Tories’ Local Election Partygate Candidate

With talk that the PM’s team now firmly believe he can ride out Partygate, it seems the Tories are so confident the public have moved on from the furore they’re willing to put up local election candidates who were caught red-handed. A co-conspirator in Richmond notices that the local declaration forms list the Kingston Tories’ Tudor Ward candidate as Ben Mallet. Albeit spelt ‘Mallett’ for some reason…

Why might the name ring a bell? Ben Mallet was Shaun Bailey’s campaign manager, who when not busy briefing that Bailey was on the verge of unseating Sadiq was snapped front and centre of the infamous Bailey CCHQ party, lying on the ground next to the buffet, complete with wine and braces.

Ironically, the Tory party’s council candidate application form asks “Are there any matters which may cause embarrassment to the Party if they became public knowledge?” Clearly Ben believes not…

UPDATE: The local Tory branch tells Guido, “Ben grew up in Kingston, went to school locally and is a proud citizen of our Borough. He understands the issues facing local residents and will make a fantastic local representative. We look forward to welcoming him to the Council in a few weeks’ time.”

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Wife Orders Tory Councillor Who Tweeted Satirical Liverpool Terrorist Attack Picture to Pay Corbyn

Conservative councillor Paul Nickerson – who posted a satirical picture of Corbyn carrying a Remembrance wreath towards the burning Liverpool terrorist attack taxi with the caption “Unsurprising” – has agreed to pay the Islington North MP “substantial damages”. The amount Nickerson agreed to pay has not been disclosed, however according to Jeremy Corbyn Paul will “pay substantial damages and legal costs”. Corbyn will use this “substantial” settlement to support charities close to his heart…

In a statement published to twitter the Conservative councillor explained:

“The false photograph (…) gave the completely untrue impression that Jeremy Corbyn supports terrorist violence including suicide bombings, which without any hesitation I wholly accept he does not.” 

Corbyn of course has sided with terrorists over and over again. It can’t be stressed enough that this did not go to Court, nor did Nickerson take formal legal advice. Guido doubts Corbyn would have won in Court because it is clearly satire. Nickerson told Guido that he decided to settle after his wife told him to pay up…

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Tories Park Tanks on Sir Keir’s Lawn

Guido spotted a plum job was advertised over the weekend by the Conservatives, who are now offering a £6,000 “project fee” for an ad hoc campaign manager in Sir Keir’s exact backyard of Holborn and St Pancras. The hire will be responsible for working towards the May 2022 elections. It’s notable that the party will be investing time and money in a specific inner-London seat.

Presumably these days Momentum would be happy to help the Tories out in unseating Sir Keir…

In other Tory hiring news, Guido spots a swathe of jobs being listed in their new Leeds office ahead of its grand reopening at the end of this year. Among those still open; a police & crime commissioner manager, a membership administrator and a city campaign manager. Unfortunately for CCHQ, job website Glassdoor is doing little to encourage recruitment:

Guido wonders how many current and former CCHQ employees agree…

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Conference Pass Approvals Delayed By Furloughed Security Staff

Conservative Conference kicks off on Sunday, and yet even today, multiple sources are complaining that their pass applications are still pending approval – with some even saying they’ve been falsely rejected and having to appeal to CCHQ. In previous years, the applications have usually been returned at least a month in advance. Now Guido has come to understand why: members of the “police support team” responsible for handling the requests have been on furlough for much of the summer.

Of course, with furlough finally put out to pasture today, jittery applicants can no doubt be reassured that their tickets are on the way soon – although that doesn’t give much time to appeal if things go wrong. Just three days to go…

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2019 Intake Complain Brady’s Complacent

Guido hears from multiple Tory sources that Graham Brady has taken his foot off the pedal in his re-election campaign for the 1922 Committee chairmanship. Although Brady is still the odds on favourite, the feeling amongst some of the 2019 intake is that he hasn’t made much of an effort to reach out to them; one MP claims “he hasn’t made a single communication”, with another saying “Graham has always been quite distant”. Only two of the MPs Guido spoke to confirmed they’d heard anything at all from Brady. He’d initially expected to walk it, so the mood on the ground is that he’s getting complacent…

His opponents Robert Goodwill and Heather Wheeler, meanwhile, have reportedly been making the rounds amongst the back benches in the last few weeks. Several MPs tell Guido that they’ve been contacted personally by at least one of the two challengers, with one claiming that Wheeler might even be within a shot of winning if the election goes to a run-off. Though Guido would take that with a sack of sodium chloride. Brady’s been in Parliament since 1997, MPs might be gearing up for a change…

 

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Tories Have Kept Half Their 2019 Manifesto Promises

A new report from the billionaire-funded Institute for Government calculates that the Tories have completed or are on track to complete 137 manifesto pledges out of a total 237, with varying degrees of progress made on a further 75 commitments. This despite the effects of coronavirus…

The paper shows that on flagship promises like delivering Brexit, boosting funding for public services, and improving infrastructure, the government has made significant progress since the 2019 election. Brexit is over, an NHS funding rise of 3.1% by 2023/3 has been enshrined in law, and over £100 billion has been allocated for transport over the course of the parliament. The Towns Fund and Levelling Up Fund have also begun rolling out. As promised, Big Government is back…

The pandemic has caused a change of course in a few key places: initial spending plans went out the window, and there are now huge backlogs in the courts and on NHS waiting lists. Foreign aid commitments have been walked back, and a social care deal has been kicked down the road. With the next election rumoured for the end of 2023, there’s still a way to go…

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