Lee Anderson: “Lazy Politicians Need Locking Up” Over Grooming Gang Scandal

Away from the noise of the Budget, earlier this week Conservative MP Robbie Moore led a Commons debate on child sexual exploitation across Bradford, calling for a “Rotherham-style inquiry” into the scandal and claiming it had been “swept under the carpet” by the local authorities. Although the debate only attracted small number of MPs – none of the three Labour MPs for Bradford bothered to appear, despite two previously claiming they would – there was one booming voice lending his support to Moore’s campaign: the Honourable Member for Ashfield, Lee Anderson. Asking Moore to give way twice so he could give the Chamber a piece of his mind, Anderson said:

“The only way that we know the full scale of these vile crimes in Bradford is for a full Rotherham-style… investigation, and would he also agree with me that certain local politicians on the council, and the mayor, should hang their heads in shame.”

“Once this inquiry takes place, and we get to the bottom of this, and these grooming gangs are put away where they rightly belong in prison, then the next call will be these lazy politicians – and they need locking up too.”

Even Moore sounded a bit surprised by Lee’s fury…

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Defensive Boris Attacks Starmer’s Afghanistan No-Show

A packed chamber this afternoon for the Commons’ first session post-recess, once again to debate Afghanistan. A feisty Sir Keir came out fighting:

“Even if they could identify who they had left behind, the Government does not have a plan to get anybody out.”

“We have a Prime Minister incapable of international leadership just when we needed it most.”

Boris’s chosen push-back focused on Starmer’s previous no-shows at Afghanistan debates:

“As far as I can remember, he didn’t even bother to turn up to the first of the three statements I’ve given on Afghanistan in this house, Mr. Speaker, this year … such were his instincts and such was his understanding of this issue!’

Dominic Raab sat silently by his side…

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House of Commons Commission Undecided on Ending Mask Mandate in Chamber

Decisions on whether to end social distancing in the Commons, including returning to full capacity and ending the mask mandate, are to be made by the House of Commons Commission next Monday, Guido understands.

Despite yesterday’s announcement that the government’s mask mandate will end on July 19 (assuming step 4 goes ahead), the Commission hasn’t yet committed to making the same move. Guido hears there is some hesitancy to go ahead with the unlocking now given how close we are to recess, although if the Commons appears risk-averse whilst the rest of the country pushes ahead with a full reopening, the public may well raise a few questions…

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WATCH: Energetic Gove Firefights Sleaze Claims

A typically buoyant Michael Gove is up at the despatch box fighting off claims of sleaze and cronyism being pushed by Labour and the SNP. Responded to Alison Thewlis he pointed out:

  • Only 0.5% of PPE wasn’t up to scratch
  • All Greensill lobbying by Cameron was rejected
  • The Dyson texts were about securing ventilators for the frontline
  • Argued that what matters is the PM did impose a 2nd and 3rd lockdown.

It may not set the political world alight as per his famous Theresa May vote of confidence speech, though it was a more assured performance than has been given by any other minister in recent days…

While Gove’s performance was good, Guido couldn’t help being distracted by the Cabinet Office secretary’s healthy post-Israel glow.

Did he find time for a beach trip with JVT?

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Jared O’Mara Banned from Parliament

Parliamentary staffers can breathe a sigh of relief this morning as an independent export Commons panel has recommended withdrawing the right of Jared O’Mara to hold a former member’s pass, effectively barring him access to the parliamentary estate. And – most importantly for someone who supposedly drank “a full litre of vodka” before a morning TV interview – Parliament’s bars…

The panel refers to O’Mara’s well-documented scandals during his brief time as an MP, which breached the sexual misconduct policy. Lindsay Hoyle has approved the recommendation and O’Mara isn’t appealing. Guido doubts this will be a blow to O’Mara, who failed to turn up to Parliament most of the time even when he had to…

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WATCH: Jacob Rees-Mogg Proposes Parliamentary Pub Crawl

Rees-Mogg will no doubt be needing Guido’s guide to Westminster’s social scene unlocking roadmap…

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