Rich’s Monday Morning View

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Survey Shows Voters Think Labour Too Left-Wing

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In a survey for the Sunday Times 40% of voters think the next Labour leader should move closer to the centre. Even 35% of Labour voters think they should move to the centre though a worrying 30% think Labour should move to the left. A 30% rump led by the likes of Owen Jones, who is like one of those Japanese soldiers marooned on a pacific island who refuses to surrender, ranting against austerity in his Guardian column…

Read Guido’s Sun on Sunday Column Online

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Guido’s Sun on Sunday column is free to read this morning, not behind a paywall, over on SunNation. Change is coming to Westminster’s watering holes as the SNP take over, as 20 year old Mhairi Black celebrates her win with a snakebite.

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  • The story of how UKIP’s Raheem Kassam lost a bet and had to change his name by deed poll

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  • How UKIP very nearly had their own #EdStone moment during the election campaign

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  • Andy Burnham is already distancing himself from Ed Miliband… on bacon sandwiches
  • “No. Simple answer. Not at all. I have no such ambition” – Tim Farron on being LibDem leader. Another broken promise!
  • Dave’s new hands on approach to party management: “He’s stopping people in corridors, doing high fives, giving hugs”
  • Chief Whip Mark Harper is clearly enjoying his new job, but is the power going to his head?
  • De Bois is Back in Town: ousted Tory MP set to launch bid for London mayor

Read today’s column for free, here

Saturday Seven Up

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This week 243,650 visitors visited 747,740 times viewing 1,302,603 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

You’re either in front of Guido, or behind…

Carswell Speaks: Farage Should “Take a Break”

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Douglas Carswell breaks his silence in the Times. Despite expressing his admiration for the UKIP leader – “Knowing how difficult it is to lead a party makes me admire Nigel Farage all the more” – Carswell ultimately calls for him to go: “even leaders need to take a break. Nigel needs to take a break now”.

He criticises Farage’s comments on HIV:

“At times, Ukip has failed to strike the right tone. By all means we should highlight the problem of health tourism. But we need to admit that using the example of HIV patients to make the point was ill-advised. Ukip has been at its most persuasive when we have been most optimistic. Anger is never a great way to motivate people — at least not for very long.”

And suggests Farage is unhelpful to the Eurosceptic cause ahead of the referendum:

“All of us Ukip supporters should ask one question. Is what I’m doing at this moment making an “out” vote more likely? If it isn’t, stop it and do something else.”

Well Farage did tell him to put up or shut up…

Lucky Palestinians Finally get Chance to Hook Up with Hot IDF Babes

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Good news! Palestinians yearning to hook up with hot IDF babes finally have the chance to make their dreams come true following the introduction of Verona, a dating app that connect Israelis and Palestinians. Pitching itself as the Tinder for sectarian divide, Verona aims to promote peace in the Middle East “one swipe at a time.No longer just a stones throw away…

Dan Hodges V Owen Jones on Chuka

Turns out Chuka wasn’t tough enuss.

Chuka Aide Mail Briefing Unravels

Looks like another row is due between the Mail and the Labour Party after an unnamed aide for Chuka Umunna briefed out that it was their behaviour that so upset their boss, including a toxic claim of doorstepping a 102 year old grandmother:

Mail-land is keen to stress it’s simply not true:

Guido understands that no one from the Staggers checked with the Mail to see if it was true before punting the line…

Are You Going to Resign, Gobby? Yes

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The next victim of the UKIP bloodletting is the party’s Director of Communications, Paul “Gobby” Lambert. He has told ITV that he is on holiday and not coming back.

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Friday Caption Contest (Salmond Champagne Edition)

Entries in the comments below.

The winner of this week will get their hands on the #EdStone:

Well a 3D printed version of it, thanks to our friends at CEL[…]

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Disingenuous Left Dog-Whistled Chuka Rumours

Last Sunday Chuka thrust his hitherto secret girlfriend into the public eye, at best it was naive, at worst it was a cynical ploy. While Chuka is blaming the evil press for being mean, he might want to have a […]

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Chuka: Bye! Shock Withdrawal From Labour Leadership Race

No reason given, though as Guido reported in the Sun on Sunday at the weekend:

“his allies are urging him to run to replace Boris as Mayor of the capital. This would allow him to build a similar power base

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Mary Creagh’s coded attack on Ed Miliband…

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