Mark Ferguson Joins Kendall Campaign

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Outgoing LabourList editor Mark Ferguson is off to spin for Liz Kendall’s leadership campaign:

“Earlier this week I left a job that I love to join the campaign of a candidate for Leader of the Labour Party. A party that instead of winning an election this year went backwards. A party that needs to learn from where we went wrong, and reconnect with the British people. A party in need of a big step-change in how we do our politics.

I believe that Liz Kendall is the best placed candidate to do that.
Liz can put the Labour Party back together again, not by wielding power from the centre but by rebuilding our party – and our country – from the ground up. By working alongside the communities that built and sustain the Labour Party. By being that very rare kind of politician – the kind that wants to give power away rather than hoard it for themselves.”

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Labour Leader Vote Hijack: Could Rivals ‘Do a Balotelli’?

“We must let the public in,” said Harriet Harman this morning as she announced plans to allow the hoi polloi a vote in the Labour leadership contest:

“We will allow people who are not party members or who are not affiliated supporters through a trade union or Labour linked organisation like the Fabian society to have a vote. Anyone – providing they are on the electoral register – can become a registered supporter, pay £3 and have a vote to decide our next leader.”

There are one or two examples from recent history which suggest this idea is about as good as Hattie’s pink bus.

Millwall FC recently allowed the general public – including opposition fans – to choose the colour of their away kit for next season. With somewhat predictable results:

While Liverpool’s player of the season competition was opened up to the public too, leading to mischievous Man United and Arsenal supporters voting en masse for Mario Balotelli, who, well, certainly wasn’t their player of the year.

All it would take is a generous Tory donor and a few thousand Tory activists and Tristram Hunt is the new Labour leader…

Purple Andy’s Pitch to UKIP

Red UKIP came second in a swathe of seats across the north, polling above 25% in places like Boston and Skegness, Heywood & Middleton, Rotherham, Hartlepool and Rother Valley. 8,000 people voted UKIP in Morley and Outwood, where Ed Balls lost by 400 votes. If a few hundred of those UKIP voters had chosen Labour, Balls would still be an MP.

Hence why Andy Burnham’s pitch for the Labour leadership could easily have been lifted from a UKIP posters during the Wythenshawe & Sale East by-election. Big state, big spending, cutting immigration, ‘protecting’ your benefits, ‘saving’ the NHS and bringing forward the EU referendum. All offered to northern voters by Red UKIP before Purple Andy…

The All White, All Oxbridge People’s Party

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All of the Labour Party leadership candidates are scions of privilege:

Andy Burnham:
English, Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge.

Yvette Cooper:
PPE, Balliol College, Oxford.

Mary Creagh:
Languages, Pembroke College, Oxford.

Liz Kendall:
History, Queens’ College, Cambridge.

Doctor the Honourable Tristram Julian William Hunt:
History, Trinity College, Cambridge.

All white, all Oxbridge and all bar one even have the same haircut!

Survey Shows Voters Think Labour Too Left-Wing

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In a survey for the Sunday Times 40% of voters think the next Labour leader should move closer to the centre. Even 35% of Labour voters think they should move to the centre though a worrying 30% think Labour should move to the left. A 30% rump led by the likes of Owen Jones, who is like one of those Japanese soldiers marooned on a pacific island who refuses to surrender, ranting against austerity in his Guardian column…

Disingenuous Left Dog-Whistled Chuka Rumours

Last Sunday Chuka thrust his hitherto secret girlfriend into the public eye, at best it was naive, at worst it was a cynical ploy. While Chuka is blaming the evil press for being mean, he might want to have a look at what the lefties have been up to. Namely their pushing of rumours about his sexuality…

On Wednesday the union funded propaganda blog Political Scrapbook amplified a minor mention of Chuka on a niche Tory website, making sure it was seen by Labour leadership watchers:

They even added the words: ‘nudge nudge, wink wink’. In criticising a ‘dog whistle attack’ they made sure it was seen by many, many more people…

And the disingenuous left have not stopped there. Today there was a very, very clunky tweet from Owen Jones:

See what he did there? Chuka is from exactly the wing of the Labour Party that Owen wants to kill off. A kind word here, a double entendre there…

Burnham Makes His Move

“The plain truth is this. The party that I love has lost its emotional connection with millions of people.

The way to get it back can’t possibly be to choose one group of voters over another – to speak only to people on zero hour contracts or only to shoppers at John Lewis.

Our challenge is not to go left or right, to focus on one part of the country above another, but to rediscover the beating heart of Labour.

Labour wins when it speaks to everyone and for the whole country, for Middle England but also Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

And it needs a leader whose voice can carry into all the nations and regions of the UK. Be heard in every home, someone who people can relate to, who understands their lives. I am that person. I can unite this country.”

His video is much sharper than Chuka’s…

Official Labour Leadership Election Timetable

Friday 15 May
Election Period Opens

Monday 8 June
PLP Nomination Hustings for Leader

Tuesday 9 June
PLP Nomination Hustings for Deputy Leader

Tuesday 9 June
PLP Nominations Open

12 noon Monday 15 June
PLP Nominations (Leader) Close

12 noon Wednesday 17 June
PLP Nominations (Deputy Leader) Close

Wednesday 17 June
Hustings period opens

12 noon Friday 31 July
Supporting Nominations Close

12 noon Wednesday 12 August
Last date to join as member, affiliated supporter, or registered supporter

Friday 14 August
Ballot mailing despatched

12 noon Thursday 10 September
Ballot closes

Saturday 12 September
Special conference to announce result

Going to be a long summer…

New Labour Leader Announced on September 12

Not a short campaign or a long campaign but a halfway house.

Press Association reports there will be a four month wait to find the new Labour leader, with an announcement made on September 12.

They will be in place […]

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Top Brown Ally to Murphy: Get Oot

Dear Jim

I am writing to you to advise that I am, from this morning, standing down from the position as Labour’s spokesperson for Local Government and Community Empowerment in the Scottish Parliament.

I said yesterday at the meeting of

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Labour Shuts Up Shop

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The leaderless Labour Party’s website’s jobs page is not quite telling the truth. No word yet on how long they will take to fill the two vacant roles at the top of the party…[…]

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Tom Watson Diverted Resources From Marginals For Vanity Project

Labour MPs who suffered polling day humiliation must be delighted at the prospect of Tom Watson becoming their party’s new deputy leader. Apparently he wants to turn the Labour Party into the “finest campaigning organisation in Britain”:

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