Girls Night Out for Labour Ladies

Guido hears Labour are planning an all female onslaught in the spin room tonight with Yvette Cooper, Caroline Flint and – amazingly – Lucy Powell lined up for the post match analysis/spin war. Telly sources suggest no men have been offered up by Labour for any interviews, despite Lucy Powell’s spectacularly crap weekend outing. It’s not yet clear whether they are bringing their pink bus…

IPSA Dump On Labour’s Zero Hours Spin

Labour’s onslaught against the mythical “zero hours contract epidemic” hits the buffers when it is gently pointed out that almost 70 Labour MPs employ staff on flexible contracts. Labour’s stock reply is to blame IPSA for this embarrassing hypocrisy, yet the expenses watchdog have hit back today:

“The MP is the employer, it is a matter for them whether they choose to use a zero-hours contract.”

Amusingly it was left to Tristram Hunt to bluster as the carpet was pulled from underneath his argument on the Daily Politics earlier:

Delicious…

Ed Miliband Did Not Win a Blue Peter Badge

Contrary to established internet fact, Ed Miliband never won a Blue Peter badge. Is nothing sacred?

Speaking to Absolute Radio in a rare interview, the Labour leader admitted he had never downed a pint or pulled a moonie and is more a butter chicken chap when it come to curry. Not a terrible outing, though the music choice section was fairly cringe-worthy.

They will be claiming he cannot do a Rubik’s Cube next…

Miliband Fakes Local Support on Own Leaflet

At last it’s here! Ed Miliband’s election address has hit the doormats of Doncaster this week. It’s a riveting read, though it seems the errant local MP has not managed to find any ‘real’ people to endorse him, instead picking Labour Party organisers to masquerade as ordinary local people:

That would be local party member Cynthia Bunting who helps organise and promote fundraisers for Ed in the constituency.

That would Tony Sockett who just happened to be a Labour councillor in Doncaster.

That would be local party supporter Adam Davey. Incidentally Davey works for private sector outsourcing giants Serco, who Ed has directly attacked in the past, claiming last year: “too often large public-sector bureaucracies have been replaced with a large private-sector bureaucracy. A Serco-G4S state can be just as flawed as the centralised state”.

This must be what Labour meant when they promised “less fear and more honesty” in this campaign…

Labour’s Martin “Fairness” Freeman Sends Son to Private School

“I don’t know about you, but my values are about community”, says Martin Freeman in Labour’s election broadcast. “The bottom line is what values are we choosing, because in the end this choice we make really does matter,” adds the multimillionaire. Freeman declares that Labour “start from the right place – community, compassion, fairness – I think all the best things about this country”.

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That “fairness” in the “community” does not stretch to his own family though. The “values” that Freeman chooses encompass sending his young son to the elite Lochinver House School in Potters Bar for the compassionate sum of £12,669 per year. Onwards, to socialism comrades…

Labour Give ‘Hated’ Atos Special Access to Plans For Government

“Atos are a disgrace” said Liam Byrne in 2013 in a row about the French firm used by the DWP to assess who should get disability benefits.

Baldamort added that the government should “sack them and sack them now.”

Labour keep it quiet that they originally hired the frog firm in 2003, though eventually Atos walked away from their DWP contract after an intense negative campaign against them.

So imagine Guido’s surprise to hear that Labour grandee Alan Johnson has been despatched to brief Atos’ “public sector leadership team” about the plans of any future Labour government: special treatment that few other companies receive.

A disgrace! 

Siemens Slam Miliband for Labour FT Advert… Kellogg’s Also Frosty

A spokesman for Siemens UK is not a happy bunny about Labour’s full page advert in the FT this morning, which quoted their CEO Juergen Maier:

“…we were not told it would be used in an advert.

We were not given any warning.

We are apolitical, we don’t endorse political parties, we wouldn’t have agreed to be in an advert for the Labour Party.

The feeling is that they have overstepped the line.”

Guido hears Kellogg’s are pretty frosty about it all too…

 

Labour Campaign Chief Breaks Social Media Election Law

The parliamentary rules for MPs’ social media use during the election campaign could not be clearer:

“If your website, Twitter account, Facebook page etc. refer to you as an MP (on their pages or in the address or in the handle) make sure you have either set up alternatives to use from Monday 30th March at 00:01 until polling day, or frozen the account, or published the necessary disclaimer making it clear you are not an MP during the Dissolution period.”

Yet as of 10:35am this morning, the Twitter bio of Labour campaign chief Lucy Powell still referred to her as an MP:

Within minutes of Guido politely pointing this out, “MP” had been quietly changed to “candidate”. 

Yet, in a display of Powell’s winning judgement, she summoned all of her famous deflection skills to spin that Guido was talking about her handle, @LucyMPowell, which refers to her middle name Maria, and not her bio:

You would have thought, after yesterday, she would have learnt when to put down the spade…

Politics: It’s a Mug’s Game

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After Labour’s “UkipCup” was roundly condemned by the party’s own supporters – Diane Abbott described it as “shameful” and an “embarrassment” – the Greens have hit back. ‘Stoup’-ing to a new low…[…]

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Angry Local Residents Demand Miliband Apology

Rather than do a reccy of the Sky studios yesterday morning, Ed Miliband was in Rotherhithe in South London for a campaign event with a local Labour councillor. The meeting was held in a community hall on deprived Silverlock council […]

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Miliband v Murdoch

The Tories have hit back with a fresh attack ad from last night:

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Here Come the Attack Ads

Late night for party hands. So far […]

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