Suzanne Evans Endorses Lisa Duffy For UKIP Leader

Suzanne Evans’ “major announcement” this morning was that she is endorsing councillor Lisa Duffy for UKIP leader. Who? Lisa describes herself as Patrick O’Flynn’s chief of staff and the “Chair of Ramsey Christmas Lights”. She has been an important and well-liked behind-the-scenes organiser in recent years. Emphasis on ‘behind the scenes’ – she has just 200 Twitter followers and Guido can’t recall ever having seen her on TV. Suzanne says Lisa will take the party to the centre and get rid of the image created by Nigel Farage, which won four million votes at the election and helped win the referendum. It’s Steven Woolfe’s to lose…

High Court Judge Could Crown Oily Leader

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Lawyers for Labour donor Michael Foster are in the High Court today to argue that Labour’s NEC was wrong to rule that Corbyn did not need the backing of 51 parliamentarians to become a candidate in the leadership contest. If the judge rules against Corbyn, Oily Smith could become Labour’s leader without a single rank and file member’s vote being cast…

Corbynistas have briefed PoliticsHome that the Procedures Committee – including Tom Watson – were told Corbyn wants to call a halt to the process if today’s court case goes against him. The Procedures Committee is not controlled by Corbynistas. The betting markets currently have Oily at 4/1, does that price accurately reflect the prospects of a judge ruling against Corbyn?

Labour’s Right-Wing Enthusiastically Backs Smith

Despite initially pitching himself as the competent, electable face of Corbynism, last night Owen Smith told Newsnight he would press the nuclear button, that there are too many immigrants and claimed Jez is unpatriotic. Good luck winning over Corbynistas with that pitch…

The Blairite former SpAd and lobbyist was never going to convince true believers he was one of them. It doesn’t help that he is backed by the right-wing of the Labour Party. Labour First, the ultra “moderate” faction run by Corbyn-hating Luke “Bomber” Akehurst. He has emailed supporters asking them to volunteer for Smith’s campaign:

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Progress, the Blairite faction, has boasted that 40% of new sign-ups are Smith backers and says this gives “hope” for the future. Given Smith’s back the bomb and close the borders rhetoric last night, it’s almost as if he’s looking beyond this leadership election to the fallout after Corbyn wins…

Trump 5% Ahead of Clinton

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As Hillary Clinton prepares to woo America at the Democratic Convention, Trump is 5% ahead in a CNN national poll and on a state-by-state forecast basis according to Nate Silver.

This is the picture now. Hillary has the advantage that most of the press and broadcast networks will be for her and despite boos at the convention from Bernie supporters – after he sold out and backed her – she will get 90% of her party’s activist support. Something is changing though and Trump’s cultural conservatism and protectionist “America First” positioning is appealing to blue collar Democrats. Left-wing activist Michael Moore reckons Trump is going to win because he connects with Americans in a way cold, calculating, “made in DC” Hillary never will. Trump has surprised all the pundits so far…

‘Non-Partisan’ More United is LibDem Front Group

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This weekend saw the launch of More United, “a tech-driven political startup” which wants a closer relationship with the EU, more immigration and action on climate change. It is as dreary as it sounds – basically all the worst people from the referendum teaming up to virtue signal and cry about losing. Celeb backers include the most frightful bores like Dan Snow and Caroline Criado-Perez. But who is working at More United behind the scenes?

Well, top LibDem Paddy Ashdown is a director. As is Elizabeth Mayhew, Nick Clegg’s former correspondence secretary. Then there is LibDem peer Rumi Verjee. And former LibDem press officer Debbie Gore and HQ staffer Austin Rathe. As well as former LibDem candidate Maajid Nawaz and one time LibDem supporter Sunny Hundal. What a surprise that this collection of metropolitan losers masquerading as a non-partisan political movement is just a front group for tired old LibDems. Why not get former Clegg and BSE spokesman James McGrory in to do the comms? It’s guff like this that lost them the referendum…

Sarah Champion Unresigns From Labour Frontbench

Sarah Champion, who resigned as a shadow minister on 28 June during the Labour coup, has written to Jeremy Corbyn to ask for her job back:

From: Sarah Champion
To: Jeremy Corbyn
Subject: Shadow minister role

Dear Jeremy

I would like to formally retract my resignation and ask to be reinstated to my role as Shadow Home Office minister for preventing abuse and domestic violence with immediate effect.

Kindest regards

Sarah Champion

Will he accept her back into the fold? Guido understands he is minded to say yes…

CONFIRMED: Corbyn accepts her unresignation and reinstates her to the shadow frontbench. LOLabour…

UPDATE: On 29 June Sarah Champion tweeted: “Jeremys position is no longer tenable if we’re to be effective”

Did she see Owen Smith’s polling and change her mind?

South American Trade Bloc Seek UK Deal

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Major South American economies including Brazil are eager to get on with UK trade deal negotiations “as soon as the new minister of external affairs takes office”. Mercosur, a trading bloc that includes Argentina and Brazil, the 9th largest economy in the world, is keen “to open right away a negotiation”, according to Brazil’s foreign minister, Jose Serra. Praising Britain’s new free-trading direction, Serra says Britain “has a more open economy and has a very important position in relation to investment in Brazil”. With the Real set to devalue later this year, Brazil’s desire to trade with Britain could even mean cheaper food, as beef exporters look set to swoop into newly deregulated agricultural import markets. So that’s the US, China, India, South America, Pakistan and South Korea who have signalled they want trade deals so far…

New Footage of McDonnell on “Assassinating Thatcher”

In 2010 John McDonnell insisted he was “sorry” for saying he would like to go back in time and assassinate Thatcher. Readers will be stunned to learn his apology might not have been genuine. New YouTube footage, which has only been viewed 45 times, shows McDonnell speaking in 2014. He once again repeats his bizarre obsession with killing Maggie, to cheers from an audience of trade unionists. The dreadful Angela Rayner, who is now the Shadow Education Secretary, bursts out laughing. Shame his mates used to take it seriously…

May Lifts Miliband and McDonnell’s Lines

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Theresa May has responded to the damning Philip Green report via her spokesman, saying the BHS collapse shows there is a need to “reform capitalism”. The Ed Miliband of 2013 will be happy:

“We are talking about how we are going to reform capitalism, not abolish it as my dad would have wanted.”

It’s not the only rhetorical similarity. The PM’s new slogan is “A country that works for everyone, not just a privileged few”. A handy rip-off of one of Ed’s old speeches:

“we should reward the hard work of everyone… [not] government that works only for the privileged few”

What about policy? Last week May announced she wanted to force firms to put worker representatives on their boards and impose tighter controls on executive pay:

“An institutional overhaul is required, particularly in executive pay where a dysfunctional set of institutions have developed over the last few decades… Pay, particularly for the most senior staff, needs to be set in a fair and transparent fashion, and remuneration should be overseen by those from all levels in a company.”

Except that quote isn’t from Theresa, it was said by John McDonnell, who wants the exact same thing. Forget the Amanda Wakeley dresses, she’s stealing Labour’s clothes…

Corbyn’s Ex-Wife Claims Big Pharma Conspiracy to Profit From Cancer

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Jeremy Corbyn’s ex-wife thinks the pharmaceutical industry deliberately hides causes of cancer in order to “make profit from this illness”. Claudia Bracchitta, the mother of Jezza’s three sons, posted a string of links on her Facebook which claimed there are:

“ten causes of cancer that are kept in secret so the pharmaceutical industry can make profit from this illness”

Guess she won’t be voting for Owen Smith then…

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Claudia’s Facebook page is a laugh riot – she promoted the loony conspiracy theory that Portland Communications was behind the Labour coup, says the BBC is the “British Brainwashing Corporation” and posted a picture of Laura Kuenssberg with gaffer tape on her face. She’s also a member of a group called “Jeremy Corbyn’s Terrible Thugs”. She reckons “WE LIVE IN A POWER/MEDIA DICTATORSHIP”, absolutely loves George Galloway and wants Tony Blair sent to jail. Claudia is a true believer – she makes Jez look like a Tory!

Lily Cole Fronts BBC “CEO Secrets” Series After Running Company Into Ground

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Who have the BBC got to front their new “CEO Secrets” series? Model, actor, and “entrepreneur” Lily Cole has been offering her “tips for business success”:

“Believe in what you’re doing and know why you’re doing it, so it’s very hard to run a business, and there’s going to be up and down moments, and in those down moments what pulls you through is, you know, inner conviction of knowing why you’re doing what you’re doing and believing in it.” 

Inspiring stuff.

In other news, Lily’s taxpayer-subsidised social network Impossible.com has reported losses of £256,000 in 2015 and £250,000 in 2014. That’s despite taking a huge £200,000 grant from the Cabinet Office in 2013. The site achieved just 45,000 visitors last month. Please, Lily, tell us your secret…

Guardian Media Group’s Losses Total £173 Million

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The FT reports that write downs and one offs took the Guardian Media Group’s losses last year to £173 million. Operating losses at the Guardian itself were £69 million – over a million quid a week. Unsurprisingly the redundancies have hit 20% of the staff – headcount had reached over 1000 employees. The question is will they retrench or continue the global expansion (of losses) in America and Australia?

Rich’s Monday Morning View

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McDonnell Looks Down the Camera

A surreal moment on Marr this morning as a tearful John McDonnell interrupts his interview to address the nation…

via @liarpoliticians

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