Lansley's latest gaffe

Senior Tory declares: "I think we're really going to win"

From the Conservative conference

The gaffe-prone Andrew Lansley has done it again. At the start of his speech this afternoon, the shadow health secretary declared:

I'm looking forward to 2010. We've got the team, we've got the captain . . . I think we're really going to win this time. But you know, I'm not just thinking about the World Cup, I'm thinking about the general election.

Lansley's casual triumphalism is the antithesis of the sober, businesslike attitude that David Cameron has encouraged his party to adopt. This year, after Lansley let slip the Conservative plan to cut public spending by 10 per cent in most Whitehall departments, a source in Cameron's office told ConservativeHome that "no one is unsackable . . . [Lansley] will not be forgiven another gaffe."

After this latest gaffe, it's even more likely that Lansley will follow Alan Duncan out of the shadow cabinet before the election.

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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Tory Brexiter Daniel Hannan: Leave campaign never promised "radical decline" in immigration

The voters might not agree...

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It was the Leave campaign's pledge to reduce EU immigration that won it the referendum. But Daniel Hannan struck a rather different tone on last night's Newsnight. "It means free movement of labour," the Conservative MEP said of the post-Brexit model he envisaged. An exasperated Evan Davis replied: “I’m sorry we’ve just been through three months of agony on the issue of immigration. The public have been led to believe that what they have voted for is an end to free movement." 

Hannan protested that EU migrants would lose "legal entitlements to live in other countries, to vote in other countries and to claim welfare and to have the same university tuition". But Davis wasn't backing down. "Why didn't you say this in the campaign? Why didn't you say in the campaign that you were wanting a scheme where we have free movement of labour? Come on, that's completely at odds with what the public think they have just voted for." 

Hannan concluded: "We never said there was going to be some radical decline ... we want a measure of control". Your Mole suspects many voters assumed otherwise. If immigration is barely changed, Hannan and others will soon be burned by the very fires they stoked. 

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