Liz’s Mujahideen Hit Back Cooper/Burnham Droning

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Are comparisons to the Taliban in British leadership elections the new Godwin’s Law? Forget the Taliban Tories, this morning’s Telegraph:

“We are now seeing the end of Taliban New Labour. All of those Blairites who hoped they might get their candidate elected have failed. The whole strategy for Liz was a Westminster strategy – she played up to the media, to the right-wing commentators, to the Blairite Taliban MPs, made a few headlines by saying she was relaxed about free schools and committing to defence spending, and just took a chance that the momentum would carry her forward. But the trouble with that is that the fizzle and sparkle has gone already. Now the contest has moved on to the membership, who will not be interested in that kind of rhetoric or those policies, you will see her star wane very quickly.”

Miaow! And here come the mujahideen:

Surely Labour should know better than most what happens when you try to fight the Taliban. The Taliban win.

Lammy and Sadiq Back Corbyn

Two hours until the noon deadline for Labour leadership nominations, and Jeremy Corbyn is edging closer to the 35 votes he needs to get on the ballot:

Sadiq Khan is also nominating someone he doesn’t think could win Labour an election:

“After a defeat of this scale, the Labour Party needs to have the widest possible debate. I won’t be voting for Jeremy Corbyn and I don’t think he can lead us to election victory in 2020. But I do know that across the Labour family many share Jeremy’s views on a number of matters – I believe these should be heard and tested in a democratic process. That’s why I will be nominating Jeremy, in the hope he makes it onto the ballot.”

Corbyn backers say expect a flurry of late nominations…

Stop Watson

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As Guido reported yesterday, there is a growing “stop Watson” movement within the Labour Party. The Staggers has more:

“Although Watson is well-liked by members – “They see him as Mother Teresa,” sighs one MP – the parliamentary Labour party is less sold. “I’ve never been more opposed to any candidate in my life,” says one MP. Another senior MP says they will “chuck the whole thing in” if Watson becomes deputy leader. “He’s a bully and a liability,” says a third.

One senior official says glumly: “Tom is going to come straight back in here and start running the show again, bullying the staff and throwing his weight around.” “He always wants to seize more power, and he can’t resist abusing his power,” says another.”

With colleagues like that…

Prezza Smacks Down David Miliband

“We’ve gone through that period. The Miliband period is now gone”

No Jags had declared that David Miliband should “shut up”…

John Healey Out of Labour Deputy Race

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Last in, first out:

“Three quarters of Labour MPs have now nominated but only two candidates are on the ballot, and there’s a very real danger that we only have a narrow range of deputy leader candidates.

I have the most backing of those not on the ballot so far, and my decision is designed to give more of the other candidates the chance to make the cut. I’m withdrawing now to make sure we get the range and number of candidates that Party members deserve. And I encourage those who already have the required 35 nominations to bear this in mind too.

I joined the contest for deputy leader to talk about the deeper thinking Labour must now do, and the big challenges we must face. I’ll continue to do this as part of Labour’s team as we rethink and rebuild to win in 2020.

I really appreciate the strong support from those MPs who’ve nominated me. We know the mountain Labour must now climb to convince people that we’re ready again to lead the country.”

A significant development for the growing stop Watson movement.

Via Paul Waugh.

Top Staggers Labour Leadership Insight

Great insight there from ‘Miliband’s favourite journalist’.

Liz Kendall remains a Shadow Health Minister while she runs against Burnham…

David Miliband’s Advice For Labour

Marginally more welcome than an intervention from his brother in the Labour leadership race…

Miliband Snr told CNN last night:

“What I think is important for all of the candidates is to reflect on the very clear lessons of two devastating electoral defeats for the Labour Party in the last five years, that have come for a very clear reason.

And the reason is the that public have concluded that instead of building on the strengths and remedying the weaknesses of the Blair years, the party has turned the page backwards rather than turning the page forward.

So I think its the responsibility of all the candidates, to find again that combination of economic dynamism and social justice that defined the success of the Labour Party in the 1990s and early 2000s.”

That will be Liz then.

Miliband also said “leaving Europe would be like resigning from the world.”

From the man who resigned from Britain…

Labour Leader Public Declarations As Nominations Open

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As nominations open this lunchtime, Burnham, Cooper and Kendall are on the ballot with loony-left nutter Corbyn apparently quietly confident he will make the final race.

Less confidence from Camp Creagh, but there are still eighty MPs yet to declare:

Leader nominations close Monday at noon…

Supporters list can be found here: order-order.com/labdec send updates to team@order-order.com.

Corbyn: Miliband Was Brilliant, Voters Were ‘Racist’ and ‘Confused’

With Liz Kendall reaching the 35 votes needed to get on the ballot overnight, thanks to the backing of Gloria De Piero, spare a thought for Jeremy Corbyn, her leftist rival for the Labour leadership. On the eve of nominations […]

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Burnham Backers Move Over to Corbyn

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Michael Meacher and Ronnie Campbell, who had both publicly supported Andy Burnham for leader, have withdrawn their nominations and instead backed Jeremy Corbyn. He is now ahead of Mary Creagh on 10 after winning the votes of fellow Chavez apologists […]

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Cooper on the Ballot Paper

A busy day for public Labour declarations as Geoffrey Robinson, Jack Dromey, Matthew Pennycock and Melanie Onn back Yvette Cooper. She now has the 35 names she needs to get on the ballot paper.

There are 11 days left before […]

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Kendall Moves Into Second Place

9 more names for Liz Kendall this morning, who now overtakes Yvette and moves into second place. They are: Chris Evans, Kevin Barron, Jenny Chapman, Jim Dowd, Fiona MacTaggart, Steve Reed, Joan Ryan, Barry Sheerman, Angela Smith.

Jeremy Corbyn also […]

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