Islington Corbynistas Blame Israeli Ambassador For Bad Poll Results

Last night Islington North Constituency Labour Party met to nominate Jeremy Corbyn by 266 to 100. Turns out Jez has some interesting local backers:

Another attendee, Padraig Reidy, explains what happened:

a speaker rose to tackle the contention that Corbyn is “unelectable”. This, he said, was because no one was “electable” in Britain without the support of Rupert Murdoch and the Israeli ambassador. Half the room gasped; the chair visibly cringed, and ordered the speaker to proceed very carefully. The speaker contended that anyone who stood up for Palestinians was “smeared” as an anti-Semite. Everyone was very glad when he sat down.

Later on:

A woman rose nervously to talk about anti-Semitism in the party, referring to the early speaker’s “Israeli ambassador” line. She found herself barracked by some of the audience for conflating anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism

Well what do you expect from the Jezbollah London branch…

Labour STILL Don’t Have Conference Security Provider

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Last week Guido published leaked emails showing Labour HQ were tearing their hair out because they hadn’t yet sorted a conference security supplier. The decision to boycott G4S meant the only option was an “anti-union” contractor. Today’s papers follow up the story and report that, six days on, the party still doesn’t have any conference security. The Times quotes a source saying they are “confident” that “conference will go ahead“, but admitting there is still no deal in the pipeline. The Home Office and Liverpool police have been pestering them to sort it out for weeks, but to no avail. Only six weeks to go…

Corbynistas Attack Watson in Murdoch Press

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Liam Young is one of Jeremy Corbyn’s main (only) media cheerleaders, you’ll often read him spinning for Jez in the Indy or New Statesman. Young has come to the Dear Leader’s aid once again with a coruscating attack on Tom Watson’s comments about Trot entryists. Under the headline “Tom Watson Needs to Stop Patronising Young People”, he seethes:

“Watson’s comments are part of a discourse which constantly tells young people they are disgraceful for not engaging with politics while simultaneously demeaning their views as worthless and implying they are naïve when they actually get involved. His suggestion that Trotskyite “old hands” are twisting the arms of young Labour supporters to move toward the “revolutionary road” to socialism is deeply offensive to the young Labour joiners who know exactly what they’re getting into, and are perfectly capable of sussing when they’re being manipulated. The main problem with Watson’s recent remarks is that he knows they are untrue.”

Miaow.

Watson will enjoy the irony that the article was published by Vice, which is part-owned by Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox. Corbynista Liam Young, another Murdoch stooge…

H/T Max Wind-Cowie

“Egomaniac” Izzard Cost Moderates NEC Majority

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The Labour moderates, formerly known as Blairites, are crying into their mocha lattes this morning that Eddie Izzard not only lost out (as usual) on getting a place on the NEC, he also cost them up to three seats and any chance of a majority.

The two charts above show the clean sweep of the top six places by the the hard-left (reds). If Izzard’s votes were redistributed to the moderates (pinkos), which is mathematically possible if not probable, they would have won three more seats and regained control of the NEC. “It was Izzard wot lost it for the moderates. Had that ego-maniac not run, we’d have had 71,000 more votes up for grabs that could have gone to moderates. He’s basically given an NEC seat to the Corbynistas. When it comes to politics, Eddie is a very good comedian” laments a Blairite die-hard. By Guido’s calculations if just over half of Izzard’s votes had gone to moderates, Ellie Reeves, Bex Bailey and Johanna Baxter would be holding the line against the Corbynistas on the NEC…

The Owen Smith-supporting Labour First faction emailed supporters optimistically that

Contrary to some of the online and media reaction, this does not give full control of the NEC to Corbyn. There is a net change of just one seat as the PLP section saw a seat go from left to right. When the new NEC takes office after Annual Conference, the solid vote for the Hard Left will be 16 if they all turn up, with 17 others. Thus NEC meetings will continue to be finely balanced and hinge on the personal decisions of the more independent-minded members like Ann Black, and the stance taken by the GMB and Unison. We will win some votes and lose others just like we did in the pre-leadership election meeting. 

Though they go on to say pointedly

If we can avoid a split moderate vote in future contests (Eddie Izzard ran as an independent when we would have been happy to support him if he had asked us) that will help!

It woz Izzard wot lost it…

Brocialist Backlash at Labour’s Manly Mayors

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As predicted, Scouse foghorn and Corbyn PPS Steve Rotheram has won Labour’s nomination for Liverpool mayor. Once again the woman, Luciana Berger, finished last. Which means all of Labour’s mayoral candidates across the country have something in common:

London: Sadiq Khan

Bristol: Marvin Rees

Manchester: Andy Burnham

West Midlands: Sion Simon

Liverpool: Steve Rotheram

Add that to the party’s all male leader, deputy leader and shadow chancellor, and all male leadership election. Cue a brocialist backlash:

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Where have all the Labour women gone?

Labour HQ Preparing For Purge: McNicol Position “Untenable”

Staff at Labour HQ expect an emboldened Jeremy Corbyn to purge key staff after he wins the leadership election. The leader’s office has long seen the party’s HQ at Victoria Street as the moderates’ main remaining foothold and a troublesome obstacle to full Corbynista control. Worth reading Stephen Bush in the Staggers – the left slate’s NEC victory this week means General Secretary Iain McNicol is under threat. A senior Labour source tells Guido:

“If this was the private sector, Iain McNicol would have been sacked a long time ago. He’s already cost the party £200,000 by bringing in an unlawful freeze date, and now he’s splashing even more money on a spurious appeal to try and save face. If he loses in court tomorrow his position as General Secretary will be untenable.”

Unite’s Jennie Formby and Momentum’s Jon Lansman have been linked with his job.

Labour HQ staff are openly discussing what to do when the cull comes. Some are considering taking the party to employment tribunals – they are referring to the £4 million pot from registered supporters as their “severance package”. Others have even discussed balloting for action. The joke among staffers is that this would leave Corbyn with a dilemma: Does he let the party’s processes grind to a halt? Or does he call in Momentum volunteers to break the strike…

Ed Miliband Endorses Owen Smith For the Second Time

Sitting in his charming living room and wearing a lovely new shirt, Ed Miliband has endorsed Owen Smith for the Labour leadership. The Smith campaign are making a big deal out of it, lining the endorsement up with all major broadcasters. Except it is a repeat endorsement. Ed backed Owen three weeks ago in a statement on his Facebook page. Always a good sign when a campaign recycles an old announcement and no one remembers it being made in the first place. Poor old Ed, still struggling to get his message out after all this time…

Paul Mason Denies He’ll Run For Parliament

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With Andy Burnham stepping down from parliament, the Staggers has a belter of a tip for who might replace him:

“The chatter in Westminster is that Paul Mason, formerly of Newsnight and Channel 4 News, now one of Jeremy Corbyn’s most forceful advocates in the press, who was born in Leigh, is being lined up for the seat.”

Mason was indeed born in Leigh in 1960, his father was a lorry driver for a local electrics company called Ward and Goldstone and his mother was headmistress of the primary school just down the round. Mason went to school in Leigh and then Bolton, so he is a proper local lad. Corbynista sources had previously suggested to Guido that we might be seeing more of Mason in the near future, though they stress it is a decision for the local party. Go on Comrade Mason, you know you want to…

UPDATE: Mason has scotched the rumours, telling Channel 4 News he categorically will not be standing. That silly season story over before it began.

UPDATE II: Although…

Watson Quits Unite Lad Pad after Row With Red Len

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Tom Watson has moved out of the flat he rented from a top Unite official after falling out with Len McCluskey. For years Watson has rented from Unite director Jim Mowatt – indeed he used the share the flat with Red Len a few years back.[…]

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Burnham to Finally Quit Shadow Cabinet

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Andy Burnham is to finally quit the Shadow Cabinet, because he has won Labour’s nomination for Manchester mayor. Which gave us a rare sight of Andy’s victory face. He’ll also be standing down “at the first and earliest opportunity” as an MP, so there’ll be a by-election in Leigh.[…]

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Labour Councillor Deletes Black Lives Matter Tweet

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Tough test for the compliance unit this: a Labour councillor has deleted a rather un-PC tweet mocking Black Lives Matters protesters. Cllr Kevin Peel is accused by the LibDems of being “racist and contemptuous” for tweeting three laughing face emoticons accompanied by a picture of the protest captioned: “LaShawna, 2nd left, is looking for love with Momentum Matches.[…]

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Owen Smith Grilled By Hecklers at Half-Empty BBQ

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Owen Smith rolled his tanks onto Jezza’s lawn on Sunday by holding a barbecue in the Corbynista hotspot of London Fields. Unfortunately supporters were unimpressed by the attendance and lack of vegetarian option – “a few kebab sticks on a griddle, there aren’t enough for the food to make its way round to us”.[…]

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Eddie Izzard Loses Again

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Eddie Izzard has lost his bid for a seat on Labour NEC’s, falling 12,000 votes short of victory. There were six places up for grabs, he came eighth in the running, behind all the Corbynista candidates. That Izzard campaign record in full:

  • join the euro
  • elect Ken Livingstone
  • elect Gordon Brown
  • vote Yes in the AV referedum
  • elect Ed Miliband
  • elect Andy Burnham as Labour leader
  • Remain in the EU
  • run for Labour’s NEC

The lipstick kiss of death strikes again…[…]

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Hard-Left Win Labour NEC Elections

The pro-Corbyn Momentum / Grassroots Alliance slate has won all six seats up for grabs on Labour’s NEC. Momentum’s Jon Lansman, tipped as the next general secretary, tweets:

Corbyn’s control of the NEC is consolidated…

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Shadow Cabinet Minister Slams “Scabs”: “They Should Expect to Be Called What They Are”

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Gobby Labour MP and Shadow Scotland Secretary Dave Anderson has written to his local paper to mouth off about “scabs” breaking the rail strike. The Newcastle Chronicle criticised Anderson for saying he wouldn’t use trains “operated by scab labour”. Anderson has now doubled down, writing:

“As long as people choose to take part in this despicable behaviour, then they should expect to be called exactly what they are and not seek any dignity by declaring themselves to be replacement or substitute workers.

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New Corbynistas Can Vote in Leadership Election

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A judge has ruled that 130,000 new supporters who registered since January WILL be allowed to vote in the Labour leadership contest. The majority of those are believed to be Corbynistas. Team Jez will think he’s home and dry…

UPDATE: The Labour Party is apparently going to appeal the judgement.[…]

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