Corbyn’s “Friends” Congratulate Him on Win

No word yet from Hamas and Hezbollah…

UPDATE: Argentina’s leader Christina de Kirchner offers her congratulations:

As do Hamas:

Corbyn Wins Labour Leadership in First Round

Jeremy Corbyn wins in the first round.

Andy Burnham: 80,462, 19%

Yvette Cooper: 71,928, 17%

Jeremy Corbyn: 251,417, 59.5%

Liz Kendall: 18,857, 4.5%

Corbyn wins by a mile, across the board:

Tom Watson wins the Deputy Leadership in the third round. It’s the Tom and Jerry show…

That’s all folks!

Guardian Grumbles Over #Jones4Jez

More than one Portcullis House onlooker noted Owen Jones working the atrium with Corbyn fixer John McDonnell and Jezza’s son on Wednesday afternoon. Whispers from the Guardian newsroom suggest the paper – which backed Cooper – is less than delighted by his overt support for Corbyn during the last few weeks. “He’s never pretended to be a journalist, he’s an activist who writes a column”, says one Kings Place source: “I haven’t seen him in the office for ages“. They point to Owen being on stage and sitting next to Corbyn at nearly all of his most recent rallies. Meanwhile it is being mooted in mischievous Labour circles that OJ might make it official and take a job on Jez’s team once the revolution comes. Surely a very severe case of gallows humour… 

Burnham Mocks Corbyn

Here is what Andy Burnham really thinks about Jeremy Corbyn:

“Privately, it’s a disaster for the Labour Party. Privately. I mean, publicly, he is a nice man, he’s a nice individual. He believes in the things he campaigns on, so he’s not a fraud in any way. But I think the public will think Labour has given up. Labour has given up on ever being a government again… Jeremy just looked like a slightly disheveled figure in the back of the Commons and Cameron was there, wasn’t he, just kind of banging, swatting him away and it was like, whoever was watching must have thought, hmmm that doesn’t feel good.”

Andy was caught out spilling the beans on Jezza by an undercover reporter from the Sun who was granted access to Burnham after paying Faiz Ul Rasool, the chairman of the Muslim Friends of Labour group, £5,000 “in tenners in the back room of a London casino“. There goes his place in the shadow cabinet…

Corbyn’s Defence of Britons Who Join ISIS

In an extraordinary Commons debate last year Jeremy Corbyn argued that we should not “make value judgments” about British citizens who join ISIS and appeared to compare people travelling to fight in Syria with Nelson Mandela. Speaking about British-born terrorists in Syria, Corbyn claimed:

“There are an awful lot of contradictions surrounding how we decide who is a good fighter and who is a terrorist; who is struggling for liberation and who is a terrorist. There was a time when people involved in Umkhonto we Sizwe in South Africa were known as terrorists; they were later welcomed to this country as freedom fighters. Things can turn full circle.”

On whether we should allow ISIS fighters to return to this country, Corbyn said:

“None of what I am saying is intended to give any succour, comfort or support to ISIS, but I feel that we should think about this rather more carefully and avoid the knee-jerk reaction of saying, “These are bad fighters and those are good fighters, so we will ban these and allow those in.”

Corbyn then admitted meeting Britons who were sympathetic with ISIS and said they had a legitimate point about the Iraq War. Corbyn blames ISIS on “the consequences of the war on terror” and extraordinarily claims we should not make “value judgements” about people joining ISIS:

“I have encountered young people who have been attracted to what ISIS is doing. They say that what the West did in Iraq and Afghanistan was appalling, and was questionably legal in the case of Afghanistan and definitely illegal in the case of Iraq. We are living with the consequences of the war on terror of 2001, and if we continue to try to create legal obstacles and make value judgments about people without considering the overall policy we are following, we will return to legislation such as this again and again, year after year.”

Corbyn also defended people who support ISIS as having a “political view” which is “important in a democracy“:

“I have no support for ISIS whatsoever, and obviously that should apply to someone who has committed crimes, but we should bear in mind that expressing a political point of view is not in itself an offence. The commission of a criminal act is clearly a different matter, but expressing a point of view, even an unpalatable one, is sometimes quite important in a democracy.”

For full context, read the debate in full here. Voting has now closed, wonder if this would have changed anyone’s mind if it had emerged earlier in the summer…

Burnham ‘Just Checking Out’ Westminster Bubble

There was Guido making his way through the heart of the Westminster bubble last night, when who did he happen to stumble across? Only man of t’people Andy Burnham, posing for photos outside the Westminster Arms, the definitive core of the SW1 bubble. What on earth was an outsider like Andy doing at the very epicentre of the metropolitan elite? “I just thought I’d come and check out the bubble,” he told Guido.

Burnham was in a bullish mood about his chances last night, telling Guido “we can still do it” and insisting that second preferences meant he was the only candidate who can stop Corbyn. Of course Cooper’s people say the same about her. Keen to quickly get away from the bubble, Andy rejected the offer of a pint from a supporter and made his exit… to his flat less than a mile away in Kennington…

“Hot Young Corbynites”: Jazzy Jezza’s Amazing Campaign Jingle

Played in a 1983 Jazz/Funk crossover style, “Hot Young Corbynites” is the campaign song the Labour leadership campaign has been crying out for:

“Who’s the man that we love?

Corbyn?

Who’s the man that we trust?

Corbyn?

Who’s going to take us to the top?

Corbyn!”

The breakdown where Jez shows off the jumper his mum knitted is spectacular. “Hot Young Corbynites are going to turn this party round…”

Harman’s Parting Zinger to “Old, Posh” Corbyn

Hattie has remained resoutely impartial during the leadership election, alas she couldn’t resist a parting dig at Comrade Corbyn on her final day on the frontbench:

“It was quite surprising to discover that I’m not old enough or posh enough to be the frontrunner of this current leadership election.”

A personal attack from the acting leader on the last day of voting. She’ll be on the list when the purge comes…

Of course, as this footage of young posh totty Hattie shows, the St Paul’s old girl certainly fulfils the posh criteria:

Close observers will note that her accent went a bit Estuary sometime in the late nineties…

Terror Supporters at Corbyn Group’s Downing Street Demo

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign, of which Jeremy Corbyn is a patron, is protesting the visit of Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu at Downing Street today. Those yellow flags with the machine guns belong to terror group Hezbollah (via @Mendelpol):

And here is a terror supporter just yards from No.[…]

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Jez Dances as Corbynistas Chant “Vamos Corbyn!”

Footage has emerged of feelgood Jeremy Corbyn cutting shapes in a London nightclub, pumping his fist in the air in a Chavez-style ‘people power’ salute, as a Latin American guitarist leads a chorus of “Vamos Corbyn! Vamos Corbyn!” to the tune of the Gypsy Kings’ Bambeleo.[…]

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Team Corbyn Blast BBC “Character Assassination”

Last night’s particularly punchy Panorama special asked if Corbyn believed Iraqis had the right to kill British troops:

Corbyn refuses to answer the question…

It wasn’t just tin-foil hat wearing Corbynista trolls crying establishment stitch up. His top team are furious:

[…]

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Dave Blasts Corbyn’s “Friends” Hamas and Hezbollah

Corbyn caught the Speaker’s eye after Cameron’s statement, but ignored the RAF drone strike and instead asked a question welcoming our “new relationship” with the brutal terror-sponsoring regime in Iran. Dave couldn’t resist a dig at some of Jezza’s “friends“:

“Iran is a still a supporter of terrorist organisations like Hamas and Hezbollah, which I know he describes as friends but I see very much as enemies…”

If you listen carefully, at the end of Jezza’s question you can hear Tory MP Alec Shelbrooke sarcastically heckle: “he’s good“. […]

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Sadiq and Diane Set For Corbyn’s Cabinet

As Guido revealed in yesterday’s Sun on Sunday, super-confident Jeremy Corbyn has prematurely decided who he wants in his Shadow Cabinet. Sources close to the campaign say Corbyn asked his leadership election agent, fellow hard-left MP John McDonnell, to draw up a list of names a few weeks ago.[…]

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Stella’s Posh Totty Fan Vote

Tom Watson is going to win by a country mile…[…]

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Hamas Endorse Corbyn

It’s the endorsement everyone wanted. Hamas’ deputy foreign minister Ghazi Hamad tells the Telegraph:

“I find that [Corbyn] has very good sympathy and support for the Palestinian cause and the Palestinian struggle and he is frankly against the occupation, against the racist policy of Israel… According to his statements, I feel that he could be very close to the Palestinians, the Arabs and to the Muslims.

[…]

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Cooper Finally Savages Corbynomics

It has taken until this late in the contest, but finally someone went for Corbyn. Hard.

The audience roared wildly… for Corbyn’s response… […]

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