MPs Consider Constituency Surgery Security Measures

Debate this morning is turning to the security measures employed by MPs. Colleagues note that Jox Cox’s constituency surgery at Birstall Library yesterday was an “open surgery”. The time, date and location were advertised on her website:

Thursday 16th June – 1pm until 2pm

@ Birstall Library and Information Centre

Market Street, Birstall, WF17 9EN

Some MPs already refuse to hold open surgeries and do not publish times and locations, instead requiring constituents to make an appointment before they are given details. Expect more to follow – MPs tell Guido they want some level of vetting or checking of names against the electoral roll. This is a difficult square to circle – accessibility to MPs is important at a time when the public feel politicians are ever more out of touch. It makes Jo Cox’s openness all the more admirable…

If you speak to any MP, especially female MPs, they will have stories about intimidation and aggression they have faced at constituency surgeries. Most MPs will have had to get the police involved at some point. Guido has lost count of the number of staffers who have had physical altercations with lunatics at surgeries. One MP tells Guido that US Congressman are given police protection and they feel British MPs – particularly women MPs – should too. It is a crazy world, there will always be nutters in every constituency who harass MPs and their staff in person. It is difficult to legislate for – but expect new measures to be brought in following yesterday’s events…

Labour Hold Tooting

Labour comfortably hold Sadiq Khan’s Tooting seat:

Rosena Allin-Khan (Labour) – 17,894 (55.9% +8.7%)

Dan Watkins (Tory) – 11,537 (36.1% -5.8%)

Esther Obiri-Darko (Green) – 830 (2.6% -1.5%)

Alexander Glassbrook (LibDem) – 820 (2.6% -1.4%)

Elizabeth Jones (UKIP) – 507 (1.6% -1.3%)

Front Page Tributes to Jo Cox

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Via @suttonnick

Jo Cox’s Speech on Plight of Syria

A great speech.

Via Syria Solidarity

Jo Cox Dead

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Tragically it has been confirmed that Labour MP Jo Cox has died from her injuries. RIP.

Jeremy Corbyn statement:

“The whole of the Labour Party and Labour family – and indeed the whole country – will be in shock at the horrific murder of Jo Cox today.

“Jo had a lifelong record of public service and a deep commitment to humanity. She worked both for Oxfam and the anti-slavery charity, the Freedom Fund, before she was elected last year as MP for Batley and Spen – where she was born and grew up.

“Jo was dedicated to getting us to live up to our promises to support the developing world and strengthen human rights – and she brought those values and principles with her when she became an MP.

“Jo died doing her public duty at the heart of our democracy, listening to and representing the people she was elected to serve. It is a profoundly important cause for us all.

“Jo was universally liked at Westminster, not just by her Labour colleagues, but across Parliament.

“In the coming days, there will be questions to answer about how and why she died. But for now all our thoughts are with Jo’s husband Brendan and their two young children. They will grow up without their mum, but can be immensely proud of what she did, what she achieved and what she stood for.

“We send them our deepest condolences. We have lost a much loved colleague, a real talent and a dedicated campaigner for social justice and peace. But they have lost a wife and a mother, and our hearts go out to them.”

Watch the police press conference in full below:

Jo Cox Shot and Stabbed Near Leeds

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The Labour MP was shot and stabbed during one of her local surgeries. One witness told Sky that the “65-70” year old attacker fired two shots from a “homemade” or “World War One style” gun. Her condition is described as “critical”.

UPDATE: 52 year old man arrested.

UPDATE III: Vote Leave suspend campaigning.

UPDATE IV: Stronger In suspend campaigning.

UPDATE V: Picture of the arrest via BBC:

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Mercer No Fisherman’s Friend

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As MP for Plymouth, the city home to the UK’s second largest fresh fish market, Johnny Mercer should be a fisherman’s friend. They’re hurting following cuts to EU fishing quotas of 26% for cod, 14% for haddock, and 12% for whiting – all local catches in South Devon. So it’s no wonder a number of fishermen and women from Plymouth joined Farage’s flotilla down the Thames yesterday. What did their local Remain MP have to say to them?

Poor Johnny is having a tough time endearing himself to his constituents at the moment…

Leave Move Ahead With Survation Too

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LEAVE: 45% (+7)

REMAIN: 42% (-2)

The trend continues, another swing to Leave…

Piers Corbyn Explains Why Jezza is Wrong on Workers’ Rights

Jeremy Corbyn today tells Labour supporters in Yorkshire to vote Remain to “protect workers across Europe”. In the new film “Lexit: The Movie”, produced by Labour Leave, Jezza’s brother Piers demolishes that argument:

“The idea that the European Union is a happy-clappy haven for workers rights is complete nonsense… We do not need an unelected bureaucracy to tell us, “ok, you can have these rights”. They’re taking the power to defend these rights away from us. What’s this about? We can defend ourselves. And once you give away the power to defend yourself to someone else, you know they can stop defending you. Look at Greece. Were they defended? No.”

You can watch the hour long film making the case for Lexit here

How Remainers Stitched Up Gove’s Elderly Father

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Michael Gove was as emotional as you will ever see on Question Time as he responded to the Guardian story about his father. Privately the Goves are genuinely furious, and say the paper “rang up an elderly man who is very hard of hearing and has serious diabetes and twisted his words”. The Guardian story is headlined “Michael Gove’s father denies his company was destroyed by EU policies”. Yet this was the actual answer 79 year-old Ernest Gove gave to the journalist’s question:

“There’s nothing really to go back about anyway because it just was, when Europe went into fishing, the industry more or less collapsed down and I just packed in and got a job with another firm, you know. That was all that was happening.”

He didn’t contradict Gove Jnr, he completely confirmed him to be telling the truth.

As the journalist repeatedly tried to get Gove Snr to contradict Michael, Ernest explicitly said: “I’m not going against my son”. The Guardian claim “Michael Gove’s office neither denied or retracted or contested accuracy of Earnest Gove quotes”. Except they provided the reporter with a statement from Ernest Gove, again rubbishing the story:

“I don’t know what this reporter is going on about. Everybody in the north-east knows it was Europe that did such damage to the fish trade. The common fisheries policy was a disaster, not just for Aberdeen, but all of Scotland. There wasn’t any future for my business. It closed as a direct result of Europe.”

For avoidance of doubt, here is Ernest Gove on camera last week giving the BBC his view:

Despite Gove Snr clearly agreeing with his son – on camera, in the phone call with the reporter and in a statement provided prior to publication – the Guardian published the incorrect headline anyway. The article was held back until shortly before Gove Jnr’s appearance on Question Time for maximum damage. Remain spinners Will Straw and lyin’ Ryan Coetzee then piled in on Twitter, knowing it to be untrue. Pretty low even by the standards of political campaigning…

Leave 6 Points Ahead With Ipsos Mori

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LEAVE: 53% (+10)

REMAIN: 47% (-10)

HUGE swing from last month…

Other top lines via the Standard:

  • only 17% believe Osborne’s £4,300 figure
  • half believe Vote Leave’s £350 million figure
  • immigration is the key issue, cited by one in three

Remainers Clash With England & Wales

The progressive elite in the form of the prince of darkness, Lord Mandelson himself, is coming out of the shadows to enlighten the workers of GKN this afternoon. Unfortunately Mandelson – who campaigned for Britain to join the €uro in the 1990s – knows little about Euro 2016. The GKN factory floor may be less than delighted to hear him boring on about the delights of Brussels since it means they’ll miss the England v Wales match in the Stade Bollaert-Delelis which kicks off at the same time. They are less than pleased at the prospect of missing the match and he may find his audience won’t be “Remaining” to listen to him…

Campaign Report: 8 Days to Go

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Leave message: Remain’s threats and scare tactics are totally hollow.

Remain message: Osborne: We’ll bring in a post-Brexit budget full of cuts and taxes.

Cut through: Farage’s fishermen flotilla fly flags for freedom.

Leave social media count: 495,292 likes, 60,663 followers.

Remain social media count: 478,435 likes, 39,674 followers.

Odds: Remain 4/7, Leave 13/8

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Latest poll: Remain 39% (-1), Leave 46% (+3) (YouGov, online). Poll of Polls is now Remain 48% (-1), Leave 52% (+1).

Women at the Back at Khan Remain Speech

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This photo shows Sadiq Khan giving a speech outside the Stronger In battle bus in Manchester today. Khan is surrounded by a ring of men at the front. The women are standing at the back. Click on the photo to enlarge – the picture doesn’t lie – there are no women at the front of the audience. When will Labour learn

SKETCH: Cameron’s Last PMQs?

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Outside, a 35-strong fleet of Brexit-backing fishing boats sailed past with Nigel Farage at the helm. The only parallel that springs to mind is the Raid on the Medway during the Second Anglo-Dutch War of 1667 (also in June). Then, Dutch vessels launched a daring campaign that would pave the first steps for the overthrow of King James II. A year later the Bill of Rights was enshrined ensuring the sovereignty of Parliament and an end to its subjugation by overbearing despots, intent on imposing laws on a servile populace. Well, if it worked for them…

Inside, Jeremy Corbyn started poorly and somehow managed to get even worse. The Labour leader wasted his six questions, opting for a scattergun approach that included the posting of workers directive (yes, again, and no, we still don’t care), phone-hacking (for those nostalgic for 2011), having a dig at Boris and Gove (obviously something that would appeal to the PM) and fishing quotas (the sort of subject that really gets your wavering voter going). Corbyn finally managed to get on to the EU referendum in his sixth and final question. “With just eight days to go before the referendum”, he began to uproarious cheers from the Tory benches, “the Labour position is that we are going to be voting to Remain because we believe it is the best way to protect families, protect jobs and protect public services”. Not exactly “I have a dream…” but at least he set out the “Labour position” (although some will have noticed he declined to elaborate on his own position).

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Labour Leave Launch Anti-Cameron Attack Adverts

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Labour Leave has launched a digital advertising campaign telling Labour voters to back Brexit to “wipe the smile off” Cameron and Osborne’s faces. Readers of left-wing websites such as LabourList are now seeing adverts appealing to them to vote Leave. Labour Leave say “a vote to Leave will surely lead to the toppling of Cameron and Osborne” and “could possibly lead to another General Election in the next 12 months”.[…]

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