Soubry and Morgan Under Pressure to Quit Open Britain

Open Britain, the zombie Remain campaign formerly known as BSE, has published a hit list of 20 MPs they are aiming to unseat in the name of fighting Brexit. You would have thought the 20 would all be Brexit backers. Nope, Open Britain are targeting Remain-voting Tory MPs Nicola Blackwood, James Berry, James Heappey and Luke Hall. It is no coincidence that all four of these MPs are in LibDem marginals. This is completely blatant from Open Britain, a supposed all party group which has exposed itself beyond all doubt as a LibDem front.

How can Open Britain’s Tory MPs stay in the group when they are so obviously campaigning against their Tory colleagues, even ones who voted Remain? Nicky Morgan has this morning clarified “To be clear I shall campaign for all Conservative MPs/PPCs to secure strong Conservative Govt”. Alistair Burt has joined her: “Tory Remain MPs support all Tory candidates regardless of last years vote”. As we go to pixel Anna Soubry hasn’t commented. This Open Britain hit list has gone done incredibly badly in Tory circles and the feeling is Tory MPs should no longer associate with the group. Seems a strategic error from Open Britain, the mask has slipped…

UPDATE: As Leave Means Leave’s Richard Tice puts it:

“I urge Alistair Burt, Dominic Grieve and Anna Soubry to clarify whether they are will be campaigning with the Conservative Party or with Open Britain, in which case they should resign and stand as an Open Britain candidate.”

Disloyal Mandelson Questions Corbyn’s Loyalty

On Newsnight last night Lord Mandelson was less than helpful on the eve of Keir Starmer setting out the party’s nuanced Brexit policy, designed to respect the result and not upset voters in Labour’s heartlands whilst placating Labour’s overwhelmingly pro-Remain MPs. He called it an “equivocal, fence sitting position”…

The Prince of Darkeness then said that Corbyn should go after losing the general election “I hope he doesn’t stay”. He said that “any Labour leader with an ounce of loyalty to the Labour Party” would go after losing an election. Conveniently forgetting that Neil Kinnock appointed Mandelson as Labour’s director of communications in 1985 and stayed on as leader even after losing the 1987 general election…

Labour’s left will see this as Mandelson getting his betrayal in early. Why Labour moderates keep undermining the election campaign baffles Guido. Tom Watson is wisely keeping his powder dry and every utterance loyal. Watson knows Labour’s selectorate will not back a candidate tainted by regicide.

Campaign Report: 45 Days to Go

Jeremy Corbyn is a danger to national security.

The trade unions are in our DNA; our government would act preferentially towards the unions.

We now have a record 100,000+ members, we are back as a fighting force.

Ban the burka, ban sharia law, girls at risk of FGM should have annual medical examinations.

UKIP’s agenda is Islamaphobic, the Greens are the party of multiculturalism.

The more Tory MPs there are, the heavier the price Scotland will pay.

Labour Trident chaos, UKIP burqa ban.

Con 1/8, Hung Parliament 6/1, Lab 20/1, LibDem 66/1, UKIP 200/1, Green 1000/1

ICM/Guardian poll, Con 48% (+2), Lab 27% (+2), LD 10% (-1), UKIP 7% (-1), Greens 3% (-1).

Banks Bottles It

He’s not standing in Clacton after all:

I today met with all of the UKIP councillors in Clacton and senior party figures. 

It was a constructive meeting and it was great to see everyone come together. 

It’s clear that Douglas Carswell has been a hugely divisive figure and let a lot of people down in Clacton. 

The local branch of UKIP was full of genuinely decent people. One of the councillors, Mr Jeff Bray has put his name forward as a candidate for the seaside constituency at the forthcoming General Election. 

I have a consequently made the decision to withdraw my candidacy for the seat of Clacton. I will not be standing either as a UKIP candidate or as an independent. Instead, I am putting my full support behind Jeff Bray.

I have no intention of standing in the way of Hard working activists who are the soul of the party. 

Therefore, after visiting Clacton I believe it would be wrong of me to stand against Jeff in the forthcoming hustings.

Predictable, hardly anything Arron promises ever comes off…

Full list of things Arron has promised that never happened:

  • Judicial review of EU referendum designation
  • BPopLive
  • Hollywood movie about Brexit
  • Invoicing UKIP £200,000
  • Patriotic Alliance
  • Clacton candidacy
  • Pirate radio station in Clacton
  • Fielding candidates to oust 100 MPs
  • Draining the Swamp at the next election.
  • Suing Matthew Elliott CEO of the official Vote Leave

Take note Lobby hacks…

Corbynista Unfurls “Farron Hates Gays” Placard

Awkward moment at Tim Farron’s event in Vauxhall, which the LibDems are trying to take from Labour Brexiter Kate Hoey. As Tim took to the stage a placard emblazoned with the words “Tim Farron hates Gays” was unfurled, before the man carrying it was bundled away by a wily press officer. Guido can reveal the anti-Farron protester to be Michael Segalov, a Corbynista freelance journalist who writes cute pro-Jez copy. Farron refused to answer questions about gay sex and an ITV reporter was booed by the LibDem audience…

#Starmer2017 Kicks Off Tomorrrow

The bookies’ new Labour leadership favourite is Yvette Cooper at 5/1. Her 2017 campaign is off to a strong start and the other runners are jostling for position, tomorrow the bookies’ former favourite Keir Starmer (6/1) will get a chance to show a bit of leg with a Brexit focused press conference in SW1.

It says something about the state of the Labour Party that, despite not even being an MP, David Miliband (repeat David) is joint second favourite with Clive Lewis and Lisa Nandy at 14/1.

Guido has put a few quid on outsiders Tom Watson (30/1) – who will be in a powerful position should Corbyn resign immediately after his crushing defeat – and John McDonnell (30/1), just in case Jez limps on until the autumn party conference and the Labour left manage to fix the rules to make McDonnell their candidate on a “we was betrayed” platform.

Tories 10 Points Ahead in Wales

In Wales.

Tory Association Trolls Deselection Fight MP

Last week Guido reported that Tory MP David Mackintosh is facing a deselection battle in Northampton. Members of his local association have had enough of Mackintosh after he was embroiled in a hugely dodgy loans scandal involving missing money and the local football team, Northampton Town FC. Just how bad are things looking for Mackintosh? Well, his local association have just changed the venue of the Special General Meeting where they will attempt to deselect him. It will now be held at Suite 1897, Sixfields Stadium, home to Northampton Town FC. Local Tory politics can be absolutely brutal…

Another Top SpAd Leaving

Since the election was called Theresa May has lost her spinners Katie Perrior and Lizzie Loudon, and now Philip Hammond has lost his SpAd, the experienced Hayden Allan:

“After working on three General Election campaigns, I always said I wouldn’t stay for a fourth campaign, and after nearly seven years, in three different Government departments, I’ve decided it is time to leave Government to explore new opportunities. It’s been a huge privilege and honour to work in the MoD, FCO and HM Treasury, under two different Prime Ministers and during a period of considerable change, globally and domestically. I wish the Prime Minister and the Chancellor well for the campaign ahead and look forward to the return of a strong Conservative Government on 9 June.”

Apply if you’re happy to take a bucket of negative briefings from Number 10 when the next Budget unravels…

Labour: “Never Been a Better Time” to Borrow £500 Billion

Labour First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones says “there’s never been a better time to borrow £500 billion. Speaking on Sunday Politics Wales yesterday the most senior Labour figure in Wales said:

Presenter: “The Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said £500bn more borrowing in order to give the economy a bit of a boost – you’d go along with that then would you?”

Carwyn Jones: “Yes I would. Let’s remember…”

Presenter: “£500bn extra borrowing?”

Carwyn Jones: “There’s never been a better time to borrow. It’s cheap.”

Quite a day: Communist-endorsed Labour arguing with themselves about Trident, but at least they agree on borrowing half a trillion pounds more…

Move to Deselect Love Rat Tory Lopresti

A move is on to deselect Tory MP Jack Lopresti in Filton and Bradley Stoke. This letter is circulating among association members who want rid:

“This is an opportunity for you to decide whether you wish Mr Lopresti to continue to be our candidate… 

“There are many of us who feel very strongly that Mr Lopresti is not representing our constituency in a very good way.

“Locally there are several excellent people who are already on the CCHQ approved candidate list and would love to have this opportunity to represent us. We feel that one of these people should be given a chance.”

In 2015 Lopresti found himself on the front page of The Sun when he was exposed for having an affair with fellow Tory MP Andrea Jenkyns. Many members of Lopresti’s local association strongly sided with his jilted ex-wife…

Nuclear Fallout: Corbyn Slapped Down By Shadow Defence Sec

Jeremy Corbyn has been slapped down by his Shadow Defence Secretary after he suggested he would never use the nuclear deterrent. Add this to the Communist Party endorsing Labour and that’s the day won for the Tories without Theresa May having to lift a finger…

LibDems Challenging Bercow, Labour Step Aside

The LibDems are breaking with convention and standing a candidate against the Speaker in his Buckinghamshire seat. John Bercow will face a challenge from Sarah Lowes. He lets everyone treat Tim Farron like the House’s punching bag anyway so the LibDems don’t really have anything to lose standing against him.

Labour advertised for candidates in Buckinghamshire though Guido is told this is an admin error and the party will not be challenging him. The Tories must be just a little bit tempted…

Double Danczuk in Commons? Karen Seeks Selection in Bury

Karen Danczuk is seeking selection as a Labour candidate in Bury North, Guido can reveal. The ‘selfie queen’ of politics – who was married to Rochdale MP Simon – submitted an application for the seat last week. A source close to Karen points to her work as a prominent campaigner on child abuse and regular media experience as preparing her for a bigger role in public life:

“Karen connects with people, she’s a poor girl done good, and she’s a local girl. She’s serious about getting selected.” 

Karen was previously a Labour councillor in Rochdale. The first husband and ex-wife combo in parliament?

UPDATE: As many of you have got in touch to point out Gordon Prentice (Pendle, 1992-2010) and Bridget Prentice (Lewisham East, 1992-2010) were married in 1975, split up in 1997 and divorced in 2000.

Commies For Corbyn

The Communist Party of Britain has announced it will not stand candidates at the election and ask its supporters to vote for Corbyn’s Labour instead. The reds write in the Morning Star, obviously:

“In every general election since the formation of the CP in 1920, we have stood our own candidates, not least in 2015 when we fielded nine. Now, on this occasion, we we will not contest any seats, although this does not signal any withdrawal from the electoral arena in the future.

“We call for a Labour vote in every constituency across Britain, despite the reactionary views of numerous Labour Party candidates. Communist Party organisations will approach local Labour Party bodies in their area with offers of practical campaigning assistance…

“The higher the Labour vote and the number of Labour MPs elected, the more secure will be the position of Jeremy Corbyn and his left allies in the Parliamentary Labour Party.”

What a day for the Tories – Communist-backed Labour busy arguing about Trident, UKIP’s leader bottling standing

UPDATE: A brief history lesson…

In the eighties the Communist Party of Great Britain was split between a ‘Stalinist’ pro-Soviet faction and an anti-Soviet “Eurocommunist” faction. Some lefties were very upset that the CPGB was rejecting Soviet communism. They denounced the Eurocommunists as CIA plants. The anti-Eurocommunist faction included Corbyn’s two top spinners Seumas Milne and Steve Howell. Milne and Howell worked for Straight Left, a Stalinist newspaper which represented the pro-Soviet, anti-Eurocommunist wing of the CPGB. Pro-Soviet CPGB members split and set up the Communist Party of Britain. Supporters included Stop the War’s Andrew Murray, a friend of Corbyn. It is this Communist Party of Britain, the pro-Soviet, Stalinist wing full of Corbyn’s old mates, which has endorsed Labour today…

Nuttall: Barricades Himself In, Won’t Say If He’s Standing

Paul Nuttall has done a Ken Livingstone – barricading himself inside a room in the Marriott County Hall to hide from the Lobby’s questions about whether he will stand in the election. There is no escape:

Here is Nuttall setting in for the long haul. This picture from inside the room:

Who will break first: the UKIP leader or Her Majesty’s press corps? And why won’t Nuttall say if he’s standing on June 8?

UPDATE: Nuttall escapes into a taxi:

He still won’t say if he’s standing…

Pics via the Lobby.

UKIP’s Islamo-Banifesto

UKIP going big on Islam this morning:

  • Ban face coverings. Nuns and beekeepers exempt.
  • Ban sharia law
  • Make girls at risk of FGM have annual medical examinations. Err…
  • Presumption of prosecution for parents of FGM girls
  • All official documents in English alone. What about the Welsh?
  • Make Pakistani grooming a hate crime
  • Make “honour” crimes an aggravating factor
  • Muslim schools taken over by DfE if found to be teaching anti-Israel sentiment
  • Moratorium on new Islamic state schools. That’s state schools which are Islamic, not ISIS supporters…
  • Abolish postal voting on demand

Some of it very sensible – few would argue that postal voting needs to be looked at or that honour crimes need stronger punishments. Other sections a little out there. A manifesto for internet commenters…

Zac Back?

Last week Guido asked Zac Goldsmith if he was tempted to try to unseat Sarah Olney in Richmond. Unusually he did not reply. Guido hears Zac is being considered “very seriously” as one of the three CCHQ-shortlisted candidates for the Tory nomination. Some local Tories are ready to forgive and remember the work Zac did for them in Richmond. Others are shall we say less keen. One to watch…

UPDATE: Zac tells the Sun “I don’t know if I’ll stand”. Seems a judgement will be made on the feeling among local Tories…

Emily Thornberry Thinks You Pay VAT on Milk

Emily Thornberry was on LBC over the weekend talking about the impact of VAT on people on middle incomes. An important issue, though it was illustrated by Thornberry with a rather odd example:

“Things like VAT are things that people on average incomes are hardest hit – we all have to buy milk.”

Milk is zero-rated. No one pays VAT on milk. This is a more embarrassing mistake than not knowing the price of a pinta…

McVey For Tatton

ConHome reports Esther McVey has been shortlisted by CCHQ to be the Tory candidate in George Osborne’s Tatton seat. The Tories had looked at Hornchurch and Upminster for McVey but decided against after the local association expressed its desire for a local candidate.[…] Read the rest

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