Tag Archives: Conservative Party

UK: 40 Conservative MPs sign letter of no confidence in May

Source: Yomiuri Shumbun [Japan]

“Forty British members of Parliament from Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party have agreed to sign a letter of no-confidence in her, The Sunday Times newspaper reported. That is eight short of the number needed to trigger a party leadership contest, the mechanism through which May could be forced from office and replaced by another Conservative. May has been struggling to maintain her authority over her party since a snap election on June 8, which she called thinking she would win by a wide margin but instead resulted in her losing her parliamentary majority. … In the event of a leadership contest, if a challenger defeated May he or she would take over as Conservative leader and as prime minister.” (11/13/17)

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004064159

No one can save the Tories

Source: spiked
by Tom Slater

“Everywhere you look you see a party bereft of vision. In her conference speech, May joined the chorus of Tories saying the party needed to remake the case for the free market, in response to the Corbyn surge. In the next breath, she announced plans for energy price caps. For all the talk of neoliberalism reigning since Thatcher, few in the supposed party of capitalism, let alone the country at large, truly believe in it. Then there’s the Tory Brexit paradox. Yes, it is today the more consistently Eurosceptic party. But the Brexit revolt expressed a democratic, populist fervour that was far more profound than most Tory MPs’ narrow economic gripes with Brussels. … The last few weeks of broadsheet tittle-tattle and political melodrama has only confirmed that the Tory Party has no idea what it stands for or who it represents.” (10/09/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/no-one-can-save-the-tories/

Can the UK’s Jacob Rees-Mogg put the Conservatives back on track?

Source: Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Kai Weiss

“What has happened in British politics in the last year has to be one of the most shocking turnarounds in history. After Brexit, the Tories seemed unstoppable, while Labour with Jeremy Corbyn at the helm seemed close to falling apart — some even predicted the end of the party. Despite an absolutely horrendous campaign by the Conservatives for the June election, they still seemed confident that they could easily get the majority again and even increase their lead. Then June 8 came around and changed everything.” (08/02/17)

https://mises.org/blog/can-uks-jacob-rees-mogg-put-conservatives-back-track

The Tories were never the party of Brexit

Source: spiked
by Tom Slater

“If you need any more proof that the Tories aren’t the party of Brexit, that the old party of the establishment is fundamentally ill-equipped to see through the most radical vote for generations, then this weekend’s revelations about cabinet infighting should have put you straight. A series of remarkable leaks, to the Sun and The Sunday Times, revealed a government lacking not just authority, but basic discipline and shared mission. … PM May is incapable of keeping her top team in-line and disagreements over Brexit, public-sector pay and the suitability of women to drive trains are just proxies for the opening qualifiers of the inevitable leadership beauty contest to come. But these problems run much deeper. The Tory Party is bitterly divided on Brexit, and always has been.” (07/17/17)

http://www.spiked-online.com/newsite/article/the-tories-were-never-the-party-of-brexit/

UK: May’s Tories seal governing deal with DUP

Source: Bloomberg

“Prime Minister Theresa May kept her grip on power by reaching a deal with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, which will support her minority government in key votes in the U.K. Parliament. Broadcasters aired footage of Conservative Chief Whip Gavin Williamson and the DUP’s Jeffrey Donaldson, the party’s longest-serving member of the Westminster Parliament, signing the accord and shaking hands. … The so-called confidence and supply agreement caps 17 days of discussions after the Conservatives unexpectedly lost their parliamentary majority in this month’s snap election. With May relying on the DUP’s 10 lawmakers to win votes in the House of Commons, talks have centered on extra money for Northern Ireland and plans for the U.K.’s exit from the European Union.” (06/26/17)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-06-26/may-seals-u-k-governing-deal-with-northern-ireland-s-dup

UK: May brings back foe, aiming to unite party before Brexit

Source: Reuters

“Prime Minister Theresa May reappointed most of her ministers on Sunday but brought a Brexit campaigner and party rival into government to try to unite her Conservatives after a disastrous election sapped her authority, days before Brexit talks begin. The 60-year-old leader said she had tapped experience across the ‘whole of the Conservative Party’ when she appointed Michael Gove, a long-serving cabinet minister who had clashed with May when she was home secretary, as agriculture minister.” (06/11/17)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-election-idUSKBN19208I

UK: Brexit thrown into doubt as May’s election gamble backfires

Source: Independent [UK]

“British politics and Brexit are in disarray after all the signs suggested Theresa May’s election gamble has gone catastrophically wrong. Updated forecasts indicated the country heading for a hung parliament, with Tories admitting the result would blow the Prime Minister’s Brexit strategy to pieces. Ms May’s position was also in question with Labour calling for her to quit and senior Tories distancing themselves from the leader, amid reports of potential successors on manoeuvres. … Ms May would have the right to try and form a coalition first if the Tories are the biggest party, but with rivals ruling out a deal it looks unlikely. Any attempt to rule with a minority would leave her in an impossibly difficult position — needing the votes of parties who have roundly rejected her approach to Brexit.” (06/08/17)

http://www.independent.co.uk/News/uk/politics/election-results-brexit-doubt-theresa-may-gamble-backfires-what-happens-next-a7780566.html

Theresa May: The mummy dissolves?

Source: Libertarian Alliance
by Sean Gabb

“Because Jeremy Corbyn is hated by virtually the whole of the political and media class, she was cried up, through her first ten months in office, as some kind of political giant. She was urged into calling the present election, because everyone important thought it would be a disaster for Mr Corbyn. She obviously believed what she was told, and spent the first week of the campaign smirking at the prospect of a three-figure majority. Then, even the combined BBC and media oligarchs were unable to prevent us from taking a good look at the woman, and concluding that she was probably unfit to run a jumble sale. I doubt she will lose. Bad as she is, she is our best chance of leaving the European Union, and that will surely be enough to get the Conservatives another majority. The prospect of a Labour-Scottish Nationalist coalition may also bring out the votes in England. But, unless the opinion polls are more unreliable than usual, she will emerge from this election personally humiliated.” (06/07/17)

https://thelibertarianalliance.com/2017/06/07/theresa-may-the-mummy-dissolves/

UK: Corbin to debate; May runs and hides behind Rudd

Source: Sky News [UK]

“Jeremy Corbyn has announced he will take part in a live TV General Election debate tonight and challenged Theresa May to join him. The Labour leader will join the leaders of the Liberal Democrats, UKIP, the Green Party and Plaid Cymru, and the SNP’s leader at Westminster, at the BBC event, which has been boycotted by the Prime Minister. The Tories are to be represented by Home Secretary Amber Rudd, after Mrs May made clear that she would not take part in a face-to-face showdown with any other party leaders during the campaign.” (05/31/17)

http://news.sky.com/story/jeremy-corbyn-to-take-part-in-live-tv-debate-10899431

UK: May ditches manifesto plan with “dementia tax” U-turn

Source: The Guardian [UK]

“Theresa May has said that a Conservative government would set an ‘absolute limit’ on the amount that people pay for social care, in a U-turn on plans included in her party’s election manifesto last week. The prime minister claimed that the inclusion of a cap, which comes after even supportive newspapers dubbed the plans a ‘dementia tax’ triggering days of backlash, was simply a clarification. … The announcement triggered claims of ‘chaos, confusion and indecision’ from Labour while the Lib Dems said it represented a ‘manifesto meltdown.’ … The Tory manifesto included plans to include a person’s property in the means test used to assess payments for social care within the home. It set a floor of £100,000 and promised that a family home would never need to be sold in a person’s lifetime. However, the policy caused anger because it meant that offspring would be forced to cover the cost, with many needing to sell their parents’ home to do so.” (05/22/17)

https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/may/22/theresa-may-u-turn-on-dementia-tax-cap-social-care-conservative-manifesto