- Second day of Labour Party Conference
- John McDonnell speech: 12:15
- Labour to vote on adopting a second people’s vote as party policy.
- Labour Brexit policy to remain constructively ambiguous.
- Theresa May at UN General Assembly.
- Corbyn’s conference speech at 12:15. Strong message here.
- Last day to vote in Conservative London Mayoral Primary.
- Peston on Wednesday inaugural show.
- Thursday and Friday
- Everyone gets over their hangovers and it starts all over again…
Not content with only having a row over anti-Semitism, Labour has now become embroiled in another sectarian row too at conference. Scottish trade unionist Andy Kerr, who chairs Labour’s NEC, said he would not call a delegate to speak if, as he suspected, she had made a sign of a cross before getting up to speak. Anti-popery has long featured in Scottish politics.
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said it was “completely unacceptable” and there have been calls for Kerr to resign his NEC post. Scottish Labour has long been plagued by sectarianism. On this evidence they still have a way to go to root it out…
Brexiteers have released their much-vaunted alternative Brexit plan this morning. Dubbed “Plan A+”, the plan attempts to set out a viable alternative to Chequers and respond to the common critiques of a Canada+ model.
The paper is written by Shanker Singham and Radomir Tylecote of the IEA and will be launched later this morning by a panel including David Davis and Jacob Rees-Mogg. Read for yourself here…
“Anyone who is suffering racism is in a position to define it.”
“And I say to Rabbi Sacks, with all due respect that is beyond excessive, let’s park that one…”
AM: “If there was another referendum now, with one option being broadly speaking stay in the EU, and one option broadly speaking leave the EU, how would you vote?”
JC: “Well, that’s conjecture as to what the question would be.”
“No-deal won’t be the end of the world.”
“It’s for MPs to step up to the plate and sort this out now as elected representatives, otherwise I think our democracy will be in really big trouble.”
“The committee that looks at it has many many live cases, and I would hope that very shortly they will be reaching results on the allegations made against some pretty disturbing characters.”
Guido has seen some brutal attack ads in his time, this though. Watch to the end…
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You’re either in front of Guido, or behind…
Guardian journalists have today been emailed by the editor, Kath Viner, a detailed set of company “social media guidelines.” “This document explains how we expect Guardian News & Media (GNM) employees and contributors to behave on social media”. Guido – an occasional contributor to the Guardian – the word rate means it is not worth abiding by the rules at the cost of lost banter. Buried inside the document there is specific clause that was apparently included as a result of complaints about Guardian journalists baiting Owen Jones on Twitter in an uncomradely way.
The ‘Owen Jones Clause’ appears under the subheading of “Tone”.
“Do not use social media to air internal disputes with colleagues or contributors, or with the Guardian”
Traditionally a drunken punch up outside the Coach & Horses in Clerkenwell was the accepted way to resolve internal disputes between Guardian hacks. Bloody tweeting snowflakes…
ERG Chairman Jacob Rees-Mogg has issued a response to the Prime Minister’s statement in Downing Street. Read it in full here:
“Salzburg was a failure even though European leaders had been briefed about Chequers before it was agreed by the Cabinet. It indicates that the EU is not acting in good faith. This makes the Prime Minister’s task harder and she is right to remind them that no deal is better than a bad deal.
The Prime Minister has announced in a live statement broadcast from inside Number 10 that the EU must treat the UK with respect, and not reject proposals out of hand without detailed counter proposals.
Over to you, Mr. Barnier…
“Let’s hope that’s not a metaphor for what Theresa May has to say…”
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