Leather Says Leave

Well you would want them on your side in a fight, so what better fight that the coming EU brawl. Guido was amused to discover the formation of Bikers for Britain, a leather clad campaign group for EU referendum enthusiasts from the biker community.

The group also has the baking to tattoo clad Tory MP Mike Weatherly, a biker. Apparently “the EU has chipped away at the freedom of motorcyclists with a seemingly never-ending stream of legislation.” Well it would be weird for one sub-section of society to avoid it…

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That Shadow Cabinet Support in Full

The defence of Ed so far has consisted of MPs saying the leader can’t do it all alone and needs support from his team. So just where are the Shadow Cabinet, and what have they been doing to help their leader during his summer woes? A co-conspirator passes Guido this list:

Ed Miliband – hasn’t tweeted since 22 July
Ed Balls – hasn’t tweeted since 26 July
Yvette Cooper – hasn’t tweeted since 27 July
Hilary Benn – hasn’t tweeted since 24 July
Angela Eagle – hasn’t tweeted since 27 July
Liam Byrne – hasn’t tweeted since 26 July
Michael Dugher – hasn’t tweeted since 30 July

Call in the support… hello? Anyone…

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Leaked Guardian Editorial Salaries

According to the ONS the median gross annual earnings for full-time employees in 2011/12 was £26,500. A lower sum than that paid to every single full-time editorial member of staff at the Guardian. Guido has been leaked the pay structures of junior staff, and it makes for an intriguing read in these austere times. Given the interest the paper takes in how much other people are paid, it’s only fair that this document sees the light of day:

For some reason the rates for columnists and executive level staff have been left off the list. And lets not forget all those workers on zero-hour contracts that actually keep the paper and website going…

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Sun Hire Former PCC Director as New Managing Editor

Stig Abell, the former director of the Press Complaints Commissionhas joined the Sun:

Big summer transfer news.

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David Ward's Charm Offensive Continues

Despite being suspended from his party, David Ward is already making plans for LibDem conference. Officially his suspension ends the day before the yellow’s come together in Glasgow, though Nick Clegg hinted before he went on holiday that the punishment may be extended given that Ward is refusing to back down on his inflammatory claim that the future of Israel is not a given.  Two weeks ago a LibDem source said the Bradford MP’s return to the party fold would not be automatic. No doubt the leadership will be endeared by his words to his local paper today about the “inept” coalition. Ward is backing moves to raise the top tax threshold back up to 50p:

“I think this is a good idea. The economics of it, in terms of whether it brings in huge amounts of money, are not conclusive – but it’s about sending out a message that we are all in this together. It was politically inept to abolish it right at the time when so many other people are really struggling.”

Guido does enjoy seeing Ward using the word “inept” about someone else.

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UKIP MEPs' Shortlist

UKIP claim an “exhaustive, multilayered assessment programme” for Europe candidates. Lets hope that included looking at their Facebook pages. Here is who made the cut:

Eastern – shortlist

Patrick O’Flynn
Stuart Agnew
Tim Aker
Andrew Smith
Michael Heaver
Andy Monk
Mick McGough

East Midlands – shortlist

Roger Helmer
Margot Parker
Jonathan Bullock
Barry Mahoney
Nigel Wickens

London – shortlist

Paul Oakley
Gerard Batten
Andrew McNeilis
Anthony Brown
Elizabeth Jones
Lawrence Webb
Alastair McFarlane
Peter Whittle

North East – shortlist

Jonathan Arnott
John Tennant
Richard Elvin

North West – shortlist

Paul Nuttall
Michael McManus
Louise Bours
Shneur Odze
Steven Woolfe
Lee Slaughter
Peter Harper
Simon Noble

South East – shortlist

Nigel Farage
Janice Atkinson
Ray Finch
Diane James
Nigel Jones
Simon Strutt
Patricia Culligan
Alan Stevens
Donna Edmunds
Barry Cooper

South West – shortlist

Gawain Towler
Julia Reid
Tony McIntyre
William Dartmouth
Keith Crawford
Robert Smith

West Midlands – shortlist

Jill Seymour
Phil Henrick
Bill Etheridge
James Carver
Michael Wrench
Michael Green
Lyndon Jones

Yorks & N Lincs – shortlist

Godfrey Bloom
Jane Collins
Jason Smith
Amjad Bashir
Mike Hookem
Gary Shores

Scotland – shortlist

David Coburn
Mike Scott-Hayward
Christopher Monckton
Otto Inglis
Paul Henke
Malcolm Macaskill
Ross Durance
Steven McKeane
Kevin Newton

Wales – shortlist

Nathan Gill
James Cole
Gareth Dunn
David Rowlands
Caroline Jones
Martyn Ford
Brian Morris

Members now vote, but it’s looking increasingly likely that Express hack Patrick O’Flynn is off to Europe…

UPDATE: For super-nerds here is the actual 1-60 ranking given by the UKIP NEC to each of their candidates.

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