Owen Smith’s 999 Emergency

An astonishing piece of colour in Nick Watt’s Newsnight profile of Owen Smith:

“During his time as a BBC radio producer, he was once asked to get a police response to an unfolding crime story. Smith telephoned 999, prompting an official complaint from the Met.”

The man wants to be Prime Minister…

Corbyn Miles Ahead, Eagle and Smith Crash and Burn

Jeremy Corbyn is more popular than ever with Labour members and is set to comfortably retain the leadership, while Angela Eagle and particularly Owen Smith have crashed and burned, according to a new YouGov poll. 54% of Labour members eligible to vote say Jez will be their first preference, way ahead of nearest challenger Eagle, who is second on 21%. Smith, who Tom Watson and the ‘old Right’ Labour establishment want as the sole candidate, has bombed with the membership. A pitiful 15% would back him. In a one v one run-off Corbyn would beat either candidate by over 20 points. If you were Angela or Owen looking at these numbers, would you even want to be on the ballot?

Owen Smith’s Leadsom Moment

 

Owen Smith, whose opponent is a lesbian woman with no children, tells Sky News:

“I’m glad you think I’m normal. I am normal. I grew up in a normal household. I’ve got a wife and three children. My wife is a primary school teacher.”

His spinner then made it even worse, telling the Standard:

“He was just trying to say that he is an ordinary person, proud to live and represent his own community* in Parliament.”

Does that mean Angela Eagle isn’t “normal” or “ordinary“?

Andrea Leadsom’s comments on motherhood were less inflammatory and did not have anything like the bombshell word “normal”…

*Is that the one in the Surrey stockbroker belt?

‘Barry Boy’ Owen Smith Lived in Stunning Surrey Home

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Self-proclaimed “Barry boy” Owen Smith lived in a huge house in Surrey while he worked as an £80,000-a-year lobbyist for Pfizer, Guido can reveal. Despite his much-vaunted working class credentials, our pictures show the Labour leadership contender lived in a stunning four bedroom home in the desirable stockbroker belt village of Westcott. Smith registered the address on the electoral roll and declared it to Companies House when he was a director at the Bevan Foundation. He moved to Wales shortly after he was elected in 2010, and the property was sold in November that year for a £250,000 profit. The estate agent described it as “a beautiful family home which has been the subject of much recent improvement and extension”. According to Zoopla it is now worth well over a million pounds. Only one kitchen though, otherwise Oily Smith really would be the Welsh Ed Miliband…

Smith’s £200 Billion “New Deal” Pledge Busted by McDonnell

Labour leadership hopeful Owen “Oily” Smith’s £200 billion “British New Deal” pledge, unveiled this weekend, has already been trumped by John McDonnell’s promise today of £500 billion for small businesses. The shadow chancellor announced his plan in pro-Brexit Sunderland to help secure the North-East for Labour. Goodbye prudence hello prolificacy…

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Both men are deluded. In May alone the UK had a deficit of £9.7 billion – £74.9 billion for the 2015-16 financial year. Smith’s £200 billion pledge would almost double Labour’s record deficit under Gordon Brown in 2009-10 of £154 billion, taking the total to approximately 10.3% of current GDP, and adding another 12.5% to our current £1.6 trillion national debt. The choice for Labour members is between a spendthrift and a squanderer…

Congratulations Mr and Mrs Umunna

Chuka Umunna married wedding

Congratulations to Chuka Umunna, who finally took his long-term girlfriend Alice Sullivan up the aisle on Saturday…

UKIP Seeking to Take Advantage of “Oily” Smith

UKIP are rolling their tanks onto Labour’s lawn after Owen Smith said he would try to block Brexit if he becomes leader. Yesterday “Oily” Smith went viral after he pledged a second referendum and admitted it was “tempting” not to trigger Article 50. UKIP leadership frontrunner Steven Woolfe tells Guido such a move would turn the north purple:

“Owen Smith’s disdain for his own voters is frankly disgraceful. My message to the millions who have been left behind by Labour’s sneering and condescending political class is simple – UKIP will speak for you. We are your new home.”

Smith’s rhetoric might appeal to Europhiles in the PLP, but 70% of Labour MPs represent seats which voted to Leave. This graph from Professor Matthew Goodwin shows the Leave vote in Labour areas:

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A new, northern, working class UKIP leader versus an oily, Surrey-dwelling Europhile Labour leader? It’s obvious who UKIP want to win the Labour leadership – Owen Smith is the kamikaze candidate…

Owen Smith: It Would Be “Tempting” to Block Brexit

Labour leadership contender Owen Smith says it would be “tempting” not to trigger Article 50 and thereby block Brexit. Smith also wants a second EU referendum. This rhetoric might appeal to Europhile members of the PLP but it is completely at odds with Labour members and voters. In Labour seats across the north up to 70% voted to Leave. A new ComRes poll shows voters oppose a second referendum by 57% to 29%. Surely Labour MPs know Smith’s approach would be suicide…

Labour MPs Make Complete Ankaras of Themselves

Responding to the coup in Turkey, in which 90 died, protesters were gunned down and over 1,000 were injured, top Corbynista Shadow Cabinet member Jon Trickett said:

It’s now been deleted.

Chris Bryant for some reason decided it was all about Brexit:

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Popular SW1 Figures Caught Up in Nice Attack

The Speccie’s Isabel Hardman was in Nice at the time of the attacks last night, her report can be read here:

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Tom Watson Hires Steve Coogan’s 19 Year-Old Daughter as Aide

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Tom Watson has hired Steve Coogan’s 19 year-old daughter as his parliamentary aide. Clare Coogan Cole is Coogan’s daughter by his ex-girlfriend Anna Cole, who dumped him after he admitted cheating on her with model Nancy Sorrell and two other beauties.[…]

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Labour Voters Agree Corbyn Would be “A Good Prime Minister”

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Topline figures from Ipsos MORI’s July political monitor might have made gloomy reading for Corbyn supporters. When asked whether or not they agree that Corbyn has what it takes to be a good Prime Minister, only 23% agreed, with 68% disagreeing, 6% impartial, and 3% “Don’t Know” (Eagle scored 21%, 40%, 15%, and 24% respectively).[…]

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Eton-ian Gives Chuka £15,000

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Always interesting to see which Labour moderates are quietly amassing war chests via donations from rich City types. Chuka Umunna has trousered £15,000 from Eton Capital Management hedgie Nick Campsie and another £7,500 from Innocent Smoothies boss Richard Reed, supposedly to fund his naff Vote Leave Watch idea. […]

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Slick Whipping Operation For “Oily” Smith

Opponents of Owen Smith complain that the Labour whips office has intervened to ensure he beats Angela Eagle’s number of nominations. Smith was spotted deep in discussion with whip and top schemer Conor McGinn yesterday – the pair are close and McGinn’s wife used to work for Smith as an aide.[…]

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Max Mosley Gives Tom Watson £200,000

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Tom Watson has declared a massive £200,000 donation from multi-millionaire former Monaco-based tax exile Max Mosley. The Murdophobe fan of German-themed parties had previously written Watson a cheque for £40,000 last year. Watson says the new cash is “to support my office as Deputy Leader and Shadow Cabinet Office Minister”:

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Mosley of course spent years avoiding tax in Monaco, returning to the UK in 2010 when he complainedI now have to pay tax here”.[…]

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Labour’s Civil War Hotting Up

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A co-conspirator sent this picture of hundreds of Corbyn / Momentum posters being delivered to TSSA union’s headquarters on Melton Street.  Labour’s civil war is hotting up with thousands of Cobynistas are expected to attend Momentum rallies[…]

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