Yet Another Burnham Flip Flop

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Last night Andy Burnham told the LBC hustings that he would serve in Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet:

“I would. I would serve the Labour Party at any level that it asked me to serve the Labour Party.”

Iain Dale pushed the ‘frontrunner’ on this:

ID: Any particular job you’d like in a Corbyn Shadow Cabinet?

AB: I would always put the Labour Party…

ID: Chancellor?

AB: I think it’s really important that coming from this, the Labour Party unites. That’s the most important thing and we have a clear sense of direction going forward.

Pretty clear he’s thinking about Shadow Cabinet roles…

Which is odd, given that last week he told the lobby lunch that he was not giving any thought to other jobs and he was only in the race to win it.

He could not have been clearer, he was not even thinking about any Shadow Cabinet, bar his own:

“No funnily enough, I’m not thinking about any other job.

I’m confident I’ve put forward the right change for the Labour Party to mean I will be the next leader of the Labour Party.

I’m not thinking about other jobs.

I’m very focussed on what I’m doing, why I am standing as I say, this party that I love, that I’ve given my life to is, I think, in quite a dangerous position right now. It is out of touch with millions of people around the country. It does need to make some serious changes if it is to win back their trust.

I am purely focussed on that, I’m not giving a thought to anything else.

I’m expecting to be leader and I want to make those changes to the Labour Party from day one.”

Another Andy flip flop…

Media Guardian’s FT Blunder

One man alone had the inside track on mounting rumours earlier in the week that the FT might be sold.

Here is Media Guardian’s eminent and well-informed Roy Greenslade on Monday:

“Pearson to sell the Financial Times? I really don’t think so… How many times down the years have I read that rumour? And how many times must I dismiss it as speculative nonsense?”

Three days later…

https://twitter.com/clarkaw/status/624158783426666496

There’s a fine line between being contrarian and printing b***ocks.

Clegg Whores Himself Out For $55,000

Poor Nick Clegg has seen his £134,565 Deputy Prime Minister’s salary plummet to a measly £67,000 now he is merely a lowly MP. How will he cope?

By hiring Leading Authorities, a Washington based agent, to manage his after-dinner speaking engagements. Boasting of his “internationalist approach to world affairs”, Clegg says he is available to give speeches “in five European languages”:

“For UK audiences, Clegg shares his experiences about the future of politics and the direction of the UK, specifically relating to the EU. For international groups, he explores how current UK politics affects international relations.”

How much will it set you back to book him? A cool $55,000.

Asian audiences with deeper pockets are asked to “please inquire”.

Seems a bit steep… Ken Clarke will do you a drab speech about Europe for under 10 grand…

Prescott Attacks Everyone

Full list of subjects of his wrath:

Calm down…

Labour Leadership Candidates Dopey Past

Listen to their druggy confessions to LBC’s Iain Dale…

#JezWeCan Campaign Song

Catchy chorus: “Think we’re going to win coz we got Jeremy Corbyn…”

Media Bitch Fight of the Week: Owen on Owen

Our generation’s Owen Bennett took on our generation’s George Orwell on Sky this afternoon:

“The thing for Owen Jones, and I think it’s wonderful that his career’s going so well that he’s now in the top 1% of earners in this country, but people like us who actually care how they’re gonna pay the bills need a government that’s based in the centre ground…”

Read how OJ made it into the 1% here

Laura K New BBC Pol Ed?

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Developing…

Liz Laid It On Thick

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Judging from the ferocity of her protest about Mail on Sunday political editor Simon Walters’ ‘unbelievable’ question to her about her weight, you’d think Liz Kendall would have thrown him out of her office where the interview took place. […]

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At Last! Rudd Slashes Solar Subsidies

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Fresh from pulling the plug on onshore wind subsidies, the surprisingly sound Amber Rudd is preparing to do the same to small scale solar farms. DECC are consulting on plans that would slash subsidies for new solar projects below 5MW […]

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Keith Vaz Fingered For £100 Claim

It’s been a busy week for Keith Vaz, first accused of abusing his position and now embroiled in another mysterious scandal over his election expenses. His local paper report that Vaz spent £100 to use the premises on Uppingham Road, […]

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Cooper and Burnham in Corbyn Tail Spin

Cooper says that last night’s poll proves that only she can beat Corbyn, when it fact it says the complete opposite:

“This doesn’t reflect our internal data and significantly understates the huge number of members and supporters giving Yvette their

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