Labour Leadership Election Timetable

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Monday 18 July: Registered supporters applications open

Monday 18 July, 7pm: PLP and Euro PLP nominations open

Wednesday 20 July, 5pm: PLP and Euro PLP nominations close, supporting nominations open, last date to join as registered supporter

Friday 22 July: Hustings open

Monday 15 August, noon: Supporting nominations close

Wednesday 21 September, noon: Ballot closes

Saturday 24 September: Special conference to announce result

Via George Eaton

++ Corbyn on the Ballot ++

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“The NEC has agreed that as the incumbent Leader Jeremy Corbyn will go forward onto the ballot without requiring nominations from the Parliamentary Labour Party and the European Parliamentary Labour Party. All other Leadership candidates will require nominations from twenty percent of the PLP and EPLP.”

18-14 in his favour – comfortable…

UPDATE: New rules mean you can only vote if you’ve been a member for six months, if not you have to pay £25:

The freeze date for Labour Party members eligible to vote in the Leadership contest has been agreed by the NEC as six months (February 2016).

The NEC has agreed that the one-off payment for Registered Supporters in this contest will be £25. Details of how to become a Registered Supporter to vote in this contest will be published on Thursday, along with the timetable.

Not that this’ll put off the poshos for Corbyn…

Barriers Up and Cops Out for Labour NEC Meet

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Barriers and police were deployed at Labour HQ to protect National Executive Committee members from their own support base. According to conspirators, 100 protesters gathered at the HQ, with some trying to storm the rear entrance to confront NEC members being ushered in. The NEC are deciding on whether or not to allow Corbyn automatically onto the ballot. Sure that will do their man a lot of favours…

UPDATE: Not a Guido “scoop”, got it from Laura Kuenssberg’s Twitter feed.

UPDATE: Labour NEC votes 17/15 for a secret ballot on whether or not Corbyn should be automatically nominated. Corbyn apparently refusing to leave.

Who the Hell is Owen Smith?

OWEN SMITH

Owen Smith is launching his Labour leadership bid in the next few days. “Who he?” Guido hears you ask. Owen is a career politico who has never had a real job outside politics or the media. Those who know him say the man now pitching himself as the soft left candidate used to be “more Blairite than Blair”, running on a right-wing Labour ticket in 2006. He seems to be Labour’s answer to Alan Mak, as one friend puts it: “he’s been in every single faction in the Labour Party”. And what about his much-vaunted working class credentials? When he began lobbying the government for Pfizer the self-proclaimed Barry boy moved his family to the Surrey stockbroker belt. His CV makes Andy Burnham look in touch…

Age: 46

1986: Joined Labour at 16.

1992: Graduated from Sussex University.

1992-2002: BBC radio producer for shows like Today.

2002-2005: SpAd for Welsh Secretary Paul Murphy.

2005-2008: Head of Government relations for Pfizer.

2006: Lost Blaenau Gwent by-election.

2009-2010: Candidate for Pontypridd, Wales.

2010: Elected to parliament.

2012-2015: Shadow Welsh Secretary.

2015-2016: Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary.

The Barry boy claiming to be the unity candidate who’ll win over Corbynistas is really a Blairite careerist who’s never had a real job…

Angela All Alone

“BBC anyone? No? OK, Robert Peston where are you? No? Michael Crick?”

Absolutely excruciating footage from Angela Eagle’s leadership launch…

Labour Demand Snap Election

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Corbynista Jon Trickett says:

“It is crucial,  given the instability caused by the Brexit vote,  that the country has a democratically elected Prime Minister. I am now putting the whole of the party on a General Election footing. It is time for the Labour Party to unite and ensure the millions of people in the country left behind by the Tories’ failed economic policies, have the opportunity to elect a Labour government.”

Farron has made the same call. May has previously ruled it out but she’ll be tempted to bury Labour in the autumn…

UPDATE: Angela Eagle has the nominations and a Labour leadership contest is on, Iain McNicol has just confirmed. Six minutes apart, Labour have sent out press releases demanding a snap general election and announcing their own leadership contest…

Chuka Sets up Vote Leave Watch

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Chuka Umunna has set up Vote Leave Watch, a “grassroots campaign dedicated to holding the Vote Leave campaign and their allies to account”. The aim of the group is to pressure Leave campaigners into carrying out the pledges made during the campaign.

Of course, the main promise of the Leave campaigns was to get Britain out of the EU – something Chuka appeared to play down. So will Vote Leave Watch be pushing hard for Brexit too? Because if Theresa May is PM we may not get to leave the EU anytime soon…

Exodus of Labour Spinners

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Jeremy Corbyn’s Head of Media Kevin Slocombe is leaving the leader’s office to go and spin for Bristol mayor Marvin Rees. Comrade Kevin (above right) has been the no-bullsh*t voice of reason among the madness of Jezza’s operation, one of the few Corbynistas who commanded the respect of SW1. 10 months in the bunker is enough to make anyone want a quieter life.

Labour HQ Head of Press Kieren Walters is also packing his bags, meaning Jez now needs a new top spinner for the leader’s office, a new head of press in Victoria Street, and a new Deputy Head of Press, after that role became vacant as well. In the meantime, good luck Seumas. Will the last spinner to leave Labour please turn out the lights?

Corbyn Apologises For Iraq War

“I now apologise sincerely on behalf of my party for the disastrous decision to go to war in Iraq in March 2003.”

He says the ICC need the power to prosecute those responsible…[…]

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Jack Straw Damned By Chilcot

The headlines will be about Blair, but worth noting that Chilcot says Jack Straw failed in his responsibility as Foreign Secretary to prepare post-war planning in Iraq:

“It was Mr Straw’s responsibility as foreign secretary to give due consideration to the range of options available to the UK… These included making UK participation in military action conditional on a satisfactory post-conflict plan… Mr Straw did not do so in January 2003… Nor did he… between January and March”

On March 8 2002 Straw demanded to know why a Downing Street paper on WMD did not amplify the threat from Iraq:

“Good, but should not Iraq be FIRST and also have more text? 

[…]

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New Shadow Cabinet in Full

Leader of the Labour Party

Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP

Deputy Leader of the Party, Party Chair and Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office

Tom Watson MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, and Shadow Lord President of the Council and Campaigns and Elections Chair

Jon Trickett MP

Shadow Minister for Voter Engagement and Youth Affairs

Cat Smith MP

Shadow Minister without Portfolio

Jonathan Ashworth MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Shadow Minister for the Constitutional Convention

Grahame Morris MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Kelvin Hopkins MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

Clive Lewis MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Education and Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities

Angela Rayner MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Barry Gardiner MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs

Rachael Maskell MP

Shadow Foreign Secretary

Emily Thornberry MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Health

Diane Abbott MP

Shadow Home Secretary

Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP

Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

Kate Osamor MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Shadow Lord Chancellor

Richard Burgon MP

Shadow Leader of the House and Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

Paul Flynn MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

Dave Anderson MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

Andy McDonald MP

Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer

John McDonnell MP

Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Rebecca Long-Bailey MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Debbie Abrahams MP

Opposition Chief Whip

Rt Hon Dame Rosie Winterton MP

Leader of the House of Lords

Rt Hon Baroness (Angela) Smith

House of Lords Chief Whip

Rt Hon Lord (Steve) Bassam[…]

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Naz Shah Suspension Lifted

Labour have lifted the suspension of Naz Shah, the MP who Guido revealed had said Israeli Jews should face “transportation” out of the Middle East, compared Israelis to Hitler and claimed “the Jews are rallying”. Shah had been profusely apologetic all along and will apologise again for bringing the party into disrepute.[…]

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Corbyn Confronted With His Past Support For Anti-Semites

Watch as Jeremy Corbyn is confronted with his own past statements supporting anti-Semites at the Home Affairs select committee. At one point Corbyn explained that he couldn’t invite blood libel nut Raed Salah to tea because he was under house arrest, so went to visit him instead.[…]

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Corbyn: I’m Carrying On

Jez warns Labour MPs he’s going nowhere and tells them to “come together now”. Just two more days ’til Chilcot…[…]

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Eagle: I Will Take Out Corbyn

At last! Angela Eagle says she is ready to challenge Jez:

“There are many people asking me to resolve this impasse and I will do so. I have the support and I will do if he doesn’t act.”

Owen Smith is briefing that he has more numbers.[…]

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Diane Abbott’s Indonesian Confusion

Enjoy this written question asked by Diane Abbott on Thursday:

Diane Abbott:

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she has taken to assist people in the Indonesian province of Province of Davao del Norte affected by the drought in that province.

[…]

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