Pat Glass has resigned as Shadow Education Secretary after just two days on the job. Got to be a record…
Whips office are mutinous and there are rumours Burnham is considering changing his mind. LOL-tastic.
Burnham says rumours untrue. For now.
UPDATE II Ever-loyal Harriet Harman is no longer publicly loyal.
UPDATE III Labour MEPs call on Corbyn to quit
UPDATE IV Tom Watson will not run as leader if Corbyn stands down.
Actor Ewan McGregor has hit out at the 172 “turncoats” who voted against Jeremy:
McGregor was made a global star by his role as Obi Wan Kenobi in the lacklustre Star Wars prequels. If they strike him down, he will become more powerful than you could possibly imagine…
Here we go, rolling resignations and other Labour Party news:
- 18:48 Liz McInnes resigns as Shadow Communities and Local Government Minister.
- 17:06 Kevin Brennan stands down as Shadow Business Minister.
- 17:27 Clive Efford quits as Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Minister.
- 17:13 Christina Rees resigns as Shadow Justice Minister.
- 16:46 Lynn Brown quits as Shadow Home Office Minister.
- 11:30 Alan Whitehead resigns as Shadow Energy Minister.
- 10:12 Barbara Keeley and Andrew Gwynne have resigned from the shadow health team now headed by Diane Abbott.
- 09:35 Andy Slaughter resigns as Shadow Justice Minister.
The polls are now open. Jeremy Corbyn is facing a motion of no confidence. It is not going to be close…
See yesterday’s resignations here…
Corbyn supporters have besieged Labour MPs in Parliament, with an ongoing protest in Parliament Square attempting to save Jez. Speaking at the event was a particularly fuming Paul Mason, formerly of Channel 4 News:
“We need 100 potential new MPs from all these young people, all these women, all these members of ethnic minority groups, disabled people, gay people. Get some people in there who suffer the hardships of working class life, not the hardship of having your career blighted by not being able to do your job properly.”
Save Jeremy – get down to Parliament Square now!
Blair tells Bloomberg:
“I’m accused of being a war criminal for removing Saddam Hussein — who by the way was a war criminal — and yet Jeremy is seen as a progressive icon as we stand by and watch the people of Syria barrel-bombed, beaten and starved into submission and do nothing…
There’s a guy whose face is on the placard. That’s me: Hate that guy. You’re the person in power taking difficult decisions. Jeremy is the guy with the placard, he’s the guy holding it. One’s the politics of power and the other’s the politics of protest.”
Sure Corbynistas will take this with their usual charm and good grace.
Corbyn has always had a popularity problem within Labour. He was less popular than both Gordon and Red Ed when he took over in September, and scored an identical net dislike for both himself and his party as Tony Blair was quitting in 2007. Things may have got a little better…
According to Ipsos Mori, just 22% think Corbyn is ready to be PM – one point higher than Ed in 2015 – while 65% think he is not ready. While this figure would be crushing to any other candidate, for a beleaguered Labour Party this figure might show some hope. The figure ties with Ed Miliband’s second best ever score (his best being 63% thinking he was not ready). When asked whether Labour were ready to form the next government, Corbyn’s Labour trumped the former leader’s last score in November 2014, with a whopping 27% saying they were ready (and just 63% saying they weren’t). Of course, for context David Cameron’s lowest score in 2008 was 43% believing he wasn’t ready to be PM (43% also agreed he was ready), while at the same time 45% agreed the Conservative’s were ready to form a government. Corbyn is more divisive than Ed, but not more popular. Join the Tories if you want to vote for the next PM in their leadership contest…
In another bizarre intervention Ken Livingstone has predicted on Putin’s Russia Today that John McDonnell will succeed Jeremy Corbyn should the Labour leader have a stroke or get “pushed under a bus driven by Boris Johnson”. Well at least it won’t be a bendy bus…
Coincidently Guido has £1,000 riding on McDonnell being next Labour leader. No rush…
John McDonnell has today claimed that Jeremy Corbyn is an ‘Arsène Wenger of politics’. He made the remarks to Piers Morgan whilst being questioned on the Labour leader’s handling of his shadow cabinet reshuffle on ITV:
John McDonnell:He’s re-dictating the terms of what leadership is all about.
Jezza’s attendance or non-attendance tonight at Stop the War’s fund raising party tonight is the cause celebre of the chattering classes. Pitting Guardian reader against Guardian reader, comrade against comrade.
Despite a lot of pressure Guido is pretty certain Jezza will join the coalition of commies, trots, pacifists and haters of Western democracy tonight. […]
The Corbyn cheer-leading organisation “Momentum” claims to be able to contact all the people who signed up to support Jeremy Corbyn during the leadership contest, but they might not have permission to do so. When people signed up as supporters of the Corbyn4Leader campaign, they were asked to give their email addresses and postcodes; the campaign said they were collecting this information to “enable us to carry out casework on behalf of constituents; issues and campaigns we are involved with locally; maintaining our own accounts and records; supporting and managing our employees and agents.[…]
Labour’s favourite transvestite Eddie Izzard has continued his run of cursing campaigns with star-crossed endorsement. Having already doomed the campaigns to:
- join the euro
- elect Ken Livingstone
- Gordon Brown
- vote Yes side in the AV referedum
- elect Ed Miliband
… Who was Eddie backing for Labour leader?[…]
Ed Miliband speaks! And says he won’t serve in Jezza’s Shadow Cabinet:
This is the list of Labour names who have so far said they will not serve: