Read in Full: Jewish Labour Movement’s Submission to the Human Rights Commission on Antisemitism in Labour

The Jewish Labour Movement’s closing submission to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission has been leaked in full.

The conclusion – based on testimonies of 70 serving and former Labour party officials – damningly says “The Labour Party is no longer a safe space for Jewish people”. 

100 additional testimonies from party members say they have suffered or witnessed antisemitism at party events. Labour were desperate to change the final election week’s narrative – this might make that difficult…

Angela Rayner Suggests Corbyn Watches Queen’s Speech on Catchup… Before it’s Aired

Angela Rayner had a shocker this morning on GMB. The Shadow Education Secretary seemed incredulous that she was being asked questions about her leader’s bizarre ITV interview where he lied about watching the Queen’s Speech. When asked how Corbyn could watch the speech (which airs at 3pm) on Christmas morning, Rayner genuinely said ‘he could watch it on catch up’…

8 Days to Go

TORIES

  • Former Labour MP Ivan Lewis Backs Boris
  • Pledge £4.2bn for trains, buses and trams
  • Boris hails ‘solidarity’ after anniversary talks
  •  Topline(s):
    • 8 DAYS TO GET BREXIT DONE

LABOUR

  • Labour claims their plans could save families £6,700 a year.
  •  Topline(s):
    • Labour will lay foundations of a new economy

LIB DEM

  • Warn of student mental health ‘crisis’. Pledge more services in universities.
  • Bees swarmed campaign bus. Jo Swinson spoke to the bees.
  • Topline(s):
    • Only the Lib Dems can take seats off the Tories

Cut through

  • Nato summit: Trump calls Trudeau ‘two-faced’ over video

Latest polls:

YouGov: CON: 42% (-1) LAB: 33% (-1) LDEM: 12% (-1) BREX: 4% (+2)

PaddyPower Majority Odds (Previous in Brackets):

    • Tories: 4/11 (4/9)
    • No overall: 2/1 (15/8)
    • Labour: 20/1 (20/1)
    • Lib Dems: 250/1 (250/1)

Former Labour MP Ivan Lewis Says Back Boris

 

“Advance Together” Party Leader “Objective is to Syphon Tory Votes to the Lib Dems”

It’s not just Dominic Raab who is facing mysteriously un-branded attack leaflets. The leaflets, paid for by a new party called ‘Advance Together’, all attack the Tory incumbent and do nothing to mention their nondescript party. In total, five ‘Advance Together’ candidates are standing, all in Tory-held Lib Dem target seats…

  • Wokingham (John Redwood)
  • Mid Sussex (Mims Davies)
  • Hitchin and Harpenden (Bim Afolami)
  • Esher and Walton (Dominic Raab)
  • Chipping Barnet (Theresa Villiers)

‘Advance Together’ looks more and more like a Lib Dem front than a legitimate political party. The leader of the party stood as a top LibDem parliamentary candidate in the last election, and the ‘campaign director’ worked for Simon Hughes.

An election expert tells Guido these are not cheap leaflets. The quality and quantity of the leaflets which have flooded constituencies has led teams on the ground to believe that they have been delivered by Liberal Democrats and have serious experience behind them. One source in Chipping Barnet tells Guido:

“They have to have been delivered by Lib Dem leafleting teams. ‘Advance Together’ doesn’t have a ground game.”

Annabel Mullin, the ‘former’ Liberal Democrat who runs Advance Together has said explicitly on her company’s website that “our objective is to syphon Tory votes to the Lib Dems.”

These fake candidates supporting the Lib Dems effectively doubles the Liberal Democrat spending limit in each seat…

‘Former’ Lib Dem’s Kamikaze Campaign Against Raab

Esther and Walton residents today found leaflets being pushed through their letterboxes attacking Dominic Raab’s handling of the Harry Dunn case. It even came with a lovely poster…

The leaflet comes from candidate Kyle Taylor who is standing for ‘Advance Together’. It includes a number of blunt low-blows as well as certain fonts that are reminiscent of a Lib Dem leaflet – so what is ‘Advance Together’?

Advance Together is a party led by Annabel Mullin (who promotes the anti-Raab leaflet) – a former Lib Dem candidate for Kensington and Change UK candidate in the EU elections.

Kyle Taylor – the candidate putting the anti-Raab leaflet out – is also a former Lib Dem, having worked as Chief of Staff to Simon Hughes MP for three years and his campaign manager in 2017. He also worked for Best for Britain.

Kyle also ran the ‘Fair Vote Project’ – a failed campaign established by Guido’s friends Zoolander Shahmir and Chris Wylie.

Kyle’s leaflets make no mention of his new ‘party’ and only mention his name once in a small font. It’s unlikely voters will remember the name Kyle Taylor or Advance Together when they get to the ballot box. They will remember the attack on Raab.

This kind of kamikaze candidate attack will only help the Lib Dems and Kyle gets an extra £30,000 to spend to help his real favoured party out, while keeping the Lib Dems ‘clean’ of such extreme negative campaigning. Expect even more dodgy tactics from Lib Dems as election day approaches…

Self-Confessed ‘Nasty Piece of Work’ Hugh Grant’s Crusade to Cancel Brexit

Hugh Grant has been touring London and the Home Counties supporting Brexit blocking candidates from Chuka Umunna to Dominic Grieve, and Faiza Shaheen. The loaded luvvie might not be the gimmicky asset on the doorsteps that gullible politicians seem to think he is. Guido thought it was time to remind potential voters unlucky enough to be visited by the actor this festive season a bit more about the real Hugh Grant…

He admits he is a nasty piece of work:

  • Has said “People would be surprised to learn “how nasty I am”, adding: “People saw all those romantic comedies where I was being a nice guy written by Richard Curtis, who is a very nice guy, and they used to think, ‘Oh, Hugh must be like that,’ but I’m vile. Really”
  • Declared he is “not a hopeless romantic. I’m a nasty piece of work, an ego maniac”
  • Said “I certainly hated actors and, more importantly, they hated me”
  • Acknowledges women have a problem with him, saying Julianne Moore “loathes me,” Rachel Weisz “despises me” and Drew Barrymore “hates me.”
  • Boasted that he made Drew Barrymore cry
  • Refused to shake Sajid Javid’s hand.
  • Was famously arrested for hiring a prostitute in LA while dating girlfriend Liz Hurley.

He is neighbours with Vladimir Putin and owns at least 17 houses in London:

  • Lives in a six-bedroom townhouse in Chelsea valued at £18 million.
  • Boasted that he keeps “buying places then deciding they are not very nice and then buying other places.”
  • Owns at least 17 London homes estimated to be worth £45 million ten years ago.
  • Whined of his homes that “I now own about 17 houses in London, all of them horrible and badly decorated”
  • Owns a luxury mansion in one of the most expensive and exclusive private estates in all of Spain and counts Vladimir Putin as one of his neighbours.

He was driven absolutely bonkers by Brexit

  • Said Brexit is “patently impossible and catastrophic”
  • On the day Article 50 was triggered, Grant called for the UK to “just drop it & climb sheepishly back into bed”

Grant joins Tony Blair in hoping for a hung parliament. They must have really loved the last two years…

UK Heading for Snowy Election Day

Thanks to certain MPs, British politics has long-involved white powder, but this election is set to be more magical than ever – as snow is forecast for next Thursday’s polling day. See below – it’s snow joke…

Multiple reports yesterday said the UK should expect temperatures to plunge to -10c over the next fortnight. With worries the elderly may not venture out to vote, the Tories might go into meltdown…

MPAC’s Campaigning for Labour Reported to Electoral Commission

The Muslim Public Affairs Committee‘s (MPAC) campaigning for Labour has been reported to the Electoral Commission and they have been put on legal notice to answer concerns over its possible breaches of election, election finance and data protection laws.

MPAC will also be reported to the police and Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) if it does not give a satisfactory response to a seven-page legal letter sent on behalf of the new Campaign for Ballot Integrity, chaired by former Labour MP John Woodcock.

  • The legal action comes after questions were raised about MPAC’s apparently irregular and potentially illegal activities in the General Election, including: why the group has not registered with the Electoral Commission as a non-party campaigner, despite publicly attempting to raise at least £20,000 and indicating it intends to campaign in 14 constituencies;
  • Whether it is authorised to incur targeted spending by the Labour Party;
  • Whether it has complied with electoral law on spending limits, particularly in relation to constituency spending;
  • Whether it has been authorised by election agents to incur expenses on behalf of any candidate in the constituencies in which it is campaigning;
  • Whether it is using paid canvassers, illegally;
  • What personal data it is processing, on behalf of whom and whether it has consent to do so;
  • Why its privacy policy does not accord with the requirements of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“the GDPR”).

MPAC’s pro-Labour and constituency-focused campaign activity is on the public record. MPAC’s website explicitly states it is targeting and seeking to unseat Conservative candidates in at least 14 constituencies, part of its ‘Operation Muslim Vote 2019’. It admits to activities in Bolton West; Chingford & Woodford Green; Chipping Barnet; Harrow East; Hastings & Rye; Milton Keynes, North; Milton Keynes South; Pendle; Pudsey; Reading West; Southampton Itchen; Stoke-on-Trent South; Uxbridge & Ruislip South and Wycombe.

MPAC’s support for Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party is overt:

“The Tories have ignored and actively side-lined all Muslim organisations that have criticised them. They have zero interest in addressing Muslim concerns. We need to kick them out. And we can, but only if we are organised. This General Election is our time to get them out of power and replace them with a Corbyn-led government.”

Chairman of the Campaign for Ballot Integrity, the former Labour MP, John Woodcock says:

“MPAC’s activities at this election give cause for serious concern over its compliance with registration, campaign finance and data laws. We rightly have strong electoral law so that we have a fair playing field at our elections. Given public concern that the electoral process is increasingly subject to improper interference, swift action must be taken to ensure the integrity of this general election. The public will be concerned to hear about the allegations of antisemitism which have also been made against this group. The new Campaign for Ballot Integrity, which I am proud to Chair, will be taking robust and immediate action to call out, question and challenge any illegal or improper activity which has become apparent through the course of the general election campaign, including but not limited to taking legal action in the courts. Today’s action against MPAC is the beginning of the fightback against electoral wrongdoing that has gone unchallenged for too long.”

The Campaign for Ballot Integrity is a non-partisan initiative that opposes electoral malpractice and campaigns for the integrity of elections. Woodcock is encouraging anyone with evidence of electoral malpractice to contact the relevant authorities and inform them by emailing: submissions@ballotintegrity.net

Download legal letter [PDF]

Extinction Rebellion Glue Themselves to the Lib Dems’ Electric Bus

The Lobby were all abuzz today following Extinction Rebellion‘s ongoing ’12 Days of Crisis’ protests, and today was the turn of the Lib Dems. Only eight days left until both the Lib Dems and Extinction Rebellion buzz off…

Dressed as bees, the eco-communists swarmed the Lib Dems’ bright yellow battle bus (perhaps thinking it was the queen bee) and proceeded to glue themselves to the windscreen.

Eventually, even Jo Swinson had to get off and engage with the Wasp-Bee Women…

Just to reiterate – this is an electric bus…

Hat-Tip: @nickeardleybbc

Priti Patel Promises Cop Biters Face Doubling of Maximum Sentences

Priti Patel is promising that a Tory majority government would launch a review into the way the criminal justice system deals with assaults on emergency workers, with a view to doubling maximum sentences. The rising number of assaults on NHS staff, paramedics, firefighters and police and prison officers has come despite the maximum sentence for assaulting an emergency worker doubling from 6 to 12 months last year. It would be irresponsible not to look at doubling the sentence again.

Home Secretary Priti Patel says:

“I’ve been appalled by the increasing numbers of assaults on our brave police officers and am not going to stand for it. Part of the solution is giving police the resources and powers they need to keep themselves safe, but we also need to make sure that the punishment for assaulting an officer truly fits the crime. I will always have the backs of the police and want to see those who do them harm behind bars for longer.”

This is against a backdrop of over 30,000 assaults on police officers last year. 20,578 were crimes of ‘assault without injury on a constable’ recorded across all forces, an increase of 13% compared with 18,138 in the previous year. 10,399 crimes of ‘assault with injury on a constable’ recorded across all forces, an increase of 27% compared with the previous year.

Last year Daniel Hilton, who bit a police officer, was the first person to be jailed under new laws to protect emergency workers. He was charged with a common assault offence under the new Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018. Under Priti Patel’s proposed new laws attackers convicted of the offence face a maximum of 12 months behind bars instead of six. It will be very interesting to hear what the Shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbott, thinks about the proposal….

See also: James Abbott Charged Over “Biting a Police Officer”

Lavery Gets Angry Over Crick’s NUM Bung Questions

Ian Lavery got riled up yesterday by Michael Crick’s impromptu interview concerning his huge payments from the National Union of Mineworkers before he became an MP.

Considering his £165,000 pay off bung from the NUM when he went off to be an MP, he was a curious frontman, therefore, for Labour’s new strap-line about the miners being ripped off. As Guido previously reported the incident was reported to the police for investigation…

When he ran the Northumberland branch of the NUM, Lavery received:

  • £73,000 to pay off his mortgage.
  • Nearly £90,000 in a juicy redundancy payment when he went on to another lucrative job as a Member of Parliament.

If he really believes miners are so hard done by, maybe Lavery should give them some of their NUM membership fees back…

Boris and Other World Leaders Caught Mocking Trump at NATO Dinner

A video shot by CBC has emerged showing Boris, Trudeau, Macron and Princess Anne seemingly mocking Trump for his impromptu 40-minute press conference held yesterday. The worlds’ eyes are refreshing Trump’s Twitter feed as we speak…

The video is mostly subtitled, but Macron and Princess Anne struggle to be made out. Any readers with better ears than Guido and CBC, please do get in touch

Hat Tip: @PnPCBC

A Campaigning Day in the Life of Boris: “I Sometimes Succumb to Flapjack”

The Sun spent a full 16+ hour day with the PM on the campaign trail, in a documentary rather similar to their oldA Day in the Life of David CameronNaturally, this time there weren’t any candid scenes with the family…

Watch and read TND’s full campaign report here…[…] Read the rest

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9 Days to Go

TORIES

  • Focusing on the good showing of Britain’s schools in the Pisa education leagues
  • Focusing on Corbyn’s past opposition to NATO
  • Vow to strengthen border security
  •  Topline(s):
    • 9 days to win just 9 extra seats

LABOUR

  • Launch of Labour’s disability manifesto
  • Trump is lying when he says the NHS isn’t on the table
  •  Topline(s):
    • The future of the NHS is at risk

LIB DEM

  • Pushing that a No Deal Brexit is still ‘on the table’
  • Topline(s):
    • Don’t undermine NATO or the EU
    • If Boris Johnson wins a majority, “there will be no holding him to account”

Cut through

  • Trump NATO visit

Latest polls:

KantarTNS: CON: 44% (+1) LAB: 32% (-) LDEM: 15% (+1) BREX: 2% (-1)
ICMResearch: CON: 42% (+1) LAB: 35% (+1) LDEM: 13% (-) BREX: 3% (-1)

YouGov – London: LAB: 47% (+8) CON: 30% (+1) LDEM: 15% (-4) BREX: 3% (-3)

PaddyPower Majority Odds (Previous in Brackets):

    • Tories: 4/9 (1/2)
    • No overall: 15/8 (7/4)
    • Labour: 20/1 (20/1)
    • Lib Dems: 250/1 (250/1)
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James Abbott Charged Over “Biting a Police Officer”

The son of Diane Abbott, the Shadow Home Secretary, has been arrested for biting a police officer on Whitehall on Friday. He was charged in Westminster magistrates court yesterday. Cambridge-educated James was bailed over to appear in Central London magistrates court in February.[…] Read the rest

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Jermyn Corbyn’s Tax-Dodging Suit?

Corbyn has engulfed himself in another firey row which is over the origins of his new customised suit – pin-striped with the phrase “For the many” – he was spotted wearing this weekend in Whitby. It’s a real blazer…

The (Saville) row has been sparked over the origins of his suit and whether the Bradford-based tailors it came from and whether they are avoiding tax.[…] Read the rest

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Happy Birthday NATO, From Jeremy Corbyn

As the leaders of the free world come to London today for NATO’s 70th birthday summit, Guido has compiled a short message of support from the Leader of the Labour Party. As always, on the side of the West and its allies…[…] Read the rest

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Boris Increases Poll Lead over Corbyn as Preferred PM

A new Kantar poll has shown the public’s preference for Boris as PM has risen by 4% since their last poll on the 25th November – up to 41%; with Corbyn falling by 2% over the same period to 22%. It seems not even Richard Burgon’s increased campaign presence can turn around Corbyn’s fortunes…

This morning the FT reported that Tory strategists are anxiously watching for signs that Corbyn is catching up with Johnson in ‘best PM polls’, as this was one of the warning signs of May’s impending doom in 2017.[…] Read the rest

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Tories Buy MargaretBeckett.com

Everyone knows it can be difficult teaching your grandparents how to use the internet, so very kindly Ed Barker, the Tory candidate for Derby south, took it upon themselves to buy and set up margaretbeckett.com on her behalf. A kinder, gentler politics in action…

Unfortunately for Margaret, the Tories didn’t quite stick to the Labour message, instead calling on unsuspecting voters not to vote Labour, with their Derby South candidate helpfully explaining in a video:

“She’s got no website, no social media and the only way of contacting her is by letter… Now as the candidate doesn’t have her own website I thought I’d do one for her just to show how disastrous it would be to have Jeremy Corbyn as our Prime Minister.”

Just another example of how clever the Tories’ online strategy is this time compared to the last…[…] Read the rest

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