Momentum Man Takes Over Brighton Labour

Three months ago Nancy Platts, the chairman of Brighton Labour, left to work for Jeremy Corbyn. This weekend she was replaced by another Corbynista, the splendidly-named Lloyd Russell-Moyle. His politics are as red as his carrot top.

CND supporter Russell-Moyle features prominently on the Facebook page of Brighton Momentum, the local branch of the far-left campaign group. Here he is handing out leaflets with Momentum activists:

The first question for Russell-Moyle is what he thinks about Corbyn’s reported plan not to run a Labour candidate against the Greens in Brighton Pavilion, so he can protect his old friend Caroline Lucas. Will the Momentum-backing chair of Brighton CLP stand up for Brighton Labour, or give in to the Greens?

Thornberry Declared Another Leigh Day Donation-in-Kind Last Week

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Emily Thornberry is unapologetic for accepting a £14,500 benefit-in-kind from the ambulance chasing law firm Leigh Day. Last Monday, the shameless Shadow Defence Secretary registered a second donation-in-kind from the firm which targets British soldiers, this time worth £4,800.

In 2012, the then Shadow Attorney General accepted a third donation-in-kind worth £19,125. That’s a total of £38,425 worth of donations from Leigh Day to Thornberry in the last four years.

Thornberry was grilled on the donations on the Sunday Politics, carefully explaining to Brillo that “there is no money to return”. She went on to tell how the disgraced firm, which is facing a disciplinary inquiry and the prospect of its lawyers being struck off, helped Labour be an “effective opposition”.

A lawyer’s answer from the former human rights barrister…

Corbyn’s Crazy Commie Conference Crowdpleaser

Corbyn’s stand-out policy announcement at the Fabian conference this afternoon will be a preposterous ban on businesses distributing dividends unless they agree to act against inequality. The Labour leader will say:

“Another proposal would be to bar or restrict companies from distributing dividends until they pay all their workers the living wage. Only profitable employers will be paying dividends, if they depend on cheap labour for those profits then I think there is a question over whether that is a business model to which we should be turning a blind eye. Too much of the proceeds of growth have accumulated to those at the top.”

Attempting to “bar or restrict companies from distributing dividends” until they do what the state wants is particularly communist even for Jezza. It is also completely impractical. This is what you get when your policy chief is a loony lefty glorified Twitter troll.

Corbyn will also attack the Tories for “balancing the books”, describing attempts to reduce the deficit as a “fake concern”.

“Their concept of fairness is of a very different order to ours. Fairness for only a few is not fairness, but privilege. Hidden among the fake concern for ‘balancing the books’, is the same hoary old Tory ideology – to shrink the state, to shrink fairness.”

Labour could go after Osborne for missing his deficit targets and completely failing to balance the books. Instead, Corbyn tells voters Osborne is balancing the books, and that this is a bad thing. Onwards comrades!

Some Shadow Equalities Ministers More Equal Than Others

Here is Cat Smith, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities:

And here is Kate Green, who is, er, also Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities:

And who’s this? Kate Osamor, who has also just been appointed as Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities:

It turns out some Shadow Equalities ministers are more equal than others: Green gets to attend Cabinet but Osamor and Smith don’t. Perhaps two Kates and a Cat left Jezza a bit confused?

Who Are Ya? Update

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Still it goes on:

Imran Hussain MP (Bradford East) appointed Shadow Minister, Department for International Development;

Kate Osamor MP (Edmonton) appointed Shadow Minister, Women and Equalities;

Thangam Debbonaire MP (Bristol West) appointed Shadow Minister, Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

These three appointments are new additional roles on the frontbench. Also appointed is:

Dave Anderson MP (Blaydon) appointed as a Whip.

Day 10!

Labour Leadership Beauty Contest at Fabians

It will be worth keeping an eye on the Fabian New Year conference on Saturday, where several of those tipped to be the next Labour leader are vying for grassroots support. On a panel discussion titled “Future Left”, left-wing darling Lisa Nandy will debate action man Dan Jarvis and ambitious North London idol Sir Keir Starmer on “how Britain is changing and how the left should respond”. All three have been strongly linked to post-Corbyn leadership bids. 

Meanwhile Chuka will discuss Labour’s “vision in the 2020s”, by which time he might have stumped up the courage to run. Stella Creasy will debate with Owen Jones on “Winning battles, winning the war”. Labour MPs are expecting the event to be box office. Corbyn’s ears will be ringing by the time he turns up to deliver the keynote speech…

“Sh***ing All Over the Working Class” Labour MP Charged Taxpayer For Whirlpool Bath

Corbynista MP Dawn Butler indulged us with the “new, kinder politics” at PMQs:

Dawn would know all about “sh***ing all over the working class”.

Back in 2009, she was exposed in the expenses scandal for over-claiming £2,600 in rent for her constituency home.

She claimed claimed twice for the rent, deposit and charges relating to her second home.

Shamed Butler charged the taxpayer a whirlpool bath in a suite that cost £2,308.

She also claimed the full £23,000 second home allowance, despite her first home in Stratford being the same distance from Parliament.

Go on, Dawn, tell us more about “sh***ing all over the working class…”

Lord Watts on Corbyn’s “Croissant-Eating Socialists”

Former PLP chair turned peer Dave Watts was really on the fence about Corbyn during his maiden speech last night:

“I would like to say to my own party leadership that last week, I think, was a disastrous week for us. When we should have been concentrating and holding the Government to account for the floods and for this Bill, we involved ourselves in an unnecessary reshuffle and we lost two of our best communicators, Michael Dugher and Kevan Jones.

My advice to my own party leadership is that they should take less notice of the London-centric hard left political class who sit around in their £1 million mansions eating their croissants at breakfast and seeking to lay the foundations for a socialist revolution.

It is not the job of the parliamentary Labour party to sit around developing ultra-left wing policies which make them feel good. It’s their job, and their responsibility, to come forward with policies which will help us to win the next general election. For those who don’t want to take on that task can I suggest they join a society in which they can enjoy sitting around having a philosophical debate about the meaning of socialism.”

Oo-err…

Beeb Slaps Down McDonnell’s #BBCDP “Private Company” Fib

John McDonnell is doing his best to keep Labour’s hopeless row with the BBC going, this time bizarrely – and wrongly – accusing the Daily Politics of being produced by “a private company”. McDonnell claims in an interview with […]

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They Say Jump: Shadow Attorney General Quits – Full Letter

Catherine McKinnell is the most senior Shadow Cabinet resignation so far. Will the reshuffle never end?

UPDATE: ITV reports Paula Sheriff has quit as PPS to loony lefty Corbynista Jon Trickett. Corbyn has meanwhile announced he won’t address tonight’s PLP. […]

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Boys Keep Spinning: Corbyn’s Today Programme Porkie

Jeremy Corbyn told the Today programme that he did not know which member of his team briefed the press that he intended to sack Hilary Benn: “I’m not sure where the briefing came from”. Seumas Milne is widely believed […]

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Corbyn Hacked

Though the tweets still agree with him on policy…[…]

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