Flint’s “Only” Gaffe Today

Caroline Flint claimed in her response to Ed Davey’s energy statement that green taxes and levies “only” costs households £120 a year. Only £120?

Easy for someone to afford on MP’s salary, with a Minister’s pension and expenses to bung bills on, but talk about the mask slipping…

 Only £120?

Guy News: Tristram Hunt v Jeremy Paxman Thick of It Special

What qualifications does Tristram have to go on Newsnight?

Tristram Hunt’s School Days

Labour are gearing up for their opposition day debate on education after PMQs, another chance for Tristram Hunt to harp on about unqualified teachers. On a completely separate note, meet Tristram’s headmaster at University College School, Giles Slaughter. Guido is happy to be corrected, but as far as he can see Mr Slaughter didn’t have a teaching qualification. That didn’t stop him from being able to impart valuable wisdom to the Independent in 1990, telling them:

“One must be worried about a Labour government. Their policy has softened, but life will be less comfortable for us.”

An important life lesson.

Khan’t You See the Problem Here?

Parliament’s rules couldn’t be clearer – you cannot use taxpayer-funded parliamentary facilities for party political campaigning. Someone should tell the mystery Labour MP who had some nine boxes of Unison-printed leaflets delivered to the Portcullis House sorting office this weekend:

Coincidently who was pictured carrying that very same leaflet the following day?

Only a naughty Mayoral wannabe…

Will Len Save ‘Simple Stevie’?

So union bod Stevie Deans jumped before he was pushed as the Unite official at Grangemouth after the weekend’s exposure of his dirty tricks and attempts to stitch up the Falkirk selection for Karie Murphy on office hours. A source familiar with the situation chuckles “Len got the local dafty to sort it out and surprise surprise he’s f**ked it all up.” Yet speculation is rife that we have not heard the last of ‘Simple Stevie’ just yet. Will Len sort out his boy, and bring him into the Unite behemoth? Or will the boss wait to see what the expected second tranche of emails in the Sunday Times brings? Sweaty palms all round…

Labour Candidate’s Self-Confessed Elitism

Meet Louise Baldock, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Stockton South. Here she is yesterday, getting on her high horse about local Tories mocking a Labour activist’s spelling:

Mocking someone’s spelling is elitist, eh? What kind of person would do that? Well here is Louise just a few months ago:

Tut tut.

Labour’s Free School Champion

Labour are continuing their assault on Free Schools, despite backing the policy in all but name. Responding to the news that Shazia Parveen had quit as Chair of of Governors at the troubled Al-Madinah free school in Derby, Shadow Education Minister Kevin Brennan claimed on Friday that:

“Labour has long warned of the dangers”.

Indeed, as Guido exposed in the Sun yesterday, Parveen has been on Labour’s radar for a long time: she even stood for election for them in 2011 and boasts that she raises money for Labour MPs.

Oops.

Mad Al’s Scottish Power Trip

Guido was wondering how long it would take for Alastair Campbell’s outside interests to crop up now he is back helping out Miliband. Turns out just a few hours. Labour have wasted no time sticking the boot into Scottish Power after they put up energy prices by 8.6% this afternoon. Who does Scottish Power’s PR? That would be Mad Al’s very own Portland Communications. Cosy…

Labour MEP’s Fake Q&A Session

Meet Linda McAvan, Labour MEP for Yorkshire and The Humber. She is currently in charge of attempts to push through medicinal regulation of e-cigarettes through the European Parliament. Showing just what a bastion of democracy the European Parliament is, Linda […]

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Confirmed: Mad Al is Back

Alastair Campbell tells Total Politics he will help Labour in the run up to 2015, admitting he advised Miliband on his conference speech and fight with the Mail.

“Yeah, probably, but I don’t know to what extent or how.

[…]

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LISTEN: Miliband Vows “Big Fight” Against Fleet Street

Scoop from the FT this morning: Miliband talked about his plan to declare war on Fleet Street at a private dinner for Labour donors. Guido has the recording, made by a Labour member:

“Look, this fight is going to be

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Tory/Labour Health Tensions Boil Over in PCH

News of fireworks after Health Questions reaches its way back to Guido. Witnesses suggest that neighbouring MPs David Morris (Tory) and John Woodcock (Labour) nearly squared up after Morris walked off of the top of the escalators in Portcullis House. […]

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