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Tory MPs who vote for the extension legislation will be barred from standing for the party at the next election  -  Spectator
Parliament returns on Tuesday and it is expected that anti no-deal MPs will - with John Bercow's help - quickly seize control of the order paper. They will then try and rush through a bill designed to stop the UK from leaving the EU without a deal. I report in the Sun this morning that Number 10 will treat these votes as they would a confidence vote with anyone who doesn't back the government being immediately disqualified from standing for the Tories again. They hope that this will keep some waverers in the government lobby next week.

It would mean that if former Cabinet Ministers such as Philip Hammond voted for the legislation, as they intend to, they would be barred from standing for the party again; ending their time as Tory MPs. It is hard to think of a precedent for so many Tories going from being Cabinet Ministers to being ineligible to stand for the party in a matter of weeks.
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This approach is not without risk, though. There is a danger that MPs will still rebel and then decide that they have nothing left to lose; increasing not only the chances of them voting down the government in a no confidence vote but also backing an alternative Prime Minister.


A new prospect arises. Careful what you ask for. Now there is also the possibility of an electoral pact not to stand opponents to Conservatives who vote no confidence in the current government.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Sep 1st, 2019 at 01:41:51 AM EST
It's that's all nice, with warm & cuddly fuzzies and unicorns pooping silver and pissing gold ...

Alas ...

The EU has said 'round about eleventy-million times the Withdrawal Agreement has been negotiated and that's The Deal unless they get a really good reason to do it again.

MPs throwing tantrums while screaming "We don't wanna!!!!" is not a really good reason.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sun Sep 1st, 2019 at 03:19:56 PM EST
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But the whole point of the rebellion by Parliament is to prevent a no deal Brexit. Were they to vote no confidence and have an election, they would get an extension. Then, at the very least, Remainers get to live another day. Plus, this would be a very black eye for Brexiteers and THEY would be the ones risking getting their heads bashed by police.

Under those circumstances the Tories with the most chance of returning might well be those benefiting from an electoral pact. Wouldn't that be a refreshing change? At least that outcome would reflect the wishes of the current majority of the electorate and of the younger generations who have most to lose from Brexit. Ideally, a new government would act to reverse austerity and make life easier for the majority of the electorate, and, if wise, begin policies to help the midlands districts so badly hurt by deindustrialization. Granted they have recently voted Conservative. That is because there are no or very few union members to represent in those areas. But the Conservatives have not done anything for them either.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Sep 1st, 2019 at 03:46:04 PM EST
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So what. They don't give up their seats. The purged will convene a NEW! party financed by whomever, name it Cherry Pickers United (CPU) or WTF, and list.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Sep 1st, 2019 at 09:01:24 PM EST
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TR - Torry Remainers.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Sep 1st, 2019 at 09:31:24 PM EST
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needs more weed, possibly back-up singers

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Sep 1st, 2019 at 10:28:47 PM EST
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