Labour Has More Members Than All Other Parties Combined

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Source: House of Commons Library

This is the enigma of the Corbyn surge, it has intense appeal to the minority of people who are interested in left-wing politics. The Labour Party now has a membership to the left of its representatives. This is not a sustainable position for a democratic organisation. Either it splits, MPs move to the left or the moderate MPs bide their time in sullen opposition. Of course it is not impossible that a left-wing Labour Party could win a general election one day…

Oily Smith’s NHS Speech Fact-Checked

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Owen Smith puts his tinfoil hat on this morning to tell Labour voters that there is “a secret Tory plan to privatise the NHS”. Oily claims that under the Tories there has been “an explosion of privatisation” and that he “warned” against it. Is he telling the truth?

Fact-check 1: “explosion of privatisation”

In truth, the rate of growth in use of the private sector as a proportion of the NHS budget has slowed significantly since 2010. And the vast majority of NHS outsourcing took place under the last Labour government. “An explosion of privatisation” under the Tories is a big Oily porkie.

Fact-check 2: Owen Smith “warned” against privatisation

As a Pfizer lobbyist Smith called on his Labour government to improve incentives for the pharmaceutical industry. In 2006, when he was standing as a Labour candidate, Smith said this about NHS privatisation:

“Where they can bring good ideas, where they can bring valuable services that the NHS is not able to deliver, and where they can work alongside but subservient to the NHS and without diminishing in any respect the public service ethos of the NHS, then I think that’s fine. I think if their involvement means in any way, shape or form the break up of the NHS, then I’m not a fan of it, but I don’t think it does.”

Smith’s speech today is the same old tired and failed attack line used by Miliband and Burnham. It has even less merit coming from Oily given his previous Blairite pro-privatisation proclamations. Remember Corbynistas, Owen Smith believes privatising parts of the NHS is “fine”…

Labour Wins Appeal to Block New Corbynista Voters

The Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of Labour and agreed that 130,000 new supporters who registered since January should not be allowed to vote in the Labour leadership contest. Will the Corbynistas appeal?

UPDATE: The five Corbynista complainants say they want to appeal to the Supreme Court but permission is refused.

Unison Backs Corbyn

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Unison has nominated Jeremy Corbyn for leader with 58% of the votes cast. That represents less than 1% of Unison’s total membership but Jezza’s campaign team are heartened that every region backed their man. Also worth giving yesterday’s much-vaunted GMB result backing Owen Smith some context. The GMB claims 631,000 members, but the low turnout means just 4.1% of those have declared in favour of Oily, compared to 2.8% backing Jez, so it was hardly the breakthrough Smith supporters were suggesting. Corbyn-backing Unite didn’t ballot their members but they did consult their policy conference of 1,000 or so rank and file members. He’s also backed by the Communication Workers Union, TSSA, ASLEF and the Bakers Union. Corbyn cleaned up with union affiliated last time…

Islington Corbynistas Blame Israeli Ambassador For Bad Poll Results

Last night Islington North Constituency Labour Party met to nominate Jeremy Corbyn by 266 to 100. Turns out Jez has some interesting local backers:

Another attendee, Padraig Reidy, explains what happened:

a speaker rose to tackle the contention that Corbyn is “unelectable”. This, he said, was because no one was “electable” in Britain without the support of Rupert Murdoch and the Israeli ambassador. Half the room gasped; the chair visibly cringed, and ordered the speaker to proceed very carefully. The speaker contended that anyone who stood up for Palestinians was “smeared” as an anti-Semite. Everyone was very glad when he sat down.

Later on:

A woman rose nervously to talk about anti-Semitism in the party, referring to the early speaker’s “Israeli ambassador” line. She found herself barracked by some of the audience for conflating anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism

Well what do you expect from the Jezbollah London branch…

Labour STILL Don’t Have Conference Security Provider

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Last week Guido published leaked emails showing Labour HQ were tearing their hair out because they hadn’t yet sorted a conference security supplier. The decision to boycott G4S meant the only option was an “anti-union” contractor. Today’s papers follow up the story and report that, six days on, the party still doesn’t have any conference security. The Times quotes a source saying they are “confident” that “conference will go ahead“, but admitting there is still no deal in the pipeline. The Home Office and Liverpool police have been pestering them to sort it out for weeks, but to no avail. Only six weeks to go…

Corbynistas Attack Watson in Murdoch Press

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Liam Young is one of Jeremy Corbyn’s main (only) media cheerleaders, you’ll often read him spinning for Jez in the Indy or New Statesman. Young has come to the Dear Leader’s aid once again with a coruscating attack on Tom Watson’s comments about Trot entryists. Under the headline “Tom Watson Needs to Stop Patronising Young People”, he seethes:

“Watson’s comments are part of a discourse which constantly tells young people they are disgraceful for not engaging with politics while simultaneously demeaning their views as worthless and implying they are naïve when they actually get involved. His suggestion that Trotskyite “old hands” are twisting the arms of young Labour supporters to move toward the “revolutionary road” to socialism is deeply offensive to the young Labour joiners who know exactly what they’re getting into, and are perfectly capable of sussing when they’re being manipulated. The main problem with Watson’s recent remarks is that he knows they are untrue.”

Miaow.

Watson will enjoy the irony that the article was published by Vice, which is part-owned by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox. Corbynista Liam Young, another Murdoch stooge…

H/T Max Wind-Cowie

“Egomaniac” Izzard Cost Moderates NEC Majority

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The Labour moderates, formerly known as Blairites, are crying into their mocha lattes this morning that Eddie Izzard not only lost out (as usual) on getting a place on the NEC, he also cost them up to three seats and any chance of a majority.

The two charts above show the clean sweep of the top six places by the the hard-left (reds). If Izzard’s votes were redistributed to the moderates (pinkos), which is mathematically possible if not probable, they would have won three more seats and regained control of the NEC. “It was Izzard wot lost it for the moderates. Had that ego-maniac not run, we’d have had 71,000 more votes up for grabs that could have gone to moderates. He’s basically given an NEC seat to the Corbynistas. When it comes to politics, Eddie is a very good comedian” laments a Blairite die-hard. By Guido’s calculations if just over half of Izzard’s votes had gone to moderates, Ellie Reeves, Bex Bailey and Johanna Baxter would be holding the line against the Corbynistas on the NEC…

The Owen Smith-supporting Labour First faction emailed supporters optimistically that

Contrary to some of the online and media reaction, this does not give full control of the NEC to Corbyn. There is a net change of just one seat as the PLP section saw a seat go from left to right. When the new NEC takes office after Annual Conference, the solid vote for the Hard Left will be 16 if they all turn up, with 17 others. Thus NEC meetings will continue to be finely balanced and hinge on the personal decisions of the more independent-minded members like Ann Black, and the stance taken by the GMB and Unison. We will win some votes and lose others just like we did in the pre-leadership election meeting. 

Though they go on to say pointedly

If we can avoid a split moderate vote in future contests (Eddie Izzard ran as an independent when we would have been happy to support him if he had asked us) that will help!

It woz Izzard wot lost it…

Brocialist Backlash at Labour’s Manly Mayors

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As predicted, Scouse foghorn and Corbyn PPS Steve Rotheram has won Labour’s nomination for Liverpool mayor. Once again the woman, Luciana Berger, finished last. Which means all of Labour’s mayoral candidates across the country have something in common:

London: Sadiq Khan

Bristol: Marvin Rees

Manchester: Andy Burnham

West Midlands: Sion Simon

Liverpool: Steve Rotheram

Add that to the party’s all male leader, deputy leader and shadow chancellor, and all male leadership election.[…]

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Labour HQ Preparing For Purge: McNicol Position “Untenable”

Staff at Labour HQ expect an emboldened Jeremy Corbyn to purge key staff after he wins the leadership election. The leader’s office has long seen the party’s HQ at Victoria Street as the moderates’ main remaining foothold and a troublesome obstacle to full Corbynista control.[…]

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Ed Miliband Endorses Owen Smith For the Second Time

Sitting in his charming living room and wearing a lovely new shirt, Ed Miliband has endorsed Owen Smith for the Labour leadership. The Smith campaign are making a big deal out of it, lining the endorsement up with all major broadcasters.[…]

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Paul Mason Denies He’ll Run For Parliament

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With Andy Burnham stepping down from parliament, the Staggers has a belter of a tip for who might replace him:

“The chatter in Westminster is that Paul Mason, formerly of Newsnight and Channel 4 News, now one of Jeremy Corbyn’s most forceful advocates in the press, who was born in Leigh, is being lined up for the seat.”

Mason was indeed born in Leigh in 1960, his father was a lorry driver for a local electrics company called Ward and Goldstone and his mother was headmistress of the primary school just down the round.[…]

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Watson Quits Unite Lad Pad after Row With Red Len

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Tom Watson has moved out of the flat he rented from a top Unite official after falling out with Len McCluskey. For years Watson has rented from Unite director Jim Mowatt – indeed he used the share the flat with Red Len a few years back.[…]

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Burnham to Finally Quit Shadow Cabinet

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Andy Burnham is to finally quit the Shadow Cabinet, because he has won Labour’s nomination for Manchester mayor. Which gave us a rare sight of Andy’s victory face. He’ll also be standing down “at the first and earliest opportunity” as an MP, so there’ll be a by-election in Leigh.[…]

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Labour Councillor Deletes Black Lives Matter Tweet

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Tough test for the compliance unit this: a Labour councillor has deleted a rather un-PC tweet mocking Black Lives Matters protesters. Cllr Kevin Peel is accused by the LibDems of being “racist and contemptuous” for tweeting three laughing face emoticons accompanied by a picture of the protest captioned: “LaShawna, 2nd left, is looking for love with Momentum Matches.[…]

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Owen Smith Grilled By Hecklers at Half-Empty BBQ

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Owen Smith rolled his tanks onto Jezza’s lawn on Sunday by holding a barbecue in the Corbynista hotspot of London Fields. Unfortunately supporters were unimpressed by the attendance and lack of vegetarian option – “a few kebab sticks on a griddle, there aren’t enough for the food to make its way round to us”.[…]

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