Should a General Election follow the appointment of a new Tory leader and Prime Minister? Tim Bale, professor of politics at Queen Mary, University of London, says YES. There is no constitutional requirement for anyone who takes over as Prime Minister to call a General Election, although one could be forced upon them were they to lose a vote of no confidence – something that can’t be completely ruled out in a hung parliament. That said, an election might well be the right thing to do. At the moment, the government is hamstrung by the absence of a majority. If the election were to go well, it could escape the new Conservative leader having to rely on the Democratic Unionist Party. And if it were to go really well and produce a comfortable majority, any new Prime Minister might even be able to tell the Tories’ very own awkward squad where to get off too. All this would probably make easier as well to negotiate the second phase of Brexit (presuming there is one) with the … [Read more...] about DEBATE: Should a General Election follow the appointment of a new Tory leader and Prime Minister?
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0 Post a comment Friday, 22 February 2019 - Politics by Kristen Bounds - Reporter; Kingsbridge & Salcombe Gazette [email protected] South Hams MP Dr Sarah Wollaston has resigned from the party, saying it has moved too far to the right. She said: “This is not a decision I have taken lightly but I no longer feel that the Conservatives are the same party that I joined a decade ago. “I can no longer continue as a member of a party which, in Government, is making poor decisions that will hit the communities I represent and set back the prospects for ending austerity.”In recent months, Dr Wollaston has been increasingly at odds with the right-wing of her party, in particular the European Research Group, headed by Jacob Rees-Mogg, over its direction of travel with regard to Brexit.Locally, she has faced a campaign by elements of the Totnes constituency association to deselect her ahead of the next general election.A letter, organised by … [Read more...] about MP Sarah resigns from Tory Party
An influential Conservative MP who used to work for Theresa May is pushing plans for nearly one million public sector jobs to be automated by 2030, including nearly 500,000 jobs in the NHS. George Freeman told a Taxpayers’ Alliance fringe at Conservative conference that “automating” the NHS would save £12 billion a year. The Employment Minister Alok Sharma said jobs would be moved from the public to private sector. Labour accuses the Tories of putting patient safety at risk LONDON – Almost a million public sector jobs, including half a million jobs in the NHS, could be slashed as part of a plan being pushed by the prime minister’s former policy chief. The Conservative MP and former health minister, George Freeman, told Business Insider that he would like to see hundreds of thousands of jobs in the NHS and wider public sector “automated” through greater use of technology. Speaking at an event at the Conservative party conference in … [Read more...] about Half a million NHS jobs could be slashed in plans by Theresa May’s former policy chief
A year ago, the Tory conference ended with letters falling off the set during a speech in which Theresa May suffered a coughing fit and was handed a spoof P45. This year the conference had not even begun when the app detailing the week's events here in Birmingham was hit by an embarrassing and potentially dangerous security breach.A few minutes before the blunder was revealed, the Tories' affable party chairman Brandon Lewis told me in an interview there would be no repeat of last year's disasters."Have you made sure the set is all nailed together this year for the PM's speech?" I asked him.He replied, cheerfully: "I think people will see a really impressive conference all round. I hope they enjoy it and everything stays in place."Well, security on the app did not stay in place, though to be fair, it was resolved swiftly. "It's sorted - and in time for the conference!" Mr Lewis told me proudly.Some problems can be sorted quickly, it seems. Not Brexit, though.It is doubtful whether the … [Read more...] about Tory conference: Boris Johnson will be box office
0 Have your say THERESA MAY and her advisers appear to be bracing themselves for another snap election in a bid to end the Brexit deadlock. The belief – after the PM’s humiliation at the Salzburg summit – is that no scenario will command sufficient support in Parliament. However, Tory strategists are misguided if they think they can keep going back to the people until they get the answer they want, and the numbers they need, to neutralise Remain and Leave dissidents.Britain voted – albeit narrowly – to leave the EU in June 2016 and Mrs May called a pre-emptive election last year to give her a personal mandate to implement Brexit.Tom Richmond: Rail’s own Chuckle Brothers are having a laugh – at usWhat happened? Mrs May lost her Commons majority – and much credibility – because the campaign became dominated by domestic policies.And the same, I venture, would happen again if there was a fourth nationwide poll in … [Read more...] about Tom Richmond: Never mind Brexit – failing Chris Grayling is derailing the Tories by himself