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Shocker! Siemens Stays After All

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Siemens was splashed all over the papers this morning with an announcement from CEO Joe Kaeser that ze German mega-corp was “here to stay.” During the referendum campaign, Siemens was one of the most high-profile companies to back Remain. They even threatened to leave Britain, claiming:

“This uncertainty, and threat of increased costs, could make the UK a less attractive place to do business and may become a factor when Siemens is considering future investment here.”

Did anyone swallow Siemens’ spin?

Today their CEO says with his tail between his legs: “We never said the UK is in bad shape if it leaves the EU”. Another Project Fear porky doesn’t come true…

Who the Hell is Owen Smith?

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Owen Smith is launching his Labour leadership bid in the next few days. “Who he?” Guido hears you ask. Owen is a career politico who has never had a real job outside politics or the media. Those who know him say the man now pitching himself as the soft left candidate used to be “more Blairite than Blair”, running on a right-wing Labour ticket in 2006. He seems to be Labour’s answer to Alan Mak, as one friend puts it: “he’s been in every single faction in the Labour Party”. And what about his much-vaunted working class credentials? When he began lobbying the government for Pfizer the self-proclaimed Barry boy moved his family to the Surrey stockbroker belt. His CV makes Andy Burnham look in touch…

Age: 46

1986: Joined Labour at 16.

1992: Graduated from Sussex University.

1992-2002: BBC radio producer for shows like Today.

2002-2005: SpAd for Welsh Secretary Paul Murphy.

2005-2008: Head of Government relations for Pfizer.

2006: Lost Blaenau Gwent by-election.

2009-2010: Candidate for Pontypridd, Wales.

2010: Elected to parliament.

2012-2015: Shadow Welsh Secretary.

2015-2016: Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary.

The Barry boy claiming to be the unity candidate who’ll win over Corbynistas is really a Blairite careerist who’s never had a real job…

Farage Hasn’t Collected His Winnings

Having waited 23 years to win independence Nigel Farage may not be in much of a rush to collect on his bet on Brexit from Ladbrokes. He has won £2,500 on his £1,000 at 5/2 bet on Leave.

The bookies are bemused that he hasn’t collected. Perhaps Nigel is too busy enjoying a round of celebratory PFLs…

Angela’s “Hell Yes I’m Tough Enough” Moment

Angela Eagle was repeatedly asked if she is able to control her emotions by John Humphries after she cried during the Labour coup. In a response reminiscent of Miliband versus Paxman, she replied: “I’m not crying now am I?” Putin quaking…

Prime Minister Elect Addresses the Nation

“We need a strong, new positive vision for the future of our country. A vision of a country that works not for the privileged few, but that works for everyone of us, because we’re going to give people more control over their lives. And that’s how, together, we will build a better Britain.” She says Brexit means Brexit, there can be no going back from that statement from our new Remain prime minister. Remember those words…

PM Hums Happy Tune Following Departure Announcement

Following his announcement that he will be gone by Wednesday evening, David Cameron was caught humming a tune on his microphone. Doesn’t exactly seem sad…

Cameron: May Will be PM by Wednesday Evening

Last PMQs on Wednesday. End of an era…

Auntie’s Kidding No-One on Leadsom Quitting “Scoop”

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Note the timestamps…

Laura Kuenssberg follows Guido on Twitter. Her tweet was by definition not a scoop – as over 200,000 followers of Guido’s Twitter feed know. Lobby hacks were already furiously re-tweeting Guido before Laura followed up three minutes later. So this bit of bragging from BBC News is just demonstrably untrue:

Mark Thompson the former Director-General of the BBC explained a truth of modern digital journalism:

“… Guido Fawkes and a thousand others may deliver their scoops and insights with less precision and restraint than their traditional counterparts, but they deliver them all the same…”

Guido’s co-conspirators know we’re #1 for fast breaking political news; last week we broke the news that Nigel Farage was stepping down as UKIP leader before any other media outlet. Embarrassing that Auntie is trying to spin otherwise…

UKIP NEC Votes to Block Evans, Whittle, Banks, Kassam

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UKIP’s NEC has voted to prevent candidates who have been party members for under five years from running for leader. This is not yet an official motion, but if enforced it means the likes of Suzanne Evans, Peter Whittle, Arron Banks and Raheem Kassam would not be eligible to stand. Nigel Farage aide Michael Heaver explains:

“It would rule out for instance London Assembly Members Peter Whittle and David Kurten, who had both mulled the idea of standing. Suzanne Evans would also would not meet the five-year term even if her suspension was lifted and it would also mean the likes of Arron Banks and Raheem Kassam couldn’t stand either.”

This would leave the contest down to the likes of Steven Woolfe, Neil Hamilton and party director Lisa Duffy. Expect it to be appealed though, Suzanne Evans says: “I cannot imagine a decision more ridiculous”. The UKIP of five years ago is very different to the UKIP of today…

Angela All Alone

“BBC anyone? No? OK, Robert Peston where are you? No? Michael Crick?”

Absolutely excruciating footage from Angela Eagle’s leadership launch…

Labour Demand Snap Election

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Corbynista Jon Trickett says:

“It is crucial,  given the instability caused by the Brexit vote,  that the country has a democratically elected Prime Minister. I am now putting the whole of the party on a General Election footing. It is time for the Labour Party to unite and ensure the millions of people in the country left behind by the Tories’ failed economic policies, have the opportunity to elect a Labour government.”

Farron has made the same call. May has previously ruled it out but she’ll be tempted to bury Labour in the autumn…

UPDATE: Angela Eagle has the nominations and a Labour leadership contest is on, Iain McNicol has just confirmed. Six minutes apart, Labour have sent out press releases demanding a snap general election and announcing their own leadership contest…

Brady Signals May Coronation

1922 chair Graham Brady says he has to consult with the party board before Theresa May is confirmed as the new leader. Gove is not going to stand against her:

“Andrea Leadsom spoke with great dignity and courage today. I wish her every success in the future. We should now move as quickly as possible to ensure Theresa May can take over as leader. She has my full support as our next Prime Minister.”

Boris agrees:

“Theresa May will provide the authority and the leadership necessary to unite the Conservative Party and take the country forward.”

Good afternoon Prime Minister May…

CONFIRMED: Leadsom Pulls Out

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As of 11:32am this is unconfirmed – sources say Andrea Leadsom is pulling out. She had been genuinely shattered by the motherhood row over the weekend. A statement is coming at noon…

UPDATE 12:13pm: Confirmed, she’s out. You read it here first.

Top Corbynista’s Byline on Tory Newspaper Article Praising IDS

Aaron Bastani is getting a lot of airtime as the top Corbynista blogger from Novara, an eccentric far-left site which fangirls over Jezza. So who exactly is Corbyn’s greatest cheerleader? Guido can reveal that Bastani used to go by the name Aaron Peters. In 2009, an article appeared under his name in the UCL Conservative Society student newspaper, in which ‘Aaron Peters’ praised Iain Duncan Smith and Blairite James Purnell:

“While the two major parties may substantially disagree over a number of key issues Ian Duncan-Smith’s Centre for Social Justice’s recent report of Breakthrough Britain: Dynamic Benefits seems a continuation of the excellent ‘workfare’ policies of former Labour cabinet member James Purnell in his short time as head of the Department of Work and Pensions”

Bastani/Peters admits to Guido that he did agree to write an article for the Tory newspaper as a favour to a friend. However he insists the friend “modified” his words to add the bit about IDS and Purnell. He claims “I didn’t write” the words that appear under his byline. You can see why he’d want to distance himself – this would ruin his street cred with his Corbynista mates…

1,000 Bad Loser Barristers Sign ‘Block Brexit’ Letter

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Last week Guido reported that lap dancing lawyer Philip Kolvin QC is coordinating a letter from barristers to the Prime Minister trying to block Brexit. This morning City AM reveals over 1,000 bad loser barristers are putting their names to the hilariously pompous letter, which includes such cringeworthy pearls of £500-an-hour wisdom as:

Our legal opinion is that the referendum is advisory.

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