Hammond Fibs and Saudi Slavery Slipped Out on Dumping Day

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Over 300 government documents were quietly slipped out on “dumping day” yesterday, the traditional Whitehall operation where dozens of embarrassing stories are slipped out all at the same time on the last day before recess. Among the worst revelations are the admission that Philip Hammond repeatedly misled parliament about Saudi human rights abuses in Yemen – Tobias Elwood says the former Foreign Secretary made a string of erroneous statements downplaying actions by the British ally during the conflict. Then there is the disturbing revelation that a Saudi diplomat brought a slave to London. Saudi officials also face a further claim of “human trafficking, slavery or forced labour” in Britain. Theresa May told her new Cabinet that politics is not a game, but the charade of dumping day lives on… 

Downing Street Boozing Kiboshed

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Philip Hammond has joined Theresa May in cancelling a get-to-know-you drinks party for journalists. Last week the new PM, who is famously not a gossip and is keen to end the spinning / briefing culture of the old regime, called off her planned drinks bash with the Lobby. To be fair she was a little busy – it was at that point that Leadsom had just pulled out. Now this evening’s planned drinkies with the Chancellor at the Treasury are off as well, though hacks have been assured they’re only postponed until the autumn. Shame, it was a nice day for it. Pub?

Exodus of Labour Spinners

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Jeremy Corbyn’s Head of Media Kevin Slocombe is leaving the leader’s office to go and spin for Bristol mayor Marvin Rees. Comrade Kevin (above right) has been the no-bullsh*t voice of reason among the madness of Jezza’s operation, one of the few Corbynistas who commanded the respect of SW1. 10 months in the bunker is enough to make anyone want a quieter life.

Labour HQ Head of Press Kieren Walters is also packing his bags, meaning Jez now needs a new top spinner for the leader’s office, a new head of press in Victoria Street, and a new Deputy Head of Press, after that role became vacant as well. In the meantime, good luck Seumas. Will the last spinner to leave Labour please turn out the lights?

‘Corbyn Voted Leave’ Rumour Non-Denial

Chris Bryant claims Corbyn refused to confirm to him if he personally voted Remain. There’s been no clarification from Corbyn himself today – he did tweet on Thursday that “I have voted to Remain”. Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has demanded an urgent update. A Corbynista Labour source tells Guido:

“Any attempt to suggest Jeremy didn’t vote remain is just a cynical attempt to destabilise the leadership.”

Which is not exactly a denial. Piers Corbyn told Guido Jeremy would not vote to Remain…

READ: Leaked Labour Script Hails Corbyn

These are the lines sent to Labour MPs by party spin doctors this morning:

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Top lines:

Clearly many communities across our country feel left behind and cut off by the political establishment in Brussels and Westminster. This was a rejection of the status quo by millions of people who are not sharing in the wealth of this country, for whom the economy is not working.

After this divisive campaign and close vote, the first task is to come together and heal the divisions. Our country is divided and things need to change. Politicians on all sides must respect the voice of the British people, who have spoken.

Labour is the only party that can meet the challenge we now face. We realise that people want politicians who put them first. As the party that stands up for working people, Labour is best placed re-unite the country – we can do so as we did not engage in project fear, and we share people’s dissatisfaction with the status quo, which is why we put a critical case for both remain and reform.

In making this argument Labour showed that it is far closer to the centre of gravity of the British public than other political parties. Jeremy is uniquely placed as a critical remainer. He understands why people voted to leave, he understood people’s criticisms of Europe – and is the only leader of a major party in Britain to whom that applies.

The Tories cannot possibly provide the leadership we need — they are divided from top to bottom.

It is hard to see how David Cameron has a long-term future as Prime Minister, but Labour’s immediate priority is to stabilise the country and the markets.

All hail Jez, apparently…

Cameron’s Big Speech Bombs

For the second time, Downing Street have summoned the press for a supposedly “significant” statement that has bombed:

Is that it? The “significant statement” is that Dave backs Remain?

“Rest in Power”: Corporate Spin Doctors Take Control of Cox Image

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After yesterday’s genuinely tear-jerking tributes in parliament, a media event has been organised tomorrow in Trafalgar Square in memory of Jo Cox. Corporate lobbyists Freuds are organising broadcast coverage and Alastair Campbell’s Portland are doing the press, after Bad Al spent the last three days making it about the referendum:

An emotional pull on the heart-strings on the eve of the referendum…

UPDATE: Portland ask us to point out that Bad Al is not involved in tomorrow’s event.

Remain Leaflet Blames Leave: “Jo Cox’s Murder is Only the Start”

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This pro-Remain literature personally targeting Leave campaigner Kate Hoey has landed on doormats in Brixton, Vauxhall and Kennington the last 24 hours. They have clearly taken a leaf-let out of Will Straw’s book, directly blaming “the Leave campaign” for Jo Cox’s death:

“The Leave campaign’s anti-immigrant rhetoric has stoked the British public’s fears to the point that we now find ourselves in a country riven by hate. History tells us that scapegoating those we think are not like us always has terrible consequences. Jo Cox’s tragic murder is possibly only the start.”

The new reasoned, respectful debate lasted not even 48 hours…

Time to Say-eeda Goodbye…

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How Remainers Stitched Up Gove’s Elderly Father

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Michael Gove was as emotional as you will ever see on Question Time as he responded to the Guardian story about his father. Privately the Goves are genuinely furious, and say the paper “rang up an elderly man who is very hard of hearing and has serious diabetes and twisted his words”.[…] Read the rest

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SPANISH FLEE: Remain’s Messina Off to Madrid

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Remain’s “senior strategic advisor” Jim Messina has learned from David Axelrod how to fly in for a couple of days, shake a few hands, send a couple of tweets and then jet off having trousered a thick wedge. With ten days to go Messina is forgetting about the referendum – he has just been hired by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to help with his election strategy.[…] Read the rest

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Proof LibDem Battle Bus Did Transport Activists

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Following this morning’s story, a LibDem HQ spin-doctor categorically denied their battle bus was ever used to transport activists across the country:

“The only bus we ever had was Nick’s tour bus, which carried journalists and his staff, which is different to offering transport to bring activists into a seat to campaign.

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Uber, But For Brexit

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Isabel Oakeshott’s write up of working the room with Arron Banks at the White House Correspondents Dinner is filled with nuggets. She reveals the Uber app comms chief Rachel Whetstone is backing Brexit:

“Hovering at entrance to the 30,000-square-foot ballroom, we are surprised to bump into David Cameron’s former policy chief Steve Hilton, now US-based.

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Seumas Milne Praises Hamas

This video shows Labour Director of Strategy and Communications Seumas Milne praising Hamas’ “spirit of resistance” and saying “they will not be broken“, to huge cheers. Hamas is a proscribed terror group…

The Hamas Charter talks about killing Jews:

“The Day of Judgment will not come until Muslims fight the Jews, when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees.

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Labour “Holocaust” Loony Denies He’s Been Suspended

This morning Jewish News reported that Labour had suspended party member John McAuliffe after he described the Holocaust as a “useful political tool of the Zionist government in Israel to establish a financial racket in the West”. The Corbyn era is attracting such charmers…

McAuliffe however tonight denied he has been suspended:

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Team Corbyn Not Sure He’ll Be Leader By End of Year

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The following job advert has just been distributed internally by the Labour Party:

Role: Leader’s Office Media Spokesperson

Salary: £41,774.11 per annum with annual fixed sum allowance of £1003

Duration: Fixed term contract for the period only that Jeremy Corbyn is the Leader of the Labour Party, or until 31st December 2016, whichever is sooner

They don’t exactly sound confident that Jezza will still be leader in nine months…

UPDATE:

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