Conservatives need the whip to run any more policy

Updated 2:07 p.m. BEST for Fact – Presented by Factual: After giving up the whip as part of a joint Tory-DUP deal to prop up Mrs May, Sir Graham Brady now claims that the…

Conservatives need the whip to run any more policy

Updated 2:07 p.m.

BEST for Fact – Presented by Factual: After giving up the whip as part of a joint Tory-DUP deal to prop up Mrs May, Sir Graham Brady now claims that the party can have a vote on its 2017 science and technology policy.

There is no such thing as science policy: Margaret Thatcher rightly made this point when Stephen Hawking branded all science policies as “irrelevant”, so it is hardly surprising Mr Brady turns to previous regulations to justify leaving vaccinations in their boxes.

Government has long tried to cut a loophole in which only school children, very young ones at that, can get immunised.

Mrs May’s compromise bill, pally dubbed the Brady bill, is aimed at delivering this while preventing parents who do not want the jab from having it taken out of their children’s NHS budget.

But since Mr Brady cannot guarantee if he can get a majority for the bill at the party conference that could do he must now resort to the whip … even though many believe the Brady bill is not working.

And despite having held the whip since she came to power, Mr Brady has said: “I’m not ruling anything out, stay tuned”.

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