Monday, September 22, 2014

Labour Accidentally Replace Douglas Alexander

An unfortunate typo, or a taste of things to come?

Douglas Alexander has already been replaced by Vernon Coaker as Labour’s Election Strategy chief on the official conference app. Perfect timing when the knives are already out for the serial election loser, fighting to save his job.

As one Labour source laments to Guido post-Better Together; “If that is what Dougie manages to do to a 20 point lead, what’s he going to do to our 3 point one?’

WATCH: Chuka Can’t Name Three Members of Scottish Labour

Were you still up for Chuka? In the wake of the Scotland vote on Friday, Brillo took the Shadow Business Secretary to task, asking him on Newsnight if he could name three members of Labour’s shadow cabinet in Scotland:

CU: “Of our shadow cabinet? You’ve got Joanna – Johann Lamont, you’ve got Kezia Dugdale…”

AN: “What does she do?”

CU: “I’m not totally sure of the exact portfolio…”

AN: “She’s education. Could you name any more?”

CU: “Er, not off the top of my head, no. And your point… I’m not a Scottish MP and I’m not a member of a Scottish shadow cabinet.”

What was that about One Nation Labour?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Ed’s “Dynamic Settlement” Fails to Inspire Dynamic Response

Fair to say poor Ed Miliband is not having a very good day. In response to Dave throwing down the gauntlet to Labour over English votes for English laws, Labour have announced “A Constitutional Convention for the UK; a dynamic new political settlement for England and for Britain”. It has received a mixed reception, putting it politely:

Sticking to his old mantra of if in doubt, call for an inquiry…

Denham Sticks Boot Into Miliband Over Devolution Fudge

Miliband mentioned the word “change” over a dozen times in his referendum result response this morning, but said nothing about English votes for English laws. Writing on his personal blog today, John Denham has some strong words for the Labour leader:

“English Labour needs its own voice in this process, unrestrained by Labour from other parts of the union. I’d argue that devolution with England has been held back by a UK Labour Party not convinced that England needs change as much as Wales and Scotland. Now we need a voice of our own… As the powers of the Scottish Parliament increase, the role of Scottish MPs in determining English laws will inevitably diminish. If the aim is to ensure that laws affecting England alone have the consent of elected English representatives, there are many ways of doing so.”

Delicious irony if Gordon Brown’s last ditch attempt to save the union means Labour MPs in Scottish constituencies will no longer be able to vote on English laws…

Labour Cynically Attack English Votes as “Politically Driven”

“We have heard the voice of Scotland and now the millions of voices of England must also be heard,” said David Cameron this morning, strongly suggesting that he will press for English votes for English laws and finally answer the West Lothian question. Within five minutes Labour had come out against the idea:

Very amusing of Wee Dougie to attack the plan as being “driven by politics”. Of course Labour’s opposition to English votes for English laws definitely isn’t driven by their cynical, anti-democratic need for Scottish MPs to pass legislation in England. Normal politics resumes…

Vid via @liarpoliticians.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Lammy Accidentally Plugs London Mayor Rival’s Campaign

Poor old David Lammy. Tottenham’s political mastermind is busy drumming up support for his London mayoral run, having been the first Labour candidate to formally declare. Lammy tried to tweet a link to his snazzy new website on how he would tackle housing problems in London: LondonHousingReport.com. Instead, he tweeted a link to the similarly-named LondonHousingCrisis.com, a campaign website which features prominently his rival for the mayoralty, Sadiq Khan. Doh!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

EXCLUSIVE PICTURES: Margaret Hodge Hits Biker, Again

Saintly Labour MP Margaret Hodge has been involved in a collision with a motorbike driver on Gray’s Inn Road within the last hour:

This is not the first time that Hodge and her Silver Prius have hit a cyclist; she was accused of clipping one with her door back in May 2013 whilst on her mobile phone. As Guido’s exclusive pictures show, this one is in the hands of the law:

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On the road at seventy, and her second known offence. Guido would have thought the multi-millionairess would have a chauffeur by now…

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Labour Selects Younger Woman Over Ageism Campaigner

Unite’s Political Director was among the first to toast the news that Liz McInnes had won Labour’s selection for the Heywood and Middleton by-election last night:

McInnes is being billed by her party as an “NHS worker” and “healthcare scientist”. She is the secretary of her local Unite branch and the chair of Unite’s Health Sector National Committee. Bizarrely her Twitter account disappeared as soon as she was announced as Labour’s candidate, as did her profile page on her local Labour website. Her publicly available Facebook page however still carries dozens of photos of her waving Unite flags at union marches, attending Unite conferences and wearing a “never kissed a Tory” t-shirt. As well as some, ahem, less safe for work snaps.

Already Liz is in robot candidate mode: “Only Labour can make Britain better off, putting hardworking families first with a plan to tackle the cost-of-living crisis.” She didn’t always stick to the party line however, condemning Miliband and Balls in a letter to the Guardian during the 2010 leadership contest: “If only one of the Eds were an Edwina, then we might have a real choice”. 55-year old Liz beat 56-year old age discrimination campaigner Miriam O’Reilly – ageism at the heart of the Labour Party…

VICTORY: Shaun Wright Resigns

“My role as South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner has clearly become prominent in terms of public opinion and media coverage following the publication of Professor Alexis Jay’s report. This is detracting from the important issue, which should be everybody’s focus – the 1400 victims outlined in the report – and in providing support to victims and bringing to justice the criminals responsible for the atrocious crimes committed against them.

“With this in mind, I feel that it is now right, to step down from the position of Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire, for the sake of those victims, for the sake of the public of South Yorkshire and to ensure that the important issues outlined in the report about tackling child sexual exploitation can be discussed and considered in full and without distraction.

“As I’ve previously stated, I entered into public service to make a positive difference in South Yorkshire. Protecting vulnerable people and particularly victims of child sexual exploitation has been my number one priority as Commissioner and much progress has been made over the last two years.

“My intention had always been to continue my work with South Yorkshire Police and partners in making all the necessary changes and improvements required to safeguard and support the victims of these horrific crimes, and indeed to protect further potential victims through preventative actions.

“On resigning, I therefore truly wish the force, all the very best in continuing the journey of positive transformational change of those essential services which protect and support our most vulnerable people.”

Gone and good riddance.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Labour Parachute Carpetbagging Harman Ally Into Dobbin Seat

Local Labour activists in Heywood and Middleton are unhappy about the selection process to find a replacement for the late Jim Dobbin. Just a few days ago the Manchester Evening News named Richard Scorer, a local lawyer who has represented Rochdale child abuse victims, as the front runner. Voters seemed set to forgive Scorer’s employers Slater & Gordon for having the most annoying advert ever, and were ready to make him their next MP. 

article--0BE83951000005DC-691_233x563Yet for some reason Scorer’s name didn’t make the shortlist for tonight’s hustings.  LabourList reports that “party members have apparently raised concerns about the lack of “local” candidates on the list, despite several local councillors putting their names forward”. Instead members will have to choose between a trade union crony from Essex, two councillors from elsewhere in the North West and Miriam O’Reilly, who according to the Mail is “poised to ride to Ed Miliband’s rescue”. O’Reilly was the Countryfile presenter who sued the BBC for age discrimination and now serves on Harriet Harman’s commission investigating discrimination against older women. Amusingly, when O’Reilly tried to get selected in Nuneaton last year she lost, to a 22-year old. At the time Miriam promised “I’m moving to the area, whether I’m selected or not”. Born in Ireland and raised in Birmingham, she instead decided to move to Wales.

Will the people of Heywood and Middleton spot the second choice carpetbagger at the selection tonight?


Seen Elsewhere

Double Standards of Police Leaks to Guardian | Mail
My Year in Court | Charlie Brooks
Legalise Pot | NY Times
Spooks Recruited IRA Paedo | Mirror
How Police Hack Phones and Email | Times
Labour’s Minimum Wage Pledge Not Ambitious | Alan Milburn
Lord Freud’s Comments | Ryan Bourne
Obama’s Credit Card Rejected in Restauarant | Washington Times
Reckless Was Shifting In July | Rob Hutton
Unions Given Free Office Space Size of Kremlin | Harry Phibbs
Feminism to Blame for Nursing Decline | Kathy Gyngell


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