Plot­ters re­vealed

Mot­ley crew of Tory MPs con­spire to seize power from the PM

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - An­drew Pierce re­port­ing

THERESA May is fac­ing a fresh headache as Europhiles on her back­benches gang up to seize con­trol of Brexit.

Pro-Re­main To­ries were last night ac­cused of plot­ting to re-write par­lia­men­tary rules to put them in the driv­ing seat if the Prime Min­is­ter is de­feated in the Com­mons to­mor­row.

For­mer At­tor­ney Gen­eral Do­minic Grieve will to­day team up with Lib­eral Demo­crat leader Sir Vince Ca­ble to pub­lish draft leg­is­la­tion re­veal­ing how they could push for a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum. Mean­while, for­mer Tory min­is­ters Sir Oliver Letwin and Nick Boles will host a meet­ing of like-minded MPs to plan how they will block a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.

It comes after 20 Tory MPs last week helped in­flict a hu­mil­i­at­ing de­feat on the Gov­ern­ment over Brexit after Com­mons Speaker John Ber­cow tore up par­lia­men­tary con­ven­tion. As Bri­tain pre­pares for a tu­mul­tuous week in pol­i­tics, An­drew Pierce pro­files the plot­ters-in-chief and the MPs con­spir­ing to stop a hard Brexit.

DO­MINIC GRIEVE, 62: (Bea­cons­field, Leave vote 50.7%)

Still brood­ing over his min­is­te­rial ca­reer end­ing more than four years ago when he lost his job as At­tor­ney Gen­eral. As­sumed he had been des­tined for greater things. A Fran­cophile with a French mother and QC fa­ther who was a Tory MP. Ed­u­cated at a French school, West­min­ster (an­nual fees up to £37,700) and Ox­ford. Happy to risk a gen­eral elec­tion rather than see a no deal. Spot­ted last year in Brus­sels leav­ing a meet­ing of cam­paign­ers for a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum.

ANNA SOUBRY, 62: (Brox­towe, Leave vote 54.6%)

Shock­ingly abused by Right-wing thugs last week out­side Par­lia­ment who called her a ‘Nazi’. In­creas­ingly de­tached from the Gov­ern­ment with pro-Europe views with which she tours TV and ra­dio stu­dios. Com­pre­hen­sive school-ed­u­cated, stud­ied law and was a TV pre­sen­ter be­fore go­ing into pol­i­tics. Quit the To­ries in 1983 to join the SDP but then re­joined the party when it was led by Euroscep­tic Iain Dun­can Smith. Has threat­ened to side with Labour to bring down the Gov­ern­ment to pre­vent no deal.

SIR OLIVER LETWIN, 62: (West Dorset, Leave vote 51%)

At Cam­bridge, he joined the so­cie- ties of all three main po­lit­i­cal par­ties. His PhD was ti­tled ethics, emo­tion and the unity of the self. A mem­ber of Mrs Thatcher’s pol­icy unit, which came up with the much-hated poll tax. Seen as an un­worldly egghead out of touch with vot­ers – the proof be­ing his call for big pub­lic spend­ing cuts dur­ing the 2001 elec­tion cam­paign. Other gaffes in­clude say­ing he’d rather ‘beg on the streets’ than send his two chil­dren to state schools.

Tasked with im­ple­ment­ing the Leve­son in­quiry into Press stan­dards, he cooked up a deal which would have in­tro­duced statu­tory reg­u­la­tion of news­pa­pers for the first time in cen­turies.

NICK BOLES, 53: (Gran­tham and Stam­ford, Leave vote 59%)

Ox­ford and Har­vard-ed­u­cated. Part of the so-called Not­ting Hill set of posh cronies who pow­ered David Cameron to No.10. Brex­i­teer Michael Gove’s cam­paign man­ager when he stood for the Tory lead­er­ship. Quit as a min­is­ter in 2016 be­fore May could sack him after he called for pen­sion­ers to lose free pre­scrip­tions and win­ter fuel pay­ments. In remission from can­cer, he’s fac­ing the threat of de­s­e­lec­tion after vow­ing to bring down the gov­ern­ment to stop no deal.

SARAH WOL­LAS­TON, 55: (Totnes, Leave vote 54.1%)

Qual­i­fied GP who was a high-pro­file Leave cam­paigner but switched sides after dis­put­ing the claim that the NHS would get an ex­tra £350mil­lion a week after Brexit. A se­rial rebel on a range of is­sues. Chair­man of the Com­mons health select com­mit­tee.

NICKY MOR­GAN: (Lough­bor­ough, Leave vote 50.3%)

The for­mer Ed­u­ca­tion Sec­re­tary has been a per­sis­tent thorn in the side of Mrs May who sacked her in her first Cab­i­net reshuf­fle. Con­tro­ver­sially crit­i­cised the PM for ‘the height of po­lit­i­cal vul­gar­ity’ for

wear­ing leather trousers in a pho­to­shoot.

She later apol­o­gised but was ex­posed for hypocrisy when pho­tographed her­self with a £950 Mul­berry hand­bag. The Ox­ford-ed­u­cated so­lic­i­tor con­sid­ered stand­ing as party leader in 2016 but hu­mil­i­at­ingly got only a hand­ful of MPs to back her. Still ran­kles over her de­mo­tion from Cab­i­net.

AN­TOINETTE SANDBACH, 49: (Ed­dis­bury, Leave vote 52.2%)

Bar­ris­ter who caused out­rage for re­port­ing to the po­lice a church-go­ing pen­sioner con­stituent who ob­jected to her Re­mainer views. has said: ‘Bri­tain used to have a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing po­lite and cour­te­ous; have we re­ally turned into this shouty so­ci­ety that just screams at each other?’ Suf­fered tragedy when she lost her five-day-old son to sud­den in­fant death syn­drome. At 6ft 4in tall, thought to be the tallest fe­male MP.

JONATHAN DJANO­GLY, 53: (Hunt­ing­don, Leave vote 55.3%)

A trained so­lic­i­tor who took over John Ma­jor’s seat and only rose to be­come ju­nior jus­tice min­is­ter for two years. Stripped of du­ties for reg­u­lat­ing claims man­age­ment firms after fail­ing to dis­close con­flicts of in­ter­est re­gard­ing fam­ily mem­bers. It was also al­leged that he claimed par­lia­men­tary ex­penses to hire an au pair. he said she didn’t pro­vide child­care for his fam­ily and had only worked as a cleaner. Vol­un­tar­ily re­paid £25,000.

KEN CLARKE, 78: (Rush­cliffe, Leave vote 42.4%)

Age­ing poster boy of Tory pro-Euro­peans. has likened vi­sions of a post-Brexit fu­ture to a fan­tasy ‘where you fol­low the rab­bit down the hole and emerge in a won­der­land where coun­tries around the world are queu­ing up to give us trad­ing ad­van­tages’. The Fa­ther of the house who’s stand­ing down at the next elec­tion. Fa­mously caught by a TV cam­era say­ing ‘Mrs May is a bloody dif­fi­cult woman’, suc­ces­sive Tory lead­ers have dis­cov­ered that Clarke him­self is a dif­fi­cult man.

JOHN BER­COW, 55: (Buck­ing­ham, Leave vote 48.7%)

has be­come arch-vil­lain for hard-Brex­i­teers. But his im­par­tial­ity and favouritism are very se­ri­ous charges con­sid­er­ing his key role. Faced calls to re­sign after his fam­ily car was seen to have a win­dow sticker say­ing ‘b ****** s to Brexit, it’s not a done deal’. Seen by Re­mainer MPs as their most im­por­tant weapon in the bat­tle to stop Bri­tain leav­ing the EU.


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