“I cannot defend this, and I cannot vote for this deal. I could not look my constituents in the eye were I to do that. I therefore have no alternative but to resign…”
“No democratic nation has ever signed up to be bound by such an extensive regime, imposed externally without any democratic control… nor the ability to decide to exit”.
The Government has almost certainly lost the DUP – and its majority. Was this sufficiently stressed round the table yesterday?
A mere seven pages rather than the three-figure total for the Withdrawal Agreement. Ambiguity reigns.
It’s 585 pages in all. The arbitration section runs from page 281 to page 295. The Northern Ireland protocal covers pages 302 to 311.
While Andrew Jones returns as an Under-Secretary to the department from which he was removed as an Under-Secretary.
“Unlike the previous political declarations, the scope for delay, fudge or obscurantist language has passed. This is now a time for clarity and plain speaking.”
Meanwhile, the Government has quietly been appointing more trade emissaries during the last few months.
“Over just the last year, emergency admissions at A&E have increased by 6.6 per cent. This rate of growth of demand is simply unsustainable.”
The party has selected a local candidate to win back what was one of only a few Conservative footholds in the North East.
“Now we have reached a defining moment on this, long, hard journey. Opening a new chapter in our country’s economic history.”
With strong local connections and potentially years to campaign, she likely has a strong chance of overturning Labour’s narrow majority.
Two more associations in target seats, both won from Labour in 2010 only to be lost again last year, have chosen their would-be MPs.
He won out over Cllr Helen Harrison and Clarence Mitchell. The Labour majority is 607, and the possibility of a by-election looms.