A great speech.
The Labour MP was shot and stabbed during one of her local surgeries. One witness told Sky that the “65-70” year old attacker fired two shots from a “homemade” or “World War One style” gun. Her condition is described as “critical”.
UPDATE: 52 year old man arrested.
UPDATE III: Vote Leave suspend campaigning.
UPDATE IV: Stronger In suspend campaigning.
UPDATE V: Picture of the arrest via BBC:
Jeremy Corbyn today tells Labour supporters in Yorkshire to vote Remain to “protect workers across Europe”. In the new film “Lexit: The Movie”, produced by Labour Leave, Jezza’s brother Piers demolishes that argument:
“The idea that the European Union is a happy-clappy haven for workers rights is complete nonsense… We do not need an unelected bureaucracy to tell us, “ok, you can have these rights”. They’re taking the power to defend these rights away from us. What’s this about? We can defend ourselves. And once you give away the power to defend yourself to someone else, you know they can stop defending you. Look at Greece. Were they defended? No.”
You can watch the hour long film making the case for Lexit here…
This photo shows Sadiq Khan giving a speech outside the Stronger In battle bus in Manchester today. Khan is surrounded by a ring of men at the front. The women are standing at the back. Click on the photo to enlarge – the picture doesn’t lie – there are no women at the front of the audience. When will Labour learn?
Labour Leave has launched a digital advertising campaign telling Labour voters to back Brexit to “wipe the smile off” Cameron and Osborne’s faces. Readers of left-wing websites such as LabourList are now seeing adverts appealing to them to vote Leave. Labour Leave say “a vote to Leave will surely lead to the toppling of Cameron and Osborne” and “could possibly lead to another General Election in the next 12 months”. If Labour voters want to get rid of Dave and George, they know what to do…
“We would oppose any post-Brexit austerity budget, just as we have opposed any austerity budget proposed by this government.” It ain’t gonna happen…
Dave’s decision to stand back and let Labour take charge of the Remain campaign is going well then. The party has split down the middle in the space of 48 hours.
Labour Remainers who want to keep free movement:
Jeremy Corbyn: Will fight to defend free movement.
John McDonnell: Told Peston he is against controls.
Ed Miliband: Problems shouldn’t be blamed on immigration.
Gordon Brown: Immigration is the BBC’s agenda.
Hilary Benn: Free movement is “part of the deal”.
Chuka Umunna: Happy with renegotiation on free movement.
Caroline Flint: Restrictions will hit Britons travelling to EU.
Chi Onwurah: Does not agree with Ed Balls.
Labour Remainers who want free movement reformed:
Tom Watson: Free movement rules must end.
Ed Balls: EU must impose new controls.
Yvette Cooper: Also says new controls needed.
Andy Burnham: Immigration key factor for Brexit voters.
Tristram Hunt: Wants UK to get grip on EU migrants.
Anna Turley: We have to look at freedom of movement.
Michael Dugher: Talking about immigration better late than never.
Those calling for reform want Brussels to suddenly tear up the main principle of the European project – it will never happen – as Stephen Bush says they might as well back Brexit. Yesterday morning Tom Watson tweeted: “The whole Labour family together today with a single, simple message.” Didn’t last long…
Red on red during today’s Home Affairs Select Committee anti-Semitism inquiry as a furious Chuka called Ken “pathetic”:
Ken: “What I said was true. What caused offence was a group of embittered old Blairite MPs running around lying about what I said -“
Chuka: “It’s just pathetic”
Ken: “Yes, yes, there’s no good you wriggling away Chuka Umunna, describing me as a Nazi apologist is a lie, and I could have sued him. I’m just not going to waste my time.”
Ken meanwhile pitched a half hour BBC programme where he explains the history of when exactly Hitler went mad…
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Asked about immigration on the Today programme, Alan Johnson, the chair of Labour’s Remain campaign, blamed “people” for not “listening” to their arguments:
“We’ve talked about immigration all the way through this.
Scouser Andy Burnham running for Manchester mayor was always an odd one. The Everton fan’s Twitter stream is full of opposition from local Mancs who would rather have Stretford boy Tony Lloyd in the job. So it’s not surprising that Burnham’s campaign has bombed – he came last in the Co-Op Party hustings last week, and came last again in the Gorton CLP hustings last night.[…]
Momentum members are arguing about an event on “anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism” which is being promoted with a photo comparing Israel to Hitler. Good to see them handling the issue with their textbook sensitivity…
The event’s cover photo is a placard with the words “Well done Israel – Hitler would be proud”.[…]
Cherie Blair, whose husband Tony created almost one new law for every day in office, railed against “big government” while supporting landlords in their judicial review of recent buy-to-let changes.
“United together, we can challenge the big government that is doing things to us which are unfair… I have a secret passion for homes under the hammer.
WikiGuido takes a look at whether John McDonnell could be the next Labour leader in the new issue of Spectator Life. McDonnell’s eighties nickname is also revealed:
McDonnell infamously praised the ‘bombs and bullets’ of the IRA, though his links to Irish republicanism go deeper than words.