Wind farm sting Tory MP apologises
A Tory MP has apologised after appearing to back a rival candidate at an upcoming by-election.
Chris Heaton-Harris's apology came as an undercover Greenpeace video revealed Tory attempts to undermine Energy Secretary Ed Davey.
However, PoliticsHome.com has learned that Mr Davey has taken the rare step of insisting on joint sign-off of any decision on renewable energy made by his Energy Minister John Hayes.
The Conservative MP was charged with running the party's campaign for the Corby by-election and was secretly filmed apparently supporting a rival candidate.
Greenpeace has released footage of Chris Heaton-Harris, filmed at the Conservative conference, in which he seems to say he had supported Telegraph journalist James Delingpole’s standing on an anti-wind farm platform to increase the publicity around wind farms.
Mr Heaton-Harris said he had not supported Mr Delingpole’s candidacy, because the writer had never technically stood.
Work and Pensions Minister Mark Hoban this morning dismissed the story as "gossip and political chitchat", and claimed the people of Corby were more interested in "the economic recovery we're seeing".
"I think what matters to people in Corby is not what was reported as said, but what they see today, with these employment figures showing there are more people in work, fewer people unemployed and more opportunities out there for them," he told Sky News.
When asked to comment on the reports, Home Secretay Theresa May told the BBC: "Chris is campaigning hard and will be out campaigning hard today and tomorrow."