Zac’s Campaign Chair is Nick de Bois, Lynton’s CTF Advising

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Guido hears that Zac has managed to secure the services of Nick de Bois, who is apparently going to chair and run Zac’s selection campaign. Lynton Crosby’s CTF Partners are on hand to offer Zac advice on his campaign. For someone who was willing to put his fate in the hands of his electorate, Zac certainly seems serious about it now…

Labour Admit They Can’t Stop Tories Voting For Corbyn

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Last week Labour sought to nip the #ToriesForCorbyn campaign in the bud by insisting everyone voting must “support the aims and values of the Labour Party and if they don’t then they won’t be allowed to take part”.

Since then, the only change made to the process has been to ask participants to agree to this statement:

“I support the aims and values of the Labour Party, and I am not a supporter of any organisation opposed to it.”

Yet Labour NEC veteran Ann Black last night admitted that the new system would not stop Tory entryists:

“Some members are concerned about registered supporters and whether our political enemies can subvert the process… Of course people can always lie”

The Corbyn campaign is now seeking to allay concerns:

“much has been made of the idea that Tories are joining the party to vote for this or that candidate. Our instincts tell us to be suspicious of a storm whipped up mainly by the Tory Press. We doubt if it adds up to much.”

He might doubt it, but he’ll be hoping that it does…

Labour U-Turn on Public Engagement Promise to Stop #ToriesForCorbyn

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Despite Harriet Harman’s promise that Labour aren’t “afraid” to allow Joe Public a vote in their leadership contest…

“We must let the public in. Into the process and into our minds as we make the decisions about who is our next leader and how we go forward. So we are going to start that with how we do the leadership elections.”

… The party tell MailOnline that they will now require a “verification” process to root out Tory entryists. A Labour source tells Guido:

“Registered supporters have to support the aims and values of the Labour Party and if they don’t then they won’t be allowed to take part.”

The end of #ToriesForCorbyn? A cunning plan relying only on the Tories never telling a lie…

Westminster Arms Faces Closure Threat

Worrying news for one of Westminster’s favourite watering holes. Guido understands that the Westminster Arms on Storey’s Gate – preferred pub of Nigel Farage and half of CCHQ – is facing a fight to stay open.

The Arms is run by Irish firebrand Gerry Dolan but co-owned by an equity company, which owns the building next door and the downstairs bar. Dolan reveals he is contesting plans to develop the neighbouring offices into flats, which would see punters banned from drinking on the pavement outside the pub. The downstairs bar, which houses the ladies’ loos, is also set to go, meaning the pub faces the prospect of only having a gents’ toilets. Dolan tells Guido “it would be the death of the pub”.

A Call to Arms has been launched to save the pub, fellow boozers can sign up here

UPDATE: The equity company is GM Investment Trustees Limited, a subsidiary of General Motors.

Broad Early Support For Corbyn

Last month Guido speculated that Labour’s enemies might ‘do a Balotelli’ and take up Harriet Harman’s offer to engage in the party’s leadership race.

Jeremy Corbyn is certainly enjoying some broad early support…

Tories, LibDems and “social media socialists” of the world, unite!

Burnham Spamming Text Messages

Very droll…

UPDATE: It’s becoming a thing:

LibDems Ask Crosby Textor Fullbrook for Help

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The LibDem’s Head of Strategic Research, Tom Smithard, has written to CTF, the firm run by Lynton Crosby, Mark Textor and Mark Fullbrook which was hired by the Conservatives at great expense to do their polling and give campaign advice. Guido has been passed Smithard’s strange request:

…  As part of the Liberal Democrat general election review I’ve been asked look into how exactly the Conservatives managed to beat us in the marginals.

I appreciate there are some – maybe many – aspects to your work you wouldn’t necessarily want to detail to former opponents, however vanquished. However I was wondering if you or a member of your team would be willing to speak to me and unlock some of the secrets of your targeting strategy, polling work, ground campaigning etc. I’m sure we’d find whatever you had to say most instructive!

If you have any time to spare and are willing to talk me through some of your work I’d really appreciate it.

Best regards
Tom

Guido asked the LibDems if they were perhaps being a bit naive? They admitted, on reflection, that they “expect the response will come in two words”.

An amused CTF insider suggests they should have asked Lord Ashcroft, who unlike CTF loves telling Labour and the Lib Dems what to do to win…

Danczuk Slams Andy Fandies

Andy Burnham is under increasing pressure to distance himself from his less reality-based online supporters – dubbed “Fandies” and condemned as “extremists” by rival camps. As Simon Danczuk told Guido in yesterday’s Sun:

“I’ve been really upset by it, and I’ve got pretty thick skin. All I’ve done is make some polite comments on Twitter and I get attacked by people swearing and abusing me. Some of the remarks I’ve received have been outrageous. It’s sad that it is reaching this level. These extremists are not doing Andy’s campaign any favours. He should distance himself from these people.”

Worth reading the Speccie on how many ‘Fandies’ are being orchestrated by Twitter’s favourite doctor of Irish feminism, Eoin Clarke, who was called out for “bullying” Danczuk last week.

Burnham’s team appears to have open channels with Clarke, indeed many of his MP supporters regularly share Clarke’s dubious content online. A Burnham aide even praised Clarke’s work to Buzzfeed: “Some of it’s quite creative; he’s a big fan of Andy’s”. Here is some of that “creative” work:

Is this the message Burnham is trying to get across?

Simon Danczuk v ‘Dr’ Eoin Clarke

Twitter’s favourite resident loony lefty, “doctor” of wimmin studies and serial idiot, Eoin Clarke, is recovering from election defeat by acting as some sort of internet heavy for Andy Burnham. This morning Simon Danczuk came to the attention of the good “doctor”:

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Incidentally, a Twitter account called @LabourAndy has quickly amassed over 10,000 followers by tweeting out questionable claims and graphics, much like how one @LabourEoin made his reputation.[…] Read the rest

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Silvio Berlusconi Joins Instagram

So, Silvio Berlusconi has joined the picture sharing social media network Instagram and is uploading pictures of himself with his dogs Dudu, Dudina & Harley:

The other recurring theme so far appears to be his 28 year old girlfriend Francesca:

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Liz Kendall Campaign Domain Trolled By Burnham Fans

This morning Liz Kendall launched her new campaign website for her Labour leadership bid. You can go to lizforleader.com and get the latest:

Type in lizforleader.co.uk, however, and you get something quite different:

“Did you mean?” appears in the tab and you are redirected to Andy Burnham’s campaign site.[…] Read the rest

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Message to Ed

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“We suffered a terrible defeat last week”, Labour general secretary Iain McNicol, who was sidelined by team Miliband during the election campaign, reminded supporters in an email last night. The purpose of the mass mail-out?

“I’m gathering together messages from Labour members and supporters to send Ed on Friday.

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Digital Penny Drops

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There were few undecideds on Twitter. It is an echo-chamber…[…] Read the rest

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Tom Watson for Deputy Leader

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Guido is happy to support Tom Watson for Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. His campaign is off to a flying start with a fundraising page set-up and ready to go. Unite union boss Len McCluskey’s old flatmate is exactly the right person for the job as far as Guido is concerned.[…] Read the rest

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Our Favourite #JeSuisEd Selfie Tweets

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On the Twitter today Labour supporters think they are hitting back at the Sun’s front page featuring Ed Miliband unsuccessfully eating a bacon sandwich. In an act of solidarity Ed supporters are tweeting out selfies of themselves awkwardly swallowing food. Labour are proud that they are winning on Twitter, have they really thought this one through?[…] Read the rest

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Twitter Sentiment Analysis Snake Oil

Last night The Sun’s analysis said Labour won the Twitter:

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The Press Association found that on Twitter Clegg had proportionately the most positive mentions:

Over at Fleishmann Hillard they found that Twitter was won by Cameron:

So there you have it, three different analyses of the same event on Twitter giving three different results in a three horse race.[…] Read the rest

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