Tory MP goes on a war path against leadership


9:10 am - July 17th 2013

by Sunny Hundal    


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Conservative MP Dr Sarah Wollaston went on the warpath against her own party yesterday over recent decisions.

I have to admit – she has become one of the most refreshing, non-dogmatic and likable MPs in Parliament thanks to her independence.

She said on the NHS

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And then on lobbying by Lynton Crosby

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I wonder if Dr Sarah Wollaston has become the de-facto leader of the Tory left?

Would she see herself in that vein? Perhaps not but the band includes herself, Zac Goldsmith and (at a stretch) Greg Barker. Anyone else?

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Hundal:

I wonder if Dr Sarah Wollaston has become the de-facto leader of the Tory left?

No, it might just be that she’s one of the few Tories who live in the reality-based community.

She’s a perfect example of why open primaries are good for Parliament and bad for political parties.

She’s also wrong on miminum pricing, but you can’t have everything.

I group her with the likes of Douglas Carswell, Paul Flynn and Greg Mulholland. They are the pseudo-independents. They adopt a party badge more as an expression of their political instinct and less as part of tribal loyalty.

Tory Left?

FFS.

She’s an MP who has her own mind and isn’t afraid to speak it. She happens to be from a public service background. Left and right is nothing to do with it.

5. Richard Carey

She’s just a Tory with a Calvinist view on booze and fags. As such, she’d be just as at home in New Labour. The issue of lobbying in these instances is merely the false narrative of the puritans, who, unable to admit the lack of popularity or purpose in putting in place minimum alcohol prices or plain packs, must attribute the government’s failure to the influence of shadowy forces.

6. Man on Clapham Omnibus

5. Richard Carey

Didn’t know Calvinists knew tobacco gave you cancer.

Personally I prefer the Lutherans.Those guys really know how to handle their spirit.

7. Tubby Isaacs

“The issue of lobbying in these instances is merely the false narrative of the puritans, who, unable to admit the lack of popularity or purpose in putting in place minimum alcohol prices or plain packs”

So only Puritans would think Crosby had anything to do with plain packs, eh?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/telegraph-view/10033357/Dont-just-say-it-do-it-Mr-Cameron.html

“Call it the Crosby Effect. In recent days, the Conservative Party has been starting to sound – well, almost conservative. An expensive, nanny-statish plan to put cigarettes in plain packets has been dropped.”

Cameron put himself on the line for alcohol pricing. So what’s changed there?


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