DECC officials may be attracted to the idea of making a small saving tomorrow by agreeing to postpone further work. This temptation must be resisted.
The less experience first-time MPs have of fighting a seat, the more likely they are to quit.
His successor as Conservative candidate for North Warwickshire & Bedworth will defend a majority of 54.
By Paul GoodmanFollow Paul on Twitter. Further to Tim Montgomerie's report earlier this morning, Conservative MPs and others are asking whether the main driver of the move was the Liberal Democrats' desire to get Hayes out of DECC – though they will find Michael Fallon no pushover: the very opposite – or David Cameron's wish […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. Yesterday in Parliament, Richard Bacon, a Conservative backbencher, tried to introduce a Bill which would repeal the Human Rights Act 1998. One of Mr Bacon's lines of argument was that the legal requirement for Ministers to amend legislation – without a vote in Parliament – in order to comply with European […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. Since details of the reshuffle have emerged, Tory MPs, especially on the right of the party, have been reacting positively to David Cameron's appointments. Lord Lawson was pleased with the reshuffle: "I am on the whole very pleased with what has been done. There's another purpose why you need […]
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 Tim MontgomerieFollow Tim on Twitter Lots of Tory MPs reacted angrily yesterday to the decision of the PCS union to disrupt border control on the eve of the Olympics. Here's a selection of what they Tweeted: My hope is that the anger that we felt yesterday and today is not forgotten. We need to […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. Since the interview with a recently-departed senior Nick Clegg aide, Richard Reeves, in this morning's newspapers, which intimated there would be consequences for the Government's boundary review if backbench Tories vote against stopping debate on Lords reform, a number of Tory MPs have appeared in the media to express their […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. On yesterday's Today programme, Justin Webb, introducing a section on the Lords, said "MPs are still on holiday but the House of Lords is sitting…" Although he was later happy to acknowledge MPs are not, in fact, "on holiday", Webb set off a series of tweets from Tory MPs […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter I recently profiled the 2020 and Free Enterprise groups of Tory MPs. Those two groups are formed by ideology: MPs are attracted to the groups because, in the case of the Free Enterprise Group, members wish to open up markets and make Britain business-friendly enough to compete with other world class economies. The 2020's […]
By Paul GoodmanFollow Paul on Twitter Last year, the Prime Minister flew to Brussels amidst rumour of a leadership challenge if he didn't achieve at least a token repatriation of power. Today, he faced the Commons not only with no such repatriation realised but with his veto – so rapturously greeted at the time by […]
By Tim MontgomerieFollow Tim on Twitter. Dan Byles MP comments: "The next few months will be critical to the HS2 debate. The Transport Select Committee will shortly publish their report on the economic case for and against HS2, and soon afterwards the Secretary of Sate for Transport will make an assessment of the recent public […]
By Paul GoodmanFollow Paul on Twitter Here is the Defence Secretary's statement, and below are questions from Conservative MPs with his answers. It's worth noting that Fox went out of his way to disagree with former serviceman Kris Hopkins – who features in Gazette this morning – that the incident was a dark day for […]