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Rick

In August 2004, he and his family enjoyed six days free hospitality on a luxury yacht owned by Greek shipping magnate and multi-billionaire Spiros Latsis.

Careful. Latsis Sr. was a large contributor to Margaret Thatcher's Conservative Party - I believe McAlpine has the details.

J R Brother

I would like to nominate Barbara Villiers for the Shadow Cabinet. She would help to keep them all on the right tracks.

Daniel Vince-Archer

"I think Fox and Rifkind have been fairly undistinguished in their Shadow roles."

A little harsh Babs - the leadership contest and Michael Howard's departure have overshadowed everything else. I suspect that even if Riffers had painted himself purple and danced naked on a harpsichord, singing about work and pensions, nobody would have paid attention. The same goes for Foxy on foreign affairs, Willetts on trade and industry, Lansley on health and most other Shadow Cabinet members you care to mention.

Terry Keen

I strongly disagree with R UK's comments. Ken Clarke was an excellent Chancellor, and from what I have heard, has been an excellent MP of 35 years.

To deselect him now would be absurd and undeserved and it will never happen. I can see him being Father of the House one day.

from the Sunday Telegraph

Fury at Cameron plan to 'humiliate' Davis
By Melissa Kite, Deputy Political Editor
(Filed: 04/12/2005)

David Cameron faces a huge row on the eve of his coronation as Tory leader over plans to "humiliate" his rival, David Davis, by demoting him.

In a daring move, Mr Cameron is planning to strip Mr Davis of his job as shadow home secretary and award the post to Liam Fox, Mr Davis's Right-wing rival. Mr Davis will be offered the lesser post of shadow defence secretary and told it is "a job he cannot refuse".

However, Mr Davis is resisting the move. The row could become the first big test of Mr Cameron's mettle. The new leader will unveil his shadow cabinet after the party ballot result is announced on Tuesday. Poll predictions suggest Mr Cameron will win two thirds of the vote.

Rick

If these boys in the Notting Hill set do not grow up they may have a shock election result ahead. It would be very funny if the next Parliament was a hung Parliament with Cameron being a junior minister in a Lab/Con or Lib/Con Coalition - it would probably suit him temperamentally, but with Brown as his boss he might find life hard.

With this kind of talk about Clarke and Davis, the Conservative Party could end up as a very damaged and shrivelled Opposition Party after the next election as so many voters are alienated from taking a risk on a bunch of wannabees with no track record.

Barbara Villiers

Goldie,

Please do not tell Granny how to suck eggs. I know damn well politics is not nice or gracious - I am talking about the Cameron acolytes on this page. And since when did we need a Leader or PM who is nice? That would make me sleep easier in my bed at night - not!

As for the Telegraph piece - well, well, what have I been telling you all.

If Davis, who has been an excellent Shadow Home Secretary, does not get to stay in his post then it is spite, pure spite on the part of Cameron and his set. 'Nice' way to start off his leadership.

Barbara Villiers

Just read the 2 Telegraph articles myself. Ugh! The spite and malice just oozes from them and the reason they are using to justify it is just sickening. it won't wash.

And to give that great buffoon Boris Johnson something serious - please don't tell me how intelligent he is under that bluster - he is 'perceived' as a buffoon so he is - only using Cameroonie arguements here. The man is a liability but all lads together you know.

Jack Stone

Oh please grow up Babs. If David Cameron as won the election then he is entitled to pick the shadow cabinet he thinks is in the best interest of the party.
If he believes the party will be best served by having David Davis at defence then so be it.
Defence is an important department and to turn it down wouldn`t just be seen as a snub to DC but also as a snub to all those in our armed services serving abroad, risking there lives who need a voice in Parliament that will stand up for there interests.

Rick

Defence is an important department and to turn it down wouldn`t just be seen as a snub to DC but also as a snub to all those in our armed services serving abroad, risking there lives who need a voice in Parliament that will stand up for there interests.

The day a British soldier regards the MoD as having his interests at heart will be a red letter one.........the MoD is a disaster seemingly prone to having disasters in charge. It tends to reflect the supreme contempt politicians feel for the military and if Davis wants the job he should push for increased Defence spending and another 30.000 in the TAVR and ram that budget down Osborne gullet.

Barbara Villiers

No Jack it is you and the lovely Cameron who need to grow up - he and his crew are nasty and spiteful just as I feared - says a lot about you too that you can defend their disgusting actions.

Free Democrat

Crikey! Ms Villiers claims that Cameron and "his crew are nasty and spiteful just as I feared".

This just because the Sunday Telegraph has published a story that says DD may be offered Defence. Are we not getting things out of proportion just slightly?

If he wins the leadership election DC is entitled to form whatever Shadow Cabinet he wishes. It is far more important that the key members share Cameron's vision for the direction and tone the the Party sould adopt than he satisfies a need to be 'nice' to DD. I agree that DD has been a good Shadow Home Secretary thus far but if can't commit to the strategy for opposition that Cameron will want to pursue if he remains in post it just stores trouble for the future. Better a disgruntled "loser" now than an embarrasing sacking in a year or so with the associated "split" stories.

Besides until next week this is all just speculation - whoever is briefing the Sunday Telegraph may not really know what's going on at all.

Jack Stone

Babs.So DC as a reputation of being nice but isn`t really. This surely contrasts with David Davis who as a reputation as being a disloyal, scheming, thug and by all accounts is!

Barbara Villiers

Well Jack it takes on to know one! But as you don't know him at all, I am in a far better position than you to tell you he is emphatically not. Of course anyone who is an alpha male will always be slagged off by his inferiors. In this country anyone with guts, grit and determination is considered 'not quite the thing'- in America or Australia those qualities are admired.

Jack Stone

Babs.If he isn`t what people say he is its funny the way so few of those who have worked with him have backed him to be leader. I am sure that on tuesday we won`t see just that he is not quite the thing we are going to see that he is not the thing by a long way!

James Hellyer

"If he isn`t what people say he is its funny the way so few of those who have worked with him have backed him to be leader"

Other than the entire Shadow Home Affairs team.

Barbara Villiers

Jack -

All you know is what you read in the papers. I'm in Westminster so I get it from the horse's mouth, not the horse's ass!

Jack Stone

Babs. I thought you were an American or are you just another of those Yanks who fail to make it at home and come over here to tell us how to run our country.
I am surprised you say you are in Westminster. I was beginning to think you were Babs Windsor. You talk with about as much sense as we are use to hearing from Ms Windsor!

John Hustings

"I thought you were an American or are you just another of those Yanks who fail to make it at home and come over here to tell us how to run our country."

Is an anti-American comment really necessary? Some of us actually like Americans.

Daniel Vince-Archer

"Babs. I thought you were an American or are you just another of those Yanks who fail to make it at home and come over here to tell us how to run our country."

It's been said on this board that you are Spanish Jack. Surely you're not throwing stones in the glass house again?

wasp

I really like DAvis being given defense with homeland security and responsibility for border control policy etc.

Would bring a lot of weight to an area where I believe Labour could be exposed.

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