Labour Coup Day 3: #SaveJez

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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

“Save Jez” Supporters Demand “100 New MPs”

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 Condemns Corbyn For ‘Standing By’ on Syria

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.

Momentum Rejoice! Only 65% Think Corbyn Not Ready to be PM

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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…

Ken Predicts McDonnell Will Be Next Labour Leader

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…

McDonnell Calls Labour Moderates “Hard Right”

Kevan Jones was never in Progress…

John McDonnell: Corbyn an “Arsène Wenger of Politics”

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.

Piers Morgan:What is it about?

JMD: It’s about bringing people in, building a team, being a good manager. And that’s what he’s developing. He’s an Arsène Wenger of politics

Guido is sure Corbyn is over the moon to be compared to his team’s long-standing manager. In fairness, there are some striking similarities between the pair. Both play in red, both are getting on a bit, and neither stands a chance of winning anything any time soon. One thing’s for sure, he is not the special one…

Civil War Over Corbyn Party: Labour Internationalists Versus Stop the War

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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 likes of Michael Dugher, Tristram Hunt, Caroline Flint and Emma Reynolds have called on him to cancel his appearance at the event after the Green MP Caroline Lucas and Peter Tatchell the human rights campaigner have become more vociferously critical. 500 Labour party members have backed a new group,Labour Internationalists“, to provide a vehicle for supporters of a “progressive foreign policy” that defends rather than blames Western liberal democracies. Basically bombing baddies rather than giving them a sympathetic platform…

Momentum’s Dodgy Data Grab

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The Corbyn cheer-leading organisation “Momentumclaims 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.[…]

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Eddie Izzard Curses Another Campaign

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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?[…]

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Named: MPs Who Won’t Serve in Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet

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:

Jamie Reed
Rachel Reeves
Liz Kendall
Yvette Cooper
Emma Reynolds
Chuka Umunna
Chris Leslie
Tristram Hunt

Any more?[…]

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Burnham Team Responds

This was genuinely tweeted from Andy Burnham’s official campaign account as the result was announced:

… And swiftly deleted…[…]

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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:

[…]

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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. […]

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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. […]

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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.

[…]

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