Blarite Fight Back at Potential Red Ed Purge

It’s not just Cabinet reshuffle that is getting tongues wagging at the moment. Patrick Wintour has an extraordinary suggestion today that Ed is preparing to to “long knife” one of his  most competent Shadow Ministers – Liam Byrne:

“Byrne is seen as a Blairite, and there have been tensions in the party about how tough a line to take on welfare. But there has also been difficulties between Byrne and parts of the leader’s office over consulting on major policy announcements, including ensuring Labour MPs are told in advance about key policy changes.”

Now an insider to the policy review whispers to Guido that “Liam has run the policy review exactly to Ed Miliband’s office’s design.”

Any change could come as soon as Monday, and Downing Street will be rubbing their hands at this shift to the left…

Tip offs: 0709 284 0531

Quote of the Day

Dominic Raab wrote in his letter of resignation…

“This is, at its heart, a matter of public trust,” he told the PM, concluding: “I cannot reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country in our manifesto at the last election… I believe that the regulatory regime proposed for Northern Ireland presents a very real threat to the integrity of the United Kingdom. I cannot support an indefinite backstop arrangement, where the EU holds a veto over our ability to exit…”


Guidogram: Sign up

Subscribe to the most succinct 7 days a week daily email read by thousands of Westminster insiders.