A letter complaining about Team Cameron's power is circulated to all Tory MPs
A letter on House of Commons notepaper - purporting to come from anonymous Conservative MPs - has been circulated to every Tory MP. I don't know if it is genuine or a complete counterfeit but one MP told me yesterday that any one of hundred of his colleagues could have written much of the letter. Morale in the parliamentary party remains at rock bottom because of the whole expenses saga. Here is a PDF of the full text but below is a key section:
My own view is that David Cameron's handling of the expenses crisis has been the high point of his leadership. The Middleton letter reminding Association Chairmen of their deselection powers - attacked in the above letter - was something ConHome recommended. The overall negativity of the letter about the Cameron project suggests it is written by unrepresentative malcontents.
But the letter shouldn't be completely ignored by Team Cameron. David Cameron is making renewed efforts to build better links with the parliamentary party - Nadine Dorries MP blogged about a dinner he held with some colleagues last week - but a lot of Tory MPs are very unhappy at the power that they see concentrated in the leader's office. This is something for all of us to watch.