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Proof that not *all* Tories are bonkers on Europe (and nor was Mrs Thatcher)

margaret thatcher europeAmidst all the Tory Euro-hysteria (‘Eurotic’, I’ve heard it described as: and I seriously hope I didn’t mis-hear) it’s easy to forget there are a few Tories, a diminishing if stoic band, who have kept tight hold of their senses.

And though it was David Cameron’s desperate last-ditch pitch for the job of Tory leader — his 2005 promise to his party’s Europhobes to withdraw the Tories from the mainstream centre-right EPP alliance, a policy even David Davis wouldn’t touch — which has, slowly but inevitably, dragged the party ever more fringewards, a few of his backbenchers remain hopeful they can persuade him, even now, to do the sensible thing.

Here’s some of what they’ve written to him:

We acknowledge the EU’s shortcomings and understand the desire and, under the Lisbon Treaty the possibility, to repatriate powers. However, we do our nation, as well as Europe, a disservice by not confidently exerting the same level of engagement and leadership as we demonstrate in organisations such as NATO, the G8, the UN Security Council or the Commonwealth.

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Five MPs face questions over election expenses – how good are their answers?

Channel 4’s investigation with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism into MPs’ election expenses has raised questions about another five MPs in addition to Zac Goldsmith.

Having already looked at some of the legal questions around Zac Goldsmith, how do the other five stack up? Two raise important points of how the law should be interpreted, one has unclear evidence so far and two appear to involve administrative errors without any actual overspending.

First, the legal issues.

Phil Woolas (Labour), who is already facing a court hearing in the autumn over his election campaign, is accused of not declaring leaflets that …

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  • User AvatarLiberal Neil 3rd Mar - 10:57am
    I'm delighted that he has seen the light and is willing to say so publicly. We need to hear from a lot more like him.
  • User AvatarMalcolm Todd 3rd Mar - 10:54am
    What Gwynfor Tyler and Julian Tisi said. There's absolutely no evidence that Scotland is unhappy with the level of devolution already granted, since it hasn't...
  • User AvatarMalcolm Todd 3rd Mar - 10:51am
    John I think you know perfectly well that I don't think that "it is perfectly OK for there to be millions of homes suffering from...
  • User AvatarJayne Mansfield 3rd Mar - 10:49am
    @ simon, So you will be getting off your hands and going out there to fight them will you simon? @ Guy, Historically important artefacts...
  • User Avatartpfkar 3rd Mar - 10:47am
    Very best wishes to you in your campaigning, one of the most worthy causes written about on LDV.
  • User AvatarMalcolm Todd 3rd Mar - 10:43am
    Well said Roger Roberts. 100% good work.