Clive Lewis in Sturgeon’s Pocket


The seed planted in voters’ minds that Ed Miliband would be in the SNP’s pocket was widely seen as a major factor behind the Tory victory in 2015. Time and time again Miliband failed to convince the public that he wouldn’t do a deal with the Nats. Today Clive Lewis, Shadow Business Secretary and possible future leader, is now openly backing working with the SNP:

“I’m simply saying that we want to see a Labour government in Westminster and that means asking some hard questions about how we’re going to achieve that, especially if the boundary changes come in … If that means working with the SNP then we have to look at that.”

Means a quick and easy redesign of those Tory election posters…

Diane Abbott Offered Interns £2 Below London Living Wage


Diane Abbott has called for London to have its own minimum wage and says the Greater London Authority should not work with companies that don’t pay the voluntary London Living Wage. Unfortunate, then, that she’s been advertising for jobs in in her Westminster office well below the London Living Wage. New interns are offered £7.20 an hour, £2.20 lower than the LLW, which is set at £9.40. When Diane was confronted over the weekend, the salary in the advert was bumped up.


If you’re a wannabe Westminster intern dealing with a hypocritical employer, get in touch

‘The Left’s Jewish Problem’

Dave Rich is deputy director of communications at the Community Security Trust (CST), associate research fellow at the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, and author of The Left’s Jewish Problem: Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Anti-Semitism.” Speaking at a forum hosted by Fathom Journal, this is a very temperate analysis of how the Labour Party has got into the position it is in, well worth watching this video interview.

Buy the book:  The Left’s Jewish Problem: Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Anti-Semitism

Prezza For Jezza


Guido can confirm that John Prescott’s son David is joining Jeremy Corbyn’s office as his new speechwriter. Prezza Jnr is best known for denying that he tweets the gags from his dad’s Twitter account, so maybe we’ll be seeing a new, joke-telling Jez from now on. David is not exactly a Corbynista, he worked on the Andy Burnham leadership campaign. He has long felt that the “Red Prince” tag held him back in finding a safe seat. Nonetheless a canny hire by the leader’s office…

Chuka’s Blatant Briefing Backfires

“Allies of Chuka” texted friendly members of the Lobby last night with the same tenuous line: that the Tories had blocked him from the Home Affairs committee chairmanship because they fear him as a potential future Labour leader. You’ll rarely get a more transparent and less believable briefing. Guido recalls a senior Labour figure a few years back explaining to hacks at Ed Miliband’s Christmas drinks party that Chuka would never be leader because everyone in Labour despises him. Whatever he’s spinning, the truth is Chuka is so unpopular with his own colleagues in the PLP he never stood a chance of winning the Home Affairs gig…

H/T Matt Chorley/Sam Coates

Labour Called For Migrant Dental Checks


The last Labour government advocated the same migrant dental checks that have caused so much outrage among the Twitterati today. Back in 2007 the then immigration minister Liam Byrne said that dental checks had to be considered to prevent abuse of the system:

“If it is true that a dental x-ray is able to establish within a more precise range an individuals’ age than any other form of determination then I think we have really got to look very hard at that evidence. We cannot have adults in the children’s system. Adults in the children’s system, I believe, pose a serious threat to our obligation to protect children effectively.”

A great find by Miles Goslett. As you can see above, this was covered by the BBC at the time. The David Davies proposal that is causing so much outcry was originally proposed by Labour nine years ago…

Corbynistas Back Anti-Semitism Row MP For Home Affairs Chair

Days after the Home Affairs committee published its anti-Semitism report, Corbynistas have named an MP embroiled in multiple anti-Semitism rows as their choice for its next chairman. Paul Flynn has next to no chance of winning, but the decision by five Shadow Cabinet ministers and other top Corbynistas to sponsor his vanity bid has infuriated colleagues. In 2011 Flynn was condemned for suggesting the British Israeli ambassador Matthew Gould had “Jewish loyalty”. More recently Flynn said Labour’s anti-Semitism crisis was “wholly untrue”. Those backing him include Clive Lewis, Ronnie Campbell, Richard Burgon, Andy McDonald, Dennis Skinner, Nick Smith, Cat Smith, Kelvin Hopkins, Rachael Maskell, Carolyn Harris and Margaret Greenwood. If Paul Flynn had been in charge of the Home Affairs anti-Semitism report, fair to say its conclusions would have been somewhat different. MPs are very angry about this…

Kate Hoey Challenges Benn For Brexit Select Committee


The Remain stitch up to get Hilary Benn in charge of the Brexit select committee has a challenger – Labour Leaver Kate Hoey is putting her name forward for the role. She is backed by other prominent Labour Brexiters including Gisela Stuart and John Mann, as well as Tories like Theresa Villiers, the SNP’s Alex Salmond and DUP’s Nigel Dodds. Tory MPs’ votes are crucial – do you really want a Remainer who wants to stay in the single market in charge of scrutiny of Brexit? Or a Leaver who will properly hold Theresa May to account…

Six Figures For Baroness Scotland’s Friends


It is worth shedding some more light on the Mail’s recent extraordinary revelations about Baroness Scotland, the new Commonwealth Secretary General. The allegations are very serious – Scotland is essentially accused of using her position to hand out huge sums of taxpayers’ money to her staff and friends.[…]


Corbyn Condemned By Home Affairs Anti-Semitism Inquiry


Jeremy Corbyn has been strongly condemned by the Home Affairs Select Committee for failing to understand anti-Semitism and creating a “safe space” for racists in the Labour Party. The inquiry’s damning findings are laid out in as severe language as you will ever see from a select committee:

“Despite his proud record on fighting racism, the Committee is not persuaded that Mr Corbyn fully appreciates the distinct nature of contemporary antisemitism, and the fact that it is perfectly possible for an ‘anti-racist campaigner’ to express antisemitic views.



Thornberry’s Brexit Question Booed on Question Time

Thonrberry asks the Question Time audience: “How many people here voted to take their neighbour’s job away?” Isabel nailed it.

Vid via @liarpoliticians


Chaos in the Court of Corbyn

Curiously Paul Mason’s confidante to whom he slags off Corbyn is the Podemos’ foreign affairs chief, Pablo Bustinduy. Podemos is Spain’s radical left party, where we have just seen the ousting of the rival socialist party leader Pedro Sánchez by his own party.[…]


Paul Mason on Corbyn

Paul Mason has been caught on tape by the Sun saying what he really thinks about Jez:

“Corbyn doesn’t appeal to the mainstream working class vote. It’s to do with a cultural thing about London. Corbyn goes to England on a bike and cycles round. 



James Schneider Joining Corbyn’s Office


Momentum spokesman James Schneider is joining Jeremy Corbyn’s office in a strategic communications role. Guido also understands Seumas Milne will not be leaving in the immediate future and that Schneider will be working under his fellow old Wykehamist in a mid-level role.[…]


Shameless Sadiq Breaks Another Election Pledge


Sadiq Khan has shamelessly abandoned his mayoral campaign pledge to plant two million trees by 2020, a promise designed to outflank the green credentials of Zac Goldsmith. Last week Guido revealed that no trees had been planted and there were no plans to start digging.[…]


Labour Suspend Race Row Councillor


Labour councillor Andy Slack, who Guido this morning revealed had posted an anti-Semitic meme on Facebook, has confirmed he has been suspended by the party. Cllr Slack tells Guido he was contacted this afternoon and told the whip has been withdrawn.[…]


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