Dugher Defeated: Labour’s War on Motorists Back On

“Labour car war is over- New transport chief’s vow to help road users” screamed the Mirror late last year. The then new Shadow Transport Secretary Michael Dugher promised: “to stop demonising motorists and start championing them as it declared its war on drivers was over… he admitted drivers have for too long been seen as a “cash cow” for governments who cream cash off them with fuel taxes and penalties.”

Fast forward four months and Labour’s manifesto promises to scrap two of the most vital road upgrades in the country, to freeze rail fares for just one year:

“The cost, of just over £200 million, will be fully funded by switching spending within the existing transport budget from delaying road projects on the A27 and A358 for which the economic case is still uncertain.”

The A27 is one of the busiest trunk roads in the UK, a vital connection to Portsmouth. Anyone heading toward the West-Country will know the A303/A358 corridor is a mess. It seems Labour have all but given up on the South…

Red Peril: The 52 Labour Candidates Who Oppose Trident

This is the full list of Labour parliamentary candidates who are on the record opposing the renewal of Trident:

Diane ABBOTT, Hackney North and Stoke Newington
George AYLETT, South West Wiltshire
Jane BASHAM, South Suffolk
Barry BLACK, Aberdeenshire West and Kincardine
Lesley BRENNAN, Dundee East
Matthew BROWN, Louth and Horncastle
Richard BURGON, Leeds East
Edward CARLSSON BROWNE, Harwich and North Essex
Katy CLARK, North Ayrshire and Arran
Anna CODA, Hereford and South Herefordshire
Michael CONNARTY, Linlithgow and Falkirk East
Sally COPLEY, Oxford West & Abingdon
Jeremy CORBYN, Islington North
Ian DAVIDSON, South West Glasgow
Andrew DISMORE, Hendon
David DREW, Stroud
Malcolm FINCKEN, Braintree
Roger GODSIFF, Birmingham Hall Green
John GROGAN, Keighley
Louise HAIGH, Sheffield Heeley
Kelvin HOPKINS, Luton North
Huw JONES, South East Cambridgeshire
Hugh LANNING, Canterbury
Mark LAZAROWICZ, Edinburgh North and Leith
Clive LEWIS, Norwich South
John McDONNELL, Hayes and Harlington
Matthew MAHABADI, South Holland and the Deepings
Graeme MORRICE, Livingston
Grahame MORRIS, Easington
Andy NEWMAN, Chippenham
Scott NICHOLSON, Perth and North Perthshire
Kate OSAMOR, Edmonton
Sandra OSBORNE, Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Nick PALMER, Broxtowe
Nancy PLATTS, Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven
Kerry POLLARD, St Albans
Charlynne PULLEN, Mid-Bedfordshire
Mike ROBB, Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Lee RUSHWORTH, Penrith and the Border
Lloyd RUSSELL-MOYLE, Lewes and Seahaven
Purna SEN, Brighton Pavilion
Andrew SMITH, Oxford East
Peter SMITH, South West Norfolk
Alex SOBEL, Leeds North West
Jo STEVENS, Cardiff Central
David STOKES, Bournemouth West
Graham STRINGER, Blackley and Broughton
Michael TAYLOR, Hazel Grove
Chris VINCE, Chelmsford
Catherine WEST, Hornsey and Wood Green
Julian WARE-LANE, Southend West
Russell WHITING, Suffolk Coastal

Will they do a deal with the SNP?

Mensch Funding Anti-UKIP Fight

Louise Mensch’s stoic Twitter followers will be well aware that she really doesn’t like UKIP. She usually reminds us around midday UK time, when the sun comes up in New York. Mensch is bankrolling the election campaigns of Tory MPs facing close fights with UKIP challengers. As previously reported, she bunged £2,000 to Jackie Doyle-Price to help her battle Tim Aker in Thurrock, and now another £5,000 to Rebecca Harris in Castle Point, where Farage launched UKIP’s election campaign. Well at least she is putting her money where her tweets are.

UPDATE:

Gordon Promises Scots £800,000,000… From a Tax on Bankers’ Bonuses!

You could not make it up. Despite no longer being an MP, Gordon is back and making outlandish spending claims in Scotland.

The former Prime Mentalist has told a Glasgow audience that Labour will spend £800 million more in Scotland to “end austerity”:

And here are the fantasy numbers:

That would be the tax on bankers’ bonuses that Labour have already spent 11 times:

Oh dear…

James May Hints He’s Off With Clarkson

“We work very much as a package.”

Buy ITV and BSkyB…

UPDATE:

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Looks like Hammond’s off too:

Rachel Reeves Finally Admits Bedroom Tax is Not a Tax

How does the aspiring Work and Pensions Secretary want to raise money for Labour’s new flagship policy in Scotland?

Reeves wants to scrap the bedroom ‘tax’ and “use the savings” to raise £175 million. But, as should be obvious from Labour’s name for the policy, the bedroom ‘tax’ actually reduces government spending. Saving around a billion pounds so far in fact. Therefore scrapping it would not, as Reeves thinks, ‘save £175 million’. On the contrary, it would cost over a billion. Not like Reeves used to be at the heart of Labour’s Treasury team or anything…

UPDATE:

Chris Leslie Offered Fake Donor Manifesto Influence

Tonight’s Dispatches makes very awkward viewing for Labour’s Chris Leslie, who is secretly filmed offering influence over manifesto policy to an undercover businessman posing as a party donor. Leslie is told by a Labour fundraising chief that Paul Wilmott is a “prospective donor”, then takes him for tea at the Marriott Hotel in Westminster where they discuss the Financial Transaction Tax. During the cosy discussion Leslie offers the fake donor access to Chuka Umunna. Afterwards, Wilmott emails Leslie some more detailed policy proposals, to which the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury responds:

From: LESLIE, Chris
To: WILMOTT, Paul

Many thanks for this Paul… I think you make some good points about the best way to introduce an FTT… I’ll have a good think about some of these good points ahead of our manifesto but I appreciate any updates you might have along the way.

The footage is described by Sir Alistair Graham, the former Chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, as “exceptional”:

“You see a specific reference to the manifesto. So here he is at the point of the development of the policies of the Labour Party where he might actually influence a manifesto pledge. Now that is an exceptional situation to be in.”

Chris Leslie’s price? £10,000…

Ed’s 2010 Leadership Campaign Financed By Hedge Fund Tycoon Second Mayfair Based Offshore Hedge Fund Backer Revealed

In his speech to Scottish Labour this morning Ed Miliband has just attacked tax avoidance by hedge funds. It is a regular theme, he was attacking the Tories as “the party of Mayfair hedge funds” at PMQs last month only for it to be revealed last week that one of Labour’s biggest donors after the unions was in fact a Mayfair based hedge fund trader. Martin Taylor has given a whopping £600,000. Ed’s embarrassment will have increased even more after Guido revealed in The Sun yesterday that his bitter 2010 Labour Party leadership campaign was funded by Lawrence Staden, another Mayfair based hedge fund trader. After the unions Staden was the biggest funder of Ed Miliband’s campaign to take control of the Labour Party…

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Ed, desperate to beat his brother David, quietly took £27,000 from GLC, a billion dollar Mayfair hedge fund run by the Cambridge educated maths genius Lawrence Staden. Staden also gave another £100,000 of his profits to the Labour Party – £80,000 to Labour HQ, £10,000 to the ultra-marginal Eltham Labour Party and another £10,000 to neighbouring Greenwich and Woolwich, the constituency which includes his £3 million home in affluent Blackheath. Small change to a man who paid himself £3 million in the same year.

Staden’s hedge fund’s profits meant he could well afford it, having personally made an estimated £35 million from trading during the credit crunch, even boasting of ‘sailing serenely’ through the economic crisis that so devastated the British economy. He jokingly referred to the period leading up to 2008 banking collapse which saw many of his rival arbitrageurs go bust as “arbageddon”. 

In parliament, during a heated PMQs, Ed Miliband accused David Cameron of failing to tackle tax avoidance “for the simple reason that too many of his friends would get caught in the net. They’re the party of Mayfair hedge funds and Monaco tax avoiders.” So it will add to Ed Miliband’s embarrassment that his friend and backer Lawrence Staden’s hedge fund, GLC Diversified Fund, was registered in the offshore tax haven of Bermuda where income tax is not levied on hedge fund profits, allowing his fund to accumulate millions offshore without paying a penny in tax. Maybe Ed will unfriend his financial backer?

Coming on top of the revelations last week about Martin Taylor donating £600,000, many traditional Labour supporters will be feeling increasingly uneasy that the money might come with strings or appear to compromise their policies. Labour has just launched hard-hitting scaremongering billboard posters warning against the privatisation of the NHS. Supporters will be astonished and disgusted to learn that Martin Taylor’s Nevsky Capital fund has $15 million invested in the shares of the US private healthcare giant United Health, which is bidding for NHS contracts…

UKIP Tell Atkinson to Lawyer Up

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Guido hears that suspended MEP Janice Atkinson was told by UKIP’s legal team this morning that there was nothing they could do for her and that she had better get criminal representation very quickly. Apparently Section 6 of the 2006 […]

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UKIP Suspend Janice Atkinson

UKIP have suspended MEP Janice Atkinson over allegations of financial irregularities. A spokesman says:

“The party is incredibly disappointed with Ms. Atkinson, who appears to have exercised extremely poor judgement in acting in a way that the party has never,

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Gloria De Piero Shopped For Leaflet Expenses

Labour’s Gloria De Piero is the latest MP to be shopped to the parliamentary authorities for blatant electioneering on the taxpayer. Sending out a survey just days before the Dissolution of Parliament, Gloria invites anyone who completes it to visit […]

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Raging Red Len Attacks Miliband’s Media ‘Minnows’

Red Len is angry, specifically at Miliband’s spinners:

“What is also regrettable about the Sunday Times article is the apparent obsession of the media team around Ed Miliband who are constantly seeking opportunities for Ed to “face down Red

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