Dominic Raab led the anti-immigration Tory rebels the other week, and now it seems he has turned his attention to equalities and diversity spending.
Dominic Raab caused controversy recently with his amendments to the immigration bill. He is now returning his focus to diversity, more specifically, how much departments spend on promoting equality and diversity. The Conservative MP for Esher and Walton has asked the Attorney General (Dominic Grieve), the Minister for the Cabinet Office (Frances Maude), the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Eric Pickles), and the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (Maria Miller):
What the a) total departmental expenditure, (b) number and (c) cost of people employed for the purposes of promoting equality and diversity was for the last five years.
Politician’s should have a sense of humour, but Anna Soubry’s comments about Nigel Farage’s bum were probably not what was needed in the fight against UKIP.
Yesterday, Tory defence minister Anna Soubry declared on Marr that UKIP leader Nigel Farage “has the look of a man with a finger up his bottom”. It was, frankly, not the image the nation’s politicos needs whilst have their breakfast on a Sunday morning. The comment is humorous, and if you think about (which I suggest you don’t,) actually quite accurate. But that really is not the point. Read more
Today the CPS announced that only one officer would face charges after the Plebgate incident with the Chief Whip Andrew Mitchell MP.
You might think that support would come from colleagues, particularly those who had been in the Tories’ whipping and campaigning operation. Not so though, in the case of Mike Fabricant. The MP for Lichfield who is a former whip and currently a vice chairman of the Conservatives, has been tweeting in response to the announcement, and it’s unlikely to get him on Mitchell’s christmas card list.
The Conservative’s have released a comment after the extent of Labour’s debt and reliance on the trade Unions was revealed in the latest round of party funding figures:
Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps said:
“Independent figures from the Electoral Commission show that the trade unions have given 75 per cent of Labour’s donations since the union barons installed Ed Miliband as Labour leader, including £10 million from Len McCluskey’s Unite union.
“Despite Ed Miliband’s promises of change, nothing has changed. The union bosses still buy the policies, fix the selections and pick the leader. It’s the same old Labour.
“If Ed Miliband is serious about standing up to Len McCluskey, he should re-open his inquiry into the Unite union’s attempt to fix the Labour Party selection in Falkirk. If he’s too weak to govern his party, Ed Miliband is too weak to govern the country, too weak to cut the deficit and too weak to fix the welfare system.”
They are not going to let Falkirk lie…
Jeremy Paxman has given Tory backbencher Adam Afriyie a grilling on Newsnight tonight his amendment to force an EU referendum
There was definitely some sneering as Jeremy Paxman took on Tory backbencher Adam Afriyie over his attempts to amend his colleague James Wharton’s bill. With an EU referendum guaranteed by a Tory government post 2015, many of Afriyie’s colleagues think he is derailing their best chance at the long desired exit poll, and he seems to be increasingly isolated within his own party.
Paxman: How many MPs are supporting it [the amendment]?
Afriyie: Well it’s difficult to tell.
Sky News are exclusively revealing that Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt may been in for a windfall payment.
City Editor Mark Kleinman reports:
Sky News can exclusively reveal that Hotcourses, an education listings service set up by Mr Hunt 17 years ago, is in detailed negotiations about being sold to Inflexion Private Equity, an investment firm, for about £35m.
Mr Hunt is understood to own 49% of Hotcourses, meaning that his shareholding would be worth just over £17m if the takeover is completed.
Kleinman then goes on to says that this ”may cause embarrassment for the Government” as Ed Miliband likes to portray them as an out of touch cabinet of millionaires.
I’m no fan of Jeremy Hunt, but how sad it is that we’ve got to a stage in our country and political discourse where a man who has taught abroad, studied a foreign language, and then built a very successful business giving people access to education on the back of that experience is at risk of being an “embarrassment” to the Government he now serves? I can see that the issues around inherited wealth are embarrassing for the Cameron, Osborne et al, but this is different. The idea that founding a business that has done well is in anyway the same is utterly absurd.
The Government should be using Hunt as a demonstration of successful entrepreneurism, not regarding him as a potential embarrassment.”
After appearing at the recent Conservative conference, an email in the name of Karren Brady has just sent out to party supporters.
In the email Brady gives a glowing endorsement of the National Insurance cut. Except she doesn’t say ‘sign up to this Conservative campaign’, she says sign up to ‘our’ campaign’. It’s a very political email in which Brady says it is the Tories that undersand small business, and reveals that she will personally be fronting the party’s new small business campaign as its Small Business Ambassador.
A seat of some kind surely awaits…
Anna Soubry has just left meeting the Prime Minister, after becoming the first every female MP to take a role in the Defence Department.
Soubry left Downing Street looking very happy with a huge smile on her face, chatting on the phone. She then crossed over to 79 Whitehall, to clear her desk at her old department, Health. While women have served in defence from the Lords, none have ever done so from the Commons.