By Matthew Barrett
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The Daily Mail this morning reports on the 118 Conservative MPs who have written to constituents indicating their opposition to gay marriage proposals. The Mail says "Their opposition has been expressed in letters and emails sent to constituents who have contacted them with their own concerns", and points out that if these MPs voted against proposals, it would constitute the biggest Tory rebellion in modern times. However, Equalities Minister (and Secretary of State for Culture) Maria Miller pointed out on Twitter that since any vote on the issue would be a free vote, it would not technically be counted as a rebellion.
I have listed the MPs from the Mail's story below.
Saturday, November 24, 2012 in Adam Holloway MP, Alec Shelbrooke MP, Alun Cairns MP, Andrea Leadsom MP, Andrew Bingham MP, Andrew Bridgen MP, Andrew Robathan MP, Andrew Rosindell MP, Andrew Selous MP, Andrew Turner MP, Andrew Tyrie MP, Anne Main MP, Anne Marie Morris MP, Anne McIntosh, Ben Wallace MP, Bill Cash MP, Bill Wiggin, Bob Blackman MP, Bob Stewart MP, Brian Binley MP, Caroline Dinenage MP, Charlie Elphicke MP, Cheryl Gillan MP, Christopher Chope MP, Christopher Pincher MP, Conor Burns MP, Craig Whittaker MP, David Burrowes MP, David Davies MP, David Davis MP, David Evennett MP, David Jones MP, David Nuttall MP, David Ruffley MP, David Rutley MP, David T C Davies MP, David Tredinnick MP, Douglas Carswell MP, Edward Leigh MP, Eleanor Laing MP, Esther McVey MP, Fiona Bruce MP, Gareth Johnson MP, Gary Streeter MP, Gavin Williamson MP, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP, Geoffrey Cox MP, George Freeman MP, George Hollingbery MP, Gerald Howarth MP, Glyn Davies MP, Gordon Henderson MP, Graham Brady MP, Guto Bebb MP, Henry Bellingham MP, Henry Smith MP, Ian Liddell-Grainger MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, Jake Berry MP, James Wharton MP, Jeremy Lefroy MP, Jeremy Wright MP, John Glen MP, John Hayes MP, John Redwood MP, John Stevenson MP, John Whittingdale MP, Jonathan Evans MP, Jonathan Lord MP, Julian Brazier MP, Julian Lewis MP, Karl McCartney MP, Laurence Robertson MP, Marcus Jones MP, Maria Miller MP, Mark Pawsey MP, Mark Pritchard MP, Martin Vickers MP, Matthew Offord MP, Mel Stride MP, Mike Penning MP, Neil Parish MP, Nick de Bois MP, Nicky Morgan MP, Nicola Blackwood MP, Nigel Adams MP, Owen Paterson MP, Paul Maynard MP, Paul Uppal MP, Pauline Latham MP, Peter Aldous MP, Peter Bone MP, Peter Lilley MP, Philip Davies MP, Philip Hammond MP, Philip Hollobone MP, Phillip Lee MP, Priti Patel MP, Rehman Chishti MP, Richard Drax MP, Richard Fuller MP, Richard Shepherd MP, Robert Buckland MP, Robert Goodwill MP, Robert Halfon MP, Robert Syms MP, Robert Walter MP, Roger Gale MP, Simon Burns MP, Simon Reevell MP, Sir Paul Beresford MP, Stephen Crabb, Stephen McPartland MP, Stephen Metcalfe MP, Steve Brine MP, Stewart Jackson MP, Thérèse Coffey MP, Tim Loughton MP, Tony Baldry MP | Permalink | Comments
By Matthew Barrett
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Following on from the last few days' rolling blogs, I have below a final list of the MPs (and Baroness Warsi) appointed as Ministers for each department. I have put new appointments in bold.
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Department for Communities and Local Government
Wednesday, September 05, 2012 in Alan Duncan MP, Alistair Burt MP, Andrew Lansley MP, Andrew Mitchell MP, Anna Soubry MP, Anne Milton MP, Baroness Warsi, Chloe Smith MP, Chris Grayling MP, Damian Green MP, Daniel Poulter MP, David Evennett MP, David Gauke MP, David Jones MP, David Lidington MP, David Mundell MP, David Willetts MP, Desmond Swayne MP, Dominic Grieve MP, Edward Timpson MP, Elizabeth Truss MP, Esther McVey MP, Francis Maude MP, George Osborne MP, Grant Shapps MP, Greg Barker MP, Greg Clark MP, Greg Hands MP, Greg Knight MP, Helen Grant MP, Hugo Swire MP, Iain Duncan Smith MP, James Brokenshire MP, Jeremy Hunt MP, Jeremy Wright MP, Jo Johnson MP, John Hayes MP, John Randall MP, Justine Greening MP, Karen Bradley MP, Ken Clarke MP, Mark Harper MP, Mark Hoban MP, Mark Lancaster MP, Mark Simmonds MP, Matthew Hancock MP, Michael Fallon MP, Mike Penning MP, Nick Hurd MP, Nicky Morgan MP, Oliver Heald MP, Oliver Letwin MP, Owen Paterson MP, Parliamentary etiquette, Patrick McLoughlin MP, Richard Benyon MP, Robert Goodwill MP, Robert Syms MP, Sajid Javid MP, Simon Burns MP, Stephen Crabb, Stephen Hammond MP, Theresa May MP, Theresa Villiers MP, William Hague MP | Permalink | Comments
By Matthew Barrett
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The 301 group is perhaps the most active and important group of backbench Tory MPs. Tim Montgomerie reported last week that three MPs - Charlie Elphicke, George Hollingbery and Priti Patel - want to organise a candidate to be elected to the 1922 Committee's executive who will give the '22 a focus on policy and campaigning. The Spectator's James Forsyth blogged that "The vote for their candidate, and his opponent, will give us the best idea yet of where the backbenches are at the moment politically. Indeed, I expect that the machinery of the 301 group, the most pro-Cameron of all the backbench groups, will be thrown behind the Elphicke-Hollingbery-Patel slate."
To organise or endorse candidates for the '22 is certainly the most power a backbench group has yet wielded in this Parliament. In this profile, I'll be looking at the origins, members, aims and plans of the group to get a sense of what the group wants to campaign for.
Origins of the group
The 301 was first organised by Kris Hopkins (Keighley), a former soldier and leader of Bradford Council, and Jessica Lee (Erewash), a former barrister, and now Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Attorney General, Dominic Grieve. The group began with small meetings of a handful of MPs who were "concerned that the narrative in Parliament was not representative of the conversation" that MPs had had with the electorate while campaigning during the 2010 general election, and also dissatisfied with the fact that the mechanisms of debate amongst backbenchers, and between the back and front benches, were not conducive to trying to correct that narrative. Each of those attending brought a friend, and so on, until after three meetings the group reached 60 members.
Friday, April 20, 2012 in Alec Shelbrooke MP, Alok Sharma, Amber Rudd MP, Andrew Jones MP, Andrew Selous MP, Angie Bray MP, Bob Blackman MP, Charlie Elphicke MP, Chris Kelly MP, Claire Perry MP, Damian Collins MP, Damian Hinds MP, Daniel Poulter MP, Dominic Grieve, Dominic Grieve MP, Gavin Barwell MP, George Hollingbery MP, Graham Brady MP, Graham Evans MP, Heather Wheeler MP, Iain Stewart MP, Jackie Doyle-Price MP, James Morris MP, Jeremy Lefroy MP, Jessica Lee MP, John Howell MP, Karl McCartney MP, Kris Hopkins MP, Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Laura Sandys MP, Lee Scott MP, Marcus Jones MP, Margot James MP, Matthew Hancock MP, Michael Gove MP, Nick Boles, Nick Boles MP, Nicky Morgan MP, Oliver Colvile MP, Paul Maynard MP, Paul Uppal MP, Peter Aldous MP, Priti Patel MP, Robert Buckland MP, Robert Halfon MP, Robert Syms MP, Rory Stewart MP, Sarah Newton MP, Simon Kirby MP, Sir Michael Spicer MP, Steve Brine MP, Tory MPs Groups | Permalink | Comments
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