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Why are these Tory MPs queuing up to stand down?

On her way out: Dehenna Davison.

The answer to the question in the headline is obvious: they don’t think they’ll be able to win an election when their party is struggling to regain its popularity.

Dehenna Davison has become the latest Conservative MP to announce she won’t be defending her seat at the next general election, bringing the running total to eight.

The others are Chloe Smith, William Wragg, Gary Streeter, Nigel Adams, Charles Walker, Crispin Blunt and Adam Afriye.

Several of the quitters are young(ish) – Davison is 29, Wragg 34 and Smith 40 – prompting speculation that the Tories are losing their younger talent.

Davison is quoted as saying she is leaving because she hasn’t “had anything like a normal life for a 20-something”. But nobody really believes that excuse – do they?

Some may have a shadow hanging over them; William Wragg, vice-chairman of the Tory backbench 1922 Committee, was among the most influential MPs to voice their lack of confidence in the leadership of Liz Truss.

Gary Streeter was among the first to demand Boris Johnson’s removal from the role of prime minister.

Charles Walker has said the Conservatives cannot possibly win the next election.

And others may be aware that they have harmed their own public profile; Chloe Smith was the Minister for Disabled People who, confronted with the story of a disabled man who said he expects to be dead by this time next year because he will not be able to afford the increased cost of energy, told him to get a job.

This is good news for the UK. Eight fewer Tory incumbents re-contesting Parliamentary seats mean eight improved chances for other parties to take those seats instead.

Source: Two more Tory MPs announce they are stepping down at next election

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Even the BBC is publicising Labour’s victimisation of its own members

Yes: this is the only image This Site has of Ian Byrne.

The remarkable aspect of this story is not that Ian Byrne is being victimised by members of his own party, or that he is seeking advice from the police about how to deal with it – This Site and others have already covered those things.

No – the extraordinary part is that the BBC appears to have removed its blinkers and is now prepared to cover it.

The corporation’s article states:

An MP who wants to remain as a Labour candidate at the next election has said he will be “seeking guidance” from police over alleged intimidation.

West Derby MP Ian Byrne tweeted that he faced “shameful” intimidation at an event on Saturday and had blocked those “involved in this appalling behaviour”.

Mr Byrne is being challenged in the race in West Derby by Liverpool councillor Anthony Lavelle and Lancashire councillor Kimberley Whitehead, after losing a series of ballots in his local party.

In a week’s time, members of the constituency Labour Party will choose one of the three to be their candidate.

The process, which started in the summer has been described as “toxic” by Labour members.

Toxic. The fact that this is the word to which party members resort when describing the process imposed on them by their own leadership speaks volumes.

The article then focuses on an alleged incident between supporters of Byrne and those of Lavelle, when events were coincidentally (?) scheduled to take place at neighbouring venues. One has to question how that happened.

Considering the ill-feeling over this matter and the way the Labour leadership seems to be prioritising the other candidates over Byrne, it seems incongruous that this should have happened.

Who was responsible for it?

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When Labour tries to ditch the MP OF THE YEAR, you know the party has lost all direction

Ian Byrne: his own party may have dis-Organise-d him but will he be able to use the social(ist) media to turn the tables on the hierarchy?

Could the UK’s voters ever have been given a clearer sign that they should not support a political party?

Labour is trying to remove MP of the Year Ian Byrne from his Liverpool West Derby Parliamentary seat – but as he is the recipient of that award, and hasn’t done anything wrong, the party is trying an inventive way of doing it. Constructive dismissal, one might suggest.

So, in the campaign to be reselected as the party’s candidate for that seat, Labour has rescinded Mr Byrne’s access to Organise, the communication facility between the party hierarchy and its members.

His rival in the campaign – a shiny Wes Streeting-a-like from London – does have access to the tool and therefore has a huge advantage over Mr Byrne, who is reduced to trying to resource his reselection campaign on the social media.

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These are SOME of the pressing issues Rishi Sunak is facing

Rishi Sunak and money: he’s not Chancellor any more but he is the richest man in Parliament. If he really knows how to bring in the readies, then the current crisis should be a cinch for him. Right?

He’s about to be installed as prime minister – but what is Rishi Sunak actually going to do?

Of course the pro pundits have been filling the airwaves with their opinions. Here’s a video:

Oh dear. We’re in recession already. As if those of us on the bottom rung of the economic ladder needed to know that!

But that’s just an economic analysis. There are other issues. Like this:

And there’s a huge trust issue to overcome:

How well do you think he’ll do?

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Labour MP quits over sexual misconduct finding

Christian Matheson has quit as Labour MP for Chester after two charges of sexual misconduct against him were upheld.

Here’s Sky News:

According to the BBC,

Two allegations of sexual misconduct against Mr Matheson by a former member of his staff have been upheld.

The MP for Chester allegedly invited her on a private trip abroad, which was found to be “sexually motivated”.

He admitted he had committed a minor breach of the code and tendered his resignation with “great sadness”.

During a work event outside Parliament, he also [made] unwanted and unwelcome sexual advances.

Matheson said he accepted he had been found guilty of a minor breach of the code, but added that he had been found guilty of several allegations which were untrue.

His resignation has triggered a by-election for the City of Chester seat.

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Five Tory MPs have openly called for Liz Truss to resign. Will more stand up, please?

Defeated: Liz Truss (right) looks desolate in Parliament while her new Chancellor Jeremy Hunt (left) takes the strain.

While the debate rages over whether (or how soon) Liz Truss should resign, let’s bear in mind that a handful of Conservative MPs have already demanded that she should go.

The Telegraph (!) has highlighted this campaign, as follows:

More need to come forward in public – in This Writer’s opinion.

It seems likely that many have privately indicated their displeasure to Graham Brady, chair of the backbench 1922 Committee.

But until more Tory MPs have the backbone to make their displeasure public, it seems Truss will ignore the wishes of the masses.

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Do you have a Tory MP? Do they have confidence in Liz Truss?

Knife: Liz Truss just plunged one of these into Kwasi Kwarteng’s back. Is she about to get the same treatment from her own MPs?

Here’s a bit of fun.

It seems Liz Truss is likely to face some kind of confidence vote in the near future – either prompted by the Labour Party or her own Tories.

In the light of this, it seems reasonable to ask Tory MPs now whether they have confidence in Truss’s leadership.

Whatever they say may then be used to determine whether they themselves are trustworthy enough to keep their Parliamentary seat in any future election (if they say they have confidence in her but vote against her, they’ll be lying).

I’ve already asked mine:

At the time of writing, there has been no response. Do you think she’s scared?

I wonder how many other Tories will run away from this simple question.

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Unprecedented and unconstitutional: Tories want to put people in both Houses of Parliament at once

What new devilry is this from the Conservative government?

Here’s the blurb from this A Different Bias clip:

Boris Johnson wants to reward up to eight loyalists with peerages, but this would trigger a number of by-elections for the Tories which could prove highly embarrassing.

So, according to a report in the Times, the plan is to defer the peerages until after the election.

The problem is that this would mean that over half a dozen Johnson loyalists would technically be members of both Houses at once.

This is unprecedented, unconstitutional and would force the King into committing a political act, just as Johnson forced the Queen to do in 2019.

Here’s the clip:

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Tory MPs defend the tax cut u-turn – but what do Tory VOTERS think of these people?

Compare and contrast:

First, here’s a selection of Conservative MPs (including a wonky-spectacled Chancellor Queasy Kwarteng) working hard to justify themselves:

Now let’s see what their own voters think of them…

… Oh dear.

The best that can be said is that they all approve of the tax u-turn. But that means they’re admitting that their government – that they chose – got their first big decision wrong.

And some of the comments were a lot less positive.

And Kwasi Kwarteng’s speech didn’t get the ovation he would have wanted. Most people stayed in their seats and This Writer has a suspicion that many of them didn’t even bother to clap.

I think these Tories are in deep, deep trouble. But they’re all working hard to avoid admitting it.

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Are Tory MPs thinking of triggering a GENERAL ELECTION, just to get rid of Truss?

It’s being reported that Liz Truss is threatening to strip Conservative MPs of the party whip if they don’t vote to support her insane economy-breaking mini-budget bid to cut taxes for the people who least need the money.

And how are they taking it?

Not well, it seems:

Here’s one possible reason the members of the Conservative AND UNIONIST Party might think an election – that Truss would lose – is in their own best interests:

So it might be wiser to trigger a general election before Truss can really screw up the nation and end Tory political dominance for all time, and before she manages to destroy the union of England (which the Tories currently dominate) with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland (which they don’t).

That is the thinking, it seems.

In an otherwise entirely-joyless autumn and winter, it will be fun seeing how this narrative turns out.

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