Today brings the start of a ministerial reshuffle for Theresa May. Despite few voters still caring who is on her top team, after losing Sir Michael Fondle, knee-stroker extraordinaire and dead cat slinger supreme, and then Damian Grope, Ashley Madison non-member and female party goer toucher-upper with special responsibility for legal threats, there had to be replacements. One of those replacements is set to be Anne Milton.
Anne Milton MP
Who she? Well, Ms Milton has represented the less than totally lucky people of Guildford since 2005, along the way serving as deputy Government chief whip, then as a Minister of State at the DfE and the Equalities Office. She is also a supremely dishonourable and slippery piece of work who, true to form, is now suspected of being behind edits to her Wikipedia entry which have made her back story less embarrassing.
Where Ms Milton might be headed is strongly hinted at from the Wiki edit - which was performed from the House of Commons. Before editing, her entry told of her husband “he also holds a high level position with Virgin Healthcare”. This now reads “who previously served as a director of Virgin Healthcare”. So at 0939 hours today, Ms Milton’s husband’s CV became marginally less difficult for anyone working in the DfH.
Nevertheless, the normally Labour-supporting Mirror has spoken up for her, telling readers “Anne Milton is not a household name. But if we’re reading the runes right, then she will be tomorrow … The obscure Education minister is hotly tipped to replace hapless Jeremy Hunt in the Cabinet reshuffle. And she has all the right qualifications for the job”.
She does? Do go on. “Where Mr Hunt was a former marmalade salesman, Ms Milton was a nurse for 25 years … While Mr Hunt’s only connection with hospitals before becoming Health Secretary was to be born in one, Ms Milton worked her socks off in them … She has experience in medical research and palliative care, and knows the Royal College of Nursing and National Childbirth Trust inside out, having worked with those too”.
The gushing reached Yellowstone levels as the recommendation concluded “Ms Milton’s Commons’ nickname is Scary Spice. That’s just what the NHS needs if it is to survive and thrive - spicing up after years of neglect … And someone to scare the Government into ensuring it has the resources it needs”. Yeah, right. As if she’d get the NHS more money.
And as for the idea that having worked as a nurse qualifies an MP for a cabinet post - we need look no further than Ms Milton’s pal representing Mid Bedfordshire (yes, it’s her again) Nadine Dorries, who, let us not drive this one around the houses for too long, should never have been allowed into the Commons in the first place.
Oh look, another ex-nurse MP
Moreover, Anne Milton allowed bully and fantasist Dominic Wightman into her tent as a fundraiser. That alone indicates the poorest of judgment. And what Wightman - who, with his pal Glen Jenvey, conned technophobe former MP Patrick Mercer something rotten - got up to within that tent was utterly beyond the pale, as the serially tenacious Tim Ireland of Bloggerheads fame has set out in some detail (see HERE).
It was a bad enough move allowing Anne Milton into the Commons. Giving her a proper ministerial portfolio shows the true depth of the Tory talent pool. Like, there isn’t any.