Labour Rivals and Trade Unionists Briefed Chuka “Whispers”

Readers will remember the rumours being pushed by Chuka’s left-wing rivals in the days before he stood aside from the Labour leadership race. The union funded propaganda blog Political Scrapbook even added the words “nudge nudge wink wink” to a story amplifying “dog whistle” attacks.

Dan Hodges has more in this week’s Speccie:

“There was no proper reason, and no proper scandal. He was the victim of an elegant, silent old-fashioned Westminster character assassination… Umunna was a candidate for Labour leader, and there were other people who wanted to be leader. So the whispers started. ‘Chuka isn’t going to run,’ I was told by a trade union official back in March. ‘Personal issues.’ He smiled, and tapped the side of his nose. A former Minister had heard it too. ‘The word is “Chuka’s out”. He won’t even enter.’ Again, ‘personal issues’ were cited.

The briefings became so intense that at the Daily Telegraph we discussed whether or not to run a story about them. But we decided that, if we did so, we’d become part of the spin operation.”

Funny that those most loudly criticising the press over Chuka’s ‘personal life’ were from the wing of the party Chuka would have killed off…

Ed in Denial

Miliband is back and this from the impeccably connected George Eaton suggests he is still not past the denial stage of loss:

“having returned from his holiday in Ibiza, I’m told that Miliband has been advising MPs on the lessons to learn from the defeat. The former leader has told colleagues not to listen to figures such as Peter Mandelson and not to turn rightwards, according to sources. “He’s not staying out of it,” one Labour insider told me (although the former leader will not be endorsing a candidate). Miliband is said to have emphasised that his party lost due to the failure of millions of notional supporters to turn out… Left-wingers have argued that this demonstrates the need for a more radical offer to enthuse this group, rather than a more moderate pitch aimed at winning over Conservative voters.”

Good luck with that.

Miliband might not be endorsing anyone but his campaign chief Lucy Powell and other members of his former Shadow Cabinet are falling over themseslves declaring for Burnham, as you can see on Guido’s spreadsheet of the public Labour MP endorsements so far. Send any others to team@order-order.com.

Listen to Ed, you know you want to…

The Curse of McTernan

The scalping of Jim Murphy and the capitulation of Scottish Labour are a cruel addendum to the long and illustrious CV of Labour spinner John McTernan. Such other career achievements of the party’s panglossian media cheerleader should not be overlooked.

  • Special Advisor to Harriet Harman at DSS. Harman was sacked.
  • Helped run Frank Dobson’s Mayoral Campaign. Dobson lost.
  • Special Advisor to Scottish First Minister Henry McLeish. McLeish had to resign over an expenses “muddle”.
  • Helped run Labour’s Scottish Parliament Campaign in 2007. Labour were beaten in Scotland for the first time in 50 years.
  • Chief of Communications for Julia Gillard. She was ousted by her own party.
  • Chief of Staff to Jim Murphy. Labour lost all their seats in Scotland, including Murphy’s, bar one.

McTernan is spending his free time retweeting kind words about Liz Kendall. Don’t let him Liz!

Liz Kendall Campaign Domain Trolled By Burnham Fans

This morning Liz Kendall launched her new campaign website for her Labour leadership bid. You can go to lizforleader.com and get the latest:

Type in lizforleader.co.uk, however, and you get something quite different:

“Did you mean?” appears in the tab and you are redirected to Andy Burnham’s campaign site. Dirty tricks starting already?

H/T Sam Bowman

UPDATE: And now anyone visiting lizforleader.co.uk gets rick rolled.

Tristram Hunt Backs Kendall For Leader

“This morning I am announcing that I will not be entering the race to be leader of the Labour Party. Over the last few days I have made a lot of calls to potential supporters. I found that the bulk of MPs are already committed to just a couple of candidates. It is clear to me that I do not have sufficient support to be certain that I can run for the leadership myself. Instead today I am offering my endorsement to my colleague Liz Kendall.”

Shock.

Unite MPs Backing Burnham

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“I am attracting support from all parts of the party” said Andy Burnham on Sunday, insisting that Len McCluskey was “wrong” about Labour’s future direction. Well, here is the list of supporters being pushed by Burnham’s friends today:

Of the eleven, seven are either members of Unite or have received donations from Unite.

  • Steve Rotheram
  • Ian Lavery
  • Owen Smith
  • Karl Turner
  • Michael Dugher
  • Rachel Reeves
  • Emma Lewell-Buck

Going for the intellectual heavyweight vote then.

Of the rest, Debbie Abrahams is backed by Unison, while Kevin Brennan and Luciana Berger are members of UCATT. He’s the “change candidate”…

ABBA: Anyone But Burnham, Andy

With Andy Burnham adding the name of ‘Action Dan’ Jarvis to his growing list of endorsements, despairing Labour wags who support the campaigns of the four other candidates have privately dubbed themselves “ABBA”, or “Anyone But Burnham, Andy”.

Guido can only speculate as to which band member each most resembles, though Yvette makes a great Anni-Frid.

They’ll be hoping it doesn’t just come down to union money, money, money…

Mark Ferguson Joins Kendall Campaign

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Outgoing LabourList editor Mark Ferguson is off to spin for Liz Kendall’s leadership campaign:

“Earlier this week I left a job that I love to join the campaign of a candidate for Leader of the Labour Party. A party that instead of winning an election this year went backwards. A party that needs to learn from where we went wrong, and reconnect with the British people. A party in need of a big step-change in how we do our politics.

I believe that Liz Kendall is the best placed candidate to do that.
Liz can put the Labour Party back together again, not by wielding power from the centre but by rebuilding our party – and our country – from the ground up. By working alongside the communities that built and sustain the Labour Party. By being that very rare kind of politician – the kind that wants to give power away rather than hoard it for themselves.”

You read it here first…

Mark Ferguson Quits LabourList

MARK-FERGUSON-QUITS

LabourList editor Mark Ferguson is quitting after five years at the helm:

“Editing LabourList for the past five years has been a huge honour. And although it is time to go, I will miss LabourList – and its readers –

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Labour MP Eats His Own Earwax

Blaydon MP David Anderson is the guilty man:

Ew.

Via Jamie Ross

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Harman: These Are Dark Days for the Labour Party

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Labour Leader Vote Hijack: Could Rivals ‘Do a Balotelli’?

“We must let the public in,” said Harriet Harman this morning as she announced plans to allow the hoi polloi a vote in the Labour leadership contest:

“We will allow people who are not party members or who are not

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