Is it time?
Surprise resignation today of Aiden Hoynes,
Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
and regarded as one of THE high flyers in the cabinet.
For weeks, Westminster's been rife with rumours about his
growing discontent with current Government policy.
In his letter to the Prime Minister,
he implies he is resigning
to "spend more time with the family" --
but few believe that is really what lies behind it.
It's all kicking off now, Minister.
He's due to make a personal statement to the House later today.
Perhaps then we will know the real reason behind his resignation
from the Government.
Aiden Hoynes and his wife Freya Gardner,
junior Education Minister
and a rising star in her own right,
have two young children.
Often dubbed The Golden Couple of Politics,
their marriage is known to be solid,
but the demands of a political marriage
are bound to put pressure on any family.
Thank you. Thank you all.
Thank you all. Thank you all.
How's he doing?
There's his speech.
Tell him to check my amendment on para two.
To the end of the beginning.
Personal statement, Mr Aiden Hoynes.
Mr Speaker, too often, the issue of immigration has been used
as a political football,
fuelled by inflated statistics in the tabloids
to appease the anti-immigration prejudice in Britain.
So when the Prime Minister first mooted his proposal
for an indefinite moratorium on immigration,
I was deeply concerned
that should he attempt to force such drastic reform through
before the election next year,
not only will it prevent skilled workers coming here
who we rely on for our desperately needed economic recovery,
but it impeaches our humanitarian reputation in providing asylum
for displaced people fleeing their own countries
to escape death and persecution.
I did my best to persuade my Right Honourable Friend
that his unilateral decision
would play into the xenophobic prejudices
of those who seek to turn us into Fortress Britain.
But I could not dissuade him.
Mr Speaker, while I appreciate
the Prime Minister's poor approval ratings
are a matter of concern to him...
蒂塔 看 爸爸在电视上
Dita! Look. It's Daddy!
His readiness to trample on human rights
in a craven attempt to attract votes
is of greater concern to me.
I therefore came to the reluctant conclusion
that I could no longer serve
in my Right Honourable Friend's Government.
I know some in the House will condemn my resignation
as disloyalty, Mr Speaker.
But I do so because it is the right thing to do,
and because my loyalty lies not just to my party,
but to my country.
It is for others to decide where their own loyalty lies.
Westminster is in leadership crisis mode
since Aiden Hoynes' incendiary resignation speech
which can only be interpreted as a bid for leadership.
He's known to have significant back bench support
but he must also get support from the heavyweights in cabinet
to make his bid credible.
As yet, there's been no word from the Prime Minister's office.
Hoynes residence, Dita speaking.
- It's done. -I saw.
Such a speech you wrote for him!
- How are the kids? - They're good.
The press will descend any minute.
Draw the curtains,
lock the front door and don't answer the phone.
Grandfather's on his way.
And keep an eye on Noah.
15 minute interview at three o'clock.
Clock's running, guys! Let's beat the grass on this!
Chancellor due on the World at One.
We know which way he'll jump.
No cabinet ministers have
commented yet - nothing on Politics Home.
-巴罗出了声明 -第一个 干得好
- Statement from Barrow. - First out the gate, good man!
"Courageous stand by Aiden Hoynes".
Dracott's blogging! "Given the challenges the country faces,
Aiden Hoynes' leadership bid today is badly misjudged
and not supported by his cabinet colleagues."
Self-serving little shit.
- I thought he was solid? - He was, last night.
He's been got at.
And we can quote you on that?
Anything from Bruce?
Voice mail. Any tweets from him?
Er, Guardian Blog -
"No comment as of yet from Home Office or Treasury."
- Anything from Guido Fawkes yet? - No.
"Education Minister backs beleaguered Prime Minister."
- Who tweeted that? - Sky News.
Attorney General and Northern Ireland Secretary,
"Full confidence in the Prime Minister".
It's too early to blink yet.
Bruce will turn it around for us.
Where the hell is he?
Statement from Downing Street
"In such times of austerity,
disappointing a cabinet minister chose
to put career ambitions ahead of party and country".
Tweet from The Times
"Resignation speech more a suicide bid
than a leadership bid."
Bruce is out!
Wheels up, guys!
I'm joined by Bruce Babbish,
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.
Can I ask you where you stand on
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