News / UK and world by Press Association January 8, 2019, 7:51 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Theresa May suffered a major backbench rebellion as MPs signalled their opposition to a no-deal Brexit by defeating the Government in the Commons. Twenty Conservatives supported an amendment tabled by Labour former minister Yvette Cooper to the Budget-enacting Finance (No. 3) Bill, according to the division list. Her proposal is aimed at restricting the Government’s freedom to use the Bill to make tax changes linked to a no-deal Brexit without the “explicit consent” of Parliament. Instead, the powers in the Bill could only come into force if the Commons has approved a Brexit deal, if the Government seeks to extend Article 50 or the Commons has approved leaving the EU without a deal. It was supported by 303 votes to 296, a majority of seven, despite three Labour MPs rebelling to oppose it. Labour … [Read more...] about Tory MPs rebel as Government suffers defeat over no-deal Brexit tax powers
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THE Duchess of Cornwall’s nephew Ben Elliot is mounting a bid to become a Tory MP, The Sun can reveal. The 43-year-old entrepreneur and philanthropist has been appointed the Government’s first Food Waste Champion. He has been tasked by Environment Secretary Michael Gove to draw up a strategy to end the scandal that currently sees 10.2million tonnes of food unnecessarily thrown away every year. It has also emerged that Mr Elliot was recently accepted onto the Conservatives’ officially approved list of candidates. That allows the well-connected businessman – who founded the global concierge service Quintessentially - to apply to stand in any seats that come available. Mr Elliot’s appointment continues his uncle Prince Charles’s strong links with environmental causes. Mr Gove said last night: “Food waste is an economic, environmental and moral scandal. We must end it. “That’s why I am delighted Ben Elliot is taking up this position and … [Read more...] about Prince Charles and Camilla’s nephew Ben Elliot is hoping to become a Tory MP
One of Parliament's most prominent supporters of Brexit has been knighted in the New Year's Honours list. Tory MP John Redwood was one of the Eurosceptic cabinet ministers branded "b*******" by John Major as he fought to ratify the Maastricht Treaty in 1993. He has continued to fly the anti-EU banner in the Commons ever since. Mr Redwood is among three MPs to be awarded knighthoods, alongside Conservative former minister Gary Streeter and Labour's deputy chief whip Alan Campbell. With the crunch vote on Theresa May's EU withdrawal agreement due within the next three weeks, Westminster has been buzzing with speculation that honours may be deployed as a means of luring MPs to back the PM. In an apparent bid to reassure supporters that he will not be swayed by his gong, Mr Redwood published a blog just days ahead of the announcement of his honour outlining "eight things wrong with the withdrawal agreement". Mr Streeter, who backed Remain in the 2016 referendum, has already made clear that … [Read more...] about Prominent Brexit supporter and Tory MP John Redwood made knight
News / UK and world by Press Association November 15, 2018, 4:19 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter A flurry of Tory MPs – including European Research Group chairman Jacob Rees-Mogg – have said they have lost confidence in Theresa May. Here’s how a Tory leadership contest could unfold: – How would it begin? To trigger a vote of no confidence, 15% of Tory MPs – 48 in total – must write to the chairman of the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady. – How many have sent letters so far? It is impossible to say for certain, as Sir Graham keeps the actual number a closely guarded secret. But ERG MPs believe it to be very close to the 48 required. Mr Rees-Mogg said that he believed the necessary letters would be submitted, but declined to put a time frame on the process. – What if they do reach the 15% threshold? A vote would be held among Tory MPs. Mrs May … [Read more...] about Could Theresa May be shown the door by Tory MPs?
A Tory MP has claimed the Conservatives are now the party of "angry men" as he revealed three ministers secretly support his call for a fresh Brexit referendum. Phillip Lee, who resigned as a justice minister earlier this year in order to speak out over the UK's exit from the EU, urged fellow Conservative MPs and concerned businesses to go public with their wish for a second vote.Speaking at a fringe event hosted by the People's Vote campaign at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, Dr Lee hit out at the "ludicrous decision" to bar the gathering from the main conference venue and to not list it in the conference guide.He asked: "What is it that's feared? Is it because there's a threat that actually this is getting some momentum." Dr Lee suggested there is wider support among Tory MPs, and even within government, for a second EU referendum than those who have openly declared their backing."It's about time the private conversations we're having with colleagues but also with … [Read more...] about Three ministers secretly back new Brexit vote, claims Tory MP Phillip Lee