Purple Andy’s Pitch to UKIP

Red UKIP came second in a swathe of seats across the north, polling above 25% in places like Boston and Skegness, Heywood & Middleton, Rotherham, Hartlepool and Rother Valley. 8,000 people voted UKIP in Morley and Outwood, where Ed Balls lost by 400 votes. If a few hundred of those UKIP voters had chosen Labour, Balls would still be an MP.

Hence why Andy Burnham’s pitch for the Labour leadership could easily have been lifted from a UKIP posters during the Wythenshawe & Sale East by-election. Big state, big spending, cutting immigration, ‘protecting’ your benefits, ‘saving’ the NHS and bringing forward the EU referendum. All offered to northern voters by Red UKIP before Purple Andy…

Chuka: Bye! Shock Withdrawal From Labour Leadership Race

No reason given, though as Guido reported in the Sun on Sunday at the weekend:

“his allies are urging him to run to replace Boris as Mayor of the capital. This would allow him to build a similar power base outside of Parliament, leaving him in place to lead Labour into the 2020 election.”

Developing…

UPDATE: Chuka statement:

“Shortly before the election campaign, I made the decision, in the event that Labour was defeated and a new Leader was to be elected, to stand for the leadership of the party if there was a desire in the party for me to do so.

“I dearly hoped Labour would win the election and it was a decision I would not have to implement.

“I also thought I understood the scrutiny and attention a leadership contest would bring.

“As a member of the Shadow Cabinet, I am used to a level of attention which is part and parcel of the job. I witnessed the 2010 leadership election process close up and thought I would be comfortable with what it involved.

“However since the night of our defeat last week I have been subject to the added level of pressure that comes with being a leadership candidate.

“I have not found it to be a comfortable experience.

“One can imagine what running for leader can be like, understand its demands and the attention but nothing compares to actually doing it and the impact on the rest of one’s life.

“Consequently after further reflection I am withdrawing my candidacy.

“I apologise to all those who have kindly supported and encouraged me to do this and for disappointing them. I know this will come as I surprise to many but I had always wondered whether it was all too soon for me to launch this leadership bid – I fear it was.

“Most importantly, I continued to have very real concerns and worry about this bid’s impact on those close to me.

“I intend to carry on playing my full role as a proud member of our Shadow Cabinet taking on the Tories. I also hope to play a leading role in Labour’s campaign to keep the UK in the EU during the forthcoming referendum which is absolutely crucial. Most importantly, I will as ever continue to serve the area I know and love – the Streatham parliamentary constituency.”

Burnham Makes His Move

“The plain truth is this. The party that I love has lost its emotional connection with millions of people.

The way to get it back can’t possibly be to choose one group of voters over another – to speak only to people on zero hour contracts or only to shoppers at John Lewis.

Our challenge is not to go left or right, to focus on one part of the country above another, but to rediscover the beating heart of Labour.

Labour wins when it speaks to everyone and for the whole country, for Middle England but also Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

And it needs a leader whose voice can carry into all the nations and regions of the UK. Be heard in every home, someone who people can relate to, who understands their lives. I am that person. I can unite this country.”

His video is much sharper than Chuka’s…

Where is the #EdStone?

Top. Men.

Via Rob Hutton

New Labour Leader Announced on September 12

Not a short campaign or a long campaign but a halfway house.

Press Association reports there will be a four month wait to find the new Labour leader, with an announcement made on September 12.

They will be in place – and have their team in place – two weeks before conference…

Chuka: I’m Standing

Chuka is in Swindon to make his announcement:

“I’m pleased today to be announcing that I will be standing for the Labour leadership. North, South, East, West – we can absolutely do it as a party. I think the Labour Party can do it in five years and I want to lead that effort as part of a really big Labour team.”

Video to follow…

UPDATE: India Knight tweets it well ‘Unfortunately Swindon is a London person’s idea of “not London”.’

Official: Lazy Socialists Lost the Election

Most of the analysis of the pollsters’ collective nightmare has blamed the ‘Shy Tories’ – people who planned on voting Tory but didn’t tell the pollsters. Ipsos MORI have a different theory: that ‘Lazy Labour’ supporters not turning up to vote skewed the numbers.

The final MORI poll suggested 12.5 million people would vote Tory, just ahead of 12.2 million voting Labour.

They weren’t too far off on the Tory number – 11.3 million voted Tory on the day – but some 3 million Labour supporters went missing. Where did they go? MORI chief Ben Page says:

“we think not voted. Predicted turnout 82% day before. Was only 66%”

Their analysis suggests it was young left-wing voters not turning out on the day that explains the difference. The Russell Brand effect…

Message to Ed

message-ed

“We suffered a terrible defeat last week”, Labour general secretary Iain McNicol, who was sidelined by team Miliband during the election campaign, reminded supporters in an email last night. The purpose of the mass mail-out?

“I’m gathering together messages from Labour members and supporters to send Ed on Friday. If you’d like to write a quick note to Ed, click below — it can be as long or short as you like”

Guido has gathered up some for him, just what he wants to read on his beach in his Ibiza:

D. Miliband: “They didn’t want what was being offered”

P. Mandelson: “terrible… useless”

C. Umunna: “we need to get the message right”

L. Kendall: “moaning man in the pub”

T. Hunt: “We have moved backwards”

“It can be as long or short as you like…”

David Miliband Twists Knife Into Ed

“Both in 2010 and 2015, Gordon and then Ed allowed themselves to be portrayed as moving backwards from the principles of aspiration and inclusion…

Either we build on what Labour achieved after 1997 and we have a chance to succeed,

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Rumour: Ed Balls to be Sent to Coventry?

Could Ed Balls soon be back in the Commons? There is a rumour going round that Labour’s veteran MP in Coventry North West, Geoffrey Robinson, who was at the centre of a huge internal row about whether he would stand […]

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Shadow Cabinet Reshuffle in Full

Leader of the Opposition and Acting Leader of the Labour Party
Harriet Harman MP

Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer
Chris Leslie MP

Shadow Foreign Secretary
Hilary Benn MP

Shadow Home Secretary
Yvette Cooper MP

Shadow Lord Chancellor, Shadow Secretary of
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You’re Fired! Lord Sugar Quits Labour

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