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Tory MPs scrap over World Cup semi-final

Tory MPs scrap over World Cup semi-final
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Just this weekend, the Tories were joining others in rounding on Labour for trying to politicise the World Cup – with a call for a bank holiday. But with the Conservative party now in the midst of blue-on-blue warfare over Theresa May's Brexit position, that memo appears to have gone out of the window.

Ahead of England's World Cup semi final match against Croatia on Wednesday, Henry Smith – the Conservative MP – took to Twitter to complain of an invite he had received from Chief Whip Julian Smith on behalf of No 10. The problem? He had been invited to watch the England match at Downing Street – but given that May 'isn't bringing Brexit home' he thought it would be a 'bad omen' to attend:

https://twitter.com/HenrySmithUK/status/1016742315149484033

In a sign of the times, Smith swiftly responded by telling Smith he could pass on the invite to a constituent:

https://twitter.com/JulianSmithUK/status/1016780800396800001

If they're both not careful, soon the only thing definitely coming home will be Jeremy Corbyn to Downing Street.

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Steerpike is The Spectator's gossip columnist, serving up the latest tittle tattle from London and beyond. Email tips to steerpike@spectator.co.uk.

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