Barry Gardiner Accuses Anti-Semitism Whistleblowers of Having “Political Axe to Grind”

Barry Gardiner has come out swinging this morning after the latest reports that Labour have instructed attack dog law firm Carter Ruck to send aggressive letters threatening former staff members who have blown the whistle to BBC Panorama over Labour anti-Semitism. Despite official Labour policy being to ban NDAs “which stop disclosure of future discrimination, harassment or victimisation” to be banned, Gardiner defends Labour’s actions and then accuses the whistleblowers of having a “political axe to grind”. Just another day in Corbyn’s Labour Party…

Gardiner Hits Out at Blair: ‘Not Once Did He Mention Democracy’

Labour continuing its painful contortions simultaneously claiming to be both pro and anti-Brexit…

Barry Gardiner: I Abhor What’s Gone on in Venezuela

Barry Gardiner says you have “no moral platform” if you don’t speak out against human rights abuses in left-wing countries as well as right-wing countries. He might need to have a word with his party leadership…

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Gardiner: Labour Would Continue With Brexit

The People’s Gardiner hasn’t been giving much truck to the People’s Vote, saying it is the responsibility of the government to unite the country, not divide it as a second referendum would do, and confirming that Labour would press ahead with negotiating Brexit if they won a general election. Sorry, Chuka…

Gardiner: Second Referendum Would Throw May A Lifeline

“We’ve said we haven’t ruled anything off the table… but actually to have a second referendum would be to throw this Government a lifeline.”

Beijing Barry Pockets Another £77,000 From China-Linked Firm

Barry Gardiner has trousered another £77,000 from a law firm whose founder is linked to the Chinese regime, bringing the total he has accepted to over £380,000. Readers will remember how ‘Beijing Barry’ hit the headlines last year for taking huge sums in donations from Christine Lee & Co. Christine Lee describes herself as a “legal adviser to the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the UK” and “legal adviser to the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council” in China. Her son, Daniel Wilkes, works in Gardiner’s office as a parliamentary researcher. The register states Wilkes is “paid by Christine Lee & Co (solicitors) for the work I do in Parliament”…

Would young Dan have his parliamentary pass if mum wasn’t splashing the cash? Gardiner’s current brief concerns international trade with China. He was a vocal advocate of the Hinkley Point power station deal, which involved a Chinese state-backed firm. Both the donations and employing Christine Lee’s son are allowed under parliamentary rules. Which says more about the rules than anything else…

Emma Barnett Skewers Barry Gardiner

Emma Barnett asks Barry Gardiner:

“Which Barry Gardiner is telling the truth? The one who speaks in private or the one who’s on TV now?”

Barry Gardiner Brexit Car Crash

Tough morning for Bazza, who was skewered by Emma Barnett firstly on Labour’s Lewisham East candidate Janet Daby vowing to defy Corbyn on Brexit…

… And then on the leaked recording in which he admitted Labour’s Brexit policy is bollocks:

Gardiner totally unable to go on broadcast and talk about Brexit…

‘Beijing Barry’ Takes £43,000 from China-Linked Firm

Barry Gardiner is still pocketing tens of thousands of pounds from a law firm whose head is linked to the Chinese regime. New figures show the Shadow International Trade Secretary has accepted £43,500 from Christine Lee & Co so far this year. The latest donations are on top of £180,000 he previously accepted from the firm…

Christine Lee describes herself as a “legal adviser to the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the UK” and “legal adviser to the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office of the State Council” in China. Her son, Daniel Wilkes, works in Gardiner’s office as a parliamentary researcher. The register states Wilkes is “paid by Christine Lee & Co (solicitors) for the work I do in Parliament”…

Gardiner’s current brief concerns international trade with China. He was a vocal advocate of the Hinkley Point power station deal, which involved a Chinese state-backed firm. Both the donations and employing Christine Lee’s son are allowed under parliamentary rules. Beijing Barry, still on the make

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Barry Gardiner Doing Question Time This Week

Guido has had confirmation from the BBC that Barry Gardiner is on Question Time this week. Good thing it’s after the watershed…

Gardiner: Labour’s Brexit Policy is Bollocks

Barry Gardiner on Labour’s “six tests” in a leaked recording obtained by the BBC:

“Well let’s just take one test – the exact same benefits. Bollocks. Always has been bollocks and it remains it.”

Surely he’s done…

Gardiner Caught Blatantly Lying

They call Barry Gardiner the “Constant Gardiner” because he never knows when to stop digging. When the Labour moderate website Red Roar reported over the weekend that he had called the Good Friday Agreement a “shibboleth”, the Shadow International Trade Secretary decided to deny the story:

Guessing Gardiner didn’t think Red Roar would then publish the audio showing he did make the comments after all. He has been caught blatantly lying and now has to fight for his job from New Zealand, where he is on a three week holiday. Could Labour Remainers finally get a Corbynista scalp?

Lobby Warned Change is Coming at Correspondents Dinner

Last week Corbyn played to his fanbase with that not-at-all-sinister viral video warning the free press “change is coming”. Last night the shadow cabinet – plus Jezza’s media outriders including Evolve Politics sellout Matt Turner – dusted off their black tie and joined the mainstream media at the Westminster Correspondents Dinner. No one tell Skwawkbox…

Outgoing Press Gallery chairman Matt Chorley provided the funnies at the event he has been waiting for his entire tenure. Chorley told the room that plans were already in motion for next year’s bash, when Prime Minister Jeremy Corbyn would address the surviving members of the Lobby. “There won’t be any!” heckled well-lubricated brocialist Barry Gardiner. Who will Seumas have first up against the wall? 

Barry Gardiner Squirms Over Customs Union Flip-Flop

Labour have sent Barry Gardiner out on broadcast to defend their customs union u-turn, a brave choice given his previous statements on why we shouldn’t stay in “a” customs union with the EU. Below was him writing in the Guardian last July. Barry is claiming he’s being taken out of context, so Guido reproduces his words in full:

Other countries such as Turkey have a separate customs union agreement with the EU. If we were to have a similar agreement, several things would follow: the EU’s 27 members would set the common tariffs and Britain would have no say in how they were set. We would be unable to enter into any separate bilateral free trade agreement. We would be obliged to align our regulatory regime with the EU in all areas covered by the union, without any say in the rules we had to adopt. And we would be bound by the case law of the ECJ, even though we would have no power to bring a case to the court.

As a transitional phase, a customs union agreement might be thought to have some merit. However, as an end point it is deeply unattractive. It would preclude us from making our own independent trade agreements with our five largest export markets outside the EU (the US, China, Japan, Australia and the Gulf states).

Gardiner made the same point on Twitter in December:

Almost as if this is opportunism from Labour rather than doing what they think is best for Brexit…

Gardiner: Labour MPs Knowingly Meet Foreign Spies Every Day

In an apparent attempt to help Jeremy Corbyn, Barry Gardiner has admitted that senior Labour politicians knowingly meet foreign spies every day. The Constant Gardener digging again…

Barry Gardiner Can’t Say When Labour Would Eliminate Deficit

Marr: “Can you say when the deficit under your plans will be eliminated?”

Gardiner: “No, I’m not going to say that at all.”

Spoiler: it won’t be. Not that the Tories have a much better idea, they said it would be closed by 2015, then 2020ish, now 2030ish…

Barry Gardiner: Watson Not Up to Explaining Single Market Late at Night

Intriguing choice of words by Barry Gardiner on Westminster Hour, suggesting that Tom Watson got Labour’s position on the single market wrong because it was a “late night interview”. What’s he implying about the famously fun-loving Labour deputy leader?

Labour’s Brexit Shambles

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