Tories Pressurising Members To Donate

A new Tory fundraising drive is targeting members and supporters who have yet to donate to the Conservatives’ campaign. The email tells recipients that “Over the last twelve months Labour have raised nearly £13 million from donations alone. And now the polls are tightening. So we urgently need your help to match Corbyn’s war chest.”

The email, sent by co-Chairman of the party Ben Elliott, highlights members and supporters who have not contributed to the ‘Election Fighting Fund’ in an attempt to pressure them into giving £5 or 10 in the final days of the campaign. It’s more normal for late-stage fundraising emails to target supporters who have already donated – the Tories are pulling out all the stops following Labour’s massive union cash injection… 

Nick Conrad No Longer Tory Candidate

The Tory candidate mired in controversy after comments of his emerged saying women should “keep their knickers on” while debating a rape case is no longer a candidate. Read his statement in full:

“Five years ago I made ill-judged comments during an on-air radio discussion for which I made a genuine and heartfelt apology.

Last night I was honoured to be made the Conservative candidate for Broadland and had hoped to become the MP for a constituency which is close to my heart.

However it has become clear to me that the media attention on my previous comments have become a distraction.

For me, the most important thing is for the Conservative Party to be successful in the forthcoming election -getting Brexit done and delivering on the people’s priorities.

This is why I have reluctantly concluded I must stand down to allow one of the other excellent candidates the opportunity to win this fantastic seat.

I would like to thank Broadland Conservative Association for their support and wish the party every success in the election on December 12.”

Brexit Party Candidate Defects, Backs Tory MP

The Brexit Party candidate for Dudley South, Paul Brothwood, has quit the party and endorsed the local Conservative MP Mike Wood. The ex-UKIP councillor says he fears votes for the Brexit Party could help to elect a Labour-Lib Dem government. Since Nigel Farage threatened to stand in 600 seats nationally Brexit Party support as polled by YouGov has fallen from 13% to 7%. This, to paraphrase Mick Jagger, might not be the Brexit we want, it is the Brexit we need…

Hammond Threatens ‘Blue Momentum’

Tim Shipman’s story in the Sunday Times about Hammond threatening to launch a “Blue Momentum” is a giggle. Hammond apparently fancies himself as the Tory version of Jon Lansman.

A prize from the merchandising cupboard of a Guido mouse mat to whomever comes up with the best name for this new organisation. The Inert Tendency? The Blue Undertaking? Nonentum? 

Tories Report Momentum to the Electoral Commission

Following Guido’s exclusive yesterday, the Electoral Commission put out a bland statement that they were “monitoring non-party campaigners“. Tory vice-chairman Paul Scully has now written to the Electoral Commission to raise their concerns about Momentum’s failure to register as a non-party campaigner for the upcoming election. In less than 12 hours, Momentum claimed they’ve already raised £100,000.

If a non-party campaigner intends to spend more than £20,000, the law requires that they should be registered with the Electoral Commission. Momentum have already been spending money over the last couple of months so could well have already committed a technical breach. The law clearly states that under Political Parties Elections Referendums Act 2000 (PPERA) non-party campaigners are required to register with the Electoral Commission if they incur ‘controlled expenditure’ over a prescribed threshold during the ‘regulated period’ prior to an election. We are now in the regulated ‘long campaign’.

PPERA requires organisations to register with the Electoral Commission as a recognised party if they intend to spend more than £20,000 in England on ‘controlled expenditure’ during the ‘regulated period’ before an election. Guido has no doubt that Momentum are deliberately and intentionally flouting the law to avoid monitoring and transparency requirements. Moderate Labour MPs are convinced that Momentum would rather pay a £20,000 fine from the Electoral Commission then have it revealed that they are spending money to predominantly support their hard-left factional candidates…

UPDATE: The Electoral Commission say that Momentum have now submitted their non-party campaigner registration and they are reviewing it.

Guido is intrigued to know how Momentum will keep within the legal spending limits when they plan to raise £200,000…

Lib Dems Facebook Spend More than all Parties Combined

The Liberal Democrats have geared up for the upcoming general election with a whopping £12,205 being spent on Facebook in the last week, more than every other major party put together. Labour and the Tories lag behind at £2,812 and £3,111 respectively. The SNP and The Brexit Party clearly haven’t got the memo, both failing to spend anything so far. Has anyone told Carole yet? 

Antoinette Sandbach Loses Local Vote of Confidence

Former Tory Member of Parliament for Eddisbury Antoinette Sandbach has lost a vote of confidence from her local association. Reports from the constituency meeting say there was overwhelming demand for a new candidate. She does like a Peoples’ Vote. There is now no way back for Sandbach, who would have had to had the whip restored in order to be reselected as a Conservative candidate. The Association will now select a new candidate for the safe Tory seat…

Islington Tories Call for Mentally Ill People to be “Neutered”

In what is being claimed as an excruciating typo, Islington Tories tweeted out an unusual suggestion for those dealing with mental health problems – that they “should be neutered and helped”. Awkward…

The account quickly clarified that it did not want to sterilise the mentally ill, and called the tweet “a genuine mistake” that is “completely unacceptable”. And there was Guido thinking the Tories had gone overboard on authoritarianism… 

Rory Resigns from Tories, Announces Standing Down

To the surprise of virtually no one Rory Stewart announces “It’s been a great privilege to serve Penrith and The Border for the last ten years, so it is with sadness that I am announcing that I will be standing down at the next election, and that I have also resigned from the Conservative Party.”

So that is two recent wannabe leaders of the Tories who have quit since losing…

Ex-Tory Remainer Rebels Are Sick of Rory Taking Credit

Guido hears that some among the 21 ex-Tories who voted for the Benn ‘Surrender Act’ are sick to the hilt with the former leadership contender swanning TV studios taking credit for action against the government. The whispers are that Rory did not help at all with the bill, other than swooping in at the end to vote for it and claim all the credit. Guido can scarcely believe that the Cabinet-minister-for-two-minutes turned artificially inflated leadership contender could be so self aggrandising… 

Tory Conference Cuts 76% of Keynote Speeches

This year’s Tory Conference will ditch the dreadful visuals of minor Cabinet ministers speaking to mostly empty auditorium. Last year 29 individual keynote speeches were made from the main stage. This year’s conference cuts that number down to just seven.

Major speeches will only be made by the Prime Minister, Chancellor, Foreign, and Home Secretaries, Party Chairman, and London Mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey with one shorter presentation by the Education Secretary too. Other ministers will only be able to grace the main stage in the form of panel discussions, bunching them into groups of three or four taking to the stage at the same time. Journalists who have had to sit through years of minor boasts from borderline non-entities will be breathing a sigh of relief…

Is Rudd Resignation Really a Big Loss?

Amber Rudd was the least satisfactory member of the Cabinet in the eyes of Conservatives, according to the latest ConservativeHome polling. Pundits claiming Amber resigning will be a “huge loss for the Conservative Party” don’t understand the party or the reboot that is underway to align the party more closely with Brexit voters. Take their forecasts with a pinch of salt…

Amber Rudd Resigns

Amber Rudd has resigned as Work and Pensions Secretary, and the Conservative Whip.

Read her resignation letter here:

UPDATE: Watch Rudd speak to the Sunday Times explaining her decision

Hammond’s Agent Claims Support of Members Denied Vote

This was emailed to members of Philip Hammond’s Conservative association by Suzi Coul, his agent:

The Association is pleased to announce the reselection of Philip Hammond. Philip has been an excellent MP for Runnymede and Weybridge since 1997, and has retained the overwhelming support of residents, members and the Association Executive throughout that time.

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CCHQ has Unchecked Power to Deselect Hammond

Philip Hammond, the former Chancellor turned leading advocate of what Downing Street are terming “the Surrender Bill”, took to the airwaves this morning to whine about the possibility of being deselected for the mere misdemeanour of siding against the Government in an effective confidence vote.[…] Read the rest

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Justine Greening to Stand Down at Election

Whilst talk of a general election is still only speculative – with Boris saying “I don’t want an election; you don’t want an election” outside Downing Street last night – remain MPs are already jumping before they’ve been pushed. Just like they resigned from the Cabinet before Boris became PM all over again…

The first out the door this morning is former Education Secretary, Justine Greening, who announced her widely expected decision on the Today Programme, on the way out accusing the Tories of becoming “the Brexit Party”. […] Read the rest

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Hammond Toasts His Re-Selection With Champagne

Big Phil Hammond turned up to the local pub, the Half Moon in Windlesham, next to the Constituency Office in Surrey Heath, with a few supporters and ordered champagne to celebrate his re-adoption by the Runnymede and Weybridge Conservative Association’s executive committee.[…] Read the rest

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CCHQ Target Wollaston With Attack Ads

Now Sarah Wollaston has joined the LibDems she is fair game as far as her former party is concerned. CCHQ are talking, not unfairly, about betrayal and her failure to accept and respect the vote as she promised. She’ll have a fight to hold the seat, if she is even selected as the local Lib Dem candidate[…] Read the rest

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Tory Associations Begin Hiring for General Election

Local Tory Associations are contributing to the worst-kept secret in Westminster – that we are soon heading for a general election – by posting a slew of adverts for campaign managers as they ramp up preparations for Britain going to the polls.[…] Read the rest

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Young Tories Step Up Calls for Harassment Investigation

A group of young Tories have released a statement following Guido’s story this morning about the senior activist accused of harassment, Robert Winfield:

“This is a statement to clear up the previously discussed incidents.

Firstly we want to make this clear – we never wanted to go public.

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