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.
Amid a flurry of ideological theories, we shouldn’t ignore the mundane realities of life.
He invites Sir Andrew Dilnot to assess Yvette Cooper’s latest figures.
Despite the amendment attempt, and Labour attempts to talk the Bill out, the 2017 referendum is still on track.
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. Conservative Friends of Israel is an influential affiliate group of the Conservative Party which contains perhaps the largest number of Conservative MPs of any group in Parliament. It exists to promote understanding of and support for the State of Israel in the Conservative Party, and its membership reaches the […]
Chris Kelly is the Member of Parliament for Dudley South and founder and co-chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Combating Metal Theft. I am sure I don't need to tell readers what an increasingly concerning scourge metal theft has been over recent years. The impact has included disruption to hospitals, the destruction of private property, […]
Chris Kelly is Member of Parliament for Dudley South and founder chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Family Business. When you hear the words 'family business', what comes to mind? Is it your local restaurant that's been run by the same family for 60 years? Or perhaps the local corner store, with three generations helping […]
By Paul GoodmanFollow Paul on Twitter 8.45pm Update by Matthew Barrett: I have now learned which candidates are being backed by the traditional organisations on the right of the Conservative Party, such as the No Turning Back group. I have highlighted these in purple. *** The following have been returned unopposed:- Chairman: GRAHAM BRADY Vice-Chairman: CHARLES […]
Chris Kelly is the Member of Parliament for Dudley South. Tim’s story on this website on Wednesday about the 1922 Committee meeting in the Commons that evening has made public a vigorous debate that has been taking place amongst Conservative MPs about the direction of the Government. The debate has been going on since long before […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter It's the London Marathon tomorrow, and five Conservative MPs have decided to take on the great task of completing it for charity. Last year, Edward Timpson and Stephen Crabb ran the Marathon, and this year, Timpson is competing again – with four other MPs who will join more than 35,000 other runners […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter The 301 group is perhaps the most active and important group of backbench Tory MPs. Tim Montgomerie reported last week that three MPs - Charlie Elphicke, George Hollingbery and Priti Patel – want to organise a candidate to be elected to the 1922 Committee's executive who will give the '22 a focus […]
Chris Kelly is the Member of Parliament for Dudley South. Paul Goodman recently wrote that "Euro-sceptics won't win an EU referendum without a Business for Britain campaign". He was absolutely right that the vast bulk of business opinion is firmly Euro-sceptic and that that scepticism now needs to be cultivated, harnessed and focused. I would […]
By Joseph Willits Follow Joseph on Twitter Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, James Brokenshire MP, has answered questions from four Tory MPs about the Government's plans to combat metal theft. Brokenshire said that "the Home Office is discussing with other Departments what legislative changes are necessary to assist enforcement agencies and deter offenders". Some of the measures […]
By Tim MontgomerieFollow Tim on Twitter. Last night at least 32 Tory MPs (listed below) voted with Labour against an 88% hike in Britain's contribution to the IMF. The hike is to partly fund the IMF's ability to fund bailouts. I write "at least" because I've only quickly scanned the voting list. Please email email@example.com […]