Where do Tories look these days to cheer themselves up? Until recently they could console themselves with their party’s relative popularity compared to Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour, but those polls are tightening and when voters are asked for their views on specific areas of policy from housing to crime and the NHS, it’s the Labour party that comes out on top. Furthermore the delivery of Brexit seems to be a lose-lose for the Tory party, with Remainers turned off and Leave voters likely to be disappointed by the eventual outcome. Despite this landscape of despair, some Tory MPs are determined to focus on the future – and not just those who fancy a shot at Number 10. The centre-right think tank Onward has pulled together 41 new generation MPs from the Conservative benches to endorse a major report on how the party can win the elusive but critical youth vote at the next election. At first glance, it’s a monumental uphill struggle. Onward’s report finds that … [Read more...] about The Tories face a struggle with young voters, but hope is not lost
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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?
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
0 Have your say ON Tuesday, MPs from across the country will take a vote in the House of Commons which could define the next few decades for our country. When deciding whether or not to back the Brexit deal secured by our Prime Minister, there is much to take into account. However, it is not about how people voted in the referendum in June 2016. That has gone and this deal is the result of more than two years of negotiating with the EU to find a solution which delivers on the result of 2016. There are many things to consider when looking at this deal, but I believe it does deliver on the referendum result and is the best possible for my constituency, Yorkshire and the whole country.The Archbishop of York: I voted Remain, but now I’ll be backing Theresa May’s Brexit dealAnd I also believe it is time for people to unite and get behind the deal which offers us the chance to take back control of our borders, our money and our laws, while at the same … [Read more...] about Alec Shelbrooke MP: Theresa May’s Brexit deal will be good for Yorkshire – and I’m voting for it
Theresa May will step up her fightback against moves by Conservative MPs to oust her with a hard-hitting speech to business leaders on immigration. After appearing on Sky News' Sophy Ridge on Sunday, the embattled prime minister's next bid to sell her Brexit deal will come at the conference of the pro-EU CBI in London on Monday.At the same time, Mrs May and her allies are anxiously waiting to hear if the number of Tory MPs demanding a no-confidence vote has reached the required number of 48.:: How many MPs have sent letters of no confidence so far?The rebellion continued to grow over the weekend with the Tories' former candidate for London Mayor, Zac Goldsmith, becoming the latest MP to demand the PM's resignation.In her Sky News interview, Mrs May said that as far as she was aware the number of letters to the 1922 Committee chairman, Sir Graham Brady, had not yet reached 48.And in response to demands from the so-called "Pizza Club" of Brexiteer Cabinet ministers, led by Andrea … [Read more...] about Theresa May to step up fightback against attempts to oust her