Tag Archives: UK Politics

“With one exception, those promoted in our intake have been women, ethnic minority members, or gay” — Conservative Home

The troubled story of Conservative MPs, identity politics, fairness, looking like modern Britain – and a headache for Party managers.

via “With one exception, those promoted in our intake have been women, ethnic minority members, or gay” — Conservative Home

“The first real overhaul of the candidate selection process since 2002” — Conservative Home

We are trying to imagine what Boris Johnson, in his buccaneering days as a Daily Telegraph columnist and aspirant Conservative candidate, would have made of an e-mail telling him that “we are moving away from the linear two-pass model and instead are transitioning to a nine-box lattice model”. And that “this will provide a much…

via “The first real overhaul of the candidate selection process since 2002” — Conservative Home

UK election — Your NZ

The UK election is under way. Polls close at 22:00 GMT (11:00 am NZT), with results due to come out this afternoon our time. This follows elections in 2015 and 2017 and tumultuous political period mainly due to the Brexit mess and virtual hung parliament. BBC – General election 2019: Voters head to polls across […]

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Newslinks for Tuesday 29th October 2019 — Conservative Home

 

Election 1) PM drops Brexit bill in last bid for election “Boris Johnson will make one last effort today to send Britain to the polls before Christmas but could be thwarted by a squabble over the exact election date. The prime minister last night took up an offer by the Liberal Democrats and SNP of…

via Newslinks for Tuesday 29th October 2019 — Conservative Home

Newslinks for Sunday 20th October 2019 — Conservative Home

 

Brexit 1) Johnson fights ‘Brexit wreckers’ with three letters to EU “The prime minister sent three different letters to EU leaders in an effort to circumvent a plot by “Brexit wreckers” to extend the Halloween deadline, branding it “deeply corrosive”. In the first Saturday sitting of parliament since the Falklands conflict 37 years ago, MPs…

via Newslinks for Sunday 20th October 2019 — Conservative Home

Brexit Party Climate Fudge — Iowa Climate Science Education

 

By Paul Homewood Apart from their ongoing difficulties delivering Brexit, by far the biggest worry about Boris Johnson’s Conservatives is their craven subservience to the green sky fairy. I’ve just been watching one of their panel discussions on energy and environment, broadcast from the Tory conference in Manchester, and it made me feel quite ill. […]

via Brexit Party Climate Fudge — Iowa Climate Science Education

Newslinks for Sunday 11th August 2019 — Conservative Home

 

Johnson’s summer campaign blitz continues. Today, it’s law and order. He says that he wants more stops and searches. “That is why I am announcing today that in all 43 police authorities in England and Wales, we are making clear that the police can and should make use of their stop-and-search powers. We are extending…

via Newslinks for Sunday 11th August 2019 — Conservative Home

Vote Leave takes back control: the advisers and officers of Johnson’s new regime — Conservative Home

Whilst a lot of attention has been payed to Boris Johnson’s dramatic reshuffle, just as important will be the changing of the guard going on behind the scenes. Bearing that in mind, we had a scout about to see who might be some of the most significant advisers and officers to the new administration, listed…

via Vote Leave takes back control: the advisers and officers of Johnson’s new regime — Conservative Home

WATCH: Johnson launches – “I will continue to speak as directly as I can…that is what the British public want” — Conservative Home

“It’s vital that we as politicians remember, that one of the reasons why the public feels alienated now, from us as a breed, is because too often they feel we cover everything up in bureaucratic platitudes, when they want to hear what we genuinely think“ @BorisJohnson#BackBoris pic.twitter.com/OFVA2JUqhI — BackBoris (@BackBoris2019) 12 June 2019

via WATCH: Johnson launches – “I will continue to speak as directly as I can…that is what the British public want” — Conservative Home

Face of the day — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

 

‘Now leave… or else’: Victorious Farage threatens to unleash his Brexit party at General Election after Tories and Labour are humiliated in Euro vote after failure to deliver on result of referendum dailymail.co.uk Mr Farage’s movement surged to victory across the country while Labour and the Conservatives slumped The ex-UKIP leader said ‘never before in…

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Today’s One Nation Conservatives are as dreary as Baldwin, not as exciting as Disraeli — Conservative Home

Margaret Thatcher did not shrink from using the term as late as 1985. Enoch Powell and Edward Heath belonged to a group named after it. Boris Johnson has taken to sprinkling the expression through his columns with all the prodigality of a pigeon fancier rattling a can of dry corn to tempt his birds home, and…

via Today’s One Nation Conservatives are as dreary as Baldwin, not as exciting as Disraeli — Conservative Home

Farage’s latest row with the BBC suits both sides — Conservative Home

This morning’s papers carry the story of Nigel Farage’s fury at the BBC’s Andrew Marr for the manner in which the latter interviewed him on his show yesterday. The Brexit Party leader has attacked the presenter’s decision to ask a series of awkward questions about his historical views on a range of policy areas, ranging…

via Farage’s latest row with the BBC suits both sides — Conservative Home

Newslinks for Friday 10th May 2019 — Conservative Home

 

May warned against yet another round of indicative votes… “Theresa May has been warned that she could end up with an “Auf Wiedersehen, Pet” Brexit deal that no-one wants if she presses ahead with plans to give MPs a new round of so-called indicative votes. The Prime Minister is preparing to hold the votes in the next…

via Newslinks for Friday 10th May 2019 — Conservative Home

Newslinks for Tuesday 7th May 2019 — Conservative Home

 

Leadership 1) Any concessions from May to Labour on the Customs Union and “she will be gone very quickly” “The Prime Minister wants to sign off an agreement with Jeremy Corbyn on Tuesday in order to avoid having to send new MEPs to the European Parliament, but there is little appetite for a cross-party deal…

via Newslinks for Tuesday 7th May 2019 — Conservative Home

Polls, Brexit postponed – and the slump of the Conservative vote — Conservative Home

The most recent opinion poll results that we can find are as follows: BMG research – April 11 Conservatives: 27 per cent (- 8). Labour: 31 per cent (no change). Liberal Democrats: 8 per cent (- 2). UKIP: 7 per cent (+ 1). Change UK: 8 per cent (+ 3). Brexit Party: 6 per cent.…

via Polls, Brexit postponed – and the slump of the Conservative vote — Conservative Home

The 99 Conservative MPs who opposed the latest Brexit delay motion — Conservative Home

Including tellers, 99 Conservative MPs voted against the Government’s proposal to delay Brexit to 30th June today. Despite a three-line whip, only 133 Conservative MPs voted for the motion – a remarkably low number, which underscores the collapse in the authority of the Tory whip. A further 80 Conservative MPs – including Andrea Leadsom, Liam…

via The 99 Conservative MPs who opposed the latest Brexit delay motion — Conservative Home

Naked Climate Change Protest Disrupts UK Parliament Brexit Debate — Watts Up With That?

 

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Trigger warning – Lots of naked this week in the name of Gaea… Protesters disrupt Brexit debate by baring bottoms over inaction on climate change Posted about 6 hours ago While some view the British parliament as a symbol of political stasis since the 2016 Brexit referendum, other Brits have utilised…

via Naked Climate Change Protest Disrupts UK Parliament Brexit Debate — Watts Up With That?

Lord Ashcroft: The space for a new party isn’t just in the centre of politics — Conservative Home

 

Divided though we are, one thing that everyone in the country seems to agree on is that they are sick to the back teeth of our political class. Individual politicians still sometimes inspire support or admiration – Theresa May not least among them, it should be said. But depending on your point of view, politicians…

via Lord Ashcroft: The space for a new party isn’t just in the centre of politics — Conservative Home

Newslinks for Sunday 10th March 2019 — Conservative Home

 

May told to resign to ‘save Brexit’… “Theresa May is battling to save her premiership this weekend as cabinet ministers warned she may have to fall on her sword to save Brexit. In a final throw of the dice, Philip Hammond will offer Tory MPs a £20bn Brexit “bribe” this week to finally “end austerity” if…

via Newslinks for Sunday 10th March 2019 — Conservative Home

“We must therefore have the courage, if necessary, to reclaim our freedom first and talk afterwards.” Eustice’s resignation – full text — Conservative Home

“It is with tremendous sadness that I have decided to resign from the government following the decision this week to allow the postponement of our exit from the EU. Since parliament is now in direct control of events, I want to be free to participate in the critical debate that will take place in the…

via “We must therefore have the courage, if necessary, to reclaim our freedom first and talk afterwards.” Eustice’s resignation – full text — Conservative Home

James Frayne: What impact will the Independent Group have on the Conservative Party? — Conservative Home

James Frayne is Director of Public First and author of Meet the People, a guide to moving public opinion. What impact will the Independent Group’s launch have on the Conservative Party? Not unreasonably, analyists and commentators are only just beginning to get round to the question. But Conservative strategists will already be thinking about potential effects. Since it’s…

via James Frayne: What impact will the Independent Group have on the Conservative Party? — Conservative Home

Howard Flight: I believe the Conservative Party will hold together after Brexit — Conservative Home

Lord Flight is Chairman of Flight & Partners Recovery Fund, and is a former Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury. The behaviour of the House of Commons, and in particular of Remainers and the Speaker, has damaged the reputation of Parliament and politicians generally – at least for the time being. But I have the…

via Howard Flight: I believe the Conservative Party will hold together after Brexit — Conservative Home

Our survey. More than eight in ten Conservative members oppose extending Article 50. — Conservative Home

 

As speculation abounds that the Government may be considering a delay to Article 50, we took the opportunity of our latest monthly survey of Conservative Party members to ask their view on the idea. The result was pretty much overwhelming: 82.7 per cent of the 1,257 respondents oppose the idea, while 14 per cent support…

via Our survey. More than eight in ten Conservative members oppose extending Article 50. — Conservative Home

Our survey. A majority of Party members back May’s deal – if changes can be made to the backstop. — Conservative Home

At the end of last year, there was no sign at all that Party members were willing to back Theresa May’s Brexit deal, according to our survey. Seventy-one per cent of respondents opposed it and 26 per cent supported it. But last month, the suggestion that the Northern Ireland backstop might be removed from the…

via Our survey. A majority of Party members back May’s deal – if changes can be made to the backstop. — Conservative Home

WATCH: May slams second referendum — Conservative Home

Theresa May on #Brexit: “Another vote… would do irreparable damage to the integrity of our politics, because it would say to millions who trusted in democracy, that our democracy does not deliver” Updates: https://t.co/JSIsoIyi3E pic.twitter.com/dTxzsZq8tP — BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) December 17, 2018

via WATCH: May slams second referendum — Conservative Home

Newslinks for Tuesday 23rd October 2018 — Conservative Home

 

May “gains partial reprieve” from party “opponents” with rejection of backstop that would divide NI from rest of Britain… “Theresa May dismissed Brussels’ demands yesterday for a backstop that would divide Northern Ireland from the rest of Britain, relieving pressure from Tory Brexiteers but increasing the chance of a no-deal exit. The prime minister secured…

via Newslinks for Tuesday 23rd October 2018 — Conservative Home

WATCH: “Cool, calm heads” needed for the “final stages” of Brexit negotiations, May tells the Commons — Conservative Home

“We are entering the final stages of these negotiations. This is the time for cool, calm heads to prevail” says Theresa May offering Brexit “facts as they stand”, while some MPs laugh and some clap https://t.co/rLPoia1giD pic.twitter.com/ovHZKlQZyr — BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) 15 October 2018

via WATCH: “Cool, calm heads” needed for the “final stages” of Brexit negotiations, May tells the Commons — Conservative Home

Our Tory members’ panel survey. Expectation of a Conservative-led government after the next election drops to a record low. — Conservative Home

 

The previous lowest total for those believing either a) that there will be a Conservative majority after the next election, or b) that it will produce a Tory-led coalition, or c) that a minority Conservative Government will take office was 59 per cent. That was January’s finding. This month it is down to 55 per…

via Our Tory members’ panel survey. Expectation of a Conservative-led government after the next election drops to a record low. — Conservative Home

Our survey panel. It’s a record high for the view that the Prime Minister should leave Downing Street before the next election. — Conservative Home

 

The combined total of those believing that Theresa May should stand down as Party leader either now or before the next election hit 71 per cent last June – in the aftermath of the general election. It hit that total again in January, in the wake of the Cabinet reshuffle. Today’s figure exceeds that by…

via Our survey panel. It’s a record high for the view that the Prime Minister should leave Downing Street before the next election. — Conservative Home