Last week Guido told how Labour fielded two candidates in the same council ward election. Now one of the Labour candidates, Sean Rowell, is having to take it on the chin and throw his support behind the other, Rosie Adams. Rowell wrote on Facebook:
“So, the Tories got a hold of this and are now doing everything in their power to shame Labour. This was not the party’s fault, it was a mistake by an individual doing the best for the voters in the divisions available in North Yorkshire.
“As a decent bloke, I have asked that people do not vote for me, this hopefully will give the other candidate, Rosie Adams a better return than what there would have been with two candidates from the same party. And the Tories are jumping all over this as well.
“Yes, I’m annoyed that it has happened, even though I knew I would not win, this has just made us all in Labour look incompetent. I know some people will be upset that I have asked them not to vote for me, but do vote for Rosie.”
“This has just made us all in Labour look incompetent…”
A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to fly a plane towing a banner over Wembley Stadium with the message: “Expel Ken #CorbynOut.” The anti-Ken flypast is set to take place during the televised Arsenal v Man City FA Cup semi-final on Sunday 23rd April. The campaign hopes to reach £6000 and has so-far raised nearly £1000 in a few hours. One individual donated £500. A message posted on the JustGiving site by the organisers reads:
“Enough is enough. He needs to go. #CorbynOut. Say No to Racism. At the Arsenal v City semi-final let’s spell it out high above the Wembley sky to a global television audience: Expel Ken #CorbynOut “
Who will go first: Arsene Wenger or Ken Livingstone?
— Owen Smith (@OwenSmith_MP) 11 April 2017
Owen Smith’s twitter is an odd sight at the moment: 11 tweets have been posted asking for a retweet regarding a youth group in Pontypridd. Either hacked or really, really desperate for a re-tweet…
A row is brewing over allegations that the SNP used ‘short money’ – taxpayer’s cash given to opposition parties for parliamentary activities only – to fund a trip to New York City. Reports say four SNP MPs – Paul Monaghan, Joanna Cherry, Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh and Corri Wilson – travelled to the big apple on the public purse. Foreign trips by MPs are common, but questions are being asked as short money is subject to strict rules saying travel expenses must be incurred only “in relation to the party’s parliamentary business”. Concerns were raised when the MPs were spotted holding an SNP banner during the city’s Tartan Day Parade…
The Scottish Daily Mail reports that the SNP has refused to release the full itinerary for the trip. Paul Monaghan and Corri Wilson do not hold a front bench portfolios. Joanna Cherry is SNP Spokesperson on Justice and Home Affairs. Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh is SNP International Trade spokesperson. Have they been undertaking activities relevant to the party’s parliamentary business or to their remit?
Thursday April 6 – Group begins to arrive in NYC. Joanna Cherry travels from Montreal:
— Joanna Cherry QC MP (@joannaccherry) 6 April 2017
Friday 7th April – Attending launch of a musical album at the exclusive private members Norwood Club, Manhattan:
— Dr Paul Monaghan MP (@_PaulMonaghan) 6 April 2017
— Tasmina Sheikh MP (@TasminaSheikh) 6 April 2017
Saturday 8th April – Visiting the New York Times building
— Dr Paul Monaghan MP (@_PaulMonaghan) 7 April 2017
Saturday 8th April – Attending a reception at the St Andrew’s Society of New York State with Nicola Sturgeon
— Joanna Cherry QC MP (@joannaccherry) 7 April 2017
Sunday 9th April – Meet UN bodies: UNDP, UN Women and UN Youth Envoy
— Corri Wilson MP (@CorriWilsonSNP) 8 April 2017
— Tasmina Sheikh MP (@TasminaSheikh) 7 April 2017
Sunday 9th April – Attending a ceilidh at the New York Caledonian Club
— Tasmina Sheikh MP (@TasminaSheikh) 8 April 2017
Sunday 9th April – Attending the Tartan Day brunch
— Dr Paul Monaghan MP (@_PaulMonaghan) 8 April 2017
Sunday 9th April – Waving an SNP banner at the New York Tartan Day Parade
— Tasmina Sheikh MP (@TasminaSheikh) 8 April 2017
This is not a complete timeline and is not necessarily indicative of the substance of the entire trip. That remains unknown…
An SNP spokesman said the MPs were “representing the SNP Westminster Group” and that the trip consisted of:
“High level talks with representatives from UN Women, UNDP and UN Youth Envoy discussing work on gender and equalities, people living with disabilities, and international youth engagement”.
The MPs now appear to be back in the UK…
Jeremy Corbyn’s speech at the Federation of Small Businesses was overshadowed this morning when the Labour leader blocked a question on Syria. So let’s get back to business. Announcing plans to woo small firms with a crackdown on late payments by large companies to suppliers, Corbyn named and shamed energy giant E.ON:
“Some of the biggest names in business are holding huge cash piles that don’t actually belong to them. I’m going to name some names based on reports of a reputable credit agency… E.ON, the German energy provider currently pays 78 days over terms.”
That would be the same E.ON who Labour got to sponsor an event at party conference in 2016. E.ON’s Director of Strategy and Regulation worked the room alongside Labour MPs…
And at conference 2014, E.ON was allowed space to “build a kind of Wendy house” for Labour MPs and members to sit in and chat energy with the firm. E.ON branding also appeared on the side of the conference hall:
You’re having us E.ON!
Commotion at Jeremy Corbyn’s Federation of Small Businesses presser just now when questions to the Labour leader on Syria were dramatically shouted down by some of those present. BBC journalist Mark Lobel wanted to ask the leader of the opposition about the top international story of the day but was obstructed, apparently contrary to the advice of Corbyn’s press team.
Audience members at FSB conference also started shouting “no” at BBC journalist who attempted to ask about Syria. He was also putting biz Q
— Kate McCann (@KateEMcCann) 11 April 2017
Journalists were told before that there could be only one question on each topic. BBC claimed Syria. Corbyn wouldn’t answer it.
— Adam Bienkov (@AdamBienkov) 11 April 2017
Bizarrely, Corbyn departed the podium to remonstrate with Lobel. Looks like questions on other topics weren’t getting anywhere either:
“Thank you very much, very helpful,” Corbyn tells colleague @benglaze for asking about dire polls. Erm… asking helpful Qs isn’t our job
— Dan Bloom (@danbloom1) 11 April 2017
It’s understood Corbyn did do interviews about Syria once he was off the platform.
Taking one question about a major news story does not preclude other questions on business policy – that’s not how it works…