James Cleverly

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  • Feb.13.2018: Cleverly being over the top. James Cleverly, the boisterous new vice-chairman of the Tory party, has not always kept on the straight and narrow. Grant Tucker, The Times.
  • Oct.02.2017: Iain Dale’s 100 most influential people on the Right 2017. MP for Braintree. Last week, James Cleverley admitted he’d love to be prime minister. No doubt some will sneer at such an expression of naked political ambition, but why not? Had a baptism of fire on the GLA, and has a sunny outlook and great sense of humour. His army background will do him no harm. But he needs to be given some ministerial experience. Iain Dale, Conservative Home.
  • Feb.05.2016: Meet the new Tory MPs who are on track for the top. James Cleverly has also impressed many of his Tory colleagues, although Number 10 was not thrilled when the Braintree MP joined up with five fellow MPs to back a European Union exit on Jan.04. “They jumped the gun,” says a well-placed source. A few months earlier, the plain-speaking Cleverly had a few senior Tories choking on their cornflakes when he admitted to looking at online porn and also revealed that he had “a little dabble with marijuana at university”. Appearing on BBC Radio 5 Live's Pienaar's Politics, Cleverly was also asked to play a game of "snog, marry, avoid" and declared he would snog Theresa May. David Singleton, Total Politics.
  • Jan.12.2016: Tories vote down law requiring landlords make their homes fit for human habitation. Labour MP Teresa Pearce's amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill 2016, which would place a duty on landlords to ensure that their properties are fit for habitation when let and remain fit during the course of the tenancy, was defeated by 312 votes to 219. Marcus Jones said the govt believed that homes should be fit for human habitation, but did not want to pass a new law that would explicitly require it. Other ministers claimed the proposal would impose "unnecessary regulation" on landlords, and that it would push up rents. James Cleverly, himself a landlord, was one of those who voted "No". Jon Stone, The Independent.