Few Takers for Clegg Speech

Nick CleggClegg’s press secretary, Rae Stewart, was “strictly” limiting attendance for a keynote speech by Nick Clegg tomorrow to “one journalist per publication” on Thursday.

From: rae.stewart@xxx.gov.uk
Date: Sun, 13 Jun 2010 14:26:37 +0100
Subject: Advance extracts of DPM speech on Monday

Please find attached (and in text form below) embargoed extracts from the Deputy Prime Minister’s speech to the Institute for Government tomorrow. Please also note that access to hear the speech is limited, which is why I asked that those of you who would like to attend email me by 17.00 Friday. Not many have done so yet, but as I suspect that quite a few of you will want to be there I’ll extend the deadline until 11.30 tomorrow morning.

Rae seems to have wildly overestimated the box-office appeal of Clegg who is basically going to say “There is nothing progressive about condemning ourselves and our children to decades of debt, higher interest rates, fewer jobs.” Guido will give it a miss, and suspect it won’t be quite the sell out event they anticipate…

UPDATE :The media grid in Downing Street doesn’t seem very coordinated, Cameron is making a statement on Afghanistan at 14.30, the same time Clegg is giving his speech.

Ellie (and Guido) Want #Balls4Leader

Remember Ellie Gellard (pictured) launching Gordon’s manifesto? She is hoping to repeat her campaign success all over again and is leading the online Twitter campaign to make Ed Balls the next leader of the Labour Party. It is going well, punters on the Political Smarkets betting exchange give him a 10% chance of winning. Ellie tweeted yesterday asking for messages of support for Blinky:

If you’re supporting @EdBallsMP and would like to tell us why, email me: ellie@edballs4labour.org

So Guido sent his own message of support and proudly added a #Balls4Leader twibbon to his own Twitter profile.

From: Guy Fawkes
Date: Sat, Jun 12, 2010 at 10:45 AM
Subject: Why I want Ed to lead the Labour Party
To: ellie@edballs4labour.org

Dearest Ellie,

I think over the years Ed has shown the attributes, personality and judgement that would, if he were to become leader, guarantee Labour will remain in opposition. So Ed and I share the same goal, his victory over all other candidates for Labour leader.

Regards,

Guido

Guido would urge co-conspirators to show their support and add the twibbon to their Twitter profile. Ed can count on a lot of cross party support for his campaign to become Labour leader.

Many in CCHQ and Cowley Street have their fingers crossed that the Labour politician who polls the worst with the public could lead the opposition…

Saturday Seven Up

7upIf you were not one of the 68,530 visitors who viewed 323,722 pages over the last seven days, here are the seven most popular stories (in order of popularity) that you missed:

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

Goodbye Melissa Lightwater

So the Londoners’ Diary got the scoop that was four years in the making – the Speccie’s secretly authored column, Tamzin Lightwater, the Bridget Jones of the Tory world, was penned by the Sunday Telegraph’s Melissa Kite. Entertaining readers and irritating CCHQers, her insight and titbits about life in Dave’s war-room were remarkably accurate given the amount of people, often on the inside, sending tips her way. Guido is kicking himself he didn’t make the connection before – all the clues were there – she ended up Associate Editor of the Speccie and, if her Facebook profile is anything to go by, she has more than a passing interest in horses and Tory-ness. The column is wrapping up now the Tories are “In Power” – so long Tamzin.

Ed Balls Campaign Diary*

Well yesterday was a disaster. Surgical glue came unstuck under the studio lights and so did I. Ended up blinking at a fair old pace. Thought the Daily Politics was going to be fine when the Jo woman started out talking about education but Andrew Neil was in full swing. Completely forgot my lines and slipped back into blaming America. I can’t believe I even forgot to call Damian “Mr McBride”. What was he talking about no one liking me though?

What’s worse is they have asked me to go on the This Week sofa for a whole hour. I’m not so keen but Ellie is desperate for me to do it. If Brillo was that hard to me in the middle of the day what would he say after a couple of bottles of Blue Nun?

*As leaked to Guido

No More Privilege

Remember those three MPs on trial? Everything seems to have gone a bit quiet about them until today. Elliot Morley, David Chaytor, Jim Devine and Lord Hanningfield’s attempt to use Parliamentary Privilege in their defence has been thrown out, although this is still subject to an appeal. The judge has ruled their attempt to use the legislation stopping the court from wading into the business of Parliament was not acceptable as criminal activity seems to have taken place. This issue is not going to go away – after the appeal process it is unlikely the trials we begin at this rate until next year.

Friday Caption Contest (Three Lions Edition)

Lib Dems Feeling Shorted

The very real effects of no longer receiving Short money are beginning to hit the LibDems. Twenty staffers whose salaries were all covered by it have been fired from their press and research teams, as well as from Nick Clegg’s office. There was some speculation that the Tories were keeping their staff for an extra few months just in-case the coalition went wrong though Guido understands that redundancies have started taking place in CCHQ.  Clearly the Liberal Democrats and the Tories are not expecting an election anytime soon.

Given the Short money is essentially a kitty divided up based on number of seats, because there is only one large party now to take the cash, Labour will be getting almost as much as Tories and the LibDems combined got in the last Parliament. No wonder so many former Labour SpAds are still loitering around while in opposition.

Palin’s Assets

The internet is rife with speculation that Sarah Palin has had a boob-job. Guido isn’t convinced but will let you be the judge:

What has received less attention though is the influence of Palin on the Republican primary results recently. […]

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Austerity Chief Secretary’s Pay Up 104% Last Month

Danny “Beaker” Alexander (pictured), the newly appointed Chief-Secretary to the Treasury, is the man charged with swinging the spending cuts axe, enforcing a public-sector pay freeze and sacking quangocrats.

It has to be done to bring down Labour’s deficit and […]

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We’re All In It Together

Guido has been chewing over the numbers. Given that a lowly CCHQ researcher or press officer would have been lucky to be on around £35,000, the jump to government for the lower rungs of the SpAd list has come with […]

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Better Suited For the Job

Though they give each other a run for their money on the stump, there is one battle that David Miliband is clearly beating his little brother in. Suits…

Shedding his Moss Bros-like, high-lapelled, black, three button number he wore on […]

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