Lord Oakeshott Wears a Red Rosette

Knocking on doors in Thurrock yesterday alongside Labour’s candidate Polly Billington: ‘independent’ former LibDem peer Lord Oakeshott. Complete with red rosette. Making it official…

UPDATE: Local UKIP opponent Tim Aker is quick to pile in: “Labour’s campaign in Thurrock seems to amount to drafting in London activists and LibDem millionaires”

Greens Condemn Blair’s “Blood Money”

Yesterday Guido suggested that the Green Party should capitalise on the hypocrisy of Labour’s candidates in Brighton, who protested the Iraq War yet remain silent on why they are accepting cash from Tony Blair. It’s not like the Greens, bless ‘em, to get punchy, but their Brighton Kemptown candidate Davy Jones this morning steps up and twists the knife into his Labour opponent Nancy Platts. He tells Guido:

“It is blood money and if I were Nancy, I’d definitely be sending it back.”

Meanwhile, a third Labour candidate has rejected Blair’s donation. Gloucestershire candidate Sophy Gardner served in the RAF and says:

“I have taken a personal decision that given my criticism of the Iraq war, in which I served, it would be hypocritical of me to accept it. Therefore, I can confirm I would decline this money.”

Of the hypocritical Labour candidates Guido contacted yesterday to ask if they will give the money back, none responded…

Cut Out and Keep: Miliband In Your Pocket

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Need the perfect gift for the union baron in your life? First it was Len McCluskey, then Alex Salmond and now everyone seems keen to get in on the Miliband-in-my-top-pocket craze:

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Don’t bother spending £12 million in donations to the Labour Party, simply print off the above picture, cut along the dotted line, then tuck the black tab into your suit pocket. Pro tip – mounting Ed on cardboard will make him seem more lifelike.

Khan Questions Mount Over CAGE Cash Link

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust has been forced to halt funding to Jihadi John’s friends at CAGE after it faced widespread condemnation and pressure from the Charity Commission. Both the JRCT and the Roddick Foundation were warned they faced an inquiry over why they gave hundreds of thousands of pounds in grants to CAGE in recent years. Perhaps it is also worth the Charity Commission looking at the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust – a different branch of the same organisation – who also gave £5,000 to Sadiq Khan’s Labour Campaign for Human Rights. Which looks especially murky when you consider Khan spoke at an event in parliament hosted by CAGE in 2012. Why was the key funder of a pro-terror campaign group also bankrolling a human rights organisation run by a man who wants to be Mayor of London? 

Labour Candidate Begs For Blair’s Blood Money

Labour’s target seat candidates are either handing back Blair’s cash on principle or have been shamed into silence. Down in South Thanet, however, which is not a target seat and so hasn’t landed any cash, the Labour candidate has a different approach:

Please, sir, can I have some more?

Blair’s Bloody Money: More Candidates Say No

The fallout from Tony Blair’s £106,000 donation to Labour target seat candidates continues as a second candidate refuses to take his blood money. Yesterday Guido revealed in the Sun on Sunday that Northampton candidate (and former Blairite) Sally Keeble was in line to receive Blair’s cash despite being a vocal critic of the former PM. She has now given the money back:

“The £1,000 donations are being offered to key seats – of which we were one. I have emailed them back to say we won’t be accepting.”

Yesterday Labour’s Dundee East candidate also said thanks but no thanks:

Attention seeking she may be, but it’s not like she lied to start a war, eh Al?

Before he was taking Blair’s cash, Labour’s Norwich South candidate Clive Lewis said of the former PM: “History will be his judge.” He sneered: “Tony, baby – stick to your fluffy Christmas cards. You had your chance.”

Rupa Huq, Labour’s candidate in Ealing, was also a fierce Blair critic, arguing the “legitimacy” of the Iraq War has been “demolished”.

Caitlin Bisknell, who is running in High Peak, admits “we didn’t have the evidence at the time”, while Brighton Kemptown candidate Nancy Platts warns “the Iraq War was the tipping point… some Labour voters, members and activists were lost for good”.

Brighton Pavilion candidate Purna Sen even went on marches in London, Oslo and the Middle East protesting against the war.

Several of the aspiring MPs given cash by Blair have sat in the Commons before: Bob Blizzard, David Drew and John Grogan all voted against the war in 2003.

How many more will stick to their principles and hand back the cash – which Blair is effectively laundering from foreign dictatorships – before the day is out?

Alastair Campbell on TV Debates: Then and Now

Alastair Campbell, today, on why David Cameron is a coward for ducking the TV debates:

“How well I remember David Cameron proclaiming how marvellous the TV leaders’ debates were and, more importantly, how vital they were to the democratic process in the modern media age. And how pathetic it is, five years on, to watch his wriggling and weaselling to avoid them… I can see why one on one, policy v policy, plan v plan, he might want to duck this. But it is morally cowardly and democratically wrong.”

Alastair Campbell, in 2001, on why Tony Blair was not a coward for ducking the TV debates:

“The UK is not electing a president and our political and constitutional positions are entirely different. [We are not taking part because of] all the blah and the ballyhoo that would surround it… four days of build up to every debate, this is where they’ll stand and this is what they’ll do, and this is the people advising them and this is what they’ll wear, and blah blah blah.”

What was that about “pathetic”, “weaselling”, “morally cowardly and democratically wrong”?

UPDATE: Bad Al responds:

Won over by David Cameron’s argument? Or just self-serving spin from the spinmeister? You decide…

“Blackbusters” Calamity Kenny Set for Westminster Return

There are fewer “safe seats” in Scotland for Labour than they might like these days, but if they lose Mid-Lothian then they really have been routed.

Luckily they’ve chosen a candidate there to give them the maximum possible chance of screwing it all up: Calamity Kenny

Congratulations to Kenny Young who was selected last night.

As Guido revealed he would be in January.

Labour’s Pink Van Parked on Double Yellow Line, Again

Snapped in Westminster last night.

Typical trade union drivers…[…]

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Chuka Uses Tragic Train Track Tragedy to Trash Private Sector

Yesterday evening Labour’s Chuka Umunna tweeted his great displeasure at being delayed in returning to his luxury art-deco penthouse […]

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John Woodcock Referred to Standards Commissioner

The long campaign is well underway, meaning candidate spending is limited to £30,700 and MPs are looking for ways to bend the rules to keep costs down. John Woodcock, for example, has sent his constituents a letter backing a ‘non-partisan’ third-party charity which, coincidentally, […]

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Leak: Labour MP’s “High Level” Bathroom Briefing

Oh the glamour of politics:

Dear Colleague,

On Tuesday 17th March 2015 I will be hosting a high level briefing session for MPs in conjunction with the Bathroom Manufactures’ Association.  I hope you are able to drop by to

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