McDonnell Nicknamed “The Quartermaster”

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WikiGuido takes a look at whether John McDonnell could be the next Labour leader in the new issue of Spectator Life. McDonnell’s eighties nickname is also revealed:

McDonnell infamously praised the ‘bombs and bullets’ of the IRA, though his links to Irish republicanism go deeper than words. A party grandee shares a curious tale from the 1980s. The story goes that McDonnell used to frequent a working men’s club in Camden which was known as a hub of IRA activity at the time. He was said to be so pally with the republicans who drank there that it allegedly led to him being given the nickname ‘The Quartermaster’. The joke among local Labour figures was that he was so involved he must have had his own quasi-military rank. His spokesman does not deny he was a regular visitor, but says: ‘It may have been a nickname for him as he was resourceful and in charge of budgets at the GLA.’

Read the piece in full here.

Blair Condemns Corbyn For ‘Standing By’ on Syria

Blair tells Bloomberg:

“I’m accused of being a war criminal for removing Saddam Hussein — who by the way was a war criminal — and yet Jeremy is seen as a progressive icon as we stand by and watch the people of Syria barrel-bombed, beaten and starved into submission and do nothing…

There’s a guy whose face is on the placard. That’s me: Hate that guy. You’re the person in power taking difficult decisions. Jeremy is the guy with the placard, he’s the guy holding it. One’s the politics of power and the other’s the politics of protest.”

Sure Corbynistas will take this with their usual charm and good grace.

Sadiq Khan’s Nick Clegg Moment

This video is the equivalent of Nick Clegg’s signed pledge to cut tuition fees. In March Sadiq Khan looked down the camera and promised voters:

“Over the last eight years fares have soared. That’s why I’m making a fully funded pledge to freeze fares over the next four years. A pledge my opponent refuses to match. Londoners need a mayor who will put them first.”

Today he’s announced fares are to rise. Expect a “so sorry” video in 2020. If you’re going to lie, lie big…

Labour Seeking New Cheapo Spin Chief

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Labour are looking for an “experienced” new Head of Press, though they’re offering a measly £41,000 for the role – hardly enough to tempt a top hack or spinner to put up with reporting to Seumas Milne. The new spin doctor’s contract will expire in December, so there’s not much job security either. They will need “experience of dealing with good and bad news stories”, though probably more of the latter. The role will also focus on broadcasting. Just don’t let Vice News in with a camera and you should be fine…

Corbyn is also still looking for a Head of Domestic Policy for the leader’s office. This job was first advertised seven months ago…

Tom Watson Sings Holding Back the Years

Something got Mick Hucknall started last night:

Via Press Association, here is Tom Watson’s response:

If you don’t know Jez by now…

Helen Goodman: Labour Treasury Team “Totally Out of Touch”, “A Disgrace”

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Labour Treasury Select Committee member Helen Goodman has privately blasted the Shadow Treasury team as “totally out of touch with the main economic issue of the day”. In a furious email exchange with Labour MP Julie Cooper, the PPS to Shadow Chief Secretary Seema Malhotra, Goodman condemns a Shadow Treasury team briefing document as “a disgrace” because it barely mentions the EU referendum. First, Cooper emails the briefing to the PLP:

From: COOPER, Julie
To: GOODMAN, Helen

Treasury Questions is tomorrow at 11.30am. We’ve got a good draw with 11 Labour MPs selected. I have attached the PLP briefing to this email with a list of suggested questions. 

Goodman then replies:

From: GOODMAN, Helen
To: COOPER, Julie

Dear Julie

Sorry this brief is a disgrace. This is the last treasury orals before the referendum and EU is the 16th point and doesn’t appear in the main narrative. This demonstrates that the treasury team is totally out of touch with the main economic issue of the day.

Helen

More evidence the Labour leadership not wanting to talk about the referendum is provoking mutiny…

BUS-TED: Labour Didn’t Declare Expenses in 17 Key Marginals

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Labour candidates in 17 key marginals failed to declare battle buses packed with activists in their election expenses. According to the party’s official General Election Report, Labour Students operated a fleet of four buses “dedicated to supporting marginal seats across the country”Electoral Commission rules are clear: “a portion of the cost of that bus should be allocated towards the candidate’s spending limit…”

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The schedule below shows the buses – known as “Brad’s Bus”, “West Mids Wheels”, “The NUS Bus” and “Woolas’ Wagon” – carried activists to 17 key seats. None of the Labour candidates declared the buses or accommodation costs of putting up activists, as required by law…

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New MPs including Cat Smith, Margaret Greenwood and Chris Matheson did not declare these transport costs, despite benefiting directly from campaigners bussed into their constituencies. This is incontrovertible evidence of a widespread failure to declare election expenses across the country. It is the bombshell that explains why Labour did not go after the Tories over their own election fraud. Guido will be handing his evidence over to the police…

Yvette Cooper Repeatedly Booed in Brexit Debate

Tough time for Yvette Cooper on the Victoria Derbyshire Brexit debate this morning. Booed twice at the mere mention of her name…

Corbyn as David Brent

Credit to Jon Harvey for cutting Vice News’ Corbyn documentary to turn him into David Brent from The Office. Genius…[…]

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McDonnell Told Activists to “Target” Journalists

Who’s responsible for winding up Labour lefties to the point where they boo and hiss the BBC’s political editor? This video of John McDonnell from 2013 is worth a watch –  he tells activists to take “direct action” to “target” journalists they don’t like.[…]

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Laura K Booed and Hissed By Corbynistas

Jeremy Corbyn smirks as Labour activists boo and hiss Laura Kuenssberg before she even asked her question this morning. Minutes earlier Corbyn had been riling the room up by attacking the media himself…[…]

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Unite Motion Calls for “Loyal” Anti-Semites to Be Reinstated

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Unite had up until now managed to stay out of the Labour anti-Semitism crisis. That’s not good enough for the London ITC branch of the Union, who will next Thursday be debating readmitting suspended members. Sources say the following is specifically about anti-Semitism.[…]

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Shadow Europe Minister: Don’t Speak to Old White Men

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Last week Shadow Europe Minister Pat Glass called a voter a “horrible racist for talking about immigration. Today the mask has slipped again. At a Remain rally, Glass told voters to “speak to your mother, your grandmother. Don’t speak to your grandfather, we know the problem are older white men.” Older white men like Major General Julian Thompson, who fought for Britain in the Falklands and says we should leave because the EU weakens our defences.[…]

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Corbyn on Camera: BBC Biased, Freedland “Disgusting”

Vice News have been granted access to film a behind-the-scenes documentary with Jeremy Corbyn and his team. What could possibly go wrong?

Here are the top lines:

  • Corbyn says the BBC is biased against him: “There is not one story on any election anywhere in the UK that the BBC will not spin into a problem for me.
[…]

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6 Times McDonnell Shared Platforms With Tories

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John McDonnell has blasted Sadiq Khan for appearing with David Cameron to campaign for Remain. PoliticsHome quotes him saying: “Sharing a platform with them discredits us. It demotivates the very people we are trying to mobilise.” Above are six times McDonnell has shared a platform with Tory MPs during campaigns on Heathrow and Guantanamo.[…]

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Labour Activist Outs Cat Smith’s Campaign Manager

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If Labour MP Cat Smith had declared her campaign organiser’s full salary in her election expenses, she would have bust her limit and broken electoral law. Instead, she declared just 12.5% of Ben Singleton’s wage because she claims he spent just 12.5% of his time on her campaign.[…]

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