Deadhead MPs, An Occasional Series: the Selaine Saxby story

Foreword The General Election of 2019 has washed up an almost embarrassing number of new deadhead MPs onto my golden shore. I have now an even wider choice than heretofore. Out of that mass, I have now chosen Selaine Saxby [Con, North Devon]. I have to admit that I had never heard of Selaine Saxby … Continue reading Deadhead MPs, An Occasional Series: the Selaine Saxby story

Deadhead MPs, An Occasional Series: The Nigel Evans Story

🎙️"These are the roll over deals, these are the easy ones" 🗣️"We are going to do trade deals all over the world" 🎙️"It's time to face the facts" Conservative MP @Nigelmp and @EmmaBarnett on trade deals after a no deal Brexit 📲Read more https://t.co/oieU82brxy pic.twitter.com/roHEoJoOHv — BBC Radio 5 Live (@bbc5live) October 8, 2019 The … Continue reading Deadhead MPs, An Occasional Series: The Nigel Evans Story

Deadhead MPs, An Occasional Series: The Karen Bradley Story

Although there are lots of people in Northern Ireland who are concerned about the future under Boris Johnson, his decision to sack Karen Bradley will be universally welcomed. It is rare to achieve such widespread cross-community consensus on anything in Northern Ireland. pic.twitter.com/ziZmJxW0bv — Sam McBride (@SJAMcBride) July 24, 2019 Karen Bradley is the Conservative … Continue reading Deadhead MPs, An Occasional Series: The Karen Bradley Story

Deadhead MPs, An Occasional Series: The Esther McVey Story

I was intending to write this examination of Esther McVey some months ago. Now here we are, almost in October, and the Conservative Party Conference is on. Looking at Twitter, I noticed some amusing things, one of which was the following tweet about thick-as-two-short-planks Esther, here seen both trying to orate and trying to seem … Continue reading Deadhead MPs, An Occasional Series: The Esther McVey Story

Deadhead MPs, An Occasional Series: The Therese Coffey Story

  Some Tory MP's feel picked on for being shamed for stealing £30 a week from cancer sufferers. So here's ALL of them. pic.twitter.com/DxMor8CdXe — Rachael Swindon (@Rachael_Swindon) March 13, 2016 It will be noted that among the names on the above list is that of Therese Coffey MP [Con, Suffolk Coastal], recently appointed as … Continue reading Deadhead MPs, An Occasional Series: The Therese Coffey Story

Deadhead MPs, An Occasional Series: The Matt Hancock Story

I saw this piece by journalist and former Cameron-Levita speechwriter Ian Birrell, sometimes seen on the TV newspaper reviews: https://inews.co.uk/opinion/one-nation-toryism-has-died-a-brutal-death/ Ian Birrell’s view of Matt Hancock “It would be a brave person who picked out the politician that has most debased themselves since the Brexit debacle exploded. But among the favourites in this crowded field … Continue reading Deadhead MPs, An Occasional Series: The Matt Hancock Story

Deadhead MPs, An Occasional Series: the Jared O’Mara Story

Jared O’Mara [Lab, Sheffield Hallam] finds his way to these pages not, as have previous MPs so honoured, merely by being stupid or ignorant (sometimes and in fact usually combined with arrogance and dishonesty) but by expressing his mental and physical afflictions through his behaviour. I suppose that most people feel, or feel that they … Continue reading Deadhead MPs, An Occasional Series: the Jared O’Mara Story

Deadhead MPs, An Occasional Series: The Jess Phillips Story

Apologia So here we are again, in the “deadhead MPs” zone. The problem I have is that so very many MPs are now deadheads, meaning MPs who fall below the bar even for mediocrity. Mediocrity alone does not qualify an MP to be immortalized here. The MP must be outstandingly poor. How to say where … Continue reading Deadhead MPs, An Occasional Series: The Jess Phillips Story

Deadhead MPs, An Occasional Series: The Gavin Williamson Story

Introduction I had meant “Deadhead MPs” to be indeed “occasional” in these blog pages, but the “democratic” deadheads are so prevalent now, and so prone to getting themselves into trouble and into the newspapers, that I have had to write more often about them than I had at first intended. Gavin Williamson’s background So we … Continue reading Deadhead MPs, An Occasional Series: The Gavin Williamson Story

Deadhead MPs, An Occasional Series: The Justin Tomlinson Story

Background Here, in my occasional series about those I am pleased to call “deadhead MPs”, I now feature Justin Tomlinson MP [Con, North Swindon]. Tomlinson is unique —so far— in terms of this series, in that he has actually achieved junior ministerial rank (appointed junior minister at the DWP). [*Note: I have previously written about … Continue reading Deadhead MPs, An Occasional Series: The Justin Tomlinson Story