Ey Up, Chuck: Yvette’s ‘Mockney’ Mystery

“I will be a leader whose voice can carry in to all the nations and regions of our country,” said Andy Burnham the other day, pledging to “appoint a front bench full of accents and diversity.” And fellow candidate Yvette Cooper is also offering a diversity of accents

When the Shadow Home Secretary speaks in the Commons chamber she takes  care to pronounce every vowel and consonants in a polished and clipped school mistress tone, yet since she’s been running for leader she’s dropping her T’s and has a distinctly more northern twang to her voice on the airwaves during interviews.

Don’t believe Guido? Have a listen:

Well it worked for Tony Blair…

NoYouKhant: Fellow MPs Blow Up Sadiq Tony Terror Smear

An explosive development in the race to be the Labour candidate for London Mayor. Regular readers will remember Khan going off on one about Blair last week:

“Khan did, however, recall his frustration with the reaction of Tony Blair to the 7/7 terror attacks, when the then-prime minister called in the newly elected MP and the three other Muslim Labour members of the House of Commons. “One of my criticisms of Tony Blair was when he called the four MPs of Islamic faith into No 10 and sat us round the table and said – to Mohammad Sarwar, Khalid Mahmood, Shahid Malik and myself – it was our responsibility,” Khan said. “I said: ‘No, it’s not. Why have you called us in? I don’t blame you for the Ku Klux Klan. Why are you blaming me for the four bombers on 7/7?’ Which is why, after he called us in, and there were lots of cameras outside waiting to speak to us, my three colleagues spoke to the cameras and I walked away.”

Unfortunately for Khan, the other Muslim MPs he mentioned say his version of events is total horsesh*t:

As the MPs identified by Sadiq Khan (Electing a Muslim mayor would send out message of tolerance, says Khan, 3 July) who met with the then prime minister, Tony Blair, following the shocking 7/7 London attacks, we are extremely troubled by Khan’s evidently self-serving revisionism. Having conferred with Mohammed Sarwar (who is now Pakistan-based), we feel compelled to reveal that Khan’s account is at complete odds with our collective recollection.

He now claims that Blair was somehow accusatory towards Muslims as a whole for 7/7, and that Khan was combative in chastising the prime minister for presuming to call him to Downing Street to somehow take responsibility. Our Downing Street discussions in fact ended with a unanimous agreement on the need for unity in the fight against terror and the crucial role for Muslims.

To misrepresent the words of a British prime minister and to mischaracterise a significant meeting in the wake of the tragic loss of 52 lives a week earlier is frankly beyond the pale, and we write today not to defend Blair but to defend the truth.

Khan’s depiction of his bravado is almost comical, and if the events of 7/7 were not so grave, it would be unworthy of response. But this was a profoundly grave episode in our history, which necessitates challenging those who would seek to exploit it for personal gain.

While we agree with Khan that it would be great to see a Muslim mayor for London – as indeed it would to see a black mayor or woman mayor – above all it would be good to see a mayor who could truly command the trust of Londoners irrespective of their colour, creed, race, or gender.

Khalid Mahmood MP Labour, Birmingham Perry Barr

Shahid Malik Labour MP for Dewsbury and Mirfield, 2005-10

A source on Sadiq’s campaign tells Guido this morning that they are “not sweating it” as “ten years on people are going to take different things away from conversations.” Which is all very well, except for the fact that everyone else’s recollection is different from Khan’s…

Top Mirror Hack Nicked in Canary Wharf Raid

The Mirror’s pugnacious ‘Head of Agenda’, Lee Harpin, who was heading up the paper’s election coverage, is lifted in a police raid on their Canary Wharf offices:

The tenth Trinity Mirror journalist to be arrested. He’ll be harpin’ on about this one…

UPDATE:

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Who’s ya friend Ed?

Sadiq Khan’s Hollow Words on Internet Jihad

Sadiq Khan has spoken about extremism and terrorism:

“I want action to be taken against those on the other side of the net and with the ISP [internet service provider] maybe. We need to make sure communities have the confidence to come forward. It is a challenge for the police to be approachable and are seen to treat people well.”

According the Guardian the Labour Mayoral wannabe said ‘his biggest concern was grooming taking place in the “ungoverned spaces – the bedroom, internet, front room” rather than in mosques and schools, where more could be done to address it openly.’ Noble words…

So how is Sadiq’s track-record when it comes to those looking to recruit converts in the “ungoverned spaces – the bedroom, internet, front room”?

As the BBC reported in 2013:

“A British man who spent eight years fighting extradition to the US has pleaded guilty to terrorism charges. Babar Ahmad, 39, from south London, admitted conspiracy and providing material to support to terrorism and faces up to 25 years in jail. He admitted the offences in a plea agreement hearing in a federal court hearing in New Haven, Connecticut.”

And who was it that was a prominent and vocal cheerleader for the Free Babar Ahmad campaign?

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Khan has never given a straight answer on his exact relationship to Ahmad, telling three different versions of how they know each other – ranging from a constituent to a childhood friend. He told the House one version of events, No. 10 another and Ahmad supporters something completely different.

The BBC describe Ahmad as “the godfather of internet jihad”:

“He was a pioneer when it came to using the web as a tool of jihadist propaganda. If you wanted to find the face – and voice – of Generation Jihad, it would be Babar Ahmad.”

Yet Khan calls him a friend.

How is that meant to make sure London has “confidence” in Khan’s “biggest concern”?

Accidental Partridge From New Norwich MP

Has the new carpetbagging Labour MP for Norwich not watched the fair city’s finest cultural export?

One constituent is not keen:

A-ha…

UPDATE: Clive speaks…

“I’m supportive of plans for pedestrianisation of Norwich City Centre; it’s good for pedestrians, cyclists and business. But it’s also really important that people have their say. Alan’s told me he no longer minds ‘since Dixons sadly closed.'”

Back of the net…

New MP Puts Secretary He’s Shagging on Highest Pay Grade

Yesterday Guido revealed the roll call of shame of new MPs boarding the gravy train by giving cushy jobs to family members.

Most impressive of the bunch is Gerald Jones, top left, the new Labour Honourable Member for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney.

Gerald is not even two months into the job and he has already found his new Senior Parliamentary Assistant: his partner, Tyrone Powell, top right.

That job title means lucky Tyrone goes straight into the highest pay grade available, potentially taking home £43,272 of taxpayer cash a year.

He must have plenty of parliamentary experience…

Labour Shadow Minister Present at Failed Commons Invasion

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Yesterday’s lame attempt to storm the Commons by protestors did not get very far, but has upset MPs no end. After disability campaigners tried to force their way into the chamber during PMQs, Central Lobby was locked down. The Men in Tights are reviewing security, and there is lots of harrumphing about the direct action being beyond the pale.

So, odd then that Labour’s Shadow Disability Minister was front and centre of the action. What exactly was Kate Green doing yesterday, because the cameras clearly show her not trying very hard to stop the invasion. Awkward…

Last Minute Watson Fix Fails

A last minute attempt by Tom Watson to block his opponents from making the ballot paper has failed. Labour sources say Watson was actively dissuading his supporters from lending their votes to anyone else in the running, as Stella Creasy, Angela Eagle and Ben Bradshaw looked to be missing out with just minutes to spare. Rushanara Ali then withdrew when she realised she wasn’t going to make 35 so her supporters could help the other three make it.

Labour’s tendency to look for some leader-deputy leader gender balance doesn’t bode well for Watson if Burnham wins. What was it about Stella and Angela that caused him to try and block their nominations?

Labour Deputy Leadership: Who Made it on the Ballot?

Rushanara Ali’s withdrawal with 19 minutes to go means:

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Harman Forgets When Labour Tried to Abolish Human Rights

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Harriet Harman, at her pious worst today, declared in a speech about Human Rights:

“Labour values are about social and economic rights. And they are also about the civil and political rights embodied in the Human Rights Act. But these

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Murphy Rages Against the ‘Infernal Machine’

Jim Murphy is giving his valedictory speech at Policy Exchange this lunchtime.

He’s got some choice words for the Tories, and goes surprisingly easy on Miliband:

David Cameron seized the time and was out on the morning after the referendum

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Emily Thornberry Reaches Out to the People

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Parliamentary business for Thursday 11 June 2015
Westminster Hall debate:
Voter engagement – Emily Thornberry

Guido has never seen anything like it.[…]

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