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Tory power couple’s TV love-in

It appears David Lammy isn’t the only MP building a lucrative media career. Turning on GB News yesterday, Mr S enjoyed seeing not one but two Tory backbenchers presenting a show together: Esther McVey and her husband Philip Davies. The pair are very much the Beyonce and Jay Z of the Commons, having enjoyed parliamentary freebies together for a number of years.  And now the couple seem to be making the most publicly out of their private lives by hosting a programme on which they regularly invite their fellow Conservative MPs. Yesterday’s offering for instance boasted not one but two of McVey’s colleagues, with both Treasury minister John Glen and veteran

Philip Davies leads by example on equality

In the last Parliament, Philip Davies received a lot of flak after he was elected on to the Women and Equalities Committee. As Davies has vigorously campaigned for men’s rights to be given a better hearing and raised doubts about the intentions of some feminists, some questioned his intention. However, at least Davies remains committed to the committee – which is more than can be said for most Conservative MPs. Davies has the dubious honour of being one of only two Tory MPs (the other being Kirstene Hair) to put their name down for the committee. This means there is no contest and there remains two Tory vacancies for the committee. On the news,

Philip Davies interview: I don’t like being bullied

Philip Davies originally wanted to be a journalist but decided against it after coming to the conclusion that he lacked the confidence: ‘It was my ambition in life but I just realised I was too shy. You’ve got to have a confidence that I think I probably never had.’ Now an unruly backbencher, it’s hard to believe the MP for Shipley is one to suffer from self-doubt. Westminster’s pantomime villain, Davies has a reputation for championing unfashionable causes – from talking out bills that help the vulnerable to standing up for men’s rights in the face of ‘militant feminists’. Last month he gave his critics fresh cause for complaint when

Philip Davies vs women and equalities committee: round II

When news spread last week that Philip Davies had been elected onto the women and equalities committee, there was an outcry from several female Parliamentarians. Concerned that Davies was more interested in men’s rights than women’s, Caroline Lucas brought up that he was an ‘anglo-saxon white male’ by way of objection. While Davies has since said he hopes to bring some ‘common sense’ to the committee, this has done little to appease his critics. Today some of his opponents are rumoured to be debating making their feelings known by objecting to a motion to approve his membership. Usually this is just a formality but some MPs have said they could challenge it. However, Davies tells Steerpike

Philip Davies trolls the women and equalities committee

On Tuesday, there was surprising news in Parliament as it emerged that Philip Davies had been elected onto the women and equalities committee. Given that Davies has vigorously campaigned for men’s rights to be given a better hearing and raised doubts about the intentions of some feminists, even an outsider could hazard a guess that it might not be a match made in heaven. So, Davies appearance today on the Daily Politics will most likely only add fuel to the fire. Davies, appearing alongside Caroline Lucas, compared himself to Ukip MEPs in Brussels as he tried to explain why he had joined: ‘If I can bring some common sense to

International Men’s Day debate descends into battle of the sexes

Today the Commons played host to a battle of the sexes as MPs gathered for a bad-tempered debate to mark International Men’s Day, for the first time in its history. Philip Davies led the charge, following his campaign for the event to be given the same treatment as International Women’s Day. He called for more to be done regarding suicide rates and educational under-achievement among men and raised the issue of ‘the part-time gender pay gap’, which sees women paid 6 per cent more than men. ‘It is unlikely that men will get cervical cancer,’ Sir Paul Beresford observed, before arguing that boys ought to be given the HPV vaccination to

Watch: Philip Davies and Tristram Hunt go to war over the white working class

Once upon a time Labour was seen to be the party of the working class while the Conservatives that of the Old Etonians. However, in recent years the Labour party has been accused of losing touch with its working class voters. So, Mr S was intrigued to see Philip Davies and Tristram Hunt debate one another on the Victoria Derbyshire show. Although the pair were set to talk about Trump’s victory, it soon turned into a class war as Davies accused the Labour MP of being a member of the metropolitan elite. While Hunt claimed Trump was a ‘dangerous character’ who was ‘dangerous to trade because of his views on trade’, Davies

Can filibustering be filleted out of Private Members’ Bills?

‘The Commons at its best’ is a bit of a pompous phrase that people apply to all sorts of sessions in Parliament that aren’t really the Commons at its best at all. But the Commons at its worst is surely easy to find: it’s when MPs meet on a Friday to discuss Private Members’ Bills. These sessions have turned into a circus of MPs proposing slightly rubbish legislation, and Philip Davies or one of his colleagues talking that legislation out so that there cannot be a vote on its second reading, thereby killing it. This then leads to fury from the backbencher who proposed the Free Unicorns Bill and any

Today in audio: Philip Davies and David Cameron’s ‘loving hug’

Bernard Hogan-Howe was up in front of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee today where Keith Vaz did his best to soften up the Met Police commissioner at the start of the hearing by asking him for his views on the EU referendum. But Hogan-Howe said he wasn’t getting involved: Whilst on the subject of Lord Bramall and Lord Brittan, Hogan-Howe resolutely maintained his position. He told MPs that the apology he gave to Lady Brittan ‘was certainly a full apology’ for not having told her early enough that her husband was not being prosecuted: On the subject of the EU, David Cameron said he was ‘great friends’ with Boris

Listen: Jess Phillips vs Philip Davies on ‘ridiculous’ International Men’s Day debate

When the Tory MP Philip Davies called for a Commons debate to mark International Men’s Day last week during a backbench business committee meeting, his suggestion was met with laughter from Labour’s Jess Phillips. Phillips said that despite it being the case that a Commons debate currently marks International Women’s Day, it was ‘laughable’ to suggest that the men should have the same for International Men’s Day. She said that men do not need more opportunities to speak in the House of Commons given the current ratio of men to women. So when the pair were brought together on the Daily Politics to air their differences, it made for some entertaining viewing.

Philip Davies moves on from Esther McVey

When Esther McVey moved into Philip Davies’ flat in 2013, the pair were quick to dispel rumours that they were anything more than good friends. Davies – who had separated from his wife at the time – went so far as to gush of his glamorous friend that he was ‘flattered anyone could think I am dating her’. Now the platonic pair’s living arrangements have come to an end, with McVey – who lost her seat to Labour in the election – recently moving out of Davies’ London flat. Happily, the Tory backbencher won’t be short of company, as Davies tells Mr S he has already found a new housemate: ‘I have a new housemate, he’s

Tory backbenchers talk out ‘revenge evictions’ bill

Fridays in the House of Commons Chamber are rarely edifying experiences, and today a number of MPs and campaigners are very exercised that two backbenchers managed to talk out a private members’ bill which claimed to give tenants better protection against so-called ‘revenge evictions’. These evictions are when a tenant complains about the leaking bath or mouldy wall and finds themselves being turfed out by their landlord. Sarah Teather had introduced the Tenancies (Reform) Bill to prevent landlords issuing no-fault eviction notices if they had failed to meet safety standards and their tenant had formally complained about them. The government decided to support it and so did Labour, though many

Ed Miliband bruises Cameron over Coulson. But will it make a difference?

The pressure was all on Miliband today. With Cameron hurt, he needed to show that he can still press home an advantage. First, we all had to listen to the Speaker, who rather enjoys listening to himself. He began with a long and winding overture about the dangers of prejudicing the Coulson trial. One sentence would have done it: yesterday’s convictions are mentionable, those due today aren’t. But he rambled on and on. His legal witterings were delivered with all the clunking sonorities and ham pauses of an under-employed luvvie delivering the Gettysburg address. And he couldn’t stop interfering during the debate. Miliband had carefully planned his ambush and committed

The fight for compassionate Conservatism

‘Has the Secretary of State, like me, managed to watch programmes such as Benefits Street and On Benefits & Proud? If so, has he, like me, been struck by the number who complain about welfare reform while able to afford copious amounts of cigarettes, have lots of tattoos, and watch Sky TV on the obligatory widescreen television?’ This question, from the Tory backbencher Philip Davies in Parliament this week, was not one Iain Duncan Smith would have welcomed. The Work and Pensions Secretary is desperate to avoid any language that casts the poor as the indolent authors of their own misfortune. But as he knows, not all of his Tory

Bookbenchers: Philip Davies MP | 12 August 2012

Over at the books blog, Tory MP Philip Davies has answered our Bookbencher questionnaire. Davies is the present holder of the Readers’ Representative at the Spectator’s Parliamentarian of the Year Awards. He believes that 1984 is the book that best describes now; and he would rescue the three volumes of Margaret Thatcher’s autobiography from the burning British Library. Davies is known by some as the ‘darling of the right’, but after this he should be nicknamed The Gruffalo.