Owen Smith’s Leadsom Moment

 

Owen Smith, whose opponent is a lesbian woman with no children, tells Sky News:

“I’m glad you think I’m normal. I am normal. I grew up in a normal household. I’ve got a wife and three children. My wife is a primary school teacher.”

His spinner then made it even worse, telling the Standard:

“He was just trying to say that he is an ordinary person, proud to live and represent his own community* in Parliament.”

Does that mean Angela Eagle isn’t “normal” or “ordinary“?

Andrea Leadsom’s comments on motherhood were less inflammatory and did not have anything like the bombshell word “normal”…

*Is that the one in the Surrey stockbroker belt?

‘Barry Boy’ Owen Smith Lived in Stunning Surrey Home

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Self-proclaimed “Barry boy” Owen Smith lived in a huge house in Surrey while he worked as an £80,000-a-year lobbyist for Pfizer, Guido can reveal. Despite his much-vaunted working class credentials, our pictures show the Labour leadership contender lived in a stunning four bedroom home in the desirable stockbroker belt village of Westcott. Smith registered the address on the electoral roll and declared it to Companies House when he was a director at the Bevan Foundation. He moved to Wales shortly after he was elected in 2010, and the property was sold in November that year for a £250,000 profit. The estate agent described it as “a beautiful family home which has been the subject of much recent improvement and extension”. According to Zoopla it is now worth well over a million pounds. Only one kitchen though, otherwise Oily Smith really would be the Welsh Ed Miliband…

Smith’s £200 Billion “New Deal” Pledge Busted by McDonnell

Labour leadership hopeful Owen “Oily” Smith’s £200 billion “British New Deal” pledge, unveiled this weekend, has already been trumped by John McDonnell’s promise today of £500 billion for small businesses. The shadow chancellor announced his plan in pro-Brexit Sunderland to help secure the North-East for Labour. Goodbye prudence hello prolificacy…

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Both men are deluded. In May alone the UK had a deficit of £9.7 billion – £74.9 billion for the 2015-16 financial year. Smith’s £200 billion pledge would almost double Labour’s record deficit under Gordon Brown in 2009-10 of £154 billion, taking the total to approximately 10.3% of current GDP, and adding another 12.5% to our current £1.6 trillion national debt. The choice for Labour members is between a spendthrift and a squanderer…

Congratulations Mr and Mrs Umunna

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Congratulations to Chuka Umunna, who finally took his long-term girlfriend Alice Sullivan up the aisle on Saturday…

UKIP Seeking to Take Advantage of “Oily” Smith

UKIP are rolling their tanks onto Labour’s lawn after Owen Smith said he would try to block Brexit if he becomes leader. Yesterday “Oily” Smith went viral after he pledged a second referendum and admitted it was “tempting” not to trigger Article 50. UKIP leadership frontrunner Steven Woolfe tells Guido such a move would turn the north purple:

“Owen Smith’s disdain for his own voters is frankly disgraceful. My message to the millions who have been left behind by Labour’s sneering and condescending political class is simple – UKIP will speak for you. We are your new home.”

Smith’s rhetoric might appeal to Europhiles in the PLP, but 70% of Labour MPs represent seats which voted to Leave. This graph from Professor Matthew Goodwin shows the Leave vote in Labour areas:

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A new, northern, working class UKIP leader versus an oily, Surrey-dwelling Europhile Labour leader? It’s obvious who UKIP want to win the Labour leadership – Owen Smith is the kamikaze candidate…

Fallon Welches on £1,000 Piers Morgan Bet

Both Michael Fallon and John Whittingdale made pre-referendum bets that, should Cameron lose the vote, he wouldn’t resign. Now Piers is calling in his bets, promising to donate the winnings to charity. Pay up, Fallon…

People occasionally ask Guido, with a sense of foreboding, when will the pundit and polling analyst Dan Hodges do his naked Brexit run? Guido will be negotiating the time and location with the sagacious streaker this week. Stay tuned…

UPDATE: Piers wants Guido to remind Whitto as well:

Rich’s Monday Morning View

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Owen Smith: It Would Be “Tempting” to Block Brexit

Labour leadership contender Owen Smith says it would be “tempting” not to trigger Article 50 and thereby block Brexit. Smith also wants a second EU referendum. This rhetoric might appeal to Europhile members of the PLP but it is completely at odds with Labour members and voters. In Labour seats across the north up to 70% voted to Leave. A new ComRes poll shows voters oppose a second referendum by 57% to 29%. Surely Labour MPs know Smith’s approach would be suicide…

New Junior Minister Appointments

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Appointments

Penny Mordaunt – Minister of State at DWP
Mike Penning – Minister of State at MoD
Brandon Lewis – Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service at the Home Office
Matt Hancock – Minister of State responsible for digital policy at DCMS
Jane Ellison – Financial Secretary to the Treasury
Jo Johnson – Minister of State at the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, leading on universities and science
John Hayes – Minister of State at the Department for Transport
Damian Hinds – Minister of State for the Department of Work and Pensions
Greg Hands – Minister of State in the Department for International Trade
Robert Goodwill – Minister of State for immigration in the Home Office
Lord Price – Minister of State at the Department for International Trade
Philip Dunne – Minister of State at the Department of Health
Sir Oliver Heald – Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice
Nick Hurd – Minister of State at Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Ben Wallace – Minister of State for Security at the Home Office
Baroness Williams – Minister of State at the Home Office
Sir Alan Duncan – Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Baroness Anelay – Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development
Earl Howe – Minister of State at the Ministry of Defence and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords
Nick Gibb – Minister of State at the Department for Education
Edward Timpson – Minister of State at the Department for Education
Robert Halfon – Minister of State at the Department for Education
David Jones – Minister of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union
Baroness Neville-Rolfe – Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Lord Freud – Minister of State for Welfare Reform at the Department for Work and Pensions
Gavin Barwell – Minister of State for Housing, Planning and Minister for London at the Department for Communities and Local Government
George Eustice – Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Rory Stewart – Minister of State at the Department for International Development
Simon Kirby – Economic Secretary at HM Treasury
Lord O’Neill – Commercial Secretary at HM Treasury
Sarah Newton – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Home Office
Baroness Shields – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Home Office and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Tobias Ellwood – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Alok Sharma – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Mark Lancaster – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence
Harriett Baldwin – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence
Sam Gyimah – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice
Phillip Lee – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice
Lord Nash – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education
Caroline Dinenage – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education
Lord Bridges – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union
Robin Walker – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union
Mark Garnier – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Trade
Margot James – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Nicola Blackwood – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health
David Mowat – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health
Lord Prior – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Health
Caroline Nokes – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions
Richard Harrington – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions
Paul Maynard – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport
Andrew Jones – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport
Lord Ahmad – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport
Andrew Percy – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government
Marcus Jones – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government
Lord Bourne – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Wales Office
Michael Ellis – Deputy Leader of the House of Commons (and Assistant Whip)
Lord Dunlop – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Scotland Office and the Northern Ireland Office
Guto Bebb – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Wales Office (and Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury))
Kris Hopkins – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Northern Ireland Office
Thérèse Coffey – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Lord Gardiner – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
James Wharton – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Development
Chris Skidmore – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Cabinet Office
Tracey Crouch – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Rob Wilson – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Lord Ashton – Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (and a Lord in Waiting)
Robert Buckland QC MP – Solicitor General
Lord Keen of Elie QC – Advocate General for Scotland
Rt Hon Anne Milton – Deputy Chief Whip (Treasurer of HM Household (Deputy Chief Whip)
Mel Stride – Government Whip (Comptroller of HM Household)
Julian Smith – Government Whip (Vice Chamberlain of HM Household)
Rt Hon David Evennett – Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury)
Stephen Barclay – Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury)
Guy Opperman – Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury)
Robert Syms – Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury)
Andrew Griffiths – Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury)
Jackie Doyle-Price – Assistant Government Whip
Graham Stuart – Assistant Government Whip
Heather Wheeler – Assistant Government Whip
Chris Heaton-Harris – Assistant Government Whip
Mark Spencer – Assistant Government Whip
Christopher Pincher – Assistant Government Whip
Steve Brine – Assistant Government Whip
Rt Hon Lord Taylor of Holbeach CBE – Lords Chief Whip (Captain of the Honourable Corps of Gentlemen at Arms)
Earl of Courtown – Deputy Chief Whip (Captain of The Queen’s Bodyguard of the Yeomen of the Guard )
Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen – Baroness in Waiting
Baroness Goldie – Baroness in Waiting
Baroness Mobarik CBE – Baroness in Waiting

Leaving the government

Anna Soubry, Ros Altmann, Ed Vaizey, Dom Raab, and Justin Tomlinson, Mark Francois, George Freeman, Sir Desmond Swayne, Hugo Swire, Julian Brazier, James Duddridge, Charlie Elphicke, John Penrose, Andrew Selous and Baroness Verma.

Sunday Selection

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BEST OF SEEN ELSEWHERE 

BEST OF MEDIA GUIDO

BEST OF GALLERY GUIDO

Junior Minister Reshuffle

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Appointments

Penny Mordaunt – Minister of State at DWP

Mike Penning – Minister of State at MoD

Brandon Lewis – Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service at the Home Office

Matt Hancock – Minister of State responsible for digital policy at DCMS

Jane Ellison – Financial Secretary to the Treasury

Jo Johnson – Minister of State at the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, leading on universities and science

John Hayes – Minister of State at the Department for Transport

Damian Hinds – Minister of State for the Department of Work and Pensions

Greg Hands – Minister of State in the Department for International Trade

Robert Goodwill – Minister of State for immigration in the Home Office

Lord Price – Minister of State at the Department for International Trade

Philip Dunne – Minister of State at the Department of Health

Sir Oliver Heald – Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice

Nick Hurd – Minister of State at Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

Edward Timpson – Minister of State at DfE

Marcus Jones – Minister for Local Government at DCLG

Baroness Shields – Minister for Internet Safety and Security at DCMS

Mark Spencer – Whip

Sam Gyimah – Minister of State at the Ministry of Justice

Leaving the government

Anna Soubry, Ros Altmann, Ed Vaizey, Dom Raab, Hugo Swire, James Duddridge, Charlie Elphicke, Julian Brazier, John Penrose, Desmond Swayne and Justin Tomlinson.

Labour MPs Make Complete Ankaras of Themselves

Responding to the coup in Turkey, in which 90 died, protesters were gunned down and over 1,000 were injured, top Corbynista Shadow Cabinet member Jon Trickett said:

It’s now been deleted.

Chris Bryant for some reason decided it was all about Brexit:

Labour MPs, step away from the keyboard…

Saturday Seven Up

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This week a massive 286,704 visitors visited 832,899 times viewing 1,411,553 pages. The top stories in order of popularity were:

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

Junior Ministerial Appointments

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Penny Mordaunt – Minister of State at DWP

Mike Penning – Minister of State at MoD

Anna Soubry, Ros Altmann and Ed Vaizey have left the government.

Brandon Lewis – Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service at the Home Office

Matt Hancock – Minister of State responsible for digital policy at DCMS

Jane Ellison – Financial Secretary to the Treasury

Jo Johnson – Minister of State at the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, leading on universities and science

John Hayes – Minister of State at the Department for Transport

Damian Hinds – Minister of State for the Department of Work and Pensions

Greg Hands – Minister of State in the Department for International Trade

Robert Goodwill – Minister of State for immigration in the Home Office

First Picture of Liam Fox’s Plush New Department

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Good to see Dr. Fox already getting to grips with the new job…

UPDATE: A spokesman for Liam Fox gets in touch:

“This sign was not put up by Dr Fox or his staff but obviously by someone having a laugh. It is nice to see that people around Parliament have a good sense of humour.”

DECC RIP

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So farewell, then, the Department of Energy and Climate Change. It’s merging with BIS into the new Greg Clark-led Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Hopefully that streamlining brings greater efficiency. Here are some of their greatest hits:

  • Paying £600 to promote just one job advert on LinkedIn – which nobody clicked on.
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