MPs head up new backbench revolt

MPs head up new backbench revolt

MPs head up new backbench revolt

First published in News

TWO north Essex MPs are leading a backbench revolt against the Government.

Clacton Tory Douglas Carswell has criticised Chancellor George Osborne for repeating the mistakes of his Labour predecessor Gordon Brown.

Meanwhile, Bernard Jenkin, Conservative MP for Harwich and North Essex, said his party is on track to lose 50 seats at the next General Election because of its stance on issues such as immigration.

He said the Tories should copy some policies adopted by Ukip’s leader Nigel Farage because grassroots Conservative supporters back them.

Experts say it is the switch of Tory voters to Ukip that could allow Labour to take key Tory seats.

Mr Carswell has described the coalition’s attempts to revive the country’s fortunes – using cheap credit and a housing boom – as “Osbrown ecomonic policy”. He said Mr Osborne could be sowing the seeds for another crash.

He said: “After all the excesses of Gordon Brown’s time at the Treasury, what we need is not another dose of cheap credit.

“We need a monetary policy that encourages us to produce more, and borrow less. Saving needs to go up and debts down.”

Eurosceptic Mr Jenkin drafted a letter, signed by 95 Tory MPs, calling for Parliament to be given a veto over all laws passed by Brussels.

Parliament has no automatic veto over EU laws, and the Prime Minister can only use the UK’s veto to head off new rules regarding sensitive issues, such as defence and the budget.

The letter to Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Each time you have stood up for British interests in Brussels, you have achieved a great deal.

We would urge you to make the idea of a national veto over current and future EU laws a reality.”

The letter said a veto would transform the UK’s negotiating position in the EU, but Foreign Secretary William Hague said that suggestion was unrealistic.

 

JENKIN: WE NEED TO TAKE EU POWER BACK

Gazette: Bernard Jenkin – MP for Harwich and North Essex

“The Prime Minister said he wants to limit the number of people who come to this country and claim benefits and we agree.

“This is part of the renegotiation of our relationship within the European Union.

“We need Parliament to take back the powers it gets in order to control borders and immigration.

“This was the recommendation by the group of MPs that form the European Scrutiny Committee.

“All of our European Law rests upon the European Communities Act 1972 and by amending that act, we can limit the application of european law when it is in our interests to do so. When we first joined the European Union, we used to have a veto.

“The European Union is far more powerful than is necessary for trade and co-operation between member states.”

Mr Jenkin admitted the party had lost votes to Ukip but said he believes the Conservatives could still win the next election He said: “Ukip keeps stealing Conservative policies – we should claim them as our own.

“Controlling immigration and taking powers back from the EU should be Conservative policies.”

 

CARSWELL: I FEAR AN ECONOMIC DISASTER

Gazette: People's choice - Douglas Carswell

 “Growth is back and unemployment is down, which is great news.

“I’m just concerned we don’t repeat the mistakes of the past.

“Using low interest rates and capping credit might have helped us through the immediate downturn, but it’s not going to make us rich.

“Lots of people want to get on the housing ladder and the Help to Buy scheme is helping people to do that.

“But what’s going to happen if someone who can only just afford a mortgage and the interest rates come up?

“House prices are rising because of Help to Buy.

“It’s great if it has helped someone to buy, but what about other people in Clacton who can’t afford a house and are now seeing house prices go up further.”

“I don’t want Osbrown economics to mean things are good for a year or two and then we’re back to square one.

“My job when Gordon Brown was chancellor was to give him a hard time over economics – and I will do the same with George Osborne.

“I’m not beholden to either, I’m doing what is right for Clacton people.”

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9:49am Wed 15 Jan 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

OF COURSE WE GET BERNARD JENKIN NO PERSON WITH ANY BRAIN WOULD NOT?
BUT LEAVING THE EU IS NOT THE ANSWER:
SPECIAL IMMIGRATION CONTROL YES
KEEPING THE POUND YES
SPECIAL STATUS YES
LEAVING THE E U ......NON.....YES I DID SAY IT FRENCH!
WE ARE AN ISLAND NATION AND CAN BE USED AS A CONDUIT FOR THE AMERICANS IN EUROPE.
WE DO NOT NEED ROMA'S HERE
SIMPLE NO BENEFITS FOR THEM FOR 5 YEARS.
JACK EDWARDS -
OF COURSE WE GET BERNARD JENKIN NO PERSON WITH ANY BRAIN WOULD NOT? BUT LEAVING THE EU IS NOT THE ANSWER: SPECIAL IMMIGRATION CONTROL YES KEEPING THE POUND YES SPECIAL STATUS YES LEAVING THE E U ......NON.....YES I DID SAY IT FRENCH! WE ARE AN ISLAND NATION AND CAN BE USED AS A CONDUIT FOR THE AMERICANS IN EUROPE. WE DO NOT NEED ROMA'S HERE SIMPLE NO BENEFITS FOR THEM FOR 5 YEARS. JACK EDWARDS - A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: 0

9:58am Wed 15 Jan 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

I FORGOT TO MENTION I AM NOT A TORY
BUT JENKIN IS THE MOST CHARISMATIC AND HANDSOME POLITICIAN I HAVE EVER MET IN PERSON
WHY HE NEVER MADE PRIME MINISTER ONE BEGGARS BELIEF
COLCHESTER HAD BEEN VERY LUCKY TO HAVE HIM HERE:
CHARMING AND ENDEARING MAN:
I VOTE FOR THE PERSON NOT THE PARTY HE CAME FROM EXCELLENT STOCK EVEN THOUGH WE HAD ARE DIFFERENCES: GOOD ON YOU!
JACK EDWARDS -
I FORGOT TO MENTION I AM NOT A TORY BUT JENKIN IS THE MOST CHARISMATIC AND HANDSOME POLITICIAN I HAVE EVER MET IN PERSON WHY HE NEVER MADE PRIME MINISTER ONE BEGGARS BELIEF COLCHESTER HAD BEEN VERY LUCKY TO HAVE HIM HERE: CHARMING AND ENDEARING MAN: I VOTE FOR THE PERSON NOT THE PARTY HE CAME FROM EXCELLENT STOCK EVEN THOUGH WE HAD ARE DIFFERENCES: GOOD ON YOU! JACK EDWARDS - A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: -1

12:32pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Jess Jephcott says...

AN INCOHERENT RANT FROM GENTLEMAN JACK?
AN INCOHERENT RANT FROM GENTLEMAN JACK? Jess Jephcott
  • Score: 1

12:40pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Mail Member 4 Colchester says...

A Very Private Gentleman wrote:
I FORGOT TO MENTION I AM NOT A TORY
BUT JENKIN IS THE MOST CHARISMATIC AND HANDSOME POLITICIAN I HAVE EVER MET IN PERSON
WHY HE NEVER MADE PRIME MINISTER ONE BEGGARS BELIEF
COLCHESTER HAD BEEN VERY LUCKY TO HAVE HIM HERE:
CHARMING AND ENDEARING MAN:
I VOTE FOR THE PERSON NOT THE PARTY HE CAME FROM EXCELLENT STOCK EVEN THOUGH WE HAD ARE DIFFERENCES: GOOD ON YOU!
JACK EDWARDS -
So eloquent, and so subtly argued, and it's fair enough you SHOUTING your praise for this wonderful, handsome, charismatic, charming, endearing, man (though beware the PC brigade, they'll come along and tell you that it's not just because of what you say, but also your caps lock way of saying it, that makes you look like perhaps this website's freakiest weirdo). However, of course those to the right of the most right-wing government in history, especially when they're from fairly decent stock - though he did of course marry into 'excellent stock' - deserve our full support, with caps bowed. We're all in this together after all, Lord Rayleigh, his daughter, and her hubby.

Jack Edwards, mad? You only have to look at her/him to see she/he's as sane as I am. Bah.
[quote][p][bold]A Very Private Gentleman[/bold] wrote: I FORGOT TO MENTION I AM NOT A TORY BUT JENKIN IS THE MOST CHARISMATIC AND HANDSOME POLITICIAN I HAVE EVER MET IN PERSON WHY HE NEVER MADE PRIME MINISTER ONE BEGGARS BELIEF COLCHESTER HAD BEEN VERY LUCKY TO HAVE HIM HERE: CHARMING AND ENDEARING MAN: I VOTE FOR THE PERSON NOT THE PARTY HE CAME FROM EXCELLENT STOCK EVEN THOUGH WE HAD ARE DIFFERENCES: GOOD ON YOU! JACK EDWARDS -[/p][/quote]So eloquent, and so subtly argued, and it's fair enough you SHOUTING your praise for this wonderful, handsome, charismatic, charming, endearing, man (though beware the PC brigade, they'll come along and tell you that it's not just because of what you say, but also your caps lock way of saying it, that makes you look like perhaps this website's freakiest weirdo). However, of course those to the right of the most right-wing government in history, especially when they're from fairly decent stock - though he did of course marry into 'excellent stock' - deserve our full support, with caps bowed. We're all in this together after all, Lord Rayleigh, his daughter, and her hubby. Jack Edwards, mad? You only have to look at her/him to see she/he's as sane as I am. Bah. Mail Member 4 Colchester
  • Score: 1

12:44pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Mail Member 4 Colchester says...

Jess Jephcott wrote:
AN INCOHERENT RANT FROM GENTLEMAN JACK?
Some might say it makes the views of you and I look SANE.
[quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: AN INCOHERENT RANT FROM GENTLEMAN JACK?[/p][/quote]Some might say it makes the views of you and I look SANE. Mail Member 4 Colchester
  • Score: 0

2:58pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

Lucky to have him in Colchester?

Yeah right. Can't recall the last time I saw him make any comment on the things that happen in this town.
Lucky to have him in Colchester? Yeah right. Can't recall the last time I saw him make any comment on the things that happen in this town. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: -1

9:21am Thu 16 Jan 14

mrs peach says...

Voting for someone because they are handsome, Charismatic, charming and endearing, is voting for all the wrong reasons, I think this to some degree is why Blair got so many votes and look where that has got us.
Voting for someone because they are handsome, Charismatic, charming and endearing, is voting for all the wrong reasons, I think this to some degree is why Blair got so many votes and look where that has got us. mrs peach
  • Score: 0

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