Angela’s “Hell Yes I’m Tough Enough” Moment

Angela Eagle was repeatedly asked if she is able to control her emotions by John Humphries after she cried during the Labour coup. In a response reminiscent of Miliband versus Paxman, she replied: “I’m not crying now am I?” Putin quaking…

Top Corbynista’s Byline on Tory Newspaper Article Praising IDS

Aaron Bastani is getting a lot of airtime as the top Corbynista blogger from Novara, an eccentric far-left site which fangirls over Jezza. So who exactly is Corbyn’s greatest cheerleader? Guido can reveal that Bastani used to go by the name Aaron Peters. In 2009, an article appeared under his name in the UCL Conservative Society student newspaper, in which ‘Aaron Peters’ praised Iain Duncan Smith and Blairite James Purnell:

“While the two major parties may substantially disagree over a number of key issues Ian Duncan-Smith’s Centre for Social Justice’s recent report of Breakthrough Britain: Dynamic Benefits seems a continuation of the excellent ‘workfare’ policies of former Labour cabinet member James Purnell in his short time as head of the Department of Work and Pensions”

Bastani/Peters admits to Guido that he did agree to write an article for the Tory newspaper as a favour to a friend. However he insists the friend “modified” his words to add the bit about IDS and Purnell. He claims “I didn’t write” the words that appear under his byline. You can see why he’d want to distance himself – this would ruin his street cred with his Corbynista mates…

Labour PPB Star Compared Israel to Nazis

The star of Labour’s latest Party Political Broadcast said there are “similarities between Israel and Nazis”, Guido can reveal. Jawad Khan was the poster boy for Labour’s newest PPB and is pictured with Jeremy Corbyn on his Facebook page above. Khan, who was also a Labour Party candidate in the local elections in May, tweeted during the Israel-Gaza conflict:

“Anyone else see the similarities between Israel and Nazis?”

The Chakrabarti report found that “Labour members should resist the use of Nazi metaphors and comparisons in debates about Israel-Palestine”. Something to ask Corbyn when he gives evidence to the Home Affairs anti-Semitism select committee at 4pm…

UPDATE: Khan gets in touch:

“I was 16 years old at the time and it was before I was involved in politics. The comment I tweeted was completely unacceptable and I later deleted it. I apologise unreservedly for making such an offensive comment.”

Labour Coup Day 3: #SaveJez

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Here we go, rolling resignations and other Labour Party news:

  • 18:48 Liz McInnes resigns as Shadow Communities and Local Government Minister.
  • 17:06 Kevin Brennan stands down as Shadow Business Minister.
  • 17:27 Clive Efford quits as Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Minister.
  • 17:13 Christina Rees resigns as Shadow Justice Minister.
  • 16:46 Lynn Brown quits as Shadow Home Office Minister.
  • 11:30 Alan Whitehead resigns as Shadow Energy Minister.
  • 10:12 Barbara Keeley and Andrew Gwynne have resigned from the shadow health team now headed by Diane Abbott.
  • 09:35 Andy Slaughter resigns as Shadow Justice Minister.

The polls are now open. Jeremy Corbyn is facing a motion of no confidence. It is not going to be close…

See yesterday’s resignations here

Tom Watson Mocks Corbynista “Hissing Revolution”

Tom Watson spent last night firing truth bullets at the Corbynista hordes. While most of the Shadow Cabinet stayed silent about their own activists’ treatment of Laura K, he stood up to Labour’s loonier contingent:

By Guido’s count he slapped down about 60 tweeters who praised the booing and hissing. The next Labour leader after Corbyn will want a more grown-up relationship with the BBC’s political editor – you can get 10/1 on it being Watson…

Tory For Corbyn Elected in Nuneaton

Last year Nuneaton resident Clare Golby was interviewed by the BBC as a “Labour supporter” who “voted for Jeremy Corbyn”. Since then she decided to run for the local council and today she has been elected… as a Tory! Even worse, she won her seat off Labour. #ToriesForCorbyn used to be a mischievous hashtag, now it is a route to elected office…

Not Lovin’ It: Only 6 Labour MPs Back Jez McDonald’s Ban

A new Early Day Motion condemning McDonald’s and welcoming Labour’s ban on their conference stand has secured the backing of just six Labour MPs. “Core Group” and “Core Group Plus” MPs Ian Mearns, Ronnie Campbell, Carolyn Harris, Kelvin Hopkins and Marie Rimmer are among the paltry number backing Corbyn on the ban. Not exactly a McFlurry of support…



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