👧👴 The MPs' second jobs debate has shown the remarkable rise of the 2019 Tory intake.

The age split in the Conservative parliamentary party has become "the red wall versus red corduroy", with big implications for policy.

Latest @FinancialTimes analysis ft.com/content/63fb5f…
@FinancialTimes The 2019 intake is more diverse in sex, ethnicity and political outlook than older Conservative MPs, and represents the first generation of millennial Tories.

Alicia Kearns was not even born when Christopher Chope first entered the Commons in 1983.

The rise of the younger intake is likely to gradually push the Tories in a different policy direction - with a focus on more interventionist economics, a liberal approach to planning reform plus a more pugnacious style of online campaigning.

.@PaulGoodmanCH: "The country is no longer split by class so we shouldn’t be surprised it has come to our parties. The Conservatives have benefited from this struggle electorally, but now it’s come to its own door and it’s much more difficult.” 

2019 intake isn't all red wallers, many are found in the home counties:

“Some have rock solid seats, many have very small majorities, which means the collective experience is very broad. Whereas very few people elected in 92 or 97 are in a marginal seat"

2019 vs older Tories are split on damage of sleaze because of their views on what Westminster is about:

"Our generation are strong campaigners . . . the older lot see it as a very different way of life, a relaxed debating chamber"

Younger Tories also live more of their lives online and many see political fortunes are won or lost on Twitter and Facebook. Older MPs very much do not.

“At least we post our own material instead of asking our staff to do it.” one 2019er noted.

There are stark policy splits. Older Tories lived through the Thatcher years and are eager to promote free market economics; the newer intake is happier to support Johnson’s interventionism

2019ers are less fussed about still pursuing a very clean Brexit


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As reported in @FinancialTimes this morning, Boris Johnson is set to ban paid consultancy work for MPs ft.com/content/ec3b88…
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The CSPL recommended a definition in 2018:

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"It is attractive because it would remove the lobbying risk"

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“I expect the people who have them [consultancy jobs] will be the people who the chief whip and others wouldn’t be unhappy if they decided they were not standing at the next election."

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The majority of the HS2 eastern leg is also being scrapped - a core part of the original business case for the railway.

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👨‍💼 Being an MP has become a full-time job with no room for outside interests.

The era of the “good chaps” theory government is over and its time to curtail or end second jobs, combined with a pay rise to match similar jobs.

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“When you spend years negotiating a treaty and then a few months later you do the opposite of what was decided on the aspects that suit you the least, it is not a big sign of your credibility.”

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