Chuka Uses Tragic Train Track Tragedy to Trash Private Sector

Yesterday evening Labour’s Chuka Umunna tweeted his great displeasure at being delayed in returning to his luxury art-deco penthouse apartment in Streatham. There can be no doubt that the Shadow Business Secretary is a man in a hurry for a government limo. Chuka blamed the delay on the private-sector Southern Railway and immediately tried to politicise the issue, making clear he wanted the service brought back into the public-sector:

Unfortunately for Chuka the delays out of Victoria had nothing to do with the private ownership of the railways:

Not a great look.

John Woodcock Referred to Standards Commissioner

The long campaign is well underway, meaning candidate spending is limited to £30,700 and MPs are looking for ways to bend the rules to keep costs down. John Woodcock, for example, has sent his constituents a letter backing a ‘non-partisan’ third-party charity which, coincidentally, he has also made a central focus of his campaign for re-election. Pre-paid Commons envelopes are not allowed to be used “in a way that can be construed as campaign expenditure”, despite Woodcock using the word “campaign” four times in his letter backing the ‘Save Our Hospital’ group. The taxpayer is picking up the bill.



He is also auctioning off tickets to tours of parliament to raise cash for the ‘charity’. As you can see from Woodcock’s website, Save Our Hospital is a key part of his re-election campaign, listed as one of his main six re-election campaign pledges, so it is hardly independent. Tory MP David Morris has written to Standards Commissioner Kathryn Hudson asking her to investigate. Where is the money really going?

Leak: Labour MP’s “High Level” Bathroom Briefing

Oh the glamour of politics:

Dear Colleague,

On Tuesday 17th March 2015 I will be hosting a high level briefing session for MPs in conjunction with the Bathroom Manufactures’ Association.  I hope you are able to drop by to Room M in Portcullis House at some point between 12.15 – 2pm.

Best wishes,

Toby Perkins MP
Labour Member of Parliament for Chesterfield | Shadow Minister for Small Business (BIS)

Guido would hate to see what Toby Perkins considers to be a low level briefing…

Labour Select Palestine Activist For Bradford West

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This is Naz Shah, the second choice Labour candidate selected to fight George Galloway in Bradford West following a week of internal ructions that resulted in the previous candidate withdrawing from the seat. Shah describes herself as “an award winning campaigner, activist, community champion and inspirational speaker”.

Attempts to run a duff candidate are defeated…

Strange Jowell Movements

Among those walking through the Aye lobby as Labour voted to ban MPs from holding paid directorships and consultancies was Dame Tessa Jowell. So strongly does Tessa feel about MPs’ “double jobbing” at consultancy firms, that she is paid £1,000 an hour working for… Mentore Consulting. On their website Jowell’s services are advertised to clients: “she has a great commitment to the development of talent and sharing the lessons of experience”, “making a difference to the diversity of senior leadership”. Of course, any clampdown on outside earnings won’t affect Tessa because she’s standing down at the election. Leaving her free to tell colleagues: “Do as I say, not as I do.”

Miliband’s Nick Clegg Tuition Fees Moment

“I made you a promise on tuition fees. I will keep my promise” said Ed Miliband on Friday as he outlined Labour’s plans to reduce student tuition fees to £6,000. But back during the Labour leadership election in 2010, one candidate could not have been clearer about where they stood on the issue: “I would introduce fairer funding for higher education through the abolition of fees and a new graduate tax”. So who was it explicitly promising “the abolition of fees”? That would be very the same Ed Miliband. “I made you a promise on tuition fees. I will keep my promise…”

Sadiq Khan Spoke at Event Hosted By Jihadi John Group

It is all kicking off at a press conference hosted by CAGE, the “independent advocacy organisation”, this afternoon. CAGE has admitted to mentoring Mohammed Emwazi, the man today exposed as Jihadi John. In an extraordinary statement they claim Jihadi John is:

 “a victim… extremely kind, gentle, the most humble person… a beautiful young man”

Guido can reveal that in 2012 the Shadow Justice Secretary and London mayor hopeful Sadiq Khan spokeon the same platform as a CAGE representative at an event in parliament and alongside the father of Babar Ahmad. Ahmad was later convicted of supporting Islamic terrorists and sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison. CAGE also organised the “Demonstration for Babar Ahmad”, with Khan on the list of speakers. It is worth reading this article by Douglas Murray about how CAGE is a “pro-terrorist group”. What on earth was a man who wants to be Justice Secretary, or even London mayor, doing consorting with apologists for terrorists?

Keith Vaz’s “Sensible” Immigration Prediction

Keith Vaz, 1 January 2014, when EU migration restrictions for Romanians and Bulgarians were lifted:

“This is an issue that does need to be put to the British people, so we don’t get this kind of drama and people rushing around thinking hundreds of thousands of people are going to arrive at Luton… We do need to look at this sensibly”

187,000: National Insurance Numbers issued to Romanians and Bulgarians in 2014, two thirds of whom arrived since 1 January 2014.

“We do need to look at this sensibly…”

First Class Work By Lucy Powell

Labour’s widely-respected election chief Lucy Powell has chalked up another wounding blow against the Tories with a series of highly illuminating Written Questions about government spending. Her top investigate digging into first class travel used by ministers, which cost the […]

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Pink Van Mockery Goes Global

 

Even the Americans are laughing at you Harriet..[…]

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One Peer A-Perving

  • Labour Lord’s Outside Interests in ‘High Class Escorts’ and ‘Humiliation’
  • Lord Berekely Insists I certainly haven’t used their services”

Labour Lord (Tony) Berkeley likes to keep up with his interests on Twitter. The former chairman of the European Rail […]

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Ed Upsets the Neighbours

What happened when a community magazine in Ed’s family neighbourhood tried to find a supporter of the mansion tax, so they could write a balanced article giving equal prominence to both sides of the argument? The Primrose Hill journalist tasked […]

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