WATCH: Angry Burnham’s Newsnight Nightmare

Andy Burnham’s car crash with Newsnight’s Kirsty Wark is well worth a watch:

A very tetchy Shadow Health Secretary began the interview by admitting “there is a role for the private sector”, then piled into the Tories for putting “all services” at the hands of the market. As Kirsty politely pointed out, only 6% of NHS services have been outsourced to the private sector, and the vast majority of that was done by Burnham’s Labour government:

When Wark asked for “a straight answer” on how much Labour would allow to be outsourced – “a number, a number please” – Burnham refused, saying: “I’m not going to put a number on it” and that responsibility for this was at local level. The Tory outsourcing so aggressively decried by Burnham is just 1.5% more than he implemented, and he won’t even commit to reducing it. 

Perhaps Burnham’s bad mood was something to do with this morning’s front pages, which report Labour figures have responded to his big speech yesterday by laying into the party’s NHS strategy.

As Miliband centres Labour’s election campaign on the NHS, public satisfaction is at an all time high

 

White Dee: I’m Voting Labour

Phoning in to LBC, Benefits Street star White Dee tells Iain Dale she is voting Labour on 7 May:

The celebrity endorsement Ed wanted…

Miliband ‘Blackbusters’ Gaffe Aide Set for Safe Seat

Remember Kenny Young? He was Ed’s ‘Press Manager’ who departed Team Miliband after the infamous ‘Blackbusters’ Twitter gaffe in 2012. It seems Calamity Kenny was playing the long game by going down the councillor route, and is now firm favourite to replace Scottish Labour stalwart Davie Hamilton in Mid-Lothian. Hamilton, in declaring he wasn’t sticking around to be beaten up by the SNP, left a coded signal in his resignation statement about who his successor should be :

“I believe that it is the right time for me to stand aside to allow the Labour Party in Midlothian to select a younger member, with fresh ideas and the hunger to meet the challenges of this changed landscape.”

Guido hears the Scottish Labour machine has already decided Kenny is their man. There is a combination of uproar and tears of laughter on the inside…

Labour Revolt: ‘Syriza 16′ Demand Miliband Turn Left

Ed Miliband is facing revolt from the loony wing of his party this morning, with 16 Labour MPs issuing an entertaining statement demanding a Greek-style leftwards shift in policy direction. Calling for “an alternative to the continuation of austerity and spending cuts”, the ‘Syriza 16′ want to fund new massive state spending projects by either borrowing, taxing the banks or “printing money”. They also tell Miliband to renationalise the railways and “enhance the role of trade unions”. The signatories to the statement read Guido’s first up against the wall list of Labour loons: Diane Abbott, Dave Anderson, Katy Clark, Jeremy Corbyn, John Cryer, Fabian Hamilton, Kelvin Hopkins, Ian Lavery, John McDonnell, Michael Meacher, Ian Mearns, Grahame Morris, Linda Riordan, Steve Rotherham, Jim Sheridan and Chris Williamson.

Επανάσταση!

Miliband: I Know Thee Not Old Leader
Labour Refuse to Welcome Blair’s Campaign Involvement

Labour have declined the opportunity to comment on Guido’s revelation that Tony Blair will be back campaigning for Labour before the election. As reported in yesterday’s Sun, Mr Tony is fronting a fundraising drive for gay Labour candidates next month – a rare return to frontline British politics. The party declined to comment when asked if Ed welcomed the move. Blair, who? Never heard of him…

New Tory Poster Targets Miliband and Salmond

Guido is told this has just gone up to target all those Scottish voters at Vauxhall Cross roundabout in London. Happy Friday afternoon photoshopping…

While We Are Talking About Politicians and Food…

Lest we forget when it comes to politicians and food, Gordon had all bases covered:

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Sources: Blair Has Not Yet Responded To Chilcot Letter

Tony Blair claims he has nothing to do with the Chilcot Inquiry delays, but is he telling the truth? His people clearly state:

 ‘It is not true to say that Tony Blair has caused the delay … On the contrary, he regrets this delay.’

However, multiple sources familiar with the situation have suggested to Guido that whilst Blair has received his warning letter for Sir John Chilcot, he has yet to respond as is currently still seeking legal advice before doing so.

How long does it take a former barrister to find a lawyer? Perhaps he should ask his wife…

How’s That Social Media Thingy Working Out For Ya?

Remember when Labour tried to boost party morale by claiming that they may be outspent at this election, but at least they were winning the internetz? Well Facebook has not gone very well for them today. #CameronMustGo[…]

Cuts Baiting From Tory Whips Sends Labour MPs Round Bend

Last Tuesday’s vote for the “Charter for Budget Responsibility” saw Labour – under the direction of Balls – troop through the division lobbies with the Tories to vote for fiscal restraint. Guido hears that Tory deputy chief whip Greg Hands […]

Karen Danczuk To Quit Being Labour Councillor

Just days after slagging Ed Miliband off in the papers, we get this:

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Burnham Bounces Balls into £11 Billion Spending Pledge

BURNHAM-BALLS

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has been out and about this morning pushing Labour’s public health manifesto. It basically amounts to yet another series of caps – the usual series of nanny state, anti–business policies.

It wasn’t the detail which […]



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