Corbyn Chief of Staff Warns Jezza’s New Spinner is Not ‘Liberal’

Jeremy Corbyn has finally found his new spin doctor. Communication Workers Union spinner Kevin Slocombe is wasting no time in trying to hide awkward stories from the past, already deleting his Twitter account. Turns out he’s not a fan of Jamie Reed:

This old tweet from Corbyn chief of staff Simon Fletcher is curious, too:


UPDATE: During the leadership election Slocombe was head of comms for the CWU. Which means he was a major player at the union when its general secretary infamously said there was a “Blairite virus” in the Labour Party:

“We think that it is time for a change for Labour. The grip of the Blairites and individuals like Peter Mandelson must now be loosened once and for all. There is a virus within the Labour party, and Jeremy Corbyn is the antidote.

Not exactly a unifying figure then…

Corbyn Gives Cameron His Blank Cheque


Earlier in the week Corbyn would not commit to campaigning to remain in the EU, insisting “we can’t just give Cameron a blank cheque whatever he comes back with“. Speaking to Laura K on BBC News last night, he repeated the blank cheque line. This afternoon he has just emailed this to Labour MPs:

“Labour will be campaigning in the referendum for the UK to stay in the European Union… regardless of the outcome of the Government’s renegotiation.”

His first major u-turn. What will he sell out on next?

H/T Jack Blanchard

Shadow Health Secretary Breached Data Protection Act

Doh! Just two days into the job and Corbyn’s new Shadow Health Secretary Heidi Alexander has been censured for breaching the Data Protection Act. Heidi was investigated by the Information Commissioner’s Office after she was reported by a constituent who is suing her for “harvesting” his email and sending him “spam” messages. The ICO found in his favour:

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Ian Dunmore, the man who reported Heidi, says he was inundated with regular updates of her “brilliant achievements” after he sent her a question via email. Let’s hope she would be less blasé about the private records of NHS patients…

Corbyn’s New Spinner Making Friends

Corbyn has hired former Ken aide Neale Coleman to head up his rapid rebuttal team. He must be a masochist…

Like Corbyn’s chief of staff Simon Fletcher, Comrade Coleman was part of the Trotskyite splinter group Socialist Action. He is also currently paid £148,000 a year, more than the Prime Minister. And he didn’t have any problem kneeling before the Queen…

Corbynomics Guru Gets Brillo’d

Obscure tax blogger and Twitter eccentric Richard Murphy is now unofficially advising Corbyn on his economic policy. Readers will remember Guido’s past stories on the hypocritical ‘tax justice’ campaigner, well today he got Brillo’d on the Daily Politics:

Including such gems as:

“One of the ideas I’ve got is to create modest amounts of inflation…

At the moment I would add to the deficit…”

Coming soon to a Tory attack ad near you…

BBC Trust Grilled Over Deaf Tory Smear

Where was BBC trustee Richard Ayre when Guido’s story about the Beeb smear of Alec Shelbrooke broke? Waxing lyrical at the DCMS committee about how Auntie “operates to higher standards than other broadcasters” and that “the trust requires accuracy” online. Unfortunately for him Tory MP Jason McCartney had clearly been checking Twitter:

“It’s a slam dunk case.”

Please, tell us more about your “higher standards”…

Straw and Rifkind Let Off By Standards Commissioner

Jack Straw did not break parliamentary rules when he boasted he could use his influence to change EU rules for a company that pays him £60,000-a-year:

“I got in to see the relevant director general and his officials in Brussels …  and we got the sugar regulations changed,” he said. “I mean … the crucial thing about this, it’s all, it’s public that the regulations have been changed, but the best way of dealing with these things is under the radar”

Malcolm Rifkind has also been cleared this morning. See the original Telegraph/Dispatches story here. Developing…

UPDATE: Despite Straw suggesting he could use his influence to have laws changed in exchange for payment, the Commissioner finds:

“The question of lobbying for reward or consideration simply does not arise”

On Straw boasting about how his reputation and contacts would be useful to a lobbying firm, the Commissioner says sympathetically:

“A Member’s reputation will be important to them and, inevitably, is part of the “package” on which they may rely when they later seek employment outside the House.”

On Rifkind, the Standards Commissioner explains he has let him off on a technicality:

“Had Sir Malcolm’s offer been taken up, particularly after the second meeting when it was clear that PMR were likely to have further questions relating to the possibility of employing him, Sir Malcolm might then have been in breach of the rules by using parliamentary resources for the purpose of boosting his employment prospects.”

The Commissoner says that while Rifkind made “errors of judgement”, “Sir Malcolm has suffered as a result of the allegations and inferences made, which were covered widely in the media”. Playing the world’s tiniest violin…

UPDATE II: The Telegraph and Dispatches get both barrels from the Standards Commissioner:

“the distorted coverage of the actions and words of the Members concerned has itself been the main cause of the damage… If in their coverage of this story, the reporters for Dispatches and the Daily Telegraph had accurately reported what was said by the two Members in their interviews, and measured their words against the rules of the House, it would have been possible to avoid the damage that has been done to the lives of two individuals and those around them, and to the reputation of the House”


UPDATE III: Channel 4 hit back:

“Channel 4 Dispatches stands by its journalism; this was a fair and accurate account of what the two MPs said. This investigation was in the public interest and revealed matters that were of serious public concern.”

Nandy Doesn’t Deny Leadership Rumours

On Sunday Guido brought you rumours doing the rounds in Labour circles that – don’t laugh – Lisa Nandy is the left-wing choice to be the next Labour leader. “She is young, northern, a woman, good-looking and an ethnic minority,” noted one backer.

In today’s Telegraph Sophy Ridge also tips Nandy for the job and asks her whether she has leadership ambitions. She doesn’t deny it:

“I was asked if I was plotting about a leadership bid when I had a one month baby, and just getting dressed in the morning was an achievement. I came into politics because I wanted to make a positive difference. That’s still what I’m about now.”

Nandy is hardly the party’s most talented rising star, and surely they would learn the lesson from making a lefty, uninspiring TV performer their leader. Though the massive new Corbynista membership base means the chosen lefty successor, whoever it is, will be tough to beat…

Corbyn’s First Poll Results

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Jezza and Diane Were Lovers

Last month, Guido readers in the Sun on Sunday learnt of a past relationship between Jeremy Corbyn and Diane Abbott. Put your breakfast away – there was even talk of a “half hour” romp with an unnamed naked […]


Watch the Tory Attack Video Corbynistas Tried to Ban

Remember that attack video the Tories released on Corbyn on Monday? A viewer called Adrian Cousins has had it taken down from YouTube with a spurious copyright claim over footage of Corbyn calling Hamas his “friends“. Who is […]


New Shadow Environment Secretary Mocks ‘Beard and Sandals’ Left

Speaking to Adrian Chiles yesterday, Corbyn’s newly appointed Shadow Environment Secretary Kerry McCarthy was questioned about her veganism:

“If they [the media] want to see it [veganism] as a throwback to the old beard and sandals left well then



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