Barwell’s role in Brexit sees him rejected by Beckenham Tories

Political editor WALTER CRONXITE suggests that Brexit may have sunk the prospects of another career politician

Theresa Mayhem’s dependence on former Croydon MP Gaffe-prone Barwell has had disastrous consequences for the nation

Prospects for Gaffe-prone Gavin Barwell to return to the House of Commons as an MP appear to be as ruined a the credibility of his boss, Theresa Mayhem, after the latest Brexit balls-up.

Barwell, for seven years the Conservative MP for Croydon Central, had made it known to friends and confidants within the Croydon Tory party – presumably over a plate of over-priced Portuguese spice chicken – that were he to seek to return to Parliament, it would not be by campaigning to regain his former seat (code for: “I don’t think I have a chance of beating Sarah Jones”).

Barwell was the author of his own political downfall, or How To Lose A Marginal Seat, though at least for him, after he was rejected by Croydon voters in the 2017 General Election, his reward for failure was to land himself a whopping pay-rise and a job at 10 Downing Street as the Prime Minister’s chief of staff.

Since then, he’s been eyeing safe Tory seats in outer London, with a particular liking for nearby Beckenham, where Colonel Bob Stewart, at 69 years old, is expected to stand down before the next election.

But Barwell’s all-too-prominent role in the heap of ordure that is the Prime Minister’s Brexit withdrawal agreement, and the events of the past 18 months which led to it, has caused gaffe-prone Gav all sorts of reputational damage, not least with the influential chairman of the local Conservative Party association where he had pinned his hopes of reviving his parliamentary career.

The letters pages of the Sunday Torygraph, for so long the territory occupied by the true-blue voices of the likes of Herbert Gussett (Col, retd) and Sir Bufton Tufton from Tunbridge Wells, this morning contains a letter from Brian Cooke, who signs himself as the chairman of Beckenham Conservatives.

It doesn’t take much reading between the lines to work out to whom Cooke is referring.

Under the newspaper’s headline, “A disastrous Brexit deal has followed a disastrous election because Theresa May will not listen”, Cooke has written, “Sir, I have now have come to the reluctant conclusion that Theresa May has to go. The reason is very simple.

“The farce of the last unnecessary and disastrous general election was caused by her listening almost exclusively to her now disgraced special advisers, rather than to the Cabinet, her MPs, the party or election specialists. She said she had learnt her lesson. She clearly hasn’t.”

Note that: “her now disgraced special advisers”.

Gavin’s little helper

That will include the now disgraced Barwell and his Croydon clique in Downing Street of Mario Creatura (pictured left) and Jason Cummings, borough councillors prominent in the Conservatives’ local party in Croydon.

Any parliamentary candidate selection interview panel held in Beckenham, with Cooke in the chair and Barwell as the hopeful, if slightly gormless, wannabe, can surely go only one way after such excoriating remarks published in the national press.

And Creatura’s chances of getting selected as the Tory candidate for Croydon and Sutton in the 2020 London Assembly elections won’t have been helped much, either.

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4 Responses to Barwell’s role in Brexit sees him rejected by Beckenham Tories

  1. mikebweb says:

    So is Gavin going to join Andrew P and try his luck elsewhere, having been a strong advocate in Croydon – if so, so much for loyalty, its all career advancement at the expense of the voters, it seems to me! Sarah Jones gave the clear impression that getting back in to her seat in Croydon was far from a likely assumption – this in what was probably a largely Conservative audience at a Residents meeting. Gavin should stick with it and fight her, if he believe in the cause and the location in which he lives.

    • derekthrower says:

      Still think a far more likely outcome will be that Gav “How to lose a Safe Seat” Barwell will be elevated to a life peerage in the Lords and take the regal title Lord Barwell of Pratts Bottom in the resignation honours list.

  2. Wrong. He’s a dedicated Croydon lad through and through so I don’t think he will stray as far from the Borough as Pratts Bottom. He is more likely to opt to be Lord Barwell of Elmer’s End, which would also be a sensible title to indicate the state of his political ambitions,

  3. edwardsmithcr says:

    Barwell’s Croydon clique is out of touch. I simply love the editor’s description of Barwell as ‘gormless’ – I bet they love this website. You can be sure it’s on their radar.

    Virtually all of the prominent local Tories were educated at Whitgift Foundation schools. They live their lives in absolute parallel to the plight of their ordinary constituents, often occupying homes outside of the borough, or spending little time there.

    As for this Creatura fellow who claims to be ‘educated locally, born and bred in Croydon’ (or whatever). Isn’t he the product of The John Fisher School at Peaks Hill, Purley? That school (while technically a comprehensive since the late 70s) only ceased interviewing boys and their parents in 2007. At one point it was quizzing parents on their earnings and requesting donations of them in order to secure admittance. Creatura has decided to omit his secondary education from his LinkedIn profile. Attendance at a selective school (in all but name) may not suit his right-on down to earth image if he is intent on planning a run in 2020.

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