Owen Smith Staffer Breaks Burnham’s Toe

Andy Burnham angrily told an aide that “some little sh*t” had broken his toe during the Labour v Lobby football match on Sunday. Which member of Her Majesty’s press corp was responsible? Guido can reveal it was in fact an aide to Owen Smith playing as a ringer for the journalists’ team. Who once again ended up on the losing team…

Sharp-elbowed Burnham was also involved in a fracas with a young political correspondent, telling him: “F**k off, you f**king pr*ck”. Calm down, calm down…

Jewish Labour Members Walk Out Over “Cancer” Rant

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Jewish Labour members walked out of the Arab ambassadors’ reception at Labour conference last night after the Palestinian ambassador ranted about Israel. Multiple sources independently quote Manuel Hassassian, Palestinian ambassador to the UK, as describing Israel and Israelis as a “cancer“. According to a source in the room a large number of attendees walked out in disgust, with some Jewish Labour members brought to tears. They were particularly upset that Labour MPs present did not speak out against the comments. Earlier Hassassian had launched another tirade against Israel, describing them as “cowboys“. Seems a charmer…

Breakfast With Jez And Jim

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Keith Vaz did not get the party started at conference, sadly cancelling his famous annual Diversity Night bash. He surfaced this morning however at the Pullman hotel, queuing with Jezza at the breakfast buffet. The Labour leader said a few words, slapped Jim on the back and walked to a separate table. Rice Krispies on the menu – snap, crackle and poppers?

 via @SamCoatesTimes

Missing Milne Set to Quit?

The word going round the Mirror party at Circo Bar in the early hours was that Seumas Milne is to leave his role in Corbyn’s office imminently. Milne went missing for the key pre-leader’s speech briefing delivered to journalists yesterday afternoon, bizarrely sending out junior spinners to do the job instead. There was bewilderment both in the press room and among Corbyn supporters that Milne hadn’t taken responsibility for such an important briefing – trailing the speech in the press was probably his most important job this week and he didn’t show up. His imminent departure would explain the no-show…

UPDATE: Corbyn’s office are insisting that Milne is not going anywhere. A Labour source tells Guido: “The story about Seumas leaving on Friday is untrue.”

Corbyn’s Mine Whine

Jeremy Corbyn, tonight: “I’ve never said I want to bring back coal mines”

Jeremy Corbyn, August 8 2015“Where you can re-open pits, yes… I think we can develop coal technology. Let’s do so… maybe they’ll be a case for what is actually very high quality coal, particularly in South Wales, being mined again.”

Honest politics…

Katy Perry Votes Naked

That’ll boost poll numbers.

Sadiq’s Power Trip

The Guardian have counted up the number of times the London Mayor said “power”, so we do’t have to. Has the mark of a Hennessy-written speech…

Natalie McGarry Charged in Connection With Fraud

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Suspended SNP MP Natalie McGarry has been charged by the police in connection with alleged fraud offencesOch.

UPDATE: The charges are for embezzlement and breach of trust.

Shami Gets Brillo’d

Shami Chakrabarti’s interview with Brillo is well worth a watch. Peerless…

Israeli Ambassador Brings Heavies To Labour Conference

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The Israeli ambassador, Mark Regev (left) has turned up to the Labour Party conference with four security guards. Regev was the spokesman for the IDF during the Gaza War of 2014, earning him a reputation as a bit of an all-round mensch. Will Seumas perform a citizen’s arrest?

Via: Matt Dathan

Jewish Labour Movement Heckled in Conference Hall

Mike Katz, the speaker from the Jewish Labour Movement, was sporadically heckled throughout his speech to the conference hall this morning. Katz had spoken about how Jews felt let down by Labour. There were heckles from at least four audience members, this one on camera:

The image above tells the story of the last year…

Labour Illiterate on Illiteracy

One line jarred in the Shadow International Development Secretary’s speech yesterday. Kate Osamor told the conference hall: “Two thirds of the world’s women cannot read or write”. Guido checked and it was in the pre-briefed text too. Quite a statistic, but is it true?

The UN estimates there are 2.7 billion women over the age of 15. Two thirds would make 1.8 billion innumerate women, an astonishing figure that doesn’t appear anywhere on the internet. One figure that does appear is this from Unesco: “Two thirds of adults who are illiterate are female”. Unesco reports that of the 758 million illiterate adults in the world, two thirds of them – 505 million – are women. Osamor’s speechwriter couldn’t read the illiteracy stats…

Trump v Clinton in a Minute

No knockout blows… Judging by lack of triumphalism from left the Donald didn’t screw up and Hillary won the pundits.

Matt Hancock: “Cock Gobbler”

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Away from Liverpool, a screen malfunction meant Matt Hancock was forced to read an entire speech at the Radio Festival staring into the words “cock gobbler”. Apparently Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills had been playing “innuendo-bingo” on the podium before his speech which is why the message was left on the screen.

Posted without comment.

Milne Edited Lewis Speech Without Telling Him


Shadow defence secretary Clive Lewis’ speech was edited to remove a section on Trident – without him knowing. Word is going round that Seumas Milne removed the section at the last moment without telling Lewis. Sources say the first Lewis knew of this was when he read it off the autocue. The Times is even reporting that Milne went into the autocue room and made the alteration, then left a post it note on his podium, leaving the perplexed Lewis furious and shouting in the leaders office. His Ron Burgundy moment…

UPDATE: This looks like the moment he read Comrade Milne’s email.

Labour Would Double Your Taxes

Former Shadow Chancellor Chris Leslie says his successor’s £500 billion spending plan would double all taxes:

“The worry that I have is this suggestion of £500 billion. I mean, that’s an awful lot of either borrowing or extra taxation. In order to raise it you’d have to double income tax.

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