Balls Ally Can’t Name One Expert Backing Labour Figures

“There are a number of people who have said [the non-dom ban] could raise hundreds of millions,” Labour’s Shadow Exchequer Secretary Shabana Mahmood told the Daily Politics. Asked to name just one, she could not. Funnily enough, Guido had the same problem with the Labour press office as well:

Two hours later and no reply. The only ‘expert’ making such a claim is a Labour member and even he has admitted he got it wrong. #nondomnishambles…

LISTEN: Ed Balls Says He Will Abolish Non Dom Status

Ed Balls told Radio 5 this morning that he would abolish Non Dom status:

He was backed up in a car crash outing by his deputy Shabana Mahmood on the Daily Politics.

Yet Labour are briefing that they are not abolishing and there will be temporary status for some.

So which is it?

BBC on Labour Non Dom Gaffe: “It’s All Gone Pear Shaped”

Did Ed Balls once p*ss on Norman Smith’s chips or something?

Watch Balls Undo Labour’s Big Non-Dom Policy

From January:

“If you abolish the whole status it will end up costing Britain money because some people will leave the country.”

UPDATE:

Balls in Jan: Non Dom Reform “Will End Up Costing Britain Money”

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Having spent the last four months bringing a spoon to a knife fight, it seems Labour’s press operation has finally woken up to the fact there is war on. Yesterday’s flurry of activity over Labour’s NHS letter leaking out was a nice distraction technique from the much bigger bomb dropped on the front page of this morning’s Guardian. But are Labour really as united on the policy as today’s coordinated TV and Tweetathon would suggest?

Here is what Ed Balls told the BBC just a couple of months ago about tinkering with non dom status:

‘If you abolish the whole status it will end up costing Britain money because some people will leave the country.’

Yet in a political stunt – that makes no sense economically and will raise little more than the reforms to shotgun licencing – three months later, Ed Balls is out pushing the line…

Labour’s “Counter Business Letter” Flop Leaks

Here’s how not to organise a super secret letter campaign amongst Miliband supporting medics:

From: clare gerada
Date: 3 April 2015 16:38:55 BST
Subject: Fwd: Urgent NHS Letter

This letter this to counter the business letter to the Telegraph and show the depth of feelings that many of us have about the risk to the NHS
It is going to be from Doctors and other health leaders

Some of you receiving this email are doctors or health leaders – but have links to some – so please pass on to those who you think might be happy to sign.

We are aiming for Wednesday

If you agree to sign can you please email clare gerada

Please distribute amongst your colleagues

Thanks

Nobody expects the NHS inquisition!

Labour Supporters Welcome Blair’s Return

Helpful of Ed’s policy chief Jon Cruddas to have his comments calling Tony Blair’s ideas “rubbish” splashed across the Telegraph this morning. Labour supporters past and present are welcoming back their longest serving PM in suitable fashion:

At least today’s speech is one of his more peaceful interventions…

Poster Watch: See Them Here First

Labour’s new poster turns the Saatchi & Saatchi classic around back onto the Tories. Though whether or not it counts as a ‘poster’ is up for debate, since it is yet to actually physically appearing anywhere.

Meanwhile this punchy poster from UKIP is being launched at 2:30 this afternoon, though Guido can bring it to you first. The party promising no more foreign wars commits to 2% of GDP on defence spending. Has a touch of the No2AV about it…

More Fantasy Election Numbers

It’s Labour’s big health day, so Guido was amused to find this leaflet in his inbox over the weekend. Under the Representation of the People Act 1983 it is illegal to knowingly provide false statements on election literature. Just ask Phil Woolas if you think they are joking…

Up in Wirral West they are throwing the absolute kitchen sink at Esther McVey, but given all the ammo they have with her, this Labour leaflet looks very sloppy:

“Tories have: Cut thousands of nurses, doctors and GPs”?[…]

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How Much Did Ed Pay For This Training?

Ed reportedly blew £10,000 a day on Obama’s debate coach before last night. Value for money? […]

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Labour Councillor’s Son ‘Tries to Join ISIS’

Waheed Ahmed is a 21 year old student who is one of nine Britons detained in Turkey suspected of attempting to travel across the Syria border to join ISIS. He is also the son of Shakil Ahmed, a prominent Labour councillor in Rochdale.[…]

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Looks Like a Zero Hours Contract, Sounds Like a Zero Hours Contract…

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Much squirming over semantics as Ed’s pledge to end the “epidemic” of zero-hours contracts becomes embarrassing following revelations that over a quarter of Labour MPs as well as their biggest funder, the Unite union, employ workers on essentially “zero hours” contracts.[…]

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Girls Night Out for Labour Ladies

Guido hears Labour are planning an all female onslaught in the spin room tonight with Yvette Cooper, Caroline Flint and – amazingly – Lucy Powell lined up for the post match analysis/spin war. Telly sources suggest no men have been offered up by Labour for any interviews, despite Lucy Powell’s spectacularly crap weekend outing.[…]

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IPSA Dump On Labour’s Zero Hours Spin

Labour’s onslaught against the mythical “zero hours contract epidemic” hits the buffers when it is gently pointed out that almost 70 Labour MPs employ staff on flexible contracts. Labour’s stock reply is to blame IPSA for this embarrassing hypocrisy, yet the expenses watchdog have hit back today:

“The MP is the employer, it is a matter for them whether they choose to use a zero-hours contract.”

Amusingly it was left to Tristram Hunt to bluster as the carpet was pulled from underneath his argument on the Daily Politics earlier:

Delicious…[…]

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Bullingdon Wannabes: Sob Story of Labour’s Zero Hour Banter Lads

Spare a thought this morning for the plight of Labour’s zero hours letter writers. Among the names of 100 “people from all walks of life”, cobbled together by the party in response to the 100 business leaders backing the Tories, were hard-done-by Manchester students John-jo Pierce and Rory Somerville.[…]

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Brown’s Bogies Beat Labour’s Election Broadcast

Labour are crowing that with 1,157,834 combined online views, their election broadcast fronted by Tim from The Office actor Martin Freeman is “the most-seen party political broadcast ever online.” That may be so, however Guido would like to point out that as of right now – with combined views of 1,174,959 – the 8 years-old classic videos of Gordon Brown eating his bogies still have them beat.[…]

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