Andy Burnham addresses the lurid smears:
“For the record I can assure you I have never worn mascara nor purchased a bottle of Just for Men.”
“I am delighted to announce that the CWU will be backing Jeremy Corbyn MP to be the next leader of the Labour Party.
There are no quick fixes for the Labour party, but there are some easy decisions and choosing Jeremy as its leader should be one of them.
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.
We reject the notion that Labour needs to move to the centre ground of British politics. The Centre ground has moved significantly to the right in recent years. We do not see arguing for fairer wealth distribution, decent jobs with good pay, terms and conditions and a substantial increase in affordable housing for the next generation as a left wing agenda.
Jeremy agrees with the vast amount of CWU policy, ranging from opposing the selling off of Royal Mail, to offering a real alternative to austerity, and repealing anti-trade union laws.”
Commonwealth, at least…
Andy Burnham accused David Cameron of “dog-whistle” politics this morning for daring to use the word “swarm” to describe the swarm of migrants swarming the channel. You can almost smell the desperation in the camp as they start lashing out…
Here is Burnham talking about immigration during the 2010 leadership election:
“We were in denial. We were behind the issue all the time, and myths were allowed to develop. There’s still an ambivalence among some in Labour about discussing immigration. I’ve been accused of dog-whistle politics for doing so. But it was the biggest doorstep issue in constituencies where Labour lost. People aren’t racist, but they say it has increased tension, stopped them getting access to housing and lowered their wages.”
Burnham’s campaign is more screwed than Cecil the Lion on a trip to see the dentist.
End of an error, more like…
It’s Neo-Guido’s leaving lunch this afternoon.
Guido will be drowning his sorrows down the pub later, come buy him a Guinness. Usual place…
The LibDems have announced their new ‘top’ team. Clearly Nick Clegg is too busy with his speaking engagements:
“Nick Clegg was offered a post in Tim’s spokesperson team, but decided after some consideration that he wanted to take a quieter role on the back benches and would not be taking a spokesperson position at this time.”
Here are the riveting details in full: