Boris’ Painfully Awkward Wheelchair Gaffe

BoJo had his very own Joe Biden moment at the State of London debate last night:

Boris: “Why aren’t you, why aren’t you even standing? That’s the question we all want to know.”

Nicholas: “Because I’m in a wheelchair.”

Boris: “Sorry.”

Well at least he didn’t get everyone to “stand up for Nicholas…”

UPDATE: Boris’ side of the story is that he was in fact addressing Nick Ferrari, not Nick in the audience, and was asking Ferrari jokingly why he isn’t standing for Mayor. Guido has rewound the video so readers can make their own minds up:

NF: “How the hell does that work. You don’t want to see something so you buy it [water cannon].

BJ: “I don’t want to see nuclear weapons used, do you?”

NF: “No, but I didn’t buy them”

BJ: “Would you get rid of them?”

NF: “I’m not the mayor”

BJ: “Ahhhh”

NF: “Right we move to other questions. Nicholas at Docklands, where are you sir, can you wave at me? We’re over there, Mr Mayor. Go ahead Nicholas if you would, sir.”

BJ: “Why aren’t you, why aren’t you even standing? That’s the question we all want to know.”

Nicholas: “Because I’m in a wheelchair.”

BJ: “Sorry.”

We report, you decide. But it looks like this story doesn’t have legs…

Man of the People Sol Campbell: ‘I Have Used the Tube’

Having launched a thinly veiled dig at Zac Goldsmith’s ability to connect to Londoners earlier, it turns out the multi-millionaire former football star needs a little work on his whole ‘in touch’ act:

LBC: “Do you use the tube? Are you a regular user?”

Sol: “I’m not a regular user, but I have used it.”

It was a case of letting Sol dig his own mayoral grave on LBC this afternoon.

79%* of Goldsmith’s Constituents #BackZac

After Zac Goldsmith asked his constituents’ permission to run for Mayor of London in a postal vote, the numbers are in:

YES: 15,802 79%

NO: 3569 18%

Don’t Know: 503 2%

Spoilt: 16 

77,071 ballots sent out, 19,890 came before deadline. 25.8% turnout.

Zac is in the race.

UPDATE: Zac speaks:

“I am hugely grateful to the residents of Richmond Park and North Kingston for taking part in the ballot, and am overwhelmed by the mandate they have given me to run for Mayor… Having just been given the green light to run by my constituents, I have a lot of work to do to earn selection as the Conservative Party candidate for Mayor. I will work tirelessly to repay my constituents’ loyalty and to gain the trust of Londoners so we can make London an even greater and more liveable city.”

UPDATE II:

*Who expressed a preference.

Labour Admit They Can’t Stop Tories Voting For Corbyn

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Last week Labour sought to nip the #ToriesForCorbyn campaign in the bud by insisting everyone voting must “support the aims and values of the Labour Party and if they don’t then they won’t be allowed to take part”.

Since then, the only change made to the process has been to ask participants to agree to this statement:

“I support the aims and values of the Labour Party, and I am not a supporter of any organisation opposed to it.”

Yet Labour NEC veteran Ann Black last night admitted that the new system would not stop Tory entryists:

“Some members are concerned about registered supporters and whether our political enemies can subvert the process… Of course people can always lie”

The Corbyn campaign is now seeking to allay concerns:

“much has been made of the idea that Tories are joining the party to vote for this or that candidate. Our instincts tell us to be suspicious of a storm whipped up mainly by the Tory Press. We doubt if it adds up to much.”

He might doubt it, but he’ll be hoping that it does…

Duncan’s Blimping Good Idea

duncan blimp Sir Alan Duncan floated a novel idea today to help local people properly visualise the impact of wind farms on the landscape: force developers to fly blimps.

“A photo montage never really give an accurate picture of the visual impact of these turbines, will the Secretary of State consider making it compulsory applicants to fly a blimp in order better to show the real height of any turbine that is proposed.”

Capital idea…

Kamall Confirms He’s Running

As Guido revealed two weeks ago, Syed Kamall is running for Mayor. He confirms today:

“I am really excited about the prospect of doing this. I’m a Londoner born and bred. I grew up here and I’ve always enjoyed fighting for our city.”

I look forward to having some robust conversations and debates over the coming months about the issues which affect our city. We need to tackle some of the most important things like housing and transport but we also need to ensure that everyone in our city enjoys the full fruits of London’s success.”

No Boris style coronation for Zac…

Labour U-Turn on Public Engagement Promise to Stop #ToriesForCorbyn

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Despite Harriet Harman’s promise that Labour aren’t “afraid” to allow Joe Public a vote in their leadership contest…

“We must let the public in. Into the process and into our minds as we make the decisions about who is our next leader and how we go forward. So we are going to start that with how we do the leadership elections.”

… The party tell MailOnline that they will now require a “verification” process to root out Tory entryists. A Labour source tells Guido:

“Registered supporters have to support the aims and values of the Labour Party and if they don’t then they won’t be allowed to take part.”

The end of #ToriesForCorbyn? A cunning plan relying only on the Tories never telling a lie…

Toby Crunches #ToriesForCorbyn Numbers

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Toby Young has a cunning plan in the Telegraph:

“The size of the Labour leadership electorate is projected to be 240,000 or thereabouts, so quite large. Second preferences are redistributed and, assuming Liz Kendall’s eliminated first, followed by Yvette Cooper, I can’t see him getting many of those. To win, therefore, Corbyn would need to get close to 50 per cent of first preferences – quite a tall order, even in a party as batshit crazy as Labour.

But that doesn’t mean 120,000 Tories will have to vote for him. Incredibly, Corbyn is quite popular with Labour’s grass roots. He was the overwhelming favourite in a recent LabourList poll, attracting a whopping 47 per cent of the vote, compared to 13 per cent for Burnham, 11 per cent for Kendall and nine per cent for Cooper. If that holds up, he could win as many as 40,000 votes without any help from us. That means only 80,000 #ToriesForCorbyn need to sign up to put him over the top. Note to Lynton: You can buy the next election for just £240,000.”

Guido suspects this could go the same way as Toby’s Tory/UKIP pact plan, but all good fun.

The Guardian have had a characteristically po-faced reaction to the campaign:

“Conservative party supporters have mounted a Twitter campaign to elect Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader in order to damage the party’s future election chances. According to new rules, anybody can pay £3 to register as a Labour supporter and vote for the new leader, a change that some speculated would leave the process open to abuse by opponents.”

Sign up here.

EU Purdah Stitch Up: Full Letter From Lidington to Tories

Minister for Europe David Lidington has written to Tory MPs to tell them they are still planning on stitching up the EU Referendum, but it’s ok because they they will ‘work with them’ to do so:

16th June 2015

Dear

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Warsi Blames Tories For Jihadis Joining ISIS

Another measured and constructive contribution to political discourse from Sayeeda Warsi on the Today programme this morning. As a 17 year old Brit blows himself up in Iraq and a Bradford family goes missing, who does the Baroness blame for […]

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Tories: Purdah Vital to “Enhance Integrity of Politics”

Cameron’s concession on the date of the EU referendum distracts from the more important issue of his attempt to scrap the pre-vote ‘purdah’ period. Effectively allowing a taxpayer funded stitch up in the weeks before the referendum.

Back during the […]

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Kamall: I’m Still De-Syed-ing

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Popular Tory MEP Syed Kamall is on the brink of declaring a bid to be the Tory candidate for Mayor of London.

Multiple sources report that Kamall spent the weekend speaking to MPs, councillors and London local organisers. Something he […]

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