Strange Jowell Movements

Among those walking through the Aye lobby as Labour voted to ban MPs from holding paid directorships and consultancies was Dame Tessa Jowell. So strongly does Tessa feel about MPs’ “double jobbing” at consultancy firms, that she is paid £1,000 an hour working for… Mentore Consulting. On their website Jowell’s services are advertised to clients: “she has a great commitment to the development of talent and sharing the lessons of experience”, “making a difference to the diversity of senior leadership”. Of course, any clampdown on outside earnings won’t affect Tessa because she’s standing down at the election. Leaving her free to tell colleagues: “Do as I say, not as I do.”

Miliband’s Nick Clegg Tuition Fees Moment

“I made you a promise on tuition fees. I will keep my promise” said Ed Miliband on Friday as he outlined Labour’s plans to reduce student tuition fees to £6,000. But back during the Labour leadership election in 2010, one candidate could not have been clearer about where they stood on the issue: “I would introduce fairer funding for higher education through the abolition of fees and a new graduate tax”. So who was it explicitly promising “the abolition of fees”? That would be very the same Ed Miliband. “I made you a promise on tuition fees. I will keep my promise…”

Sadiq Khan Spoke at Event Hosted By Jihadi John Group

It is all kicking off at a press conference hosted by CAGE, the “independent advocacy organisation”, this afternoon. CAGE has admitted to mentoring Mohammed Emwazi, the man today exposed as Jihadi John. In an extraordinary statement they claim Jihadi John is:

 “a victim… extremely kind, gentle, the most humble person… a beautiful young man”

Guido can reveal that in 2012 the Shadow Justice Secretary and London mayor hopeful Sadiq Khan spokeon the same platform as a CAGE representative at an event in parliament and alongside the father of Babar Ahmad. Ahmad was later convicted of supporting Islamic terrorists and sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison. CAGE also organised the “Demonstration for Babar Ahmad”, with Khan on the list of speakers. It is worth reading this article by Douglas Murray about how CAGE is a “pro-terrorist group”. What on earth was a man who wants to be Justice Secretary, or even London mayor, doing consorting with apologists for terrorists?

Keith Vaz’s “Sensible” Immigration Prediction

Keith Vaz, 1 January 2014, when EU migration restrictions for Romanians and Bulgarians were lifted:

“This is an issue that does need to be put to the British people, so we don’t get this kind of drama and people rushing around thinking hundreds of thousands of people are going to arrive at Luton… We do need to look at this sensibly”

187,000: National Insurance Numbers issued to Romanians and Bulgarians in 2014, two thirds of whom arrived since 1 January 2014.

“We do need to look at this sensibly…”

First Class Work By Lucy Powell

Labour’s widely-respected election chief Lucy Powell has chalked up another wounding blow against the Tories with a series of highly illuminating Written Questions about government spending. Her top investigate digging into first class travel used by ministers, which cost the taxpayer £164 per question, has revealed that:

  • Since Labour left office there has been a 97% decrease in the amount spent on first class rail tickets at DCLG
  • A 99% decrease at the MoD
  • A 98% decrease at the Department for Health
  • A 79% decrease at the MoJ
  • A 100% decrease at the Attorney General’s Office

She’s doing a first class job…

It’s a Hard Knock Life, On Strike!

The FBU are out today. Out, down the pub.

Bradford Labour Chaos As Galloway Deal Rumour Blows Up

It’s all kicking off in Bradford West with local Labour Party internal ructions going very public. Newly appointed candidate Amina Ali tweeted that she had resigned, only to mysteriously delete the comment. Ever since Ali – who is of Somalian origin – was selected at the weekend, the local Labour Party on the ground have been in uproar. Having beaten off strong local choice Naveeda Ikram, many are questioning why, in a seat where ‘personal politics’ is so vital, a London Labour ally of Oona King has been forced upon them. The former BBC journalist is popular with the Shadow Cabinet, but the local party are baffled. “She not even Kashmiri, let alone Pakistani” says one source.

The local theory goes like this: George Galloway has softened his stance toward Labour of late, particularly on Question Time recently where he made a lot of conciliatory noises towards his old party. Having very loudly declared in 2013 that he was to run for Mayor of London, Galloway has gone very quiet on the subject. A local consensus has formed that some sort of deal has been done between Labour and the firebrand: if Galloway does not run against Labour in London and split the vote there, the party would give him an easy ride in Bradford. Unfortunately it seems the passions of the local Labour Party were not factored in, and the cunning plan has exploded. 

UPDATE: Another Labour source adds further intrigue:

“Imran Hussein, deputy leader of the Labour group, still hasn’t got over being beaten by Galloway. He doesn’t want a female candidate or indeed any Labour candidate that can beat Galloway as then they will be in for life and block him from potentially trying again in next election. Therefore, his supporters backed the outsider on the basis that she would lose.”

Axelrod Speaks: Guru Lukewarm About Miliband on CNN

David Axelrod was caught off guard by Christiane Amanpour on CNN and asked about Ed Miliband. Watch his face fall:

The most positive thing Axe says is that that polls say Ed could win and that no one likes the Tories. A minute later he says to ignore the polls.

Unsurprisingly, Axelrod refuses to compare Ed to Obama. He doesn’t sound very enthusiastic about things though.

You would have thought for £300,000 Labour could have given their star guru at least one or two talking points about what their leader is up to?

SHAMELESS: Labour Candidate Withdraws After Benefit Overclaiming Exposed

They don’t call it the party of benefits for nowt. Hanna Toms, the Labour candidate for Truro, has withdrawn from the race after it emerged she had ‘inadvertently’ over-claimed her benefits:

“In the last few months, I was contacted concerning an issue with Housing Benefit I had been receiving. 

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Pink Van Mockery Goes Global

 

Even the Americans are laughing at you Harriet..[…]

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One Peer A-Perving

  • Labour Lord’s Outside Interests in ‘High Class Escorts’ and ‘Humiliation’
  • Lord Berekely Insists I certainly haven’t used their services”

Labour Lord (Tony) Berkeley likes to keep up with his interests on Twitter. The former chairman of the European Rail Freight Association follows @EurostarUK, @RailfutureFret, @RMTunion and, er, @MidwestEscorts.[…]

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Ed Upsets the Neighbours

What happened when a community magazine in Ed’s family neighbourhood tried to find a supporter of the mansion tax, so they could write a balanced article giving equal prominence to both sides of the argument? The Primrose Hill journalist tasked with the story tells Ham & High:

“We wanted to do pieces on issues affecting the community, giving both sides a voice.

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Jack Straw: Then and Now

Jack Straw, 23 March 2010, on Patricia Hewitt and Geoff Hoon:

“There is such anger in the Parliamentary Labour Party, as well as I may say incredulity, about their stupidity in allowing themselves to be suckered in a sting like this. 

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Miliband Weaponises Straw

Miliband is quick out of the blocks in trying to use Jack Straw’s suspension to hit the Tories:

Dear Prime Minister,

I write this letter to you not just as leader of the Labour Party but as someone who believes that we all need to act to improve the reputation of our Parliament in the eyes of the British people.

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Rich’s Monday Morning View

Austin Mitchell:

“There is no chance we’ll lose Grimsby, even if we selected a raving alcoholic sex paedophile we wouldn’t lose Grimsby.”

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PWC to Host Labour Prawn Cocktail Offensive

In their continued quest to pretend they are on the side of business, Labour frontbenchers are being wheeled out to meet local capitalists up and down the country:

What the invitation fails to mention is “Donington Court” is a regional outpost of Labour’s embarrassing big donor, the tax-avoiding PWC.[…]

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