Robert Lewandowski does what no other Bundesliga player has done before as Bayern Munich breeze past Borussia Dortmund

9 Nov

Robert Lewandowski became the first player in Bundesliga history to score in eleven consecutive games as he helped Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund at the Allianz Arena. Bayern didn’t just beat their rivals though, they smashed them, winning 4-0 at the Allianz Arena – Robert Lewandowski scoring two of them. This comes six days after […]

Unai Emery insists Arsenal can finish in top four despite Leicester defeat, answers questions about his future as manager

9 Nov

Unai Emery is adamant he’s the right man to lead Arsenal’s pursuit of Champions League football despite their defeat at Leicester on Saturday. The Gunners were beaten 2-0 at the King Power Stadium thanks to goals from Jamie Vardy and James Maddison. It leaves the north Londonders eight points off the top four with just […]

Social media transparency data is giving real time insight on party strategy at #GE2019

9 Nov

The upcoming general election is the first general election in the UK where social media companies are publishing transparency data, showing which political advertisements are being displayed on the platforms, who is paying for them, and the amounts being spent. Facebook is, by far, the largest platform for social media political advertisements in the UK. In the first full week of the campaign to the 4th of November, there was £175k of spending on campaign related advertisements on the platform, … Read more

Chris Wilder says Sheffield United ‘have to accept’ VAR as Blades are denied goal at Tottenham with marginal offside call

9 Nov

Chris Wilder refused to get sucked into the debate about VAR even though his Sheffield United side were on the wrong end of an incredibly tight decision at Tottenham. The Blades thought they had levelled the game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium when David McGoldrick got on the end of a low cross from the […]

Kyle Busch tops Logano for Phoenix pole

9 Nov

With an average lap speed of 140.116 mph, Busch withstood a late challenge from Joey Logano to win the pole for Sunday’s Bluegreen Vacations 500 at ISM Raceway near Phoenix.While Busch is in good position to advance to the Championship 4 on points, the…

Liverpool vs Man City team news: How both teams could look for huge Premier League clash with Ederson and David Silva ruled out

9 Nov

Manchester City travel to Anfield on Sunday to face Liverpool in what is quite simply the biggest match of the Premier League season so far. We’re only in November, but the Reds can take a massive step towards a first top-flight triumph since 1990 if they beat their closest rivals. Jurgen Klopp’s men have already […]

Leicester cement place in top four with convincing victory over Arsenal as Jamie Vardy torments Gunners once again

9 Nov

Leicester did their top four chances no harm whatsoever with a comfortable 2-0 win over Arsenal at the King Power Stadium. Neither side could be separated at half time but the Foxes outclassed their opponents after the break. The deadlock was broken through Jamie Vardy’s tidy finish following good work from Harvey Barnes and Youri […]

Looping the Thread

9 Nov

One of the most enduring sounds from my childhood was the drone of my grandmother’s Singer sewing machine. As I sat watching the television, I’d be dimly aware of the comfortable hum of the needle coming from the ‘wee’ bedroom of her council house, whe…

Adrian Durham calls for VAR to be scrapped following ‘garbage’ decision at Tottenham vs Sheffield United: ‘It’s destroying football’

9 Nov

VAR has become a huge talking point once again in the Premier League this weekend. It was at the Tottenham vs Sheffield United match where the new system stole the headlines with the Blades being disallowed a goal by the most marginal offside call. David McGoldrick thought he’d levelled the game up after Heung-min Son […]

Frank Lampard explains what makes Tammy Abraham a ‘top striker’ and praises Reece James for winning duel against Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha

9 Nov

Tammy Abraham has proved himself to be a ‘top striker’ this season, says Chelsea boss Frank Lampard. The 22-year-old became joint-top goalscorer in the Premier League with ten strikes in 2019/20, bagging another during the Blues’ win over Crystal Palace. After a frustrating first half, Chelsea got the breakthrough on 52 minutes when Abraham latched […]

Premier League RESULTS: Arsenal and Tottenham lose more ground on top four, Chelsea win again, Everton beat Southampton

9 Nov

Arsenal and Tottenham’s bids to reach next season’s Champions League are already in jeopardy with both north London clubs failing to win on Saturday. The Gunners suffered a 2-0 defeat to high-flyers Leicester to leave them eight points off the top four. Second half strikes from Jamie Vardy and James Maddison gave Brendan Rodgers’ side […]

Liverpool vs Man City live stream: How to watch Premier League blockbuster – TV channel, kick-off time and team news

9 Nov

Title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City face off at Anfield today a potentially season-defining game in the Premier League campaign. City held off the challenge from Liverpool in last season’s title race to claim their second successive top-flight crown. But the Reds have hit back this term and are in the driving seat to secure […]

Tottenham benefit hugely from tightest VAR call in Premier League this season as Sheffield United have goal ruled out for offside

9 Nov

There surely couldn’t be a closer offside call than Roberto Firmino’s armpit? Think again. The Liverpool forward was denied a goal during their visit to Aston Villa last weekend as VAR ruled his armpit was ahead of the last man. Who knew one could score with their armpit? However, there was an even closer call […]

If I Had to Vote (or Speak) For…

9 Nov

Politics has always been a tribal sport. Political allegiances are often handed down through the generations. Some people find it unthinkable that they would vote any way other than their parents and grandparents did. Other people change their votes as often as they change their underwear. Democracy is a strange thing.

People still think of me as a tribal Conservative, even though I gave up any parliamentary ambitions, and indeed membership of the party nine years ago. Since then, yes, I have voted Conservative, but on the last three occasions I had the opportunity to vote, I voted Liberal Democrat, Independent and Brexit Party. 

Given I am interviewing politicians throughout the campaign it would be wrong of me to say in advance how I intend to vote on 12th December. I may or may not reveal it afterwards!

A few weeks ago, I got a call from a non Conservative politician who asked me to speak at a fundraiser for them. It put me in a slightly difficult position, although I had done it before, for Lynne Featherstone in 2015. So I decided that the only way I could accept the invitation was to do one for someone in each of the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat and Brexit Parties.

As it turned out, I never got beyond that thought because the election intervened, and no one is allowed to do party fundraisers during an election campaign. But it did set me thinking about who I would be willing to do it for. 

As a consequence, I’ve compiled this list of politicians from each of the main parties who I would be quite happy to speak for, even if I don’t agree with their policies. They are all great people and parliamentarians, and parliament would be worse off without them… 

Conservatives

 

Tracey Crouch

Tracey Crouch

Penny Mordaunt

Penny Mordaunt

Andrea Leadsom

Andrea Leadsom

David Davis

David Davis

Brandon Lewis

Brandon Lewis

Labour

Jess Phillips

Jess Phillips

Jonathan reynolds

Jonathan Reynolds

Caroline Flint

Caroline Flint

Rachel Reeves

Rachel Reeves

 

Liberal Democrats

jo Swinson

Jo Swinson

Layla Moran

Layla Moran

Brexit Party

Ann Widdecombe

Ann Widdecombe

Claire Fox

Claire Fox

Lance Forman

Lance Forman

SNP

Stephen GethinsStephen Gethins