Mrs Danczuk: Harman “Categorically” Did Say Those Words

Harriet Harman is embroiled in another row this afternoon after councillor Karen Danczuk accused her of telling porkies. Yesterday Mrs D tweeted:

Only for Harman to hit back strongly today:

“I deny I ever said that and it’s inconceivable I would have ever said that. I’ve always believed it’s what you do in politics, not what you look like. I have never discouraged a woman from getting involved in politics on the basis of their looks.”

But Karen insists to Guido that it did happen, at a party at Labour conference in Manchester a few years ago:

“I can categorically confirm that is exactly what was said to me by Harriet. I actually took it as a compliment and still do. I never thought bad of Harriet saying that to me. However I am now sad to hear that she is denying it when it is the truth. Maybe she had forgotten that she had said that to me. I stand by what I said. It’s the truth. I have no reason to lie.”

Well someone’s not telling the truth…

Labour Bans Pork in Islington Schools

It’s all quinoa and kale on the menu from now on for kids in Islington. The Standard reports:

“Pork has been banned from the menu at primary schools in a north London borough because it costs too much to monitor which children are allowed to eat it, a council has said. Islington Council has ruled that it is too expensive to check whether pupils in its primary schools can eat sausages, bacon and pork chops due to their religious beliefs.”

What do they have against people eating bacon sandwiches?

Harman Van Crash: “I Don’t Think We Overthought” Colour

Understatement of the day…

THE VAN THAT HATED BRITAIN

+ Labour’s Pink Van Paid For By Taxpayer
+ Made in Turkey at Cost of 500 British Jobs
+ Funded By €190 Million EU Loan Raised By UK Taxpayer

Is there anything British about Labour’s sexist pink van? 500 jobs were lost when the Ford Transit factory in Southampton was closed down in 2012 and relocated to Turkey. In a further slap in the face for British workers, the EU’s European Investment Bank then approved a €190 million loan for the new Turkish site, raised on the back of UK taxpayer funding for the bank. So Labour’s pink van was made in Turkey thanks to the loss of UK jobs, funded by an EU loan paid for by us. The only thing British about it is that it was paid for by the British taxpayer…

Women’s Equality: From Maggie to Pink Buses in 40 Years

As Harriet Harman’s plans to spend her election riding around in a pink bus campaigning on female equality are revealed, ironically it is 40 years to the day that Margaret Thatcher became leader of the Tory party. Labour have still never elected a female leader, though at least Hattie is fighting for the sisterhood in this interview with Mehdi Hasan today:

HH: “Unite has provided us with a driver and blow me down they’ve managed to find a woman with one of these licenses. We’ve had lots of doctrinal discussions, such as: should we be alright with a male driver?”

MH: “Has there been any discussion of the colour of her vehicle? Isn’t driving around in a pink van a bit patronizing? A bit clichéd?”

HH: “Well it doesn’t have big eyelashes on the front.”

A union official driving Labour’s sexist bus on the 40 year anniversary of Maggie becoming Tory leader. PMQs gold for Cameron…

UPDATE: The Times say the eyelashes were actually mooted by a Labour frontbencher and genuinely considered.

BUS CRASH!
Labour’s Patriarchally Patronising Pink Van Slammed

Harriet Harman responds:

And the line is:

No word yet from Jack Dromey on whether he will be riding in the pink van…

McXlusive: Jim Murphy Claims For Irn-Bru on Expenses

Jim Murphy portrays himself as the Irn Bru street fighter, campaigning on crates with a bottle in his hand. A man of the people…

Now Guido can reveal that not only is Murphy so out of touch that he drinks his Bru from a glass, the Scottish Labour leader gets the taxpayer to pay for his supply on expenses. FoI revelations show Murphy has made two expenses claims for Irn Bru, amounting to £1.30.

This is certain to cause a Bru-haha north of the border…

Miliband Sparks Minor Diplomatic Crisis
Labour Leader’s Letter Helps Spain ‘Attack Gibraltar’

Ed has upset the Gibraltarians by labelling them a tax haven and threatening to blacklist one of Britain’s proudest Overseas Territories if they do not comply with his demands. The Chief Minister of Gibraltar replies:

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Well done Ed. Who do you think you are, Spain?

I Wouldn’t Take Money From PWC Says Ex-Employee Hodge
+ Hodge Family Firm Stemcor Employs PWC
+ Admits She Still Receives Pension From Her Time There

Worth listening to the end of Margaret Hodge’s interview on the World at One as she is politely reminded of her massive hypocrisy when it comes to Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Hodge began by slamming Labour’s Shadow Cabinet – including Ed Ball[…]

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Rotherham MP: Farage Child-Grooming Melee “Hilarious”

Nigel Farage’s trip to Rotherham to talk about the town’s child abuse scandal ended up with him being barricaded inside an office as police protected him from loony SWP protesters outside. Given the sensitive subject and the fact the cops […]

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Cristina Odone Hits Back at “Ignorant” Hunt

Tristram Hunt is under heavy fire this morning over his inflammatory comments sneering at nuns on Question Time. Cristina Odone, to whom the Shadow Education Secretary scoffed “I know about your religious schooling”, hits back:

“Tristram Hunt’s

[…]

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WATCH: Tristram Hunt’s Question Time “Nuns” Slur

This incendiary comment from Tristram Hunt to Catholic journalist Cristina Odone on Question Time is going to run and run:

CO: The most inspiring teachers I’ve ever encountered were not out of teacher training college. You know what, they taught

[…]

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