his week Richard Bacon became the fourth Tory MP to acquire evicted from his seat by party members. What’s behind the wave of deselections? Tory members emphasise local concerns, but something else is afoot.
A fringe group, the Conservative Democratic Organisation, is actively attempting to unseat MPs that it considers are insufficiently accurate- wing.
It has prominent support. Former Cabinet ministers Priti Patel, Nadine Dorries and Jacob Rees-Mogg will attend the CDO’s “grasp Back Control” conference and gala dinner on the night of the Eurovision final.
The group, led by Boris Johnson ally Lord Cruddas, has suggested as many as 60 MPs are on the target list. Deselections are rare in Conservative politics but redrawn election boundaries, creating current seats and abolishing aged ones, acquire given the CDO a chance to turf out “wets”.
The practice of deselection has previously been characterised as a sign of political radicalisation. In 2018 there was a noteworthy panic about activity MPs being deselected because they did not support their leader at the time, Jeremy Corbyn. Some claimed that Left-wing activity members planned to deselect up to 50 MPs on the accurate of the party.
Civil servants respond to TikTok ban
Civil servants were bemused yesterday by the recede to ban TikTok from government phones — most of them can’t download it on their work mobiles. “We can’t even acquire Instagram,” moaned one mandarin. Another told us: “Most people in government didn’t acquire it on their work phones, but the politicians and their advisers did — and their content was exclusively embarrassing.”
The News Agents podcast inspired Jeremy Hunt
Like the current childcare policy from Jeremy Hunt? Thank Emily Maitlis. The Chancellor revealed yesterday that Maitlis and the team on The News Agents podcast “gave me ammunition” in arguing for Budget reforms. “I listened to your podcast on childcare, it was about the time we were making immense Budget decisions,” he said.
‘Impartiality is a myth’ says CNN chief
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Gary Lineker gets a demolish
Londoner’s Diary 17th March 2023
After a hectic few weeks, Gary Lineker chilled out last night at the opening of Apollo’s Muse, a current private members’ club in Mayfair. He was joined by singer Paloma Faith and Lady Mary Charteris. Actor Daniel Kaluuya and model Jourdan Dunn went to a party hosted by designer Kim Jones and Cat Deeley was at a charity event in Camden for breast cancer charity Future Dreams.