UCU's Eyes on the Inside

Labour rent-a-quote Lisa Nandy MP is fast becoming a blog favourite. The member for Wigan has found herself facing an onslaught of questions from the Tories concerning her staffer, Lisa Johnson, who is a political officer for the militant hard left University and Colleges Union. The problem for Nandy is the fact she is on the Education Select Committee and therefore her staffer is highly likely to be privy to information about legislation that she can pass back to her other employer. Just imagine if it was an oil company and the Energy Select Committee…

Tory MP Gavin Williamson has sent an exhaustive list of questions concerning:

  • Whether any parliamentary expenses are being used to pay a union official to carry out union work.
  • Whether the UCU is being given special access to confidential information reserved for members of the Education Select Committee.
  • Whether parliamentary mechanisms, such as written questions and select committee proceedings, are being used to promote the UCU’s agenda.
  • Whether the substantial number of UCU officials who have backed violent and illegal forms of protest now have a direct line to parliament.

Given the UCU are organising riots outside Parliament, how does Nandy feel it’s appropriate to have an organiser inside in such a sensitive position?




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David Cowling, the BBC’s head of political research, in an internal memo…

“It seems to me that the London bubble has to burst if there is to be any prospect of addressing the issues that have brought us to our current situation. There are many millions of people in the UK who do not enthuse about diversity and do not embrace metropolitan values yet do not consider themselves lesser human beings for all that. Until their values and opinions are acknowledged and respected, rather than ignored and despised, our present discord will persist. Because these discontents run very wide and very deep and the metropolitan political class, confronted by them, seems completely bewildered and at a loss about how to respond (“who are these ghastly people and where do they come from?” doesn’t really hack it). The 2016 EU referendum has witnessed the cashing in of some very bitter bankable grudges but I believe that, throughout this 2016 campaign, Europe has been the shadow not the substance.”

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