Burnham Backers Move Over to Corbyn

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Michael Meacher and Ronnie Campbell, who had both publicly supported Andy Burnham for leader, have withdrawn their nominations and instead backed Jeremy Corbyn. He is now ahead of Mary Creagh on 10 after winning the votes of fellow Chavez apologists Diane Abbott and Grahame Morris and farting commie Richard Burgon.

Burnham won’t be losing much sleep as he’s already on the ballot and a even loonier lefty candidate makes him look less mental.

Miliband Speaks From the Backbenches: I Used to Be Famous

“In the time since the election I can report to the House that I have found some small consolations of losing. Spending time with my two boys, who feel that they have their dad back. Though I confess that my eldest, who’s just turned six, did bring me further down to earth last week. He suddenly turned to me out of the blue and said ‘Dad, if there’s a fire at our house I think we’ll be ok’.

I said ‘why’s that Daniel?’

And he said, ‘if we ring the fire brigade, they’ll recognise your name because you used to be famous’.

‘Thanks very much,’ I said.

From my ‘used to be famous’ position on the backbenches, I look forward to helping play my part.”

Classily done. Sounds like he’s sticking around…

Cooper on the Ballot Paper

A busy day for public Labour declarations as Geoffrey Robinson, Jack Dromey, Matthew Pennycock and Melanie Onn back Yvette Cooper. She now has the 35 names she needs to get on the ballot paper.

There are 11 days left before nominations close…

Ex-Miliband Aide Backs ‘Caracas Corbyn’ For Leader

Guido might have to rethink his support for Andy Burnham: Jeremy Corbyn is standing for the Labour leadership on an “anti-austerity platform”. It tells you a lot that one of his first supporters is Ed Miliband’s former political adviser:

Corbyn has plenty of experience with the full and fair democratic process from his role as a Venezuelan election ‘monitor‘, where the tyrannical, human rights abusing Chavez-Maduro regime he supports was returned to power.

Among his heroes: Fidel Castro.

Among his pet hates: “the pro-Israel Lobby“.

He wants Britain to go down the route of Greek commies Syriza and says Britain should give the Falklands back to the Argies:

What will the unions now do? They have everything they want in Corbyn….

Kendall Moves Into Second Place

9 more names for Liz Kendall this morning, who now overtakes Yvette and moves into second place. They are: Chris Evans, Kevin Barron, Jenny Chapman, Jim Dowd, Fiona MacTaggart, Steve Reed, Joan Ryan, Barry Sheerman, Angela Smith.

Jeremy Corbyn also gets his first three.

Austin Mitchell’s Advice For New MPs

Freed from the shackles of parliament, the famously reticent Austin Mitchell can now tell us what he really thinks. Here is his sage advice for new MPs in House magazine:

On staff

“Employ, say, three staff and keep them in the constituency where wages are lower, with only one in London to handle the parliamentary side, persuading him or her to work for free on the grounds that they’re being trained for a seat of their own.”

On your constituency

“Constituents are a grudging lot and the people that turn to you for help are so clueless that they probably don’t vote anyway. It’s appearances that count, not work or surgeries.”

“The days when you’d get away with a monthly visit – still less a yearly visit – are gone. You’ve got to live there, or pretend to… so create the impression that you’re constantly in your constituency without wasting too much of your time by being there.”

On the general public

“You can’t call anyone snobs, plods, plebs or scroungers – even if they manifestly are.”

At least he learned something in his 28 years in Westminster…

Burnham Passes 50 Nominations

Minutes after Jeremy Hunt ribbed him in the Commons, Andy Burnham has released the names of 14 new supporters – including his first Labour backers in the south.

At this rate Mary Creagh won’t get on the ballot…

At Last! Burnham Gets an Endorsement From the South of England

So far not a single Labour MP south of Stoke has backed Andy Burnham for leader, though he won the support of the member for South West Surrey today:

“It is a topsy turvy world when the Shadow Health Secretary, who was the scourge of private sector involvement in the NHS, now wants to be the entrepeneur’s champion. As one entrepeneur to another, can I put our differences to one side and on behalf of the whole Conservative Party wish him every success in his left-wing leadership bid. It is perhaps the only occasion in history when our interests and those of Len McCluskey are totally aligned.”

From Burnham’s grimace he knows it’s true…

Danczuk Slams Andy Fandies

Andy Burnham is under increasing pressure to distance himself from his less reality-based online supporters – dubbed “Fandies” and condemned as “extremists” by rival camps. As Simon Danczuk told Guido in yesterday’s Sun:

“I’ve been really upset by it,

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Burnham on the Ballot Paper

The seven new names secured by Andy Burnham mean he has the 35 nominations needed to get on the ballot paper. Last night new MPs Rachael Maskell, Nick Thomas-Symonds, Angela Rayner, Harry Harpham, Justin Madders, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Peter Dowd […]

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Cooper Now Ahead of Burnham Again

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Yvette seems to have decided to shift her rhetoric leftwards and become the no-change candidate, re-endorsing the 50p tax rate, aspiration-crushing Mansion taxes and even arguing against the £23,000 benefits cap for Londoners – despite there being plenty of jobs […]

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Labour Leadership Benefit Bashing Battle

Mere weeks after running an election campaign on “hated” benefit cuts, Labour are falling over themselves trying to out-tough each other on welfare. Andy Burnham continues his re-branding as a centrist by saying people on benefits should not have “an […]

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