The Covid passport is a revolting idea. Authoritarian. Discriminatory. Un-British. The PM will give us more details in a press conference today but it’s a mark of how far lockdown has warped our values that it’s already being hailed as a “freedom pass”. The public is all for it, of course: these are the people who call the cops when they see a queue outside a church. We’ve become so used to control that being permitted to do something that in ordinary times would be quite normal, like go to the theatre or attend a football match, is treated as a benign act of mercy by an all-loving state.
There are, though, some people who can’t take the vaccine or, like pregnant women, are advised against it.
Banning these people from concerts and football matches would be divisive and discriminatory. As we plan for the peace, we should be vigilant in defence of liberty, where the state has reached too far into our lives, we should kick it out. No government in future should have the power to tell you whether you can see your children or grandchildren, nor should it be able to force you to publish your medical records as a condition for living a normal life.
Among the 18 Tories who signed the pledge that „All schools should open full-time to all pupils from Feb 22 to March 8 are former Cabinet minister Esther McVey, ex-ministers Steve Baker, Tim Loughton and Harriet Baldwin, and chairman of the 1922 committee of backbench Conservative MPs Sir Graham Brady.
(Updated: 24th May 2019, 2:35 am)
In a last-ditch bid to buy more time for her Brexit deal, the PM is set to refuse spiralling Brexiteer demands to quit immediately despite losing much of her Cabinet’s support, allies say.
– Mrs May will begin the day with a meeting with the Tories‘ backbench 1922 shop steward Sir Graham Brady
– She is then expected to address the nation from Downing Street to explain why she is leaving ‚the job I love‘
However sources said meetings with senior ministers were postponed because Mrs May was having her regular audience with the Queen, who she was expected to brief on her intentions.
Theresa May is still clinging onto power after the executive of the 1922 Committee failed to agree a rule change which would allow a fresh bid to oust her.
Mrs May will meet Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs, to set out a timetable for her departure after the second reading of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill in the week beginning June 3, he said today.
Brexiteer Sir Graham told BBC Radio 4’s Week in Westminster programme: “I’ve heard people suggest I would be an interim Prime Minister.
“My simple answer to that is I don’t think we need an interim Prime Minister.
“I don’t think the British people want people to be stepping in to do interim jobs. I think they’re be looking to chose someone for the long term.”
– Sir Graham Brady suggested she could introduce the Withdrawal Agreement Bill – in the ’near future‘
– But some Tories believe the decision will see her caught in a trap if it fails to pass
– Tories fear a hammering at European elections at hands of the new Brexit Party
– Some officials believe they will get less than 10 per cent of the vote on May 23
George Osborne tells Sky News he thinks the time has come for a new leader and new mandate in the Conservative Party.George Osborne tells Sky News he thinks the time has come for a new leader and new mandate in the Conservative Party.
Sir Graham Brady has told the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg that there is not yet „public clarity“ on when the prime minister will leave office.
July is no good, there won’t be a Conservative Party that is resueable by then, the 1922 Committee are, in Thatchers words FRIT. Mrs May has to go NOW, tomorrow would not be soon enough!
The Labour MP accused the Conservative Party rules of forcing a form of „dictatorship“ on Parliament as nothing can be done to oust the Prime Minister before the end of the year. Ms Hoey urged Theresa May to resign from her post as soon as possible in the best interest of the country and to help find a solution to the Brexit impasse.
Theresa May is to meet the chairman of an influential committee of backbench Tory MPs, Sir Graham Brady, amid calls for her to set a firm resignation date.
It follows a request from the 1922 Committee for „clarity“ on the issue.
Some even urged Sir Graham to quote the iconic line from the final episode of Line of Duty, where DI Kate Fleming AC-3 officer DI Michelle Brandyce to “stop making a t*t of yourself and p**s off”.
The PM’s response to Sir Graham will be vital and he will then report back to the 1922 committee tomorrow.
Graham Brady, the head of the 1922 Committee of Tory backbenchers, is expected to meet Ms May on Tuesday to again urge her to set a date for her departure.
If she refuses, they will consider rewriting the rules to allow a fresh vote of no confidence this summer – a move the 1922 stepped back from last month.
Mr Brady met privately with the PM before the committee talks, which began yesterday.
The Prime Minister made a personal plea to her backbenchers to support a plan to renegotiate the Northern Irish backstop, but Eurosceptics refused on the grounds that it would not be legally binding.
On Monday night Downing Street frantically tried to claw back support by telling Brexiteers Mrs May will seek to reopen the EU Withdrawal…
Die Schwelle für die erforderliche Zahl an konservativen Abgeordneten sei erreicht worden.
There is nothing more dangerous and self-defeating in politics, as in every other area of life, than the inability to discern the true significance of events, viewing them instead through a prism of self-interest, groupthink and partisanship. That is the problem currently blinding all those in the Westminster bubble.
As the Prime Minister continues to face pressure over her leadership, the county’s MPs – like the rest of the country – are split on whether the deal delivers what the government promised.
But only one has decided to join those who have called for a vote of confidence in the Prime Minister by submitting a formal letter to the chairman of the 1922 committee Graham Brady – the MP for Gravesham Adam Holloway.
MPs from the Democratic Unionist Party are expected to abstain for a second time on crucial Budget votes in the Commons in protest at Theresa May’s Brexit deal.
It comes after Eurosceptics in the party faced questions over the apparent collapse of their efforts to trigger a no confidence in the prime minister.
“When you are Tory MP, you’re over 55 and you’ve been there for a few years,” he said.
“And you think on principle you ought to rebel but then, of course, you know what happens to Tory MPs when they retire if they’ve been good boys and girls?
“They go to the House of Lords and rebels don’t go to the House of Lords!”
David Davis, the former Brexit secretary, and Jacob Rees-Mogg, the chair of the European Research Group, are among the speakers at an ERG press conference to mark the publication of a paper about the benefits of leaving the customs union
The Brexiteer says it’s now or never for those who want get rid of May – or else she could lead the party into the next election.
„I can tell you this – it certainly isn’t for all the women in the ERG – all the women have put their letters in.“
She speculated that there were around 46 letters of no confidence in, two shy of the number needed to force a vote in Mrs May’s leadership, and added: „I know of key people holding their letters back.“
Conservative critics of Theresa May’s Brexit strategy are struggling to gather enough support to force a vote of no-confidence in her leadership.
The so-called “pizza plot” by five pro-Brexit Cabinet ministers to press Mrs May to take a tougher stance with Brussels also appeared to be fading.
In einem Interview mit dem Sender Sky News sagte die konservative Politikerin, ihrer Kenntnis nach seien nicht genügend Stimmen aus ihrer Partei zusammengekommen, um ein solches Verfahren einzuleiten. Mindestens 48 Stimmen sind nötig, um ein parteiinternes Misstrauensvotum zu ermöglichen.
He said he personally believed a ballot would not be “helpful” as he refused to be drawn on how close to the magic number of 48 letters he was and insisted he was the only person who knew, with even his wife being kept in the dark.
Sun 18 Nov 2018 11.02 GMT
First published on Sun 18 Nov 2018 08.39 GMT
PM says she will meet Juncker to discuss future relationships as she says as far as she knows the 48 letter limit for no confidence vote has not been reached
He’s the chair of the 1922 Committee, and is in charge of counting the number of letters Tory MPs have written calling for a vote of no-confidence in her leadership.
If that figure reaches 48 (or 15% of the Parliamentary party), he’s expected to visit Number 10 to inform the Prime Minister in person that she’s facing a challenge to her leadership.
So people are understandably interested in his whereabouts.
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– but he’s not happy with May’s deal
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So far Sir Graham Brady, chair of the backbench 1922 committee who is responsible for declaring that moment, has made no public comment.
It is unclear whether Number 10’s frenetic efforts this weekend are intended to prevent the number of letters getting to 48, or to ensure the prime minister can get the backing of the 150 Tory MPs she would need to win a confidence vote – either way, the fight is on.
Ms Dorries added: „MPs will think to themselves, ‚If I vote to keep the prime minister in place she’s going to be there for the next 12 months when anything could happen, is that what I want?‘ And I think most MPs will vote ’no‘.“
She defended her description of the Brexit deal as leaving the UK as „slaves“ to the EU.
„I would call us a vassal state, an empty state, I’d call it serfdom, it’s appalling,“ Ms Dorries said.
(24.10.2018) Theresa May’s invitation to speak to the members of the 1922 Committee at 5pm today has been the centre of fevered speculation. What everyone knows — it has been repeated ad nauseam in recent weeks — is that a vote of no-confidence in the Prime Minister is triggered when 15 per cent of Tory MPs write a letter to the 1922 Committee chairman Sir Graham Brady. Currently it would take 48 letters to be submitted. Brady alone knows how many letters are received — despite endless press reports of it being “close”.
Mr Baker: „They will tell you they have put in letters in when they haven’t, they will take them out and not tell you they have them put them out , they will say they have submitted them when they haven’t, and so forth.“
It is to Brady that Conservative MPs must send letters of no confidence if they wish to formally trigger a challenge to May’s leadership. For this to happen at least 15% of Tory MPs must do this, making a current threshold of 48.
Once the threshold is passed Sir Graham is obliged to begin the vote as soon as possible.
If the prime minister survives the vote and sees off a leadership challenge, she would be rewarded with a year’s immunity from a fresh coup attempt.
The true number of letters that have been sent in is almost certainly higher. There is no obligation for MPs to disclose whether they have sent in letters to the chairman of the party’s backbench 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady.