BLACK DOG: Boris Johnson can be relieved his new ‘policy tsar’ Liz Truss has ditched her less Tory friendly policy of scrapping Trident
As Boris Johnson revs up his campaign for No 10, he can be relieved his new ‘policy tsar’ Liz Truss has ditched one of her less Tory-friendly policy options – scrapping Trident.
In her pre-MP days as a think-tank wonk, Liz co-authored a report suggesting nuclear missiles cost too much.
‘What d’you expect from an ex-Lib Dem,’ snipes a rival leadership camp, unkindly.
As Boris Johnson revs up his campaign for No 10, he can be relieved his new ‘policy tsar’ Liz Truss has ditched one of her less Tory-friendly policy options – scrapping Trident [File photo]
Money continues to pile on Boris at the bookies, with Fitzdares taking a £20,000 stake on the frontrunner on Friday.
But Dog hears that half the punters are not actually Boris supporters. They’re looking to win a consolation prize if and when he wins and ‘ruins the country’, to quote one.
Bojo’s arch-critic Ruth Davidson may have forsworn No 10 ambitions but she’s still a contender in some parts.
In her pre-MP days as a think-tank wonk, Liz co-authored a report suggesting nuclear missiles cost too much. ‘What d’you expect from an ex-Lib Dem,’ snipes a rival leadership camp, unkindly [File photo]
The Scottish Tory leader stars in a forthcoming celebrity version of ITV game show The Chase and, while she said she couldn’t possibly reveal who won, the smiles surely gave it away. Spoiler alert!
Breaking up for anti-Brexit party Change UK is so hard to do. As well as flouncing out of Change, political glamour boy Chuka Umunna apparently still hasn’t phoned ex-Tory MP Anna Soubry.
‘He talked Anna into jumping ship and setting up the new movement. Now he doesn’t even call,’ sighed a Soubry pal. The cad!
Fellow Change UK quitter Heidi Allen is never off the TV screens now, but here’s a time when the serial defector was camera shy.
When still a Tory, Heidi hosted Sky News’s Sophy Ridge, right, at her Cambridgeshire home, but pulled the plug before Sophy could even get started.
‘She seemed to get ratty about the TV gear clogging up the place,’ a source whispers. ‘So it was “back to the studio” before we’d even got on air.’
The feud between anti-Brexit Speaker John Bercow and recently resigned Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom rages on.
Asked for the Tories’ biggest failure since the disastrous 2017 snap Election, leadership hopeful Leadsom replied: ‘Not getting rid of Bercow.’
Cue laughter from assembled Tory MPs.
Becky’s no long shot
Not every Leftie Labour MP cheered Corbyn favourite Rebecca Long-Bailey when she filled in for the Great Leader at Prime Minister’s Questions.
The largely error-free outing for Long-Bailey – dubbed ‘Wrong Daily’ by backstabbing Labour types – worried backers of her flatmate and fellow potential Corbyn replacement Angela Rayner.
‘It may be time to buy shares in Becky,’ sighed one Angela ally.
Tory arch-Brexiteer Sir Bill Cash had an excuse for bunking off from his beloved Commons European Scrutiny Committee last week.
Septuagenarian Bill was in Normandy to visit the grave of war hero dad Captain Paul Cash MC, who died fighting the Nazis a few weeks after D-Day – when his son was just four. Excuse accepted, Bill.
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