Labour Leave Sticking With Vote Leave

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Reverse ferret on previous reports that Labour Leave were not endorsing Vote Leave:

Labour Leave’s founder John Mills has just put out a statement:

‘I am the founder and co-owner of Labour Leave. A statement has been put out by someone called Richard Hillgrove purporting to be from Brendan Chilton, General Secretary of Labour Leave. That statement is fraudulent. Richard Hillgrove has no position in Labour Leave. Labour Leave is an independent campaign but corporately it supports Vote Leave.’

Confused? We are…

UPDATE I:

UPDATE II:

Richard Hillgrove is the infamous disgraced fantasist PR who narrowly escaped prison despite being found guilty of two counts of tax fraud. Among his clients is Camila Batmanghelidjh and Nigel Griffiths, the former Labour MP who was exposed by the News of the World for cheating on his wife. Griffiths is currently a leading figure in Labour Leave, and was cc’d in on the John Mills Vote Leave emails that were leaked to the Times. Who might be responsible for today’s clusterf**k?

UPDATE III: Friends of Hillgrove say “It’s preposterous that John Mills has cited Richard Hillgrove’s 2014 suspended sentence for tax fraud and put out a statement accusing him of PR fraud. Far from it.”

EU Cabinet Guide: Whitto Moves Up, Gove Torn

Observant readers will have noticed Guido recently moved John Whittingdale up into the group of four Cabinet members who look the most certain to back Leave. Today Whitto has tested Cameron’s gag on Eurosceptic ministers – asked by House magazine if he would rule out campaigning to Leave, he replied: “I wouldn’t”. 

Boris has been flirting all week, though it appears a guarantee of parliamentary sovereignty would convince him to Remain. May inched towards Remain with her caveated statement supporting Dave’s deal, though she is still not a certainty. Gove is genuinely torn between his principles and his personal loyalty to the PM – Sam Coates’ story in yesterday’s Times is on the money. Expect most of those wavering ministers in the middle of Guido’s guide to break for Remain…

Sort It Out Campaigns

This morning’s slam-your-head-against-the-table developments:

  • Kate Hoey’s Labour Leave said to be leaving Vote Leave and joining Grassroots Out
  • Leaked emails from Vote Leave’s Labour donor John Mills blames Dominic Cummings for the fallout
  • In a complete waste of everyone’s time and energy Arron Banks has called in m’learned friends to threaten the Vote Leave board
  • Banks has twisted the knife into Vote Leave and called for Tory MPs to join them instead:

Dear Member of Parliament,

You may have read about the ongoing struggle between Leave.EU and Vote Leave.

This seems to have culminated in the leaking of an internal Vote Leave email from John Mills, the now former chairman, reported by Sam Coates in The Times today. I attach link to a full copy of this letter for your reference.

I wanted to write to you to clarify the situation and set the record straight on a number of points.

Firstly, our dealings with both Elliot and Cummings chime with the sentiments expressed in the email from John Mills. We have been subject to a number of false and defamatory briefings in the press from these two individuals, the most serious being an accusation that any Conservatives involved in our campaign would have their data stolen for UKIP.

This has led to letters being issued by Mishcon De Reya to members of the Vote Leave board, including one MP.

As a non-political campaign we have offered our support to Grassroots Out, an initiative to co-ordinate activists on the ground during the campaign, set up by two Conservative MPs. They have also been attacked.

John is an honourable man and has been involved in our cause from the very beginning. Elliot and Cummings are two of the nastiest individuals I have ever had the misfortune to meet.

John Mills was demoted as Chairman of Vote Leave shortly after writing his email. It is clear that the Labour Leave people have been treated with absolute contempt. To promote Lord Lawson in John’s place only compounds the humiliation.

Vote Leave now no has no real cross-party support, and I would urge you to consider supporting GO.

Founded by Peter Bone, Tom Pursglove and Kate Hoey, GO represents a genuine grassroots campaign. We were asked to assist along with a number of cross-party donors (including Conservatives) and were happy to do so. Vote Leave were also asked but declined to get involved.

The group recently held a cross-party rally in Kettering attended by 2,500 people.

Contrary to the slurs, Leave.EU are running a positive campaign which is not just focused on immigration but on the wider benefits of leaving the EU. We have recruited 500,000 supporters and attracted thousands of small donations from the public. Our social media operation has overtaken the Labour Party in just five months, we have literally thousands of supporters on the ground and are continuing to grow at an exponential rate day on day.

Finally, as a successful businessman I should say that I don’t think I have ever come across two individuals less equipped to run a campaign or business than Elliot and Cummings. I wouldn’t put them in charge of the local sweet shop.

Regards,

Arron Banks
Co-chairman, Leave.EU

Guido along with almost all other sympathetic and unaffiliated bystanders thinks all the Out campaigns need their heads banging together – though to be fair to Grassroots Out and the likes of Nigel Farage they are willing to work with anyone. Energy should be focused on defeating their opponents, not on the rivalry for glory. The In campaign is uninspiring and some polls – even if we should take them with a massive pinch of salt – have the Leave side ahead. The Eurosceptic media is currently doing a more effective job of exposing Cameron’s sham deal than either of the campaigns. There could be fewer than 150 days to the referendum and the campaigns at the very least need to stop attacking each other, accept whomever the Electoral Commission designates as the official campaign, then get on with getting Britain to Vote Out…

Leave 9 Points Ahead Since Dave’s Deal

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The key numbers from this morning’s YouGov referendum poll, the first since Dave’s deal:

  • Leave: 45% (+3)
  • Remain: 36% (-2)

The PM’s deal:

  • Goes too far: 4%
  • Is about right: 17%
  • Doesn’t go far enough: 56%

It is:

  • A good deal: 22%
  • A bad deal: 46%

The biggest lead for Leave since the question was announced last summer…

Via @britainelects

Tory MPs Joke: “Arise, Sir Mark”

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Westminster is awash with speculation as to what caused the once hardline Eurosceptic Mark Pritchard to sell out and back Remain. Pritchard used to describe himself as a “mainstream Eurosceptic”, was a prominent member of the “81 group” of Tory EU rebels and even considered defecting to UKIP. Yet this week he turned turncoat and told the Sunday Times he is a “reluctant inner“.  Tory MPs are mockingly referring to Pritchard as “Sir Mark”. Others unkindly suggest the international man of mystery has been promised a junior ministerial gig, though Pritch says he made his mind up a year ago. To say his colleagues are unimpressed with his defection to the Remain campaign would be an understatement…

BSE Apologise: “Work of Fiction” Claim is… Work of Fiction

Yesterday Britain Stronger in Europe sent out a press release describing a new Institute of Economic Affairs report on the EU as a “work of fiction”. Quite a hostage to fortune…

The BSE briefing claimed: “Matthew Elliott CEO of Vote Leave is a former Director of the IEA”. Er, no he isn’t. Elliott has never been a director of the IEA.

BSE then claimed the Elliott (non)link meant: “The Institute for Economic Affairs, Business for Britain and Vote Leave are a revolving door”. About as much as Stuart Rose and Marks and Spencer. Or, indeed, not, since Elliott was never at the IEA.

BSE have now privately apologised to the IEA for the error, they tell Guido: “We do regret any confusion caused”. Though they haven’t sent out a correction. They are instead waiting for journalists to call up before they tell them their briefing was, to coin a phrase, “a work of fiction”. 

Guido’s Fashion Tips: Get the Grassroots Out Uniform

Philip Hollobone stole the show at the launch of the third Leave campaign, Grassroots Out. That Union Jack-et proves patriots can show off their Eurosceptic views while channelling Geri Halliwell. 

Now Hollobone’s fellow Grassroots Outer Peter Bone is trying to outdo him for outrageous clobber. Judging by this new green and black “G.O.” tie snapped by Chris Hope.

Get the whole Grassroots Out uniform and have the confidence to strut your away to parliamentary sovereignty…

Boris and Farage Pan Dave’s Red Card

Boris ain’t convinced: “the PM is making best of a bad job, there’s still a lot more to do, a lot more to do on this”. Asked if there is any positive from Dave’s deal: “Ermmm…”

Farage meanwhile tells the European Parliament:

“the Prime Minister is saying we’ve got a red card, isn’t that wonderful? Well what that means is if a majority of parliaments in the European Union can say to Mr Juncker they don’t want one of his directives, is that a cause for celebration? I mean if 15 parliaments couldn’t stop a piece of law we would be living in a communist dictatorship”

Juncker this morning made clear that the emergency brake on immigration actually coming into effect was a pipe dream. Dave is going to get roasted by his backbenchers in the post-PMQs EU debate…

When Cameron and Osborne Laughed at a ‘Red Card’

This clip from 2008 shows Cameron and Osborne smirking and laughing at the idea of a ‘red card’ for EU legislation, as William Hague mocks such a plan in a withering speech at the despatch box:

“It doesn’t take much

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Dire Post-Deal Papers For PM

Cameron mocked up as both Captain Mainwaring and Noel Edmonds on tomorrow’s front pages. Ministers might be gagged from telling the truth about his deal, though the papers ain’t…[…]

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Theresa May Statement on EU Deal

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Theresa May says in a statement:

“EU free movement rules have been abused for too long and EU law has stopped us deporting dangerous foreign criminals.

“That is plainly wrong and it is encouraging that the Commission has agreed with

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Fabbers’ Vomit-Inducing Europhiles Revealed

Michael Fabricant was reaching for the sick bucket during today’s EU debate:

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