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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 AvatarSteve Trevethan 6th Apr - 12:04pm
    An excellent analysis! Might we also work for a democratic cohesive Europe free from the current extractive financial rules and practices in the E U?...
  • User AvatarJohn Kelly 6th Apr - 11:58am
    As the lockdown was starting I read about an Egyptian novelist who had been arrested for a minor political protest by Sisi's thugs. I downloaded...
  • User AvatarJohn Alderdice 6th Apr - 11:55am
    I entirely agree about the foolishness of continuing to postpone the Lib Dem leadership election, but the author's other comments are out of touch with...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 6th Apr - 11:03am
    Yes, Ruth, remember his bravery, his insights. The Nigel Barton speech (Keith Barron) about his Dad still reverberates. I miss the grand kids but have...
  • User AvatarStephen Howse 6th Apr - 10:59am
    I don't think it's oblivion. We've survived worse. But it is a massive wake-up call. We need to buck our bloody ideas up, right now.
  • User AvatarRossMcl 6th Apr - 10:50am
    Good article Chris. Its a perennial problem with this party I'm afraid. We're just not good with the broad brush! Most of our people would...
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