Smith Wants to “Smash” May “Back On Her Heels”

Owen Smith has gaffed awkwardly at his campaign event today by saying he wants to “smash” Theresa May “back on her heels”. Probably not sensible for Smith to talk about “smashing” women politicians give he was forced to apologise for a tasteless domestic violence analogy in 2010. And presumably female Labour MPs will be outraged at him talking about Theresa May’s heels. Everyday brocialist sexism…

Shami’s Bad Tempered Peerage Non-Denial

Shami Chakrabarti was asked once again if Corbyn had offered her a peerage on Newsnight, her response to Kirsty Wark’s question is bad tempered to say the least:

Chakrabarti: “Well I don’t know Kirsty, are you going to take one?”

Wark: “Well I haven’t been offered one, have you?”

Chakrabarti: “Many times”

Assume that’s a yes then…

Kinnock ‘Hid Daughter’s £29,000-a-Year Private School’ During Selection

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Stephen Kinnock has been accused of hiding his daughter’s private education during his selection process for his seat. In 2014 Kinnock told Wales Online that “it is highly misleading to say that our daughter attended a private school”. Except Johanna Kinnock did attend a private school from 2013 to 2015, the prestigious £29,000-a-year Atlantic College in the Vale of Glamorgan. So it wasn’t “highly misleading”, it was the truth…

Kinnock is now spinning that he was talking about private schools in Denmark rather than Britain, and claims he wasn’t asked about her schooling here so he wasn’t telling porkies. If you believe that Guido has a Welsh valley to sell you. Atlantic College is located at the 12th century St Donat’s castle, where students enjoy the gothic dining hall, 25,000 book library, surrounding gardens and woodland, tennis courts and boat-building facilities. Can’t think why Labour’s Red Prince didn’t want to mention that to his CLP…

UPDATE: The BBC quote a Labour source in Kinnock’s Abevaron constituency as saying the revelation would have cost him the seat:

“It would have changed people’s perception, it would have made the difference. There was only one vote in it.”

H/T @jacothenorth

Empty Seats at Smith Campaign Rally

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Owen Smith boasts that a “great crowd” turned up to his campaign rally tonight. His team tweeted out the carefully cropped picture above to show off his turnout. Guido’s pictures taken from slightly further back tell a different story:

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It was a 900 capacity venue, filled to about a third:

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Some Smith supporters are tweeting that his fans are queuing round the block. Guessing they got in…

Bercow Clears Corbyn and McDonnell Aides

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John Bercow has dismissed claims by Seema Malhotra that aides of Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell broke Commons rules by accessing her office. Excitable (or desperate) Labour moderates hyped this up as a modern-day Watergate, but the Speaker has rejected their complaints. He tells Malhotra:

“Having taken advice, I am satisfied that there is nothing in your letter or in the information subsequently elicited by the deputy Serjeant at Arms which would justify regarding these events as a possible breach.”

Embarrassing for the anti-Corbyn MPs who kicked up such a storm about this on Sunday…

UPDATE: McDonnell speaks:

“It’s only right and fair that Seema now apologises for the stress she has caused to my staff over the last few days. As I said on the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday the Labour Party needs to unite and actions like this which are only being used to try to undermine Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership must stop.”

Theresa May Smiling as Tory Polls Improving

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When run through Election Polling’s UK swingometer, ICM’s figures today show that Labour is facing down the barrel of May’s gun next election. If these numbers become a uniform swing, the Tories are likely to take 41 seats from Labour and two from the LibDems, with a further surprise win in SNP held Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk. In all, the Tories have gained nine points since ICM’s last pre-referendum poll. Meanwhile, Labour are set to lose 43 seats. They’d even lose a seat to the Lib Dems in Cambridge…

Labour’s Right-Wing Enthusiastically Backs Smith

Despite initially pitching himself as the competent, electable face of Corbynism, last night Owen Smith told Newsnight he would press the nuclear button, that there are too many immigrants and claimed Jez is unpatriotic. Good luck winning over Corbynistas with that pitch…

The Blairite former SpAd and lobbyist was never going to convince true believers he was one of them. It doesn’t help that he is backed by the right-wing of the Labour Party. Labour First, the ultra “moderate” faction run by Corbyn-hating Luke “Bomber” Akehurst. He has emailed supporters asking them to volunteer for Smith’s campaign:

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Progress, the Blairite faction, has boasted that 40% of new sign-ups are Smith backers and says this gives “hope” for the future. Given Smith’s back the bomb and close the borders rhetoric last night, it’s almost as if he’s looking beyond this leadership election to the fallout after Corbyn wins…

Sarah Champion Unresigns From Labour Frontbench

Sarah Champion, who resigned as a shadow minister on 28 June during the Labour coup, has written to Jeremy Corbyn to ask for her job back:

From: Sarah Champion
To: Jeremy Corbyn
Subject: Shadow minister role

Dear Jeremy

I would like to formally retract my resignation and ask to be reinstated to my role as Shadow Home Office minister for preventing abuse and domestic violence with immediate effect.

Kindest regards

Sarah Champion

Will he accept her back into the fold? Guido understands he is minded to say yes…

CONFIRMED: Corbyn accepts her unresignation and reinstates her to the shadow frontbench. LOLabour…

UPDATE: On 29 June Sarah Champion tweeted: “Jeremys position is no longer tenable if we’re to be effective”

Did she see Owen Smith’s polling and change her mind?

New Footage of McDonnell on “Assassinating Thatcher”

In 2010 John McDonnell insisted he was “sorry” for saying he would like to go back in time and assassinate Thatcher. Readers will be stunned to learn his apology might not have been genuine. New YouTube footage, which has only been viewed 45 times, shows McDonnell speaking in 2014.[…]

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May Lifts Miliband and McDonnell’s Lines

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Theresa May has responded to the damning Philip Green report via her spokesman, saying the BHS collapse shows there is a need to “reform capitalism”. The Ed Miliband of 2013 will be happy:

“We are talking about how we are going to reform capitalism, not abolish it as my dad would have wanted.”

It’s not the only rhetorical similarity.[…]

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Corbyn’s Ex-Wife Claims Big Pharma Conspiracy to Profit From Cancer

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Jeremy Corbyn’s ex-wife thinks the pharmaceutical industry deliberately hides causes of cancer in order to “make profit from this illness”. Claudia Bracchitta, the mother of Jezza’s three sons, posted a string of links on her Facebook which claimed there are:

“ten causes of cancer that are kept in secret so the pharmaceutical industry can make profit from this illness”

Guess she won’t be voting for Owen Smith then…

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Claudia’s Facebook page is a laugh riot – she promoted the loony conspiracy theory that Portland Communications was behind the Labour coup, says the BBC is the “British Brainwashing Corporation” and posted a picture of Laura Kuenssberg with gaffer tape on her face.[…]

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McGinn Whipped Labour MPs to “Keep Up the Pressure on JC”

Labour whip Conor McGinn has created some headlines today by accusing Corbyn of threatening to call up his dad. McGinn over-dramatically says this is “bullying”. It’s not really though, is it. “Just wait till your father hears about this” is said by many mothers…

McGinn was fingered a while back as a key anti-Corbyn plotter, despite supposedly serving the leader as an opposition whip.[…]

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Owen Smith Hires Top Pfizer Lobbyist to Run Campaign

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Owen Smith has hired a leading corporate lobbyist who works for Pfizer to run his leadership campaign, Guido can reveal. John Lehal is the smoothie MD of lobbying firm Insight Consulting, and boasts among his clients Big Pharma giants Pfizer, Novartis and Bristol-Myers Squibb.[…]

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Oona King Quits Politics For Silicon Valley

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Oona King has ended her 25 year career in politics to work for YouTube in Silicon Valley, citing Jeremy Corbyn as one of the reasons behind her decision to leave Westminster. At a send off with Labour MPs last night, the Baroness was asked if the current state of the Labour leadership had made it easier for her to go:

“Yes, to an extent.

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Paul Mason’s “Corbyn’s Not Rubbish” Rant Against “Torture & Rendition Ultra-Blairites”

Paul Mason laid out his loony left vision for the Labour party in a series of bizarre rants targeting Blairites:

“For the Blairites, for the twenty or thirty ultra Blairites, you know, the torture, rendition and Iraq war brigade, they might feel happier in a centrist party.”

He also manages to throw the Greek Syriza party in for good measure.[…]

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Shami Chakrabarti: I Wouldn’t Accept “Honours” in “Exchange” for Silence

Labour’s anti-semitism inquiry author Shami Chakrabarti yesterday refused to answer in a J-TV interview whether or not Corbyn had offered her a gong. A far cry from April this year, when she directly told Owen Jones she thought it wasn’t “flattering” to be offered gongs “in exchange for your silence”:

“Yeah sometimes people will try to woo you, and that would be very flattering if the deal was ‘We’re gonna change our policy’.

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