Dr No Majority

Unfortunate positioning of the gun at the Tory fundraiser at the Film Museum’s Bond Exhibition in Covent Garden last night. Shurely shome mishtake…

Sol Campbell Drops Out of Kensington Race

Must be because he’s a man. Or perhaps the fact he couldn’t even get the name of the constituency right is more telling. Though that carefully worded statement suggests he might be up for a mayoral run

When Dave Met Sebastian From Little Britain

David Walliams tells MailOnline what happened when he met the PM:

“Because I’m taller than him, I offered to stand on a lower step so we wouldn’t look odd together – he’s a tall man but I’m ridiculously tall.

He’s the Prime Minister so he should be the one who is most powerful-looking. He told me not to flick my hair like my character Sebastian, who flirted with the PM relentlessly.

And, of course, I immediately did it. It’s almost like I’ve got Tourette’s. When I’m told not to do something, I have to do it.”

Whatevah!

Classic “Don’t Let The Other Party Wreck It” Campaign Poster

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They say there are only two types of political campaigns, “Time for Change” and “Don’t let the other guy wreck it”. Can you guess from the new poster above which one Lynton Crosby is running?

Guido vaguely remembers a wrecking ball featuring in a previous Tory campaign which he can’t find, though it is a bit reminiscent of this old Saatchi poster:

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Or maybe it is a Mileyish wrecking Balls?

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Last image courtesy of @GeneralBoles

Tory Stunts: Sol Campaign Sparks Spurs Backlash

Guido’s revelation earlier today that the Tories were using Sol Campbell to campaign in Spurs’ backyard of Enfield has upset plenty of voters, but local MP Nick De Bois is defending the stunt:

Clearly no one from CCHQ was at White Hart Lane when they released 4,000 balloons with the word Judas on them to celebrate last time Sol was in town:

Back of the net.

Campbell Sells His Sol to the Tories

Yesterday Sol Campbell said he was taking things “step by step” when asked on Sky if he would run in Kensington. Today Tory HQ have already got him putting his name to cringey campaign emails to young activists inviting them to campaign in Enfield, less than 5 miles from White Hart Lane, home of Spurs:

From: Sol Campbell 
Date: Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 12:06 PM
Subject: Your chance to defend for England
To: xxx

Dear xxx

I know what it’s like to work hard, and to keep fighting right through to the 90th minute.

In this General Election it’s neck-and-neck and we need our strongest team out playing on the pitch.

On Saturday 7th March, we are organising a Team2015 action day in Enfield North to support our great MP Nick de Bois in his campaign to keep Enfield North blue.

Can you join the team along with David Burrowes MP?

…Hope you can make it!

Best wishes,

Sol Campbell

Former England Captain

Hope they don’t come across any Spurs fans

UPDATE: Describing him as a “former England Captain” is a bit of a stretch, too. He was never given the title officially, as Campbell himself vocally made clear on several occasions. More Tory spin…

Victoria Borwick Calls in the Professional Spinners

When will Kensington select their Tory candidate? According to a CCHQ spokesman:

“We don’t give a running commentary on these things. Imminent though, but not that imminent.”

Meanwhile the Standard tip long-time Cam SpAd Laura Trott and mega-loaded Victoria Borwick really, really wants to win:

“I have decided to put my name forward to be the Conservative candidate in Kensington. I have lived and worked in this wonderful part of London all my life and raised my four children there. I have been a councillor on Kensington and Chelsea council for more than 10 years and a member of the GLA for seven years. I feel I know Kensington inside out. There is hardly a street I haven’t canvassed. As a school governor for Golborne and Maxilla under the Westway, I am not just talking about the leafy parts of the borough. I regard myself as the ultimate local candidate. I love campaigning and I love meeting people and helping them sort out their problems. In political terms, I love getting my hands dirty – so much so that I have even been lowered through a manhole cover into the new Thames Tideway sewer. But then, as Boris’s deputy at City Hall, I get all the best jobs. I am fiercely opposed to Labour’s mansion tax, which would hit Kensington very hard and penalise many cash-poor, asset-rich people, who bought family homes 20-30 years ago and now face an extra annual tax of £10,000 a year or more. I would do all I can to stop it.”

So much so that the current Deputy Mayor of London has retained the services of a professional spinners from Nick Wood’s Media Intelligence Partners to help her in her quest.

Just as she did in 2006

“Kensington and Chelsea” Embarrasses Hacks

Nothing like a political scandal to flush out some sloppy journalism. Malcolm Rifkind is standing down from Kensington. Not Kensington and Chelsea. The parliamentary constituency of Kensington and Chelsea does not exist any more: it was scrapped in 2010 when the seat was redrawn. What was once one of the safest Tory seats in the country now has a majority of just over 8,000. That hasn’t stopped national newspapers, broadcast journalists, lobbyists and assorted political hacks displaying a shameful lack of knowledge about their patch:

Nope

Guido wouldn’t ‘bet’ on that!

But Boris has a bigger majority in Uxbridge, oh wise hack?

Really?

BBC.

And Sky…

Et tu, FT?

Partial reporter? Partial with the facts more like!

Even self-proclaimed Parliamentary experts get it wrong.

Perhaps most embarrassingly the Indy even ran this terrible headline:

Don’t tell Peter Oborne, but there’s another subbing error in the Telegraph:

Tut tut.

Kirstie For Kensington

Malcolm Rifkind has won the sympathy of at least one of his constituents: TV Tory Kirstie Allsopp:

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Tory Runners and Riders For Kensington

Boris - No. He already has a seat with a larger majority.

James Cracknell – Early favourite with the bookies, though Guido is sceptical given recent appearances.

Tim Montgomerie - Quick to distance himself, but not ruling it out:[…]

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Malcolm Rifkind Steps Down as ISC Chair and MP

The Chairman of the ISC, the Rt. Hon. Sir Malcolm Rifkind has this morning issued the following statement:

None of the current controversy with which I am associated is relevant to my work as Chairman of the Intelligence and Security

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POLL: Should Rifkind Resign From Intelligence Select Committee?

Should Sir Malcolm Rifkind stand down to spend more time with the lifestyle to which he aspires?[…]

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