“Damian was my Parliamentary neighbour for many years – he’s denied it, I believe him.”
We have, in effect, a national bar that takes the power to out of the hands of local people and leaves it with Sir Humphrey.
Yes, Livingstone named him 12 times when interviewed by me this week. Plus: Saudi Arabia uncovered, Michael Howard unmuzzled. And: In memory of Helen Szamuely.
The Prime Minister’s interview yesterday was a reminder of the fact.
Above all, watch for the truth to be, er, glossed.
The man with a track record of shaking up the status quo is Martin Callanan.
By Matthew BarrettFollow Matthew on Twitter My series profiling the groups of Tory MPs continues with a look at a pioneering Eurosceptic group which helped backbenchers cause significant headaches for Prime Minister John Major during the early 1990s. The Bruges Group is a well-established forum for advocating looser ties with Brussels, and it has gone from a […]
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 […]
By Tim MontgomerieFollow Tim on Twitter Later this month I'll be interviewing Michael Howard at an event for Conservatives for International Development. Lord Howard has been a prominent supporter of the Conservative commitment to spend 0.7% of national income on international development. It was under his leadership that the party first made a commitment to hit […]
By Jonathan Isaby I have not been as assiduous in following maiden speeches in the House of Lords as I have with new MPs this year. However, a former party leader making his debut in the Lords certainly deserves a mention. Yesterday, Michael Howard – now Lord Howard of Lympne – made his maiden speech […]