At Least One Labour Candidate is Feeling Optimistic…

Labour’s candidate in Finchley and Golders Green is already measuring up the curtains judging by this letter to the editor of her local paper:

Despite the premature sign-off, challenger Sarah Sackman needs to overturn Mike Freer’s 6,000 majority before she actually does become the MP. Still, a girl can dream…

H/T Ham & High

Labour Big Hitter in Court For Assault

Marie Rimmer, 68, is the Labour candidate defending Shaun Woodward’s 14,000 majority in St Helens South. She is also in court this morning accused of kicking a woman at a polling station.

Glasgow Sheriff Court - Marie Rimmer - Court 6

Rowdy Rimmer was charged with assaulting a Yes activist in Glasgow as Scots went to the polls in September. In a remarkable pre-campaign prophecy, Woodward praised Rimmer on her nomination as “a real fighter”. Will the voters boot her out in May?

Labour Supporters Despair at “Nasty” Rachel Reeves

Following her comments denigrating the unemployed, Labour’s grassroots have turned on Rachel Reeves:

Disgruntled Labour members can join the Green Party here

Shameless Reeves: Labour Does Not Represent Jobseekers

What will Labour’s grassroots make of Rachel Reeves distancing her party from people receiving unemployment benefits? The Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary is talking tough in the Guardian today, in very un-Guardian-y language:

“We are not the party of people on benefits. We don’t want to be seen, and we’re not, the party to represent those who are out of work. Labour are a party of working people, formed for and by working people.”

Are Labour trying to get more of their supporters to follow in Jack Monroe’s footsteps? Slagging off their core vote is a bold move…

Miliband’s Poster Girl Defects to the Greens

jack-monroe-ed-miliband

Jack Monroe was the Labour Party’s poster girl on poverty, posing for photographs alongside Ed Miliband and members of the Shadow Cabinet. A blogger for the Guardian and the face of a Sainsbury’s anti-poverty advertising campaign, she starred in a Labour Party political broadcast in 2013. In a stunning blow to the Labour leader, Monroe has defected to the Green Party, slamming the direction of Miliband’s party:

“It was kind of inevitable after the ‘Labour gets tough on immigration’ speeches, and been a long time coming. Hard decision in the end, but definitely feels like the right one. Still have a lot of love for the Labour Party, but just disagree with too much of it right now. I’ve been chewing over it since meeting Natalie in person for the first time over a year ago. Consistently find myself agreeing with everything I read, sealed with that Guardian interview with Caroline a couple of weeks ago. It just feels right, right now. In an ideal world we’d have a Labour/SNP/Green coalition.”

At last a principled left-winger moaner takes a stand. When will Owen Jones remember his roots and follow in his progressive colleague’s footsteps?

Blair Saves the Day as Labour Block Len’s Girl

Labour have blocked star Unite candidate Karie Murphy from the selection shortlist in Halifax. Murphy, the controversial activist embroiled in the Falkirk fix scandal, is a very close friend of Len McClusky. She confirms:

“I am disappointed that the Labour Party advised the media of my exclusion from the selection list more than three hours before they informed me. It is a credit that the shortlist is made up of so many local women, this is a new and welcome precedent for the Labour Party but it’s regrettable it wasn’t applied more rigorously in the past.”

The weekend papers reported that Tony Blair organised a dinner last week to arrange for a £500,000 donation from Assem Allam, in the event that Unite carry out their threat to pull some of their funding if Murphy was not selected. Guido is sure that Labour’s left-wing grassroots will be extremely grateful for his help in severing that particular union link.

Len is already kicking off:

Kind Mr Tony and his helpful friends to have stiffened Miliband’s resolve with cash. Money, as ever, talks…

Miliband Rules Out SNP Coalition… As Dave Did For Libs in 2010

After Balls failed to rule out a coalition with the SNP 13 times on Marr yesterday, Miliband has cracked:

“Labour will not go into coalition government with the SNP. There will be no SNP ministers in any government I lead.”

That should do wonders for their already strained relationship.

 

So a Miliband government would be propped up by Salmond on a confidence and supply basis…

Of course we’ve heard such promises before:

Whatever ever happened to that guy?

People’s Champion? No Sorry From Sarah

Labour MP Sarah Champion is today paying back the £17 she claimed on expenses for a Remembrance Sunday poppy wreath. Apart from a short statement confirming she would reimburse the taxpayer, Champion has maintained radio silence in the face of searing public criticism. The Labour majority in Rotherham was halved when Champion was elected in 2012 following the MacShane scandal and UKIP are narrowing the gap. Is a ‘sorry’ so hard?

Know When Your Ghose is Cooked

Just why is perennial Labour loser Katie Ghose finding it so impossible to find a seat? Ghastly Ghose has been rejected by Brighton Labour, Grimsby Labour and York Labour, but with her Electoral Reform Society hat on, she reckons she’s […]

+ READ MORE +

At Last: A Brilliant Miliband Media Performance

Interesting timing for David Miliband to pop up on the Today programme:

[…]

+ READ MORE +

Ed Weaponises Justine

Justine Miliband gives the BBC a rare interview:

“I think it’s going to get worse, I think over the next couple of months it’s going to get really vicious, really personal, but I’m totally up for this fight. I think

[…]

+ READ MORE +

Dugher Shouldn’t Back-Pedal on Cycling Row

Michael Dugher is gearing up for a fight with the self-appointed spokes-people of the cycling lobby this morning. Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary has upset Twitter’s  light-jumpers by coming down on the side of hard-working motorists:

“We’re sat in the middle

[…]

+ READ MORE +



Tip offs: 0709 284 0531
team@Order-order.com

Quote of the Day

David Cameron tells MPs after voting:

“Wouldn’t miss this for the world. Secret ballots very important. Remember the Chartists.”

Top Posts This Week

Guidogram: Sign up

Subscribe to the most succinct 7 days a week daily email read by thousands of Westminster insiders.

Facebook

WALTER MITTY CV OF ANTI-FRACKING CANDIDATE WALTER MITTY CV OF ANTI-FRACKING CANDIDATE
Cassetteboy v Cameron and Farage Cassetteboy v Cameron and Farage
MICROSOFT SHAKES DOWN PUBLIC SECTOR FOR DOSH MICROSOFT SHAKES DOWN PUBLIC SECTOR FOR DOSH
WATCH: Toby Young Skewers Labour Zero Hours Contract Attack Line WATCH: Toby Young Skewers Labour Zero Hours Contract Attack Line
MAIL TRICKED INTO QUOTING BATMAN FILM IN PLANE CRASH COVERAGE MAIL TRICKED INTO QUOTING BATMAN FILM IN PLANE CRASH COVERAGE
ANTI-FRACKING PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE WANTED TO WORK FOR FRACKERS ANTI-FRACKING PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE WANTED TO WORK FOR FRACKERS

Crick Gets Paxo’d Crick Gets Paxo’d
Cameron’s Secret A-List Cameron’s Secret A-List
Corrections and Clarifications: Brooks Newmark Corrections and Clarifications: Brooks Newmark
What is Wrong With the Lobby? What is Wrong With the Lobby?
Arrogant Bercow: “I’m Not Going Anywhere” Arrogant Bercow: “I’m Not Going Anywhere”
GOVERNMENT SHELLS OUT FOR PHOTO OF DEAD ZEBRA GOVERNMENT SHELLS OUT FOR PHOTO OF DEAD ZEBRA
DWP Press Office Wins the Internet DWP Press Office Wins the Internet
Two-Faced Chuka Ruins Labour Attack Ad Two-Faced Chuka Ruins Labour Attack Ad
Cameron Mauls Miliband at PMQs Cameron Mauls Miliband at PMQs
Actual Pub Landlord Likes Farage Actual Pub Landlord Likes Farage
Dave’s SNP Poodle Zinger Dave’s SNP Poodle Zinger
GREEDY SOLAR INDUSTRY WANTS MORE PUBLIC CASH GREEDY SOLAR INDUSTRY WANTS MORE PUBLIC CASH
This is the worst thing the LibDems  have ever done This is the worst thing the LibDems have ever done
CLIMATE CHANGE FUELLED MOSQUITOES ARE NOT COMING TO GET YOU CLIMATE CHANGE FUELLED MOSQUITOES ARE NOT COMING TO GET YOU
ORDNANCE SURVEY OPENS UP DATA MAPPING TREASURE CHEST ORDNANCE SURVEY OPENS UP DATA MAPPING TREASURE CHEST
“I’d S**k Off David Cameron” “I’d S**k Off David Cameron”
WATCH: Cameron Heckled By Pensioners WATCH: Cameron Heckled By Pensioners
WATCH: Gove v Campbell WATCH: Gove v Campbell
Politician dumps his wife over sexy selfies Politician dumps his wife over sexy selfies
UKIP PROTESTERS ORGANISED BY GREEN LOBBYIST UKIP PROTESTERS ORGANISED BY GREEN LOBBYIST
You’ve Been Cricked! You’ve Been Cricked!
He’s Not Dancing Anymore He’s Not Dancing Anymore
Miliband’s Hedge Funder Hypocrisy Miliband’s Hedge Funder Hypocrisy
NATIONAL TRUST CLAIMS CLIMATE CHANGE IS “BIGGEST THREAT” NATIONAL TRUST CLAIMS CLIMATE CHANGE IS “BIGGEST THREAT”