What’s going on in the Conservative Party?

The media are increasingly turning to reporting strains within the Conservative Party over David Davsis’s dramatic resignation. For example, Nick Robinson on David Davis’s resignation:

David Cameron has lost control of his strategy. This was not his decision. He was not asked for his agreement. He was informed late last night by David Davis that he was going to do this come what may. That he was going to resign and trigger this campaign. This is not a campaign that Mr Cameron wants, it is not part of his strategy and indeed, I am told by senior Tories who know Mr Cameron well, that this was David Davis’ personal decision and will be his personal campaign.

Benedict Brogan writes:

For the avoidance of doubt, DD will not return to the Shadow Cabinet if he is returned as MP for Haltemprice and Howden. Dominic Grieve, one of the greatest talents on the Tory frontbench, is the new Shadow Home Secretary, and that’s it. My impression in fact is that despite talk of “doors being open”, DD has just kissed goodbye to being Home Secretary in a Cameron government.

He sprung the idea on the leader late last night by telephone. The Shadow Cabinet wasn’t consulted. Team Dave is being polite, but notice the references to “personal choice” (trans: reckless maverick) and the importance of Parliament (trans: Parliament is where the debate about 42 days should continue, not H&H).

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7 Comments

  • What is going in with the Lib Dems?
    By not standing at Haltemprice we could lose much of the gains over the past two decades in that seat.
    What if the BNP stand and do well?

  • Mat, this has been brewing since the Conservative leadership election.

    After a decade out of power the Thatcherite coalition was clearly defeated and a change of direction was obviously on the cards.

    Cameron vs Davis represented a fight between the two most dominant factions – southern upper-class Bullingdon types and northern middle-class patriots and industrialists.

    They clearly haven’t resolved their conflicts around any common cause (except lust for power) which was inevitably going to become more unstable as they approach the crunch of the starting line to the forthcoming general election.

  • Am I alone in thinking that it is just possible that David Davis might jump ship to us, the Lib Dems, on the basis that many Tory MPs are actualy in favour of 42 days, but expected Brown to scrape through, and they would not repeal. Davis is almost saying put up or shut up to some of the pre-historic tories.
    Hopefully he will expose the double standards of many of the Tory MPs and the old splits will come back.
    The next few weeks will be very interesting.
    Who knows what deals have already been done.

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