Local members said Dewhirst’s great virtue was that he was a local, standing in his own constituency. They were “unwilling to take a punt” on an outsider.
Philip Davies, a famously long-standing and committed Brexiteer, is among their number.
I hope that fellow Conservative MPs will support my attempt to rebalance the scales in favour of drivers and responsible companies.
“…Make sure this time you get it right/Vote for Greg Kni-igh-ight.”
May, Johnson, Hannan, Davidson, Fabricant and others give their thoughts. Plus, has anyone checked on Sir Simon Burns?
Rewards for good service – and an encouragement to MPs to accept Whip jobs.
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. Following on from the last few days' rolling blogs, I have below a final list of the MPs (and Baroness Warsi) appointed as Ministers for each department. I have put new appointments in bold. Cabinet Office Minister for the Cabinet Office, Paymaster General – Rt Hon Francis Maude MP […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter. On Friday, 50 MPs, including 34 Conservatives, wrote a letter to the Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, expressing their "serious concerns" with the Department of Health’s proposal to introduce plain packaging for tobacco products. The letter stated that: "There is no reliable evidence that plain packaging will have any public health […]
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter In my series profiling groups of Tory MPs, most groups I've looked at have been mostly or wholly composed of 2010 intake MPs. The next group is bit different, as it was founded more than 25 years ago. The No Turning Back group has a proud history of celebrating and […]
By Jonathan Isaby The first of yesterday's opposition day debates in the Commons saw a Labour motion demanding a reversal in January's VAT rise with respect to road fuel and asking where the fuel duty stabiliser was – all in the name of the "hard pressed motorist". The hypocrisy of Labour's position, given its record […]
By Jonathan Isaby Thursday lunchtime sees the weekly session of Business Questions and as ever, today saw Sir George Young being asked about a wide variety of topics. East Yorkshire MP and Procedure Committee chairman Greg Knight was keen to know what progress there was to report on the electronic petitioning of Parliament: "Is he […]
By Jonathan Isaby At Business Questions yesterday, East Yorkshire MP Greg Knight put the following point: "Why do we still have to go through the ridiculous ritual of putting our clocks back every autumn, thereby plunging the nation into darkness by mid-afternoon? Will the Leader of the House give an undertaking that the Government will […]
Thirteen Conservative MPs – including nine of the new intake – were successful in the Private Member's Bill ballot earlier in the month. Today sees them formally presenting their Bills for the first time (there won't be any debate at this stage), which are summarised as follows on the parliamentary website: PUBLIC SERVICES (SOCIAL ENTERPRISE […]