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Bad boy Brady dodges Newark campaign duty

9 June 2014

2:53 PM

9 June 2014

2:53 PM

It’s safe to say that the Tories are very pleased with their ground effort in last week’s Newark by-election, with praise heaped on those that put the hard slog in:

From: Government Chief Whip

Subject: Newark UPDATE

Dear Colleague,

Many thanks to the 86 colleagues who have made at least three trips to Newark (and in several cases, many more):

Adams; Afriyie; Arbuthnot; Baldwin; Barclay; Blackwood; Blunt; Boles; Bradley; Burns C; Byles; Cairns; Cameron; Carmichael; Clappison; Clarke K; Colville; de Bois; Duddridge; IDS; Duncan; Ellis; Ellwood; Elphicke; Evennett; Fabricant; Francois; Freer; Garnier E; Goodwill; Gove; Grayling; Green; Greening; Grieve; Gyimah; Hague; Halfon; Hammond P; Hands; Harper; Hayes; Heald; Hollingbery; Hopkins; Hunt; Jackson; James; Javid; Jones A; Jones D; Jones M; Knight; Lansley; Letwin; Lewis B; Maude; McCartney K; McLoughlin; Milton; Morgan; Murrison; Newton; Norman; Opperman; Osborne; Paterson; Penrose; Phillips; Pickles; Rudd; Shelbrooke; Simmonds; Skidmore; Smith C; Smith J; Soubry; Spencer; Swayne; Truss; Uppal; Vaizey; Vara; Villiers; Willetts; Young.

Eighty six does sound like an impressive number, but a closer look at the list of names shows that it’s mostly made up from the payroll vote – from the PM down to humble Parliamentary Private Secretaries. All of whom were under strict orders to attend three times, with very few backbenchers following suit. Was Graham Brady, Chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee, leading by example? Mr S hears the long-time Cameron critic failed to make it to the by-election front-line even once. It’s fair to say this has not enamoured him to the leadership, who are already deeply suspicious of the affable member for Altrincham.

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  • sonia

    Hello
    Thank you very Khvbtvn Terrific really liked the Sayttvn

    درب اتوماتیک

    تور چین

    لمپوست بنر

    لمپوست بنر

  • sonia

    I am favour because I don’t think Labour could ever win a majority again if Scotland leaves the Union.

    کرکره برقی

    درب اتوماتیک

    کرکره برقی

  • mamali

    I am favour because I don’t think Labour could ever win a majority again if Scotland leaves the Union.

    کرکره برقی
    درب اتوماتیک

  • arezoo

    I am favour because I don’t think Labour could ever win a majority again if Scotland leaves the Union.

    سایپا


    کرکره برقی

    طراحی نمای ساختمان

  • sara

    Broken divided dysfunctional Tories……
    کار در ترکیه
    درب ضد سرقت چینی

  • sara

    The next sentence says who couldn’t get there in person made phone calls instead.

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    عکس سگ

  • sara

    86 Tories, plus Cameron, descended on Newark multiple times in a Tory safe seat

    راهبند اتوماتیکزومر – <a – نمایندگی سایپا

  • shiva

    I am favour because I don’t think Labour could ever win a majority again if Scotland leaves the Union.
    پارتیشنپارتیشن اداریدرب اتوماتیککرکره برقی

  • Cyril Sneer

    86 Tories, plus Cameron, descended on Newark multiple times in a Tory safe seat and the Tories still lose half their vote.

    Fact.

  • Denis_Cooper

    It would be interesting to see what happened if almost all the mass media joined in with a campaign to vilify the Tory party or the Labour party, in the same way there has been a campaign to vilify UKIP.

  • Smithersjones2013

    So 218 MP’s (71%) didn’t do as Dave’s lapdog Shapps told them. Tut, tut, tut, Broken dovided dysfunctional Tories……I wonder how many didn’t go at all?

    Of course 20% those who did do as Dave said is not a bad bet for the Tory vote share next year……..

  • HookesLaw

    What a heartbreak for all you kippers, and with so many of the electorate clearly deciding on the party they did not want to win and voting for the party best placed to defeat it.
    All in all a very interesting result.

    • Smithersjones2013

      Indeed UKIP up 22% on their vote share, 15.5% swing from Tory to UKIP and all on a half decent turnout as well. If UKIP do that in the general election the streets will be awash with the detritus of mown down Tory MP’s. (if you are lucky all the thick ones you don’t like)…..

      Shapp’s ‘Roadkill 2015’ project will have come to its full fruition

  • Wessex Man

    I have in my hand, well on the desk next to me, a communique from Tory leader David Cameron, sadly forwarded to me by mistake by a friend WE DID THIS AS A TEAM.

    In which he thanks Conservative supporters from all over the country who vounteered to come to Newark to knock on doors and talk to people on the issues that really matter to them and their families ( excuse me whilst I am sick).

    The next sentence says who couldn’t get there in person made phone calls instead.

    No wonder I could never get of my friend on the phone! How pathetic, they are not going to be able to pull the faithful all over the country in the GE, what’s he going to do then?

  • Grey Wolf

    What a deployment!! The Tories were scared out of their effing wits, weren’t they? Look at that. And all that they managed was a majority of 7K.

    Well done UKIP. Every reason for you to be proud of your campaign.

  • George_Arseborne

    Will this deployment continue in 2015 when all the seats are up for grasp? Newark was safe, why spent that much? Well panic Davd could not be complacent. Yet with all these resources poured in the result was a reduced majority

    • global city

      The numbers helped the MSM to parrot the Tory narrative without being seen as the toadies most of them are…… for a while.

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