Labour Reinstate Race Row Corbynista

Jackie Walker is the senior Momentum organiser who was suspended from the Labour Party for writing that “Jews” were the “chief financiers of the sugar and slave trade” and asking “what debt do we owe the Jews?”. She’s just been let back in – a Labour spokesman says:

“Following the outcome of an investigation, Jacqueline Walker is no longer suspended and remains a member of the party.”

Walker received support from the Momentum leadership during her suspension. Guido is told Corbyn’s team was sympathetic to her case. There are reports of Labour supporters tearing up their membership cards in protest at her reinstatement…

Watson’s Dodgy Flat Mate

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Another member of Team Watson has become embroiled in scandal, with Sandwell Councillor Simon Hackett being investigated over allegations he got the council to buy back his mum’s house. More recently, Hackett’s alleged to have been given a fixed penalty notice for an incident of indecent exposure in March. Awkward for Watson who has had a high profile as the Nonce Catcher General

The closeness of Watson and Hackett appears to be rather embarrassing for Labour’s number two. One local blogger alleges that the bent councillor and Watson were flatmates in 2012, sharing an address on the electoral roll, while a co-conspirator claims Hackett was Watson’s very own election agent. Watson’s storied history of dodgy housing and crooked mates continues…

Thug Life: MP Offers to Take “Baseball Bat” Against Yobs

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Labour’s resident hardman Jim Fitzpatrick has a history of hawkish views. Backing the war in Iraq and rebelling against the party over Syria, the Blairite ex-minister isn’t afraid of a splash of violence to solve problems. Even those within his own constituency, it seems…

When a concerned constituent emailed Fitzpatrick about some anti-social yobs on their street, Fitzpatrick wasted no time in presenting a hard line solution:

“I can only report these matters as you do and hope the authorities respond. If that is your definition of not “caring” then fine. What would you like me to do, come down with my baseball bat? (I don’t have one by the way).”

Somebody get Jim a baseball bat…

Corbyn Orders Review of Chaotic Office

Jeremy Corbyn has commissioned the former head of the civil service Bob Kerslake to conduct a review of his office, in an admission that his team are not working well with the party and shadow cabinet. Kerslake will carry out a “short sharp management review” with former KPMG CEO Alan Buckle. Guido is told that, at the request of Corbyn’s team, the review will also look at Labour HQ to see where things are going wrong. Shadow cabinet colleagues have been invited to air their criticisms:

“Jeremy has commissioned a short sharp management review of his Office and its working arrangements with the Party and Shadow Cabinet. Coming up to one year in the role of leader, the aim is to take stock and look at how the current arrangements could be built on and strengthened.

The review will focus solely on the operational arrangements and will not comment on policy. It will commence in June and report to Jeremy by the end of July.

In terms of approach, the review would be conducted through a series of interviews with a number of members of the shadow cabinet and their political advisers, the leaders office and party officials, mostly in the week beginning the 27 June. A short summary report will be produced of the key findings.”

Will Kerslake and Buckle find that experienced Labour HQ staff who have dedicated their lives to the party are responsible for the sh*tshow? Or will they find that Corbyn’s team of newspaper columnists and Class War supporters don’t know what they’re doing?

Eddie Izzard’s Hotel Bills Not Lawfully Declared

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On Sunday the Labour Party told Channel 4 News that they “never spent any mone y putting volunteers up in hotels during tours” in the general election. Channel 4 reported that “so far no evidence has emerged to contradict them”. Until now…

On April 20 2015, Eddie Izzard travelled to Leeds North West to campaign on behalf of Labour candidate Alex Sobel. As you can see above, Izzard had pictures taken with the candidate, in front of posters bearing the candidate’s name. There can be no doubt this was local campaigning…

Yet the invoice above shows Labour’s national campaign paid for Izzard’s hotel in Leeds on April 20. This is a flagrant breach of the rules – Izzard was an activist who campaigned for a local candidate, so his hotel bill should have been declared as part of the candidate’s local spend. It also shows Labour’s claim that they never put activists up in hotels to be untrue. Just because Izzard is a celebrity doesn’t mean he isn’t an activist, the rules still apply…

Political Party Richlist

January Loans Graph merged

2016’s first quarter saw a bumper month for parties vying for local election funds, with the Tories raising £6,744,212 and Labour £5,486,345. This represents around 50% less than last year for both major parties in the same period (the larger ammount is to be expected in election year). Meanwhile, the SNP’s sighs of relief at not losing the Scottish Parliament are palpable, with the party only beating UKIP in donations due to the latter’s refusal to take public short money (the SNP received nearly £80,000 less than UKIP in private donations). More importantly, however, is the Nat’s massive outstanding loans: £1,165,553 all told, significantly above any other party. Guido’s sure those hefty government contracts north of the border will quickly help them recover…

Police Investigating Shadow Minister Over Election Expenses

Detectives have launched an investigation into shadow minister Cat Smith after Guido revealed a string of anomalies in her election expenses. Last week we reported that several thousand pounds were missing from the Labour MP’s spending declarations. Smith herself refused to comment, though her election agent denied wrongdoing. In the past few days Lancashire Police have received a number of complaints from members of the public, and last night they confirmed that detectives have launched an investigation. This is the first police investigation into a Labour MP over 2015 election expenses…

Worth noting that the Cat Smith case is different from all the other election expenses stories. Smith’s spending irregularities are not about battle buses or hotels for activists. Much more worryingly, this is about how she declared her office rent and staffing costs, many thousands of which were not declared in her campaign expenditure. As an individual case, this is more serious than any of the other election fraud stories of the last few weeks. Read Guido’s original story showing how Smith’s declarations were a work of financial fiction here

Tooting By-Election Campaign Kicks Off in Battersea

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Some very professional flyers advertising Labour’s Tooting by-election candidate Rosena Allin-Khan were delivered to people’s homes this weekend. Shame they were delivered in Battersea…

Corbyn Clapped Commie Leader For Refusing to Toast the Queen

Footage has emerged of Jeremy Corbyn applauding the leader of the Communist Party of Britain for refusing to toast the Queen. It happened at the Oxford Union in 2013, when Tory MP Andrew Rosindell told the audience that Communist general […]

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Labour Won’t Allow Conference Delegates to Self-Identify

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Labour are only accepting “cisgender” applications for their party conference in Liverpool in September. Attendees are being forced to revert to their anatomical birth-gender, warning “gender must match your passport”. While the party claims “this does not […]

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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 […]

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Remain’s Gillian Duffy Moment

Pro-Remain Labour MP Pat Glass, the Shadow Europe minister no less, has called a voter a “racist” for airing concerns about immigration from Eastern Europe:

“The very first person I’ve come to is a horrible racist. I’ve never coming back

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