Suzanne Sacked as UKIP Spokesman

Via the BBC:

No one survives questioning the dear leader…

Cannabis Campaigners For Corbyn

Coach loads of trots are being bussed into London on Saturday for a union-funded End Austerity Now march on parliament. Jeremy Corbyn will be there, hoping to convince as many as he can to pay their £3 and sign up to vote.

Among those joining Corbyn will be the “Cannabis Campaigners Against Austerity” group, who sound like they have a fun day planned:

Forget this lot, what were the MPs who nominated him smoking?

Suzanne Evans: Farage Perceived as Divisive Character

Yesterday Farage said he would be “prepared” to lead the ‘Out’ campaign, a view not shared by Suzanne Evans on the Daily Politics this afternoon:

“I think Nigel is a very divisive character in terms of the way he is perceived. He’s not divisive as a person but the way he is perceived is as having strong views that divide people, so in that sense I think he is right, it will actually be somebody else who fronts it.”

The comments have gone down rather badly among Farage’s allies, though it is not a million miles away from what Nige himself has said:

“I suspect what we will see is somebody coming from completely outside of normal politics, somebody from the world of business or entertainment that hasn’t got any political baggage at all. I think someone like that may well emerge.”

Nonetheless, calling a man she has been accused of trying to oust “divisive” on national television is a bold move…

UPDATE: A UKIP insider gets in touch to add:

“It is people going on television calling the leader ‘divisive’ that is divisive.”

CBI Step Up Pro-EU Campaign Activity

Big business Brexit scaremongers the CBI are stepping up their campaigning activity for an EU ‘Yes’ vote. The “politically independent and impartial” lobbyists are hiring a campaigns adviser on a competitive salary “to promote the CBI’s messages on Europe”. Little doubt from the advert what that message is: 

“With an in-out referendum on the UK’s EU membership now on the table, the CBI is recruiting for a Campaigns Adviser to assist with the organisation’s day-to-day work in this area… the benefits of the UK’s EU membership outweigh the costs and no alternative arrangement offers the UK a better route to future prosperity.”

Key to the job will be remembering the CBI’s farcical Scottish referendum shambles and sorting out their status as a registered campaigner this time round…

Ipsos Mori: Stewart Lewis Polling Surprisingly Well

stewart-lewisJust to see if the British public is paying attention pollsters Ipsos Mori added in a fake name to the leadership race survey. “Stewart Lewis” is giving Jeremy Corbyn a run for his money and the dummy name polls better amongst Labour supporters than the general public. This supports Guido’s long held view that Labour supporters are less informed and more stupid than the rest of us… 

ITV Pol Ed Runners and Riders

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With Tom Bradby off to present the ITV News at Ten, a plum broadcasting job is in the offing. Mark Austin is said to be raging that he has been overlooked for the once promised flagship presenting gig…

A tight pool of names are being floated to replace Bradby as ITV Political Editor, including James Landale, Joey Jones, Chris Ship and Lucy Manning.

With Nick Robinson now unlikely to be making a move to the Today programme any time soon, his current deputy Lansdale is said to have itchy feet and is being talked about for the role.

Current ITV Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship wants it, and would be unlikely to stick around for long in the number 2 job if he is overlooked. That would leave a serious hole in an already stretched operation…

Sky’s Joey Jones’ name is in the frame after being pipped to the post – controversially – by Faisal Islam to the Sky News Pol Ed job and Lucy Manning is another name doing the rounds. Guido hears, however, that there is some serious bad blood at ITV in the manner in which Manning jumped over to the BBC before the election, shortly after being promoted to editor level at ITN…

It’s a hard one to call…

Rudd Slams Door on Wind Subsidies

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New Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd has announced her intention to end public subsidies for onshore wind farms, bringing to an end the government’s obligation to financially prop up new-build windmills from April 2016, a year earlier than planned. Tax payers subsidised onshore wind to the tune of £800 million last year alone…

Gaia reported earlier this month that the wind power industry were planning to sue the government if Rudd’s plans for subsidy cuts went ahead. Popcorn…

Select Committee Chairs in Full

Treasury:
Andrew Tyrie

Home:
Keith Vaz

Foreign Affairs
Crispin Blunt

Health:
Sarah Wollaston

Work and Pensions:
Frank Field

DCMS: 
Jesse Norman

Education:
Neil Carmichael

BIS:
Iain Wright

International Development:
Stephen Twigg

Defence:
Julian Lewis

Science and Tehnology:
Nicola Blackwood

Local Government:
Clive Betts

Justice:
Bob Neill

Public Accounts Committee:
Meg Hillier

Backbench Business Committee:
Ian Mearns

Standards Committee:
Kevin Barron

Environmental Audit Committee:
Huw Irranca-Davies

Energy and Climate Change:
Angus MacNeil

Scottish Affairs:
Pete Wishart

Environment and Rural Affairs:
Neil Parish

Public Administration:
Bernard Jenkin

Communities:
Clive Betts

NI:
Laurence Robertson

Procedure:
Charles Walker

Transport:
Louise Elman

Welsh:
David TC Davies

Women:
Maria Miller

European Parliament President: “Britain Belongs to the EU”

As Cameron lunches with Europe’s leaders, the President of the European Parliament continues to do the ‘Out’ campaign’s work for them:

“The European Union and Britain is one thing. The United Kingdom belongs to the European Union.”

Hardly encouraging since […]

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Burnham Gaffe Wasn’t Even First Time

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Liz Kendall is making Burnham’s ‘the party always comes first’ gaffe really hurt. Burnham supporters are attempting to spin it as out of context, but it was clearly a daft thing to say and it teed up his quick witted […]

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MPs in Labour’s Marginals Favour Kendall, Safe Seat Socialists Favour Corbyn

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This fascinating infographic by Matt Smith shows that the Labour MPs most under threat of losing their seat think the best option is Liz Kendall. Those MPs with least to fear from voters favour Jeremy Corbyn. Draw your own conclusions…[…]

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Burnham: “The Party Always Comes First”

Burnham: “The party always comes first…”

Kendall: “Er, the country always comes first”…

Burn…

UPDATE: Toby Perkins – an early backer of Liz Kendall – deleted  his retweet of Tim Montgomerie’s view of the Burnham gaffe last night, perhaps nervous […]

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