Virgin Trains Offering Labour Conference Delegates 20% Discount


Virgin’s corporate partnership with Labour must be feeling the strain after Branson’s anti-Corbyn intervention this afternoon. Ironically Virgin Trains are offering members a 20% discount off ticket prices for delegates attending Labour’s autumn conference:

“With regular trains from London Euston, we can get you straight to Liverpool in just 2 hours 14 minutes, giving you the time to put your feet up or make those last minute preparations . Our trains will deliver you to the heart of Liverpool arriving fresh and prepared.”

The conference is already under pressure after Guido revealed the party had failed to line up a security company to protect the venue. So far it’s shaping up to be a dangerous, poorly attended event thronging only with Corbyn cultists with no seats – until the deselections!

UPDATE: Tories get better value for money, obviously:

UPDATE II: Corbyn confirms he did get a seat:

Meanwhile, a Virgin spokeswoman confirms to Guido that the deal is still on…

Owen Campaign’s Strategic Divide


Owen Smith is particularly desperate to try and win Wales and shore up his vote on home turf to avoid personal humiliation. When it comes to events and phone banking his campaign is very Welsh-centric – he’s focusing on South Wales disproportionately. Make that a hell of a lot of effort for a small part of the electorate.

In the latest of many South Wales campaign events Owen made a “keynote” speech in Rhondda yesterday to a handful of people – he just can’t break out of the Valleys. If you look at his campaign pictures (see below) from the event they are all tight on him because the crowd was so small.


Truth is he’s not liked much in Wales. Welsh Labour leader Carwyn Jones has been silent and no Welsh minister has backed him. His own Pontypridd Assembly Member and Welsh Government Counsel General, Mick Antoniw, is backing Corbyn. Former Pontypridd AM and Welsh environment minister Jane Davidson, who knew Owen and worked with him closely when he was first elected, is also backing Corbyn and tweeting Owen attacks. Reportedly the only CLP in Wales to nominate him was fixed

In private the campaign knows it has lost and fears it may lose by over 60% to 40%. His campaign manager Dugher is said to be arguing for a strategy shift to a tough bare-knuckled fight, hitting Corbyn hard, perhaps having learnt his lesson from managing Andy Burnham’s disastrous soft-left leadership campaign. The whole idea of projecting Smith as a “competent Corbynista” has been disastrous from the off because nobody believed thechildishly transparent lie. Owen Smith does not however want to tack to the centre and tell the membership hard-truths, because he needs to “protect my brand” for the future. Oh boyo…

Could this dilemma within the campaign explain the vitriol of that Dan Hodges polemic on Sunday against spineless, incoherent, incompetent Owen? Hodges is close to Dugher…

UPDATE: A source gets in touch to clarify that initially Dugher was for all the full-on lefty campaign because he thought that’s where he/Andy screwed up last time, “If Andy had been more left-wing Jeremy wouldn’t have had space to emerge. Problem is it’s the right strategy for twelve months ago. Doesn’t work now Corbyn is out of the bottle which they now accept.”

Corbyn’s Train Squat Doesn’t Stand Up

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Images released by Virgin Trains show that honest and authentic Jeremy Corbyn staged that video in which he sat on a train floor and appealed for “public ownership” of the railways. Virgin revealed that the 67 year-old Labour leadership favourite walked past “empty, unreserved seats” prior to filming the video.

After shooting the film, he was assisted by train staff to seats which he and his team occupied for the remainder of the journey to Newcastle. Stick to regular sit-ins, Jez…

UPDATE: Owen Smith tweets a nice kick to a man when he is on the floor (unnecessarily):

Voting Has Begun

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Guido’s co-conspirators have been sent their electronic security codes, confusingly the two-part security codes were both sent in the same email, which seems like a pointless waste of time from a data security point of view. Appropriate somehow…


Anyway, online voting is commencing. This is a momentous time for the future of the Labour Party.  You know what to do…

Corbynistas Attempting to Preempt Co-op Plan

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In yesterday’s Sunday Times, Tim Shipman revealed that some nameless Labour moderates might use their sister Co-operative Party to form a new opposition. While plans for the immediate future include establishing a factional grouping, Shippers has uncovered a scheme to get Labour moderates to sign up MPs to the Co-operative Party itself, which has a pact to work with Labour in Parliament and elections. “Double-hatted” MPs can then apply to Bercow to have themselves recognised as the official opposition in the event of mass deselections from Labour, which will grant them a healthy chunk of short money. Guido is too modest to point out where the idea was previously mooted

The advantage of Labour MPs flagging themselves as Co-op MPs is that it is a non-split, split. 24 MPs are already Labour/Co-op MPs. The parties do not stand against each other under the terms of an agreement going back to 1927. The Co-operative Party is a legally separate entity from the Labour Party, and is already registered as a political party with the Electoral Commission, thus Bercow will be able to designate them as the official opposition with very little legal difficulties. This Guido understands is only one plan being considered – Tom Watson would be reluctant to go along with it – however he will under no circumstances allow the SNP to become the official opposition.

Ideologically the ideas of the cooperative movement; egalitarianism and mutualism with co-operative commercial enterprises will be agreeable to most of the Progress-faction MPs. It has always struck Guido that Labour taking the state socialist route rather than the non-state co-operative route was, in retrospect, a fundamental mistake that put the Labour Party on the wrong side of history at the end of the twentieth century. A less statist, redistributive party that favoured social market and non-state solutions might be the future…

Corbynista’s have of course mobilised quickly, with Momentum groups on Facebook awash with calls to join the Co-op and “avoid its infiltration by the coup plotters!” Carry on comrades..

Oily Smith the Devolution Dodger


Oily’s at it again, this time lying about his record as a “committed devolutionist”. Plaid Cymru’s Liz Saville Roberts lashed out at the Labour hopeful, calling his earlier claims a “perfect illustration of his cynical hypocrisy”. A spokesman for Smith struck back, saying “He has consistently campaigned and voted for further powers to be devolved to Wales, over crucial issues like social security and policing.” Regular readers can already guess who is telling the truth…

Of the 15 votes on Welsh devolution Smith has had the chance to vote in since first elected to Parliament in 2010, Smith has voted in just three of them, he was absent from the other 12 votes. One of those three votes included backing powers for the Welsh government to underwrite borrowing by private companies working on Welsh infrastructure. A characteristically New Labourish wheeze to socialise the risk and privatise profit…

Oily has not once voted in Parliament to devolve “social security and policing”, abstaining from votes on granting the Welsh government control over job centres and policing powers. He has also been conspicuously absent when voting to allow the Welsh government spending, taxation, and energy policy powers. When it comes to critical votes, Oily is consistently a devolution dodger…

Sadiq Khan’s Name Booed at Corbyn Rally

NEC member Claudia Webbe invokes boos and jeers for the once-golden boy of Labour during a rally in Kilburn. Hardly surprising after Corbyn helped win London for Khan and Khan stabs him in the back in return:

Leadership ballots to be sent out today…

Brutal Tory Attack Ad Says Labour Soft on ISIS

Owen Smith’s disastrous day yesterday has inspired the Tories to produce this attack advert repeating their line that Labour is a threat to national security. Whoever wins…

Top Brass Condemns “Delusional” Smith’s ISIS Gaffe


Defence expert Colonel Richard Kemp, the former commander of British forces in Afghanistan, has blasted Owen Smith for his comments on ISIS. He tells Guido:

“This sort of delusional sickness affects Labour widely. Christine Shawcroft, a Corbyn ally and Labour National Executive Committee member, said not long ago that we should have a cup of tea with Islamic State rather than bombing them.



Owen Smith: There is No Chasm Between PLP and Membership

Owen Smith has them in stitches at the BBC hustings this morning:

“I don’t think there is a chasm between the PLP and the membership. Well, there’s laughter there but I think there has been a false narrative created that there has been a great big chasm”



Final CLP Nominations


The final CLP nomination numbers are in: 285 (or 84%) backed Corbyn and just 53 (or 16%) declared for Owen Smith. Jezza got around 15,000 votes overall to Smith’s 7,500, implying a Corbynista vote lead of 67% to 33%. Oily has a mountain to climb…[…]


Oily Smith Pleads to Speak to Momentum Rallies

Guido missed this snippet of Oily pleading for an audience at one of Jezza’s Momentum rallies.[…]


Friday Caption Contest (Blame Game Edition)

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Entries in the comments please…[…]


Owen Smith Promised “Action on Sheep Nuisance”


Back in 2006 Owen Smith fought (and lost) the Blaenau Gwent by-election. His campaign literature shows he was partial to a sweeping policy statement back then too. Smith pledged “action on sheep nuisance”, promising to “slap instant fines” on “irresponsible farmers” who let their sheep “stray onto roads and through gardens”. […]


Gerry Downing Vows to Vote in Labour Leadership Election

Gerry Downing, who was expelled from the Labour Party after Guido revealed his rants about “the Jewish question”, has vowed to vote in the leadership election. Downing told LBC he will seek to vote as an affiliate member via his trade union.[…]


Owen Smith Hires Top Pfizer Lobbyist to Run Campaign


Owen Smith has hired a leading corporate lobbyist who works for Pfizer to run his leadership campaign, Guido can reveal. John Lehal is the smoothie MD of lobbying firm Insight Consulting, and boasts among his clients Big Pharma giants Pfizer, Novartis and Bristol-Myers Squibb.[…]


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