Boris Calls For Protests Outside Russian Embassy

Blairite MP Ann Clwyd asks why there are no protests outside the Russian embassy in London. Boris agrees:

“I would certainly like to see demonstrations outside the Russian embassy. Where is the Stop the War Coalition?”

It might look something like this:


This time presumably Stop the War will be busy washing their hair…

New Shadow Public Health Minister: “I Love Kebabs”

Labour’s Shadow Public Health Minister is taking party policy in a welcome new direction away from the hectoring and nannying we’re used to. Here is Sharon Hodgson at the British Kebab Awards:

“I like a lot of the UK population love kebabs.”

Sharon says she has a kebab once a month, which the Guy Newsroom agrees can make up part of a balanced diet. As Jeremy Corbyn once said, they’re healthy if you “have some salad”.

Through the Keyhole: Shami’s £2.5 Million “Nice Big House”

On Sunday Shami Chakrabarti tried to excuse her hypocrisy on grammar schools by telling viewers about her “nice big house”. As ever Guido takes you Through the Keyhole, inside the £2.5 million Grade II-listed home Baroness Chakrabarti owns in South London.


The luxurious property contains no less than SIX bedrooms and FOUR bathrooms, as well as its own courtyard outside the sliding doors behind the ultra-modern dining area.


Shami bought the house with her husband for £1.4 million in 2010. They then divorced, she became the sole owner, and the property has added a million quid to its value since then.


Perfect for all your dinner party needs dahling!

Surely Shameless Shami Won’t Sellout on Surveillance


All eyes on Labour’s new Shadow Attorney General when the House of Lords votes on Theresa May’s Investigatory Powers Bill this week. Last year, when she was a principled defender of civil liberties as director of Liberty, Shami strongly opposed the Snooper’s Charter. She said last November:

“Our every move is already tracked by CCTV cameras, but if the draft Investigatory Powers Bill becomes law, we won’t be safe from the prying eyes of the government and the police.”

In February she added:

“The Government needs to pause, take stock and redraft. The case for unprecedented powers to bulk hack, intercept and collect our private data has not been made.”

Labour are now briefing that Shami will follow the whip and abstain on the vote this week. Is there anything Baroness Chakrabarti won’t say or do in exchange for her gong?

Corbyn Appoints Holocaust Slur MP to Frontbench

Jeremy Corbyn has been blasted for rewarding a Labour MP embroiled in a string of anti-Semitism rows with a frontbench job. Yasmin Qureshi, Labour’s new Shadow Justice Minister, said in 2014 that the Israel-Palestine conflict was “the same” as the Holocaust. She was initially unrepentant, refusing to apologise before Ed Miliband eventually forced her to say sorry. It’s not the only time Qureshi has been in trouble: she invited blood libel anti-Semite Raed Salah to parliament, dismissed Hamas’ Iranian-built rockets as “home made”, claimed the Trojan Horse schools scandal was a “witch hunt” and attended an event in the Commons with CAGE. The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism tell Guido:

“We now have a Shadow Minister for Justice who holds an antisemitic view according to the definition of antisemitism, a Shadow Home Secretary who thinks that allegations of antisemitism are being concocted as a means by which to smear Jeremy Corbyn, and a Shadow Attorney General who has done more than anyone else to make the Labour Party deaf to Jews. These appointments make it abundantly clear that Jeremy Corbyn has no intention of addressing antisemitism in the Labour Party.”

Well done Jez.

Corbyn in the Words of His New Top Team

This is what Jeremy Corbyn’s new frontbench think of their leader, in their own words:

Sir Keir Starmer, new Shadow Brexit Secretary: “It is simply untenable to suggest that we can offer an effective opposition without a change of leader”

John Healey, new Shadow Secretary of State for Housing: “you are clearly not prepared to accept the special responsibility you have in acting to meet these challenges”

Nia Griffith: new Shadow Defence Secretary: “I do not feel you can… achieve unity”

Jo Stevens, new Shadow Welsh Secretary: “We cannot present ourselves as a government in waiting without leadership and a leadership team that commands the respect and support not only of members… but Labour voters and potential Labour voters too.”

Sarah Champion, new Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities“Jeremy’s position is no longer tenable if we’re to be effective”

Barbara Keeley, new Shadow Minister for Mental Health: “the current state of the party means we will not be able to mount an effective front bench opposition”

Sharon Hodgson, new Shadow Minister for Public Health: “I believe you have let down the many people who elected you in such large numbers to be our leader last summer. For this very same reason, I also believe that you will not be able to command the necessary support of the wider electorate… I do not think you can lead us into government.”

Jonathan Reynolds, new Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury: “I cannot in good conscience endorse the world view of Stop the War Coalition. The security and well-being of my constituents must always be my first consideration.”

Jack Dromey, new Shadow Minister for Labour: “We cannot fight back and win with you as leader.”

Chi Onwurah, new Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy: “a combination of ineptitude and arrogance”

Emma Lewell-Buck, new Shadow Children’s Minister: “Jeremy Corbyn is one of the worst-performing leaders we’ve had in decades… we’re not going to win a General Election with him as leader.”

Kevin Brennan, new Shadow Minister for Arts: “I would not feel able to nominate or support you for leader… it would be dishonest of me to stay”

Jenny Chapman, new Shadow Brexit Minister: “Labour cannot win in Darlington with Jeremy as leader”

Roberta Blackman-Woods, new Shadow Minister for Local Government and Housing: “I no longer have confidence in you as a leader”

Louise Haigh, new Shadow Minister for the Digital Economy: “We are currently not able to fulfil the very basic, day-to-day operation as the Official Opposition in Parliament”

Pat Glass, new Shadow Minister for Transport: “the situation is untenable”

And now they’ve come crawling back…

Shami Squirms Over Selective Schools Hypocrisy

Pesto asks Shami how she can square her opposition to grammars with sending her son to private school. “I live in a nice big house and eat nice food…”

New Shadow Cabinet in Full


Leader of the Opposition – Rt. Hon. Jeremy Corbyn MP

Shadow Foreign Secretary – Emily Thornberry MP

Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer – John McDonnell MP

Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury – Rebecca Long-Bailey MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union – Sir Keir Starmer MP

Shadow Home Secretary – Diane Abbott MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Business – Clive Lewis MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Education – Angela Rayner MP

Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade – Barry Gardiner MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Defence – Nia Griffith MP

Shadow Lord President of the Council and National Elections and Campaigns Co-ordinator – Jon Trickett MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – Debbie Abrahams MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Health – Jonathan Ashworth MP

Shadow Secretary of State for International Development – Kate Osamor MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Transport – Andy McDonald MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government – Teresa Pearce MP (standing in for Grahame Morris MP, who is on leave)

Shadow Secretary of State for Justice – Richard Burgon MP

Shadow Attorney General –Baroness Shami Chakrabarti

Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport – Tom Watson MP

Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – Rachael Maskell MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland and Northern Ireland – Dave Anderson MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Wales – Jo Stevens MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Housing – Rt. Hon. John Healey MP

Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities – Sarah Champion MP

Shadow Minister for Diverse Communities – Dawn Butler MP

Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs – Cat Smith MP

Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office – Ian Lavery MP

Shadow Minister for Mental Health and Social Care – Barbara Keeley MP

Shadow Minister without Portfolio – Andrew Gwynne MP

Shadow Leader of the House – Valerie Vaz MP

Labour’s Front Bench NEC members:

Leader of the Labour Party – Rt. Hon. Jeremy Corbyn MP

Deputy Leader of the Labour Party – Tom Watson MP

Shadow Cabinet – Rebecca Long-Bailey MP, Jon Trickett MP, Kate Osamor MP

Guardian Blasts Own Editors For Traingate Blunder, BuzzFeed Turned Story Down


An internal Guardian investigation has blasted the paper’s editors for publishing the original Traingate story by a freelance journalist who turned out to be a Trot. The Guardian readers’ editor rubbishes the article as “a kind of gonzo news release by two Corbyn supporters”, concluding that the paper “misled” its readers and that editors’ “pre-publication checks and balances failed”.[…]


London Labour is Corbynista Epicentre


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Corbyn’s spinners are working overtime to stress their Shadow Cabinet’s northern roots. The truth of course is London Labour is the epicentre of the loony left – the Leader, Shadow Foreign Secretary, Shadow Brexit Secretary and Shadow Home Secretary occupy four neighbouring constituencies in North London.[…]


Labour Reshuffle: Thursday’s Appointments


All your Labour reshuffle news at it happens, in one place:

Nick Brown – Chief Whip

Diane Abbott – Shadow Home Secretary

Baroness Shami Chakrabarti – Shadow Attorney General

Sarah Champion – Shadow Women and Equalities Minister

Jo Stevens – Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

Dawn Butler – Shadow Minister for Minority Ethnic Communities

Jonathan Reynolds – Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury

Sir Keir Starmer – Shadow Brexit Secretary

Nia Griffith – Shadow Defence Secretary

Clive Lewis – Shadow Business Secretary

Jon Trickett – Shadow Lord President of the Council[…]


Rosie Winterton Sacked, Nick Brown Labour’s New Chief Whip

Reshuffle is on![…]


Momentum Bosses Accused of “Bowing to Israeli Pressure”

Senior figures at Momentum are being sent abuse from Corbyn supporters accusing them of “bowing to Israeli pressure” for sacking Jackie Walker as vice chair. Despite the group’s overall very lenient response to the Walker row, Momentum bosses Jon Lansman and James Schneider (who are both Jewish) are being sent messages like the one above accusing them of following “the agenda of the Israeli embassy”.[…]


A Slogan That Works For Everyone

Jeremy Corbyn has ripped off the Tory conference slogan, saying in a video message that we must “create a country that works for everyone, not just a privileged few”. The exact same words Theresa May has been saying for the last three months and that appear on the wall behind the stage in the Tory conference hall.[…]


Momentum Not Suspending Jackie Walker, Demand Labour Reinstate Her

Momentum have sacked Jackie Walker as vice chair but decided not to suspend her membership or remove her from their steering committee. They say in a statement released last night that her comments on the Holocaust were “irresponsible” but not anti-Semitic, and they say she was stitched up: “Momentum is concerned that footage of a training session was leaked to the press.[…]


Jackie Walker Suspended By Labour

Press Association reports Jackie Walker has been suspended from the Labour Party. Again. Bye…[…]


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