Labour Considered Migrant Dental Checks Too, Stella


After David Davies MP argued that we should be using dental checks to assess the age of supposed child migrants there was a predictable backlash fromt the usual suspects including posh tweeter and MP, Stella Creasy:

Liam Byrne last night confirmed to Guido that when he was Immigration Minister he had considered tooth checks in principle before deciding they were impractical. Checking the teeth of child immigrants is not a niche view – 16 European countries have used dental checks to help determine the ages of asylum seekers or refugees. Former Labour Home Secretary Jack Straw has just backed the plan:

“I would certainly not as Home Secretary have ruled that out … having tests, providing they are not too intrusive and invasive, is actually a sensible thing to do for everyone concerned. Most of them are economic migrants and you have to be pretty firm about this. Part of the problem with the issue of whether they are children is you have got to test their age because you will understandably always get quite a lot of people who, knowing that it’s easier to get in because they are younger, will pretend they are under 18 when they are not. Some of those who are at Calais are genuine refugees but an awful lot are economic migrants,”

Is Creasy ashamed to be in the same parliament as her own party?

Prezza For Jezza


Guido can confirm that John Prescott’s son David is joining Jeremy Corbyn’s office as his new speechwriter. Prezza Jnr is best known for denying that he tweets the gags from his dad’s Twitter account, so maybe we’ll be seeing a new, joke-telling Jez from now on. David is not exactly a Corbynista, he worked on the Andy Burnham leadership campaign. He has long felt that the “Red Prince” tag held him back in finding a safe seat. Nonetheless a canny hire by the leader’s office…

Open Britain Endorse LibDems in Witney


Open Britain, the zombie campaign of ex-BSE Remoaners, claims to be non-partisan. Odd, then, that they’ve tweeted to their followers telling them to vote LibDem in the Witney by-election today. Do Open Britain’s vocal Tory backers Anna Soubry and Nicky Morgan endorse this message? Surely former Clegg spinner turned Open Britain chief James McGrory didn’t accidentally tweet from the wrong account…

UPDATE: The tweet has now been deleted.

UPDATE II: Guido is told the tweet was not sent by McGrory, it was sent accidentally by a current LibDem press officer who has access to the account. He deleted it and then tweeted it from the LibDem press office account. Doesn’t exactly disabuse us of the notion that Open Britain is just a LibDem front…

UPDATE III: Open Britain are at pains to point out that their co-director Joe Carberry worked for Labour for ten years and that they also have Tories in their top team.

Man on Yesterday’s Sun Front Page is NOT an Interpreter


Yesterday a rumour went round Twitter virtue signallers that a man the Sun reported is a supposed child refugee is in fact a Home Office interpreter. It was too good for the tabloid-bashers to resist, soon hundreds of people had tweeted it without checking, as if it was fact. Including some very famous types like Gary Lineker, David Schneider and Caroline Criado Perez. Guido has asked the Home Office, who confirm the man in question is NOT an interpreter. They say they do not comment on minors, all but confirming he is a refugee claiming to be a child. As reported by the SunA lie will go halfway round the world while truth is pulling its boots on – will the Twitterati above be issuing corrections?

UPDATE: Tact Care, the charity which claimed he was an interpreter, say they “regret any concern caused”:

“With regard to a recent tweet by TACT questioning the status of an individual male in a photograph at Calais, our information was from a credible source.  However, if the male is indeed a migrant and not an interpreter, TACT regrets any concern caused.  The tweet has now been withdrawn as we do not want to cause any further distress to the individual depicted.”

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Chuka’s Blatant Briefing Backfires

“Allies of Chuka” texted friendly members of the Lobby last night with the same tenuous line: that the Tories had blocked him from the Home Affairs committee chairmanship because they fear him as a potential future Labour leader. You’ll rarely get a more transparent and less believable briefing. Guido recalls a senior Labour figure a few years back explaining to hacks at Ed Miliband’s Christmas drinks party that Chuka would never be leader because everyone in Labour despises him. Whatever he’s spinning, the truth is Chuka is so unpopular with his own colleagues in the PLP he never stood a chance of winning the Home Affairs gig…

H/T Matt Chorley/Sam Coates

Labour Called For Migrant Dental Checks


The last Labour government advocated the same migrant dental checks that have caused so much outrage among the Twitterati today. Back in 2007 the then immigration minister Liam Byrne said that dental checks had to be considered to prevent abuse of the system:

“If it is true that a dental x-ray is able to establish within a more precise range an individuals’ age than any other form of determination then I think we have really got to look very hard at that evidence. We cannot have adults in the children’s system. Adults in the children’s system, I believe, pose a serious threat to our obligation to protect children effectively.”

A great find by Miles Goslett. As you can see above, this was covered by the BBC at the time. The David Davies proposal that is causing so much outcry was originally proposed by Labour nine years ago…

UKIP Leadership State of Play


With Steven Woolfe out and more candidates throwing their hats into the ring, Guido brings you an update on the UKIP leadership race:

Suzanne Evans: Quietly gathering signatures for her nomination. Her suspension has lapsed, she should be a member in good standing for 28 days (we think) and thus eligible. Bookies’ favourite. Will her closeness to the Farage-hating Carswell faction cost her with the grassroots?

Paul Nuttall: Other candidates fear Nuttall will win if he stands. This Telegraph article sounds like he wants it. Though there is no noticeable effort to gather signatures, he didn’t want to run last time and will be asking himself if it’s really worth it. Dithering or not bothering at all?

Raheem Kassam: Loudly gathering the necessary signatures. Has been campaigning hard online and thinks he has enough signatures to submit the paperwork on Sunday. If Nuttall doesn’t run there is a possibility Raheem could actually do it. His price to win is tighter than Trump’s!

Peter Whittle: UKIP’s London mayoral candidate is popular in the capital. While campaigning in Witney he appeared on one of Kassam’s campaign videos and even said his rival’s slogan: “Make UKIP Great Again”, though he tells Guido he is not on Team Raheem. Also quietly gathering signatures.

Bill Etheridge: Said he’d stand unless there was somebody he could back 100%. Accused of cheating by his fiancee. Has been round the rubber chicken circuit.

David Kurten: Lower profile, tried to be nominated as UKIP’s mayoral candidate with a false London address. When Breitbart asked him how he responded to allegations of racism in UKIP he replied: “UKIP isn’t racist, I love white people!”

Suzanne, Nuttall and Raheem are the frontrunners…

New Select Committee Chairs


Brexit – Hilary Benn

Home Affairs – Yvette Cooper

Culture, Media and Sport – Damian Collins

Science – Stephen Metcalfe

Trade – Angus Macneil

Who Will Challenge the PM?


The Foreign Secretary quickly cottoned on to the fact that this was not going to be the most riveting of PMQs bust-ups. That of course meant there was only one thing for it: time to get in a bit of light chin-wagging (read: serious ministerial business). Attempting to avoid detection or accusations of rudeness while his leader held court, Boris decided the best strategy would be The Cagney. Popularised by the black and white film star, this technique involves leaning in to one’s co-conspirator with head bowed and quickly yapping out the opposite side of the mouth: a useful tactic when stuck in the can. Unfortunately for Boris while the Cagney works a charm for Noo-Yawk lags on lockdown, it is rather less effective when attempted by a booming old Etonian with a penchant for peppering his sentences with Latin. He never was any good at “oratio sub rosa” (that’s “Boris” for “talking in secret”).

Proceedings had begun with all paying unreserved tribute to those lost in Aberfan Disaster, including the Labour leader. Naturally there will be those concerned that this indicates a breach of Corbyn’s Law, they need not worry – had Jeremy known of any other mass landslide casualties they would undoubtedly have been duly referenced. The leader of the opposition then decided to question his opposite number on mental health and the NHS. It’s a subject quite literally close to his heart as he has spent every Wednesday afternoon for the past year sitting a foot away from a man slowly losing his mind. Although fortunately Tom Watson did opt for the first time in PMQs to unclasp his hands, meaning that the small mouse he would usually crush over the course of your average session happily managed to survive this Wednesday.

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Tories Lead By 18 Points


Theresa May’s Miliband-esque economics and ‘Kippy immigration rhetoric cleans up Labour and UKIP votes…

Guido’s Guide to Tory Davises/Davieses


The geniuses at HuffPo are very angry with Brexit Secretary David Davis, accusing him of proposing dental age checks on refugees arriving in Britain and illustrating their story with a picture of him at the desptach box. Also boarding the outrage bus are the amateurs at the LibDem press office, though they are upset with Philip Davies over the dental checks idea. If these Remoaners had checked before rushing out their Brexiteer bashing stories and press releases, they’d have seen that it was actually proposed by backbencher David Davies. Guido has produced a handy graphic to help HuffPo and the LibDems:


There’s also Mims Davies, though less likely that mistake will be made. These Tory MPs all sound the same…

Graphic credit: @mrharrycole

Buzzfeed Books Profit in UK, Making Losses in Brazil, Spain & Japan


Guido understands that Buzzfeed UK has booked a “middling six-figure profit”, is breaking even in Germany and making six-figure losses in Brazil, France and Spain. Congratulations…

Theresa May’s Mrs Bone Innuendo

Theresa May has just said she hopes Peter Bone’s wife is going to treat his birthday “in the appropriate manner.” The Speaker can’t contain his excitement. Calm down man!

PMQs: Who Is Asking The Questions Today?

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Oral Questions To The Prime Minister

Q1 Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough)

Q2 Lisa Nandy (Wigan)

Q3 Marcus Fysh (Yeovil)

Q4 Stephen Pound (Ealing North)

Q5 Nigel Adams (Selby and Ainsty)

Q6 Drew Hendry (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey)

Q7 Maria Eagle (Garston and Halewood)

Q8 Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham)

Q9 Anne McLaughlin (Glasgow North East)

Q10 Alison Thewliss (Glasgow Central)

Q11 Richard Fuller (Bedford)

Q12 Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland)

Q13 Lucy Powell (Manchester Central)

Q14 Robert Flello (Stoke-on-Trent South)

No, Commons Vote on EU Trade Deal Does Not Threaten Brexit


A strange FT splash this morning claims that MPs getting a vote on the government’s eventual EU trade deal means a real Brexit is less likely. This is just wrong. MPs will be given a choice between the government’s deal or no deal which would mean trading with the EU under WTO rules.[…]


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