Seven Days Show with @iaindale now on @toryradio


The latest edition of The Seven Days Show (episode 41) is now online. In the show this week we spoke about the possibility of an electoral pact as suggested by Nick Boles; Lord Ashcroft’s new book and whether he will remain involved in politics; whether collective responsibility applies to Lib Dem Ministers; if not having a Queen’s Speech next year is undemocratic; whether fixed term Parliaments are a good thing; whether Andy Burnham spoke the truth about cuts on Question Time this week; who will win the Labour leadership election; whether tax avoidance is bad; thoughts  on the visit of the Pope; Iain’s new LBC job; and how when Iain’s Conference get together is.

Also don’t miss the exclusive story of the attacking squirrels and Iain’s speculation about a certain politician and their knickers.

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Five podcasts with the new intake

Listen to interviews with five of the new intake right here on Tory Radio. Just click the links to listen:-

Mark Menzies MP

Damian Collins MP

Elizabeth Truss MP

Mary Macleod MP

Nicky Morgan MP


Why a pact just isn't on

We have all read about proposals for a pact between the Tories and Lib Dems at the next election. Thankfully, or should I say hopefully they are being given short shrift. Firstly lets take the policy previously adopted by CCHQ demanding that Tory candidates fight every seat (locally) even if standing aside could have let say an independent in and handed control of a Council into Tory hands. I hardly think that policy fits in well with an electoral pact whereby a Tory PPC would be asked to stand aside if a Lib Dem is more likely to win a seat.

But lets take the town I was born in.. Chestefield. It is very clear that the Tory candidate who increased their vote probably cost the Lib Dem’s that seat. Yet is that a bad thing? For you see I know Paul Holmes and he has told me he is to the left of the Labour party. If there had been a pact you are essentially saying a Tory should stand aside to let someone more left wing than the Labour party win? Sorry, but that’s not why I joined the Tory party 16 years ago.

There are of course there seats just like this where the Lib Dem may well be further to the left of the Labour candidate or MP and we should consider a situation where we make it easier for them to win? Surely not.

Finally hasn’t it dawned on anyone that if a Tory stood down you are more than likely going to get someone else stand to mop up the vote the Tory may have got, so all your efforts will have been for nothing, with the only result being your have taken away the right of local people to vote for a Conservative.

Personally I cant see many Lib Dems wanting to stand aside to give a Tory a free run just as I cant see many Tories want to give a Lib Dem a free run at the next General Election. As is constantly pointed out, we are separate parties with different views an long may that continue.

Andy Burnham speaks the truth on #bbcqt

“Lets get some honesty in this debate. There would have be significant spending cuts under Labour, and there would have been job losses under Labour so lets get some honesty in this debate at the beginning.”


Exclusive interview with Mary Macleod MP

In the latest in a series of interviews, Tory Radio took the time to talk to Mary Macleod, Member of Parliament for Brentford and Isleworth.

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Latest PMQs podcast now online

If you missed this weeks Prme Minister’s Questions then listen again on our podcast.

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Exclusive interview with Elizabeth Truss MP

In the latest in a series of interviews with the new intake Tory Radio took the opportunity to talk to Elizabeth Truss, Member of Parliament for South West Norfolk.

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Pay better in the public sector?

In one of the comments left on this blog, when I suggested that pay, now in the public sector was better than that in the private sector it was suggested by someone (you know who) that I probably got those stats from Conservative Central Office.

Interestingly today in The Telegraph they report that the office for National Statistics found that “full time public sector staff earned an average of  £74 a week more than those in the private sector. Once employer pension contributions were taken included the gap rose to £136.”

So public sector workers (and I have been one for over 50% of my employed life) are not the underpaid downtrodden lot the Unions would lead us to believe.

Funny…… I think the ONS have made the point I was making rather more effectively that I could ever have!

Friends in politics

I’m not sure who said it, but my experience having been involved in party politics since 1990 is that you may have many acquaintances, but only a few friends in politics.

Too many people will want to stab you in the back to climb that greasy pole, or won’t show you any semblance of loyalty. People with hidden agendas or axes to grind. That’s why friends in politics are to be treasured.

When I was selected as the Parliamentary candidate for Bassetlaw, Frank Martin was the Association Chairman. A tall elderly looking chap. Quite intimidating to a young (ish) PPC. Frank was nothing but supportive to me (which I know many candidates will agree is not always a given) giving me a great insight into local issues which you could only gain from years of experience.  So much s that we kept in contact long after the General Election and came to regarding both him and his lovely wife Krys as good friends.

Today we attended Frank’s funeral. I now have one less friend in politics.

Exclusive interview with Damian Collins MP

In the latest in a series of interviews, Tory Radio took the time to talk to Damian Collins, Member of Parliament for Folkestone and Hythe.

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