The Tories’ so-called ‘Minister for the Northern Powerhouse’ has been forced to defend himself after Scrapbook and others accused him of being ineffectual — and effectively going into hiding after the Tories ditched election promises on rail improvements in the North.
So it turns out the Tories’ manifesto promises on the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ weren’t worth the paper they were written on — with promised rail electrification projects being, errr, ‘paused’ in a move dubbed the #NorthernPowerCut on Twitter. Here was the offer to northern voters:
With his shift to leave the door open to an in/out referendum on Europe — but only if a transfer of new powers to Brussels were proposed — it was inevitable that Ed Miliband would be accused of a fudge by both Eurosceptics and Europhiles. Ed follows in the footsteps of David Cameron, who also promised […]
Regular readers will remember a running theme in Tory party literature is the use of increasingly inappropriate stock images. There was the time Grant Shapps used a picture of a ‘hardworking family’ without checking who else had used it. And then there was the government’s pledge of support for British motorists, which they chose to […]
Opening up Labour’s opposition to the Tories’ EU referendum bill, Douglas Alexander quoted from David Cameron’s 2006 conference speech: “Instead of talking about the things that most people care about, we talked about what we cared about most. While parents worried about childcare, getting the kids to school, balancing work and family life – we […]
The Tory hijacking of country all-party parliamentary groups (APPGs), loose but often influential forums for MPs and peers to discuss issues relating to particular territories, has been under way since at least the summer. Often longstanding APPG officers have found themselves surplus to requirements owing to their awkward questions on human rights abuses. The victims […]
A Tory MP has praised plans to part-fund key NHS services through car boot sales. With a number of NHS trusts thought to be on the brink of bankruptcy, Stockton South MP James Wharton claimed that proposals by North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust to generate cash in this way were “positive” and “innovative”. Wharton told the Evening […]