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Oliver Colvile is MP for Plymouth Devonport. Follow Oliver on Twitter. Over the next decade the UK faces three specific energy challenges: Securing a stable energy supply; Making sure we play our part in cutting C02 emissions in the fight against global warming; and Developing new business for growth in our economy. According to OFGEM, […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
Oliver Colvile is Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton & Devonport. Follow Oliver on Twitter. Last month, the much respected economist and journalist Ruth Lea wrote an article for ConservativeHome on the Government’s proposals to use renewable energy to meet the potential energy crisis facing the UK. Soon after this, 100 Conservative colleagues signed a […]
Oliver Colvile is the MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport. His article is the fourth in a seven part series of articles by Conservative MPs, each discussing the Coalition's policies to get more people into good homes. The demand for social housing in England outstrips the supply. In an effort to stop the abuse of local authority […]
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 […]
Two more of the Class of 2010 who stood twice in the same seat before successfully being elected made their maiden speeches on Monday. Oliver Colvile, the new MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, began his maiden by paying a personal tribute to Dame Angela Rumbold: “I came into politics as a Conservative party agent. […]