Former Labour Aide: Not Racist to Question Khan

Yet another intervention in the debate on Sadiq Khan’s links to extremists – this was Atma Singh on LBC yesterday:

“I think Sadiq Khan is using a smokescreen to hide the fact that he has associated with a lot of people who support terrorism and I think that does raise questions about his suitability to be mayor of London and especially when terrorism is such an imminent threat to the UK. He has never denied that he has associated with these people and it’s also a fact that those people have supported terrorism. Now the question is why, and on what basis, was Sadiq Khan associating with them. And I think this is an area for legitimate scrutiny, it’s not Islamophobic or racist to ask questions and to ask Sadiq Khan to provide answers and it’s not.. he can’t hide behind these slogans of racism or Islamophobia.”

And who is Atma Singh? Not a member of Zac Goldsmith’s campaign team. Not a voice from the right. He’s a former aide to Ken Livingstone, former Labour Party adviser and even a former member of Socialist Action. Do Labour think their own former aide is an Islamophobe too?

Gordon’s Popularity Plummeted Since 2007

Gordon Graphage

The above graph illustrates the number of babies named “Gordon” in the UK since 2007, according to ONS figures. For some reason, Gordon’s popularity plummeted in the years from 2007 to 2010. Not sure what happened to make it go out of fashion. Other than the curse of Jonah…

Team Corbyn Not Sure He’ll Be Leader By End of Year

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The following job advert has just been distributed internally by the Labour Party:

Role: Leader’s Office Media Spokesperson

Salary: £41,774.11 per annum with annual fixed sum allowance of £1003

Duration: Fixed term contract for the period only that Jeremy Corbyn is the Leader of the Labour Party, or until 31st December 2016, whichever is sooner

They don’t exactly sound confident that Jezza will still be leader in nine months…

UPDATE:

Will Corbyn Take £30,000 of Trident Cash?

bae

The photo above shows BAE Systems, the main Trident contractor, advertising at Labour Party conference in Brighton last year. “We are agile in responding to change” they told Corbynistas in a conciliatory approach. Traditionally BAE advertise with Labour every year, paying £30,000 for a stand in the exhibition room. A Labour spokesman says they do not comment on commercial issues. Corbyn won’t take money from McDonald’s, will he line Labour’s coffers with cash from the firm responsible for maintaining our nuclear deterrent?

Khan Admits “Giving Impression” He Held Extreme Views

Sadiq was grilled by Brillo during last night’s BBC mayoral debate on his links to radical imam Suliman Gani, a well-known name to Guido readers. Khan insisted he did not regret appearing on a platform with Gani but confessed he gave the impression he subscribed to his extremist views:

Andrew Neil: “Suliman Gani, who’s a supporter of Islamic State. You appeared on a platform with him nine times. During one of these times you must have found out what he really believed in?”

Sadiq Khan: “There are lots of campaigns and issues that I’ve been involved in as the chair of Liberty, as a human rights lawyer and as a politician which had cross-party support…”

AN: “Do you regret appearing on platforms with people like that?”

SK: “No, I regret giving the impression I subscribe to their views…”

Khan’s allies cry foul whenever he’s asked about this, but even he now admits it is an issue…

McDonnell and Momentum Seek “Labour Consensus”

Corbyn allies note with interest that both John McDonnell and Momentum chief Jon Lansman attended the launch of a new group called Labour Consensus on Tuesday. The group is a soft-left attempt to unite the far-left of the party with amenable moderates, the likes of Stephen Kinnock and Angela Eagle are involved. Speculation has grown in recent weeks that McDonnell is working on a “succession plan” and has ambitions to lead the party after Corbyn. “He has been attending every event under the sun,” observes a colleague, forging increasingly close links with Momentum in particular. Certainly interesting that the old, revolutionary, grab-the-mace McDonnell has suddenly been replaced by a friendly, cooperative, consensus-seeker…

Sadiq’s Sacked Aide Applies For New Job With Labour

sadiq's-hitman

Guido hears that Shueb Salar, the Sadiq Khan aide who was sacked for claiming the murder of Lee Rigby was “fake” and tweeting about “hoes, bitches and faggots“, has been applying to Labour MPs looking for a new job. He hasn’t been suspended from the party then…

So far Salar has been unsuccessful, MPs have only had to Google his name to find out about his unfortunate recent history. They were however surprised to see who Salar had put down as his reference: Sadiq Khan, who publicly has tried to distance himself from his radical aide. “Punctual, conscientious, occasional tendency to extremism…”

Diane Abbott: Business Class War

Abbott funny

A co-conspirator has spotted a discarded BA Executive Club pass on a pavement outside the Parliamentary estate, belonging to one Ms D Abbott. Diane will want that back before she jets off to lunch with tax dodgers and millionaires in Zurich in two weeks…

Eagle Spins Caymans Aide Row

Following Guido’s revelation that the firm run by Labour’s new business tsar was incorporated in the Caymans, the FT’s Jim Pickard has asked Angela Eagle for a comment on her “ethical” business adviser. Eagle replied that Anthony Watson’s […]

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What Corbyn Really Thinks About Brussels

Jezza is giving his first major speech of the referendum at Senate House this morning. Here’s what he used to think:

“A European bureaucracy totally unaccountable to anybody.

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Labour Business Tsar’s Firm Incorporated in Caymans

The financial services firm run by Labour’s new business tsar was incorporated in the Cayman Islands, Guido can reveal. Anthony Watson is the flamboyant president and chief operating officer of Uphold Inc, an online financial services company headquartered in […]

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Local Labour Candidate Not So Local

Welsh Fraud

Labour’s candidate for the Ogmore by-election is up to all sorts of trickery. Chris Elmore has declared an address in Pencoed, one of the main towns in the constituency, as his residence in his nomination papers. The local candidate, he’d […]

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