August 21st, 2012

By-Election Watch: Lobbyist Reunion in Corby

Labour’s Corby campaign might have posed problems for Tom Watson and his team over the last few weeks, but there were smiles all round yesterday as two former public sector lobbyists enjoyed a reunion in the sun. The highlight was Labour chief whip Rosie Winterton posing with party candidate Andy Sawford as she opened Labour’s new campaign bunker. Cosy.

Yorkshire mafia footsoldier Winterton is a former employee of Connect Public Affairs, a lobbying firm with close links to the Labour Party. Connect currently employs ex-Unite trade unionist Tom Denney, Yvette Cooper’s former adviser Caroline Gordon, David Blunkett’s ex-researcher Emily Wallace and Gill Morris, described as “the best connected Labour lobbyist in the business“. Another former employee of this merry band of lefty lobbyists? One Andy Sawford…


  1. 1
    Asil Nadir says:

    I will be supporting Andy Sawford.

    David Cameron deserves a good kicking and a bloody nose.

  2. 2
    Smile says:

    1. Stewart Francis – “You know who really gives kids a bad name? Posh and Becks.”
    2. Tim Vine – “Last night me and my girlfriend watched three DVDs back to back. Luckily I was the one facing the telly. ”
    3. Will Marsh – “I was raised as an only child, which really annoyed my sister.”
    4. Rob Beckett – “You know you’re working class when your TV is bigger than your book case.”
    5. Chris Turner – “I’m good friends with 25 letters of the alphabet… I don’t know why.”
    6. Tim Vine – “I took part in the sun tanning Olympics – I just got Bronze.”
    7. George Ryegold – “Pornography is often frowned upon, but that’s only because I’m concentrating.”
    8. Stewart Francis – “I saw a documentary on how ships are kept together. Riveting!”
    9. Lou Sanders – “I waited an hour for my starter so I complained: ‘It’s not rocket salad.”
    10. Nish Kumar – “My mum’s so pessimistic, that if there was an Olympics for pessimism… she wouldn’t fancy her chances.”

  3. 3
    Nick Clegg says:

    I agree with Dave on this one.

  4. 4
    Anonymous says:

    Lobbyists undermine democracy. They are hence enemies of freedom.

  5. 5
    Ah! Monika says:

    Miners tried to undermine democracy. They got buried

  6. 6
    Ah! Monika says:

    What about Lobbyists for freedom?

  7. 7
    George Osborne says:

    They’re all in it together

  8. 8
    compliments r us says:

    Your remark is the pits, but I like it

  9. 9
    Well it's a thought says:

    All good activists together, they’re not in it for the money, so what!.

  10. 10
    Ah! Monika says:

    Thanks, one has to dig deep for comps. on here.

  11. 11
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    Well said Nick, anything you say I agree with. Can I start going back to Russia yet? Boaz.

  12. 12
    Ah! Monika says:

    Should Gonk get a Gong?

  13. 13
    Andy Coulson says:

    I’m still waiting to hear if I’m on Dave’s A-List of candidates.

  14. 14
    Form Tutor says:

    Guido, it should be “may have caused problems”. You are discussing something that did happen, not a potential occurrence that did not arise (which would be indicated by “might”).

  15. 15
    William Hague says:

    Accuse them of leaking and report them to the Water Board.

  16. 16
    Ah! Monika says:

    The top ten are listed above. @2

  17. 17
    The name is Cock, Handycockski says:

  18. 18
    A life less remembered says:

    They’re all cockroaches.

  19. 19
    The March Hare says:

    I’m in two minds about this.

  20. 20
    smoggie says:

    Eeee .. the things you see when you’ve left your pump action shotgun at home.

  21. 21
    smoggie says:

    We’ve seen the cause but not the effect yet.

  22. 22
    Fat stinking rancid Jo Brand says:

    Rosie Winterton…?
    Blimey, even I look good next to her…

  23. 23
    Old Wilsonian says:

    None of this covers up the fact that the Tories and their Lib Dem bumboys are ging to be humiliated, does it?

  24. 24
    Gordon Brown says:

    I’m in the altogether.

  25. 25
    Nothing better to do says:

    Yes but only because they are so bloody awful, not because Labour are any use for anything at all.

  26. 26
    SP4BS says:

    They only lobby for people who can pay so that they can do what the hell they like.

  27. 27
    smoggie says:

    This claque (the new buzzword) of Lefty Labour Lobbyist Mafia needs shortening. An acronym won’t work so I’ll use Labia henceforth. Bunch of …..

  28. 28
    DONE FOR DAVE (the shortest serving tory P M in history ) says:

    How about Daves new idea NHS international ?
    The gov is going to allow the nhs to open hospitals abroad to help fund costs here
    What a load of bollocks they will open them equip them with all the best equipment and staff all paid for by us , then once it’s a nice little earner
    it will be sold off at a fraction of what it’s worth to some company with an MP on its board or who is friends of the party

  29. 29
    TomCatesby says:

    Wasn’t John Trickett (no pun) shadow cabinet minister, supposed to be leading the new labour charge to find more, ‘working class candidates’? Job done in Corby then?!

  30. 30
    Field Marshall Tim Montgomorie says:

    I say,stop being so beastly to David Cameron’s Conservatives.

  31. 31
    DONE FOR DAVE (the shortest serving tory P M in history ) says:

    “The foreman of the jury he say yes” !

  32. 32
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    At this rate Corby will become the reunion capital of the UK; Labour mafia……Old Etonians……drunken bloggers and novelists (sorry….journalists). It could restart the local economy.

  33. 33
    smoggie says:

    Great idea if it’s true. It will stop all those bloody foreigners having to travel to Britain for free treatment – Hey Presto! they can have it in their home country.

  34. 34
    SP4BS says:

    How fun. It looks a bit like just selling a brand name (which isn’t “NHS” btw.)

  35. 35
    Aunty Matter says:

    Radio 5 is a hoot. Lefty gay boys coming out (no pun) in support of Galloway. Lot’s of homosexuals talking about bum hole sex.

    Hope no one is eating their breakfast, you just knew the BBC would come down on the side of Galloway.

  36. 36
    smoggie says:

    Underground humour is too dark for most of us.

  37. 37
    smoggie says:

    The economy of Islay perhaps.

  38. 38
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Why are you quoting Theresa May…….Margaret Beckett……..the Eagles Clan………Anne Milton?

  39. 39
    chip off the block[heads] says:

    While incest would be too severe an adjective to describe the ‘family’ traits of Labour activists, a level of consanguinity is surely prevelant for all to see.
    Rotten apples do not fall far from the tree, and their subsequent use as seeds to produce the following root crop would suggest they have a personal agenda that runs parallel to actually serving the public.
    For a party that maintains they abhor the divine rights of an aristocratic background for both the HoC and HoL;- Lobbyist groups, the Vazzes, Bliars, Kinnokios etc Socialist dynasties are busy to infiltrate the system. Labour has become the enemy of a fair democracy

  40. 40
    An excellent choice of word Sir, … says:

    … but I feel upset that something so lovely is besmirched by a connection with £ieBore. Is it possible to make a small adjustment?

    Anyway, my main question is … Why do the words “£ieBore” and “Bunker” so often go together?

  41. 41
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Wondered what you make of the R4 interview where the interviewer prompted the spokesman that getting the NHS to promote itself abroad would bring the benefit of learning from overseas expertise. Maybe it doesn’t fit your prejudices dear?

  42. 42
    DONE FOR DAVE (the shortest serving tory P M in history ) says:

    Just thrown my brown sauce covered sausage in the bin !

  43. 43
    Ah! says:

    The smoky overtones, the peat fires, the fish, the whusky! the isolation, – my thoughts turn to

  44. 44
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps says:

    Incest is, of course, most common in aristocratic families. So that means both parties will be equally and badly affected. Obviously the biggest similar problem is the sheep DNA which is prevalent in the Kinnock family.

  45. 45
    compliments r rust says:

    That one was even better. [ I noted your disgust that the Ah! Monica nom de plume does not get the credit it deserves and wanted to make your day] :)

  46. 46
    Gordon Nrown (from under the bed clothes) says:

    And I agree with Nick

  47. 47
    Guido Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf Fawkes says:

    Whats the actual point of this? Is it really a surprise that politicians at the senior level or interconnected? One senses Guido is getting more and more concerned as he realises that a slumping ‘conservative lead’ government means less readership, and as a result ad money, for his tired old site.

  48. 48
    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    Labia, dear? My Reg could never bring himself to use that word. Instead, he always referred to them as my sun-dried tomatoes.

  49. 49
    FFS! - don't mention that name - or remind me of the sight says:

    I was just sipping coffee – now I’ll have to mop it up!

  50. 50
    Gordon Brown says:

    I believe in thrift

  51. 51
    Andy Goram says:

    So am I!

  52. 52
    No dear - you're wrong about that says:

    They will be given – gratis – free – for nothing – as “AID” – part of Dave’s generous O/S Aid Program, – and guess where they’ll go?





  53. 53
    Aunty Matter says:

    George Gallomong decides to say rape is not rape and the BBC are lauding him, Ken Clarke tried it and the feminist hags at the BBC tear him apart.

    Now why would the BBC so love left wing Castro, Saddam Assange and yank hating Galloway?

  54. 54
    Occasional comments says:

    Smoggie you cold always take it out of the cupboard and look down the barrell to check its loaded before testing the trigger pull!

  55. 55
    Yum says:

    Oh what a treat – with some olive oil and balsamic v. of course

  56. 56
    Labour Troll says:

    “Michael Gove ‘made council let free school be built on playing field’

    Papers reveal education department warned that minister would seize premises earmarked for children with special needs”

  57. 57
    Ah ffs go away says:

    Still trying to bring the blog down, every fkin day you come here TwAT and complain , I see your winning ,NOT, why don’t you go and help Liborlost or the Guardian they need idiots.

  58. 58
    chip off the....... says:

    With money being the root of all evil perhaps I should have suggested that Labour believes more in a fare democracy.
    Excluding DNA failings, the general sheep problem would appear to be a world wide trait in obtaining useless election results.

  59. 59
    Labour Troll says:

    Gove is a cnut.

  60. 60
    DONE FOR DAVE (the shortest serving tory P M in history ) says:

    make them all fit and well enough to travel to the land of “Milk and Money”

  61. 61
    morris miner says:

    I can see the way ahead with this Wavy-Davy lamp.

  62. 62
    Bluebird says:

    How do the Govt think that they are going to sell what is essentially a semi stalinist shit health system to other nations. A quick google by potential patients in overseas nations would tell them to avoid anything labelled NHS like the plague. It would be like Mercedes using pictures of Adolf in adverts to sell cars

  63. 63
    au cointreau says:

    This blog does better when the enemy are in government.

  64. 64
    Do You Have Valid Medical Insurance? says:

    Even better idea, strict immigration laws with no right to free medical treatment or stay for tourists who give birth here. People with pre-existing medical illness refused the right to enter the country, unless they have proof they can fund any treatment required.

  65. 65
    SP4BS says:

    I note that the “seen elsewhere” thing about galloway, no comments allowed.

    Galloway isn’t finished – the details raised are so far off his electorates radar that they’ll ignore it. I’m sure all the radical feminists would be after him, but they don’t live in Bradford. (they all moved to Hebden Bridge).

  66. 66
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    Let’s face it, who would want to live in a third world shithole, when most of your family live in the UK, in a “free” house, get “free” education, “free” medical care, “free” training, “free” travel and “free” money. You would have to be a half wit to not want to come here and live a life you could only dream of in said TWS.

  67. 67
    mrsa says:

    It could be a cunning ploy to stimulate mass emigration of the UK’s own indigenous population. Staff them without a tanned workforce that can actually communicate and correctly treat the patients and the present problems with immigration imbalance would be reversed.

  68. 68
    Old Wilsonian says:

    As the saying goes, governments lose elections, oppositions don’t win them. But even up against someone as useless as Brown, Cameronm couldn’t win. Says something, doesn’t it?

  69. 69
    Nurse Botha says:

    Yes, Mr. Brown. I’m not sure that Mrs. Finnemore wants your water-maker dangling into her Frosties, dear.

  70. 70 says:

    A race to the bottom… of the barrel. Liblabcon politicians are the dregs of society.

  71. 71
    Guido Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf Fawkes says:


  72. 72 says:

    I had to laugh at the one. As if the NHS has any reputation abroad.

  73. 73
    SP4BS says:

    Well I’m sure you’ll be pleased to know that the Guardian have their feminist in chief on the matter.

  74. 74
    I Remember You Hoo says:

    The enemy is in government and it’s lead by yet another progressive socialist, Bliar’s plastic copy, Cameron. The label’s changed, nothing else has.

  75. 75
    SP4BS says:

    Read carefully. It would be the names of famous london hospitals that are the brand being sold.

  76. 76 says:

    The enemy is always in government. In Westminster. In Brussels. In the civil service. In local government.

  77. 77
    Celtic says:

    So who is standing for the SNP?

  78. 78
    Occasional comments says:

    Very incisive post. Thumbs up.

  79. 79
    Ah! Monika says:

    By-Election Watch: Lobbyist Reunion in Corby’

    The devils are in the detail.

  80. 80
    Cynic says:

    And what exactly are ‘special needs’ in a Labour area? This vague phrase could mean anything they want it to.

  81. 81 says:

    The BBC must be tearing their sphincters apart over this ‘what is ra*pe’ issue.

    But imagine some stupid woman who gets drunk and semi-consciously stumbles into bed with an old git like Galloway. He has sex with her but is that ra*pe? Not in my book. Yet in the morning when she wakes up and comes to whatever senses she has, he then forces himself on her then surely that is ra*pe. But not according to Galloway. The thing about ra*pe is that there are degrees of ra*pe and it is up to the legal system to determine that degree. It is not up to the media or Ecuador or Assange to decide. And using paranoid scaremongering (e.g. that Assange will face the death penalty in the USA if he faces the Swedish legal system) is beyond contempt.

  82. 82
    Anonymous says:

    Reputations,like luck,can be good or bad.

  83. 83
    Fog says:

    Broadcast media misreporting this I think. Moorfields, e.g. have a private wing and some of the funds made there go to the NHS. Maybe that sort of set-up, earning for NHS. The way these journos confuse the issues, who knows?

  84. 84
    Fish says:

    Mmm…and a bit of Mozzarella.

  85. 85
    keredybretsa says:

    Looks like lotsajobsnetwork. They would say ‘jobs for the boys’ if the Conservative Party was involved. Must bring smiles of relief to BBC+Gruadian journos.

  86. 86
    casstrickland says:

    Wasn’t Sawford’s dad investigated for some breach or other when he was the leader of Corby Council? I think he had a training company which had council contracts.

  87. 87
    casstrickland says:

    Bolocks as usual. Stop reading the Gruniad

  88. 88
    casstrickland says:

    Bollocks even

  89. 89
    old git says:

    The Times they are a changing

    Come all the electorate throughout the UK
    It’s time to ignore what the LIBLABCON say
    Lets face it these parties have all had their day
    Our politics need rearranging
    So go out and vote UKIP lets sweep them away
    For the times they are a changing

    Not one of them listens to our point of view
    They’d sooner give our cash to the EU
    So lets kick them out and try something new
    We can’t afford this lot remaining
    Political rethink is long overdue
    For the times they are a changing

    They lied about Lisbon and promised a vote
    There all Europhiles and in the same boat
    Their treachery just bring a lump to my throat
    As each other they just keep blaming
    So send them a message and let them take note
    That the times they are a changing

    We will no longer tolerate lies being told
    Tax breaks for the rich but more tax for the old
    Ruled from the EU and our birthrights sold
    They ignore us when we are complaining
    If we all vote UKIP there out in the cold
    For the times they all need changing

  90. 90
    Occasional comments says:

    Sawfords dad was never on Corby council you stupid person. Get your facts right. He was leader of kbc and no he was never investigated.

  91. 91
    Occasional comments says:

    Old git. Very talented with you lyrics. Don’t agree with any of it but applaud your efforts turning it into verse. At least one ukip supporter with some intelligence.

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