Labour Plan to Abolish MPs’ Expenses Receipts Because Filing Them is a “Chore”

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Labour have drawn up plans to end the requirement for MPs to provide receipts for expenses claims. The staggeringly opaque proposals have been made by Shadow Leader of the House Paul Flynn, who is responsible for his party’s policy on MPs’ expenses. Flynn admits his plan is “provocative“, but claims it is necessary to abolish the expenses watchdog and implement an unreceipted allowance for MPs, because filing expenses is a “chore“. The text of the plan, seen by Guido, states:

“A monthly 30 minute chore was complicated by IPSA into hours of tedious frustrating trawling through a bureaucratic morass of rules that are complex and tedious. IPSA robs MPs and our staff of much of their most precious possession – time. There is continuing resentment against unnecessary chores that diminish MPs ability to do their numberless essential tasks.”

Hundreds of thousands of workers across the country take the time to file expenses claims, but Flynn says that’s too much effort for MPs…

He argues the current system, which allows the public to hold MPs to account on each expenses claim they make, should be abolished and replaced by a new “automatic” allowance with no receipts and no transparency whatsoever:

“MPs would embrace a new system without claims or the expensive IPSA. It could be based on an allowance calculated on average expenses based on distance from Westminster and paid automatically.”

So he wants the taxpayer to write MPs a cheque for tens of thousands of pounds and never know how the money is spent. Opaque, unaccountable and ripe for corruption, this is Labour’s new policy on expenses…

UPDATE: A Labour spokesman says “What Paul Flynn has suggested is not Labour Party policy”. But as Shadow Leader of the House Flynn is responsible for their policy on MPs’ expenses…

Corbyn’s Digital Democracy Guru Supports IRA’s Armed Struggle

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Who is the man behind Jeremy Corbyn’s “digital democracy” launch today? Meet Richard Barbrook, a mate of John McDonnell and academic at the University of Westminster who describes himself as a “cybernetic communist” and wrote the book on “Cyber-Communism”. And it gets a lot more sinister than that…

Photos on Barbrook’s Facebook page show he regularly wears the badge of Óglaigh na hÉireann. Translated as “soldiers of Ireland” and bearing the words “undefeated army”, it has been used by numerous armed republican groups including the Provisional IRA, the Continuity IRA and the Real IRA. More recently, it has been the name of an IRA splinter group which has carried out attacks on the police and army since 2009. In the photo on the left Barbrook can be seen wearing the badge. The photo on the right is a close up in which Barbrook is wearing the same badge. He has been tagged in the photo by a friend.

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The father of Jeremy Corbyn’s new digital campaign is a self-proclaimed communist who supports the IRA’s armed struggle – he believes in bombing democracy…

MPs Demanding Brexit Vote Didn’t Turn Up for EU Debates

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Labour MPs in denial about the referendum result have been demanding parliament gets a vote on triggering Article 50. Sore loser David Lammy cries: “We can stop this madness and bring this nightmare to an end through a vote in parliament. Our sovereign parliament needs to vote now on whether we should exit the EU”. Embarrassingly, according to analysis on the They Work For You website, Lammy was absent for the vast majority of previous key Commons debates on the EU. Of the 42 “key votes” on Europe that Lammy could have attended, he turned up for a measly 13. They Work For You report that Lammy “has never voted on UK membership of the EU”. If he cared so much, maybe he should have turned up for work…

Lammy’s colleague Mike Gapes meanwhile says that respecting the decision of the nation is “deplorable” and “undemocratic”, insisting “parliament must decide”. This is a novel approach for Gapes. According to They Work For You website, of the 42 previous key EU votes that Gapes could have taken part in, he turned up for just 23. Bit late now for them to make pious pronouncements about parliamentary sovereignty… Give it up, losers…

Smith Campaign Hires Another Big Pharma Lobbyist

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What is it about Owen Smith and Big Pharma lobbyists? Fresh from hiring Pfizer PR guru Jon Lehal as his chief of operations, Smith has taken on a former AstraZeneca lobbyist as his director of communications. Will Tanner was until recently the head of Finsbury PR’s UK public affairs team, where he proudly boasted of his work for top pharmaceutical companies. Tanner has for the last decade been right hand man to mega-rich super-lobbyist Roland Rudd, the Remain campaign’s éminence grise. Which explains why Smith is so keen on his democracy-defying plan for a second referendum. Oily Smith is a former Big Pharma lobbyist, whose campaign is being run by a former Big Pharma lobbyist, and whose spinner is another former Big Pharma lobbyist…

UPDATE: A pro-Corbyn source gets in touch:

“What would Nye say? Pretending to be the heir to Nye Bevan and having one big pharma lobbyist running your campaign is sloppy, but having two is either suspicious or incompetent or both. It’s clear now that Owen Smith doesn’t give a Pfizer about our NHS.”

Serjeant at Arms Gets Complaint About Carolyn Harris

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The Serjeant at Arms has been sent a complaint by one of Carolyn Harris’s constituents, demanding to know why she has granted a pass to lobbyist Lawrence Bailey who told Guido he was “not an employee or member of Carolyn’s staff.” The Serjeant’s office can now begin the official complaints procedure, which could see Bailey have his pass revoked and Harris face sanctions. This follows on from a complaint to Harris earlier this week from the director general of lobbying trade association the PRCA. Bailey’s made at least £51,305.60 from the taxpayer for doing what amounts to “5+ days a month support”, doing PR for an opposition backbencher and her predecessor, the former of which nobody had heard of until she became embroiled in allegations of homophobic abuse to a staff member. Time to take away the public teat…

Sainsbury Broke Labour Rules, Purging Likely

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Top Labour donor Baron Sainsbury’s grant of over £2 million to the Lib Dems this year means, without any doubt, he has broken Labour’s strict membership rules. The 2016 rulebook, Chapter 2 clause I section 4 paragraph B calls for the automatic exclusion of any members who “supports a political organisation other than an official Labour group”. £2,125,000 to a rival party surely counts as support…

Sainsbury’s money, though much needed with the collapse of union donations on the horizon, can’t have been welcomed too much by the current leadership. Although Sainsbury has, particularly during the Blair years, donated some £15.6 million to the party, he’s given over £5 million to the New Labour faction’s Progress and £1.35 million to the Movement for Change – a now defunct front for David Miliband’s ambitions and that was once seen as integral to the New Labour continuity project in the way that Momentum is to Corbyn. The rules are however clear – with £2 million given to the LibDems – Sainsbury has to be purged by Labour’s Compliance Department…

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Labour MPs Love Theresa May As Well

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It’s not just Labour’s former advisers who like Theresa May – their MPs think she’s impressive too. Theresa May was deemed “most impressive parliamentarian” by no less than 35% of Labour MPs, putting her second on the leadership table only to be beaten by Cameron in an Ipsos MORI poll of members. While May was deemed impressive by more ministers, the ex-cabinet ministers sitting bitterly on the backbenches put Dave ahead in the overall stakes by just 1% – to 26%.

Labour’s strongest contender was unsurprisingly Hilary Benn, coming joint sixth with 6%, but was beaten to a top five place by Angus Robertson. Labour MPs went mostly unloved, with Tom Watson and Dan Jarvis gaining the support of just one MP each (possibly themselves?). One Conservative joker backed Corbyn for the title. If Labour MPs like May so much, why don’t they just…

Labour Adviser Created “Theresa May for PM” Campaign

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A former Labour adviser who denied supporting Theresa May was behind the pro-Theresa May campaign Twibbon. Jonny Chambers, who previously worked for Stella Creasy, lashed out on Twitter this morning after being barred from the Labour party after he “demonstrated support for the Conservative party on social media.” In a Facebook post, Chambers claimed that the allegations of “support” for May were a “wonderful demonstration of Labour’s values”, before denying any support had been given:

“Labour claim that evidence shows I have demonstrated support for the Conservatives – something I have never done.

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#TrainGate: Labour Voters Trust Corbyn

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Labour voters showed their trust in Corbyn in a recent YouGov poll on TrainGate. 39% of current Labour voters believe Corbyn’s version of events – that there were no unreserved seats available – compared to 34% believing Virgin’s story. 44% think Corbyn was being dishonest but only 36% of Labour voters think that his dishonesty matters.[…]

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Mosley’s Money Funding Watson’s Expanded Team

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Tom Watson is spending most of his £200,000 from fellow free-press hater Max Mosley on four new staff members. The fan of German-themed parties with prostitutes is generously bolstering Watson’s operation…

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Labour’s deputy leader is recruiting a new political advisor, writer, head of policy, and correspondence assistant, with salaries ranging from £24,522 for the latter role to undisclosed figures for the top jobs.[…]

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Danczuk’s Fundraising Flop

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Simon Danczuk has raised just £20 out of his £500 goal for a local charity since beginning his funding drive in May. The Rochdale MP’s summer could hardly get worse, since first tweeting that he would be fundraising for the Growth Project in May he has attracted just one donor.[…]

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Corbyn on TrainGate

Darren McCaffrey provoked Corbyn’s famous ire with the MSM when asking him questions about TrainGate. Corbyn’s story changed, claiming he couldn’t find two (rather than one) seats. […]

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Smith Calls Corbyn a “Lunatic”


The Indy revealed Oily Smith lashing out at his elderly rival at a rally last night, implying Corbyn was “some… lunatic at the top of the Labour Party”:

“We’ve got to get two million people who actually voted Tory, 12 months ago, to vote Labour, in 106 seats.

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Virgin Trains Offering Labour Conference Delegates 20% Discount

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Virgin’s corporate partnership with Labour must be feeling the strain after Branson’s anti-Corbyn intervention this afternoon. Ironically Virgin Trains are offering members a 20% discount off ticket prices for delegates attending Labour’s autumn conference:

“With regular trains from London Euston, we can get you straight to Liverpool in just 2 hours 14 minutes, giving you the time to put your feet up or make those last minute preparations .

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Owen Campaign’s Strategic Divide

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Owen Smith is particularly desperate to try and win Wales and shore up his vote on home turf to avoid personal humiliation. When it comes to events and phone banking his campaign is very Welsh-centric – he’s focusing on South Wales disproportionately.[…]

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