It’s the classic small party dilemma – do you accept recruits and defectors, even when they come with baggage?
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We seem to be heading back towards where British politics was between 2005 and 2015: in other words, towards more of a three or four or perhaps more party system.
Plus: I’m still backing Brexit. The Independent Group’s Tory targets. And: it’s a disgrace that public money is being spent on the European elections.
David Shiels: European Parliamentary elections would pose problems for the main parties. But especially for the Conservatives.
New polling for Open Europe shows that the Tories have special reason to be wary of this consequence of a long extension.
This isn’t even that event of journalistic legend – small earthquake, not many dead. It is a tremor that barely registers on the seismograph.
Also: May cites absurd fears about ‘direct rule’ to justify abandonment of No Deal; Tory rebels wooed separatist votes; and polls open in Newport West.
At the same time, my research shows some of the hurdles any theoretical new movement will have to cross if it is to survive contact with reality.
Also: Eleven candidates prepare to fight Newport West by-election; Trimble hints that backstop changes could be enough; and more.
Cooper/Letwin is back, supported by Labour and Tory Europhiles as well as the Liberal Democrats, the Independent Group, and Scottish and Welsh nationalists.
There’s a Conservative/Labour/Democratic Unionist push to rule out a second referendum and Benn leads the charge for Cooper/Letwin.
In addition to ‘Malthouse II’ and the Spelman/Dromey Amendment are several tabled by the Independent Group and nationalist parties.
It is neo-colonialist for MPs to attempt to do otherwise in relation to Crown Dependencies – and the attempt should be resisted.
Davidson has parked the Conservatives there – and the emergence of the Independent Group opens up new opportunities.
How a note to May this morning about a deal, the meaningful vote, extension and future Brexit policy options might read. Plus a possible general election…
Iain Dale: Were it not for Churchill, McDonnell might be speaking German. And so could the rest of us.
Plus: Up, up and away – HS2’s costs. Staying down – LibDem poll ratings. Stuck where they are – Labour’s.