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and its all about getting thru 1st 100 days as one ally put it to me today this will either be the shortest pr
And... it’s all about getting thru 1st 100 days. As one ally put it to me today ‘This will either be the shortest premiership ever or he’ll get through Oct 31 and we’ll have a spring general election’ (on basis BJ needs more than a minority govt to rule in any real sense) 2/2
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big day tmrw new leader announced just b4 midday bj decisions on top team still v fluid will hunt be demoted a
Big day tmrw. New leader announced just b4 midday.
- BJ decisions on top team still ‘v fluid’. Will Hunt be demoted? Allies say BJ cross about stuff JH has said
- Hear people will begin to be told if they’re out as early as tmrw ‘he’s got a lot to get through’ Clear out big 1/2
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swinson talks about the turnaround in recent months as she cites the best ever local council results the recor
Swinson talks about the turnaround in recent months as she cites the best ever local council results, the record performance in the EU elections and double digit polling. “Liberal Democrats are winning again”
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swinson says she is ready for the fight of our lives says she wants to grow the liberal movement that our coun
Swinson says she is “ready for the fight of our lives”. Says she “wants to grow the liberal movement that our country so desperately needs” And to those who say liberalism is obsolete, “liberalism is alive and thriving”
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swinson says she is over the moon to win and notes shes the first woman to lead the lib dems
Swinson says she is “over the moon” to win and notes she’s the first woman to lead the Lib Dems
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jo swinson elected as new lib dem leader she won 47k votes versus 28k for ed davey 72 turn out
Jo Swinson elected as new Lib Dem leader.
She won 47k votes versus 28k for Ed Davey
72% turn out
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break jo swinson has been elected the new leader of the liberal democrats
BREAK: Jo Swinson has been elected the new leader of the Liberal Democrats.
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sir alan they ll inherit the same problems amp same arithmetic or perhaps slightly worse arithmetic with an ev
Sir Alan: "They'll inherit the same problems & same arithmetic, or perhaps slightly worse arithmetic with an even more polarised party. The difficulties have increased not decreased as a result of having a leadership contest, so I think he’ll be living on a knife edge"
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sir alan says he thinks johnson would have won that confidence vote but now it is launched in doubt i think he
Sir Alan says he thinks Johnson would have won that confidence vote. But now it is launched in doubt: “I think he will be living on a knife edge”
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sir alan it was a confidence vote in johnson i would have voted for him but i think there is doubt so in my vi
Sir Alan: “It was a confidence vote in [Johnson]. I would have voted for him but I think there is doubt so in my view it is very important to get it launched in confidence rather than live with doubt.”

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i forgot about this my last interview with was back in september and he told me this when i asked him about tv
I forgot about this. My (last) interview with @BorisJohnson was back in September and he told me this when I asked him about TV debates 👇
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it s really kicking off someone in the erg tells me this cannot be allowed the cabinet have to move against ma
"It's really kicking off," someone in the ERG tells me: "This cannot be allowed, the cabinet have to move against May. The '22 chairman has to go to her and tell her she has to go"
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there really are double standards at play today some brexiteers were absolutely outraged when obama warned the
There really are double standards at play today. (Some) Brexiteers were absolutely outraged when Obama warned the UK would be ‘back of queue’ in any US trade deal. This was regarded as unacceptable meddling in UK matters. But when Trump advocates No Deal Brexit...
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new ballot closed and im told by sources on 22 that it was decided to disallowed phones in room because of an
NEW: Ballot closed and I’m told by sources on ‘22 that it was decided to disallowed phones in room because of an aggressive whipping operation from Team Johnson. Told had been instructed to take photo of their ballot paper to prove they’d backed Johnson.
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iain duncan smith tells me this is an utter disaster gove is utterly wrong we are just about to legitimize cor
Iain Duncan Smith tells me: “This is an utter disaster. Gove is utterly wrong. We are just about to legitimize Corbyn. It is appalling.”
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this is very basic amp important to say the implementation period only happens if withdrawal agreement is sign
This is very basic & important to say. The implementation period only happens IF Withdrawal Agreement is signed off. And under WTO rules there cannot be tariff-free trade if No Deal. Art 24 requires a temp trade agreement. EU clear it won’t sign a rapid trade deal if WA rejected
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new mark francois writes to brady to request informal indicative vote of no confidence in pm on weds 3pm b4 eu
NEW: Mark Francois writes to Brady to request informal indicative vote of no confidence in PM on Weds 3pm b4 EUCO “I believe May has been a failure as Leader of our Party, which she now threatens to destroy. Hers is a classic example of hubris – and after hubris, comes nemesis.”
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if farage cant win in seat where 61 of the population voted leave where can he win this from the count via
If Farage can’t win in seat where 61% of the population voted leave, where can he win? ⁦⁦This from the count via @joncraig
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yougov poll in times 28 of public want no deal brexit while 43 want to revoke a50 and remain in eu i wonder ho
YouGov Poll in Times: 28% of public want no-deal Brexit while 43% want to revoke A50 and remain in EU. I wonder how much those preferences flip among Tory party members? Johnson/Hunt know what to say to win, but what about governing the country afterwards?
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a no deal exit coupled with big tax and spend commitments a party that once prided itself on fiscal competence
A No Deal exit coupled with big tax and spend commitments; A party that once prided itself on fiscal competence is becoming completely divorced from economic reality >
Total(1) => 0.50811505317688 f_f_QM(2) => 0.13467407226562 indS(2) => 0.059693813323975 indM(2) => 0.068719863891602 indM_1(2) => 0.0051929950714111 indM_2(2) => 0.0017328262329102 indM_4(2) => 0.008173942565918 indM_5(2) => 0.0033190250396729 indM_6(2) => 0.0016369819641113 indM_7(2) => 0.015611886978149 indM_8(2) => 0.0014398097991943 indM_9(2) => 0.016524076461792 indM_10(2) => 0.014699697494507 f_f_pTL(2) => 0.36273002624512 f_f_dT(20) => 0.36245608329773