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Walkers Crisps Factory Was Raided for Illegal Immigrants


When the advertising implied Lineker would do anything to get more crisps, they were just joking, right?

Look Inside Slug-On-Thames


Guido brings you an update on the radical design for a floating temporary parliament during renovation work at Westminster. Gensler, the firm vying for a £160 million contract to build the structure have revealed images showing inside the slug. The Commons and Lords chambers would be exactly the same dimensions as their original but it would house a different Royal Gallery and Central Lobby.

slug on thames

The building would allow parliament to be renovated in only six years without working around politicians – the “full decant” option. It could be built in time for the vote on the third runway to be held within…

‘The Left’s Jewish Problem’

Dave Rich is deputy director of communications at the Community Security Trust (CST), associate research fellow at the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, and author of The Left’s Jewish Problem: Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Anti-Semitism.” This is a very temperate analysis of how the Labour Party has got into the position it is in, well worth watching this video interview.

Buy the book:  The Left’s Jewish Problem: Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Anti-Semitism

Super Sunday: UKIP Leadership Declarations Coming


Stand by for UKIP leadership contenders to make their minds up by Sunday. There are op-eds being lined up in the weekend papers, before Suzanne Evans and Paul Nuttall tour the Sunday morning politics programmes. Suzanne has been gathering signatures so she looks set to announce. All eyes on Nuttall, who some prominent Kippers think has plucked up the courage to run. Farage is also appearing on Peston. Raheem Kassam will be spending the weekend with the grassroots, trying to close the gap on the others who’ve done years on the rubber chicken circuit. We’ll have a better idea of who the next leader will be in 72 hours time…

Friday Caption Contest: Parlez-Vous Brexit? Edition


Entries in the comments…

Mazher Mahmood Jailed and Sacked By The Sun


“Following the sentencing of Mazher Mahmood today, News UK can confirm that his employment has been terminated.

Mazher was suspended after the Tulisa Contostavlos trial collapsed, pending an internal inquiry. That inquiry was superseded by the criminal process.

Mazher has led scores of successful investigations during his 25-year career with the company. His work has led to the exposure of criminality and wrongdoing. It is a source of great regret that his time with the company should end in this manner.

The previous criminal cases that have resulted from his investigations were tested by the courts or guilty pleas were entered. We are aware that the Crown Prosecution Service has reviewed some cases and understand that the Criminal Cases Review Commission is looking at whether a small number of matters should be referred back to the Court of Appeal. We await their decisions.

We have noted the threats made after Mazher’s conviction of civil claims against this company in relation to his previous work. Should such claims be brought, they will be vigorously defended.”

Mazher Mahmood has been jailed for 15 months and sacked by the Sun…

SpAds in Numbers


With Guido’s SpAd list all but complete, our data bods have crunched the numbers to give you a statistical analysis of the government’s bag-carriers. More than two thirds of SpAds are men – that said, female representation among advisers is higher than in the Commons. 32% of SpAds are women compared to just 29% of MPs. 5% of SpAds are ethnic minority, which is below the 6% figure for MPs and is also an under-representation on a national scale. Plenty of diversity on the names front though – Richard, Rupert, Tim and Tom all feature prominently, not to mention Poppy, Lottie and Flora.


A government that works for everyone, especially Richard.

Trump v Clinton Charity Roast

Trump’s Melania gag was inspired…


The Institute of Economic Affairs has just launched the Richard Koch Breakthrough Prize.

First prize of £50,000 will be awarded to the best and most innovative entry outlining a ‘Free-Market Breakthrough’ policy to tackle poverty in the UK.

There will be runner up prizes of £7,500 each, and a student prize of £2,500. Judging panel includes former Liberal Democrat MP Jeremy Browne (chair) and the Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith.

The deadline for entries is Monday, 9 January 2017.

To learn more about the Richard Koch Breakthrough Prize and the entry requirements, click here – and watch the video below!

By-Election Results in Full


Robert Courts (Con) – 17,313 (45.02%)

Liz Leffman (Lib Dem) – 11,611 (30.19%)

Duncan Enright (Lab) – 5,765 (14.99%)

Larry Sanders (Green) – 1,363 (3.54%)

Dickie Bird (UKIP) – 1,354 (3.52%)

Easy Tory hold though a big swing to the LibDems, very bad result for UKIP.

Batley and Spen

Tracy Brabin (Lab) – 17,506 (85.84%)

Therese Hirst (Eng Dem) – 969 (4.75%)

David Furness (BNP) – 548 (2.69%)

Garry Kitchin (Ind) – 517 (2.54%)

Labour uncontested in Batley and Spen.

Who is on Question Time Tonight


Early night then.

Clegg’s Single Market Delusion

The Daily Politics played Nick Clegg referendum clips of David Cameron, George Osborne, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and Andrea Leadsom all saying Brexit meant leaving the Single Market. Still Clegg insisted people didn’t know that’s what they were voting for. Deluded…

SpAd List: New Appointments


Guido’s SpAd list is pretty much complete. Latest moves include Keelan Carr and Ben Mascall to Downing Street to do the Scotland brief and Number 10 grid respectively. Michael Fallon has taken on Richard Holden at the MoD, Liam Fox’s second SpAd will be Amy Tinley, Raoul Ruparel is with David Davis at the Brexit department and Rupert Oldham-Reid is off to the whips office. See the full list here:

If you can help us fill in the final gaps then get in touch

Troughers’ Union Barron Broke Commons Code

One that you couldn’t make up: Kevin Barron, chair of the Standards Committee, broke the Commons code of conduct by taking money for hosting drugs company events in parliament. An investigation by the Standards Commissioner found that Barron sponsored three events for Japanese Pharmaceutical Group to use private dining rooms in the Palace of Westminster and accepted payment for the access. The breach was judged to be “minor” as he donated the cash to charity, so he’ll be allowed to keep his job in charge of sleazy MPs facing their own corruption probes. The troughers’ union Barron lives to pass judgement on future troughers…

Japan’s Immigration-Free EU Trade


Here’s yet another reminder that non-members can have free access to the so-called ‘Single Market’. Japan trades $164 billion annually with the EU and yet the CIA World Factbook estimates it will have net migration of zero this year. It pays no annual fee for access to the common regulatory regime and keeps control of its Island’s borders.[…]


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Quote of the Day

Trump jokes about media bias…

“The media is even more biased against me than ever before. You want the proof? Michelle Obama gives a speech and everyone loves it. It’s fantastic. They think she’s absolutely great. My Wife Melania gives the exact same speech! And people get on her case! And I don’t get it! I don’t know Why!”

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