Wakeford Had 4-Hour Dinner with Tory Colleagues on Eve of Defection

Christian Wakeford’s defection to the Labour Party yesterday surprised just about everyone, including his closest former colleagues. Multiple sources have confirmed to Guido that on Tuesday evening, Wakeford attended a cheery 4-hour dinner with Tory MPs Andrew Stephenson, Chris Clarkson, Sara Britcliffe, and Robbie Moore at Stephenson’s house – and didn’t tell them a word about his plans for the next day.

Despite secretly meeting with Sir Keir Starmer on Monday, Wakeford kept shtum for the entire evening with his then-colleagues, blindsiding them as he joined the Labour benches at PMQs. In fact, Wakeford’s office manager only reached out to Downing Street 15 minutes before Boris stood up in the Chamber…

As expected, Wakeford’s now ex-colleagues are furious, with one reportedly calling him “a c*nt” after hearing the news. Although the best reaction still goes to Lee Anderson…

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EXCLUSIVE: Tory MP Justifies Calling Princess Diana a “Two-Bit Slag”

Tory MP Chris Clarkson has explained to Guido why he called Princess Diana a “two-bit slag” in a Facebook comment a number of years-ago. The full comment – which has not yet been deleted:

The Heywood & Middleton MP explained his comments were “clearly a satirical remark about the inconsistency of the print media in their treatment of Princess Diana before and after her untimely death” and his only regret is not putting the words “OBVIOUS PARODY” in front of the post. Hindsight is 20/20…

He added that he “couldn’t have reasonably predicted that (a) I’d be an MP and (b) there would be someone malicious enough to trawl over a decade back just to try and embarrass me.”

Clarkson is keen to make clear that “I am not actually disparaging the former Princess of Wales, but rather the media’s treatment of her.”

He added, “as we approach what would have been Diana’s 60th Birthday I think it would be a much better tribute to her sadly short life to reflect on the work she did highlighting issues such as HIV/AIDS and championing some of the most vulnerable, rather than focusing on a daft remark made years ago.” At least he didn’t call the People’s Princess scum… 

UPDATE: Liz McInnes – the previous MP for Heywood & Middleton – reacts:

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Angela Rayner Calls Red Wall Tory MP Scum

Angela Rayner has sparked an almighty row in the Commons Chamber this afternoon after seemingly shouting “scum” at Heywood and Middleton MP Chris Clarkson while the new 2019 Tory MP laid into Andy Burnham. The heckling caused a shocked reaction from the newly elected Tory and a dressing down from Deputy Speaker Eleanor Lang.

Rayner denies she used the word. Guido has enhanced the audio so readers can make up their own minds. 

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Queer Eye for the Parliamentary Guy

It is said this is the gayest parliament ever (based on those MPs admitting it), and Guido reckons he’s found the man to take the crown – new Heywood and Middleton MP, Chris Clarkson.

In 2004, Chris appeared in an internet Star Trek parody of ‘Queer Eye for the Straight Guy’, playing the camp character ‘Stephahn’. When asked about the Oscar-worthy performance, Chris told Guido, “Yea, that’s me. Bit younger, bit blonder and a bit more fun.” Live long and prosper…

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