Sayeeda Warsi and a host of Labour MPs attended the unveiling of a ‘Muslim Manifesto’ yesterday at an event on the parliamentary estate. Did they know it was organised by an ‘Islamic extremist’ who has praised Al-Qaeda?
Azad Ali is the Head of Community Engagement at Mend, an ‘anti-Islamophobia think tank’ which met yesterday to demand a “review [of] all counter-terrorism legislation enacted since 2000″.
Ali has previously written of his “love” of Al-Qaeda terrorist Anwar Al-Awlaki and was suspended from his job at the Treasury after he attempted to justify the murder of British troops. He has also admitted attending speeches by Al-Qaeda hate preacher Abu Qatada. Ali has previously been described as an “Islamic extremist” by an eminent expert in the field.
Earlier this week, Mend defended CAGE, the extremist group linked to Jihadi John, accusing the media of “an attempt to discredit” them. Their event in parliament, which Ali live-tweeted, was attended by left-wing Labour MPs Yasmin Qureshi, Gerald Kaufman, Kate Green and Andy Slaughter.
So was Baroness Warsi, who said their “Muslim Manifesto is something you can take to your election candidates”.
Shadow Cabinet Office minister Jon Ashworth added: “I think this manifesto is really important and a great initiative. I will be studying it very carefully and I will be passing it on to our Shadow Cabinet”.
What was Azad Ali, a man who has professed his love for a senior Al-Qaeda leader, doing in the heart of parliament?
Aspiring carpet-bagger Kate “Ghastly“ Ghose just popped up on Sky News with her Electoral Reform Society boss hat on, having her usual pop at anyone but Labour:
In an extraordinary exchange, Ghose refused to declare she is a committed Labour activist and clearly stated she was not a candidate.
Not for want of trying.
Ghose has been turned down by Brighton Labour, Grimsby Labour and York Labour. No one wants her to be their MP.
“You’re absolutely right, I’m not a candidate for a party”. Nor should she ever be.
PM: “We’re all starting to think about leaflets, I’ve got a little question. Apparently you can go round to his office and he stands on his soapbox to make him look a little bit taller. Let’s ask, how many people are going to put the leader of the opposition on their leaflets?”
Well it looks like David Cameron got his “daily dose” of Guido yesterday.
UPDATE: In Vine form:
A bizarrely hypnotic ten minute video of Jim Murphy laughing:
Question is: Why did the cybernats make it?
Why is uninspiring South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck afraid of talking to voters? The winner (by default) of the South Shields by-election spent the weekend putting “I’m sorry I missed you” leaflets through doors in her constituency, despite not ringing the bell to see if anyone was in. Bemused local co-conspirators tell Guido that Emma herself, as well as a team of helpers, were seen stuffing these leaflets through doors while residents watched from the window. Are things really that bad for her on the doorstep?
The FBU are out today. Out, down the pub.
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.”
David Axelrod was caught off guard by Christiane Amanpour on CNN and asked about Ed Miliband. Watch his face fall:
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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
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
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:
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