Miliband’s Poster Girl Defects to the Greens

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Jack Monroe was the Labour Party’s poster girl on poverty, posing for photographs alongside Ed Miliband and members of the Shadow Cabinet. A blogger for the Guardian and the face of a Sainsbury’s anti-poverty advertising campaign, she starred in a Labour Party political broadcast in 2013. In a stunning blow to the Labour leader, Monroe has defected to the Green Party, slamming the direction of Miliband’s party:

“It was kind of inevitable after the ‘Labour gets tough on immigration’ speeches, and been a long time coming. Hard decision in the end, but definitely feels like the right one. Still have a lot of love for the Labour Party, but just disagree with too much of it right now. I’ve been chewing over it since meeting Natalie in person for the first time over a year ago. Consistently find myself agreeing with everything I read, sealed with that Guardian interview with Caroline a couple of weeks ago. It just feels right, right now. In an ideal world we’d have a Labour/SNP/Green coalition.”

At last a principled left-winger moaner takes a stand. When will Owen Jones remember his roots and follow in his progressive colleague’s footsteps?

Blair Saves the Day as Labour Block Len’s Girl

Labour have blocked star Unite candidate Karie Murphy from the selection shortlist in Halifax. Murphy, the controversial activist embroiled in the Falkirk fix scandal, is a very close friend of Len McClusky. She confirms:

“I am disappointed that the Labour Party advised the media of my exclusion from the selection list more than three hours before they informed me. It is a credit that the shortlist is made up of so many local women, this is a new and welcome precedent for the Labour Party but it’s regrettable it wasn’t applied more rigorously in the past.”

The weekend papers reported that Tony Blair organised a dinner last week to arrange for a £500,000 donation from Assem Allam, in the event that Unite carry out their threat to pull some of their funding if Murphy was not selected. Guido is sure that Labour’s left-wing grassroots will be extremely grateful for his help in severing that particular union link.

Len is already kicking off:

Kind Mr Tony and his helpful friends to have stiffened Miliband’s resolve with cash. Money, as ever, talks…

Miliband Rules Out SNP Coalition… As Dave Did For Libs in 2010

After Balls failed to rule out a coalition with the SNP 13 times on Marr yesterday, Miliband has cracked:

“Labour will not go into coalition government with the SNP. There will be no SNP ministers in any government I lead.”

That should do wonders for their already strained relationship.

 

So a Miliband government would be propped up by Salmond on a confidence and supply basis…

Of course we’ve heard such promises before:

Whatever ever happened to that guy?

People’s Champion? No Sorry From Sarah

Labour MP Sarah Champion is today paying back the £17 she claimed on expenses for a Remembrance Sunday poppy wreath. Apart from a short statement confirming she would reimburse the taxpayer, Champion has maintained radio silence in the face of searing public criticism. The Labour majority in Rotherham was halved when Champion was elected in 2012 following the MacShane scandal and UKIP are narrowing the gap. Is a ‘sorry’ so hard?

Know When Your Ghose is Cooked

Just why is perennial Labour loser Katie Ghose finding it so impossible to find a seat? Ghastly Ghose has been rejected by Brighton Labour, Grimsby Labour and York Labour, but with her Electoral Reform Society hat on, she reckons she’s found the answer:

Dear Guido

Today we’re pleased to launch our new report, Women in Westminster: predicting the number of female MPs.

We’ve found that the number of female MPs is set to rise after this year’s election – but progress is slow. Why?

In large part, it’s because of our broken voting system.

Definitely nothing to do with the Oxford-educated parachuting southerner bagging up her carpets and rolling up at seats across the country without even bothering to change her website from her past failed attempts…

At Last: A Brilliant Miliband Media Performance

Interesting timing for David Miliband to pop up on the Today programme:

Though the Tories would have had him in The Hague for war crimes by now, had he won.

Ed Weaponises Justine

Justine Miliband gives the BBC a rare interview:

“I think it’s going to get worse, I think over the next couple of months it’s going to get really vicious, really personal, but I’m totally up for this fight. I think this goes way beyond Ed as an individual, I think it’s about whether decencies and principle count for something in political life.”

Says the wife of the man who stabbed his brother in the back and broke their mother’s heart out of his greed for power…

Dugher Shouldn’t Back-Pedal on Cycling Row

Michael Dugher is gearing up for a fight with the self-appointed spokes-people of the cycling lobby this morning. Labour’s Shadow Transport Secretary has upset Twitter’s  light-jumpers by coming down on the side of hard-working motorists:

“We’re sat in the middle of Westminster. So many of the politicians and the journalists and the civil servants, we all work in central London. Their personal experience of the transport network is not representative of the rest of the country… The vast majority of people, their daily journey is by road. Given that most people spend most of their time travelling by road, I’ve felt for a long, long time – and this is a criticism of all governments – that politicians spend most of their time talking to the minority of people who don’t… Most people have a car, and use their car a lot. They’re not ‘motorists’. They’re people who have a car.”

Finally Labour is upsetting the right people. The critics are all torque anyway…

Lord Oakeshott Wears a Red Rosette

Knocking on doors in Thurrock yesterday alongside Labour’s candidate Polly Billington: ‘independent’ former LibDem peer Lord Oakeshott. Complete with red rosette. Making it official…

UPDATE: Local UKIP opponent Tim Aker is quick to pile in: “Labour’s campaign in Thurrock seems […]

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Greens Condemn Blair’s “Blood Money”

Yesterday Guido suggested that the Green Party should capitalise on the hypocrisy of Labour’s candidates in Brighton, who protested the Iraq War yet remain silent on why they are accepting cash from Tony Blair. It’s not like the Greens, bless […]

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Cut Out and Keep: Miliband In Your Pocket

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Need the perfect gift for the union baron in your life? First it was Len McCluskey, then Alex Salmond and now everyone seems keen to get in on the Miliband-in-my-top-pocket craze:

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Khan Questions Mount Over CAGE Cash Link

The Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust has been forced to halt funding to Jihadi John’s friends at CAGE after it faced widespread condemnation and pressure from the Charity Commission. Both the JRCT and the Roddick Foundation were warned they faced an […]

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