Oh dear again…

In last week’s Sunday Telegraph, Andrew Gilligan in writing about tensions in the coalition and the role of the 1922 Committee wrote:

‘More than one Tory MP reminded The Sunday Telegraph that the ’22 was formed as part of a backbench rebellion against the Lib-Con coalition.’

The only problem with this is that there is no evidence to support the claim that the 1922 Committee was formed in response to the fall of the Lloyd George coalition.  The 1922 – or, to give it its formal name, the Conservative Private Members’ (1922) Committee – was formed in 1923.  Its name derives from the fact that it was formed by some MPs first elected in the 1922 general election.   They found it difficult to understand the practices of Westminster and so created the body as, in effect, a self-help group.   There is no evidence of it having any connection with the political events of 1922.   Had there been an extensive induction for new MPs, it may never have come into existence.

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About Lord Norton

Professor of Government at Hull University, and Member of the House of Lords
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6 Responses to Oh dear again…

  1. If he`d only googled….

    I found this source almost instantly by some bloke who seem`s quite knowlegable on the subject:
    http://blog.conservatives.com/index.php/2009/09/02/how-the-famous-1922-committee-was-formed/

  2. ladytizzy says:

    Is the problem that of “more than one” (let’s call it two) Tory MP’s version of history or Andrew Gilligan’s failure to challenge them, perhaps after a particularly good lunch?

  3. Liam says:

    The only problem was this is that there is no evidence

    My prediction is that there are around five other posts, currently awaiting moderation, pointing out the small typo in this post.

    🙂

    • Lord Norton says:

      Liam: No, you were the only one to spot it – well done. I always like to add the deliberate mistake occasionally to see who is on the ball! It is now corrected.

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