Botch-erby: Labour Lose Seat Corbyn Visited Last Month

Three weeks ago Jeremy Corbyn was up in Cumbria, visiting flooded properties in the village of Botcherby with his Shadow Environment Secretary Kerry McCarthy. They clearly made a lasting impression. In the first local by-election of 2016 yesterday, independent candidate Jack Paton gained the Botcherby seat from Labour with an 11% swing. Will the floodgates open on May 5?

New Shadow Europe Minister’s Links to British Influence

Corbyn supposedly used the reshuffle to mould the Shadow Cabinet in his image by appointing a unilateralist as Shadow Defence Secretary, to go with his vegan Shadow farming minister and commie City spokesmanYet he also quashed once and for all any lingering chance that the PLP might be dictated to from the leader’s office on Europe.

New Shadow Europe minister Pat Glass is as Europhile as they come. She founded the pro-EU PLP group and works closely with the Labour Yes campaign. Glass is also chair of the APPG on the European Union, the secretariat of which is British Influence, the pro-EU lobbying group backed by Peter Mandelson, Danny Alexander and Ken Clarke. We know where Jez’s heart is on the matter, he voted to stay out of the European Community in 1975 and holds the traditional Bennite view that the EU is a bosses’ and bankers’ union. A view on which he has sold out completely…

Labour Reshuffle Continues

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Defence
Kate Hollern MP

Education
Jenny Chapman MP

Justice
Jo Stevens MP

Transport
Andy McDonald MP

Work and Pensions
Angela Rayner MP

Foreign
Fabian Hamilton MP

Who are ya? Who are ya?

Reynolds Hits Back at Diane Abbott Smear

Diane Abbott smeared the departed members of the frontbench on Newsnight as “all former Special Advisers”:

“When you look at some of the other people, when you look at Jonathan Reynolds, if you look at Mr Dugher, if you look at some of these others, what do they have in common? They’re all former Special Advisers…”

Reynolds, who wasn’t a SpAd, hits back:

Anyway, not like Ken Livingstone press officer turned councillor, turned candidate, turned MP, turned shadow minister Diane Abbott is a career politician…

Kevan Jones Quits: Letter in Full

Shadow Defence minister Kevan Jones is the next to resign:

The Thornberry effect…

Stephen Doughty Resigns Live on Air

Shadow Foreign Office minister Stephen Doughty quits live on the Daily Politics, accusing the leader’s office of “lies” about Pat McFadden. Just in time for PMQs…

Pat-riarchy Stumps Sir Michael White

The ‘one Pat in, one Pat out’ approach to the reshuffle confounded poor Sir Michael White:

The incoming Pat (top right) certainly is a proper northerner, but she isn’t a “he”.

Guido knows the feeling, it was approaching day three of the reshuffle when the move was announced. And to be fair, it’s out of character for Corbyn to promote a woman…

H/T @youngvulgarian

Thornberry Paid Thousands By Firm Behind Claims Against Our Boys

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The new Shadow Defence Secretary is going to have difficulty explaining why she accepted thousands of pounds in donations from a law firm which was condemned over false legal claims made against British soldiers. In December 2014, Thornberry took a £14,500 donation-in-kind from Leigh Day & Co. The firm was blasted by the inquiry into allegations of torture against UK troops, which found the claims were “wholly and entirely without merit” and based on “deliberate and calculated lies”. Last night it emerged Leigh Day is now facing a disciplinary inquiry and the prospect of its lawyers being struck off. How will it go down with soldiers to know that the Shadow Defence Secretary took donations from the law firm behind false claims against our boys… 

The top-brass at the Ministry of Defence will not be impressed either with the CND supporter who voted against Trident in 2007. Which should encourage the Tories in 2020 to re-issue this nostalgic campaign poster:

They’ve never seen a minister like it… 

Hat-tip: @wallaceme

Reynolds Quits: Read Resignation Letter in Full

Shadow Rail minister Jonny Reynolds is the first frontbencher to quit this morning, telling Corbyn: “I cannot in good conscience endorse the world view of the Stop the War Coalition… I believe my colleague Pat McFadden was right…”

Who’s next?[…]

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McFadden ‘Sacked For Saying West Not to Blame For Paris Attacks’

Sacked Shadow Europe minister Pat McFadden says Corbyn told him he was being fired “because of questions I asked about terrorism… following the Paris terrorist attacks”. This is the question McFadden asked:

“Can I ask the Prime Minister to

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LIVE: Labour Reshuffle In Full

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Labour’s new Shadow Cabinet is:

Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn MP

Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Party Chair and Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office

Tom Watson MP

Shadow First Secretary of […]

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Last Orders at Labour’s Old Local

In something of a metaphor for the state of the Labour party, their once favoured pub has sadly closed down. The Tapster was – helpfully for long-suffering staffers needing to drown their sorrows – located underneath their former party HQ […]

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“Sad and disappointed to see our Prime Minister stoop to this level of scaremongering, especially as he knows the Calais agreement is nothing to do with the EU and agreed between the two govts”

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