Good morning. Or at least it is for newly-elected members of parliament, most of whom, of course, are Conservative. There are 109 new Tory MPs, and they have started arriving at Westminster already. The Commons is not sitting today – it does not commence formally until 2.30pm tomorrow, when MPs will assemble in the chamber to re-elect the Speaker – but MPs are coming to parliament to start the business of settling in.

Here are tweets from three newly-elected Tories.

From Christian Wakeford, MP for Bury South:

Christian Wakeford MP
(@Christian4BuryS)

Reality with a bump, 5:33 train down to #Westminster not a morning person at all but couldn’t be happier to be on this train pic.twitter.com/sAqQv5DPzA


December 16, 2019

From Aaron Bell, MP for Newcastle-under-Lyme:

Aaron Bell MP
(@AaronBell4NUL)

Good morning Newcastle.

A new dawn has broken, has it not? pic.twitter.com/oQsglnazoU


December 16, 2019

From Jonathan Gullis, MP for Stoke-on-Trent North:

Jonathan Gullis MP
(@JEGullis)

With some of the other newbies from the Conservative Party (2019 intake). About to start some training in one of the Committee Rooms.

Still hasn’t sunk in. So humbled to have been elected as the MP for Stoke-on-Trent North, Kidsgrove and Talke. pic.twitter.com/8Dhv1qhnZM


December 16, 2019

Journalists are going to have to spend the next few months getting to know the new intake of MPs, because for most of us they are something of an unknown quantity. CCHQ may be keen to learn a bit more about them too. One consequence of a surprise election victory is that it results in people who were never expected to win getting into parliament. It remains to be seen whether the new Tories, particularly those elected to represent previously safe Labour seats, will end up behaving, culturally and politically, in similar ways to conventional Conservative MPs, or whether they will be noticeably different, pushing the party in a new direction.

Boris Johnson reportedly wants the party to change. According to the Sunday Times (paywall), after the exit poll was announced on Thursday night he told his team:


We can’t go back to being the Tory party of the old days … This is a totally different party and we’ve got to make sure everyone realises that.

One of the big questions in politics over the next parliament will be whether or not Johnson does transform his party in the way he is proposing.

And as new Conservative MPs arrive at Westminster, Labour MPs are preoccupied with the inquest into their defeat, and the forthcoming leadership contest.

Here is the agenda for the day:

11am: Downing Street lobby briefing.

Early evening: Boris Johnson is due to address Tory MPs at a reception in Westminster.

At some point today we are also due to get announcements from No 10 about who is being appointed to the two vacant cabinet posts – culture secretary (because Nicky Morgan stood down at the election) and Welsh secretary (because Alun Cairns “resigned” in the early stages of the election campaign over what he knew about the role of a former aide in sabotaging a rape trial).

As usual, I will be covering breaking political news as it happens, as well as bringing you the best reaction, comment and analysis from the web. I plan to publish a summary when I wrap up.

You can read all the latest Guardian politics articles here. Here is the Politico Europe roundup of this morning’s political news. And here is the PoliticsHome list of today’s top 10 must-reads.

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