At Last! Burnham Gets an Endorsement From the South of England

So far not a single Labour MP south of Stoke has backed Andy Burnham for leader, though he won the support of the member for South West Surrey today:

“It is a topsy turvy world when the Shadow Health Secretary, who was the scourge of private sector involvement in the NHS, now wants to be the entrepeneur’s champion. As one entrepeneur to another, can I put our differences to one side and on behalf of the whole Conservative Party wish him every success in his left-wing leadership bid. It is perhaps the only occasion in history when our interests and those of Len McCluskey are totally aligned.”

From Burnham’s grimace he knows it’s true…

Russell Brand in ‘Forgetting Ed Miliband’

Ex-Balls Aide Slaps Miliband’s “Squeezed Bottom”

Former Balls spinner Alex Belardinelli has been giving his prescription for where things went wrong under Miliband on the Daily Politics:

“We didn’t do enough. I think there are things we could have done differently. I think we could have had a message that was more pro-business. I think fiscal responsibility and making the sums add up could have been part of our message more day by day. And also I think we needed a broader a message… towards the end it ended up becoming less of a squeezed middle and more of a squeezed bottom. Most people aren’t affected by [the bedroom tax and zero hours contracts] and we know people don’t vote in an altruistic way.”

Sounds like we will be seeing more of the uncanny mannerisms that Belardinelli shares with his old boss. Shut your eyes and it could be Balls speaking. He says his future plans include TV punditry…

Carswell: It Was Ugly

Carswell Escorted Away From Protest By Police For His Own Safety

Neo-Guido can report from the scene of the anti-cuts protest in Westminster, where Douglas Carswell had to be saved from the mob by the police:

Teenage loony lefties embarrass themselves again…

The Queen: Psychoactive Drugs

Mary Creagh’s Leadership Bid Crashes and Burns on Newsnight

Seven minutes in which she managed to say absolutely nothing at all…

Via @liarpoliticians

Stella Creasy Questions Dimbleby on Sexuality

Stella Creasy made her pitch for the Deputy Leadership last night, but the most memorable moment was her bizarrely questioning poor old David Dimbleby on his sexuality:

Creasy: How would you like it if someone treated you like that David?

Dimbleby: Did what?

Creasy: Somebody Judged you in that way. I feel worried and ashamed that sometimes the way we talk about..

Dimbleby: You’ve lost me now..

Creasy: Because if somebody said something so core to your being that your sexuality was something they could judge in that way. Everyone’s laughing at this, why is it funny?

The flamboyant (and married) tie aficionado was very confused…

UKIP’s Steven Woolfe Squares Up to Jean-Marie Le Pen Entourage

This is the moment UKIP’s Steven Woolfe was involved in a tense stand-off with French far right politician Jean-Marie Le Pen:

Woolfe appeared to say “out the way” as he walked straight through Le Pen’s interview, sparking an angry reaction […]

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Ivan Massow Launch Strikes Sour Note

Some might say mocking up a £100,000 note with your face on it isn’t the best way for a millionaire politician to show he is in touch with the concerns of everyday people. Yet that is what optimistic Tory London […]

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Labour MP Eats His Own Earwax

Blaydon MP David Anderson is the guilty man:

Ew.

Via Jamie Ross

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Speaker Re-Elected Unopposed

Was it Sally wot swung it?

UPDATE: Cameron’s kind and generous welcome:

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Quote of the Day

Former Miliband guru Arnie Graf reveals Labour’s disconnect with the working class:

“On one of my trips to the U.K. in the autumn of 2013, I bumped into one of Ed’s strategists in Portcullis House. He asked me if I was assisting the staff on Ed’s trip that was to take place in a few days to one of the regions. I told him that I did not have knowledge of his planned trip.

He told me that Ed was going to give a talk at the region’s annual fund raising dinner and that prior to the dinner he had invited the media to join him at a local coffee shop to listen to a conversation he planned to have with a minimum wage worker. The point of the conversation was to show how difficult it was for a minimum wage worker to get on in life.

There was only one problem. No one had been able to locate a minimum wage worker for Ed to talk with.”

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