Mrs Crackenthorpe's Diary - 13 May
It’s been a wonderful few weeks in SW1, with the sun shining, blossoms blooming and the dawn of a new parliamentary session bringing Mrs C some much needed Spring cheer. With the Queen’s Speech confirming 38 new opportunities for SW1 to descend into a sewer of snitching and sniping, Mrs C is plucked, primed and ready to plunge into a fresh parliamentary year of mayhem and madness. To kick things off, here’s what has piqued my interest this week.
Mrs C wishes former MP Neil Parish all the best as he ventures into retirement, where no doubt he will have plenty of time to further explore his agricultural interests – hopefully in private. But with the farming aficionado’s exit comes an eggplant shaped hole in the role of chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee. Nattering with Tories about the runners and riders to replace Parish, and the same names pop up: Geoffrey Clifton Brown, Anthony Mangnall, Neil Hudson, Rob Goodwill, Chris Loader and Number 10 plum pick, Fay Jones. Those partial to a flutter may wish to place their bets…
It may be grim oop there, but the North of England certainly boasts an array of events to capture the public’s excitement and imagination – think Parklife, Creamfields, the Grand National. Accustomed as they are to such revelries, surely the most jaded of Yorkshire folk will be scintillated at the news that their country will soon play host to the first ever Northern Research Group conference. Arctic Monkeys and Meghan Thee Stallion may be headlining Leeds Fest this year, but over in Doncaster Mrs C understands a whole new level of rockstar is set to headline the main event at NRG Live: none other than Rishi Sunak.
Mrs C was utterly devastated to hear DCMS Spad Hudson Roe has exited government. He will be dearly missed. Interestingly, civil servants don’t seem too perplexed by his decision to abandon sweet Nadine. Rather, Mrs C hears the question doing the rounds is: how did he stay so long?
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