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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 AvatarMark Inskip 1st Aug - 10:38pm
    It's Rob's failure to read the big print rather than the fine print that concerns me. He says the TTIP "incorporates and furthers the powers...
  • User AvatarMark Inkip 1st Aug - 10:35pm
    It's Rob's failure to read the big print rather than the fine print that concerns me. He says the TTIP "incorporates and furthers the powers...
  • User AvatarRichard Dean 1st Aug - 10:26pm
    At last some common sense! I enjoyed it too, Stephen. But every parent knows what's going on here. Somehow Daddy Richard and others have to...
  • User AvatarChris 1st Aug - 10:14pm
    "It’s a simple fact that Caron’s article was a mistake. " I think you mean 'opinion', not 'fact'.
  • User AvatarStephen Tall 1st Aug - 10:08pm
    I think this is the LDV thread I've enjoyed most in the site's history. Thank you, all. Also, as we don't have a 'Like' button,...
  • User AvatarKatherine Hesketh-Holt 1st Aug - 9:46pm
    I agree with @caracatus although I feel that the party can only do so much on this issue when it is such a massive issue...