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Ed Miliband in rift with party election chief Douglas Alexander

Review of 2014: 10 Unforgettable Awkward Ed Miliband Moments

What a year for Ed Miliband. Guido hopes to provide you with some festive cheer with this compilation of the Labour leader’s finest moments of 2014, starting with Ed: The Man Who Hated Bitter.

Of course, no one will forget the time Hannibal Ed sniffed a lady on live TV:

Or when Ed went to the White House:

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At conference, Ed forgot to mention the deficit in his speech and in the TV interviews after:

And the traditional post-speech kiss didn’t go quite to plan:

There was also the time he was accused of giving a beggar tuppence:

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And when Question Time audience member called him a turd:

While Myleene Klass spoke for the nation:

And finally, Ed showed Emily Thornberry what she should have said when she saw that white van:

Here’s to many more brilliantly awkward Ed Miliband moments in 2015…

Diane Abbott Pockets £110,000 of Licence Fee Payer Cash

Not only does the taxpayer fork out £67,000 a year to keep Diane Abbott in the style to which she has become accustomed, her salary is also subsidised by the licence fee payer to the tune of £110,000. As Guido revealed in yesterday’s Sun on Sunday, Diane has raked in a six figure sum from Auntie Beeb for her appearance fees since April 2007. Despite the BBC Trust admitting two years ago that Abbott was overpaid. You can see the full breakdown of her BBC cash via the BanTheBBC blog hereThat means Diane has trousered nearly £600,000 from the British public in the last seven years…

Oxfam Slammed By Charity Commission For Political Bias

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Readers will remember that Tory Conor Burns complained to the Charity Commission over the summer about this tedious Oxfam campaign. Today the Commission has ruled, finding Oxfam guilty of failing to maintain its political neutrality:

“We considered that the text of the tweet and the embedded picture, gave rise to speculation and varying perceptions about the tweet’s purpose, leading to complaints. We consequently considered that the tweet could have affected the views of those who received it and could be misconstrued by some as party political campaigning. As our guidance Speaking out: guidance on campaigning and political activity by charities (CC9) says, a charity “must remain neutral and should consider working with other parties to help ensure public perceptions of neutrality” and, as set out in an example in our guidance, that acceptable political activity is that which “supports the charitable purposes and that perceptions of the charity’s independence are unaffected… we concluded that the charity should have done more to avoid any misperception of political bias by providing greater clarity and ensuring that the link to the “Below the Breadline” report was more obvious. We appreciate that tweets by nature are short. Nevertheless, consideration must always be given as to how they might be perceived when received in isolation.”

Coincidentally Oxfam’s new policy director Richard Pyle is a Labour memberA shame to see such a once respected charitable brand sell out along the Save the Children shock PR route. 

H/T Telegraph.

WATCH: Lucy Powell Gets Brillo’d

Poor Lucy Powell did her best on the Daily Politics not to reveal whether she was responsible for Labour’s disastrous immigration strategy, described as “bollocks” by her colleagues. Eventually she ‘fessed up: “I take responsibility for what goes out in my name”. A penny for the thoughts of Labour MPs watching this interview…

Video via @liarpoliticians.

Labour Peer Lord Sugar’s Message to Miliband: You’re Fired!

Lord Sugar has released a ‘preview’ of The Apprentice 2015:

“Too little, too late.”

Rachel Reeves Helps Tackle Under-Employment

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“Under-employment is a huge problem in David Cameron’s economy,” declared Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Rachel Reeves in September, warning “millions of people [are] stuck in part-time jobs unable to get the hours of work they want”. According to Reeves the scourge of under-employment “has deepened the cost-of-living crisis and pushed up the social security bill”, but, she promised, “Labour will make work pay”.

Today Reeves is advertising for an “exciting opportunity” to be her new Political Adviser. Naturally the job is part-time, with the successful candidate only required to work “2.5 days per week”. One more added to the “millions of people stuck in part-time jobs unable to get the hours of work they want”…

Honesty Fix for Labour’s New Slogan

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Ed Miliband is about to take the stand…

This will be the result:

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Credit for diagram: Tom Freeman

Read Labour’s Leaked UKIP Strategy in Full

As Miliband ‘gets tough’ on immigration, good timing for Labour’s UKIP strategy document warning MPs not to talk about immigration on the doorstep to be leaked. Amusingly Labour are denying all knowledge of this document, which as you can […]

Labour Proposal Would See Ed Miliband Criminalised

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Ed Miliband is giving a speech:

“Today, I am announcing that the next Labour government will go further still: making it a criminal offence to undercut pay or conditions by exploiting migrant workers. We are serving notice on employers who

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Friend of Ed Selected for Holborn & St Pancras
Rules Bent to Get Keir Starmer Safe Seat

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Sir Keir Starmer had the rules bent for him so that he could take the plum seat of Holborn & St Pancras in the epicentre of Labour’s North London luvviedom. There was one small problem – he only joined the […]

Boris Says Balls Looks Like He Has a Finger Up His Bum

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Nifty work by The Tab, who have recorded Bojo charming a Tory party fundraiser by telling them Ed Balls has:

“the air of a pop-eyed man who looks like he’s undergoing an unexpected prostate examination.”

A line he has […]



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