Commons Confidential: caution, not socialism
An organization The Conservative Party is planning a mass rally later in the year, instead of waiting for Boris Johnson to announce whether England’s Covid-19 restrictions will remain after June 21. The curators charge exhibitors up to £ 51,600 (including VAT) for the combined physical and virtual stands during their four-day conference in Manchester in October. I hope that making the party money flow doesn’t influence Johnson’s decision. Whoever chose a publicity photo for the fringe guide probably didn’t recognize that the journalist sitting in the front row is Owen Bennett. He wrote a book exposing Michael Gove’s cocaine snort, then quit the The telegraph of the day following an allegation of inappropriate behavior at his former employer, HuffPost UK. Unfortunate choice.
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Sick of Downing Street seizing the announcements for Johnson, ministers are now complaining that the Treasury is also blocking the media ahead of the full spending review this fall. To be eclipsed by the Prime Minister must be irritating, a big foot from the Chancellor deeply frustrating. It’s like surviving an assault by a big boy only to find out his boyfriend comes in and asks for your pocket money.
Shadow cabinet of work is straying from the case to bypass a chief’s desk by insisting that all media interviews are pre-approved. When little interest in what the opposition says is a larger issue, the party could do better if gags were replaced with drink coupons for members getting the most column inches and airtime. . A Labor grumbled that Keir Starmer’s credo is “Prudencenism, not socialism“: what do we want? We are not sure. When do we want it? We will inform you in due time.
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Word is No 10 assured Paul Dacre Johnson still wanted him to chair Ofcom, as a replay process began after an interview panel demonstrated admirable independence in raising concerns about the former Daily mail the impartiality of the publisher. The four-horse race was, I believe, in Dacre and Ed Vaizey, a former Minister of Culture and now a Conservative peer. Both must reapply if they are still interested. Perhaps all candidates should be informed that membership in the Conservative Party and / or proof of right-wing politics are prerequisites.
Resign as unpaid PPS last year to spend more time with his family, Mansfield moneybags Ben Bradley could earn up to £ 136,000 on two part-time posts as MP and the recently elected Conservative leader of Nottinghamshire County Council. Bradley voted against feeding children during the holidays, tying the coupons to crack dens. Justifying the duplication, he compared himself to Johnson, who is prime minister and constituency MP. I doubt Johnson compares to Bradley.
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