April 28, 2009
The Tories have just launched the first in their new series of “War room Briefings”; videos which go behind-the-scenes of their campaign operation. In the first video Eric Pickles shows us round the CCHQ “war room” as it gears up for the county council and EU elections. It’s not too serious but it is good viewing for us political anoraks. I can’t imagine Labour doing a similar video, god knows what happens at Labour HQ, but I bet it’s not too dissimilar to the thick of it.
UPDATE – On second thoughts if Labour produced a similar style video it would probably resemble that famous scene from Downfall.
January 25, 2009
As recent events have shown you need to be careful what you post online, especially on sites like Facebook. Online security is essential and you have to be weary of who your friends are. Iain Dale has posted that a Daily Mirror journalist called Carla Jones has been trying to befriend Tories in the hopes of uncovering another scandal like the Matt Lewis debacle that occurred earlier this month.
In that case Matt and the two others were wrong to do what they did, but when the media got hold of the story it became blown out of proportion. It seems the media will do anything to write a “Tory scandal” story with a by line of “they are just the same old nasty party.”
This incident reminds me of last year when that other Mirror journalist tried to infiltrate CCHQ, but luckily she was discovered before could get inside and cause all sorts of damage. It seems the tabloid media will stop at nothing, and stoop to any level to bring the party down. You might say if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear, but this is an invasion of privacy obtained through deceptive means, which in my eyes is little short of criminal.
January 19, 2009
CCHQ has just confirmed the following changes to the Shadow Cabinet:
New to the Shadow Cabinet:
The Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (replacing Alan Duncan)
Mark Francois MP
Shadow Minister for Europe (same job, but now with shadow cabinet status)
New Shadow Cabinet responsibilities:
Alan Duncan MP
Shadow Leader of the House of Commons (replacing Theresa May)
Chris Grayling MP
Shadow Home Secretary (replacing Dominic Grieve)
The Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Justice (replacing Nick Herbert)
Nick Herbert MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (replacing Peter Ainsworth, who departs the frontbench)
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and Shadow Minister for Women (replacing Chris Grayling)
Eric Pickles MP
Chairman of the Conservative Party (replacing Caroline Spelman)
Caroline Spelman MP
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (replacing Eric Pickles)
This is a wide ranging re-shuffle that has quite a few welcome surprises. Besides the obvious return of Ken Clarke two that catch the eye are Eric Pickles as Party Chairman and Chris Grayling as Shadow Home Secretary, three big hitters that are sure to make an impact!