Tuesday, October 16, 2012

CMS Select Committee Runners and Riders
Eight Tories Running for Three Places 

The Culture, Media and Sport select committee will give BBC director general George Entwistle the most humble day of his life next Tuesday, the day before the elections to  fill it with new faces. With the three promotions and a by-election,  four vacancies have opened up. Ben Bradshaw , the shunned former Culture Secretary, has replaced Tom Watson on the Labour side. Meanwhile the Tories who have publicly declared are:

  • Conor Burns – Tory A-lister turned Lords rebel Burns announced he would be standing earlier this month. Good opportunity to remain high profile.
  • Angie Bray – Needs a new job after being sacked as Frankie Maude’s PPS for voting against Lords reforms, while sources close to her have been pointing out her long media career.
  • David Morris – The Tory MP has thrown his hat in to the ring, and even has the backing of the Hoff. Rick Astley’s former keyboardist certainly used to sport a cultured mullet back in the day.
  • Jason McCartney – MP for Coln Valley, defected from LibDems in 2007. Former journalist and broadcaster for Radio Leeds.
  • Tracy Crouch – female ref and footy fan would certainly have the sport aspect sorted.
  • Mike Weatherly – The MP for Hove used to be Pete Waterman’s money man – another music industry expert.

Being the most famous select committee, CMS provides a major opportunity for some grandstanding. Guido hears there are eight Tories in the running to fill their three spaces, but CCHQ don’t have a complete list and nor do DCMS…

Who are they? Email Guido

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Paging Tom Watson

Sometimes Guido likes to do his bit as a public service by bringing matters of interest to the attention of the relevant authorities. Yesterday Labour councillor Chris Vobe was suspended after a police investigation was launched into the alleged hacking of his colleagues’ email accounts. Vobe is the son of Labour MP Helen Jones, he’s very much a mummy’s boy. Of course hacking crusader Tom Watson will want to get to the bottom of this as soon as possible…

Seems Billy spotted this one too.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Watson Attempts to Silence Critic

Tom Watson has had a busy afternoon. Instead of coordinating Labour’s by-election in Corby, or listening to his Deputy Leader address conference, or playing on his beloved X-box, he has been phoning editors of esteemed British periodicals.

Both Gareth Morgan of the Daily Star Sunday and Fraser Nelson of the Spectator were contacted this afternoon by a whining Watson, complaining about a deliberately misconstrued Tweet from one of their contributors.

When it was pointed out that perhaps it would be more appropriate to talk to the Tweeter in question directly, Watson declared that he would not, preferring to try have him silenced by higher powers.

Tom should spend less time worrying about Neo-Guido’s job and more time about his own

I Don’t Want Murdoch, DJ

Guido has noted with interest how campaigning hero Tom Watson has yet to call an inquiry into the BBC over Jimmy Savile. To be fair to Tommo, he has been busy enjoying Manchester’s nightlife over the last few days. Last night he was spinning the discs in the Sandinistas bar, treating party-goers to some Jackson Five. Looks like the whole Labour campaign chief thing is as easy as ABC…

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Tommo’s Late Night Blonde Plot Busted

Tom Watson managed to escape his own gate-gate moment when he tried to bust a young blonde into Labour’s conference hotel without credentials late last night. Although there is is no official police control around the Midland Hotel, stewards were having none of it, not even for the Party’s Deputy Chairman. Managing to show some restraint in light of recent pleb-related outbursts, Watson was left apologising to his young friend and promptly abandoning her. At least he can’t blame how this one ended on the Murdochs…

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Media Bitch Fight: Tommo Neutron Bombed

Fresh from moaning about the Ofcom/BSkyB ruling on the Today programme in his underpants, Tom Watson has tried to take his frustrations out on another Murdoch man. Tommo’s ire this morning is focused on Tom Newton Dunn, The Sun’s political editor. Neither man is known for timidity. Seconds out…

Feel the love:

Ouch…

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Tom Watson Quits Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee

After rehabilitating himself from a Blair-stabbing, expenses-hoarding Brownite boot-boy to the scourge of the Murdochs, Tom Watson has quit the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee.

Leading the way on phone-hacking, and getting a nice book deal out the it too, Watson was promoted to deputy party chairman of the Labour Party in October 2011. Controversially Watson has spent a year breaking the convention that Select Committees are made up of backbenchers.

As Guido covered at the time Watson over-reached on more than one occasion on the job and there were sighs of relief from those around the committee that Guido has been talking with today. Though a Labour source says:

“I am tempted to say it’s not the same since Louise Mensch left, but in reality he said when he joined shadow cabinet he would leave at suitable point when hacking inquiries are finished and with Leveson evidence finished and report a few weeks away he thought it was suitable time.”

With Therese Coffey and Damien Collins being promoted, and Mrs Mensh departing these shores, it’s all change at CMS.

Monday, September 10, 2012

DJ Watson Spins Leveson

Touchy Tom Watson tends to get testy when people bring up his links with the lefties Political Scrapbook. He pointedly told the Leveson Inquiry that he had nothing to do with them, which was news to some:

Watson:“I know the guy, the young guy that runs it. I have no relationship with it in terms of management or anything else.”

Jay: “Have you provided information to them for their use?”

Watson: “No.”

Watson would have us believe there is no cosy relationship here, despite obviously feeding them stories. Fellow Labour MP Kerry McCarthy let the cat out of the bag this weekend though when she revealed Scrapbook‘s special guest for their Labour party conference shindig:

Hmm, surely that comes under “or anything else”.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Ashcroft Unravels Watson Spin

Last week Guido revealed how Corby’s latest resident Tom Watson was instructing Labour spinners to brief that the party expects to lose the upcoming by-election. At the time the Lobby could see straight through Tommo’s tricks:

Now the latest polling undertaken by Lord Ashcroft has confirmed that Watson was spouting rubbish. Labour have a huge 15 point lead in the up-for-grabs Northamptonshire seat, with a 9% swing from Blue to Red. UK Polling Report conclude: “Labour shouldn’t have any particular problem taking the seat“. It’s an open goal that they simply cannot miss…

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Labour Corby Campaign Cock-Up

Last week Guido revealed that Labour campaign chief Tom Watson had been busy massing the troops in Corby as party bosses seek to avoid a repeat of their Bradford nightmare. Watson might have dragged half of Labour HQ’s staff with him to Louise Mensch’s old constituency but their plan to hit the ground running has got off to a slow start. Back on the 9th August a helpful tweeter alerted Labour’s holidaying hopeful Andy Sawford to the fact that he had yet to set up a website for his campaign. Sawford promised he would get on the case:

Almost a week later Labour have sent out a press release encouraging constituents to visit their candidate’s brand new website, but when they do this is what they find:

Guido wonders what Watson and co have been up to the past six days…


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Mo Ansar’s Silence | Adrian Hilton
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Dave Surrounded By Topless Women | Sun
UN Loony says Britain Most Sexist Country | Sun
Farage is a Good Reason to Leave the EU | Dan Hannan
UKIP Blocked Expenses Questions | Times
NHS Showdown Coming | Paul Goodman
Sons of Brown | Telegraph
All Three Parties Mulling Leadership | Staggers
Isn’t George Great | Simon Jenkins


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Cathy Jamieson MP, Labour’s Shadow Treasury minister, commenting on Treasury analysis of the economic impact of tax changes…

“If the Treasury is looking at the economic impact of tax changes, then surely it should examine the impact of the rise in VAT and cuts to tax credits? George Osborne’s £12 billion VAT rise knocked confidence, helped to choke off the recovery and has cost families £1,350 over the last three years.”



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