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No Tory MPs voted positively on climate issues since party took power, study finds | Climate crisis

No Tory MPs voted positively on climate issues since party took power, study finds | Climate crisis

[ad_1] No elected Tory MPs have been rated as voting positively on climate issues, under a survey of parliamentary voting patterns since the Conservatives took power in 2010. Only a single sitting Conservative was rated as “good” on climate votes in the ranking, but that was Lisa Cameron, the MP for East Kilbride, who defected from the Scottish National Party in October. The analysis of voting patterns by VoteClimate, an organisation set up to inform UK voters on how to cast their ballots for maximum impact on climate policy, examined all of the votes in parliament since 2010 on energy, transport, finance, housing and other issues that have an impact on the climate crisis. Labour and the Liberal Democrats dominated the list of MPs rated “very good” on the climate, for their votes on a wide range of legislation, from fracking to the burning of upland peat. MPs were awarded points for their positive votes, minus points for those that had a negative impact on the climate, and this was divided by the number of …

BBC Question Time’s Verdict On Ex-Tory MP’s Defection To Labour

BBC Question Time’s Verdict On Ex-Tory MP’s Defection To Labour

[ad_1] The BBC Question Time audience had a pretty stark take about whether or not new Labour MP Natalie Elphicke will be an asset to the party after she defected from the Tories this week. Before she crossed the floor, Elphicke was considered to be on the right of the Conservative Party and is known for her controversial views on migration. Keir Starmer’s decision to welcome her to his party has raised more than a few eyebrows. Question Time host Fiona Bruce asked the crowd Thursday evening: “In the interest of balance, [can I ask] whether anyone thinks Natalie Elphicke will be an asset to the Labour Party?” The room remained eerily quiet, with not one single hand was up. “OK, not a hand has gone up,” Bruce noted – before triggering a wave of laughter in the room by mistakenly thinking one person had, in fact, raised their hand. However, Labour frontbencher Lisa Nandy played down the possible negative consequences of Elphicke’s defection. She told the audience she was primarily worried about the cost …

Keir Starmer should be embracing the Tories’ disgruntled voters – not their turncoat MPs | Polly Toynbee

Keir Starmer should be embracing the Tories’ disgruntled voters – not their turncoat MPs | Polly Toynbee

[ad_1] No, no, this is an uncharacteristic mistake. Keir Starmer’s welcoming hand on Natalie Elphicke’s shoulder is a picture his enemies will relish as proof he was never really a Labour man. Where was the steadying hand of a Pat McFadden or Sue Gray to make him stop and think: just say no? It is easy to see how, in the hectic frenzy of 24-hour Westminster, the astonishing gift of the most comically unlikely MP crossing the floor at PMQs looked irresistible. The wow factor was a great theatrical coup, a sugar-rush of triumph. God knows what’s in it for her; some revenge for an unknown slight? Or a last-minute bid to dissociate herself from her nasty party? Maybe she’s just part of the great chicken run of “gissa job” Tory MPs clambering off before the Tory ship goes under. The notion that she’s defecting because Rishi Sunak has abandoned the centre ground, as she claimed, is laughable. She belonged to the Common Sense faction of Conservative MPs, one of the most rightwing cabals of …

Sophy Ridge Skewers Minister With 1 Gut-Punching Point About Ex-Tory MP’s Defection To Labour

Sophy Ridge Skewers Minister With 1 Gut-Punching Point About Ex-Tory MP’s Defection To Labour

[ad_1] Sky News’ Sophy Ridge made a very good point when asking a government minister about Natalie Elphicke’s recent defection to Labour. The ex-Tory MP dramatically crossed the floor yesterday and released a statement accusing Rishi Sunak of “failing to keep our borders safe”. Elphicke was seen to be on the right of the Conservative Party and has repeatedly shared her hardline views about illegal immigration – while regularly criticising Labour’s own policies on immigration. Last night, science secretary Michelle Donelan said her defection to Labour over immigration was therefore “completely and utterly nonsensical”. “That’s the thing though isn’t it,” Ridge replied. “How bad does she think your plan is? She must think it’s really bad.” “I don’t think that’s about our plan at all,” Donelan said. Ridge replied: “Well it is, that’s what she said it’s about – that she doesn’t trust Rishi [Sunak] to deliver on illegal immigration. “She doesn’t think Labour’s plan is great, but she thinks yours is even worse.” The miniter said it was more about Elphicke’s judgement and that …

The Guardian view on MPs crossing the floor: a triumph of political theatre over substance | Editorial

The Guardian view on MPs crossing the floor: a triumph of political theatre over substance | Editorial

[ad_1] Surveying recent election losses, some Conservatives have concluded that the problem is a deficit of radical Conservatism – a prospectus defined by commitment to always cutting taxes, public spending and immigration. Natalie Elphicke would once have been considered a likely proponent of that approach, but on Wednesday the MP for Dover expressed her frustration with Rishi Sunak’s leadership by moving in a very different direction – to cross the Commons floor and join Labour. Ms Elphicke’s politics, rooted on the hard right of her former party, gave no indication of propensity for conversion to Keir Starmer’s creed. Setting policy differences aside, some Labour MPs are queasy about the concerted effort their new colleague put into supporting Charlie Elphicke, her predecessor in the Dover seat and now ex-husband, when he faced allegations of sexual assault – offences for which he was jailed. Ms Elphicke was among a group of MPs whose lobbying of a judge in the case was deemed a breach of the code of conduct by the parliamentary regulator. Had her defection not come with a …

What conspiracy theories are UK MPs being told to look out for? | House of Commons

What conspiracy theories are UK MPs being told to look out for? | House of Commons

[ad_1] MPs and election candidates are being provided with a guide on recognising conspiracy theories – ranging from false claims about 5G technology to others about vaccines and global organisations such as the International Monetary Fund. The guide was commissioned by Penny Mordaunt, the leader of the House of Commons, who launched it on Tuesday with the shadow leader, Lucy Powell, amid concern about the impact of conspiracies theories, in many cases with antisemitic overtones. Expert from the Antisemitism Policy Trust, Full Fact, Tell Mama, the Community Security Trust, the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), the Global Network on Extremism and Technology and the political analyst Arieh Kovler produced the guide, which provides examples of eight common conspiracies proliferating in the UK. Mordaunt described the proliferation as deeply disturbing, adding: “If they go unchallenged, we risk the public being conned and their wellbeing potentially damaged.” Colleagues of Mordaunt on the Conservative benches are among those who have flirted with at least one of the conspiracy theories identified – that an urban design principle sometimes referred …

“High Energy” Rishi Sunak Prepares Pep Talks For Gloomy Tory MPs

“High Energy” Rishi Sunak Prepares Pep Talks For Gloomy Tory MPs

[ad_1] Prime Minister Rishi Sunak with Crystal Palace Chairman Steve Parish in south London (Alamy) 2 min read1 hr Rishi Sunak will launch his latest bid to lift the spirits of despondent Conservative MPs this week after a dispiriting set of local elections left them with only one Tory mayor and around half the council seats they started with. Over the next fortnight the Prime Minister will host two sessions with Tory MPs in Downing Street where the Conservative party’s chief elections strategist Isaac Levido will deliver presentations on last week’s results, as well as detail of their strategy going forward. MPs will also be invited to ask questions of their own. The first session will take place tomorrow and the other a week on Wednesday, with Sunak and Tory party chairman Richard Holden also expected to be present. The whole parliamentary Tory party has been invited, but not all are believed to be planning to attend.  Ahead of the first meeting, No 10 was drawing up a spreadsheet of Conservative backbenchers who had …

Rishi Sunak tells fractious Tory MPs to unite to help defeat Labour in general election | Politics | News

Rishi Sunak tells fractious Tory MPs to unite to help defeat Labour in general election | Politics | News

[ad_1] Defiant Rishi Sunak laid down the gauntlet to rebellious MPs to unite over Conservative values as he insisted the result of the general election “isn’t a foregone conclusion”. In a rallying cry to his increasingly fragmented party, the Prime Minister said he is determined to “fight incredibly hard” for every possible vote to defeat Labour. Facing down backbench calls for the Tories to lurch to the right, Mr Sunak said cutting taxes, securing borders and making people safe are values which “unites all Conservatives.” The forthright remarks came as the PM made his first public appearance since a bruising set of local election and mayoral results at the weekend. Since then Mr Sunak has suggested the UK was on course for a hung Parliament. Challenged over the prediction during a visit to a community centre in Islington on Monday, the Prime Minister told broadcasters: “The independent analysis shows that whilst of course this was a disappointing weekend for us, that the result of the next general election isn’t a foregone conclusion and indeed actually …

Two More Tory MPs May Defect To Labour Before Election

Two More Tory MPs May Defect To Labour Before Election

[ad_1] At least two more Tory MPs could defect to Labour before the next general election, HuffPost UK has learned. A handful of Conservatives are understood to have held talks with opposition officials about the possibility of switching sides. Two MPs elected as Tories in 2019 – Christian Wakeford and Dan Poulter – have already crossed the floor in this parliament. But it would be a hammer-blow for Rishi Sunak – already reeling from the Tories’ disastrous performance in the local elections – if any more were to follow suit before voters go to the polls again. Whitehall sources say discussions are at an advanced stage with two more Conservative backbenchers, although no final decisions have been made. “It’s a big deal to move from one party to another and nothing is certain until it actually happens,” said an insider. The defection talks come as pollsters continue to predict that the Tories are heading for a heavy defeat at the next election. Wakeford, the MP for Bury South, dramatically defected to Labour in January, 2022, …

Hilary Schan: Momentum chair quits Labour to campaign against its MPs at next election | Politics News

Hilary Schan: Momentum chair quits Labour to campaign against its MPs at next election | Politics News

[ad_1] One of the chairs of the left-wing Labour campaign group Momentum has quit her post and the party over Sir Keir Starmer’s policy agenda, and his “disgusting response” to the war in Gaza. Hilary Schan, who is also a councillor in Worthing, said she will now join the We Deserve Better campaign, headed by journalist Owen Jones, which aims to oust prominent Labour MPs at the next election and put independent and Green Party candidates in their place. The announcement comes off the back of a widely successful local election campaign for Labour, but one where it suffered losses in its traditional council seats, especially in areas with large Muslim populations, over its stance on the Israel-Hamas conflict. Politics live: PM told to ‘wake up and smell the coffee’ after poor local election results Pointing to analysis that shows Labour is set to be the biggest party at the next election, but not have an overall majority, Ms Schan said getting more “socialist representatives” into parliament would be “vital to pressure Starmer to finally …