February 25th, 2014

Another Labour Woman Stands Down
Female Casualty Rate Since 2010 Now 12.3%

Last week Guido reported that the Labour female casualty rate was actually higher than the Tories, well they have extended that lead today. Sian James, Labour’s MP for Swansea East, is standing down in 2015 because “it is time for me to pursue other opportunities”. That now puts the Labour female casualty rate since 2010 at 12.3%. Given that James entered parliament in 2005 and has done nothing of note in her political career, Labour can hardly trot out their usual line that she is standing down after a long and distinguished career serving the public. Still, having MP on her CV stands her in good stead to go and coin it in the private sector…


  1. 1
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Standing down? By the looks of things she’ll be sitting down.

    The taxpayer could gain here with reduced claims in the parliamentary cafeterias once she’s gone.

  2. 2
    jgm2 says:

    Another pea on a drum Labour MP.

  3. 3
    Welshracer says:

    I had never even heard of her until today. Her chamber record is not good, but that is because she could be more of a constituency MP than parliamentary one.

    Her voting record is an odd one though. http://www.theyworkforyou.com/mp/11863/sian_james/swansea_east

  4. 4
    Guido says:

    phwoar! right?

  5. 5
    Michael H says:

    Guido – nice stats and appreciated to show Labour’s hypocrisy. However, please don’t do what the Lib Dems do… The scales on your bar charts are atrocious!!! There’s a less than 2% gap but the bars make it look like something rather more so!

  6. 6
    Lardy Rs says:

    Stand down? Don’t you mean Lie down?

  7. 7
    Dave Von Cameroon says:

    Who needs wemin anyways?

  8. 8
    BBC says:

    don’t forget – we won a record four medals!*

    * for just £14,000,000 from the plebs

  9. 9
    The Meissen Bison says:

    Not so much a candidate for the private sector but a shoe-in for the chair of a quango or the chief exec of a fake charity.

  10. 10
    Legal Landlord says:

    Who ???

  11. 11
    jgm2 says:

    That’s not a 2% difference.

    The difference between 10.5 and 12.3 is 1.8.

    1.8 is almost 15% of 12.3.

    Therefore 15% more Labour wimmin are quitting than Tory wimmin.

    Ed has a real wimmin problem.

  12. 12
    Hazel Blears says:

    The bitch needs to get in line.

  13. 13
    Sir William Wayde says:

    That’s another misleading graph. Anyone would think Guido was a climate scientist.

  14. 14
    Choccies on expenses says:

    Why are so many female Labour MPs so grossly obese?

    Emily Thornberry, Diane Abbott, Yvonne Forvargue, Rosie Cooper, and a bunch of others are all seriously porcine.

  15. 15
    Sir William Wayde says:

    ‘Shoo-in’. It’s a reference to herding cattle rather than footwear.

  16. 16
    Humble P.I.E. says:

    Harriet Harman says she ‘regrets’ any link to paedophile campaign group


    “An aide to Miss Harman told the BBC: “She regrets the existence of PIE and of course she regrets any organisations’ involvement with them including the NCCL, but she does not regret joining the NCCL. By the time she arrived, [PIE] were very much under the radar.” “

  17. 17
    Harriet Harmskids says:

    These accusations are a disgusting smear which is politically motivated!

    I refuse to condemn the UKCL for supporting PIE.

  18. 18
    Ed Balls says:


    Say that again, but slower.

  19. 19
    Andy Coulson's monkey says:

    You all seem to forget that in most if not all of these cases Labour will have an all women’s shortlist so a woman MP will most likely be returned. The real test of which party will have a women problem is what the make up is after the election.

    But of course Guido would never let balance get in the way of his reporting.

  20. 20
    Horrible woman says:

    She is a man hater. She campaigned to keep them working down the dark and dangerous pits forever, or until they died.

    1984 Miners’ Strike[edit]

    Her journey to Westminster started over twenty years ago, when as a young mother, she became involved in the 1984 Miners’ Strike. She and many other women had the opportunity for the first time to be much more active within communities. It was clear to them, that they were fighting not only to secure their husband’s, brother’s and son’s employment, but to safeguard South Wales communities and the way of life.


  21. 21
    Jesus, pal of mo says:

    Correct, have you seen his wife?

  22. 22
    Orf with his head says:

  23. 23

    Kerayst! Another munter!
    Where do Labour find these wimmin?
    Under rocks?

  24. 24
    Nero says:

    Meanwhile Tory MP Halfon says Tory oak tree should be replaced with a ladder FFS

    Are theese Tories stoned out of their boxes?

  25. 25
    Jaw Jozzborne says:

    Don’t fret…money is no object!

  26. 26
    just asking says:

    Are they too fond of pie?

  27. 27
    British Bulldog says:

    Very good. We must spend more to foster excellence and elitism rather than handing out consolation prizes for last place

  28. 28
    Sir William Wayde says:

    If you want to calculate how many more Labour women are leaving than Conservative womem, you should the actual numbers of women who have left, not the percentages.

    If you want to compare percentages, you should compare 1.8% with 10.5%. The percentage of Labour women leaving is therefore 17.1% higher than the percentage of Conservative women leaving.

  29. 29
    Mornington Crescent says:

    So how many mines has she campaigned to reopen while being in a position to do something about it…?

  30. 30
    Tony Blair says:

    I would not like to meet her when I leave Loulou’s at 3.00 a.m.

  31. 31
    Joe Public II says:

    Because they are self indulgent greedy cows — the same as all the other obese fuckers waddling down our high streets.

  32. 32
    Specsavers says:

    You accuse Guido of being sexist, but you need to get a life my friend, reducing women to simply what make up they will use after the election.

  33. 33
    The Missing Link says:

    Does she do cave painting for a hobby?

  34. 34
    Daisy the cow says:

    Fatbott is more bovine.

  35. 35
    Old Git says:

    Perhaps she can make a living as a Dawn French lookalike?

  36. 36
    Small businessman says:

    Like the banksters billions and barristers’ hundreds of million paid by us…

    Methinks there is something deeply rotten in the kingdom…

  37. 37
    Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    A monkey in a red rosette could win Swansea East.

  38. 38
    The Hackney Hippo says:

  39. 39
    Prime Minister David Cameron says:

    Or the fact,that like myself, you have a tiny appendage.

  40. 40

    Or a LibDem sympathiser.

  41. 41
    A Libertarian says:

    He has a point you know.

  42. 42
    Tee hee says:

    Stock up on popcorn. PIE will be the end of Harpic’s career.

  43. 43
    White Liz says:

    Look plebs, I work less than 16 hours a week so I can claim.

  44. 44

    Last election, a gorilla triumphed.

  45. 45
    Guy News Room says:

    Conservative toffs are still a party of white males so cannot represent all of our society says Guido Fawkes.

  46. 46
    LOL! says:

  47. 47
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    I noticed she was fat too.

  48. 48
    Mitch says:

    Well, presumably the rents are at the market rate. If the tenants can’t afford them that isn’t the Queen’s fault, is it?

    You could argue that she could (should?) be more flexible over the rent.

  49. 49
    tories are the nazi party says:

    Ah, the hypocrisy of the tory party – those who don’t know what women are unless the do as a man says hey – enter esther mcvile!!

    reminds one of the tebbit test -1990s – you remember – always the do as i say not as i do mantra – and now shapps, not reported here of course, claing the tory party as the ‘workers party’ – such hypocrisy, such deceit, so many lies

    the tories, recycling old policies as quick as they can remember them – hopefully consigned to history at the next election, if not before – how many people are you still killing as we speak??????????

  50. 50
    Peter Bone says:

    The wife’s mother had a ladder, but it was worthless.

  51. 51
    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    Does she not already claim a pension?

  52. 52
    Big Momma says:

  53. 53
    Cazual Observer 8 says:

    Any Labour female MP worth her salt would either challenge for H’arman’s position or exit the party given Ed’s position on supporting H’arman, H’ewitt and D’romey.

  54. 54
    Ed Milicunt says:

    Harriet is a person of decency! Just like Gordon Brown!

  55. 55
    Peter Bone says:


  56. 56
    Come on, Harpic says:

    There’s a major flaw in Harpic’s claim this is all a disgusting smear. If it’s a smear, why doesn’t she sue for libel?

  57. 57
    He is twisting reality says:

    No he doesn’t.

    They charge an often below going rate, rent for their properties. If the state is then minded to assist their tenants with the rent then that is the state’s business and not the Landlord’s.

    Only a warped lefty like Jones can not see this.

  58. 58
    Come on, Harpic says:

    “NCCL was an organisation that anyone could join it. We didn’t have an expulsion policy”.

    Right there. The c-unt admitted it.

  59. 59
    Roll on the Republic says:

    So why should she own the houses in the first place.

    In an age of equality and fairness why should her family be placed above all others?

  60. 60
    old git says:

    Indeed it is tiny, but your point is?

  61. 61
    Take a powder says:

    Calm down Hattie.

  62. 62

    Servant? The thought of that in a maid’s uniform bring the tea in bed & doing the dusting is causing a serious outbreak of boggling under this man’s hat. I think I may need treatment for PTS.

  63. 63
    Curling one down says:

    How is sliding a granite stone down the ice and sweeping up before it, a sport?

  64. 64
    Bemused says:

    Hold on a minute. They are poor so they can’t afford to either buy a house or rent. So the council pays the rent for them. The landlords rent the property to the councils. And yet somehow the landlords are culpable for all this????

    Has it not occurred to our Marxist friend that “poor” actually means “not producing anything” such as “not producing any housing for themselves”.

    Now if Labour had any economists that understood that to be less poor you need to actually produce stuff so you can consume it, they might have a credible economic policy. But no, they believe in the magic money tree – you know, the magic money tree of debt that simply produces house price inflation because the money supply has increased but not the supply of land with planning permission for putting up new houses.

    Twats. IQ of a runner bean.

  65. 65
  66. 66
    David Walsh says:

    Haven’t you got a Bone to pick ? #strange silence

  67. 67
    Bemused says:

    Higher IQ.

  68. 68
    Owen Jones says:

    Well my Mum only charges me £100 a month board (Plus £5 every time I soil my bedding)

  69. 69
    Junior School debating course says:

    Is it half term?

  70. 70
    Ed Miliband's Mum says:

    David, it sounds as though you’re having a leadership crisis here. Now, get that vile Mrs. Dromey in your office right now. Sack her from the front bench and tell her to resign as Deputy Leader. Then tell her to tell her Constituency Party she’s not seeking reselection. Then get her husband in and tell him he’s to go as well.
    Do it right now – or Mummy won’t love you any more.

  71. 71
    Could I have your car, please? says:

    Private property is legal. You could argue for the opposite, but I wouldn’t go down that path if I were you.

  72. 72
    The State having listened to your argument says:

    We will be round later to appropriate your chattels. What time is best for you?

  73. 73
    Mitch says:

    We’re leaving that one to the police for now.

  74. 74
    Edie Gourmet says:

    Pretty incomprehensible tweet but I assume she’s going on about food yet again.

  75. 75
    Spike Milligan says:

    Call that a woman?

  76. 76
    Bent Jack Dromey says:


    That’s me

    I have a huge pension from Teamsters Unite Union

    Plus payoffs I failed to declare

    We are actually very rich

  77. 77
    Flogging a Dead Horse says:

    Can’t imagine there is much demand for another Dawn French when the original is gathering dust somewhere.

  78. 78
    David Cameron says:

    Calm down dear, calm down!

  79. 79
    WHAT -- THE -- FUCK says:

    Just got round to watching the Harman interview. She actually compared the Mail printing photos of young women in bikinis to photos of children being abused.

    I’m not a fan of the Mail but she blatantly libelled them by saying they’re more guilty of indecency than her, a c-unt who refused about 30 times to say the affiliation with PIE was wrong!!

    Is there no depths to the depravity and evil of this woman? Much as I hate the Mail, I hope they sue her for libel.

  80. 80
    Skeleton bob says:

    What is the percentage between blonds and brunettes or just as importantly left handers and right handers or straights and gays? All as completely as irrelevant as men and women. Whatever happened to merit?

  81. 81
    Cazual Observer 8 says:

    Attacking the Q’ueen and calling all Daily Mail readers perverts to cover up for his own in one day. Owen has been a busy little boy today.

    Speaking of such, interesting one from the guy who received a caution for a’ssaulting an elderly gentleman on B’righton seafront:


    To quote:

    ‘Does anyone seriously believe Harriet Harman, Jack Dromey and Patricia Hewitt have any p’aedophile sympathies?’

    He then states for the reader: ‘No, of course not.’

    Would perhaps suggest that such an assertion is making an excuse for indefensible actions in the past which simply cannot be written off as innocent errors of judgement. That they were ‘just following orders’ is bunk.

    The G’uardian politics live blog ticker of A’ndrew S’parrow is even recording details of E’mails which have been sent to that publication by solicitors who say that they turned down working at NCCL back in the 70s when they became aware of P.I.E. involvement.

    Any surprise that the defence of Harman are sourcing from h’omosexuals who themselves are not being honest that they conceal within their ranks the perverts which will turn public opinion very strongly against them ?

    It is time for the ‘straight’ to come out of the closet and stop concealing this.

  82. 82
    Andy Belsen Burnham says:

    Not nearly as many as me, sadly. I was hoping to be able to point at them and say “Ah, but you are far worse!” like we normally do but no such luck.

  83. 83
    Mitch says:

    She said the Mail’s photos were of children? She’d better be right or they’re going to go full-on for her tomorrow.

  84. 84
    Major Floor says:

    Nothing to do with me. It’s a smear

  85. 85
    Bob the Builder says:

    When I recommended a ladder

    It was to allow Squeaker to climb into his chair

    Not as the symbol of the Tory Party

    I really think these Tories are as mad as Gordoom…

  86. 86
    The Court says:

    sub judis

  87. 87
    Miss Spelling says:


  88. 88
    Robbo says:

    Other opportunities – what in modelling? Looks like she’s been gorging on PIE

  89. 89
    Miss Spelling says:

    Full frontal?

  90. 90
    The Court says:

    They didn’t have an expulsion policy. But there was nothing to stop them having an expulsion policy, and her being the legal officer she was in the right place to ensure that they had an expulsion policy.

  91. 91
    Robbo says:

    Have another slice of PIE Jack

  92. 92
    Ginge biker mmm.... says:

    ….Early retirement for me and looking after my own,the rest of you work till you are 65+,thanks to equality and brown and blairs f ..ups..ha…ha…ha..!!

  93. 93
    Anonymous says:

    How on earth does someone get that fat? She looks disgusting. Clearly has no self respect. No doubt they’ll find something equally revolting to take its place.

  94. 94
    Harriet Harmskids says:

    The NCCL had thousands of affiliates, thousands. Well 7. But I didn’t know anything about them they were minor, just bunged us £10 to be members, I didn’t know anything about them. But despite not knowing about them I campaigned vigourously against them, as did my hubby. Yes I know there is not a single record suggesting that either I or my husband campaigned against them and several documents where we campaigned in favour of them, but I did think they were beyond the pale in reality. Honest, I’m a pretty straight kind of gal.

  95. 95
    Good 'ere 'innit! says:

    So she has fuck all qualifications…

    “Speaking in public, media interviews and debating with politicians became the norm, for a complete year. When the strike ended she did not wish to return to an ordinary housewife. Her confidence had soared during the strike and she discovered that ideas and opinions of women were just as valid as any other.”

    “As a full-time mature student, she attended Swansea University for three years pursuing a degree in the Welsh Language Department. She was heavily involved with the students’ union and an enthusiastic member of the women’s group.”


  96. 96
    Ludvig says:

    Baroness Thatcher, Member of the Order of Merit, Lady Companion of the Order of the Garter, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and first woman Prime Minister.

    Oh how that must grate!

  97. 97
    Me says:

    But I think you would need to “shoe-horn” her into a chair.

  98. 98
    Chip on both shoulders says:

    ..Perhaps Diane is making an empathetic,kind,caring reference to the foodbanks
    in this kind,caring happy Isle,that owes so much to people of her ilk,for which we are told to be glad of,what with multi-culti,diversity and stuff?

  99. 99
    Me says:

    But what about Andy Burnham’s make-up?

  100. 100
    12.3 vs 10.3 says:

    Nice choice of axes, Guido. Not misleading at all

  101. 101
    Me says:

    I would like to meet YOU when you leave Loulou’s at 3.00 a.m.
    I would be the last person you ever met (apart from Old Nick).

  102. 102
    Village Idiot says:

    ….You’ve noticed then?

  103. 103
    Village Idiot says:

    ….A coffin with the Union Flag disappearing into it,a pink coffin joined in matrimony to the EU flag!

  104. 104
    Former Naval Person says:

    I think a more meaningful set of statistics would be Lab v Con by female tonnage? Bit like the old Washington Naval Treaty.

  105. 105
    The Meissen Bison says:

    You’re both right, of course, and what distracted me was precisely the ‘shoe-horn’ that Me mentions.

  106. 106
    Former Naval Person says:

    I think you’d have to beach her to get her ashore.

  107. 107
    Brittania says:

    …It worked in the 50,s…before windrush and the rest of it!

  108. 108
    Village Idiot says:

    ….Just a decent ,normal moral compass,or conscience should have been sufficient!

  109. 109
    jgm2 says:

    You are quite right. It’s even worse than we thought for Labour.

  110. 110
    jgm2 says:

    You’d need a fucking big rock to hide her under.

  111. 111
    jgm2 says:

    And a big dress to fill too.

  112. 112
    jgm2 says:

    Is that it? On the day your deputy leader is dancing on a pinhead trying to deny her past support for the rights of 10 year olds to have sex with adults?

    You sound a little whiny if I may say so.

  113. 113
    jgm2 says:

    Wow. Almost 20% more Labour wimmin quitting than Tories.

    Ned has a real wimmin problem.

  114. 114
    jgm2 says:

    Time for the court of public opinion to start vandalising her cars.

    Sauce for the goose and all…

  115. 115
    ex Tory Voter says:

    Your headline is right. The graph is visually misleading, given it doesn’t start at 0.

  116. 116
    The Politician's Guide to Obfuscation says:

    1] Deny all knowledge of wrongdoing. It doesn’t matter if this is an outrageous lie, because total ignorance is difficult to disprove.

    2] Claim that whilst you may look like you were involved you were secretly on the other side.

    3] Claim that any documentary evidence is taken out of context, and if audience could only see the context you would see that not only were you innocent but you were an all round good egg

    4] Point your finger at your accusers and claim they are even worse, even if your claims are outrageous and daft. Remember half of Brits have an IQ less than 100 and are stupid enough to believe anything you say, so you will at least win them over.

    5] When it’s obvious you are really fucked just tell outrageous porkies – what have you got to lose? Always remember that 30% of people are highly suggestible, so of the 50% that were not outwitted by strategy [4], 30% will believe you because they are communicating with you on an emotional level. You now have 2/3rds of the public on your side just by telling porkies and “looking believable” – you win!

    6] If any one of these appears not to be working, try all of them in sequence even though they may appear to be contradictory

    7] Find a notoriously soft interviewer in a friendly part of the media before saying anything. Try not to be lulled into a false sense of security by a couple of soft-ball questions early on – sometimes even friendly interviewers can turn on you if they think it might make their career [oops]

    8] If the shit is still on its way to the fan, try admitting to something benign the next day and see if that puts everything to rest, it will help support your strategy in [5]

  117. 117
    Cost-of-Labour-crisis says:

    On exes – au naturelle.

  118. 118
    Bring it on says:

    How much pension will she pick up for this stint as an MP?????

  119. 119
    UK Fred says:

    She looks as broad as she is tall. How can you tell the difference?

  120. 120
    We are, alas, too late ... says:

    How aer the axes misleading if you are not misled by them?

  121. 121
    East India Company Wallah says:

    Thats £240 a month then isnt it

  122. 122
    We are, alas, too late ... says:

    Ahh! The idiots who look at a politically-oriented diagram and take it at face value. It’s those people are misled, not clever, sophisticated people like you.

  123. 123
    Dai Bando says:

    Watch out for a bitter selection fight here,former Loony Left MP Bob Clay just elected a councillor in Swansea East and his wife also a councillor in the same ward you heard it here first sparks will fly Guido take note.

  124. 124
    Dai Bando says:

    Approx 16k a year.

  125. 125
    ss says:

    “Still, having MP on her CV stands her in good stead to go and coin it in the private sector…”
    No way it means avoid costs, How people employ idiots like this is beyond me, any company that does will not get my business.

  126. 126
    non taxable pikey says:

    Now, I happen to know Sian, she’s a nice lady who has had some serious medical problems to contend with. I don’t agree with her politics and she was caught out in the expenses scandal. 39 pence for a chocolate Father Christmas as I recall. She has been a good constituency MP for Swansea.

  127. 127
    Windypops says:

    He meant big boobs to fill.

  128. 128
    Windypops says:

    I thought the Tebbit test was who the newly resident wily oriental gentlemen and pakkkys supported at a test match. Could be wrong though, so I’ll get me bike out.

  129. 129
    Windypops says:

    She’s be up the Red Rooster with the Hippo.

  130. 130
    Windypops says:

    Following Kinnokio’s example – keeping it in the family.

  131. 131
    The latest Press reviews says:

    So you don’t have BBCtv or Sky then?

  132. 132
    Bethan Jenkins, Drunken Plaid Cymru Member says:

    I live in South Wales and follow political stories but I can honestly say I’ve never heard of her.
    Is she really an MP?

  133. 133
    Bethan Jenkins, Drunken Plaid Cymru Member says:

    Does she speak Welsh?
    Lots of lovely cushy jobs for Welsh speakers in Wales.
    No need to have any intelligence.
    She ll be snapped up by BBC Wales or S4C or the Welsh Language Board.

  134. 134
    Bethan Jenkins, Drunken Plaid Cymru Member says:

    Another Welsh Language “activist”

  135. 135
    Bethan Jenkins, Drunken Plaid Cymru Member says:

    She’s opening a Pie shop down the Mumbles apparently.
    Yum Yum.
    She’s already had lots of samples.

  136. 136
    Bethan Jenkins, Drunken Plaid Cymru Member says:

    I live near Swansea and I’ve never heard of the porker.

  137. 137

    Reblogged this on Reblogged Blogs and commented:
    Why can’t they hold on to their Ladies? Answers on a postcard please!

  138. 138
    RightwinggitRedux says:

    Get in the queue.

  139. 139

    Put her in a tub of flour and wait till she farts.

  140. 140
    RightwinggitRedux says:


    What size, Guv?

  141. 141
    Michael Gove says:

    She looks like a fat bugger. What about the workers, eh? Looks like she ate all the pies.

  142. 142
    Anonymous says:

    Rants – Sinking – Ships

  143. 143
    Anonymous says:

    Rats Sinking Ships

  144. 144
    Anonymous says:

    Rats Sinking and Ships

  145. 145
    Going for Golf says:

    The same way as whacking a tiny ball across a field with a stick and then teasing it gently across a lawn into a hole, all whilst spoiling a good walk and not sitting in the bar or being unfaithful to one’s wife!

  146. 146
    Tim Yeo-yo says:

    She’s standing down to spend more time with her cakes.

  147. 147
    Tim Yeo-yo says:

    Would have to be a fricking big chair to take her massive ass

  148. 148

    “Labour can hardly trot out their usual line that she is standing down after a long and distinguished career serving the public.”

    Number of Tory women MPs with longer parliamentary careers: 7

  149. 149
    Corby says:

    She looks a right lard bag – hardly a good ad for healthy living.

  150. 150
    Corby says:

    ha ha well said

  151. 151
    Corby says:

    Or nearly 17% more than the Tory score. It all depends which you take as the base figure.

  152. 152
    Steve Smith says:

    Thats cutting f**king funny tho

  153. 153
    Spartacus says:

    Dianne Abbot?

  154. 154
    MILF fancier says:

    Just think about this phrase for a moment ” Harriet Harman had links to a paedophile group” …… and then try this for logic. Harriet Harman is a feminist…..Harriet Harman defends paedophiles…. Feminists defend paedophiles…… Feminists are evil……

  155. 155
    Gordon Smart says:

    Kelly Brook is 34 isn’t she?

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