Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments, as MPs debate the government bill for an early election 12.15pm GMT Most general elections get described as the most important the country has faced for a generation or so. Here is the academic Matthew Goodwin making a case for why this might be true this time around.Britain looks set for the most consequential election in its entire postwar history. Brexit, a 2nd referendum, Johnson’s embryonic premiership & Corbyn’s Labour hang in the balance. As Nixon once said: “There’s nothing wrong with this country which a good election can’t fix!” 12.11pm GMT Former Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has confirmed that she will not take up her new post at an international communications firm while she continues to sit in the Scottish parliament.Davidson faced a storm of criticism after the announcement last Thursday that she intended to take up an appointment as a senior adviser to Tulchan Communications – their managing partner is the former Conservative party chair Andrew Feldman, a close ally of David Cameron – before stepping down as an MSP in 2021. It was reported that Davidson would be paid £50,000 for 24 days’ work a year.The debate in Scotland about my taking an advisory role with Tulchan Communications has become increasingly contentious. I, and Tulchan, have therefore agreed not to proceed with the appointment.I sat down with Scottish parliamentary officials in advance to go through the code of conduct, in detail, in order to avoid any conflict and to ensure I would be working within the rules at all times. The role reflected this.The consensus view from political opponents and commentators is that working to improve businesses’ understanding of the cares and concerns of people is somehow incompatible with my role as an MSP. So if I am asked to choose between Holyrood and this role, then I choose the parliament I have dedicated the last nine years to, eight as party leader, a decision Tulchan supports. Continue reading…
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Author : Andrew Sparrow
Publish date : 2019-10-29 12:15:06
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