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Operation Hold On
Name
Government Divisions Dossier

Theresa,

Similar to the Boris dossier you loved, have pulled together info on our internal divisions in advance of Tory conference.

As always let's just focus on getting to the end of the week.

Hope it's useful.
G. Barwell

Confidential Information
Not to be leaked (without express permission of PM)
Morning Memos
For your last day, I’ve pulled out the top then threats to watch out for...
May's Morning
MEMO
TO: Theresa May
DATE: TUESDAY 2 OCTOBER
RE: TOP TEN
  1. “Whoever is advising her that she can get Chequers through parliament is deluded… We’re just seeing this all from one end of a telescope and she needs to immediately now turn that telescope around. Because if she comes back with Chequers it’s dead as a dodo.” Mike Penning MP, Daily Telegraph, 20 September 2018, https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/09/19/theresa-mays-chequers-deal-dead-dodo-says-mp-helped-get-number/
  2. “The thought of Theresa May leading us in to another election is like a member of the Light Brigade being asked to ride up the valley again when we know what the result is going to be.” Andrew Bridgen MP, Talk Radio, 29 August 2018, http://talkradio.co.uk/news/andrew-bridgen-dreads-theresa-may-leading-tories-another-election-18082927667
  3. "When we Conservatives veer between talking business down, ignoring voters’ concerns, and telling businesses to shut up – or worse – it is clear sign we have lost our way.” Universities Minister Sam Gyimah MP, Politics Home, 27 September 2018, https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/political-parties/conservative-party/news/98604/excl-minister-says-tories-have-lost-their
  4. “I made her, and I can break her.”
    Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson MP,
    The Independent, 24 June 2018,
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/gavin-williamson-theresa-may-defence-spending-row-bring-down-government-20bn-a8413916.html
  5. “If the Brexit negotiations continue on this path they will end, I am afraid, in a spectacular political car crash…The whole thing is a constitutional abomination and if Chequers were adopted it would mean that, for the first time since 1066, our leaders were deliberatively acquiescing in foreign rule.” Boris Johnson MP, The Telegraph, 16 September 2018,
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/09/16/heading-car-crash-brexit-theresa-mays-chequers-plan/
  1. “It is a humiliation. We look like a seven-stone weakling being comically bent out of shape by a 500 lb gorilla. And the reason is simple: Northern Ireland, and the insanity of the so-called ‘backstop’. We have opened ourselves to perpetual political blackmail. We have wrapped a suicide vest around the British constitution – and handed the detonator to Michel Barnier.” Boris Johnson MP, Mail on Sunday, 9 September 2018,
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6146853/BORIS-JOHNSON-JEREMY-HUNT-debate-Chequers-deal.html
  2. “There is a timidity and lack of ambition about Mrs May’s Government which means it constantly disappoints. Time to raise your game, Prime Minister. #worboys #HousingCrisis #NHSfunding #etcetc”
    Nick Boles MP, Twitter, 19 January 2018,
    https://twitter.com/NickBoles/status/954409789152514049
  3. “And yet the old guard hangs on in and doesn’t understand why we need to change, saying MPs like me aren’t ‘proper Torys.’ Good God we need to get a grip and lead. We are letting this country down.”
    Heidi Allen MP, Twitter, 28 January 2018,
    https://twitter.com/heidiallen75
  4. “It really won’t be enough to get people to vote against The Corbini they must have really sound reasons to vote Conservative.We really need to get on with this #wherestheboldandbravesofaritsdulldulldull.”
    Nicholas Soames MP, Twitter, 22 January 2018,
    https://twitter.com/NSoames/status/955386579895373825
  5. “We are reaching the point now where it is extremely difficult to see how we can rescue the Conservative party from a catastrophic split if the Chequers proposals are carried forward…”
    Former Brexit Minister Steve Baker MP,

    Politico, 10 September 2018,
    https://www.politico.eu/article/steve-baker-brexit-chequers-theresa-may-tory-party-faces-catastrophic-brexit-split-says-former-minister/
Theresa, see below the things to look out for today. More division and more failure...
May's Morning
MEMO
TO: Theresa May
DATE: TUESDAY 2 OCTOBER
RE: A STRONGER, FAIRER UNITED KINGDOM

David Mundell vs Extreme Brexit Tories

“People have to wake up to what the alternatives are. I think people have to be challenged. If they don’t like the Chequers deal, what is their alternative?” David Mundell, Politico, 21 August 2018, https://www.politico.eu/article/scottish-secretary-urges-cabinet-to-get-behind-mays-brexit-plan/
  • David Mundell is driving a Tory power grab over Brexit powers which undermines the devolution settlement.

  • The Tories claim they saved the union, instead they have put it at risk at every turn since 2014..


Alun Cairns vs Welsh Leaders

“Too much power centralised in Cardiff, says Alun Cairns" BBC News, 18 September 2017, BBC News
  • Wales is being left out of Brexit negotiations, and powers returned from the EU will return to the Conservatives in Westminster first instead of being transferred directly to the Welsh Assembly where appropriate.

  • Wales has been short-changed by the Barnett Formula, most recently with respect to Theresa May’s £1 billion deal with the DUP that should have benefited Wales by £1.7 billion.Wales has been short-changed by the Barnett Formula, most recently with respect to Theresa May’s £1 billion deal with the DUP that should have benefited Wales by £1.7 billion.


Karen Bradley vs Karen Bradley

“I freely admit that when I started this job, I didn’t understand some of the deep-seated and deep-rooted issues that there are in Northern Ireland.” Karen Bradley, The Guardian, 7 September 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/sep/07/karen-bradley-admits-not-understanding-northern-irish-politics
  • While Tory ministers have dragged their feet in trying to restore power-sharing government, a massive backlog of decisions has built up across public life in NI.

  • The Tories reckless pursuit of a No Deal Brexit threatens to rip up the Good Friday Agreement and undermine 20 years of progress.


David Gauke vs Boris Johnson on his “suicide vest” comments

“His language is not well judged, but I also think there is a weakness in the substance to the case he was making because he has not set out an alternative to the Chequers deal." LBC, 10 September 2018, https://www.lbc.co.uk/radio/presenters/nick-ferrari/david-gauke-slams-boris-suice-vest-comment/
  • The Tories came into government promising a “rehabilitation revolution”, but on their watch prisons have become dangerously overcrowded and understaffed, with record levels violence, suicide and self-harm.

  • The Tories’ reckless part-privatisation of the probation system has been a costly disaster, with offenders being inadequately prepared for life on the outside and private contractors failing to provide the innovation that was promised.


Sajid Javid vs Theresa May’s 2017 campaign

“While we were banging on about Brexit, a lot of people were saying, ‘OK, I get that, I know you are going to deliver on Brexit, I know it is not straightforward, but what about housing? What about education? What about transport? What about the health service?’” The Guardian, 30 September 2017, https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/sep/30/sajid-javid-brexit-theresa-may-conservative-conference
  • The Tories have slashed funding to the police, hitting the frontline hard and endangering public safety.

  • Over 21,000 police officers and 6,700 community support officers have been axed since 2010, despite a promise to protect the frontline. While officer numbers have fallen to their lowest level in 30 years, the police have also recorded the highest crime rises in a decade.

  • The Tories have weakened our border security, with the loss of over 500 staff since 2010.


HIGH-QUALITY PUBLIC SERVICES

Lord Callanan vs Matt Hancock’s call for drugs stockpiling ahead of Brext vs Boris Johnson on his “suicide vest” comments

“I am not aware of any plans for stockpiling food. It seems to me to be a fairly ridiculous scare story.” Lord Callanan, Daily Express, 25 July 2018, https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/993891/Brexit-news-Matt-Hancock-medicine-stockpiling-no-deal-Dominic-Raab-BBC-Newsnight
  • After eight years of the Tories running the NHS, the system is in crisis. Patients are waiting for hours in overcrowded A&Es, waiting lists are rising and hospitals are facing huge financial problems.

  • In 2017/18 there were 2.8 million people waiting longer than four hours in A&E, compared to just over 350,000 in 2009/10, and there are now over four million people on the English waiting list.

  • Under the Tories, social care is in crisis. £7 billion has been cut from adult social care since 2010, resulting in falling care quality and care packages being cut or rationed.


Conservative Home vs Damian Hinds

  • Despite the Tories promising to protect per pupil funding for schools, since 2010 per pupil spending has fallen by 8%

  • There is a crisis in teacher recruitment and retention, with the Government having missed their teacher recruitment target for the fifth year in a row. The Tories have allowed unqualified teachers into England’s schools, with over 24,000 now teaching over 600,000 children.

  • Under the Tories tuition fees have trebled and maintenance grants have been scrapped, leaving poorer students worse off. English graduates are graduating with the highest student debts in the developed world, with the more disadvantaged students graduating with debts in excess of £57,000.




















Theresa, see below the things to look out for today. More division and more failure...
May's Morning
MEMO
TO: Theresa May
DATE: MONDAY 1 OCTOBER
RE: AN ECONOMY THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONE

Esther McVey vs Esther McVey

“I want to apologise to the House for inadvertently misleading you.” Esther McVey, The Independent, 4 July 2018, https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/esther-mcvey-apology-misleading-parliament-universal-credit-welfare-programme-secretary-a8430796.html
  • Ester McVey’s misleading attempts to defend Universal Credit led the National Audit Office to take the unprecedented step of reprimanding a Secretary of State. As a result, she was forced to issue a formal apology to MPs.

  • She has previously said that it is “right” more people are going to foodbanks and that the Government “couldn’t afford” to scrap the Bedroom Tax.


Michael Fallon vs Chris Grayling

“It really is time now that ministers get a grip of this and force Thameslink to get on and run a decent service.” Former Tory Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, Politics Home, 4 June 2018, https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/transport/rail-transport/news/95690/former-defence-secretary-michael-fallon-tells-chris
  • Chris Grayling and the Tories are failing to stand up for millions of passengers, road users and pedestrians. Fares are rising, public money is being wasted, and promised investment is not being delivered.

  • Some commuters are paying over £2,500 more to travel to work than in 2010. In Chris Grayling’s constituency, the cost of an annual season ticket from London to Epsom has risen to £2,228 from £1,680 in 2010.

  • At the current rate of growth, average bus fares are set to be 59 per cent higher in 2022 than in 2010, while the number of bus routes is expected to fall by over 5,750 by 2022.


Dominic Raab vs Extreme Brexit Tories

“For those that are either criticising or carping or whatever else, they need to come back with credible alternatives.” Dominic Raab, 12 July 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jul/12/dominic-raab-tells-carping-critics-of-mays-brexit-plan-to-back-off
  • Tory divisions and incompetence over Brexit are putting jobs and the economy at risk. The government has not offered any viable way to ensure frictionless trade with Europe, protect our manufacturing industry or prevent a hard border in Northern Ireland.

  • He has previously said “I don’t support the Human Right’s Act, and I don’t believe in economic and social rights”


  • The proposed energy price cap is weaker than what the Tories promised at the last election. Under the Tories households are more than £1,000 worse off since 2010 due to increases in their energy bills

  • The Tories have failed to take proper action on climate change, neglecting investment in renewable energy and have left us on course to miss climate targets.

  • The truth is that the Tories have undermined British industry at every turn by failing to invest in their future and provide the certainty they need.


Iain Duncan Smith vs Philip Hammond

“Iain Duncan Smith, the former Tory leader, said that Mrs May “cannot govern with Philip Hammond sniping from the sidelines”. The Times, 29 January 2018, https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/former-aide-nick-timothy-attacks-confused-tory-strategists-hnv7cx7jn
  • A crisis of low pay and stagnating wages has developed under the Tories. Institute for Fiscal Studies has revealed that under the Tories, workers are £800 a year worse off., while those at the top have been given tax breaks worth tens of billions.

  • Six million people are in jobs that pay less than the Living Wage, while there are nearly a million people are on zero-hours contracts.

  • The Tories will have handed £110 billion in corporate tax giveaways by the end of this Parliament. The Tories are handing out new tax breaks to big corporations and the super-rich, including £2.5 billion in tax giveaways in 2017/18 alone.


OPPORTUNITY FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

  • Under the Conservatives, house-building fell to its lowest level since the 1920s. The level of home-ownership has fallen since 2009-10 from 67.4 per cent to 62.6 per cent in 2015-16 - the lowest rate 30 years.

  • The number of genuinely affordable homes for social rent built last year was fewer than 1,000, compared to 40,000 started in Labour’s last year in government.

  • Between 2010-11 and 2019-20 Tory councils will see an average fall in spending power per household of £128 the equivalent cut for Labour councils is more than £524 per household –four times higher than Tory areas.


Tory MP, Sherryl Murray vs Michael Gove

“Whatever are Michael and George thinking about? They are showing weakness. Their proposal is not taking back control. I feel badly let down.” Sherryl Murray, The Sun, 30 August 2018, https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7132420/scallop-war-french-fishermen-stop-selling-british-fish/
  • Air quality is at illegal levels across the country and is linked to 40,000 premature deaths each year. The Tories have lost three times in domestic courts over their inaction to tackle illegally bad air.

  • Michael Gove has previously spoken out against the EU habitats directive and has not offered surety on how existing standards will be enforced after Brexit.

  • The Tories have missed their broadband rollout targets which have left rural areas with inadequate connectivity.


Ruth Davidson vs the Tories

“Too often, conservatives end up – well, a bit dour. Authoritarian. Just a tad joyless. A party that sounds like its only pitch is like those hectoring signs you see on the tube – Please Stand on the Right. Ruth Davidson, Scotsman, 22 May 2018, https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/ruth-davidson-tories-should-smile-more-1-4742902
  • Ruth Davidson’s true colours have been exposed during recent campaigns. She has defended the vile ‘rape clause’.


  • The Tories’ record on broadband is one of missed milestones and delays. They have continually rolled back their own targets leaving the UK significantly behind other countries elsewhere in Europe

  • The Tories have presided over public library closures and have placed many more at risk.

  • Under the Tories the number of primary school children taking part in cultural and arts activities declined since 2010.





















Theresa, see below the things to look out for today. More division and more failure...
May's Morning
MEMO
TO: Theresa May
DATE: SUNDAY 30 SEPTEMBER
RE: WELCOME TO CONFERENCE

Unnamed Tory MP vs Brandon Lewis

“Brandon likes to see himself as ‘May’s Thug’ and that’s not how he should be doing the job” Unnamed Tory MP The Sun, 9 August 2018, https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6977632/theresa-may-declaring-war-boris-johnson-burka/
  • Under Theresa May the Tories remain reliant on donations from a privileged few, with over a quarter of donations coming from the investment banking and finance industries this year

  • Conservative MPs are said to fear a UKIP coup, with Tory MP Anna Soubry saying that “the likes of [Arron] Banks are urging members of UKIP other hard Brexiteers to join our party to topple the leader”.


Andy Street vs Theresa May

“It is right to say that the cuts have gone far enough. It’s not reasonable to expect that this continues.” Andy Street, The Independent, 27 September 2018, https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/austerity-conservative-party-theresa-may-andy-street-west-midlands-mayor-a8557476.html
  • The number of unemployed benefit claimants in the West Midlands shot up by more than 10 percent in Andy Street’s first year as Mayor.

  • As a result of Tory cuts West Midlands Police have over 2,000 fewer police officers and 300 fewer PCSOs compared with 2010.

Global Britain


Liam Fox vs Philip Hammond

AM: “Very, very simply, do you agree with the Chancellor?
LF: I don’t believe that it’s possible to have a 15-year time horizon on predictions of GDP.”
Andrew Marr Show, 3 September 2018,
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06k33gm
  • Theresa May and the Tories are happy to see Britain crash out of the EU with no deal and rely on WTO terms, which could see substantial tariffs levied on British exports.

  • The Tories want the freedom to negotiate trade deals that would weaken workers’ rights, deregulate the economy, slash corporate taxes, side-line Parliament and cut Britain off from our closest allies and most important trading partners.


Penny Mordaunt vs “political leaders”

“[The public] doubt our nation’s ability to act on the international stage. And they have lost trust in their leaders..” Conservative Home, 8 September 2018, https://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2018/09/penny-mordaunt-the-twelve-new-rules-of-politics.html
  • Penny Mordaunt became the third Cabinet Minister to publicly refuse to endorse Theresa May’s Chequers plan.

  • You cannot trust Theresa May and the Tories on international development. They have eroded our global leadership and damaged Britain’s record on improving lives across the world.


“I made her, and I can break her.” Gavin Williamson, The Independent, 24 June 2018, https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/gavin-williamson-theresa-may-defence-spending-row-bring-down-government-20bn-a8413916.html
  • You cannot trust Theresa May and the Tories on the defence and security of Britain. They have broken their promises, failed to hire enough Army recruits and are not giving our forces the pay rise they need.

  • The latest figures show that Armed Forces numbers continue to fall. The number of fully trained personnel in the Army is now at 76,880, down from 77,940 at 1 July 2017, and well-below the target of 82,000.


Jeremy Hunt vs Boris Johnson

“Asked if his message to Mr Johnson was to "belt up", Mr Hunt said: "You could say that.”” Mirror, 14 May 2018, https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/boris-johnson-slapped-down-jeremy-12532946
  • Under the Conservatives, Britain is more isolated than ever. Foreign Office cuts have put Britain’s diplomatic relationships at risk, with Boris Johnson’s time as Foreign Secretary undermining our alliances and diminishing our reputation on the global stage.

  • Theresa May is side-lined in Europe and at the G7, and has failed to stand up to Donald Trump’s destructive and discriminatory behaviour, all in pursuit of a trade deal the President has already dismissed.

Brexit

Dear Prime Minister

As you know, the Conservative Party is arriving at conference more weak and divided than ever before. Many are now saying we are the most divided government ever...

Everyone seems far more interested in arguing amongst themselves than solving the problems facing the country or delivering a Brexit which protects British jobs and the economy.

With Tory conference just a couple of days away, I’ve pulled together a file on all the infighting and political posturing over the last year or so. Worryingly, this new analysis, means I’ve now identified:

  • A third of Conservative MPs have publically attacked you, the Party or Government policy. In the last year alone, over 100 MPs have come out against us, either over Brexit or over our (rather threadbare) domestic agenda.
  • From Scotland to the South West; from Wales to the West Midlands – the Conservative Party are divided. In every region in the country, at every level of government, our own politicians are speaking out against us and against each other.

At least all this infighting might distract from the fact that we have no answers to the real problems facing this country. Other than more cuts and inaction we really don’t have a plan to rebuild Britain.

We will also be sending daily updates throughout conference on key issues of the day. I know our tagline is “Opportunity for all”, but the reality couldn’t be further from the truth. Working people have been left worse off and those cuts of ours mean public services have been pushed into crisis. It really should be “Opportunity to those privileged few we’ve given tax breaks to.”

Try not to be too disheartened by the scale of the division in our ranks. Let’s just try to get through conference.



Gavin Barwell, Chief of Staff, No.10
Brexit

Chequers Wreckers

Brexit divisions are tearing us apart. Despite being in the midst of the most important negotiations in recent times – we are in a state of internal meltdown. You are getting attacked from all sides and rival camps are fighting amongst themselves.

Also, better check today’s papers. Criticisms have be coming in so thick and fast that it has been hard to keep up with them.

Steve Baker MP vs yourself and Conservative Party

  • Steve Baker has said that the party will face a “catastrophic split” if you pursue the Chequers plan.

    “We are reaching the point now where it is extremely difficult to see how we can rescue the Conservative party from a catastrophic split if the Chequers proposals are carried forward...” Politico, 10 September 2018, https://www.politico.eu/article/steve-baker-brexit-chequers-theresa-may-tory-party-faces-catastrophic-brexit-split-says-former-minister

  • Steve Baker was forced to apologise for saying that Jacob Rees-Mogg was “essentially correct” in his suggestion that “officials in the Treasury had deliberately developed a model to show that all options other than staying in the customs union were bad”, following video footage which did not appear to support Mr Baker’s version of events.

    JRM: “Will my Hon Friend the Minister and Member for Wycombe confirm that he heard from Charles Grant, for the Centre from European Research, that officials in the Treasury had deliberately developed a model to show that all options other than staying in the customs union were bad, and that officials intended to use this to influence policy. If this is correct, does he share my view that it goes against the Northcote-Trevelyan reforms that underpin our independent civil service?”
    SB: “Mr Speaker, I am sorry to say that My Hon Friend’s account is essentially correct. At the time I considered it implausible because my direct experience is that civil servants are extraordinarily careful to uphold the impartially of the Civil Service...“ Politics Home, 2 February 2018, https://www.politicshome.com/news/europe/eu-policy- agenda/brexit/news/92539/tory-minister-steve-baker-apologises-suggesting-civil

John Baron MP vs yourself

Douglas Ross MP vs yourself and the Government

  • Douglas Ross described the continued membership of the Common Fisheries Policy throughout the implementation period as “a pint of cold sick.”

    “There is no spinning this as a good outcome, it would be easier to get someone to drink a pint of cold sick than try to sell this as a success. I hope my disappointment on behalf of Moray fishermen is clear and I will now be redoubling my efforts to ensure their interests are protected during the implementation period and any final deal that does not deliver, unequivocally, full control over fish stocks and vessel access will not have my support.” STV, 19 March 2018, https://stv.tv/news/politics/1410678-scots-tory-mp-compares-brexit-fishing-deal-to-cold-sick/

Brexit

Mike Penning MP vs yourself and the Government

  • Mike Penning, one of your long-time allies, has said that Chequers is as “dead as a dodo”, that your advisors are “deluded” if they think Rees-Mogg & Co would vote in favour of it and that you are treating your own MPs “like children who belong on the naughty step.”

    “To say to the likes of myself: “It’s Chequers or a hard Brexit”. It’s like making us sit on the naughty step at school. She’s driving MPs like me to the ERG, because they are the only ones actually representing Conservative MPs and their constituents...Whoever is advising her that she can get Chequers through parliament is deluded... We’re just seeing this all from one end of a telescope and she needs to immediately now turn that telescope around. Because if she comes back with Chequers it’s dead as a dodo.” Daily Telegraph, 20 September 2018, https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/09/19/theresa-mays-chequers-deal-dead-dodo-says-mp-helped-get-number/

Andrea Jenkyns MP vs yourself at PMQs

Lord (Michael) Heseltine vs Brexiteers

Justine Greening vs yourself and Government

  • Justine Greening said Chequers was “unworkable” and that the Government has wasted two “flogging a strategy that is not going to succeed.”

    “Well I think it was clear to me back in July that Chequers was an unworkable deal, it’s not supported by the British public, it’s not supported by MPs in Parliament and of course in her own party, and I think it’s something that’s already dead and I think we’ve wasted time over the last two months effectively flogging a strategy that is not going to succeed, I think the Prime Minister now needs to listen to what people are saying to her here in the UK and then come up with a viable route forward that actually has a chance of success.” BBC News, 21 September 2018

Brexit

Anna Soubry MP vs yourself and Government

ERG vs yourself and Government

  • Helpful ‘suggestions’ about how to proceed with negotiations from 62 ERG colleagues including not becoming a “rule taker” and having the ability to start our “own trade negotiations immediately”.

    Twitter: Paul Waugh, 20 February 2018, https:// twitter.com/paulwaugh/

Brexit

Derek Thomas MP vs yourself and Government

  • Derek Thomas said he was not sure whether the Government had “the guts and resolve” to deliver a Brexit that works for fishermen.

    “I share the fishermen’s disappointment at the status quo over the next 21 months and the transition period. Brussels wants to keep the current quotas arrangements and wants to guarantee access to UK waters. That’s not the Government’s position and certainly not what the fishermen want. But it’s not clear yet that the Government has the guts and the resolve to deliver for fishermen.” Cornwall Live, 29 March 2018, https://www.cornwalllive.com/news/cornwall-news/st-ives-mp-derek-thomas-1397056

Priti Patel MP vs yourself and Government

  • Priti Patel described the Chequers agreement as ‘disastrous’ and that the proposals show that the “Government has caved in.”

    “Since then, big corporate business, millionaires and powerful forces within the establishment have fought tirelessly to cancel Brexit. They have aligned with the EU’s bullying tactics, attempting to frighten the British people into submission. These are the very voices who are delighted that the Government has caved in with the Chequers proposals – proposals that effectively mean we will never take back control of our laws, money or trade...It is increasingly clear that Chequers is a disaster for our country and is not the right way forward for Britain. It is also a disaster for public trust and confidence in their politicians.” Conservative Home, 31 August 2018,https://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2018/08/priti-patel- we-must-chuck-chequers-or-disillusioned-voters-will-reject-mainstream-politics.html

Sir John Major vs yourself, the Government and Tory Brexiteers

  • Sir John Major said that you have been ‘boxed into a corner’ by Brexiteers and that a no deal would be a “terrible betrayal of the interests of everyday people.” In the same interview, Major said that a second referendum was “morally justified.”

    “The difficulty we face at the moment is that has boxed the Government and particularly the Prime Minister into a corner...the people who have least and going to be hurt the most. It would be a terrible betrayal of the interests of everyday people who really are not political...” “...is it [a second referendum] morally justified? I think it is.” Youtube, 22 July 2018, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YivQ4grAIw

Stephen Hammond MP vs yourself

Brexit

Nicky Morgan MP vs yourself and Government

Sarah Wollaston MP vs Boris Johnson

  • Sarah Wollaston described Boris Johnson as “the great charlatan” in response to an article in which he said that the UK had agreed to “hand over £40bn of taxpayers money for two thirds of diddly squat.”

    Twitter: Sarah Wollaston, Retrieved 2 September 2018, https://twitter.com/sarahwollaston/status/1036517528221216770

Ken Clarke MP vs Boris Johnson

  • Ken Clarke described an article written by the then Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, on his vision for a successful Brexit, as an “irrelevant nuisance”.

    “Personal publicity and campaigning by the foreign secretary is actually just an irrelevant nuisance. I think people have already said quite enough about someone who is the Foreign Secretary, just joining in a few days before, and repeating one of the more simplistic and dishonest arguments of the hard- line leavers during the referendum campaign.” BBC News, 19 September 2017, https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-politics-41317938/boris-johnson-article-irrelevant-nuisance-says-kenneth-clarke

Richard Harrington MP vs Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson

  • Richard Harrington, a minister in BEIS, condemned fellow Conservative MPs who were criticising corporations for speaking out about the possibility of a no deal. He said that if politicians are critical about business speaking out then they “don’t really understand how business works”.

    “Lawmakers who criticize firms for going public with their worries “don’t really understand how business works. I perfectly understand why Airbus and other companies who have so much invested in this country and employ so many people, are responsible for hundreds of millions if not billions of pounds of exports, of course they’re worried,” he said. “They’ve got every right to say that.” Bloomberg, 3 July 2018, https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-03/no-deal-brexit-disastrous-for-business-u-k-minister-says

Brexit

Mel Stride MP vs “the right of the Party”

Ruth Davidson MSP vs yourself and Government

  • Ruth Davidson described the decision for the UK to stay in the Common Fisheries Policy during the implementation period as ‘disappointing’ and that she doesn’t blame fishermen “for feeling let down”.

    “It’s a disappointment for me and, more importantly, for the fishing communities we represent. Fishermen are rightly wary of government given the way they’ve been treated these last 40 years. Given this further delay, I don’t blame them for feeling let down.” Scottish Sun, 22 March 2018, https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/2398134/ruth-davidson-brexit-fisheries-deal-conservatives/

Simon Hart MP vs Chris Green

Theresa Villiers MP vs yourself and the Government

  • Theresa Villiers warned that the Government was “diluting Brexit.”

    “Since the Prime Minister set out a bold vision in her Lancaster House speech, the direction of travel seems to have gone in only one single direction: towards a dilution of Brexit. Willingness to compromise is both necessary and right, but if the Government goes too much further down that path, there is a real danger that it will sign up to an agreement which could keep us in the EU in all but name and which would therefore fail to respect the referendum result.” Sunday Telegraph, 28 January 2018,https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/01/27/direction-travel- seems-have-gone-one-single-direction-towards/

Brexit

Philip Hollobone MP vs Government

Philip Lee MP vs Government

  • The then Justice Minsiter, Dr Philip Lee, said that the Government needed to follow “evidence, not dogma” as leaked documents showed that the UK would be worse off in every Brexit scenario.

    “The PM has been dealt some tough cards and I support her mission to make the best of them. It’s time for evidence, not dogma, to show the way. We must act for our country’s best interests, not ideology & populism, or history will judge us harshly. Our country deserves no less.” Philip Lee, Twitter, 30 January 2018,https://twitter.com/DrPhillipLeeMP/status/958440098240049152

Sheryl Murray MP vs yourself and the Government

  • Sheryl Murray tweeted that she would “not support the Chequers deal because it does not deliver what the majority of my constituents, Cornwall and the Country voted for”.

    “I will not support the Chequers deal because it does not deliver what the majority of my constituents, Cornwall and the Country voted for.” Twitter: Sheryl Murray, Retrieved 3 September 2018, https://twitter.com/sheryllmurray/status/1036509405154553857

Nick Boles MP vs yourself and the Government

  • Nick Boles wrote an article in The Telegraph in stating he would not support the Chequers plan and that many voters feel ‘dismayed’ at the agreement.

    “But during the summer it has become clear that the EU is not going to accept the terms of the Chequers Agreement, and is intent on treating it as an opening bid. Meanwhile meetings with key supporters in my constituency have brought home to me the dismay that many voters feel at what the Prime Minister is proposing.” Telegraph, 1 September 2018, https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/01/backed-chequers-can-no-longer-support-humiliation/

Brexit

Owen Paterson vs yourself and the Government

Nicolas Soames vs Jacob Rees Mogg

Brexit

Recap of resignations over Chequers agreement disagreement

Brexiteers

  • David Davis resigned as Brexit Secretary following the Chequers Summit. In his resignation letter he stated that it “look[ed] less and less likely” that the Conservatives would be able to deliver on the mandate of the referendum. Davis also stated that he was “unpersuaded that our [UK’s] negotiating approach will not just lead to further demands and concessions”.

    “At each stage I have accepted collective responsibility because it is part of my task to find workable compromises, and because I considered it was still possible to deliver on the mandate of the referendum, and on our manifesto commitment to leave the Customs Union and the Single Market. I am afraid that I think the current trend of policy and tactics is making that look less and less likely....I am also unpersuaded that our negotiating approach will not just lead to further demands for concessions.” Sky News, 9 July 2018, https://news.sky.com/story/davis-davis-resignation-letter-in-full-11430720

    Haven’t forgotten Boris (try as we might!). He has a section all to himself below. Will add to the dossier.

  • Steve Baker resigned as Minister in DExEU following the Chequers Summit stating in his resignation letter that he “couldn’t support” the Government’s Brexit policy.

    “I acknowledge the Parliamentary opinion and arithmetic which constrain the Government’s freedom of action but I cannot support this policy with the sincerity and resolve which will be necessary. I therefore write with regret to resign from the Government.” Politics Home, 9 July 2018, https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/political-parties/conservative-party/news/96659/steve-baker-tells-theresa-may-he-cannot

  • Maria Caulfield resigned as Vice-Chair of the Conservative Party following Chequers saying that she could not support “the direction of travel” of Brexit and that whilst it “may assuage vested interests, but the voters will find out and their representatives will be found out.”

    “I cannot support the direction of travel in the Brexit negotiations, which, in my view, do not fully embrace the opportunities that Brexit can provide... “The policy may assuage vested interests, but the voters will find out and their representatives will be found out. This policy will be bad for our country and bad for the party. The direct consequences of that will be prime minister Corbyn.” The Guardian, 10 July 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jul/10/opposition-grows-mays-brexit-plan-tory-vice-chairs-quit

Brexit
  • Ben Bradley resigned as Vice-Chair of the Conservative Party describing the Chequer’s proposals as a “surrender” and that they “would shackle us [UK] to the EU for ever.”

    “With 90 per cent of future global growth coming from outside Europe, that will be a brighter future for Britain. That’s why the Government is wrong to fear the future – and why Theresa May’s Chequers’ proposals are a surrender. These proposals would shackle us to the EU for ever. We would be out of Europe yet still run by Europe.” Sunday Express, 19 August 2018, https://www.express.co.uk/comment/expresscomment/1005300/Time-for-the-Government-to-defy-big-business

  • Robert Courts resigned as Foreign Office PPS following the publication of the Government’s White Paper on the Future Relationship with the European Union because he believed it would mean that the UK would “essentially, [be] a member of the European Union without a vote.”

    “Rather, it puts us in the position of being, essentially, a member of the European Union but without a vote...Worse still, it would be one thing if, after having started tough and negotiating hard, the Government had come back and said that that was the best that could be done. That might then be acceptable. But it is not. This is just the beginning, the first taste of a series of further concessions that will be expected of us until we capitulate.” Robert Courts, 16 July 2018, https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/16358505.witney-mp-robert-courts-slammed-for-opportunism-over-resignation/

  • Chris Green resigned as PPS to Chris Grayling, saying the Chequers proposals mean that the UK “would not really leave the EU.”

    “The direction the negotiations had been taking have suggested that we would not really leave the EU and the conclusion and statements following the Chequers summit confirmed my fears.” Bolton News, 9 July 2018, https://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/16343246.bolton-west-mp-chris-green-quits-department-for-transport-role-over-brexit/

  • Conor Burns resigned as PPS to Boris Johnson saying that he wanted to “see the result of the referendum result respected.”

    Twitter: Conor Burns, 9 July 2018, https://twitter.com/ConorBurnsUK/status/1016395619638837249

  • Scott Mann resigned as PPS to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss, over Brexit. Mann stated that he was “not prepared to compromise their [constituents] wishes to deliver a watered down Brexit.”

    “Over the coming days, weeks and months I fear that elements of the Brexit white paper will inevitably put me in direct conflict with the view expressed by a large section of my constituents. I am not prepared to compromise their wishes to deliver a watered down Brexit.” Twitter: Scott Mann, 16 July 2018, https://twitter.com/MJKIndependent/status/1018791023831547904

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Anti-Brexiteers

  • Philip Lee resigned as a justice minister over the Government’s handling of Brexit. In his resignation letter he said that he couldn’t ‘look his children in the eye’ and say that he did his best for them whilst supporting “how our country’s exit from the EU looks set to be delivered.”

    “If, in the future, I am to look my children in the eye and honestly say that I did my best for them I cannot, in all good conscience, support how our country’s exit from the EU looks set to be delivered.” The Guardian, 12 June 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jun/12/justice-minister-phillip-lee-resign-over-brexit-policy

  • Guto Bebb resigned as defence minister to vote against Government amendments to the Customs Bill saying that he felt they “undermined the negotiating position of the Prime Minister”. Bebb added that he felt it was his duty to highlight that the Conservatives ‘should be led by the prime minister not by the ERG [European Reform Group].”

    “I think the ERG [pro-Brexit Conservative European Research Group] amendments yesterday have absolutely undermined the negotiating position that the prime minister had and I felt duty bound to try and vote to highlight the fact that the Conservative Party should be led by the prime minister not by the leadership of the ERG group. I’m disappointed that that point wasn’t made last night with a victory in the vote in question.” BBC News, 17 July 2018, https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-44863921

Cabinet Chaos
Cabinet Chaos

Cabinet Chaos

The Cabinet have been busy arguing with each other, you, and the rest of the Party. I fear this section alone is enough evidence to back up claims we are the most divided Government ever...

Liz Truss vs Michael Gove, Sajid Javid and Gavin Williamson

Jeremy Hunt vs Boris Johnson (x2)

  • Following criticisms of the Chequers proposals by Boris Johnson, Jeremy Hunt claimed Westminster was “littered with graveyards” of people who have been proved wrong by you, adding that it was your job to speak for that whole country.

    “British politics is littered with the graveyards of people who have predicted the demise of Theresa May and been proved wrong. So I think she will succeed. Of course, Boris Johnson doesn’t agree with some of the policy decisions that she’s taken, but Theresa May has to speak not just for the 52% who voted for Brexit, she has to speak for 100% of the country and she has to find a way that builds bridges and unifies the country and that’s what I’m confident she will do.” ITV, 18 September 2018, http://www.itv.com/news/2018-09-18/jeremy-hunt-government-cautiously-optimistic-of-striking-brexit-deal/

  • As Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt urged Boris Johnson to “work as a team” following his dismissal of customs agreement proposals. Hunt also emphasised the importance of having discussions “in private”.

    “It’s important that we have these conversations in private...I’d say he is a marvellous Foreign Secretary but let’s work as a team.” Mirror, 14 May 2018, https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/boris-johnson-slapped-down-jeremy-12532946

Cabinet Chaos

Gavin Williamson vs Philip Hammond and yourself

  • Gavin Williamson has been critical of both the Treasury and yourself whilst lobbying for new defence funding. Williamson reportedly said of you: “I made her, and I can break her”.

    “I made her, and I can break her,” the former chief whip is said to have boasted, the Mail on Sunday reports.” The Independent, 24 June 2018, link

Liam Fox vs Philip Hammond

  • Liam Fox refused to back Treasury analysis of the impact of no deal Brexit on the UK economy.

    AM: “Very, very simply, do you agree with the Chancellor?
    LF: I don’t believe that it’s possible to have a 15-year time horizon on predictions of GDP.”
    Andrew Marr Show, 3 September 2018, https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06k33gm
Cabinet Chaos

Philip Hammond vs Party colleagues and also yourself

  • In a letter to Chair of the Treasury Select Committee, Nicky Morgan, Philip Hammond repeated earlier analysis which shows that a no-deal Brexit would have a negative impact on the UK economy.

    “This January provisional analysis estimated that in a no deal/WTO scenario GDP would be 7.7% lower (range 5.0%-10.3%) relative to a status quo baseline. This represents the potential expected static state around 15 years out from the exit point. The analysis did not estimate the path the economy and different sectors might take under no deal and the potential for short-term disruption.” Philip Hammond to Nicky Morgan letter, 23 August 2018, https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/735881/180823_CX_to_Chair_of_TSC_Nicky_ Morgan_.pdf

  • You may remember you then shouted him down after this, saying that a no-deal “wouldn’t be the end of the world.”

    “Look at what the director general of the World Trade Organisation has said. He has said about the no-deal situation that it will not be a walk in the park, but it wouldn’t be the end of the world...What the government is doing is putting in place the preparation such that if we are in that situation, we can make a success of it, just as we can make a success of a good deal.”,Business Insider, 28 August 2018, http://uk.businessinsider.com/theresa-may-no-deal-brexit-wont-be-the-end-of-the-world-philip-hammond-2018-8

  • Nadine Dorris MP called on the Chancellor to be sacked following his letter to the Treasury Select Committee on a no-deal.

    “Philip Hammond has to go - he’s like a ball and chain around the Prime Minister’s leg and he’s a ball and chain on Brexit...Everything Philip Hammond does is to prevent or stop Brexit.” The Sun, 25 August 2018, https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7097074/theresa-may-urged-to-sack-philip- hammond-after-his-comments-on-a-no-deal-brexit/

  • Iain Duncan Smith reportedly said that Philip Hammond “has no faith in his country or in his countries businesses or the people who live in his country”.

    “Any business will tell you if you’re in a position of authority and you spend your whole time telling everybody how rotten things are, then you will deliver a rotten outcome. So Philip Hammond has become the Gerald Ratner of politics because he has no faith in his country or in his country’s businesses or the people who live in his country and all he can see around him is disaster.” The Sun, 25 August 2018, https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7097074/theresa-may-urged-to-sack-philip-hammond-after-his-comments-on-a-no-deal-brexit/

  • Backbencher, Marcus Fysh MP, accused the Chancellor of “another instalment of dodgy project fear.”

  • While speaking on Newsnight, Jacob Rees-Mogg, pronounced that “leaving on WTO terms is not as absurdly frightening as the Chancellor of the Exchequer thinks” and that Treasury forecasts could no longer be trusted.

    “I think a free trade deal can be achieved, but that leaving on WTO terms is not as absurdly frightening as the chancellor of the Exchequer thinks it may be....The Treasury’s Brexit panic means you can no longer trust the Treasury’s forecasts which is actually why George Osborne set up the Office of Budget Responsibility in the first place, because he said as Chancellor that we need independent forecasters we can trust.” BBC News, 24 August 2018, https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-45292025

Cabinet Chaos

Penny Mordaunt vs yourself

  • Penny Mordaunt has recently suggested that “political leaders” have “failed to grip the key concerns” facing the public.

    “Political leaders have fiddled their expenses, gone to war on false pretexts, failed to grip the key concerns, and valued political projects over the concerns of the people that elected them. They have been completely surprised by the Brexit referendum result, and some of them now seek to undermine that decision and democracy.” Conservative Home, 8 September 2018, https://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2018/09/penny-mordaunt-the-twelve-new-rules-of-politics.html

Greg Clark vs Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson

David Gauke vs Boris Johnson

  • In response to Boris Johnson’s ‘suicide vest’ article on the Chequer’s deal, the Justice Secretary, David Gauke, said that the former Foreign Secretary’s comments were “not well judged” and that “there is a weakness in the substance” of his arguments.

    “His language is not well judged, but I also think there is a weakness in the substance to the case he was making because he has not set out an alternative to the Chequers deal.” LBC, 10 September 2018https://www.lbc.co.uk/radio/presenters/nick-ferrari/david-gauke-slams-boris-suice-vest-comment/

Extreme Brexiteers vs Michael Gove

You might notice some obvious absentees - Sajid Javid and Dominic Raab. I have reclassified as potential leadership rivals (see below).

Rivals
Rivals

The ones to watch (closely)

Examples of the bookies’ favourites for next leader stirring the pot; and be warned - it’s not just Boris. Also worth flagging - that list of leadership contenders is doing the rounds again.

Reminds me, probably time to check in again with Graham Brady on how close we are to the 48...

Boris Johnson vs yourself and the Government

  • Boris claimed that if Brexit negotiations continue on the path they are on, they will end in a “spectacular car crash.” He went on to say that the Chequers proposals are a “constitutional abomination” and that it would be “the first time since 1066, our leaders [think he’s talking about you here] were deliberatively acquiescing in foreign rule.” Typically moderate language from Boris...

    “If the Brexit negotiations continue on this path they will end, I am afraid, in a spectacular political car crash...The whole thing is a constitutional abomination and if Chequers were adopted it would mean that, for the first time since 1066, our leaders were deliberatively acquiescing in foreign rule.” The Telegraph, 16 September 2018, https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/09/16/heading-car-crash-brexit-theresa-mays-chequers-plan/

  • In an article for The Mail on Sunday Boris said that the Chequers deal wraps a “suicide vest” around the British constitution.

    “It is a humiliation. We look like a seven-stone weakling being comically bent out of shape by a 500 lb gorilla. And the reason is simple: Northern Ireland, and the insanity of the so-called ‘backstop’. We have opened ourselves to perpetual political blackmail. We have wrapped a suicide vest around the British constitution – and handed the detonator to Michel Barnier.” Mail on Sunday, 9 September 2018,https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6146853/BORIS-JOHNSON- JEREMY-HUNT-debate-Chequers-deal.html

Rivals

This certainly attracted the attention that BJ wanted:

  • Alistair Burt MP stated the article was “outrageous” and that if the extraordinary use of language over Brexit doesn’t stop “our country might never heal.”

    “I’m stunned at the nature of this attack. There is no justification for such an outrageous, inappropriate and hurtful analogy. If we don’t stop this extraordinary use of language over Brexit, our country might never heal. Again, I say, enough.” Twitter: Alistair Burt, 9 September 2018, https://twitter.com/AlistairBurtUK/status/1038679167842312192v
  • Sir Alan Duncan MP said that “this marks one of the most disgusting moments in modern British politics” and that if this isn’t the political end of Johnson “I will make sure that it is later”, concluding “#neverfittogovern”.

    “For Boris to say that the PM’s view is like that of a suicide bomber is too much. This marks one of the most disgusting moments in modern British politics. I’m sorry, but this is the political end of Boris Johnson. If it isn’t now, I will make sure it is later. #neverfittogovern” Twitter: Alan Duncan, 8 September 2018,https://twitter.com/AlanDuncanMP/status/1038559648075472901
  • Nicky Morgan MP stated that his language was “completely appalling”

    “Language was clearly inappropriate - completely appalling. He knew exactly what he was doing using that language... this is the second time now he has chosen deliberately, incendiary language which masks the ability to debate the issues.” Politics Home, 10 September 2018, https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/political-parties/conservative-party/news/98090/top-tory-nicky-morgan-says-she-would-refuse
  • Tom Tugendhat MP responded by saying that Johnson should “grow up” and that drawing comparisons between the Prime Minister and suicide bombers “isn’t funny”.

    “A suicide bomber murdered many in the courtyard of my office in Helmand. The carnage was disgusting, limbs and flesh hanging from trees and bushes. Brave men who stopped him killing me and others died in horrific pain. Some need to grow up. Comparing the PM to that isn’t funny.” Twitter: Tom Tugendhat, 8 September 2018,https://twitter.com/TomTugendhat/status/1038535110482698240
  • Lord (George) Young former Cabinet Minister, said that Johnson’s comments reveal that he might be “better suited” to a career in journalism.

    “In the case of the former Foreign Secretary, after two years he reverted back to a career in journalism, a career for which his qualities are perhaps better suited. Therefore, while I do not in any way undermine the seriousness of his offence, what he did was not quite the revolving door that one normally sees—and the revolving door ended up with him back where he started.” Hansard, 10 September 2018, https://hansard.parliament.uk/Lords/2018-09-10/debates/CBFCE820-5D89-443F-9007-C8FFF033BAC5/AdvisoryCommitteeOnBusinessAppointments
Rivals
  • Boris Johnson resigned as Foreign Secretary following the Chequer’s Summit claiming that the Government was heading for a “semi-Brexit”. In his resignation speech he went on to say that we had “dithered” and burnt through “negotiating capital.”

    “We have postponed crucial decisions - including the preparations for no deal, as I argued in my letter to you of last November - with the result that we appear to be heading for a semi-Brexit, with large parts of the economy still locked in the EU system, but with no UK control over that system.” BBC News, 9 July 2018,https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-44772804

    “Instead we dithered. We burned through negotiating capital. We agreed to hand over a £40 bn exit fee, with no discussion of our future economic relationship. We accepted the jurisdiction of the European Court over key aspects of the withdrawal agreement. And, worst of all, we allowed the question of the Northern Irish border, which had hitherto been assumed on all sides to be readily soluble, to become so politically charged as to dominate the debate.” The Mirror, 18 July 2018,https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/boris-johnsons-resignation-speech- full-12942016

  • Boris Johnson was caught on tape attacking Philip Hammond’s Treasury, describing it as the “heart of Remain”.

    “Boris Johnson has admitted that Brexit could lead to “meltdown” as he accused the Treasury of failing to seize the opportunities of leaving the European Union. In incendiary comments, the Foreign Secretary said Chancellor Philip Hammond’s department was the “heart of Remain” and conceded that there are “arguments” going on at the heart of the government over the best way for Britain to quit the bloc.” Civil Service World, 8 June 2018, https://www.civilserviceworld.com/articles/news/boris-johnson-claims- treasury-heart-remain-government?utm_source=POLITICO.EU&utm_campaign=5209e01b63-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_06_27_05_29&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_10959edeb5-5209e01b63-190252285

Rivals

Sajid Javid vs yourself, Philip Hammond and your 2017 election campaign (the one I lost my seat in)

  • In a letter to No. 10, it was reported that Javid believed you and Philip Hammond made the “wrong decision” in not agreeing to the recommendations of the Pay Review Body for police officers.

    “...the Prime Minister and Chancellor have decided that officers should only be given a 2 per cent consolidated pay award, meaning only a small 1 per cent pay rise in reality. He [Sajid Javid] continues to be of the view that this is the wrong decision.” The Sun, 16 August 2018, https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7028610/sajid-javid-blasts-theresa-may-for-blocking-better-pay-deal-for-police-in-astonishing-attack-on-his-boss/

  • Sajid Javid criticised the Conservative’s 2017 general election campaign for “banging on about Brexit” and for the “cult of personality” around you. In the same interview he also avoided answering a question about whether you should lead the Conservatives into the next election.

    “While we were banging on about Brexit, a lot of people were saying, ‘OK, I get that, I know you are going to deliver on Brexit, I know it is not straightforward, but what about housing? What about education? What about transport? What about the health service?’...When people go to vote still in Britain, they will look at their local representatives, but I don’t think there is a sort of cult of personality politics. Obviously, they want to know who the leader is for each party, but I think there is a lot of identification with their local candidates.” The Guardian, 30 September 2017, https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/sep/30/sajid-javid-brexit-theresa-may-conservative-conference

Rivals

Jacob Rees-Mogg MP vs youself and the Government

Rivals

Dominic Raab MP vs yourself

They figured it out...

  • Cabinet ministers, including Sajid Javid and Gavin Williamson, have had their Parliamentary Private Secretaries changed. It is reported that we have replaced key MP aides with our loyalists...

    “DOWNING Street was last night accused of “paranoia” for replacing troublesome Cabinet ministers’ key MP aides with loyalists. It has emerged that No10 quietly changed key ministers’ Parliamentary Private Secretaries – MPs who serve as a link to the Commons and build support on the backbenches.” The Sun, 17 September 2018, https://www.totalpolitics.com/articles/interview/dominic-raab-politics-you-never-know-what%E2%80%99s-around-corner

Backbenchers
Backbenchers

Odds and Sods (Backbenchers and the Rest)

It’s not just those closest to you who are speaking out, the whole Party is utterly divided. You know how tight the numbers are in the House. I’m not sure how long we can hold on like this.

Andrew Bridgen MP vs Philip Hammond and yourself

  • Andrew Bridgen said that the idea of you leading the Conservatives into the next general election fills him with “dread” and that it would be “like a member of the Light Brigade being asked to ride up the valley again when we know what the result is going to be.”

    “I can’t see, given Theresa May’s track record, her leading us into another general election - that fills me with some dread having seen how we threw away a 20 point lead in the 2017 general election. We came back after that with depleted ranks, we lost a net 13 seats, but six weeks earlier we had brilliant results in the local elections and I’m afraid that opinion of the electorate of the Prime Minister you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression, that’s pretty much set. The thought of Theresa May leading us in to another election is like a member of the Light Brigade being asked to ride up the valley again when we know what the result is going to be.” Talk Radio, 29 August 2018, http://talkradio.co.uk/news/andrew-bridgen-dreads-theresa-may-leading- tories-another-election-18082927667

  • According to the Sunday Times Andrew Bridgen told his whips that “either Hammond goes or I will no longer be able to guarantee my support for the PM”.

    “I told my whip last night that either Hammond goes or I will no longer be able to guarantee my support for the PM...” The Sunday Times, 28 January 2018, https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/curbs-on-lecherous-mps-put-may-at-risk-87frr0zv3?utm_source=POLITICO.EU&utm_campaign=07a193c810-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_01_29&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_10959edeb5-07a193c810-190252285

Nick Boles MP vs the Government and yourself

  • In January, Nick Boles criticised you for being timid and lacking in ambition.

    “Nick Boles tweeted: “There is a timidity and lack of ambition about Mrs May’s Government which means it constantly disappoints. Time to raise your game, Prime Minister. #worboys #HousingCrisis #NHSfunding #etcetc”” Twitter, 19 January 2018, https://twitter.com/NickBoles/status/954409789152514049

Lord (Andrew) Cooper vs Boris Johnson

Backbenchers

Sir Christopher Chope MP vs the Government

  • Christopher Chope blocked a Government supported Private Members Bill that would have made upskirting a criminal offence in England and Wales.

    “The Conservative MP who attempted to block a ban on upskirting is under fire again - for stopping the Commons being used for a women’s conference.” BBC News, 15 June 2018,https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-44863598

    We agreed that you would be “disappointed” the Bill didn’t pass. A number of colleagues went a bit further:

John Whittingdale MP vs yourself

George Freeman MP vs yourself

Backbenchers

Andrew Mitchell MP vs yourself

  • In July 2017, Andrew Mitchell called for your resignation.

    “Pressure on Theresa May to quit as Prime Minister grew last night after it emerged that former Tory Cabinet Minister Andrew Mitchell said she had lost all authority and should go. Mr Mitchell, a close personal and political ally of Brexit Secretary David Davis – the favourite to succeed Mrs May – told a secret Commons dinner that the party needed a new leader. A Conservative MP present at the gathering on June 26 said: ‘Mr Mitchell effectively said she was dead in the water. He said she was weak, had lost her authority, couldn’t go on and we needed a new leader. Some of us were very surprised and disagreed with him.’” Daily Mail, 8 July 2017,http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4678266/May-quit-says-chief-Davis-ally.html

Heidi Allen MP vs yourself, Jacob Rees-Mogg and the Government

  • In June 2017, Heidi Allen said you “will be gone in six months”.

    “If this was any other election in any other time in our history you could say yes the Prime Minister needs to stand down but this is different of course because we are about to start negotiating Brexit so that puts an entirely different complexion on that...Voters are our customers, we got our product wrong which tells me our sales team got it wrong...I want a Conservative party that sounds like the people of this country, that listens, that puts its hands up when it gets it wrong.” The Independent, 9 June 2017, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/election-results-latest-theresa-may-must-go-heidi-alexander-tory-mp-resign-conservatives-a7782441.html

  • In January 2018, Heidi Allen criticised the Government for failing to adapt, saying that the Conservatives need to “get a grip” because they are “letting this country down”.

    “And yet the old guard hangs on in and doesn’t understand why we need to change, saying MPs like me aren’t ‘proper Torys.’ Good God we need to get a grip and lead. We are letting this country down.”” Heidi Allen, Twitter, 28 January 2018, https://twitter.com/heidiallen75

  • Heidi Allen has said that she would leave the Conservative Party if Jacob Rees-Mogg become party leader.

    “This is going to sound very dramatic because I don’t believe this will happen so I’m hoping this is completely hypothetical – I couldn’t be in the Conservative party if he was my leader.” Cambridge News, 15 August 2017, https://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/news/cambridge-news/heidi-allen-jacob-rees-mogg-13479075

Alex Chalk MP vs the Government

  • Alex Chalk, member of the Justice Select Committee and former barrister, quoted Lady Hale about legal aid – which she described as a “false economy” - and Chalk said that unless changes were made “serious injustice will inevitably follow”.

    ““More recently the new president of the Supreme Court, Lady Hale, described LASPO cuts as a “false economy”. There is now a serious concern that, without some steps to restore a measure of access to justice, serious injustice will inevitably follow. It would be unacceptable if deserving individuals, with right on their side, found themselves the victim of rough justice (even perhaps street justice) because they were unable to get legal advice or settle their case in court. It goes against the kind of country we are.” Conservative Home, 9 June 2018,https://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2018/06/alex-chalk-conservatives-must-fight-for-legal-aid-to-protect-british-values.html

Backbenchers

Simon Clarke MP vs the Government

  • Simon Clarke criticised the Government for its response to his concerns about job losses at Boulby Potash Mine. In a written reply to a question Clarke raised at PMQs he complained that the 230 workers whose jobs were at stake “deserve more than a generic fob off letter.”

    “The letter looks as if it was drafted by junior civil servants who really don’t understand what the Task Force is or what money it has still has available for support. They hadn’t even seen any formal proposals from the Task Force. Two hundred and thirty workers are about to lose their job, which could cause untold damage to communities across East Cleveland. They deserve more than a generic fob off letter from Whitehall mandarins.” Gazette Live, 20 January 2018,https://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/dismay-government-fob-off-letter-14179987

Bernard Jenkin MP vs the Government

Nick Boles, Nicholas Soames and Robert Halfon vs yourself and Government

Backbenchers

Michael Fallon MP vs Chris Grayling

Lord Porter vs the Government

  • Lord Porter, Chair of the Local Government Association, criticised your recent social housing policy speech, saying that the Government was wrong and that the announcements “fail to provide the funding certainty councils [also] need...”

    “I can’t sit here and defend Government policy on an area where I think this Government is getting it wrong... Local government wants to keep people in safe, secure decent homes. National government doesn’t believe in doing it the way we know is the best way of doing it. Sky News, 19 September 2018

    “Homes for affordable and social rent are desperately needed across the country now, not in 2022, and the measures announced today fail to provide the funding certainty councils also need to play a leading role in solving our housing crisis.” Yorkshire Post, 19 September 2018, https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/may-s-new-plan-will-not-solve-housing-crisis-1-9357519

  • Lord Porter criticised cuts to local authority budgets, arguing that councils can no longer support the “most vulnerable” and that if budget pressures continue “local services will be damaged beyond recognition.”

    “We’ve reached a point where councils will no longer be able to support our residents as they expect, including our most vulnerable – let alone help the country to prosper. Councils have shouldered more than their fair share of austerity and have tried to reduce any impact on residents. But there is only so much they can do and the financial challenges they face are growing.

    “If the Government allows the funding gap facing councils and the local services to reach almost £8 billion by the middle of the next decade then our councils and local services will be damaged beyond recognition. The impact on society – all places, all generations, every person – will be hugely damaging. Millions of people will be deprived of the vital local services that help improve quality of life and bind communities together.” Local Government Association, 3 July 2018, https://www.local.gov.uk/about/news/councils-face-almost-ps8-billion-funding-black-hold-2025

Andrew Selous MP vs the Government

Backbenchers

Tobias Ellwood MP vs the Government

  • Tobias Ellwood, one of your defence ministers, called on the Government to consider a statute of limitations for alleged offences by former soldiers in Northern Ireland. Ellwood said that he hoped “common sense would prevail.”

    “...there is a consultation [closed on 10 September 2018] taking place, these arguments I think will be put into that consultation and I hope common sense will then prevail...I don’t want somebody knocking on my door, I don’t want anybody knocking, asking for any members of my platoon that I served with, to ask questions of something that happened so many years ago.” The Times, 4 June 2018, https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ex-soldiers-should-not-face-court-for-troubles-killings-jstcrj692

Philip Davies MP vs the Tory Party

Mark Pritchard MP vs yourself

  • In January 2018, Mark Pritchard refuted claims there was a rebellion in the backbenches, but criticised you for taking allies “for granted”.

    “No major revolt on the Tory backbenches. However, there is a growing frustration that Number 10 is not plugged into the views & opinions of many backbench MPs or even interested. The PM is also being criticised for taking her very small group of allies for granted. A big mistake!”” Mark Pritchard, 26 January 2018,https://twitter.com/MPritchardUK/status/956837421601173505

Backbenchers

Nicky Morgan MP vs yourself

Robert Goodwill MP vs yourself

Mark Francois MP vs the Government

Backbenchers

James Gray MP vs the Government

  • James Gray, chair of the all-party parliamentary group on the armed forces, said that the process of defence reviews “has become ever more muddled, obscured and complicated.” Gray said that he would not support any cuts to Royal Marines and called for the Government to increase in defence spending and that.

    James Gray, chair of the all-party parliamentary group on the armed forces, said that the process of defence reviews “has become ever more muddled, obscured and complicated.” Gray said that he would not support any cuts to Royal Marines and called for the Government to increase in defence spending and that. “...the whole process has become ever more muddled, obscured and complicated. Nobody now quite understands who decides what the threats to this nation are, nobody quite knows who decides what we must do about them, and nobody quite knows where we are going to get the money to do that...If we were to double our cyber budget, which might well be a very good thing to do, it might have to be paid for by cuts in the amphibious capability that the hon. Member for Barnsley Central mentioned. If it is any comfort to the hon. Gentleman, I can tell him that if any such cuts were to take place—if HMS Bulwark were to go, for example, or if 1,000 people were to be cut from the Royal Marines—he can be certain that I and many others on the side of the House would not support any Government who proposed to do that.” Hansard, 11 January 2018, https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2018-01-11/debates/226D497A-4FE2-4193-9BBE-B1536ACAAA4E/Defence#contribution-15EEE350-5173-4379-A36C-7EB2E20E9C0D

John Lamount MP vs the Government

  • John Lamount was critical of our inaction regarding closures of RBS branches. Lamount said that it was ‘frustrated’ that the Government had not used its influence to intervene in closures, which the Scottish Select Committee described as “devastating”.

    “It remains a point of frustration that the government has decided not to use its influence to get the outcome that we wanted.” Scotsman, 27 May 2018,https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/rbs-branch-closures-branded-devastating-by-mps-1-4745576

Julian Lewis MP vs the Government

  • Julian Lewis, Chair of the Defence Select Committee, has been highly critical of our cuts to the military. In a letter to you, Julian Hunt and Meg Hillier, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, warns about the impact of “inadequate funding” and that “emerging threats means that budget will not deliver all that is promised.”

    “The very real effects of inadequate funding can be seen in the extremely worrying decline in morale amongst our Armed Forces.” “...concerned that new commitments and emerging threats means the budget will not deliver all that is promised”. Julian Lewis website, 9 June 2018, http://www.julianlewis.net/selected-news-coverage/4701:mps-warn-may-not-to-risk-defence-budget-cuts

Backbenchers

Nick Herbert MP vs the Government

  • Nick Herbert described the introduction on the new Govia Thameslink rail timetables as “a complete disaster” and asked for parliamentary time to be made available so the “abysmal performance of Govia Thameslink and Network Rail” can be held to account.

    “The new rail timetable had already disadvantaged my constituents in Hassocks by increasing journey times and withdrawing peak-time services, but its introduction has been a complete shambles, and my constituents continue to be disadvantaged by the cancellation and withdrawal of services on a daily basis. May we have an urgent debate on the abysmal performance of Govia Thameslink Railway and Network Rail, so that those organisations can be held to account?” Hansard, 7 June 2018, https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2018-06-07/debates/F8839B82-AC11-41C6-9A38-19AA92B31B9C/BusinessOfTheHouse#contribution-45D62AF7-1679-49A3-811D-472EBA278F89

  • Nick Herbert urged the Government to “look again” at permitted development for shale gas exploration arguing the proposals would take decisions out of the hands of local authorities.

    “I accept that there is tight regulation on below-the-ground issues, but, above the ground, planning permission is currently required for non-conventional drilling. That will not happen if there is permitted development, and the ability of local authorities to regulate lorry movements, for instance, will be taken away. There is huge concern about that, and I invite the Minister to look again at the proposals, because I do not believe there is a parliamentary majority for them.” Hansard, 12 September 2018, https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2018-09-12/debates/BE489F18-2506-4AFD-BF84-0398580E1D2B/ShaleGasExplorationPlanningPermission#contribution-8CE41A16-BF15-41A7-935D-86F45D750545

Andrew Lewer MP vs the Government

  • In an interview with The New Statesman, Andrew Lewer said that “in two or three years’ time” the financial crisis that impacted Northamptonshire County Council will impact other local authorities. Lewer went on to say that “I know we’re mired in Brexit...but I don’t think this can wait much longer.”

    “But, it was the local mismanagement that’s brought this situation to pass in Northamptonshire now, not ever, in that even some quite well-run county councils will be hitting this sort of situation in two or three years’ time...“Bits have fallen off, there’s been problems, but most of them have held it together. But they’ve reached the end of the road with that now.”

    “If [ministers don’t] come up with anything that’s particularly radical or exciting, then people like me – a member of the governing party – are going to have to stand up and say this isn’t good enough...I know we’re mired in Brexit and it’s difficult to do anything else, but I don’t think this can wait much longer.”

    New Statesman, 6 September 2018,https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/uk/2018/09/northamptonshire-conservative-mp-warns-more-councils-will-collapse-two-or-three-years

  • Andrew Lewer has said that “national drivers” have “a bearing” on the Local Councils financial problems. In a letter calling for a meeting with local cabinet ministers of Northamptonshire County Council, Lewer says that there were “bigger” issues involved other than a culture of poor performance locally.

    “A culture of poor performance and decision-making in Northamptonshire County Council fuelled the current crisis, but there are bigger, national drivers that also have a significant bearing on the position of not only Northamptonshire, but other local authorities too.” Hull Daily Mail, 9 August 2018, https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/northamptonshire-council-technically-bankrupt-could-1879261

Backbenchers

Johnny Mercer MP vs yourself and the Government

  • The Times reported that Johnny Mercer had raised concerns over the current leadership of the Conservative Party urging us to “get our s**t together”.

    “Leadership is a very personal thing and the prime minister does it in her own style. I think that if you are in a really tight spot, whether you are in the army, playing sport or politics, you need to up the ante yourself and meet the challenge with a cheerfulness and an aggression and a relentless pursuit of answers... I think he [Jeremy Corbyn] could well be prime minister if we don’t get our shit together.” The Times, 28 January 2018, https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news-review/action-man-johnny-mercer-is-now-the-mp-shooting-from-the-hip-on-mental-health-5vjm99r96

  • Johnny Mercer said that the Conservatives need to “up our game”.

    “The window is closing in terms of we have an opportunity as elected leaders to deliver what people voted for when we get elected for them. clearly they will have a certain amount of patience before they’re getting tired and we get a reality check at the ballot box...If we persistently talk down what’s going on we’re not going to get a good deal from the EU, we’re not going to represent people who voted for Brexit. And we absolutely need to up our game.” Johnny Mercer, The Victoria Derbyshire Show, 30 January 2018, http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09q09y1

  • Johnny Mercer is reported to have described you and your Government’s record on defence as “embarrassing”. Following PMQs on 5 September it is reported that Mercer got into an argument with argument with your aides (me).

    “Theresa May branded ’embarrassing’ by her own MP because she won’t support the armed forces” The Sun, 10 September 2018, https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/7214510/theresa-may-branded-embarrassing-by-her-own-mp-because-she-wont-support-the-armed-forces/

  • At a Resolution Foundation event in January 2018, Johnny Mercer said that “the window is closing” on how long May can stay in power.

    “How long has the prime minister got? I am of the view that any sort of change in leadership is not helpful at the moment and I don’t support that, but I do think the window is closing because politics can be quite a brutal game,” he said at an event for the Resolution Foundation thinktank. He added that pressure was inevitable “if you don’t answer the questions that people want us to answer” on issues such as defence, housing and the NHS. The Guardian, 29 January 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jan/29/window-is-closing-tories-voice-fresh-criticism-of-may

Backbenchers

Grant Shapps MP vs yourself

Mark Menzies MP vs the Government

Lee Rowley MP vs the Government and Claire Perry MP

  • Lee Rowley led a debate on our proposals for permitted development and fracking. Rowley was not only critical of the policy itself which he said ‘take[s] people out of a process’ but also raised his ‘disappointment’ at the Minister’s response.

    “The government must “get a better grip” on the challenges facing the NHS in England, a senior Tory MP has said, as bosses cancelled non-urgent operations. Officials say the move is a planned response to severe winter pressures and not evidence of a health care crisis. But Sarah Wollaston, who chairs the health select committee, said people whose operations had been cancelled would describe it as a crisis.” BBC News, 3 January 2018, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-42552159

Backbenchers

Sir Henry Bellingham MP vs the Government

Sir David Amess MP vs the Government

Kevin Foster MP vs the Government

  • Kevin Foster, Conservative MP for Torbay, criticised the Government’s Crosscountry rail services consultation and stated that he “will not support” a franchise which cuts off direct Crosscountry services to Torbay.

    “Disappointing is the politest word I can use to describe this consultation document’s references to our region. We are not an extremity of the network, but a vibrant region which is at the heart of our Tourism, Defence, Fisheries and Agricultural Industries. The document states there was “a strong response” to the proposals for significant cuts in 2016. The anger will be no less this time at the prospect of losing direct services to our bay from the key areas we do business with. I will be making clear to Ministers I will not support a franchise which seeks to cut off vital direct links to Torbay, Devon and Cornwall.” Kevin Foster website, 12 June 2018, https://www.kevinjfoster.com/news/torbay-mp-criticises-crosscountry-consultation

Backbenchers

Baroness (Sayeeda) Warsi vs Boris Johnson

  • Baroness Warsi described Boris Johnson’s comments about Muslim women are “indefensible” and that they help “to create an environment in which hate crime is more likely”.

    “I’d like to set out precisely why his remarks are indefensible, and have no place in the modern Conservative party – and the action I think needs to follow...So, as much as Johnson thinks he’s being his usual clever self, he’s helping to create an environment in which hate crime is more likely.” Guardian, 8 August 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/08/boris-johnson- muslim-women-conservative-party

Sarah Wollaston MP vs the Government, yourself and Boris Johnson

  • In January 2017, Chair of the Health Select Committee, Sarah Wollaston said it was “pretty dismal stuff” by the Government to ‘scapegoating’ GPs for the pressure, after you expressed frustration at surgeries’ opening hours.

    “Conservative MP Dr Sarah Wollaston, chairwoman of the health select committee, accused the Government of “pretty dismal stuff” by “scapegoating” GPs for the pressures, after the Prime Minister expressed frustration at surgeries’ opening hours. Among the issues, Dr Wollaston blamed a “financial squeeze” during the last parliament while demand increased. “Public & NHS staff deserved better than scapegoating, smoke & mirrors. Needs to start with honest discussion of the background pressures,” the MP for Totnes tweeted.” The Telegraph, 15 January 2017, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/15/cancer-operations-now-cancelled-amid-nhs-crisissurgeons-leader/

  • Wollaston added that the NHS was “running at absolutely full stretch across both health and social care” and “despite all the planning we’ve heard about...I’m afraid there are serious issues with capacity”.

    “Conservative MP Dr Sarah Wollaston, chairwoman of the health select committee, accused the Government of “pretty dismal stuff” by “scapegoating” GPs for the pressures, after the Prime Minister expressed frustration at surgeries’ opening hours. Among the issues, Dr Wollaston blamed a “financial squeeze” during the last parliament while demand increased. “Public & NHS staff deserved better than scapegoating, smoke & mirrors. Needs to start with honest discussion of the background pressures,” the MP for Totnes tweeted.” The Telegraph, 15 January 2017, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/15/cancer-operations-now-cancelled-amid-nhs-crisissurgeons-leader/

  • Sarah Wollaston said the Government “lacks ambition”.

    “In addition, Sarah Wollaston, the Tory chair of the health select committee, said the Government “lacks ambition”.”Evening Standard, 23 January 2018, https://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/sir-nicholas-soames-brands-brands-theresa-mays-vision-dull-dull-dull-in-call-for-bolder-tory-a3746491.html

  • Sarah Wollaston was one of 90 MPs to sign a letter to you calling on you to address some of the challenges currently facing the NHS. She described the response received from the letter as lacking ambition.

    “Sarah Wollaston tweeted: “The response lacks ambition. We need a clear understanding from PM that NHS, public health & social care are inextricably linked and urgency of the need to review current & long term funding as a single system”.” Twitter, 21 January 2018, https://twitter.com/sarahwollaston/status/955089540137484289

  • Sarah Wollaston was critical of Boris Johnson over a third runway at Heathrow, as he was out of the country for the vote.

    “Dr Sarah Wollaston told the BBC’s Westminster Hour “just being conveniently out of the country I’m afraid won’t wash.” The Sun, 25 June 2018,https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6615043/boris-johnson-resign-heathrow-runway

Backbenchers

Andrew Murrison MP vs the Government and Karen Bradley

  • Andrew Murrison, chair of the Northern Ireland Select Committee, called for us to go beyond the “sticking plaster approach” to Northern Ireland and urge Secretary of State Karen Bradley to “do more to facilitate sustainable governance in the region.”

    “We must move beyond a sticking plaster approach and do more to facilitate sustainable governance in the region with proper accountability and scrutiny mechanisms.” BBC News, 14 September 2018, https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-45521515

Ben Wallace MP vs Gavin Williamson

  • Ben Wallace, a defence minister disagreed with his boss, Secretary of State of Defence, Gavin Williamson over his comments that those who have fought for ISIS should be hunted down and killed. Wallace said that “we don’t set out to wipe people out.”

    “This country doesn’t believe in the death penalty, we don’t execute people,” he says. “If you are in a war it’s a different issue, we will deal with whatever we can deal with wherever the threat is but we are British. We don’t set out to wipe people out.” The Times, June 9 2018, https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/we-don-t-set-out-to-kill-terrorists-this-country-doesn-t-execute-people-9wk88wrrb

Nicholas Soames MP vs yourself

  • Nicholas Soames branded your vision “dull, dull, dull”. In a tweet from 22 January 2018, he said that the Conservatives needed to offer those who vote for the Labour Party “really sound reasons to vote Conservative”.

    Nicholas Soames tweeted: “It really won’t be enough to get people to vote against The Corbini they must have really sound reasons to vote Conservative.We really need to get on with this#wherestheboldandbravesofaritsdulldulldull.” Twitter, 22 January 2018,https://twitter.com/NSoames/status/955386579895373825

Robert Halfon MP vs yourself

  • Robert Halfon accused you of “policy-making by tortoise”.

    “The Conservative chairman of the education selected committee, Robert Halfon, said more needed to be done to tackle social injustice, telling the BBC: “We need to have less policy-making by tortoise and [more] policy making by lion.” BBC News, 29 January 2018,http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42849833

Backbenchers

Sir David Evennett MP vs the Government

Gary Streeter MP vs the Government

Dominic Grieve MP vs Boris Johnson

Backbenchers

Anna Soubry MP vs yourself and the Tory Party

Huw Merriman MP vs the Government

  • Huw Merriman has been critical of the government’s education funding formal and despite revisions to the original proposals, Merriman is still not satisfied with the level of funding for school budgets.

    “However, and as welcome as this is, the funding issue remains because this existing pot will need to fund well-deserved pay rises. As staff costs tend to account for about 80% of a school’s budget, and because pay has been surpressed below inflation for some years now, this is a big challenge.” Huw Merriman, 25 May 2018, https://www.huwmerriman.org.uk/news/battle-school-funding-continues

Maria Miller MP vs the Government

Backbenchers

Priti Patel MP vs Party

  • Priti Patel said that she “resents the negativity” of the current Conservative Party. In an interview with The House magazine, Patel also said that there was less “meritocracy, political and economic freedom” than there had been in the past.

    “Asked if the problem was that the Prime Minister and the Chancellor were both Remainers, she replied: “I have to say, originally I thought it wasn’t. But I think it’s fair to say that there’s something in that. There is absolutely something in that. I actually resent the negativity. The role of Conservatives is to be aspirational and positive and be on the side of people, working to support people. In my view, politics is about putting people first.” “Meritocracy, political and economic freedom, those should be the DNA of the Conservative party. Quite frankly, I don’t see much of that going on right now.” Politics Home, 3 June 2018, https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/political-parties/conservative-party/theresa-may/news/95642/priti-patel-tories-are-no-longer

Iain Duncan-Smith MP vs Philip Hammond

Peter Aldous MP vs the Government

  • Peter Aldous has called on the Government to address the concerns of the WASPI campaign saying that “it will not go away”.

    “The general election campaign, when I was knocking on doors, confirmed for me that this a very real problem for many women who face serious hardship. It will not go away. The all-party parliamentary group on state pension inequality for women, which will be re-formed shortly, will I am sure play its role in finding a solution. I ask the Minister, whom I know well, to consult and consider with his ministerial colleagues and to come forward with proposals to start a process to find a solution that is fair, fully considered and affordable.” Peter Aldous, 5 July 2017, https://www.peteraldous.com/content/peter-aldous-urges-solution-waspi-women-problem-%E2%80%9Cit-will-not-go-away%E2%80%9D

Backbenchers

Rishi Sunak MP vs the Government and Lucy Frazer MP

  • Rishi Sunak wrote to fellow Conservative MP and Justice Minister, Lucy Frazer, to voice his opposition to Government plans to close Northallerton Magistrates Court. Sunak stated that his constituents would be left “disproportionality affected” and went on to criticise the ongoing consultation for being “divorced from reality” of rural people’s lives.

    The closure of the court would mean “...that even in less isolated and large communities, like Richmond, constitituents would be disproportionately affected. Public transport travel times to Teesside, for example, were two-and-a-half hours compared to one hour for the journey to Northallerton.”
    The consultation was described as a “paper exercise divorced from the reality of getting about in this deeply rural part of the UK”. Rishi Sunak website, 18 March 2018, https://www.rishisunak.com/news/rishi-sunak-mp-opposes-northallerton-court-closure-proposal

Rishi Sunak MP vs the Government and Lucy Frazer MP

  • Rishi Sunak wrote to fellow Conservative MP and Justice Minister, Lucy Frazer, to voice his opposition to Government plans to close Northallerton Magistrates Court. Sunak stated that his constituents would be left “disproportionality affected” and went on to criticise the ongoing consultation for being “divorced from reality” of rural people’s lives.

    The closure of the court would mean “...that even in less isolated and large communities, like Richmond, constitituents would be disproportionately affected. Public transport travel times to Teesside, for example, were two-and-a-half hours compared to one hour for the journey to Northallerton.”
    The consultation was described as a “paper exercise divorced from the reality of getting about in this deeply rural part of the UK”. Rishi Sunak website, 18 March 2018, https://www.rishisunak.com/news/rishi-sunak-mp-opposes-northallerton-court-closure-proposal

Ian Liddell-Grainger MP vs the Government

  • Ian Liddell-Grainger refused to vote with us on two key issues in protest against plans to merge West Somerset and Taunton Dean Councils. Liddell-Grainger described Conservative leader of Taunton Dean Council as “the supreme leader” who “would not be out of place in Pyongyang.”

    “...the council leader, whom I should perhaps call the supreme leader, pretends that there is nothing wrong, and has ordered a multi-million pound refit of the tired old council buildings, for which my constituents will pay. He runs his administration with a cabinet of weak yes-men. Frankly, he would not be out of place in Pyongyang.” BBC News, 12 December 2017, https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/cxw7vq74pqyt/ian-liddell-grainger

Backbenchers

Anne Milton MP vs the Government

Fiona Bruce MP vs the Government

  • Fiona Bruce called Government plans to make public office holders swear an oath to British values as something “that could take us back to the 17th century.”

    “Even more recently, there has been a suggestion that those wanting to hold public office should have to swear an oath supporting a currently undefined set of 21st-century British values... Drawing up a new set of beliefs that people have to sign up to could take us back to the 17th century, and attempts to draw one up have been troubled. Although most things on such a list would be universal values, not necessarily everything would be. If the Government are still considering that suggestion, I urge them to reconsider it and to withdraw it.” Hansard, 1 March 2018, https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2018-03-01/debates/189B03DB-7E3F-4BBC-BE38-11ABE0F4D457/FreedomOfReligionOrBelief#contribution-B8CE3E28-F235-40E9-A09E-D118F79F9095

Backbenchers

Michael Fabricant MP vs the Government

  • Michael Fabricant voted against the Government’s HS2 Bill stating that it fails to meet previous Government commitments to integration with other high speed rail.

    “I am afraid that I must now destroy the cosy consensus that seems to be prevailing on the Opposition and Government Benches. I shall explain why. When HS2 was first envisioned, people spoke about people in Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham being able to get on to a high-speed train and end up in Paris, Lille and, indeed, even Berlin, with Deutsche Bahn. But that is not to be. We heard from the shadow Minister that HS2 is an integrated railway, but it is not. It is nothing like that at all.”

    “I am arguing not against HS2 itself, but against the way in which it is being executed.” Birmingham Mail, 30 January 2018, https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/promises-hs2-would-take-straight-14223678

Guto Bebb MP vs Party colleagues

  • Guto Bebb has said that a fellow Conservative MP and an AM have undertaken a “four-year vendetta” against him.

    “In October 2017 I asked the chairman of the Welsh Conservative Party to instigate a review of the behaviour of two elected colleagues who have undertaken a four-year vendetta against me since I undertook to close a poison pen-style internet blog operating in North Wales. This vicious blog caused immense distress to many of my constituents.” Daily Post, 24 August 2018, https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/how-rift-between-tory-north-15069953

Nadhim Zahawi MP vs Boris Johnson

  • Nadhim Zahawi has criticised Boris Johnson’s comments on an illegal immigrant amnesty following the Windrush scandal. Zahawi said that there is a difference between people who don’t have a right to work in the UK and people who live in the UK legally.

    “The question assumes illegal immigrants should have the same status as people who are here legally, whether they are of immigrant stock or are British born and bred...I think that is a wrong assumption because actually most of your listeners including immigrants like myself and my parents and other immigrants will think if you are here illegally and working illegally then you really shouldn’t be here.” The Telegraph, 25 April 2018, https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/04/25/minister-collision-course-boris-johnson-rejecting-foreign-secretarys/

Backbenchers

Crispin Blunt MP vs Priti Patel

  • Crispin Blunt said that as Priti Patel lacked “a grounding in ministerial experience”. Blunt was being interviewed about reports that Patel had unofficial meetings with Israeli ministers during her summer vacation..

    “She’s a great British Asian representative in the Conservative party and has been accelerated through to very senior positions because we need good advocates of the whole community representing our party but with the lack of grounding in ministerial experience that then comes with that, sometimes these mistakes can be made.” Politics Home, 8 November 2017, https://www.politicshome.com/news/uk/foreign-affairs/news/90437/top-tory-says-priti-patel-was-accelerated-cabinet-because-she

Damian Collins MP vs the Government

  • Damian Collins criticised the Government for its appointment and handling of the appointment of Baroness Stowell as chair of the Charity Commission.

    “The Committee held a pre-appointment hearing with the Government’s preferred candidate for the Chair of the Charity Commission, Baroness Stowell, this morning. I am sorry to report that we cannot support the Government’s nomination. This is the first time that this Committee has not supported the Government’s candidate, and it is not a decision that we have taken lightly. The Committee was unanimous in its view that, for four reasons, Baroness Stowell should not be appointed.” Third Sector, 28 February 2018, https://www.thirdsector.co.uk/ignoring-committees-appointment-advice-should-lead-parliamentary-debate/governance/article/1458269

Edward Leigh MP vs the Government

  • Edward Leigh questioned that Government’s tactics following a Parliamentary vote, which the Conservative’s did not contest. The non-binding vote called for universal credit to be paused and Leigh warned that the Government should not ignore Parliament.

    “Frankly, the road to tyranny is paved with Executives ignoring Parliament. I therefore urge my right hon. Friend to listen to Parliament. I believe that the Secretary of State should come and make a statement, and it should be a statement full of meat. Parliament does matter. If we, as Conservatives, live by the sword now, our Conservative values might die by the sword in future.” Hansard, 19 October 2017, https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2017-10-19/debates/83A9A509-2C9D-4870-AB64-484FD1847097/BusinessOfTheHouse

Backbenchers

Nigel Mills MP vs yourself

  • Nigel Mills criticised the Prime Minister for losing momentum and “drive” on domestic policy.

    “I think the frustration is that the prime minister had the right drive and the right belief when she came into office and it’s hard to see how we’re making progress on that.”” BBC News, 29 January 2018, http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42849833

Ed Vaizey MP vs the Government

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Local Government

Remember Local Government

Not our usual priority area, but it seems there are divisions at every level of the Conservative Party. Local councils are not happy that central government has slashed their budgets. Even our own councillors have figured out that it is our fault after all.

David Fothergill, Conservative Leader of Somerset Council vs the Government

  • David Fothergill, Conservative Leader of Somerset County Council, said that he “felt abandoned” following the Council’s decision to make £15m worth of cuts to the budget.

    “I feel abandoned, I feel abandoned that we are having to sort all these issues out. We have constantly made askes, not only of our own MPs but of our Government and I am afraid there are no solutions coming.” Channel 4 News, 12 September 2018, https://www.channel4.com/news/somerset-councillors-vote-to-slash-spending

David Hodge, Conservative Leader of the Surrey Council Council vs the Government

  • David Hodge, Conservative Leader of the Surrey Council Council, called on us to reconsider funding cuts to local government. Hodge is also reported to have said that: “The Government cannot stand idly by when Rome burns. We have a £39 million budget gap.”

    “I am calling on the government to reconsider their decision to end Surry’s transitional grant before the Ministers finalise their settlement for Councils in the early part of February.” “The government cannot stand idly by when Rome burns. We have a £39 million budget gap. Surrey is expected to deal with an ageing population and growing demand in services but with a reducing budget.” Surrey Live, 6 February 2018, https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/surrey-council-tax-just-went-14253759

Heather Smith, former Conservative leader of Northamptonshire County Council vs the Government

  • Heather Smith, former Conservative leader of Northamptonshire County Council, said that she had warned the Government that “we couldn’t cope with the levels of cuts we were facing”.

    “We have been warning government from about 2013/14 that, with our financial position, we couldn’t cope with the levels of cuts we were facing. Before Christmas, I wrote to the secretary of state to say we were about to fall over the edge of the cliff because we can’t just increase council tax. We’ve been in what you might call a perfect storm of huge increases in demand for our services at the same time as significant reductions in funding from central government.” BBC News, 3 February 2018, https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-northamptonshire-4292566

Local Government

Andrew Street, Conservative Mayor of the West Midlands vs Party colleagues

Martin Tett, Conservative Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council vs Party colleagues

  • Martin Tett, Conservative Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council and the Local Government Association’s Transport Spokesperson said that it was “nearly impossible” for councils for keep subsidising free travel and that the government should properly fund national free bus pass schemes.

    “It’s nearly impossible for councils to keep subsidising free travel while having to find billions of pounds worth of savings and protect other vital services like caring for the elderly and disabled, protecting children, filling potholes and collecting bins... By giving councils control over the Bus Service Operators’ Grant, and properly funding national free bus pass schemes, the Government could help us maintain our essential bus services, reduce congestion and protect vital routes.” Local Government, 21 June 2018, https://www.localgov.co.uk/Council-chiefs-warn-of-cuts-to-bus-routes/45521

Stephen Parnaby, Conservative Leader of East Riding Council vs the Government

Local Government

Welsh Conservatives vs the Government

  • A source at the Welsh Conservatives accused the Secretary of State of Wales, Alun Cairns, of making “inaccurate and misleading” comments about the former leader of the Welsh party. Andrew RT Davies, who stood down as leader of our Welsh Party in June 2018, says he was accidently set a text about a plan to oust him by Cairns. A source at the Welsh Conservatives disputes Cairns claim that the message referred to Mark Reckless – an independent AM and former Conservative MP.

    BBC News, 22 July 2018, https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-44904362

  • During the Welsh Conservative leadership election, Alun Cairns, the Secretary of State for Wales, said the candidates should stop “fussing” about the leadership status of the leader of the party.

    BBC News, 16 July 2018, https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-44820336

Andrew RT Davies, AM for South Wales Central and former leader of the Welsh Conservatives in the Assembly vs the Tory Party

  • Andrew RT Davies said that it was “frankly absurd” that a leader of the in the Welsh Assembly is “not afforded such status in the wider party”. Davies also noted that candidates were often imposed on associations and treated activities with ‘contempt’.

    “That said, it’s frankly absurd, in the devolved era, that a leader of a political party in a national parliament – elected with a mandate from the members in Wales – is not afforded such leadership status in the wider party.

    “Another area that we urgently need to tackle is the treatment of our activists, members and associations. All too often, they feel they are seen as simply “leaflet fodder” – and, in many cases, feel that they are treated with contempt. This is totally unacceptable, and reared its ugly head before the general election in 2017, where a number of Associations across Wales felt that candidates were imposed on them with little regard for local sensitivities – or for the hard-working activists who were excluded from competing for the opportunity to stand.” Conservative Home, 9 July 2018, https://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2018/07/andrew-rt-davies-too-often-our-activists-feel-that-they-are-treated-with-contempt-lets-change-all-that-lets-value-them-reward-them-promote-them.html

Richard Grosvenor, Conservative Leader of East Staffordshire Borough Council vs Andrew Griffiths

  • Richard Grosvenor, Conservative Leader of East Staffordshire Borough Council said “that it is very difficult for Andrew [Andrew Griffiths MP] to continue as an MP” following texts Griffiths sent to two barmaids.

    “It is very difficult for Andrew to continue as MP. Burton does not have an functioning MP. We don’t know where he is. I think we can win again with the right candidate. We have a great record locally. I don’t think that candidate is Andrew Griffiths. It is open for people who wish to apply but Andrew has to now apply to stand or not. It is all in his hands now.” Derbyshire Live, 9 September 2018, https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/burton/andrew-griffiths-sex-text-1982254

Local Government

Conservative Councillors vs the Government

  • Richard Grosvenor, Conservative Leader of East Staffordshire Borough Council said “that it is very difficult for Andrew [Andrew Griffiths MP] to continue as an MP” following texts Griffiths sent to two barmaids.

    According to a survey by the Campaign to Protect Rural England and Friends of the Earth, two- thirds of Conservative Councillors said that local authorities should have the final say over whether fracking should take place. Mirror, 3 August 2018, https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/tory-councillors-blast-governments-bid-13021548

Conservative Councillors vs the Government

  • Richard Grosvenor, Conservative Leader of East Staffordshire Borough Council said “that it is very difficult for Andrew [Andrew Griffiths MP] to continue as an MP” following texts Griffiths sent to two barmaids.

    According to a survey by the Campaign to Protect Rural England and Friends of the Earth, two- thirds of Conservative Councillors said that local authorities should have the final say over whether fracking should take place. Mirror, 3 August 2018, https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/tory-councillors-blast-governments-bid-13021548

Mike Jordon, former Conservative Councillor on Selby District Council vs the Tory Party