Tom Watson Diverted Resources From Marginals For Vanity Project

Labour MPs who suffered polling day humiliation must be delighted at the prospect of Tom Watson becoming their party’s new deputy leader. Apparently he wants to turn the Labour Party into the “finest campaigning organisation in Britain”:

So what’s his track record there? The man who cocked up the 2012  Bradford West by-election spent this election campaign rounding up hundreds of Labour activists and herding them to Sheffield Hallam. Watson’s vanity “mission to kick Nick Clegg out of parliament“, as he briefed the Birmingham Mail, even saw him try and fail to get Owen Jones to stand. This post on his Facebook page reveals Watson’s responsibility for diverting valuable resources away from marginal seats, which Labour went on to lose:

“Though [Labour’s Sheffield Hallam candidate] is not on the official key seat list, he is top of mine.”

Those resources diverted by Watson would have been much better spent in marginals like, say, Morley and Outwood…

Danbo Says No: Jarvis Not Running For Labour Leader

A source close to the ex-Para tells the Mirror he’s out of the race:

“Dan wants to help Labour in any way he can but he needs to put his children first.”

That sound you can hear is 2020 Tory hopefuls breathing a sigh of relief…

UPDATE: Jarvis speaks:

“I’m ready to serve in that rebuilding process as part of the Labour team. But I can’t do that as leader at this moment and I won’t be putting my name forward in the coming leadership contest.

It’s not the right time for my family. My eldest kids had a very tough time when they lost their mum and I don’t want them to lose their dad. I need some space for them, my wife and our youngest child right now, and I wouldn’t have it as leader…

We must never go into an election again giving communities like Carlisle and Pudsey the impression that the Tories were more serious than us about spreading wealth across the country.

We should equally ask how we allowed ourselves to be perceived as not on the side of wealth creators. Never again can we allow ourselves to be painted as having a problem with people eager to work hard, get on and succeed. They should know that Labour will always be their champion.”

Tom Watson for Deputy Leader

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Guido is happy to support Tom Watson for Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. His campaign is off to a flying start with a fundraising page set-up and ready to go. Unite union boss Len McCluskey’s old flatmate is exactly the right person for the job as far as Guido is concerned. Have even made a small donation…

Birmingham Muslims “Ordered” to Vote Labour

The picture below shows Ansar Ali Khan and Mariam Khan, the two councillors who organised Labour’s sex segregated rally.

Behind them is Labour MP Khalid Mahmood.

It has been posted on Facebook alongside the caption “All Pir Sahiban and Darbars in Birmingham have ordered Mureeds to Vote Labour in elections”. A mureed is “a person wishing to dedicate himself to Islam”. Muslims in Birmingham are being “ordered” to vote Labour.

If proven, this would arguably be in direct contravention of the same undue spiritual influence laws of which Lutfur Rahman was recently found guilty. The law states:

“A person shall be guilty of undue influence if he… makes use of or threatens to make use of any force… or inflicts or threatens to inflict, by himself or by any other person, any temporal or spiritual injury… to induce or compel that person to vote or refrain from voting”

“Ordering” Muslims to vote a certain way comes pretty close to that…

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Pakistani Speaker at Sex Segregation Rally Boasted “I Can Tell People How to Vote”

Harman Defends Labour’s Sex Segregated Rally

Hattie strikes a blow for the sisterhood, defending Labour’s sex segregated rally because “it’s better than men-only meetings”:

“This meeting was organised by a male Labour councillor and a female Labour councillor, and what they were trying to do is ensure there weren’t men only meetings, which we are even more not in favour of.

It was actually bringing the women from the community into the meeting. But no, sex segregation in seating is not a good idea. But it’s better than men-only meetings.”

She says if she was there “I perhaps would have discussed with the young woman councillor if we could have all sat together. Probably, I would have said let’s all sit round in a big circle and mix everything up”. Yet Mr Harman sat silent and let it continue…

“No Hiding Place For Hedge Funds” Says Hedgie-Backed Eddie

Ed Miliband was taking voters in Pendle for fools this morning:

“Under my government, there will be no hiding place for the hedge funds.”

That’s the same Ed Miliband whose campaign for the Labour leadership was funded by a Mayfair based hedge fund trader.

As Guido revealed in March:

“Ed, desperate to beat his brother David, quietly took £27,000 from GLC, a billion dollar Mayfair hedge fund run by the Cambridge educated maths genius Lawrence Staden. Staden also gave another £100,000 of his profits to the Labour Party – £80,000 to Labour HQ, £10,000 to the ultra-marginal Eltham Labour Party and another £10,000 to neighbouring Greenwich and Woolwich, the constituency which includes his £3 million home in affluent Blackheath.”

What’s more, one of Labour’s biggest non-union donors under Miliband has been Martin Taylor, another hedgie, who has given a whopping £600,000. “There will be no hiding place for the hedge funds” under Miliband. Except when they hide their money in the Labour Party’s coffers..

Axelrod: British Press More Powerful Than Fox News

“The thing I’d say to you though about this, these people are less powerful than they used to be,” Ed Miliband told Russell Brand during their enlightening discussion about his critics in the newspapers. Someone should tell the man Labour are paying £300,000 to consult on messaging.

In an interview with Politico today, David Axelrod is asked whether he thinks Britain’s right-wing press is more powerful than Fox News, beamed into 87,058,000 American households. He replies:

“Yeah, I do.”

He goes on to admit he only visited the UK six times while working for Ed. That’s £50,000 a trip…

Loony Labour Candidate’s 15 Second EU-Turn

Well at least the voters of Stockton South know what their are getting from their painfully inept Labour candidate.

Louise Baldock impressively managed to screech into a u-turn on Europe in the space of 15 seconds on Newsnight last night:

“I think it’s quite difficult not being able to offer a referendum on Europe because people are very keen on democracy…

I think we’ve got the right policy. I do really think that. You can’t just have an arbitrary referendum whenever people want them. But it’s a difficult message to get across.”

Spot the moment of fear in her eyes when she realises she has deviated massively from the party line…

Wrecking Powell

According to Urban Dictionary:

Powelled

To f*ck up in a way that results in a media frenzy. Whether it be figuratively or literally. Derived from Gary Powell, the Apple employee who lost the next-generation iPhone prototype.

“Gary powelled when

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Miliband Refuses to Disclose How Many Bathrooms He Has

First the kitchens, now the bathrooms. Miliband refused to be drawn on how many loos he has in his house when asked by the Guardian today:

There is an explanation as to why he is being so coy.

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Lucy Powell Claims Everyone ‘Deliberately Misquoting’ Her

Put your spade away, Lucy:

Such as the Guardian’s political editor:

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Pakistani Speaker at Sex Segregation Rally Boasted “I Can Tell People How to Vote”

The guest of honour at Labour’s sex segregation rally on Saturday was Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry, above right.

Chaudhry is the former premier of Kashmir and the MP for Mirpur, in Pakistan. In a 2010 BBC profile, he claimed he […]

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