Lucy Powell Gaffe: Miliband Might Break #EdStone Promises

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Lucy Powell has dropped another spectacular clanger. Asked on 5Live this morning whether having to carve their pledges into stone was a sign the public didn’t trust them, Labour’s election chief inexplicably replied:

I don’t think anyone is suggesting that the fact that he’s carved them into stone means, you know, means that he will absolutely, you know, not going to break them or anything like that.”

So there you have it. Labour’s pledges are not even worth the stone they are carved on…

#Doggers4Labour: Woman Beater Backs Miliband

Is there any famous wrong’un who isn’t backing Miliband? Stan Collymore, who kicked his girlfriend in the head and told her he was going to “f**king kill” her, says “vote Labour”.

Of course, Collymore has a local connection to Cannock Chase, it being the scene of his dogging shame. He confessed: “Over the last couple of years I have been to dogging sites maybe a dozen to 15 times, and yes I have taken part and had sex during them”.

The modern Labour Party: segregators, doggers and woman-beaters all welcome…

Labour MPs Attended Second Sex Segregated Rally

Here is Ed Miliband with him arms around Ansar Ali Khan and Mariam Khan, the two councillors who organised Labour’s sex segregated rally.

The Labour MPs who attended have been silent on why they agreed to appear at an event where men and women sat apart. Yet Guido can reveal that at least two Labour MPs attended another sex segregated rally in 2014. Liam Byrne, who also went this year, and Shadow Treasury Minister Shabana Mahmood were the guests of honour on Sunday 18 May 2014 at an event organised by the same Labour councillors, using the same words: “Cllr Mariam Khan is organising a women’s section for the Jalsa”.

So Byrne will have known the event this year was sex segregated, and still agreed to speak. How many more sex segregated events have Labour MPs attended? No wonder they are keeping quiet…

Farage Blasts Labour Over Sex Segregated Rally

The Labour MPs who attended the sex segregated rally were silent this morning when asked for comment by the Speccie. Nigel Farage has now challenged them to explain themselves on LBC:

“It was a political Labour party meeting. Men sat on the right hand side and women sat on the left hand side. And if that is not giving in, if that is not turning our backs on a century or more of advancement for women’s rights, then I don’t know what is. I believe that’s got no place in modern civilised Britain… I want to know from the Labour Party, how in the name of your party can you have allowed that to have happened?”

You can watch Luciana Berger’s unconvincing attempt at excusing the rally on the Daily Politics here

Dim Up North: Carpet-Bagging Unite Candidate Patronises Voters

“Eyup! Is tha’ voting Labour?” is t’slogan on’t t-shirt of woman of t’people Rachael Maskell.

Labour’s York Central candidate showed just how local she is at Bootham Crescent last weekend, home to York City FC.

Except Rachael would never say “eyup!”, because she isn’t from York.

Or even the North.

She lived in London until just a few weeks before she was parachuted in as the Unite choice ahead of several local candidates. Indeed, when she tried to get selected back home in Erith and Thamesmead in 2009, she told supporters “I stand very much as a south east London candidate”. Presumably she put on a cockney accent back then…

Axelrod: He Came, He Saw, He Tweeted

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David Axelrod flew into London for a couple of days, had a look around, shook a few hands, sent a couple of tweets then got on a flight back to Chicago. Axelrod managed to find time to pen a plea on behalf of Labour’s election campaign coordinator, wee Dougie Alexander, who is being run very hard by the SNP in his own Paisley seat. Well worth his £300,000 fee? At least on this visit he managed to spell “Miliband” correctly…

Knowing Me Steve Coogan, Knowing You Tom Watson

Steve Coogan and Tom Watson embark on a Save the NHS tour of North London tomorrow, in what sounds like the worst episode of The Trip ever. Guido recommends Ottolenghi when they reach Islington at lunchtime.

What is it about Labour’s manifesto that attracted coke and hookers fan Coogan to Miliband?

“Labour will take steps to protect the principle of media plurality, so that no media outlet can get too big, including updating our rules for the 21st century media environment. We remain strongly committed to the implementation of the recommendations of the Leveson Inquiry.”

Perhaps Coogan and Watson can talk about all that phone hacking at the Mirror when they’re driving around tomorrow…

Moses Miliband Unveils His Tombstone

They actually did it:

“If I am prime minister, I will keep our stone in a place where we can see it every day as a reminder of our duty to keep Labour’s promises.”

Arrrrrrite!

#EverydaySexualSegregation

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Labour are at the forefront of the fight for sexual equality – except when it might cost them votes. So here pictured in Hodge Hill this morning are Tom Watson MP, Liam Byrne MP and Mr Jack Dromey MP as […]

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At Last! Axelrod Arrives

And don’t they look happy to see him?

Yeah, really buzzing.

Winners grin, losers […]

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Guardian Backs Labour

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Though they warn:

“Of course there are misgivings. The party has some bad instincts – on civil liberties, penal policy and on Trident, about which it is too inflexible. Questions linger over Ed Miliband’s leadership, and whether he has

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Labour Double Down on Overspending Denial

Interviewer: “Was the country in a worse position to deal with the recession because of overspending, that is arguably the question”

Powell: “Well if that’s the question the answer to that very clearly is no”

They just don’t get it.[…]

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