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Downing Street confirms Coffee House scoop on Cabinet row

4 March 2014

1:24 PM

4 March 2014

1:24 PM

As James exclusively revealed on Coffee House this morning, an ambush took place at this morning’s Cabinet meeting on legislation for an EU referendum and recall of MPs. Downing Street confirmed this at today’s lobby briefing, with the Prime Minister’s official spokesman saying that:

‘I don’t think it’s any secret that Conservative members of the Cabinet would want to see an EU referendum bill, and that point was made. With regard to recall, well of course we don’t… try to pre-brief the Queen’s speech… but the Prime Minister made clear his commitment to introducing that.’

The spokesman said he didn’t accept the premise that the Prime Minister had changed his mind on introducing the recall bill, adding that ‘the Prime Minister has always been clear that it’s part of the Coalition agreement, there was a draft bill that was published, that has long reflected the PM’s view.’

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  • James Allen

    Er, fascinating, Isabel….

    Isn’t it interesting that the real opposition in this country (as opposed to the meaningless shadow-puppetry going on in Downing St) is now being provided by Nigel Farage and UKIP?? One man is apparently capable of holding an entire government to account (says it all about our modern political class, doesn’t it?).

    No peep from Labour these days; Clegg et al are in bed with Cameron. The Tory right is silent for fear of losing their seats. But UKIP is loud and proud on the key issues of the day – agree or disagree with their point-of-view. And isn’t it actually rather good for the Tories that the real opposition these days is coming from the right? In other words, UKIP has shifted the debate on a whole range of issues away from the centrist consensus and towards the right-wing….

    Shouldn’t we be dancing in the streets?

  • dalai guevara

    Zac will be pleased as he is now rehabilitated.

  • southerner

    More fake differentiation between the limp cons.
    Not really worth Liz getting dressed up and coming down to Westminster is there?

  • CharlietheChump

    From the little we have heard about recall proposals from this coalition they are definitely NOT acceptable, involving a secret committee at Westminster, another political stitch up.
    Recall HAS to be locally generated with a stated majority set, piggybacking on local, EU or National elections to save time and money and SW1 has to keep it’s dirty hands off.

  • Smithersjones2013

    More posturing gesture politics from the Tories in an attempt to placate democrats and eurosceptics. The Libdems and Labour will vote against a referendum bill and presumably they don’t want the recall bill either (else what is the problem?). So neither will become legislation.

    Of course it will be entertaining stuff with all the spoiler amendments and talk of rebellions and splits. Considering that one has to wonder whether it actually provides any benefit for the Tories.

  • Bert3000

    The conservatives are playing silly games as their ship goes down. The ‘fiercely eurosceptic’ Hague has already lost one election this way and should know better. Meanwhile his second rate posturing on Ukraine is reminding the British people what a great place Brussels is to have a seat of government. Let’s just close Westminster down and stop listening to rumours from spokesmen who haven’t even got the balls to put their own names on them.

    • Colonel Mustard

      ‘Seat’ of government being the operative word although I can think of another collective term for backside (much used by Taki) or rather its central cavity that would better describe the mediocre socialist bureaucracy in Brussels.

  • HookesLaw

    Your post seems to be attracting more gobbledygook than usual.

    A referendum bill for this parliament was not in the coalition agreement because the LDs would not have agreed to it and there were more important things wrong with the UK economy.
    Furthermore there is no majority in parliament for one.
    The PM has put forward a clear and sensible proposition and timetable for a referendum. If nutjobs persist and split the right wing vote then they will never get a referendum. Like in America the loony toon tea-party kipperesque nutjobs will only succeed in gifting power to left wingers.

    • Alexsandr

      The limp dems were in favour of a referendum until they got in coalition. Hooky, tell your mates in the cabinet to firmly blame the limp dems for failing to have a referendum this parliament. If what hookey says is true in that we need tory votes to not get labour, then they have to put the boot in lib/lab better.
      But then maybe the present tories in the cabinet don’t want a referendum at all….

    • Smithersjones2013

      A referendum bill for this parliament was not in the coalition agreement
      because the LDs would not have agreed to it and there were more
      important things wrong with the UK economy.

      Well if they couldn’t negotiate a referendum out of the Libdems what chance they can negotiate any worthwhile repatriation of powers from the other 27 members of the EU? None, Non, Zero, Nil Point!

      By the way I see you have gone native again and put your tin-foil hat back on (no UKIP are not in cahoots with Labour as you regularly imply). Don’t bother with a response I already know what it is:

      chunter chunter nutjobs, chunter chunter ignorance chunter chunter loony chunter chunter

      You should be careful. You keep obsessing over the wrong party (all the UKIP vote would not compensate for the loss of Libdem support to Labour) and eventually you will have a breakdown……..

    • an ex-tory voter

      There will certainly never be one with “the heir to Blair” remains party leader. Bring on Boris with him at least you might stand a remote chance 🙂

    • the viceroy’s gin

      …you Camerluvvies are already left wingers, darling.

  • Noa

    Misread it as “…Coffee House Coup on Cabinet row”.
    Sighs, the triumph of hope over expectation.

  • Alexsandr

    why not have the referendum this year?
    simple question ‘Do you wish GB to withdraw from the EU?’

    • Denis_Cooper

      Because the Tories failed to win the 2010 general election, and then they somehow forgot to put anything at all about holding any kind of EU referendum during this Parliament into the coalition agreement – I don’t know how on earth that happened, it must have been an oversight on the part of the fiercely eurosceptic Hague – and now the nasty LibDems wouldn’t allow them to have one even if they wanted one, which of course they don’t but they have to pretend that they do.

    • telemachus

      Monumentally ignorant question
      The same reason the prospective date was pushed back to 2017
      The LibDems oppose it
      There are of course times when it is correct to say LibDems done good

      • Alexsandr

        yes we know what lefties think about democracy. anything but let the people have a say, in case they give the wrong answer.

        • telemachus

          The people spoke when they delivered the coalition
          They will speak again in 15 months and ditch both coalition parties from office

          • Alexsandr

            2010 was a sham. the issues then, as now were immigration and the EU. None of the liblabcon offered any alternative.
            and coalitions are not voted for. they come about in grubby deals between politicians thwarting the will of the people.

            • telemachus

              You are wrong
              Coalitions come about when the people do not want to give any particular party a mandate
              The tragedy of 2010 was that at that time the people could not quite see what was in truth in their best interests, namely to let Gordon continue the magnificent rescue from the tragedy of US subprime

              • Alexsandr

                ‘Gordon continue the magnificent rescue from the tragedy of US subprime’ That is priceless. Nearly squirted coffee over my laptop. tee hee.

                • telemachus

                  Instead as you seem to agree we got quite the most competent administration since Ted Heath

                • Alexsandr

                  i do not think the current lot are good. but they are way way better then the illiterate Mr b0110cks, the nerdy useless millipede, the paedophile loving mrs Dromey and all the other jokers on the opposition benches.

                • telemachus

                  We need to get back to excitement I politics
                  I am bored by grey Osborne and Clegg
                  Let’s get Ed Balls, Yvette, Andy Burnham, Angela Eagle and a host more of the charismatic team to re-engender faith in our political system

                • Hexhamgeezer

                  That’s not a Cabinet. It’s an episode of the Muppets.

                • telemachus

                  But an exciting charismatic team

                • Nicholas chuzzlewit

                  No a rabble of incompetents whose only interest is in forcing people to do what they want them to do. A talentless gaggle of idiots with Balls as chief idiot.

                • telemachus

                  No a team with ideas but more importantly a team that cares about the disadvantaged of our society
                  When I look into Osborne’s eyes I see disingenuous shiftiness
                  On the other hand you feel the sincerity of Balls and Osborne

                • Nicholas chuzzlewit

                  But you are a Labour party troll eager to force oppression and misery on the people of this country whilst advocating a philosophy of mediocrity and failure. Ed Balls is the perfect incarnation of the rancid filth of socialism and its loathing of democracy and freedom of speech.

                • telemachus

                  The Coaltion faces are very tired
                  Folks want and need a change
                  Ed Balls has that rare quality of making you smile and feel good

                • Nicholas chuzzlewit

                  No he is an emetic scumbag whose existence is a blight on this country. He is co-author of the greatest financial crisis ever to befall this country and as an amoral, incompetent oaf should never be trusted with public office. I realise you write this rubbish simply as a troll and to get a rise out of right-of-centre contributors, but it is, nevertheless, important that your rubbish is always thoroughly rebutted.

                • telemachus

                  I do not wish to do anything in relation to Ed Balls than point to the breath of fresh air he brings to British Politics

                • Nicholas chuzzlewit

                  There is no fresh air tio be had from that piece of amoral filth, only the foul stench of socialist hypocrisy and incompetence.

                • Hexhamgeezer

                  Manamana…… doo be doodoo Manamana..

          • JackyTreehorn

            “The people spoke when they delivered the coalition”
            Oh come on, you don’t really believe that do you?
            One thing I personally believe in is that one should be honest to oneself.
            I couldn’t look myself in the mirror if I came out with a statement like that. But then I’m not a “ends justify the means” lefty.

  • Colonel Mustard

    Mmmm. A Coffee House scoop sounds rather nice. Can I have a Flake and hundreds and thousands with mine please?

    • ButcombeMan

      But it was not a true “scoop” it was deliberate leak with this organ being used to leak it.

      Crosby’s idea?

      • Colonel Mustard

        Dunno, but I don’t associate Hardman with Cameroon leaks and pre-briefings since she is apparently a chum of telemanky with whom he discusses whether I should be ‘proscribed’.

  • allymax bruce

    Nice one, Isabel; great timing!
    The pressure is mounting on the EU; change will happen.

  • itdoesntaddup

    The PM’s view of recall is not quite the same as Zac’s, which is to be preferred. The same is true of the referendum bill.