Fix! Unite Accused of Stitching Up Labour NEC Election

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Serial seat fixers Unite are being accused of stitching up the election for a place on Labour’s NEC. The seat Unite are allegedly targeting is that of the Young Labour representative, currently held by Bex Bailey. How are they doing it? 

Red Len is helpfully paying for activists to attend the Labour youth wing’s conference in Oxford next month. All the kids have to do in return is choose Unite’s preferred candidate when the NEC vote takes place. Activist Rhys Morgan was one of those offered the freebie:

“At some point in the meeting it was also suggested that we endorse a particular candidate for Labour’s National Executive Committee Youth Representative. We only heard the one name, and a brief summary of why we should support them. There was no mention made of other candidates standing.”

So Unite are stuffing the conference with activists who will vote for the union’s candidate. Morgan explains:

“The more I think about it, the clearer it becomes that Unite are trying to abuse this inaccessibility by providing travel and accommodation for those who have been affiliated in some way with, or have openly endorsed their candidate, ensuring they’ll be there to vote for Unite’s preferred candidate… It seems very much like Unite are trying to indirectly buy more influence in the Labour party by paying for “the right kind” of delegates to attend the conference so they can vote for Unite’s preferred candidate to be elected onto Labour’s National Executive Committee”

Unite lost key influence on the Labour NEC when Steve Rotheram was kicked off. Now it looks like they are trying to nab another seat to make up for it. At a time when the NEC’s delicate balance of power is more significant than ever…

Labour Moderates’ Not So Rousing Rendition of Jerusalem

Labour have given a rousing rendition of Jerusalem led by Toby Perkins, agitator in chief for an English National Anthem. Makes the heart soar…

Edstone Receipt Finally Revealed

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So Labour have finally got their act together and released the receipt for the Edstone. The Electoral Commission are investigating…

Boris: Corbyn’s An “Old Stalinist” Like Putin

Boris Johnson suffered a rather telling Freudian slip talking to LBC’s Theo Usherwood today, where he referred to the Labour leader as “Jeremy Putin”. Boris quickly corrected himself before explaining that he confused them because they’re “interchangeable old Stalinists”Guido thought Corbyn’s “Senior Labour Source” was the Stalinist…

Judge Rules McDonnell Irrelevant

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A judge has refused Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell’s attempt to give evidence at the trial of 13 climate protesters accused of blockading a Heathrow runway. Plane Stupid supporters are alleged to have cut a hole in a fence at the airport before chaining themselves to railings on the north runway in July 2015. They apparently even wore nappies so they didn’t have to break the strike to nip to the loo… 

McDonnell wanted to give evidence defending “the benefits of direct action”, yet District Judge Deborah Wright deemed what he had to say irrelevant:

“It (his witness statement) gives an opinion about the debate around the expansion of Heathrow and talks about the benefits of direct action, which he says may cause short term inconvenience. In order to allow his evidence to be given I have to be able to say that it is relevant. I am therefore not going to allow Mr McDonnell to give give evidence.”

That’s the same direct action advocate John McDonnell who previously endorsed spitting in your boss’ tea. What is it with Labour’s top two and defending alleged criminals in court?

Some Interns More Equal Than Others

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What’s the one thing you shouldn’t do if you are the Shadow Equalities minister? Advertising for an unpaid intern is probably pretty high up the list. That is exactly what Kate Osamor has done.

The naughty Corbynista only offered to pay expenses for her new “constituency intern” in an advert placed on W4MP yesterday. All a “misunderstanding”, she said when caught, promising to edit the advert and offer the living wage. The full title of Osamor’s role is Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities. Wage equality clearly isn’t in her brief…

H/T @ianjsilvera

Blair on the Lips of Labour Moderates

Labour MP Wes Streeting is the latest to play ‘Snog, Marry, Avoid’ with John Pienaar. Ambitious moderate Wes reveals he would snog Tony Blair, and avoid both Donald Trump and Gary Barlow. Answers which will further endear him to the Corbynistas who want to deselect him in Ilford. Take That Barlow!

Guido Poll: Choose Your National Anthem

Labour MP Toby Perkins has used a 10-minute rule motion to propose that the public should have the choice of a new national anthem, with MPs voting on the proposal at midday today. What would Guido readers’ preference be? The PM is backing Jerusalem

Ask Jez: Why Could Labour Be Fined Up To £500,000?

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Jeremy Corbyn has revolutionised PMQs by outsourcing his questions to members of the public. Voters are able to send in their question by supplying their email address and filling out an online form with their suggestions. Guido would like to […]

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I Khan’t Read: Sadiq’s Radical Politics

Sadiq Khan spent last week complaining about Zac Goldsmith labelling him as “radical” in his campaign literature. The Sunday Times reported the Labour Mayoral candidate’s reaction:

Khan said the leaflet branding him “radical” was “frankly offensive”. He said: “Calling someone

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God Bless the Girl: Mrs Miliband Main Breadwinner

Congratulations to Justine Thornton, aka Mrs Miliband, who has been appointed Queen’s Counsel. The rank will be bestowed by Lord Chancellor Michael Gove […]

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John McDonnell: Corbyn an “Arsène Wenger of Politics”

John McDonnell has today claimed that Jeremy Corbyn is an ‘Arsène Wenger of politics’. He made the remarks to Piers Morgan whilst being questioned on the Labour leader’s handling of his shadow cabinet reshuffle on ITV:

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