The speeding up of turnover rates has almost nothing to do with shifts to the right or left, and much more to do with wider cultural change in Parliament.
The less experience first-time MPs have of fighting a seat, the more likely they are to quit.
One in his first term, one in his fifth, each intends to depart the green benches next year.
The MP for Cannock brought about his own downfall.
The embattled MP will not contest the Cannock Chase seat in 2015.
He seems to have been the most impressive performer – “very professional”, said one source. “Surprised on the upside” said another.
By Tim MontgomerieFollow Tim on Twitter Here is a selection of the arguments that Tory MPs made during yesterday's debate on limiting the increase in benefits to 1% for each of the next three years. The Government's overall policies help those on low incomes: "The Opposition have argued that this uprating of 1% will impact […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. Guido Fawkes has a list of new Conservative members of Select Committees, from Graham Brady's office. Mr Brady explains: "For the following committees I have received the same number of nominations as there are vacancies, the following are therefore elected". The appointments are: Communities and Local Government John Stevenson […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. After last week's reshuffle of the Secretaries and Ministers of State, and this week's reshuffle of Parliamentary Private Secretaries, it's possible to investigate the state of a dying breed: the backbenchers who've always been loyal. The list below features the Conservative MPs who meet the following criteria: Are not currently […]
By Tim MontgomerieFollow Tim on Twitter Aidan Burley MP has got himself into trouble (again). This time for some sour tweets about the Olympics' Opening Ceremony: There's a report in The Telegraph. Number 10 quickly distanced himself from Mr Burley's Tweets. "We do not agree with him," said a Downing Street source. Fellow Tory MP […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. We know that 91 Tories voted against the Lords Reform Bill last night. That's the big, headline grabbing figure – the biggest rebellion in this Parliament.
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. Yesterday evening a debate was held on regional pay. I blogged earlier this week on why I don't think the Government will introduce regional pay bargaining – and the Commons debate last night certainly didn't dispel my theory. After initial pro-regional pay contributions to the debate from Elizabeth Truss, […]
By Tim MontgomerieFollow Tim on Twitter Aidan Burley MP has been sacked as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Transport Secretary, Justine Greening, after Downing Street learnt that he had personally hired the SS uniform that had been worn at a stag party that he attended. The additional revelations appear in the Mail on Sunday. Number 10 […]
Here is the latest in our series of Twenty Questions with members of the Class of 2010… Aidan Burley was elected MP for Cannock Chase with a majority of 3,195. 1. What is your earliest political memory? Being born in 1979 it would have to be Margaret Thatcher’s rise to power. I vaguely remember the […]
Yesterday saw two maiden speeches delivered during the debate about anonymity for those accused of rape, which I covered here this morning. Earlier in the week we covered Aidan Burley’s famous victory in Cannock Chase at the general election. Yesterday, he spoke in the debate as a newly elected member of the home affairs select […]