagnant. Sadly Guido has not spotted a single case of Jean-Claude fever…

Senior Tories Revel in Plans to Scrap May’s Legacy

Senior Tory MPs can hardly contain their excitement at the forthcoming opportunity from a general election to scrap swathes of Theresa May’s nanny state legacy, Guido can reveal. As the Rt Hon. Peter Manion MP famously said, “we need to say boo to nanny”.

One senior minister has said the party is going to use their next general election manifesto to “take Tippex” to the long list of the former PM’s interventionist policies, including the swathe of ‘sin taxes’ that have been recently introduced. Top of the list, however, is May’s “baffling” energy price cap that free market Tories have never warmed too – especially after it was revealed the policy has totally failed in ending huge bill increases.

The news will surely come as another blow to May, following Boris’ confirmation that her main legacy – the Withdrawal Agreement – is totally dead. At this rate, her only legacy will be Lord Barwell of Winning Marginal Seats…

May Rejected People’s PMQs

This week, Boris launched his ‘People’s PMQs’ allowing him to answer the public’s questions directly, in one of many examples of Downing Street getting on top of its PR and Coms operation since the new administration started. The People’s PMQs always looked like an obvious PR win, proved by the Facebook livestream receiving 230,000 views and overwhelmingly positive feedback. 

Guido hears from Downing Street aides that the ‘People’s PMQs’ idea was pitched to Theresa May months ago only for her to reject the proposal. Guido is hardly surprised to discover the Maybot missed what could have been an open PR goal…

Sturgeon: Conversations With May Were “Soul-Destroying”

It’s not often that Guido agrees with Nicola Sturgeon but her brutal assessment of conversations with Theresa May at Iain Dale’s Edinburgh Fringe show will have got politicians and dignitaries the world over nodding in agreement:

“Having conversations with Theresa May was pretty soul-destroying and tortuous [laughter]. You know, that was her style and by the end of this interview people might decide that I should have taken some of her advice – she would never depart from a script, no matter where you tried to take the conversation.”

Sturgeon went on to pay Boris Johnson as much of a compliment as he could expect from the leader of the SNP, saying “Boris Johnson does talk a good game. He’s one of these guys that talks utter nonsense with complete conviction and confidence”. Presumably John “Lynch” McDonnell will be equally charitable when he joins Dale for tonight’s show…

Did Philip May Buy Maggie’s Bracelet?

When leaving Downing Street for the last time, Theresa May wore a bracelet remarkably similar to one favoured by Margaret Thatcher, which was sold at auction to a mystery buyer two months ago for the princely sum of £40,000. Thatcher wore her bracelet on her first day in office in 1979, as well as when she met world leaders like Gorbachev and Mandela. If only May had copied the policies as well as the jewellery…

What Theresa May Did Next

Team May All Out

Funnily enough certain backbenchers haven’t taken up their places to watch Boris’s inaugural speech at the Despatch Box…

PMQs Sketch: May’s Farewell

There was an air of pageantry for Mrs May’s final PMQs. From both sides of the chamber came effusive praise for her premiership, not the least gushing forth from the Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition. When the time came for her to leave, there was a standing ovation from all corners. Pageboys laid a carpet of petals for her to walk on. Her Majesty lent the choir of St George’s Chapel to provide a choral serenade as Mrs May exited.

Later on, she made her way to the Palace to nominate her successor, despite Her Majesty’s pleading for her to say on for at least a decade longer. But it was not to be. As a concession, Her Majesty allowed Mrs. May to return to Downing Street for the last time in the Imperial Sate Coach. A helicopter of the Queen’s Flight took the now ex-PM from the Rose Garden to the lavish estate bestowed on her by a grateful nation.

Well, almost. Well, actually not at all.

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Theresa May’s Final Speech as Prime Minister

That’s it. She’s off.

Every Party Has Had a Female Leader… Except One

This one really winds Labour up…

May Tells Corbyn To Follow Her Lead and Resign

In her final exchange with Jeremy Corbyn across the dispatch boxes, May left a parting blow on the Leader of the Opposition.

“Perhaps I could just finish my exchange with him by saying this – as a party leader who has accepted when her time is up, perhaps the time is now for him to do the same.”

Savage.

UPDATE: Ian Austin agrees…

Corbyn Pays Tribute to Theresa May

Corbyn took a rare break from his reading out his tediously pre-scripted questions to pay tribute to Theresa May’s “sense of public duty” at the start of his final PMQs exchange with her – not sure his diehard Corbynista fans will be too pleased with that. Remarkably he will now be onto his third Tory Prime Minister, not that he’s had much to do with that himself…

May’s Final PMQs: Who’s Asking the Questions?

Q1 Ruth Cadbury (Brentford and Isleworth) (Lab)
Q2 Chi Onwurah (Newcastle upon Tyne Central) (Lab)
Q3 Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West) (Lab)
Q4 Yasmin Qureshi (Bolton South East) (Lab)
Q5 Bob Blackman (Harrow East) (Con)
Q6 Mhairi Black (Paisley and Renfrewshire South) (SNP)
Q7 Glyn Davies (Montgomeryshire) (Con)
Q8 John McNally (Falkirk) (SNP)
Q9 Mrs Pauline Latham (Mid Derbyshire) (Con)
Q10 Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington) (LD)
Q11 Vernon Coaker (Gedling) (Lab)
Q12 Mr Paul Sweeney (Glasgow North East) (Lab)
Q13 Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield South East) (Lab)
Q14 Michael Fabricant (Lichfield) (Con)
Q15 Ian Austin (Dudley North) (Ind)

The end of an era. A tedious, tedious era…

Number 10 Reckons May’s “Good Brexit Deal” Is Her Number One Achievement

In Number 10’s begging letter to MPs for friendly questions at tomorrow’s PMQs, extraordinarily they list Theresa May’s “good Brexit deal” as her number one achievement. Yikes.

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