CCHQ Offer No “Verdict” on Tax Credits Defeat

Each morning CCHQ emails MPs a news summary outlining which stories appeared on the previous night’s news bulletins, with a “verdict” on how the coverage fared for the government. On Sunday Guido revealed the internal view on tax credits was “verdict: government loss”. The private admission that the Tories were being killed on tax credits was included in the memo no fewer than five times.

This morning’s email bounced into inboxes with a round-up of the coverage of last night’s defeat. Curiously, since Guido’s story, the “verdict” section has been scrapped. Not that MPs will be in any doubt that it was a resounding “government loss”…

Corbyn Aide: Moderate Labour MPs Should “Join the Tories”

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Corbyn’s new policy chief Andrew Fisher has made headlines over his punchy Twitter feed – at the weekend Guido revealed he dropped the F-bomb at Vinnie Jones and Ray Winstone. He was also telling moderate Labour MPs to “join the Tories” well before the Corbynista trolls made it a lefty internet meme:

He also called Rachel Reeves a “w*nker” and suggested she had “defected to UKIP“:

Absuing female members of your own party online is apparently the “new politics”…

Milne Threatens Shadow Cabinet Purge

Speaking on Putin propaganda channel Russia Today just two weeks ago, Labour’s new strategy chief warned:

“… There will be some shake-up in the existing Shadow Cabinet – this is a kind of stabilisation Shadow Cabinet… There are a whole lot of progressive people who came in in the May election, young MPs who are fully supportive of Corbyn. The Tories are planning to bring in new boundaries for constituencies around the country and that will mean there will have to be reselections.”

Well he is a former Stalinist…

H/T Times

Corbyn Aide Called Sarah Vine “Piece of S**t”

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New Corbyn policy chief Andrew Fisher has taken a battering in the left-wing papers this morning over his, er, punchy Twitter feed. Here’s one they missed: the former RMT heavy called Sarah Vine a “piece of s**t” and “scum”: 

Swearing at female journalists is sure to help Jezza’s women problem…

Here are some of his musings about his own side:

Ironically Fisher once favourited a Jeremy Corbyn tweet calling on his supporters to end personal attacks…

Corbyn’s New Spinner Making Friends

Corbyn has hired former Ken aide Neale Coleman to head up his rapid rebuttal team. He must be a masochist…

Like Corbyn’s chief of staff Simon Fletcher, Comrade Coleman was part of the Trotskyite splinter group Socialist Action. He is also currently paid £148,000 a year, more than the Prime Minister. And he didn’t have any problem kneeling before the Queen…

Corbyn’s Labour HQ Purge Underway

In yesterday’s Sun column Guido revealed Corbyn’s plan to ruthlessly replace the current team running Labour HQ with his Corbynista supporters. Sources in the know report that when Corbyn walked into Brewer’s Green yesterday the staff refused to applaud him. Their jobs are now being advertised on W4MP:

Respected comms chief Paddy Hennessy is also out, he’s off to spin for Sadiq Khan. A new press operation is expected to be confirmed today. The plan is that if Corbynistas control the party hierarchy at every level, from the press office up, it will be harder for moderates to depose him. Will the last person to leave Labour HQ please turn out the lights…

Guardian Grumbles Over #Jones4Jez

More than one Portcullis House onlooker noted Owen Jones working the atrium with Corbyn fixer John McDonnell and Jezza’s son on Wednesday afternoon. Whispers from the Guardian newsroom suggest the paper – which backed Cooper – is less than delighted by his overt support for Corbyn during the last few weeks. “He’s never pretended to be a journalist, he’s an activist who writes a column”, says one Kings Place source: “I haven’t seen him in the office for ages“. They point to Owen being on stage and sitting next to Corbyn at nearly all of his most recent rallies. Meanwhile it is being mooted in mischievous Labour circles that OJ might make it official and take a job on Jez’s team once the revolution comes. Surely a very severe case of gallows humour… 

Tory Corbyn Spy Crick’d

To be fair to “Mr Watkinson from the Conservative Party”, he doesn’t half make a quick exit…

Faster than Crick could manage…

He doesn’t like it up him…

Baldwin Squirms Over “Milly Dowler Moment”

Miliband’s former psycho-spinner Tom Baldwin squirmed in his seat as the Daily Politics grilled him on his toxic press briefings during the election. On the infamous “weaponise the NHS” comment, Baldwin complained it was “intended to be off the record“.[…]

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Parliament’s Lawyer Shreds Tory Purdah Spin

Europe minister David Lidington has set out the government’s compromise on ‘purdah’ ahead of tonight’s vote – only to have his spin shredded by parliament’s top lawyer. In a damning email leaked to Guido, Speaker’s Counsel Michael Carpenter says Lidington’s arguments against letting the purdah rules apply in full are “unsound“.[…]

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“Security” No. 10’s Corbyn Attack Line of Choice

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There is one word we will be hearing a lot from Downing Street if and when Corbyn becomes leader. David Cameron mentions “security” six times in an article attacking Jezza for the Times today:

[Economic stability] is what makes it possible to deliver the security we all yearn for.

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Chicken Tories Dodge Migration Accountability

One of the many, many upsides for the Tories of Corbynmania and Labour’s complete absence of opposition is that they can now just stick two fingers up at accountability:

Weak.[…]

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Damian: The Omen

As China’s Shanghai Composite index slides by 8.5% in a day, its biggest one-day percentage loss since 2007, Damian McBride offers his prophecy of doom:

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Burnham’s 22 Hour Reverse Ferret

At 1:30pm yesterday, Burnham went on the BBC to criticise those in the Labour Party attacking Jeremy Corbyn:

“If we’re just attacking people and making dire warnings it is misreading what we are seeing… it misreads the mood of the party.”

At 11:17am today, Burnham went on the BBC to attack Jeremy Corbyn:

“Jeremy’s plans lack credibility.

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Hillary’s Chief Strategist Lined Up for Labour – So Long As Led By ABC

Multiple sources say top Obama pollster Joel Benenson, now working on the Hillary Clinton campaign, is lined up to work for the Labour Party – in particular on the London mayoral campaign. Benenson, who runs a consulting firm which advises Democrat politicians, was a senior adviser to the Obama campaigns in 2008 and 2012 and is now the chief strategist for Hillary’s presidential run.[…]

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Burnham’s Big Pharma Fudge

You might have thought the Shadow Health Secretary would want to have his say on the brewing Pfizer scandal, which has seen the drugs giant accused of overcharging the NHS for epilepsy treatments. Surely this is an opportunity for the Labour leadership candidate holding the health brief to stand up to those big nasty drugs corporations?[…]

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Heather Wheeler talks to Burton Mail about her tweet…

“It was a tongue in cheek pop after the European Parliament tweet – it was purely that. I also wanted to congratulate Team GB on a brilliant result and thirdly congratulate the Commonwealth countries who also did very well. Fourth, I am also looking forwarded to establishing new trade agreements. That was it – nothing more. Let’s just enjoy the summer!”

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