Miliband Gags Press Over Dirty Encounter on Hampstead Heath

This morning’s Jewish Telegraph claims Ed Miliband threatened to sue them if they published Richard Desmond’s account of a meeting between the media mogul and former Labour leader. The paper’s splash alleges:

“The former Labour leader was furious over allegations that he had made offensive remarks to Desmond about Israeli action against Palestinians. The Daily Express owner had told the Jewish Telegraph that Miliband had verbally attacked Israel during a chance encounter on London’s Hampstead Heath.

Miliband’s spokesman, who had seen a full transcript of Desmond’s interview, said: “You should expect legal action and/or a complaint to the press watchdog if you go ahead with publication.”

They go on:

“Desmond alleged that Miliband made certain remarks about Israel, which we have chosen not to print.

The newspaper chief suggested that Miliband had been “in such a rage. I couldn’t stop him – he was going berserk [about Israel’s actions]”.”

So what did angry Ed say?

And what is it with him meeting people on Hampstead Heath? Maybe Gareth can mediate…

Another Kinnock Election Defeat

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Labour Red Prince Stephen Kinnock may have just won the safe seat of Aberavon, but things haven’t panned out so well for his wife, Denmark’s first female prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt. She resigned as leader of her party this morning as she conceded defeat in yesterday’s election.

The Kinnocks had enjoyed a House Of Cards style pact during Helle’s time in power, with Stephen planning his life around his wife’s political ambitions, dutifully flying in to see her most weekends from his job at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. Guido hears the Valleys are lovely this time of year…

Cannabis Campaigners For Corbyn

Coach loads of trots are being bussed into London on Saturday for a union-funded End Austerity Now march on parliament. Jeremy Corbyn will be there, hoping to convince as many as he can to pay their £3 and sign up to vote.

Among those joining Corbyn will be the “Cannabis Campaigners Against Austerity” group, who sound like they have a fun day planned:

Forget this lot, what were the MPs who nominated him smoking?

MPs in Labour’s Marginals Favour Kendall, Safe Seat Socialists Favour Corbyn

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This fascinating infographic by Matt Smith shows that the Labour MPs most under threat of losing their seat think the best option is Liz Kendall. Those MPs with least to fear from voters favour Jeremy Corbyn. Draw your own conclusions…

New Statesman NFI’d to Labour Leadership Hustings

Labour have announced which news organisations have been invited to chair each of their regional leadership hustings, which are taking place in addition to the ones on TV and radio:

Anushka Asthana, Sky News

David Clegg, Daily Record

Matthew d’Ancona, The Guardian

Isabel Hardman, The Spectator

Gaby Hinsliff, Political Editor, Grazia

Chris Lloyd, Northern Echo

Mary Riddell, Daily Telegraph

Tim Shipman, The Sunday Times

Jim Waterson, Buzzfeed UK

Paul Waugh, HuffingtonPost UK

The Speccie and the Telegraph get one each, even Buzzfeed are on the list. Yet the New Statesman, Labour’s in house magazine, are nowhere to be seen. Was it something they said?

Labour U-Turn on Public Engagement Promise to Stop #ToriesForCorbyn

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Despite Harriet Harman’s promise that Labour aren’t “afraid” to allow Joe Public a vote in their leadership contest…

“We must let the public in. Into the process and into our minds as we make the decisions about who is our next leader and how we go forward. So we are going to start that with how we do the leadership elections.”

… The party tell MailOnline that they will now require a “verification” process to root out Tory entryists. A Labour source tells Guido:

“Registered supporters have to support the aims and values of the Labour Party and if they don’t then they won’t be allowed to take part.”

The end of #ToriesForCorbyn? A cunning plan relying only on the Tories never telling a lie…

Watson Flanked By Sex Segregation Councillors in New Campaign Video

Bad enough that Steve Coogan and Eddie Izzard feature in Tom Watson’s new campaign video for his deputy leadership bid, but look who he has standing behind him at the end of the film:

On the left, Ansar Ali Khan and on the right, Mariam Khan, the two Labour councillors who organised the party’s controversial sex segregated rally, attended by Watson before the election.

A candidate standing for social justice and equality might have quietly sidelined the Khans after such an unsavoury episode. Instead Watson puts them front and centre…

MPs Being Lobbied By Select Committee Candidates Beg: “Leaf Me Alone!”

Voting is underway for the various Commons select committee chairmanships that are up for grabs – and the excitement among MPs being lobbied for votes has reached fever pitch. Sorta.

Behold, the greatest piece of campaign literature Guido has seen yet, from Labour MP Barry Gardiner, who wants to be chair of the Environmental Audit Committee:

They’ll be re-leafed when it’s all over…

Broad Early Support For Corbyn

Last month Guido speculated that Labour’s enemies might ‘do a Balotelli’ and take up Harriet Harman’s offer to engage in the party’s leadership race.

Jeremy Corbyn is certainly enjoying some broad early support…

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‘Taliban’ Liz Condemns Burnham and Cooper Campaigns

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Liz Kendall’s campaign chief Toby Perkins writes to Burnham and Cooper:

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Anthony Akbar! New Labour Taliban Assault on Burnham HQ

Spotted outside 83 Victoria Street, the building that houses the headquarters of Andy Burnham and Liz Kendall, this afternoon:

And down the road at Labour HQ:

Long live Mr Tony, peace be upon him.

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Corbyn Invited Terrorists and War Criminals Into Parliament

Q: How is that whole ‘broadening the debate’ thing working out for Labour?

A: Well, they have on their ballot paper a man who invited Hezbollah and Hamas into our corridors of power:

“Tomorrow evening it will be my pleasure

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Janan Ganesh on Labour’s soft left

“Ms Cooper does not believe the previous Labour government was wrong to run a fiscal deficit after 15 years of economic growth. Both she and Mr Burnham think families should be entitled to tax credits for a third child. These views are not mad. They are just a bit too left-wing for Britain. For any serious party, that amounts to the same thing. The soft left is more electable than the hard left but then Mars is more habitable than Neptune: neither planet will host human life anytime soon.”

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