Monday, September 22, 2014

Constitutional Reform: Another Tory Job for the Boys

Len McClusky attacked the ‘posh boys’ deciding the country’s future in a country house today and it turns out he wasn’t far off. ConservativeHome have the list of the Chequers constitutional lunch:

Guto Bebb
Nigel Evans
Dominic Grieve
Mark Hoban
Bernard Jenkin
Andrew Jones
Marcus Jones
Andrew Lansley
Peter Lilley
Bob Neill
John Redwood
John Stevenson
James Wharton
Heather Wheeler
Lord Strathclyde

Just one woman invited?

UPDATE: A Downing Street source points out that Mary Macleod and Margot James were also at the summit.

David Lammy Pays for Brightness

David Lammy, the only candidate to officially declare he is a Labour candidate in the race to be the next Mayor of London, has hired Martin Bright to spin for him. “I’m on the payroll,” Bright tells Guido. A tough job to Mastermind a media strategy for the ambitious bid.

#EverydaySexism Rife at Labour Conference

Everyday sexism is rife at Labour conference. Tom Watson waddled off yesterday after describing a bacon butty bearing babe as a “Sun model”:

A rather patronising assumption to make about Cherry Wilson, who is a journalist at the paper specialising in features:

Meanwhile, Sky News political correspondent Sophy Ridge has had her own encounter with a dinosaur:

What would Harriet say?

Balls Can Spin, But Labour Numbers Don’t Lie

As Ed Balls takes to the stage to try and pretend that his party has an economic credibility, the facts just do not fit the rhetoric.

Only four per cent of candidates standing for Labour at the next election think Gordon Brown’s government spent too much money.

Even after he left the country in the worst possible position to weather a global economic crisis, 85% of the next generation of Labour MPs believe Gordon’s spending was “about right”.

Only one in 25 believes Labour was spending too much, despite claims by Miliband and Balls that they had learned their economic lessons.

The survey by ComRes for the Sunday Politics, and revealed in Guido’s Sun column yesterday, also finds that 7% think that Britain is too generous to immigrants. A stunning 89% think our current system of unrestricted immigration from inside the EU is “a good thing”.

So much for Ed Miliband’s admission that Labour had “got it wrong” on immigration.

UPDATE: There was nothing but silence on the fact that Labour were running a boom-time deficit from 2002, but some faux contrition from Balls in his speech.

“The truth is we should have regulated those banks in a tougher way. It was a mistake. We should apologise for it.”

“We should have had tougher rules on immigration from Eastern Europe – it was a mistake not to”

Shame the next generation of Labour MPs do not agree.

Labour Accidentally Replace Douglas Alexander

An unfortunate typo, or a taste of things to come?

Douglas Alexander has already been replaced by Vernon Coaker as Labour’s Election Strategy chief on the official conference app. Perfect timing when the knives are already out for the serial election loser, fighting to save his job.

As one Labour source laments to Guido post-Better Together; “If that is what Dougie manages to do to a 20 point lead, what’s he going to do to our 3 point one?’

WATCH: Chuka Can’t Name Three Members of Scottish Labour

Were you still up for Chuka? In the wake of the Scotland vote on Friday, Brillo took the Shadow Business Secretary to task, asking him on Newsnight if he could name three members of Labour’s shadow cabinet in Scotland:

CU: “Of our shadow cabinet? You’ve got Joanna – Johann Lamont, you’ve got Kezia Dugdale…”

AN: “What does she do?”

CU: “I’m not totally sure of the exact portfolio…”

AN: “She’s education. Could you name any more?”

CU: “Er, not off the top of my head, no. And your point… I’m not a Scottish MP and I’m not a member of a Scottish shadow cabinet.”

What was that about One Nation Labour?

Rich’s Monday Morning View

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

Only 4% of Labour candidates think the last government overspent, says a ComRes poll for the Sunday Politics revealed in Guido’s Sun on Sunday column. Don’t miss out on:

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  • Balls really should keep his Trapp shut

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  • Eddie Izzard is helping Ed Miliband make his speeches funnier, he tells Guido a cracker
  • Aberdein in Anguish
  • LibDems don’t pledge
  • Bright spark for Lammy
  • Mystery of would-be PM

Click here to read Guido’s column for free with a free 30-day trial…

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Come to TechCentral in Manchester at Labour Conference

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Sponsored post.

The UK political party conferences have seen health hotels and transport hubs; now it is time for TechCentral. An initiative from the teams behind MessageSpace and Big Brother Watch, TechCentral is putting technology and digital policy firmly on the party conference agenda for the first time.

With key players in the industry, including TalkTalk, Microsoft, EE, Facebook and a host of NGOs and start-ups, showcasing fringe meetings, debates, interactive experiences and workshops, TechCentral promises to be an exciting addition to the party conference season.

Conveniently placed in a marquee within the secure zone at the Labour and Conservative conferences and in the conference centre at the Liberal Democrat conference, TechCentral offers MPs, delegates, campaigners and journalists the chance to debate and explore tech and digital policy. MPs and candidates will also have the chance to brush up on their social media skills ahead of the general election through a series of workshops.

Emma Carr, co-founder of TechCentral says: “How technology and data are used can fundamentally improve the way that our country, and indeed the world, functions. Yet far more can be done to ensure that technology policy making is better informed and it is this that lies at the heart of TechCentral. We’re very pleased to have significant players in the digital industry supporting the project in its first year. The conferences will feature sessions on social media training for the general election and fringes on digital policy, all of which we very much hope the delegates will enjoy.”

TechCentral will be kitted out with free Wi-Fi from EE, the Facebook Geni Bar, live conference feed and a bloggers lounge (when fringes are not taking place).

For a full agenda of events taking place in TechCentral at each conference just click: Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat Conference, or head over to the TechCentral website.

Saturday Seven Up


Seen Elsewhere

Why Newmark Story Was Not Fishing Expedition | David Banks
Longlist to Succeed Hague | ConHome
Newmark Nonsense An Excuse to Bash Tabloids | Spiked
Kay Burley’s Top Twitter Zingers | Buzzfeed
Why Tory Tax Cut Pledge is Good News | Allister Heath
ONS Admits Economy Stronger Than It Thought | Speccie
Cameron’s Concessions to UKIP | Nick Wood
#TM4PM: It’s On | Speccie
Path to Defeat Obvious for Both Labour and Tories | Rafael Behr
It’s Boris v May | Sun
Farage is Outflanking the Tories | Guardian


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cynic says:

Can anyone help me? I went on holiday a week ago and returned to find someone has pulled out the stake and Gordon Brown is back and acting as Prime Minister. What did I miss? Has there been a snap election?


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