Plus: Anti-smoking nannies. A part in Salmond’s downfall. Labour’s anti-UKIP plan (lack of). Thatcher tribute. And: Shapps doesn’t chose chaps.
Posts Tagged: Grant Shapps MP
From Reggie to Dessie: Do we MPs eat and drink too much, fail to get enough exercise and fantasise about sex?
You, Dessie, are fighting fit with all that swimming in the Serpentine, bike riding and tennis. Soames and I admire you from the lounge bar.
What keeps us coming back is friendship and loyalty. Now let’s press on to next year’s election.
Plus: Our conference survey shows members are less concerned about conference costs, but more disillusioned with the leadership.
Plus: Determined, Bewildered, Despondent, Ecstatic…IDS adapts his Work Programme categories for Conservative MPs
The Conservatives are the only party committed to abolishing the “15 year” rule which prevents expats from voting in the UK. That’s something to celebrate.
Interview: Carswell – The Tory leadership views the Conservatives as “the property of a small clique, not a mass movement”
“I agree with a huge amount of things the Conservative Party stands for. And its activists and most of its MPs believe in the things I believe in.”
And this week’s column contains a mystery closing message to the Prime Minister.
The Opposition just broke a golden rule of communications and gave the Tories a helping hand.
The number of full-time Conservative members registered with the Electoral Commission for last year is 43,635
Last year, it was roughly 59,000 – but one should be very wary of concluding that there has therefore been a fall in the real figure (which will be much higher).
The Conservative Party is starting to value its activists again
People don’t talk about Eastleigh much – but it should loom large in our minds.
Hundreds of activists will descend on the constituency to help deliver victory. Would you like to be one of them?
Four principles for the shift when it comes.
Just as selections become more local, the by-election machine places more demands on candidates nationally.