Jess Phillips’ First Question Time Appearance in 2010

Question Time have dug out Labour rising star Jess Phillips’ first ever appearance – from the audience – back in 2010. A young Jess asked Sayeeda Warsi about “the cuts” and “ivory towers”. Her message has been somewhat refined since then…

H/T Question Time / Paul Waugh

Corbynistas Split Over “Leaks to Right-Wing Bloggers”

‘Red Labour’ is one of the many groups of far-left agitators which campaigned to elect Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader. It boasts some 30,000 followers and grandly describes itself as “undoubtedly one of the big untold success stories of political social media campaigns in Britain”. Like all true loony lefty activist groups, it has now split.

A statement on the Red Labour Facebook page makes claims of bullying and intimidation by some members:

“the secrecy and anonymity surrounding this tight-knit group led to a culture of bullying and intimidation on the part of an self-selected and unaccountable elite”

The statement claims Alliance for Workers’ Liberty entryists have betrayed the Dear Leader:

“Significant numbers of members of a tiny far-left cult called the Alliance for Workers’ Liberty were invited into the fold. The intention here is transparently obvious. From a pro-Corbyn, pro-Momentum stance, the group then began openly attacking Jeremy Corbyn’s policies and Momentum. Members of this group explicitly expressed that they wanted to replace Momentum as the “voice of the Corbynites” and sought to work subversively in this broad movement to orchestrate a split to bolster their own ranks.”

They make claims of financial irregularities:

“Certain individuals wasted no time in exploiting these lucrative opportunities – even going so far as to demand an annual salary of £50, 000 from trade unions to continue Red Labour’s work, as well as their other salary working within a Labour-related organisation. A nice little earner, you say?”

The long whinge continues:

“several documents were leaked to right-wing bloggers to smear a leading Labour left winger”

You can read Guido’s story about the Leninist Momentum fixer who wiped his social media amid bullying claims here.

So what next for Red Labour? They are setting up a new group, of course: “Welcome to Red Labour v 2.0.” The Judean People’s Front are becoming the People’s Front of Judea…

Corbyn: “Everybody’s Getting Along Just Fine”

Jezza was met with laughter from Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby as he tried to convince them all is well in Labour. What would have to happen for him to think everything wasn’t “fine”…

Balls Swaps Marr & Brillo For Fletch & Sav

What is Ed Balls up to these days? The new Norwich City FC chairman swapped Marr and Brillo on BBC1 for ten minutes on the sofa with BT Sport’s Fletch & Sav this weekend. Balls says he’s done with politics for good:

“I did 20 years in politics and I’m done with politics, I’m out now, I’m not expecting to go back, I don’t think I’ll ever be re-elected again.”

Before Robbie Savage brilliantly asked: “So, what made you leave Parliament?”

“The electorate, general election, people vote – I was an MP for 10 years but at the last general election I lost my constituency up in Leeds to the Conservatives. David Cameron got a majority, George Osborne is still the Chancellor, I’m chairman of Norwich City, so the question is – who got the better deal?”

Well, Norwich lost 5-4 in the 90th minute on Saturday to sink to 17th in the league, so…

‘Senior Labour Source’ on Putin

Wonder what a “senior Labour source” thinks about the Litvinenko findings?

Here is an idea of Seumas Milne’s view…

Could South Thanet’s Result Be Overturned?

Crick is alleging that the Tories smashed the spending limits in an effort to defeat Nigel Farage.  It was treated by CCHQ like a by-election.  Even if UKIP prove it, would the Electoral Commission do anything about it? 

UPDATE: A legal source reminds Guido

The South Thanet misspending a not an Electoral Commission matter. It is a police matter and a criminal offence under sections 81, 82 and 84 of the representation of the people act 1983. If only someone could get the police to take it seriously.

Labour Spent £4,700 on Hattie’s Pink Bus

How much did Harriet Harman’s infamous pink bus cost the Labour Party? Service Graphics invoiced them £4,742 “to produce and install Pink graphics” on the “Woman to Woman Bus”. That ends the debate about whether it was pink, magenta or cerise.

Despite him barely ever turning up, Labour blew £223,572 on David Axelrod’s firm AKPD. They spent another £563,973 on polling from Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, and £184,609 on Michael Sheehan’s debate coaching. There’s no price on laughter.

Corbyn Approval Rating Minus 39

Latest figures from YouGov via Britain ElectsRemember, pollsters say it’s possible they are still overestimating Labour support…

Labour Report: Don’t Blame Ed

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The word “Miliband” is mentioned just nine times in Labour’s 35 page report on why they lost the general election. Apparently it was all the media’s fault:

“Ed Miliband faced an exceptionally vitriolic and personal attack. Even before

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Another Happy Reader: McDonnell Mocks Osborne’s Chopper

Not every day John McDonnell quotes Guido stories in the Commons chamber, though he clearly enjoyed our scoop on George Osborne’s helicopter trips to fundraising dinners:

“He’ll jump into a helicopter for a Tory fundraiser, but it’s taken him four

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McDonnell Struggles to ‘Get Away From Westminster’

Yesterday John McDonnell announced he would be holding a series of free seminars on “The New Economics“. The Shadow Chancellor said his aim was “getting away from it being a Westminster dominated view”. Guido looks forward to the […]

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Dromey Would Ban Trump, Welcome Dictators and Head-Choppers

Piers Morgan enjoyably skewered Jack Dromey over his tedious support for the Trump ban on Good Morning Britain.

On whether he’d ban Putin, Dromey replied: “No I wouldn’t.

On a ban for head-chopping Saudi King Salman: “No, I […]

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