May 27th, 2014

Politics of Polly: Thurrock Visit Doesn’t Make Sense
Miliband Attempting to Shore Up Labour Morale

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When politicians have a bad election night they tend to associate themselves with whatever good news they can. Hence Tory chairman Grant Shapps the day after the election visiting Kingston-upon-on-Thames to highlight the Tories’ success in winning it against the tide of purple. Nick Clegg obviously didn’t go anywhere.

The election loss of Thurrock – Labour’s number two target seat – and one by his own admission they have to win if he is to have any chance of returning to Downing Street in 2015, is a wound to Ed Miliband. His former personal aide, the ex-BBC Today programme reporter Polly Billington is the local candidate, isn’t that why today Ed Miliband is set to visit Thurrock five days after his party lost overall control of the borough’s council? It is an emblematic constituency, Thurrock was hailed by Miliband when the party took control there last year as evidence that Labour was “winning back trust, gaining ground”. Losing that ground hurts the morale of Labour.

So why is Ed going to Thurrock and associating himself with the aroma of defeat? It is counter-intuitive, it is bad politics, it accentuates the negative. It is because Polly Billington is panicking…

UKIP gained 5 seats and took a massive 39% of the vote in Thurrock, up from 18%. It is one place where the Douglas Alexander strategy of targeting the LibDems nationally backfired massively. Once presumed safe Labour seats in Stifford Clays and Belhus wards fell to UKIP. Ed is going to say “There is a deep sense of discontent with the way our country is run. I am determined to show people, including those who voted for UKIP, that we can change our country so they can build a better life for themselves and their family.” Ed is clearly hoping for a narrative of “starting the fight back” against UKIP to shore up Labour activists’ morale.


128 Comments

  1. 1
    Lord Reef says:

    I am awaiting the BBC announcement that @journomummy has been sacked for electoral bias and interference.

    If they can sack a DJ for playing a record, they can sack that corrupt and anti-democratic cretin.

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    • 26
      Lord Hall of Halls says:

      Steady on ol’ bean – there’s a difference between being a bit doddery and fighting the fascists where’er they be. Not move alnong, there’s a good cove!

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    • 36
      Sick of the greed and lies(still) says:

      I got a reply to my complaint from them and it said that she was tweeting from her personal account which for some reason makes it less of an issue.
      Basically it said she has had a very strict telling off and had to go to bed without any supper.

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      • 75
        Close Down the BBC Now says:

        That’s because the BBC regard you as one of the ‘uneducated’ people who don’t share their left-wing worldview.

        Uneducated. What they actually mean is ‘thick proles who live outside the multi-culti paradise that is London.’

        You know, like Tower Hamlets.

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      • 97
        Edna Silliband says:

        All the UKip councillors were tweeting from their personal accounts too. They were virtually flayed alive. The Beeb still showing their hypocritical above the rest of em mentality.

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      • 111
        Anonymous says:

        Can someone make an official complaint to the police about her tweet if she has broken some electoral laws ?

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    • 83
      Dee says:

      Even though she was removed from all news concerning the elections, they won’t sack her. She’s a Labour supporter, after all.

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  2. 2
    Another Polly says:

    Thurrock? I doesn’t sound very Italian.

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  3. 3
    Nermal says:

    In the photo is Ed yodeling.

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  4. 4
    UKIP Hacking at the roots with the truth says:

    I’ll bet posh girl polly fits right in with the locals, just like ed rubberband.

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  5. 4
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Miliband’s lurch to the left has been rejected by Essex Man.

    Now Labour’s prize plonker is fighting a desperate rearguard action to shore up his flagging leadership. More and more senior Labour figures have started private briefings.

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    • 76
      Sick of the greed and lies(still) says:

      We need to stop any attempts to change the Labour leadership until after next May.
      Ed’s a great guy!

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  6. 6
    Mornington Crescent says:

    …the Tories’ success…

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  7. 7
    Peter Carter-Fuck says:

    I am sure the good people of Thurrock will be thrilled to be patronised by a London posh boy who looks like he eats bugs. Labour is the party of weird.

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    • 112
      Norman Normal says:

      Looks like an extra from the Adams Family movies. I just wish he would say something meaningful or truthful at least once.

      Ed doesn’t have the brains to realise that he can’t con the part of the electorate he needs. Those that dont work in the civil service, councils, NHS, police federation or BBC.

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  8. 8
    Raving Loon says:

    Maybe Labour voters are waking up to the fact that endless welfare payments and public sector largess won’t improve their lot.

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    • 99
      Norman Normal says:

      Also Ed has the dining skills of a 3 year old child….forget debates there is a better test: 4 party leaders and 4 bacon sandwiches followed by a good old fashioned stare contest.

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  9. 9
    nell says:

    I’m sorry, I know its unkind, but I read that and instantly thought ‘watch this space today – this may be good for a laugh’

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  10. 10
    Mornington Crescent says:

    “Ms Billington was a BBC reporter for the Today programme, Radio 1 Newsbeat, News 24 and the Politics Show.” Wik1.

    Wha’? A Beeboid journo is a Labourite? Whatever next?

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  11. 11
    Just sayin' says:

    I hope egg sales are soaring in Thurrock this morning.

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  12. 12
    Anonymous says:

    “Nick Clegg obviously didn’t go anywhere.”
    whilst lamenting that if he thought it would change matters he would resign. Isn’t that the classic un-open-shut-case of thinking limited to inside the box on one’s shoulders? Nigel has noticed that offering self-determination, albeit restricted to one issue/policy, was what some voters wanted. So in Realworld, as opposed to second-hand rendition Cleggworld, could it be time to up the ante? If a little genuine democracy in place of dumbocracy is deemed good, then more might be better. Even if that does entail escaping the cloying confines of Clegg-virtual, and venturing into true reality. Where thought might be liberated from answerless ideology.

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  13. 15
    Steve Miliband says:

    Rumour is that UKIP will be putting up their number one candidate, Neil Hamilton.

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    • 30
      ʍȫʊʂʂȁ ҞϴџṦṦậ says:

      Does Neil Hamilton’s bow tie spin or squirt water?

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    • 115
      Roger Clague says:

      Boris Johnson said “Hamilton was wronged: The most serious charge against him rests solely on the testimony of a proven liar and his employees”.

      The proven liar was Mohamed Fayed supported by The Guardian.

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  14. 17
    Maximus says:

    Is he going to show the world that he really can eat bacon rolls every bit as well – indeed, indistinguishably well – as any Essex Man?

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  15. 18
    Gordon Brown says:

    I’ve been waving my socks out of the window.

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    • 80
      Sick of the greed and lies(still) says:

      Try a sign saying:
      #Free the Kirkaldy one!!

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      • 114
        Norman Normal says:

        Isn’t he still in Nigeria freeing school girl hostages? How’s that all working out then? Not heard much about Gordon’s endeavours for a few weeks now?

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  16. 19
    Where are Tony Blair's Expenses says:

    Lots of column inches dedicated to Clegg this morning trying to analyse what went wrong but they all refuse to address the real issue that he is a liar and cannot be trusted whether it is student fees, free school dinners or boundary changes. The LibDems are being wiped out because they are the party of liars and sexual perverts

    The moral compass of the LibDems
    1. Jeremy Thorpe – Pillow biting
    2. Cyril Smith – Little Boys
    3. Steele recommended Smith for his Knighthood and thinks its ok for Cyril to turn up at Children’s home and beat boys on the bare bottom. It was not ( in the 60s) and has never been acceptable behaviour
    4. Paddy Pants Down
    5. Charles Kennedy – drunk
    6. Mark Oaten – Don’t go there
    7. Lembit Opik – Little Girls
    8. Chris Huhne – Congenital liar and sexual pervert
    9. David Laws – Liar and thief
    10. Lord Reynard – Sexual pervert
    11. Mike Hancock – Sexual pervert
    12. Nick Clegg – Congenital liar, he claimed he hadn’t been told about Smith, Hancock and Reynard
    13. Jo Swinson : The new definition for hypocrisy for all her support for the LibDem women during the Reynard affair
    14. Simon Hughes lied about his sexuality in his initial election campaign to defeat Tatchell
    15. Kingston Councillor Derek Osbourne jailed for 2 year for Child Porn offences
    16. Vince Cable – The new definition for political loyalty
    17. Tim Farron – the LibDems’ Brutus about as trustworthy as a PPI salesman
    18. The LibDems took £2.4 million of stolen money from Michael Brown
    19. Jenny Tongue the anti -Semite

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    • 44
      Interview Committee says:

      Oh dear, that only leaves “Sir” Bob Russell – none too bright, but proud supporter of the pudding-bowl hair cut.

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    • 50
      Lord Pantsdown of Nobrain-sub-Human says:

      I think, like most people, I will ignore your childish accusations. and simply point out that our election results were encouraging and show tremendous scope for growth moving forward. Some members of the public, it is true, may not like the progressive policies of the Liberal Democrats, but it is our duty to reach out to communities and explain our excellent policies better. Or perhaps just ignore everyone. After all, I am set for life.

      I should remind you that I was once very fit and very nearly important. Now, if you’ll excuse me, the day is young and there is much smirking to be done.

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    • 63
      Joe Public who will continue to Vote for UKIP ORG at May 2015 GE says:

      re No.14 Simon H He ommitted in declaring he had received a number
      of large brown envelopes stuffed with wonga over a number of years
      & had to ‘suffer’ apologising to the House of fcuking Crooks for his
      oversight !!!!
      (Is he yet another MP suffering from very privileged dementia &
      of course fully funded by the Mug Tax Payers)

      The LibDems are over flowing with pervs, liars, drunks & debauched
      lifestyles for such a very small Political Party who are going
      to be obliterated, (thankfully), at the May 2015 G E.

      VOTE UKIP !!!

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    • 70
      Mark Oaten - omg - OMG says:

      Where is Chris Huhne in this hour of need? He’s gone very quiet. Strange.

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    • 105
      Smack My Nigella Up says:

      Bit unfair on Lembit Opik….. He likes em young but well over 18

      His score sheet is quite impressive:

      Nailed the better looking Cheeky Girl

      Nailed Katie Green – big breasted Ultimo Lingerie model and Miss Great Britain..

      He is currently doing an other well endowed 24 year old Bird called Merrily Mcgivern (her real name not a Porn Name surprisingly)

      If only more MPs were like him

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    • 128
      Kaptain Karzi says:

      You missed out David Ward MP – rabid anti-semite and conspiracy loon.

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  17. 20
    BBC 24hr rolling bollocks says:

    The people say no politicians think what they really mean is yes.
    No wonder so many MP’s end up being accused of sex offences.

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  18. 21
    Peter Grimes says:

    Boy Miliband IS a known f***wit though!

    And intellectually challenged despite his self-professed and entirely invisible ‘intellectual superiority’!

    What a prize prat!!

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  19. 23
    Anon says:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/05/21/ed-miliband-awkward-video_n_5363306.html

    Look Natural Ed!

    (click on the speaker symbol for hypnotic pleasure)

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  20. 24
    Edward Sillyband says:

    Polly Billington, Miliband’s media advisor was parachuted into Thurrock by Labour High Command.

    Now Miliband is making a special visit. Surely his presence is a vote loser?

    It shows Miliband visits to help his friends and cronies rather than listen to local people.

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    • 66
      The Critic says:

      I agree,

      A Beeboid f*****t with zero local connection gets a pasting at the ballot box. Quelle surprise!

      Call up the Chief Wonk to fight back. Essex man will really connect with predistribution/one nation statecraft/blah blah.

      A vote collapse on the cards surely?

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  21. 25
    Anonymous says:

    UKIP Euro vote in Thurrock 2014: 17,416.
    Winning Conservative vote in General Election 2010 Thurrock: 16,869….

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  22. 27
    Ah! Hacking bits off peoples lives says:

    CourtNewsUK ‏@CourtNewsUK 8m
    Jurors in phone hacking told depressing fact – they have spent one per cent of their lives in this trial.

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    • 127
      A doc says:

      .. and what percentage of life-time income does that represent for those bloody legals? Do they get paid by the word these days?

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  23. 29
    Anonymous says:

    Is Polly from Thurrock? Or thereabouts?

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    • 54
      inside out says:

      Don’t be ridiculous,she is not an Essex girl no white stilettos.One of the chattering class from Islington,bet she had sat nav to find Thurrock.Media hackett uni,BBC,adviser to Milliweed next stop Westminster lobby fodder.

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    • 56
      Anonymous says:

      No

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    • 106
      The Bottle Fed Triplet says:

      ‘Fraid not anonymous, she is a party darling who has been parachuted in to the place by the Grace of God and the will of the party hierarchy. She would most definitely have needed to look for the place on a map when someone said, “We could put Polly in Thurrock couldn’t we? After all the local party can be ridden over roughshod, like the time we parachuted Oona MacDonald in. Remember her?”

      Polly has already turned up at a local meeting to protest against a road scheme and proceeded to slag off the sitting MP for not attending. Scoring political points ‘R’ Us, it seems. If she does get in as the MP she will no doubt turn out to be like a number of certain other former incumbents. “Here, Polly, we’ve given you a nice safe seat now turn up at the House and trundle through the lobby when you are told.”

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  24. 30
    Anonymous says:

    European Election results (Thurrock)
    UKIP 17,416
    Labour Party 8,645
    Conservative Party 7,387
    Green Party 1,293
    An Independence from Europe 938
    Liberal Democrat 637
    British National Party 623
    English Democrats 572
    Christian People’s Alliance 294
    No 2 EU 146
    Spoiled ballots 206
    Total votes: 37,951

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    • 39
      Calamity Clegg, Chief Cockroach says:

      We did quite well in Thurrock: we got 14 more votes than the B ‘n’ P. :)

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      • 57
        Socialism is theft says:

        They got less than ‘An Independence from Europe’ which was there just to weaken UKIP.

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    • 71
      Austin Tash says:

      UKIP lost 5% of their vote to “An Independence from Europe”, assuming no one intended to vote for a party no one’s ever heard of before last week.

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  25. 32
    Anonymous says:

    Best election funny.

    Cleggy crying like a little girl.

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  26. 33
    A fellow misogynist for those of you who call women "bints" and "wimmin" says:

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    • 43
      Fuck off says:

      That boy is a good example of the soft feminised prick which a liberal society like ours produces these days.
      Can’t take any knockbacks whatsoever without throwing a hissy fit.
      Notice the more maternal our society becomes the more of these arseholes there are?

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      • 64
        A social worker says:

        Whilst it is always wrong to pigeon-hole young members of our communities, he may have faced certain challenges which needed to be address but which, due to savege Tory cuts, were not.

        Instead of vilifying these young people, we should reach out to them and embrace and celebrate their differences and empower them through diversity to make a positive contribution to our communities.

        That and send them for lots of foreign holidays which, naturally, we will accompany them. The Bahamas would be nice.

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    • 52
      You are a fool says:

      That you try and falsely conflate a clearly disturbed mass-murderer with everyday silly sexist remarks says more about you than anyone else.

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  27. 33
    Europhiles are all rich if you hadn't noticed says:

    Heseltine should be kicked out the Conservative party for what he said last night.
    Join the libdems you rich pompous twat.

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    • 79
      Close Down the BBC Now says:

      Yup, if ever there was a man who was totally out of touch with today’s electorate, and indeed Conservative would-be voters, it is he.

      Is he one of Dave’s advisers?

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      • 88
        Europhiles are all rich if you hadn't noticed says:

        A heavyweight tosser like Tarzan.
        Dave will treat his every word as gospel.

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  28. 35
    David Axlegrease says:

    How many ‘fight-backs’ are you allowed in this Country before the electorate realise you’re a total failure ?

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  29. 37
    ʍȫʊʂʂȁ ҞϴџṦṦậ says:

    So are we agreed that UKIP will probably have at least one MP post-May 2015?
    They’ve got to start somewhere, I suppose.

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    • 48
      Fuck off says:

      As did that other party whose aim was to represent the common man.
      The Labour party.
      Whatever happened to them c*nts by the way?
      I hear wealthy middle class lads took it over

      Liked by 1 person

    • 53
      Socialism is theft says:

      I wouldn’t mind having a bet they will have more seats than the Lib Dems and where are they now? In government.

      Anyway as most of our laws and government now come from Brussels surely it is far more important to have MEPs in Brussels than a few parochial reps in Westminster.

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    • 82
      M­a­­q­bo­­ul says:

      Only an idiot would deny the resounding impact UKIP has had, and will continue to have, on British politics. That role falls to moosey koosey.

      Whoever wins in 2015 will have to take on board many of UKIP’s policies – that is certain. We may well get our in-out referendum after all.

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    • 108
      this psephology lark is easy says:

      I live in North Devon and the constituency is very likely to elect a UKIP MP. The candidate is Steve Crowther the UKIP Chairman. Zero Lab presence and an incumbent Lib Dem make it prime UKIP territory — 50% of all votes cast went to UKIP on Thursday.

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  30. 38
    Alex Salmond says:

    Just looking at whether the Scottish Parliament can make UKIP a proscribed organisation or, at the very least, force the BBC to voice-over Farage with Wee Jimmy Krankie

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    • 40
      Asslick Almond says:

      I thought Nicola Sturgeon was Wee Jimmy Krankie.

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      • 55
        ed milliband peoples representitive of somewhere up north i have to visit every now and again says:

        it wasn’t just me that was thinking that then?

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  31. 41
    Not in my name says:

    If you have ever been to Thurrock and had social intercourse with the native Thurrock dwellers (as opposed to the political place persons who have arrived via Labour HALO drop) you will know what the “problem” is.

    Ed and his teenage cheerleaders, 6th form politics back office plus US import very clearly do not.

    (Hint: Google “Do one”)

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  32. 45
    Albert's chainsaw sharpeners says:

    So it was a low turnout that allowed UKIP to get ahead, another expert on Sky, so more UKIP supporters turned out against the lazy bastards who couldn’t be arsed to come out and vote for the LibLabCon, I thought that was the idea, people come out to vote and the votes are totted up and the one with the higher vote wins , they call it first past the post, do the media really believe these people help the public to understand.

    Liked by 1 person

    • 101
      Baksheesh Bashir says:

      We adopt a slightly different approach in Tower Hamlets (twinned with Islamabad).

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  33. 46
    Socialism is theft says:

    In 2010 lots of people who had voted Labour for more than a decade changed to either Tory or Lib Dem. Today without UKIP around most would more than likely go back to Labour and put Miliband in number 10. Thank goodness for UKIP. The working class now have a party they can vote for who will not automatically wreck the economy.

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  34. 49
    Fishy says:

    Ed is going to say, “There is a deep sense of discontent with the way our country is run….bla bla bla.

    Last week Ed said, ‘There was a was deep sense of discontent among voters.

    So if he has the answers, why didn’t they vote for the pillock?

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    • 65
      nell says:

      don’t forget it will all be to with ‘ a cost of living crisis’ as well!! plus one or two of his other robot repeated empty phrases!

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      • 85
        American Psycho says:

        You are all being very unfair to the boy. How else is he going to remember his lines if he’s not allowed a couple of flash-cards.

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      • 119
        DD says:

        Yes a speech spattered with the usual meaningless shite of ‘Support’ ,’Communities’, ‘hard working families’, ‘we feel your pain’ et al

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    • 87
      M­a­­q­bo­­ul says:

      It is not so much the way it is run but who is running it. Our government is no more than a rubber stamping outfit for the dictats coming from the unelected elite in Brussels.

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  35. 51
    The Jake defense says:

    CourtNewsUK ‏@CourtNewsUK 3m
    #Rolf apologises for ‘waxing a bit too lyrical’ in his answers. Is now treating court to rendition of ‘Jake The Pegg’. Jurors stony faced.

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    • 69
      Fuck off says:

      Men with beards are always guilty of something.
      Voting LibDem along with some other offences.

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    • 89
      M­a­­q­bo­­ul says:

      If guilty, he should be sentenced to transportation to the penal colony.

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  36. 58
    nell says:

    polly is panicking and has pleaded with unusual ed who has just lost an election to come to thurrock and help her canvass? !!!

    At least when labour fought the last election under the failing gordon labour wannabee mp’s knew better than to invite him to their constituency or put him on their leaflets.

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  37. 59
    Ctesibius says:

    How many adopted Conservative candidates are ex-BBC journalists? This is not a barbed question – I genuinely want to know.

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    • 68
      Nigel Lawson says:

      Well, I was one, but that’s some years ago now, when the BBC had a duty to show no political bias…

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      • 104
        Ctesibius says:

        … and how many Labour candidates are ex-BBC?

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        • 121
          DD says:

          Ben Bradshaw MP joined BBC Radio in 1986, worked for them for eleven years, so was amongst them long enough to BBCified, i.e politically biased.

          Like

  38. 60
    Nigel Farage says:

    If my bum looked like Kate Middleton’s derrière, I’d sell it to a German newspaper myself.

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  39. 73
    lolita says:

    Typical Liebour

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  40. 74
    Uhm.. says:

    “Ed is going to say “There is a deep sense of discontent with the way our country is run. I am determined to show people, including those who voted for UKIP, that we can change our country so they can build a better life for themselves and their family.””

    This from an unpopular weirdo who can’t eat a sandwich without looking like a total mong, and who has to guess (wrongly) the amount on his family’s weekly grocery bill, and whose deputy leader supported PIE, whose shadow Health Secratary tried to cover up mass deaths in NHS hospitals, and whose shadow Chancellor was really certain the economy would triple-dip and flatline.

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  41. 93

    Muted by @DPJHodges :-( Vote UKIP :-D

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  42. 98
    James O'Bottom says:

    It appears now that the BBC actually IS the Labour Party!

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  43. 107
    Alan Douglas says:

    Mr Ed (wasn’t he a talking horse once ?) will say “Hay hay hay hay, Labour is on its way”.

    Alan Douglas

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  44. 117
    @BBCleftyjourno says:

    Polly Billington

    1993 -2006
    Political Reporter: Radio 1 Newsbeat,
    Reporter: Today programme,
    Political Reporter: News Channel
    Reporter: On the Record
    Producer: One, Six and 10 o’clock news
    Reporter: Local radio and Regional TV

    2007 – Polly leaves the BBC and becomes Special Adviser to Ed Milliband

    2010 – Polly is part of Ed’s bid for leadership team.

    2011 – Polly leaves team Ed and becomes Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Thurrock.

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  45. 120
    Anonymous says:

    Why doesn’t Ed just fly over Thurrock in a helicopter and piss on us from a great height – it’s what labour have been doing for years.

    Like


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The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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