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Labour’s Plan to Abolish Child Protection Watchdog

Over the last day, the Labour Party has been desperately attempting to claw back positive media coverage – from the current chaos narrative of infighting and splits – with a number of radical policy announcements. One of those is the plan to scrap Ofsted, which the party has said is a “flawed inspection system” that is biased against poorer schools. A policy they clearly hadn’t fully thought through…

Labour plan on replacing the inspection watchdog with “regular “health checks” run by local authorities”. Whilst the policy has been criticised by many, one point has been overlooked: Ofsted is also responsible for child protection, regulating social care for vulnerable children outside of schools. Not a good look good from the party that ran Rotherham council during the child abuse scandal…

There is already currently a consultation by the Government to request more inspections to keep children safe. Labour’s new policy would water down the inspection system that the Government already views as potentially inadequate. Labour’s proposed replacement would see rotten borough councils adjudicating each other, ditching independent oversight in many cases. The same councils that were intent on sweeping the grooming scandal under the rug would now be free from regular independent scrutiny…

Comrade Rayner Defies the Labour Leadership

Discipline is increasingly breaking down in the senior ranks of the Labour Party politburo, this morning previously loyal Comrade Angela Rayner shamelessly defied her party leadership not once but twice live on state television. Counter-revolutionary treachery…

First Rayner contradicted John McDonnell’s incendiary comments on a second Scottish Independence referendum, then – even worse – she sided with calls from Enemy of the People #2 Tom Watson for Labour to work together with Enemy of the People #3 Jo Swinson to block no deal. Next she’ll be saying she likes Tony Blair…

Labour Bottle Second Referendum Pledge

After last night’s unmitigated horror show for the Government, now would have been an obvious time for Labour to formally commit to their second referendum policy by tabling an amendment calling for one today. Instead Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner went out on Peston to say that a second referendum would be “disastrous”. Meanwhile John McDonnell has told GMB that the “only reason” Labour would support one was “if there was a logjam in Parliament that had to be broken”. Surely longtime Eurosceptic Jeremy Corbyn didn’t just commit to one to stop more MPs defecting to the TIGgers, rather than because he actually meant it..?

As things stand Labour have only tabled an amendment which takes out the condition in May’s delay motion that she will only seek an extension if the deal hasn’t passed by next Wednesday. The lonely Lib Dems have tabled a second referendum amendment. As of this morning no Labour MPs had even put their names to it…

Meanwhile a huge group of cross-party MPs have tabled an amendment which rejects a second referendum, with over 100 signatories already and Labour MPs John Mann, Gareth Snell and Caroline Flint as leading co-signatories. Labour will surely have to whip against it, but there are many Labour frontbenchers who will be seriously unhappy voting against it. After last night’s utter farce with 29 MPs on the Government payroll defying a three-line whip without consequences, could Labour suffer the same humiliation tonight?

UPDATE: Sure enough, Labour failed to support the second referendum amendment today. It was crushed by 334 to just 85…

Labour Member Leading Berger Deselection Attempt is Israel Conspiracist Who Called Her “Disruptive Zionist”

Labour’s anti-Semitism problem has risen to the fore again with Labour members in Luciana Berger’s Liverpool Wavertree constituency tabling a motion of no confidence against her. Incredibly, John McDonnell has responded by pointing the finger of blame at Berger herself, eliciting disbelief from other senior Labour figures. Chuka branded it “totally unacceptable” and Shadow Cabinet Minister Angela Rayner has given Berger her “full support”. Labour’s official responses so far have been woeful…

It now emerges that the local Labour member who proposed one of the (two) no confidence motions, Kenneth Campbell, goes on regular rants about “traitorous Blairites” on Facebook, saying it is “about time [Berger] was exposed for the disruptive Zionist she is” and even claiming that Israel supports ISIS. In another rant he menacingly said that Laura Kuenssberg’s days are “nearing there [sic] end”:

When is Labour going to get serious about rooting out the rot of anti-Semitism that has infested the party?

H/t Harry’s Place

UPDATE: Both motions of no-confidence have been withdrawn by the local Labour Party and the extraordinary meeting has been cancelled…

Rayner: “Politicians Have Failed the Public” if We End Up With Second Referendum

Shadow Education Secretary and Corbyn ally Angela Rayner with a pretty robust takedown of holding a second referendum or extending Article 50. “Us as politicians have failed the public”…

DJ Rayner Cuts Shapes to Stormzy

Shadow Education Secretary and touted Deputy Leadership candidate Angela Rayner was seen cutting some shapes at the CWU’s Monday night party at Labour Conference. She was on the decks playing Stormzy’s ‘Never Too Big For Your Boots.’

Sadly no sign of part-time DJ part-time MP Jared O’Mara…

Labour’s Shameless Scaremongering on Free School Meals

The House of Commons last night voted through reforms to Universal Credit (which Labour opposes in principle). As is now normal with a crucial vote, Labour instigated a co-ordinated outrage storm when their statutory instrument failed…

Rayner told the House:

“1 million children growing up in poverty will lose out on free school meals that they would have been entitled to. “

Earlier in his response to the Spring Statement, John McDonnell had claimed:

“Today the Government are even trying to deprive 1 million children of a decent school dinner.”

Awkwardly for Labour, fact checking organisations have probed that one million claim and found it wanting. A Channel 4 investigation found:

“No one who is currently eligible for free school meals under Universal Credit will lose their entitlement. In fact, under Universal Credit, 50,000 more children will receive school meals by 2022 than would have done under the previous benefits system.

This is not a case of the government taking free school meals from a million children who are currently receiving them: it’s about comparing two future, hypothetical scenarios. Both of them are more generous than the old benefits system.”

That didn’t stop ‘get on your knees, b*tch’ Clive Lewis calling Esther McVey:

“Meaner even than the master in Oliver Twist’s workhouse… [she] seeks not just to stop the second helping, but to stop any meal at all.”

This is why people hate politicians, because they are industrial scale liars. Labour again willing to weaponise the anxiety of poor families…

Rayner Laughed As McDonnell Talked About Killing Thatcher

Angela Rayner and Dawn Butler were outraged about some old Toby Young Twitter jokes, yet either stayed silent or actively defended Labour MPs guilty of real-life violent misogyny. Rayner said she was “happy to sit alongside” Jared O’Mara and Dawn Butler supported his “journey”, despite him calling a woman an “ugly bitch” in a nightclub just a few months ago. Neither Rayner nor Butler had anything to say about Clive Lewis shouting “get on your knees bitch”. They have had nothing to say about Labour’s whitewashing of the Kelvin Hopkins’ sexual harassment allegations. They had nothing to say about John McDonnell calling Esther McVey a “bitch” and calling for her to be lynched. And they had nothing to say about McDonnell talking about killing Britain’s first female Prime Minister. Worse than that, Rayner was sitting next to him at the time and burst out laughing – watch above. Almost as if she doesn’t really care about the sisterhood and is happy to let the brocialists get away with actual nailed on sexism…

Rayner: Toby Has to Go, Jared Can Stay

Toby Young has resigned from the Office for Students board following the furore over his tweets. Angela Rayner is being credited with the scalp, so it’s worth remembering her double standards and faux outrage over the last few days. Rayner led the calls for Toby to go, claiming his tweets were evidence of a “history of homophobia and misogyny”. Yet what was her view of Labour’s Jared O’Mara, whose social media postings were in a different league and who actually hurled sexist abuse at a woman in person just last year? Rayner said “I am happy to sit alongside him” in the Commons. You don’t get double standards more blatant than that – this was political, pure and simple…

Rayner on Labour’s Economic Policy

Angela Rayner on Labour’s economic policy (via Speccie):

“It is a bit of a sh*t-or-bust strategy…”

Corbynistas Turn on Rayner and Thornberry

Angela Rayner’s odds to be the next Labour leader are moving out after the Corbynistas turned on her over the weekend. Rayner publicly slapped down Momentum’s purge of centrist councillors and refused to sign the Corbyn loyalty test. She had been tipped as the potential left candidate to succeed Corbyn, now prominent Corbynistas Max Shanly, Aaron Bastani and Skwawkbox, often outriders for the Leader’s office, are throwing her under a bus:

Meanwhile Emily Thornberry, the current favourite to succeed Jezza, is also getting it in the neck from lefty Twitter trolls after she defended Israel and said anyone who questions its right to exist should be kicked out of Labour (bad news for Seumas et al). Almost as if the ambitious Rayner and Thornberry winning some positive coverage in the press has seen the Corbynistas want to take them down a peg…

Mr Rayner’s Alternative to Badger Cull

Since badger killing is in the news at the moment, worth taking a look at the Corbynista view of the cull. Angela Rayner’s husband Mark, a top trade union official, suggests an alternative plan on his Facebook page, posting this charming “Cull the Tories” graphic. Kinder, gentler…

Rayner’s Porkies on Working Class Student Numbers

Angela Rayner was caught out telling a straight untruth on working class student numbers last night. Rayner claimed:

“More people are going to university but percentage wise there’s less coming from working class backgrounds if you take it as a proportion of the percentage of those that are in.”

Dimbleby slapped her down:

“The UCAS figures showed that the gap between the most and least advantage has fallen… So when you say the opposite is happening you seem to be saying the opposite of what the facts suggest.”

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Rayner on Student Debt

Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner:

“We have no plans to write off existing student debt.”[…] Read the rest

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Rayner: Pledge to Cancel Student Debt ‘Not a Promise’

“I don’t see why those that had the historical misfortune to be at university during the £9,000 period should be burdened excessively compared to those that went before or those that come after.[…] Read the rest

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Rayner: Corbyn Wrong About Student Numbers

Corbyn slapped down by his own Shadow Education Secretary over his repeated porkies about working class student numbers.[…] Read the rest

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“Arlene Foster the Most Expensive Right-Winger Since Cristiano Ronaldo”

He plays more on the left these days…[…] Read the rest

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Rayner on May

Expect to see Angela Rayner’s line on Theresa May used in tonight’s debate:

“This Prime Minister is for turning but not for turning up.”[…] Read the rest

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Angela Rayner Does a Diane: Can’t Remember Class Size Numbers

Here we go again. Angela Rayner, the Shadow Education Secretary and some say Labour leadership hopeful, could not tell LBC’s Nick Ferrari how many children would be affected by her class size policy. At least she admitted she was clueless rather than make it up like Diane…

Why are these failures to have any idea about numbers important?[…] Read the rest

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Councillor John Thomas, Keith Vaz’s Leicester East Constituency Labour Party Chairman says…

“This is great disappointment to me, realising that I have spent over 30 years of my life working for a party that I now know that I have nothing in common with. This is not the party I joined, the party for decent working people. I can no longer follow the clown that leads the Labour Party, he is heavily influenced by the Trotskyite Len McCluskey and is now as the Hoki Coki leader, in out, and shake it all about he has turned this great party into a laughing stock.”

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