Katy Balls 22 May 2019 7:59 PM 22 May 2019 7:59 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp After the 1922 executive of Conservative backbenchers decided this evening to wait until Friday to speak to the Prime Minister about announcing an exit date, there had been a view that Theresa May was safe in her position – at least for 48 hours. That is now in doubt. Andrea Leadsom has tonight announced her resignation as Leader of the House. In her resignation letter, the Brexiteer minister says that she has made the decision to leave government due to concerns over May’s position on Brexit. Of the deal as it now stands, Leadsom says she is concerned that May’s latest pitch means the government is ‘facilitating’ a second referendum and says there has been a ‘breakdown’ in the way the government approves Brexit policy: It is with great regret and a heavy heart that I have decided to resign from the Government. … [Read more...] about Andrea Leadsom resigns – will others now follow?
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Commons leader Andrea Leadsom has resigned from the cabinet, saying she no longer believes the government will deliver Brexit . In her resignation letter to Theresa May, she said: "I no longer believe that our approach will deliver on the referendum result". She also said that holding another referendum would be 'dangerously divisive'. Leadsom's resignation comes amid intensifying pressure on Theresa May to quit as prime minister. She added in her letter: “No one has wanted you to succeed more than I have, but I do now urge you to make the right decisions in the interests of the country, this government and our party.” A string of ministers have demanded meetings with the PM. Some are said to be furious about her 'new deal' to encourage MPs to back her withdrawal bill. May has offered MPs a chance to hold a vote on another referendum if they back her Withdrawal Agreement Bill. This legislation is needed to implement the agreement between the UK and EU on the terms of … [Read more...] about Andrea Leadsom resigns from cabinet position
In the House of Commons today, far north MP Jamie Stone asked the Government to set aside time for a debate on bank closures following the shock news that the Clydesdale branch in Brora will be shutting.But he was disappointed with the reply he received.Clydesdale Bank announced yesterday that "customers can do all of their straightforward day-to-day banking at the Post Office", ignoring the fact that the Brora Post Office branch closed some time ago.It has left the county of Sutherland with only one bank – the Bank of Scotland at GolspieSpeaking in the Commons this morning, Mr Stone said: “Yesterday I received an email from the Clydesdale Bank telling me that they are going to shut the branch in Brora in Sutherland which is just another addition to a sickening litany of bank closures we have seen across the Highlands. We cannot go on with this.“Could I ask the Leader of the House to consider a debate on this issue in this Chamber because for us not to do something is … [Read more...] about Government refuse MP’s request for a debate on bank closures
Steerpike 18 March 2019 5:27 PM 18 March 2019 5:27 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp Today, the Speaker John Bercow dealt a harsh blow to the government’s Brexit strategy after announcing that he would block a third vote on Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement, unless it changed in a substantial way. Not content though with just one attack on the government, the Speaker also found time to launch a dig at his favourite rival in the House of Commons: Andrea Leadsom. After the Commons leader entered the Chamber to sit on the front bench, and was checking her phone — presumably waiting on updates from Number 10 — Bercow appeared to be peeved that he didn’t have her full attention, and launched a broadside at her and the deputy chief whip, Christopher Pincher: ‘I note that as the right honourable gentleman asks his question and I respond, the leader of the house [Leadsom] is playing with her electronic device and … [Read more...] about Watch: John Bercow lays into Andrea Leadsom