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Labour’s former Financial Secretary to the Treasury Stephen Timms has been airlifted to hospital after being stabbed in his East Ham constituency.

A young woman has been arrested.

Developing…

Friday Caption Contest (Home From Home Edition)

Baldemort For Leader?

Despite being painfully follicularly challenged, Liam Byrne is a strong media performer and had a solid election campaign. Unlike Balls, for example, he was loyal to the leadership, but managed to keep some distance. Despite being seen as part of the Brown camp, he was conspicuously absent from the last hurrah photos The Guardian took on Tuesday night.

Byrne signals no desire to run, but we’ve all heard that before. He’s very much a long odds outsider in the betting, however his article this morning certainly reads like pitch. It reflects heavily what went wrong, yet ends with an optimistic view on how the Labour Party could rebuild under a strong, new style of leadership:

“The new leader’s second test is not policy – it is organisation. In Birmingham we did well fending off a Tory attack. Gisela Stuart’s extraordinary triumph in Edgbaston will be one of the great memories of election night. In my own seat we managed to put up the Labour majority.

This country is immeasurably fairer and stronger for Gordon Brown’s extraordinary political life. Our tribute must be to learn lessons fast, and get back out there and win again.”

The whole thing is littered with references to his own successes and new ideas…

Quote of the Day

Liam Byrne writes

“…support for Labour has fallen off a cliff. In 2005, 43% of C2s were Labour. Now Mori says it’s down to just 23%. This loss cost us seats.”

Government of White Male Liberals

To accomodate the ethnically pure LibDems there are no black or asian MPs* in the government at all. There are more MPs called “David” in the government than women and former members of the Oxford Union debating society totally dominate the government.  Guido imagines Cameroon loyalists like Adam Afriye and Shailesh Vara are feeling a little used and discarded this morning…

*Warsi is in the Lords and has an unelected jobette. Not a reflection on her, just a fact.

FSA Boss’s Partisan Reminder

For better or worse the Financial Services Authority is safe, for now. Despite the best efforts of Osborne to take away its wholesale market regulatory powers, as he has been promising for well over a year, it will be looking after banking regulation for a while long.  The same can’t really be said of its CEO Hector Sants. Sants had announced his intention to depart, but that now will likely come sooner rather than later.

Considerable upset has been caused after it emerged that Sants emailed his entire three thousand strong staff on polling day gently reminding them that the Tories had promised to scrap the organisation and though it may not happen overnight, ultimately the Tories would sack them all. Guido imagines it was a rather awkward conversation with the new Treasury team today. The FSA board are to meet as a matter of urgency to find a replacement.

Coulson Confirmed as Director of Communications

Olly Grender will be disappointed…

Going to Downing Street as far as Guido knows are Henry Macrory, Gabby Bertin and Michael Salter.

Ramesh Chabra goes with Osborne to the Treasury, Sue Beeby goes to DCMS.

Expect ministers to take only chiefs-of-staff and policy wonks to their ministries, three dozen staffers at most out of 148 CCHQ staffers.

The rest of CCHQ’s spin team are still kicking their heals at Millbank and considering their offers from lobbyists…

MacShane’s Ministerial Max-out

In a rare moment of cross-party support, Labour’s rent-a-rant Denis MacShane has demonstrated why his own ministerial career was so short-lived. For tonight’s Standard he has written ten top tips for new Ministers that include extra special ways of milking the benefits of government office for personal aggrandizement and drinks parties for mates.

Being a minister for one or five years is fun and tons better than being in opposition or part of the government lobby fodder.” He goes on to suggest the immediate installation of drinks cabinets in offices, laments the new expenses rules for MPs and highlights ways those in government can get round them: “While elderly women MPs must get the late-night train home and risk mugging to please the new misogynist MPs expenses oversight body, you can glide home.” Finally he reminds the new intake to keep diaries, which of course they can cash in on at a later day. And still Labour wonder why they were booted out by the public.

Don’t Mean to Gloat* But You Read it Here First

Nearly four and half years ago, when Tony Blair was still the Prime Minister and a mere two days after David Cameron became Tory leader, Guido posted this:

While Guido may have been a little out with his forecast […]

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Brothers in Arms

David Miliband was finally asked about the prospect of his younger brother throwing his hat into what could turn out to a brutal Labour leadership battle. His line is that “the most important thing for both of us is that […]

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Quote of the Day

Sir Michael White sucks up to the new government…

“… it’s always good to see an old survivor like Kenneth Clarke back in harness at almost 70. And I hold counterintuitive shares in young Osborne. Danny Alexander as Scottish secretary? […]

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Tweet Free Cabinet

Despite being bound by collective responsibility, the new Ministers have had their Blackberries and phones taken away for Cabinet. Trust levels are obviously high.[…]

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