Corbyn Aide: I Think We Should Shoot Woodcock

Gavin Sibthorpe, above left, works in Jeremy Corbyn’s office as the Labour leader’s events officer. He is a relatively senior figure in the Labour leadership, and was named alongside Simon Fletcher and Andrew Fisher in the New Statesman’s Who’s Who of Corbyn’s team. Judging by his Instagram account, Sibthorpe will fit right in.

Under a screenshot of an email sent by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Shooting and Conservation last week, titled “Woodcock, to shoot or not to shoot?”, Sibthorpe (sibby_gav) couldn’t resist writing: “I think we should shoot”. Has this Corbyn aide taken up rural sports? Or could he possibly be talking about troublesome Labour moderate John Woodcock?

Geddit?

Guido is told this email has been widely circulated among Labour lefties making similar gags about their own MP. Best do it in private, comrades…

UPDATE: Woodcock responds:

IPSA Launch Danczuk Probe

The expenses watchdog IPSA say in a statement:

“The Compliance Officer for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has opened an investigation to determine whether Mr Simon Danczuk MP has been paid an amount under the MPs’ Scheme of Business Costs and Expenses (‘the Scheme’) that should not have been allowed. An investigation will be conducted into claims submitted under the following areas of the Scheme: Accommodation.

In accordance with the legislation and the procedures for investigation made thereunder, no further information will be published until the investigation has been concluded.”

Usually IPSA try to cover up the specific allegations against MPs. Though there are so many people out to get Danczuk – in his own party and in the local LibDems – that the accusations have already been aired very publicly

Tequila Scammers: Lansman’s Late Night Secret Election

Momentum is supposedly a grassroots organisation run by the people, for the people. So how do they elect their national representatives? Meet Frankie Leach, a 19 year-old International Politics student at Manchester Met. Frankie is also a Momentum activist who spent Saturday night boozing with the group’s boss Jon Lansman.

She tweeted at 1:06 a.m.
tweet 1With picture evidence (that’s Lansman on the right):

tweet 2

3 minutes later at 1:09 a.m., congratulations were in order:
tweet 3

Guido has no idea what happened in those three minutes, but lefty sources claim Lansman went from a tequila slammer to a sham of an election. Just what did the 58 year old silver fox, who appears to drink cider and black, see in Frankie?

McDonnell’s Partially Published Tax Return

John McDonnell has published part of his tax return, declaring income of £61,575 in the year until April 2015, on which he paid £14,253 tax. Several eagle-eyed tweeters have pointed out that this is less than the £67,000 salary MPs were paid during this period. The discrepancy could possibly be explained by pension contributions, but the Shadow Chancellor’s team are in the Sunday Politics studio and aren’t responding to Guido’s texts. Sure there is a perfectly reasonable explanation…

UPDATE: A chartered tax advisor gets in touch:

Either what he has published is a second job or he has been a numpty and put his MP earnings on the wrong page. MPs should use special pages called SA102MP for their MP earnings, not the normal employment pages. If he has used the wrong pages it doesn’t fill you with confidence about his competence to run the UK’s tax system!

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So is it fakery or foolery from McDonnell?

UPDATE II: McDonnell now says he has published his “full tax return”, which was filled out by an accountant and can be viewed as a PDF here. Pension contributions do indeed account for the missing £5,000. Though where is his SA102MP form as required for MPs? HMRC say that form must be used if you were:

  • a Member of Parliament (MP)
  • a Minister in the House of Commons
  • a Minister in the House of Lords We deal with MPs and Ministers tax records separately.

He still has until midnight if he has forgotten…

Labour’s Digital Revolution Will Not Be Shared

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Tom Watson is one of the more savvy digital operators and he is promising to revolutionise Labour’s digital campaigning in this video released on YouTube. Unfortunately it has – after being up over a week – only managed to chalk up 748 views. This is despite Labour’s YouTube channel having 16,279 loyal subscribers. Why?

Well it doesn’t help that the video is unlisted and  hidden from search traffic, with sharing on social media actively discouraged. Doh! Clearly the revolution will not be shared… 

Uncharacteristically Guido will offer some digital campaigning advice for free. Spend more money on targeting online advertising during campaigns. It works. Don’t rely on tweeting to your most dedicated supporters in the Twitter echo chamber. Also, this chap is right:

Hope that helps…

Curry House Trots: McDonnell Event in Stella’s Seat Tonight

John McDonnell’s unhealthy interest in Walthamstow has stoked rumours that Stella Creasy is top of the list of targets for deselection. The Shadow Chancellor was due to attend a Momentum rally there in November, which was packed with the new CLP members who want rid of Stella. Tonight McDonnell is heading there again, this time for a curry at Zaiqa, a Pakistani restaurant on Hoe Street. Despite it being a Walthamstow Labour event, Creasy is not attending.

“The People’s Chancellor” will be speaking with Matt Wrack, the General Secretary of the Fire Brigade’s Union who has donated thousands to opponents of Labour at recent elections. There will also be some surprise guests: dozens of cheeky Tory activists have signed up to attend…

Just 16% Back Corbyn, Worst Rating Since 80s

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Yet more brutal numbers for Labour in the latest Mori / Standard poll. Cue tweets from deluded Corbynistas about “right wing polls”…

McDonnell Adviser Savages “Silly” Corbyn

Guido readers will know derpy Danny Blanchflower as the economist whose predictions are reliably wrong. Well, for the first time Guido can remember, Blanchflower may have a point. He is currently advising John McDonnell on Labour’s economic policy, and has written a scathing attack on Corbyn and his team in the New Statesman:

“These are early days and the new Labour Party still doesn’t have many economic policies to speak of. The problem is that opposition to austerity on its own is not enough. It is time to start thinking about how Labour can become a credible opposition – and that requires getting real about the economy.

The new Labour leaders are not economists and are going to have to learn fast. They will have to accept the realities of capitalism and modern markets, like it or not. No more silly stuff about companies not being able to pay dividends if they don’t do X or Y. If companies are not allowed to pay dividends, share prices will potentially rise instead. If you raise corporate taxes too high, companies may move to Ireland or elsewhere, where they are lower.”

This is a direct attack on Corbyn’s new policy to ban businesses from distributing dividends unless they agree to certain rules on pay. And an attack on McDonnell’s desire to hike corporation tax. If Labour’s top team are too out there for Danny…

Labour Ogmore By-Election Bunfight

Labour MP Huw Irranca-Davies is stepping down from parliament after 14 years to run in the Welsh Assembly elections in May. Guido has been passed the timetable for the selection process to find Labour’s candidate in his Ogmore seat:

  • Self-nomination

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Corbyn Seeks “Joined Up Approach” in Leader’s Office

Last week Jeremy Corbyn’s Director of Policy Neale Coleman resigned amid furious rows with Seumas Milne and Andrew Fisher, who allegedly shouted at him: “You are finished in here”. All is not well in the leader’s office, and there […]

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Jess Phillips’ First Question Time Appearance in 2010

Question Time have dug out Labour rising star Jess Phillips’ first ever appearance – from the audience – back in 2010. A young Jess asked Sayeeda Warsi about “the cuts” and “ivory towers”. Her message has been somewhat refined […]

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Corbynistas Split Over “Leaks to Right-Wing Bloggers”

‘Red Labour’ is one of the many groups of far-left agitators which campaigned to elect Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader. It boasts some 30,000 followers and grandly describes itself as “undoubtedly one of the big untold success stories of political […]

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