Out to Lunch

It is our Christmas Lunch today. We may get totally Junckered…

Soubry’s Searing Attack on Bercow

A furious Anna Soubry has torn into John Bercow for his handling of the “stupid woman” incident. Bercow is visibly rattled as he tries to shout down angry MPs. Is his grip finally starting to slip?

Leadsom Challenges Bercow For Calling Her a “Stupid Woman”

After the furore over Jeremy Corbyn mouthing “stupid woman” at Theresa May at PMQs, Andrea Leadsom has put Bercow firmly on the spot, asking why he hasn’t apologised to her after being caught calling her a “stupid woman” as well. One rule for Bercow, another for everybody else…

Corbyn Calls Theresa May a “Stupid Woman”

Despite the MayBot trying her best to bring some Christmas cheer to the House of Commons, Comrade Corbyn appears to take up the panto villain role in calling the PM a “stupid woman” after her reasonably funny panto gags. That wasn’t very Christmassy…

Labour kicked up a big fuss over Cameron’s “calm down dear”. Will they make the same fuss about their own leader’s comments…

Christmas PMQs: Who’s Asking the Questions?

Q1 Mike Amesbury (Weaver Vale) (Lab)
Q2 Grahame Morris (Easington) (Lab)
Q3 John Mann (Bassetlaw) (Lab)
Q4 Jonathan Reynolds (Stalybridge and Hyde) (Lab)
Q5 Dan Jarvis (Barnsley Central) (Lab)
Q6 Stella Creasy (Walthamstow) (Lab)
Q7 Ian C. Lucas (Wrexham) (Lab)
Q8 Alberto Costa (South Leicestershire) (Con)
Q9 Chris Elmore (Ogmore) (Lab)
Q10 Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham) (Con)
Q11 Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con)
Q12 Lilian Greenwood (Nottingham South) (Lab)
Q13 Kevin Hollinrake (Thirsk and Malton) (Con)
Q14 Mary Glindon (North Tyneside) (Lab)
Q15 Peter Grant (Glenrothes) (SNP)

Will it be a Christmas cracker?

Irony Alert: Brazen Bercow Sends MPs ‘Behaviour Guide’

In a stunningly ironic move, the Speaker has decided to send all MPs a pamphlet entitled “Rules of behaviour and courtesies in the House of Commons.” In an accompanying letter he stresses that “This document should serve as a gentle reminder to longer-serving colleagues, or as a useful guide for those others who have recently started the journey on their parliamentary career.” Bercow might do well to “find the time to acquaint [himself] with the content”…

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May Attacks Second Referendum

Theresa May hits out at holding a second referendum, saying it would do “irreparable damage to the integrity of our politics” and that it would say to millions of voters that “our democracy does not deliver”She might want to have a word with some of her Cabinet about that…

Leadership PMQs: Who is Asking the Questions?

Q1 Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East) (Lab)
Q2 Ellie Reeves (Lewisham West and Penge) (Lab)
Q3 Matthew Pennycook (Greenwich and Woolwich) (Lab)
Q4 Catherine West (Hornsey and Wood Green) (Lab)
Q5 Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham and Morden) (Lab)
Q6 Nigel Mills (Amber Valley) (Con)
Q7 Mary Creagh (Wakefield) (Lab)
Q8 Paul Masterton (East Renfrewshire) (Con)
Q9 Gill Furniss (Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough) (Lab)
Q10 Mark Pawsey (Rugby) (Con)
Q11 Colleen Fletcher (Coventry North East) (Lab)
Q12 Mr Ranil Jayawardena (North East Hampshire) (Con)
Q13 Jim McMahon (Oldham West and Royton) (Lab)
Q14 Rachael Maskell (York Central) (Lab)
Q15 Damien Moore (Southport) (Con)

May will be relieved to see so few Brexiteers on the list for today’s make or break appearance. Will Corbyn even ask her about Brexit this week?

Labour MP Grabs Mace

Heseltine wannabe MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle attempted to steal the show this evening by flouncing down the chamber of the House of Commons and grabbing the Ceremonial Mace to suspend the Commons sitting in protest at the Government postponing the meaningful vote on Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement. Famously Michael Heseltine performed the same stunt in protest of Labour’s nationalisations in 1976. The last Member to seize the mace was John McDonnell in 2009 over Heathrow expansion…

Thirty Two year old Russel-Moyle was first elected in 2017. He has now been named by the Speaker and ordered to withdraw from the house for the remainder of the sitting. After grabbing the mace, Russel-Moyle sheepishly gave it back, not even taking the opportunity to brandish it above his head like Hezza. Embarrassing… 

May: “I’m Not Capable of a Parliamentary Ejaculation”

While Theresa May hasn’t managed to bring a meaningful vote to Parliament thus far, she did succeed in delivering what must be one of the most salacious lines ever uttered by a sitting Prime Minister in the House of Commons, telling Rupa Huq: “if she looks carefully I think she’ll see that I’m not capable of a Parliamentary ejaculation.” For once, even Bercow is lost for words…

UPDATE: Iain Dale points out that Rupa Huq has form:

May’s Freudian Slip

The Prime Minister (presumably accidentally) appropriated a Lib Dem slogan at the dispatch box this afternoon. Not surprising she wants an ‘exit from Brexit’, given the month she’s been having…

Bercow’s Bombshell Bollocking

Speaker John Bercow has thrown a massive spanner in the works of Theresa May’s wish to delay postpone the meaningful vote scheduled for Tuesday. Stating that communing the debate and cancelling the planned vote is “premature and inconclusive”, the Speaker pushed for the Commons to vote on whether they vote tomorrow, calling it “the right and dare I say it the obvious course to take.” The Government can technically plough on regardless, but Bercow has applied acute and piercing political pressure, especially just days after the Govt was voted in contempt of Parliament…

May’s Statement Laughed Down By Commons

An awkward start…

End of Year Melody Sung in Parliament

Member of the Western Australian Parliament David Templeman rounded the year off by singing an incredible parody of The Sound of Silence, entitled The Year in Parliament. It is well worth a watch…

MP Begs For Brexit to be Concluded

Tory PPS David Morris today pleaded with John McDonnell in the Chamber to back the Withdrawal Agreement “so that we can all get on with our lives.” An innovative approach…

PMQs Sketch: Choices Edition

If politics was a sport with the aim of getting the lowest score possible, Jeremy Corbyn would be Usain Bolt, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohammad Ali all rolled into one. Much as Ronaldo’s goal tally continues to increase irresistibly year after year, so Corbyn’s ability to unfailingly miss the target at PMQs relentlessly improves week after week. Meanwhile May has achieved a Messi-like mastery of repeating the same tricks so often that her opponents can’t even remember how to stop them and simply glaze over instead. Between the two of them, they have managed to achieve a feat surpassing even the level of Messi and Ronaldo. They have managed to make PMQs the least relevant event of the political week…

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PMQs: Who’s Asking the Questions?

Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow) (Con)
Q2 Stewart Hosie (Dundee East) (SNP)
Q3 Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West) (Lab)
Q4 Alison McGovern (Wirral South) (Lab)
Q5 Jamie Stone (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross) (LD)
Q6 Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent) (Con)
Q7 Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Washington and Sunderland West) (Lab)
Q8 Gordon Henderson (Sittingbourne and Sheppey) (Con)
Q9 Julie Cooper (Burnley) (Lab)
Q10 Joanna Cherry (Edinburgh South West) (SNP)
Q11 Patricia Gibson (North Ayrshire and Arran) (SNP)
Q12 Alex Chalk (Cheltenham) (Con)
Q13 Nick Smith (Blaenau Gwent) (Lab)
Q14 Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry) (DUP)
Q15 Mrs Pauline Latham (Mid Derbyshire) (Con)

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Did the Chief Whip Help Grieve Get His Votes?

One theory doing the rounds among Brexiteers this morning is that the whips engineered the loss of the Grieve amendment – it is notable that 25 Tory MPs voted for it compared to just two on the other two amendments. Chief whip Julian Smith, according to one Tory MP, had a smile on his face when the amendment passed and the whips did little or nothing to pressure MPs regarding it. Is this a Machiavellian tool to encourage Brexiteers to back May’s deal?

Look at it from the the Remain-backing chief whip’s point of view – while it has no more force of law than a debate at the Oxford Union, it does give the whips an opportunity to frighten Tory MPs, “look old boy if you don’t fall into line, Grieve’s lot will force us into a second referendum or, worse still, a general election”.  These are febrile times, nothing would surprise Guido…

Corbyn’s Brexit Dividend Hypocrisy

There was a time when Jeremy Corbyn talked about spending our EU membership fee in the UK on our own priorities instead sending it off to Brussels. Now Starmer is calling the shots, he’s got a lot more Remainy…

Guido prefers the Corbyn of February this year, when he promised to “use the funds returned from Brussels after Breixt to invest in our public services and the jobs of the future“. Perhaps he should spend some more time with his brother

Boris: Backstop “Makes A Complete Nonsense of Brexit”

Brexit big beats are hitting out against the Northern Irish backstop. Boris’ intervention comes as the number of Tory MPs committed to voting against the withdrawal agreement reaches 88. That’s more than half of backbench Tory MPs…[…] Read the rest “Boris: Backstop “Makes A Complete Nonsense of Brexit””

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Andrea Leadsom told BBC Radio 4’s Today

“He’s made his views on Brexit on the record, and the problem with that of course is that the chair’s impartiality is absolutely essential. … He’s made his views known on Brexit… it’s a matter for him but nevertheless it’s a challenge and all colleagues need to form their own view of that.”

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