Labour Leadership Benefit Bashing Battle

Mere weeks after running an election campaign on “hated” benefit cuts, Labour are falling over themselves trying to out-tough eachother on welfare. Andy Burnham continues his rebranding as a centrist by saying people on benefits should not have “an easy ride”:

“some people say that Labour want to be soft on people who want something for nothing. We’ve got to be honest about that.”

Echoing tough-talking Liz Kendall:

“voters in my constituency do not feel people who are not working should get more than those in work”

Meanwhile deputy leadership contender Caroline Flint says welfare recipients need a “kick up the backside”. 

They’re upsetting all the right people…

Liz Ken-D’oh!

“As Labour leader I will launch an “inspiring the future” programme, bringing together businesses, activists and union members”, revealed Liz Kendall this morning as she attempted to put some clear blue water between herself and the other candidates.

Just one problem: it already exists.

Comrades point out that the Speakers for Schools charity already brings together businesses, activists and union members, and others besides. Not only that, it is backed by Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham. Who visit regularly. But not by Liz…

Cooper and Burnham Neck and Neck on Names

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This morning Andy Burnham has got three more public declarations from Pat Glass, Ronnie Campbell and Stephen Hepburn which now puts him on 28, equal with Cooper. They’re both doing speeches today.

Former Chief Secretary to the Treasury Burnham will admit that he spent too much in a ‘I’m not a lefty’ tour of Ernst & Young:

“If we are to win back trust we have to start by admitting that we should not have been running a significant deficit in the years before the crash.”

“It worries me that, in some people’s eyes, Labour has become associated with giving people who don’t want to help themselves an easy ride. That must change before we can win again.”

Meanwhile Cooper is off to marginals that Labour won and lost to ‘listen’. Leaders lead, losers ‘listen’…

Kendall has received a boost with the support of one more MP, Gisela Stuart and remains the bookies second favourite. She’s speaking today too, up North Guido expects some further names to be revealed at that event. 

Send news of new declarations to team@order-order.com.

Cooper Overtakes Burnham in Labour MP Declarations Race

Five more Labour MPs have come out for Yvette: Liam Byrne and Virendra Sharma as well as newbies Judith Cummins, Ruth Cadbury and Marie Rimmer. That means she is now ahead of Burnham among Labour MPs who have publicly declared who they are backing. You can see all of those public declarations below:

They need 35 to get on the ballot paper. Send news of new declarations to team@order-order.com.

Tom Watson’s Militant Money

Militant loon Derek Hatton is trying to rejoin the Labour Party after being expelled in 1986, And he’s already throwing his weight around:

“I’m not getting into who should or shouldn’t be the next leader of the Labour Party. It’s early days and I’m not getting into that. But regarding the deputy leadership, I have been very impressed with Tom Watson – he’s a real fighter. One of the things I can say is I think it would be a disaster if someone like Liz Kendall became leader. That would spell the end of the Labour Party.”

The 67 year old is so impressed by Watson, that he appears to be financially backing his campaign for deputy leader:

Not that he’s “getting into that”.

#LabourLeadership: Cooper Back in Second Place

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Six more Labour MPs have endorsed Yvette Cooper as leader, Coffee House reports;

Emily Thornberry
Ian Austin
Jim Cunningham
Karen Buck
Lyn Brown
Steve McCabe


Isn’t it odd that the Spectator not the enfeebled New Statesman is breaking news of developments in Labour’s leadership race?

Who’s Ya Friend, Andy?

One is an egotistical dinosaur with an eye for a cover up, who refuses to modernise. The other is the President of FIFA.

4 More MPs Declare for Kendall

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This morning Liz Kendall has got four more public declarations from Chuka Umunna, Emma Reynolds, Jonathan Reynolds and Stephen Twigg which together with the weekend’s backing from Simon Danczuk now puts her on 20 public nominations – 3 ahead of Cooper and only 4 behind Burnham. They’re well known high profile names…

Full list of declared supporters can be found here: order-order.com/labdec send updates to team@order-order.com.

Labour MPs’ Public Declarations of Support

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These are the latest numbers for Labour MPs who have openly declared who they will be supporting. Despite rumours of a 100 or more MPs being willing to nominate Burnham, only 24 have backed the openly socialist candidate. Leadership candidates […]

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Andy Burnham: Rent-Swapper

Stories in the Sunday papers about Andy Burnham’s expenses will have rung a bell for Guido readers. During the height of the rent-swapping scandal in 2012, this site reported on how:

“[Burnham is] letting out a London home while renting

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Labour Rivals and Trade Unionists Briefed Chuka “Whispers”

Readers will remember the rumours being pushed by Chuka’s left-wing rivals in the days before he stood aside from the Labour leadership race. The union funded propaganda blog Political Scrapbook even added the words “nudge nudge wink wink” to a […]

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Ed in Denial

Miliband is back and this from the impeccably connected George Eaton suggests he is still not past the denial stage of loss:

“having returned from his holiday in Ibiza, I’m told that Miliband has been advising MPs on the lessons

[…]

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Quote of the Day

Mary Creagh’s coded attack on Ed Miliband…

‘I want the country to be united behind a single vision, we aren’t going to do it by sort of having a Rubik’s Cube approach to politics’. 

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