Alok Sharma’s role as chair of the Cop26 conference – to be held in Glasgow in November – is now a full-time Cabinet position. But his record on climate issues is poor, and he doesn’t have long to turn this around. The world will be watching.
Juvenal was a Roman poet from the late 1st century and early 2nd century AD. He wrote a collection of satirical poems known as the Satires. One satire included the line "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" which translates as "Who will guard the guards themselves?" or "Who will watch the watchmen?". Juvenal will watch the watchmen for Yorkshire Bylines, looking closely at the activities of our MPs, those who represent the good people of Yorkshire.
The education secretary Gavin Williamson has surpassed even Chris Grayling for consistently failing in his latest Cabinet position. His detrimental influence on a whole generation looks set to be complete. Yet he seems untouchable. Why?
Juvenal’s latest expose looks at Alexander Stafford, the new MP for Rother Valley. A compliant Conservative backbencher, Stafford has employed the language of culture wars to appeal to his base, while championing environmental reform to the more progressive media.
Nigel Adams finds himself in The Huffington Post after a freedom of information request (FOI) showed that his Selby and Ainsty Constituency Conservative Association got £10,000 from the government for his Tadcaster office. The money was for business rate relief, part of the government’s support for businesses and self-employed people during the coronavirus shutdown. According […]
An attack ad was recently aired against Chancellor Rishi Sunak, criticising him for his wealthy lifestyle, hedge fund background, and public relations team. It was warmly welcomed across the Twitter left. This may not be the most popular opinion, but I think that it was a bad attack, mostly because it was short-sighted. Attacking a […]
Former Brexit Secretary David Davis, the man responsible for our withdrawal from the EU between 2016 and his resignation in 2018, has revealed once again that he simply does not understand Brexit. He is, as my mother would have said, as dim as a Toc-H lamp (Google it). The Haltemprice and Howden MP tweeted almost […]
Correction: The initial version of this article stated that Imran Ahmad Khan MP attended a party with Wakefield AFC on Saturday night. Mr Ahmad Khan has clarified to the Wakefield Express that it was an “initiation – not a party – and they sang some songs”. He has yet to explain why the Tier 2 […]
A local campaign group, Sheffield for Europe, has complained that Miriam Cates, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, is refusing to engage with her constituents, and not responding to their queries and concerns. Mary Seneviratne, chair of Sheffield for Europe, said: “An MP is elected to represent all their constituents, and should be available to meet […]
On the surface there is little to connect the son of a school caretaker from Goole with an old Etonian and former president of the Oxford Union. Yet Nigel Adams is one of the loyal band of lickspittles MPs who have stuck close to the prime minister through thick and thin. Johnson I assume, regards […]
Julian Sturdy is Conservative MP for York Outer and also a farmer. On 22 June 2016 he revealed on his website that he intended to vote to leave the EU which he describes in the same post as either on its way to becoming a super state or alternatively, might not survive at all. Mr […]
When Anthony Calvert, perennial Conservative candidate in Wakefield and its environs, had to step down in November 2019 following the emergence of racist, misogynist and just plain nasty tweets from the time he’d been candidate in Morley and Outwood, many wondered which loyal Brexiter would step in. The seat was marginal, mainly as a result […]