Wednesday, January 21, 2015

PMQs LIVE:  Who is Asking the Questions Today

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Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1 Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham and Morden)

Q2 Mark Reckless (Rochester and Strood) 

Q3 Mrs Mary Glindon (North Tyneside) 

Q4 Andrew Gwynne (Denton and Reddish) 

Q5 Angela Smith (Penistone and Stocksbridge) 

Q6 Charlie Elphicke (Dover) 

Q7 Toby Perkins (Chesterfield)

Q8 Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North and Stoke Newington) 

Q9 Mr David Winnick (Walsall North)

Q10 Stephen Timms (East Ham) 

Q11 Pamela Nash (Airdrie and Shotts)

Q12 Glyn Davies (Montgomeryshire) 

Q13 Gemma Doyle (West Dunbartonshire) 

Q14 Sir Bob Russell (Colchester) 

Q15 Mr David Ward (Bradford East) 

Comments in the comments please…

Yet Another Labour Party Internetz Win

Picture the scene. You have just filmed a hard-hitting party political broadcast with a 91 year old war hero. It’s strong stuff, and you think it will get people interested in your party. So, at the end of the PPB, you put your party’s website up on the screen. Except, instead of the correct URL (www.labour.org.uk/harry), you send them to www.labour.org/harry, a parked domain that belongs to someone else and used to for  job recruitment. “But we don’t need millions for this election, as we’re going to win the internetz.”

Unemployment Falls to 5.8%

  • employment continued to rise and unemployment continued to fall. These changes maintain the general direction of movement since late 2011/early 2012.
  • There were 30.80 million people in work. This was 37,000 more than for June to August 2014
  • Comparing September to November 2014 with a year earlier, there were 512,000 more people in work.
  • the employment rate was 73.0%
  • There were 1.91 million unemployed people. This was 58,000 fewer than for June to August 2014
  • Comparing September to November 2014 with a year earlier, there were 418,000 fewer unemployed people
  • The unemployment rate was 5.8%, lower than for June to August 2014 (6.0%) and lower than for a year earlier (7.1%)
Via ONS.

Two Graphs Which Show How Greens Are Splitting the Left

Guido’s Green Party poll tracker is back today as Natalie Bennett’s party surge onto 10% with YouGov, an all time high. The split in the left is clear: Labour slump to 30% this morning, a five year low, leaving the Tories 2 points clear at the top on 32%. The debate about the debates is having an impact too. 

Worth comparing the final poll in 2014 to where we are today. On December 22 Labour were 4 points clear on 36%, with the Greens down on 5%. Since then Labour have lost 6 points and the Greens have doubled their poll rating…

See the numbers in full in Guido’s tracker here.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Carswell Hits Out at UKIP “Mischief Making”

Following Guido’s post earlier citing multiple UKIP insiders lifting the lid on splits at the top of the party, Douglas Carswell has been quick to stress how great his relationship is with Nigel Farage. “We get on incredibly well” he tells Guido, pointing out that their families recently hung out. “Anyone that says otherwise is just mischief making…” As reported earlier, Farage also denied any rift. We report, you decide…

Ghastly Ghose Goes For Another

By Guido’s count this is the fourth time serial loser and perennial parachutist Katie “Ghastly” Ghose has put herself forward for a Labour seat:

Not deterred by her failure in Stoke-on-Trent North, then defeat in Brighton Kemptown, and then trying and failing to replace Austin Mitchell in Grimsby, now Ghose is going for York, where sitting Labour MP Hugh Bayley has just announced he is standing down. What is it about the Oxford-educated southerner that fails to be inspiring CLPs? Katie has bagged more carpets than Ed Miliband in a mosque

Guido Squawks Daily Politics Showdown With Mirror Chicken

Feathers were flying as Guido Squawks made his Daily Politics debut today, though fowl play was suspected as the Mirror Chicken was silent. The Guido chicken revealed he “just wanted to ruffle some feathers” at yesterday’s press conference with Natalie Bennett:

Ed and Nick are being chickens for not explicitly calling for the Greens to take part, instead shirking responsibility to the broadcasters. A poultry excuse…

Vid via @liarpoliticians

Plummeting Public Trust in Lefty NGOs

Edelman has published its annual “trust barometer”, sampling a massive 27,000 people on how they rate politicians, industries and organisations on honesty. The stand out figure is the huge drop in trust for leftist activists disguised as do-gooders: NGOs. In the last year trust in NGOs has plummeted from 67% to 51%, falling below business in the honesty stakes.

Why? The survey found “an excessive focus on money and NGOs losing touch with the UK are the main causes for those losing trust in NGOs”. The report concludes that “the UK is drifting in the ‘trust doldrums’… NGOs are the worst hit”…

Loony NUJ Hacks Harass Female Staff At Hebdo ‘Racist’ Event

So it all kicked off at the loony lefty NUJ meeting at the London Welsh Centre last night. As reported yesterday, the NUJ Magazine Branch were told they could not debate their motion calling the late Charlie Hebdo martyrs ‘racists’ at their own HQ due to security reasons. Media Guido understands the LWC staff were misled, simply being told it was a debate about ‘free speech’. That soon unravelled though.

When female bar staff voiced their concern about the aggressive way in which they were treated by NUJ Magazine Branch members – who it’s claimed had harassed staff on the way in, attempted to film them on phones and then verbally abused them – the management called time and shut the bar. Which is enough to send a room full of hacks apoplectic at the best of times. It is understood that the manager then sent staff home for their own safety after the loonies went berserk. 

UKIP Hit Puberty: Slam Doors, Shouts at Parents
Farage/Carswell Fall Out Semi-Denied By Party

Tim Aker is the latest victim of the internal UKIP power play: sacked as the party’s policy chief this morning. Or so the spin goes. Guido understands this is less to do with the time he spent on the manifesto and more to do with the continuing debate raging for the ideological life and soul of the party. Between being an MEP and duffing up Labour in Thurrock, it was only a matter of time before Aker stepped back from his party role, but only a fool would suggest he’s not still a serious player within the party.

Rumours also continue to swirl around the tetchy relationship between Nigel Farage and Douglas Carswell. Guido is told there has been something of a breakdown, with particular anger among UKIP top brass over Carswell’s recent off-message Mail on Sunday intervention describing his new party as “internationalist” and “inclusive”. Guido hears Farage believes that to be “Cameroon nonsense”. This piece written by Nick Wood, the former IDS spinner turned Farage-confidant, has been circulated within party circles as the UKIP leader’s real opinion:

“Various BBC-type Aunt Sallies were erected only to be assailed by the heroic St Douglas. “We must stop insulting immigrants,” asserted the hair-shirted one. “Dislike of foreigners is not merely offensive, but absurd.” Various other Harmanesque pieties followed, including the laughable observation that there has never been anything splendid about isolation. How about May 1940 after the fall of Paris? Our “isolation” then proved the salvation of Western civilisation.”

Long-serving, more traditional, golf clubbing UKIP veterans are said to be “upset” by Carswell’s maverick modernising moves, and things are so bad that they sneeringly call him “that Tory” behind his back. Rumours of a split at the top are denied by Farage’s spokesman: “we all absolutely adore Douglas”. But when were they last seen together?


Seen Elsewhere

Ed Argar Selected in Dorrell Seat | Leicester Mercury
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World’s Second Most Popular Porn Site is Infecting You | Techno Guido
Newspapers No Longer Willing to Toe Party Line | Roy Greenslade
Introducing the New CapX | CapX
Burnham’s Newsnight Debacle Dissected | Dan Hodges
How I Survived Dry January | Nigel Farage
Greens are Commies in Disguise | Andrei Rogobete
When Osborne Weaponised | Paul Waugh
Divided Left Will Cost Ed | George Eaton
I’m Hoping Labour Attack Tories on Education | Toby Young


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“We’ve heard a lot over the past few years about how Miliband has united Labour. But he has not united Labour. He has pacified Labour. He has placed it into a medically induced coma following the trauma of the party’s 2010 defeat.”


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