Sound stuff from Michael Dugher today on Israel, describing Labour’s stance as catastrophic:
“I think that either through neglect or, frankly, in some instances incompetence, we mishandled our relationship with the Jewish community.”
Our attitude to Israel and the Middle East is really important to the Jewish community.”
A thumping 69% of Jewish voters backed Cameron according to polling.
Dugher blames Miliband completely, especially for Labour’s “unnecessary and divisive” position on Palestian statehood, saying it was “straw that broke the camel’s back with many people in the Jewish community. I knew exactly what would happen and I regretted that very profoundly”.
Guido is not sure the Shadow Transport Secretary is going to have much luck with his preferred new leader though…
The SNP were determined to take the whole front-row of the opposition benches, to the left of the gangway in the Commons, in order mark their status as the third party. They even had MPs on a rota hogging the seats all morning in order to beat off the Labour awkward squad.
Five minutes before the Commons reconvened Denis Skinner turned up and promptly took his old seat. And that was that.
Yet it was not a complete disaster for the newbie Nats. Neanderthals such as Ronnie Campbell and Ian Lavery commanded no such respect and were forced to stand. The fun and games begin…
Looks like another row is due between the Mail and the Labour Party after an unnamed aide for Chuka Umunna briefed out that it was their behaviour that so upset their boss, including a toxic claim of doorstepping a 102 year old grandmother:
Mail-land is keen to stress it’s simply not true:
Guido understands that no one from the Staggers checked with the Mail to see if it was true before punting the line…
Ed Miliband’s spokesman James Stewart is off to make some money.
Tom Baldwin is out of a job but is still spinning away: Arguing with people on Twitter and writing conspiracy theory bollocks on the Guardian website.
Bob Roberts is said to be planning on staying on at Labour but it has been said that given the spectacular failure of Labour to communicate their message, some blame must land at the door of the party’s Director of Communications.
Patrick Hennessy, the deputy, is also said to be planning to stick around for regime change.
Much to the relief of the right-wing media.
There is a Big Yellow Storage place in Kennington…