All Three Labour Leadership Contenders Reject Pay Rise

Following Andy Burnham earlier, now Yvette ups the pressure on Cameron:

“Yvette thinks its wrong to have 10% at a time when the deficit is still high and public services are about to be cut. She thinks IPSA should withdraw it and the Prime Minister should step in to prevent it. If it goes through she won’t take it, but she thinks IPSA and the Prime Minister should sort it out before that.”

Team Liz point out she has been against it for some time, writing in 2013:

“I oppose it, I’ll try and change it, and if IPSA refuses, I won’t take it.”

The PM’s position remains:

Not a great look, Dave. 

Pressure Mounts on Cameron to Reject Pay Rise

A cynic might say the wannabe next leader of the Labour Party is being shamelessly populist, but Andy Burnham is first out of the blocks to turn down his 10% pay rise:

The PM’s position on this is less equivocal.

Cameron said in 2013: “I think it would be wrong for MPs to get a big pay rise at a time of public sector pay restraint”.

Last year he threatened to abolish IPSA entirely if they did not “think again”.

Yet yesterday his Official Spokesman seemingly dropped that threat and suggested Cameron would be accepting the pay rise: “If IPSA determines MPs get a pay increase, MPs get a pay increase”.

It comes down to whether Cameron wants to give it to charity and annoy his more shallow-pocketed backbenchers three weeks into the new government…

UPDATE: Seems to be a concerted effort from certain Labour MPs up for elections to get ahead on this before PMQs:

UKIP Closing Down Sale

They turned down the Short money and Dirty Desmond’s cash has been spent, so how are UKIP boosting their bare coffers?

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‘101 Ways to Win an Election’, by LibDem blogger Mark Pack, now reduced to £5. Everything must go!

Your Last Chance to Challenge MPs’ Pay Rise

Despite IPSA “receiving hundreds of responses” – and claiming to have “carefully considered every response we received” – MPs are still set for a 10% pay rise:

“We remain of the view that it is right to increase MPs’ pay to £74,000 for all the reasons we set out in December 2013 and which we summarise above. Subject to any new and compelling evidence arising from this review, we therefore intend to implement the determination as currently drafted, with a one-off adjustment in MPs’ pay to £74,000 and subsequently linking it to changes in average UK earnings for the remainder of this Parliament.”

However:

“That said, we invite submissions as to any new and compelling evidence that might cause us to reconsider. Consultation Question: Is there new and compelling evidence that might lead us to amend our determination?”

Handing MPs a 10% rise while public sector wages are capped at 1% seems pretty compelling.

Send your objections to: mppayandpension@parliamentarystandards.org.uk.

Tom Watson’s Militant Money

Militant loon Derek Hatton is trying to rejoin the Labour Party after being expelled in 1986, And he’s already throwing his weight around:

“I’m not getting into who should or shouldn’t be the next leader of the Labour Party. It’s early days and I’m not getting into that. But regarding the deputy leadership, I have been very impressed with Tom Watson – he’s a real fighter. One of the things I can say is I think it would be a disaster if someone like Liz Kendall became leader. That would spell the end of the Labour Party.”

The 67 year old is so impressed by Watson, that he appears to be financially backing his campaign for deputy leader:

Not that he’s “getting into that”.

ABBA: Anyone But Burnham, Andy

With Andy Burnham adding the name of ‘Action Dan’ Jarvis to his growing list of endorsements, despairing Labour wags who support the campaigns of the four other candidates have privately dubbed themselves “ABBA”, or “Anyone But Burnham, Andy”.

Guido can only speculate as to which band member each most resembles, though Yvette makes a great Anni-Frid.

They’ll be hoping it doesn’t just come down to union money, money, money…

Farage Rejects the Short Money

Nigel Farage tried to out-Carswell Douglas Carwell on Question Time last night when he revealed that he will be recommending UKIP take none of the Short Money cash pile.

“The last thing the public want to see is a political party infighting over public money and I’m going to recommend we don’t take any of it. I’m going to recommend we privately fund-raise..”

The Short Money row was so toxic for UKIP because it goes right to the heart of who the apparently anti-establishment party really are now. Carswell was right. Farage found himself in a tricky spot this week, but in rejecting the cash it’s clear he gets it.

Carswell Ups Ante in Short Money Row

Douglas Carswell just appeared Radio 4, telling the Today programme:

“Well there are one or two rather excitable staffers in Ukip who came up with a proposal that involves hiring 15 extra people, and you know, I would just point out that I’m not an American Senator. I doubt very much that even Ed Miliband when he was leader of the opposition would have had 15 staff in his office. I would much rather deal with this now than in a years’ time face awkward question from journalists like you phoning up and saying why on earth are you spending the best part of a million pounds running an office? Ukip’s meant to be different, and Ukip is going to be different, and I think we need to make absolutely clear that when we spend money we’re doing it because it’s the right thing to do, not just simply because the money’s there.”

He added that “I’m confident, absolutely certain that Nigel will see the good sense of this,” and pledged his loyalty to the leader:

“I can think of lots of people who could do the job far better than me and there are only 24 hours in a day. I can’t be leader of Ukip, run the Ukip operation in Westminster, represent my Clacton constituents, and be a dad and a husband, and I’m not prepared to compromise on the last 3.”

That should calm things right down…

So, How Did Lord Oakeshott Do?

So how did former LibDem Lord Oakeshott do in his £600,000 donation spending spree that he described as “doing his bit to save UK from Tory government cringing to Ukip”. Just six candidates he backed financially won their seats. […]

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CARSWELL FIGHTING UKIP HQ OVER £650,000 SHORT MONEY

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Right now everyone in Westminster is amused by the “unresignation” of Nigel Farage – or what the rest of us would call a “weekend off”. That is a done deal. What is not a done deal is the massive internal […]

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You’re Fired! Lord Sugar Quits Labour

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“No Hiding Place For Hedge Funds” Says Hedgie-Backed Eddie

Ed Miliband was taking voters in Pendle for fools this morning:

“Under my government, there will be no hiding place for the hedge funds.”

That’s the same Ed Miliband whose campaign for the Labour leadership was funded by a Mayfair […]

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