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Covid is a class issue: no wonder the Tories don’t care Those on lower incomes suffer Covid disproportionately. Is that why the Tories appear to be increasingly indifferent to it as an issue?

Rayner urges Tories to repay £580k of public funds spent on polling

Rayner urges Tories to repay £580k of public funds spent on polling

Rayner urges Tories to repay £580k of public funds spent on polling

Have you heard of Ben Elliot? The Tories’ ‘money man’ is a ‘high-society operator’ installed by Boris Johnson in 2019 as co-chair to ensure the party was bankrolled at the last election, is wealthy today and will be well into the future

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Ben Elliot’s strategy is networking money to power. Some senior Tories talk of a ‘250 club’ of donors who've given £250,000 or more. A party spokesman denied such a group’s existence, but eight Conservative party donors gave sums of exactly £250k in 2020

The pathetic thing about this story is that the amounts of money the "big donors" give the Tories is tiny compared with their wealth and also tiny relative to the damage their influence can do to tax policy, environmental policy etc.

By contrast to Ben Elliot, Boris Johnson is widely seen by senior Tories as useless at raising money. Says one former colleague: he ‘detests’ asking for cash and is delighted to leave the fundraising work to Elliot

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"Johnson, by contrast, is widely seen by senior Tories as useless... ... ... ... ...at raising money."

Apparently these very rich people giving lots of money to the Tories have no influence on government policy In other news: pigs can fly and the earth is flat...

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The Tories had no problem finding £16 billion extra for the military, £37 billion for the privatised Test & Trace system & fortunes for mates in dodgy Covid contracts. But when nurses, teachers & key workers demand a fair pay rise, suddenly they say there's no money. Fraudsters.

The new Health Secretary, Sajid Javid, earns £150k as an advisor to US bank JP Morgan. JP Morgan say they "see the opportunities that lie ahead" for private healthcare. The ultimate "opportunity" for private healthcare is NHS privatisation. The NHS isn't safe with the Tories.

Boris Johnson tells us he wants no child to be more than 15 minutes away from a football pitch. The Tories' cuts have closed over 700 council football pitches since 2010.

MPs just voted on the Tories' new NHS Bill. It extends NHS privatisation, opens the floodgates to cronyism, & incentivises cuts & closures. It's really an NHS Corporate Takeover Bill. I voted against it, but Tory MPs voted it through. I'll keep fighting for our NHS 👊🏽

In Parliament, I just highlighted that since 2010 the Tories: - Cut school funding per pupil by 9% - Closed 750+ youth centres, 800+ libraries, & 1000+ Sure Start centres - Scrapped EMA & maintenance grants - Trebled tuition fees Jacob Rees-Mogg's reply? It's a "proud record".

Serco's CEO is the brother of a former Tory MP. His partner is a Tory Party donor. And Serco's former top spin doctor is the Tory Minister for Health. In Parliament, I just voted for Test and Trace funding to go to local public health teams, not Serco. The Tories voted it down.

I try not to tweet political opinions, but as it’s my birthday allow me just one. The Tories do want to sell off the NHS. Not in one go, just bit by bit until it’s unrecognisable. You’ll turn up one day and there will be a priority waiting room. They’ve always been open about it.

I see some Tories are calling for a sentence of ten years in jail if you scrawl paint on a monument (that can be washed off) Average sentence for rape is 8 years. Good to see they’re getting their priorities right.

Just for the avoidance of doubt: The Tories dutifully trooping through the No lobbies right now are voting *against* an amendment that says its aim is to “protect the right for unaccompanied child refugees to be reconciled with their family after Brexit”. Words fail me...

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