Labour Veteran: Control Borders to Stop “Rumanian Sheepnappers”

The famously reticent Austin Mitchell has enjoyed telling us what he really thinks since he stood down at the election. Tonight the former Labour MP has been oversharing on immigration:

“We need to control our own borders but have to lay them open to any Rumanian sheepnappers who want to take any sheep they’ve stolen to Macdonalds”

Righto. Don’t expect a call from the Out campaign…

No, Corbynmania is Not “Sweeping the Nation”

“A movement is born,” claimed Jezza’s unofficial PR man Owen Jones last week: “across the nation, in every village and town and city you can see this movement emerging”. The hyperbole is even more generous in Owen’s interview with the man himself today: “in the last few weeks Corybnmania has swept across the country”. Well, has it?

The latest figures show there are around 270,000 Labour members.

In addition, around 70,000 have joined as affiliated supporters.

50,000 are so-called ‘registered supporters’.

A total of 390,000 people.

The voting age population of the UK is 50,780,423.

If we (generously) assume that around half of all those affiliated with the Labour Party support Corbyn – 195,000 people – then what proportion of the voting population is a Corbynista? Just 0.38%. 

Hardly sweeping the country…

Mrs Burnham Unravels Andy’s Career Spin

Andy Burnham’s reality-stretching campaign against Westminster bubble careerists has suffered another blow thanks to his lady wife. When they met on the first day of university, what did an 18-year-old Andy tell Marie-France he wanted to be when grew up?

“Do you know what you said to me on the first night, when I said ‘what do you want to do when you grow up?’ You said you wanted to be an MP.”

From wanting to be an MP at 18, to being a parliamentary researcher, to being a SpAd, to being an MP, to being a minister, to being a leadership candidate. That anti-Westminster bubble career trajectory in full…

Burnham’s Big Pharma Fudge

You might have thought the Shadow Health Secretary would want to have his say on the brewing Pfizer scandal, which has seen the drugs giant accused of overcharging the NHS for epilepsy treatments. Surely this is an opportunity for the Labour leadership candidate holding the health brief to stand up to those big nasty drugs corporations?

Guido has invited Burnham’s people to comment several times over the last 24 hours, but alas they did not want to give a line. Only a cynic would think that silence has anything to with Burnham’s campaign director being uber-lobbyist John Lehal, managing director at Insight Consulting Group, whose clients include… Pfizer. Pure coincidence, Guido is sure…

Another Tory Sell Out…

“In my economic speech I criticised George Osborne’s Budget for not doing enough [to reduce the deficit]” says one Labour leadership contender this morning. They go on:

“if the deficit has been closed by 2020 and the economy is growing (as Osborne forecasts), then Labour should not run a current budget deficit”

At least someone in the race is being fiscally responsible…

The candidate continues with a pitch to win back votes lost to the right: “I think an honest, straight-talking politics can win back support from the Conservatives [and] UKIP”. They are keen to stress their pro-business credentials, too: “I work with local businesses in my constituency, including some very promising high-tech businesses”. Loony lefties ain’t gonna like that…

What’s more, this candidate has even worked directly with the Tories:

“I recently spent a long weekend in Washington with Conservative MPs David Davis and Andrew Mitchell… They can see the greater good in working together, and I’m sure all Labour colleagues will too.”

How long before the loony left are calling Jeremy Corbyn a Tory sell out?

Burnham Pledges More Spending, Forgets the Deficit

Andy Burnham this morning reveals his supposedly “credible vision for Labour”, a list of Corbynite crowd-pleasers like scrapping tuition fees and re-nationalising the railways (or not). Yet there was one word missing from his new pledge card: “Deficit.”

Surely his more detailed five point plan couldn’t possibly miss it out? He has spent the morning calling himself the “credible” candidate, you can’t really be credible by only making pledges to increase spending. Alas, the deficit is nowhere to be seen…

He’s just a scouse Ed Miliband

Labour Struggling to Root Out Tories and Trots

Some good old silly season fun from Labour HQ, who have caught Tory MP Tim Loughton trying to sign up and vote for Corbyn. How was Loughton rumbled? Probably something to do with the fact he did it from his parliamentary email address and wrote that his reason for voting was “to consign Labour to oblivion for a generation”. Mischievous ‘registered supporters’ are encouraged to register their support with slightly more subtlety.

A Labour spokesman wouldn’t cough when Guido asked exactly how many Tories and Trots they have managed to root out, simply insisting a “robust system is in place”. A few weeks ago LabourList reported that “around 30” entryists had been caught, of which half were Tories. Today that number is “40 or 50”. A drop in the ocean of the real number of Tories and loony lefty entryists signing up to vote Jezza…

Corbyn’s Gay Rights Vow: Iran Style

Worthy words from Jeremy Corbyn in an interview with Pink News, where he threatens “economic and diplomatic consequences” against countries with poor gay rights records if he becomes PM. Just how serious is Jezza about getting tough on states that persecute gays?

That’s him hosting a programme on Press TV, the Iranian state television channel and mouthpiece of the regime which executes homosexuals. Please, tell us more about your principled stance on gay rights…

Burnham Train Derailed: Renationalisation Spin Unravels

Andy Burnham got the headlines he wanted this morning: the Mirror dutifully report he “promises to renationalise the railways if he takes power” on their front page. Rival Labour camps are quick to point out that Burnham’s plan has been […]

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Cuddly Corbyn’s Defence of Milosevic and Gaddafi

Jeremy Corbyn got his own back on Tony Blair last night in the only sensible way, by calling for him to be tried for war crimes:

“If he’s committed a war crime, yes. I think it was an illegal war,

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One Term Burnham

In a less than subtle dig at veteran Jeremy Corbyn, Andy Burnham tells GQ that MPs should stand down after 25 years:

“I think modern politics is intense – it’s changed in my 14 years in Parliament. I always felt

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Guido’s Fashion Tips: Labour Leadership Edition

Where does Andy Burnham buy his suits? GQ have asked the big question:

“God, do I have to… This is going to get me in trouble. It’s an Armani suit, this one. [Is it off the peg?] Oh God, yeah.

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