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By Andrew Porter Political Editor BACKBENCH Tory MPs, inspired by David Davis’s outspoken attack on the new Government, are planning to spend the summer coordinating a strategy to oppose parts of the Coalition.
other. Mr Pritchard is not considered a rebel leader and would couch his move as one of organisation rather than strong opposition.
But some Tory MPs remain sceptical about the Coalition generally, while others are bitter that they have been denied jobs that have been handed out to Liberal Democrats.
Three backbench groups are considering how they can present a more united front rather than individual MPs coming out to attack specific proposals put forward by ministers. Representatives will look to have informal discussions about how they should protect the interests of Tory supporters in the wake of the concessions made to accommodate the Liberal Democrats.
During the summer, MPs will discuss how things can be taken forward when they return from their break in September.
Mr Davis was overheard last week describing the union between David Cameron and Nick Clegg in unflattering terms. He is said to have talked of the “Brokeback Coalition” — a reference to a film about two homosexual cowboys.
The former shadow home secretary also made the observation, at a private gathering in a City pub, that it
David Davis concedes defeat to David Cameron in 2005
appeared the Government was able to deal with the concerns of Lib Dem backbench MPs unhappy about policy developments, but not those of the Tories.
He said the Government “has a mechanism for dealing with the Liberal party, most of whom are inside the Coalition. It does not have a mechanism for dealing with the Conservative Party, most of whom are outside the Coalition”.
It is understood that Mark Pritchard, the moderate Tory MP, is attempting to get the three main Tory dining clubs – the No Turning Back Group, the ’92 Group and Cornerstone – to talk to each
Several are privately ecstatic that Mr Davis’s comments have been put into the public domain. One said: “It is wrong to say that Davis is a lone wolf. There are issues, which is why we need to look at how better we get our messages across in a sensible way. David’s point on us not having a mechanism to deal with our concerns is right.”
Mr Davis, runner-up to Mr Cameron in the 2005 Tory leadership race, is keen not to be seen as the leader of a rebel faction. But Tory MPs have noted that his views carry weight and will want to exploit his influence if there future policies cause concern.
He successfully lobbied the Treasury to water down the proposals on capital gains tax. There is also widespread concern among Tory MPs about the plan to hold a referendum on the voting system in May.
By Robert Winnett in Washington TENS of thousands of classified American documents on Afghanistan were leaked on Sunday night, sparking a massive inquiry to find the source.
The documents disclose details of military operations between 2004 and 2009 including sensitive reports on civilian deaths. More than 90,000 papers were disclosed to the Wikileaks website.
The White House condemned the leak. A spokesman said: “We strongly condemn the disclosure of classified information by individuals and organisations, which puts the lives of the US and partner service members at risk and threatens our national security.”
The documents disclose how the armed forces may have killed dozens of civilians in Afghanistan.
They also reveal the secret efforts of coalition forces to hunt down and “kill or capture” senior Taliban and al-Qaeda figures.
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By Graham Ruddick THE beleaguered boss of BP will walk away with a £12 million pay deal even if he quits the oil giant, a move expected this week.
Tony Hayward was in talks over the weekend about leaving his position as chief executive. His departure was to be finalised on Monday.
Talks about Mr Hayward’s exit have centred on his severance package, which is politically sensitive and could prompt a new row with the American government.
The 53 year-old’s £10.8 million pension pot will pay out £584,000 a year when he turns 60, but the terms of his departure from BP could allow him to draw down the pension earlier.
The BP board is eager to avoid further political criticism but Mr Hayward is believed to want the severance deal to reflect his 28 years of service to the company. The payment could run into millions. Mr Hayward faced criticism for his handling of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill after saying the environmental impact would be “very, very modest” and “I want my life back”.
Under the terms of his contract, Mr Hayward is entitled to “current salary and benefits” on his departure, at least £1.04 million.
Last year, he earned £4.56 million: his salary of £1.04 million, a £2.09 million annual bonus, a £852,000 long-term incentive payment and £440,000 from cashing in 220,000 share options.
Shares in BP halved in value after the spill, falling from £6 in April. The decline has wiped about £24 billion off the value of the company, down from £72 billion.
Bob Dudley, who replaced Mr Hayward as the leader of BP’s response to the Deepwater Horizon crisis, is expected to be the new chief executive. He grew up in Mississippi and would be the first non-British BP chief. Mr Dudley has overseen an improvement in BP’s fortunes during the Gulf of Mexico crisis. The company is close to completing a relief well that should seal the leak.
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“Enough damage has been caused by this collapse of the pack of cards in the City of London and we are determined that the recovery should not be blocked by this in the future,” he said.
The Department for Business Green Paper will also outline plans to revive regional stock markets. The proposals will turn the clock back to 1973, when the regional bourses were merged into the London Stock Exchange. The idea for regional stock markets has been mooted on a regular basis since the early 1970s. It is designed to improve access to finance for smaller regional businesses.
In the Treasury Green Paper, plans will be outlined to give the regulation of banks to the Bank of England and to establish a Consumer Protection and Markets Authority. The changes to the regulation of banks reverse the regulatory framework put in place by the Labour government when it first assumed power in 1997. telegraph.co.uk/expat
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By Simon Johnson THE Queen started her summer holiday last week surrounded by memories and most of her family.
She boarded the Hebridean Princess for a cruise around the Western Isles, recreating what used to be one of the highlights of her year.
The Queen enjoyed an annual cruise around the Western Isles aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia until it was decommissioned in 1997.
So keen was she to repeat the experience that she has spent an estimated £200,000 chartering the Hebridean Princess for her family.
During the 10-day trip there will be parties to celebrate the 60th birthday of the Princess Royal next month and the 50th birthday of the Duke of York earlier this year.
The Royal family arrived at Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis last Friday to begin their holiday. The Queen, 84, wearing a lime green suit and headscarf, was joined by the Duke of York and his children, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice. The Princess Royal boarded with her husband, Vice-Admiral Tim Laurence.
Viscount Linley, the son of the late Princess Margaret, was with his wife Serena and their children, Charles and Margarita. The viscount’s sister, Lady Sarah Chatto boarded with her husband, Daniel, and their sons, Samuel and Arthur.
The Hon Mary Morrison, the Queen’s lady-in-waiting was one of the few royal servants. She arrived carrying luggage, two items of which were simply marked “The
By Martin Evans NICK GRIFFIN, the leader of the British National Party, was barred from attending a garden party at Buckingham Palace last week after being accused of using the event for “overtly” political purposes.
his attendance to promote the BNP after giving a television interview and posting a message on his party’s website describing the invitation as “highly symbolic”.
Mr Griffin condemned the decision as an “outrage” and “anti-British” and accused the Government of orchestrating the move.
The far-Right leader had been invited to the event, held by the Queen, in his capacity as a Member of the European Parliament and had been expected to attend with his wife and children. But, in a decision announced just hours before guests began arriving last Thursday, Palace officials said his invitation had been revoked.
It was claimed that Mr Griffin, who represents North West England in the European Parliament, had been using
Palace officials said his actions had raised security concerns and could cause discomfort for other guests attending.
A Palace spokesman said: “Nick Griffin MEP will be denied entry to today’s garden party at Buckingham Palace due to the fact he has overtly used his personal invitation for party political purposes through the media. This in turn has increased the security threat and the potential discomfort to the many other guests also attending.”
The BNP leader said: “This is quite amazing news. At no time was I informed that I wasn’t allowed to talk to the media about this. Other people have talked about attending. Why a double standard here? To say that one person in the country cannot speak to the media is an outrage.”
After giving a BBC interview last week, Mr Griffin was confronted by Peter Tatchell, a human rights campaigner, who demanded the BNP leader apologise for “the BNP’s long history of antiSemitism, homophobia and anti-Islamic views”.
Calling Mr Griffin a “gutless coward” as he left the BBC studios in Westminster, Mr Tatchell was pushed by two of Mr Griffin’s entourage.
Andrew Brons, the BNP’s MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, was allowed to attend the garden party after Palace officials said he had not sought to make political capital out of his invitation. The decision to ban Mr Griffin was taken by a handful of the most senior members of the royal household, including Christopher Geidt, the Queen’s private secretary, who took advice from the Metropolitan Police about the possibility of Mr Griffin’s attendance causing public disorder outside the Palace.
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Main picture, the Queen waves as she boards; left, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie; above, the Hebridean Princess; right the Princess Royal
Queen”. Mabel Anderson, who was nanny to the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal and her son, Peter Phillips, was also on board.
Joining later are the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex, and their children, and Peter Phillips and his wife, Autumn, who is due to have a baby in December.
The Queen, who was 30 minutes late boarding, waved to hundreds of cheering passengers on a nearby ferry. The Hebridean Princess, a former car ferry, now has 30 cabins and suites.
The ship’s itinerary is being kept secret but the cruise will end with a visit to the Castle of Mey, the home of the late Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, on the coast of Caithness at about the time of the 110th anniversary of her birth. A spokesman for the Queen said the holiday was a “private, family occasion”.
By Richard Alleyne Science Correspondent IT IS not unusual for spectators at a cricket match to see objects hurtling from the sky.
However, Jan Marszel, 51, and Richard Haynes, 52, were not witnessing sixes raining down from Kevin Pietersen, but instead an extremely rare meteor strike.
The rock, a few inches long and believed to be about 4.5 billion years old, split in two when it landed close to the pitch. Mr Marszel and Mr Hayes were watching Sussex play Middlesex at Uxbridge at the weekend. The England player Luke Wright was at the crease with Monty Panesar when they saw the black rock hurtling towards them. Mr Marszel, an IT consultant, said: “It landed
The pieces of rock from space five yards inside the boundary and split into two. One piece bounced up and hit me in the chest and the other ended up against the boundary board. It came across at quite a speed — if it had hit me full on, it could have been very interesting.”
They have offered the rocks for examination by experts.
Dr Matthew Genge, a meteorite expert at Imperial College London, said: “If this turns out to be a meteorite, it’s very exciting and would be the first fall in the UK since 1992.”