Jeremy Corbyn Blames Tunisia Terror on “Austerity”

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There were gasps on Question Time last night when Jeremy Corbyn answered a question about the Tunisian beach massacre by appearing to blame “austerity” for leading the terrorist to carry out his attack:

“Tragically there are very many unemployed young people, there is a process of austerity going on… what happened was tragic, but we have to do our best to protect people, but also to look at the causes of many issues across the whole region that have led some people into the dreadful path of going down that of killing people”

That’ll be it.

Important Statistical Analysis of the Labour Leadership Election

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Labour bought the social media sentiment analysis snake oil before the election, only to find out that Twitter is full of mental lefties and not entirely representative of the general population. Who knew?

Two months on the social media battle is hotting up in the Labour leadership campaign and, shockingly, Jeremy Corbyn is leading the charge for Facebook Likes and Twibbon supporters.

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The Corbyn for Labour Leader Facebook page has 31,000 likes, Yvette’s page has 12,000, Andy has 11,000 while Liz only has 3,377. 

Corbyn is also crushing the opposition over on Twitter where he has an impressive 1,365 Twibbon backers – people overlaying an image in support on their Twitter avatar. Liz has just 231 Twibbon supporters while Cooper has a paltry 15. Bringing up the rear is Burnham with a grand total of two supporters. Twinning!

When Burnham Used to Court the Media

An easy crowd-pleaser for Andy Burnham at Labour’s trade union hustings this lunchtime:

“When we were in government I observed it. We courted the media, didn’t we. And we allowed ourselves to get so close to parts of the right-wing media, so close that we couldn’t hear an entire city crying injustice for all those years of our time in government. I saw that and learned obviously from that. And it’s to Ed’s credit that he changed that.”

Here is Andy Burnham just five years ago… After he had supposedly “learned” from his time in government:

Nor has this new found moral crusade stopped Burnham from hiring the daughter of the last editor of the News of the World to spin for him… her contacts will be handy for Andy…

UPDATE: And here is Andy Burnham in the back of the Sun cab:

Burnham Swerves ‘Continuity Miliband’ Meet

Last week Andy Burnham’s team were forced to deny that Neil Kinnock is helping out with his leadership campaign after the pair were spotted sharing a cuppa. They are taking no chances with another failed Labour leader.

The rumour going round Labour wags is that Burnham has politely declined an offer from one Ed Miliband to meet in his office for a private chat, fearing news of a meeting would quickly get out as he shares a building with Liz Kendall.

‘Don’t call us, Ed, we’ll call you…’

Labour Whips’ Punishment Beating For Corbyn Backers

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Labour whips dealt out a “punishment beating” to several MPs who nominated Jeremy Corbyn for leader, by whipping the vote for select committee chairmanships against Corbyn-backing candidates.

At least three Labour MPs running for chairmanships, who had nominated Corbyn, had to rely on the votes of Tory colleagues after whips ordered Labour MPs not to vote for them.

Labour sources suggest whips hoping for a “clean” leadership contest were “furious” that Corbyn made it onto the ballot paper and wanted revenge.

Giving Corbyn handy ammunition as an anti-establishment candidate who is the victim of a stitch up…

Burnham Not ‘In Crowd’ Spin Unravels

Andy Burnham was keen to go full man of the people in his interview with this week’s Staggers, explaining just how like the man on the street he really is:

This sense of us as a Westminster elite. Really not on a level with people, not understanding the lives of people who’ve traditionally voted for us. That has to change…  I’ve never bought in to the real in-crowd, if you like, in terms of those who spend their Saturdays at Fabian conferences and Progress conferences!”

It was such a powerful line that the chief of the Andy Fandies, ‘Dr’ Eoin Clarke, has even made a graphic:

Because Andy would never spend his Saturday at a Progress conference, would he?

Please, tell us more about this ‘in crowd’…

Labour Leadership Row Spills Into Commons

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Today’s Opposition Day debate about A&E services will not feature the two faces of Labour’s health team – Andy  Burnham and Liz Kendall.

Instead it will be topped and tailed by two non entities – Jamie Reed and Andrew Gwynne.

So where are the leadership contenders?

Well Guido hears there was a right old ding dong this morning about Burnham getting too much airtime, banging on about health in the Commons all the time. As such the Labour whips sent both Kendall and her boss to the naughty step and neither will be leading the speaking today, despite their names clearly being at the top of billing. It’s war…

Continui-tea Miliband: Kinnock Spotted in Burnham HQ

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A co-conspirator over at 83 Victoria Street reports that Neil Kinnock was in the building this morning.

The Westminster serviced office block hosts both Liz Kendall and Andy Burnham’s leadership campaign teams, and no prizes for guessing where the windbag was heading.

The Burnham camp are playing down the meeting, with a source telling Guido that it was just a cup of tea and that the former leader will have “no role, formal or informal” on the campaign: “Andy meets with people from across the party”.

Kinnock didn’t pop in to see Liz though…

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 […]

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Ipsos Mori: Stewart Lewis Polling Surprisingly Well

stewart-lewisJust to see if the British public is paying attention pollsters Ipsos Mori added in a fake name to the leadership race survey. “Stewart Lewis” is giving Jeremy Corbyn a run for his money and the dummy name polls better […]

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Burnham Gaffe Wasn’t Even First Time

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Liz Kendall is making Burnham’s ‘the party always comes first’ gaffe really hurt. Burnham supporters are attempting to spin it as out of context, but it was clearly a daft thing to say and it teed up his quick witted […]

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MPs in Labour’s Marginals Favour Kendall, Safe Seat Socialists Favour Corbyn

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This fascinating infographic by Matt Smith shows that the Labour MPs most under threat of losing their seat think the best option is Liz Kendall. Those MPs with least to fear from voters favour Jeremy Corbyn. Draw your own conclusions…[…]

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“If you stripped naked and ran in front of me, Tom, I might have second thoughts about it, but apart from that, no.”

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