Chris Leslie launched into an incredibly patronising attack on Andrea Leadsom during Business Questions to the Leader of the House this morning. He might be regretting it now after her comeback…
Whilst most of the media is focused on Tory infighting and Corbyn’s incoherent and contradictory strategy the People’s Vote crowd are escaping attention. It will be no surprise when Guido tells you there is lots of infighting there too…
The main split is between those Labour MPs like Chris Leslie and Angela Smith who want to use it as reason for walking away from the Labour Party and setting up new party and those who want to try and win McDonnell and Corbyn over to the cause as the best way of getting a second referendum and stopping Brexit. They all despise Tom Baldwin who serves effectively at the pleasure of Alastair Campbell, who along with Blair is the real overlord of the whole thing. The Blairites are very definitely pulling the strings.
Baldwin is obsessed with polls and many on the campaign suspect he got the multi-millionaire Julian Dunkerton, who co-founded the Superdry fashion label, to make the weird precondition of his £1 million donation that it all be spent on polling. Good for YouGov’s profits, with the result that the campaign has an overload of pointless polls telling them nothing really new, which they can’t even turn into stories now the media narrative is all about the shenanigans in parliament.
Some Labour MPs think Baldwin and Campbell are trying to make it all about them and cutting them out. Chuka is especially irked so now sends out his own press releases implying they are from the official People’s Vote – though they are definitely not.
Money is a sensitive subject, because the People’s Vote campaign is at war with Best for Britain, who refused to join the remain coalition. Best for Britain are funded by Soros so have cash but are politically clueless and “p*ssing it up the wall” on Facebook according to People’s Vote insiders.
Every time Best for Britain get attacked in The Telegraph Soros writes another cheque. This infuriates the People’s Vote campaign who consider Best for Britain to be amateurs and political novices – the Lib Dem B-team and third sector campaigners.
Even Best for Britain co-founder Gina Miller quit the organisation to set up her own group ‘End the Chaos.’ This seems to double as a personal Gina Miller photography and publicity campaign, pouring resources into taking pictures of her standing on cliffs and on roads, staring into the middle distance. End the chaos indeed…
Labour wars on the Daily Politics today as Chris Leslie and Chris Williamson clashed over compulsory re-selections and anti-semitism. Leslie challenged top Corbynista Williamson:
“You shouldn’t really be sharing platforms with the likes of Jackie Walker… you have a big role to play in standing up against anti-semitism.”
Williamson dodged that point. Corbyn has told his outriders not to call anti-semitism a smear, what is he going to do about Williamson and McCluskey? Nothing…
Targeted strike from Chris Leslie on Corbyn:
“A policy of inaction also would have severe consequences. Those who would turn a blind eye, who would do nothing in pursuit of some moral high ground, should also be held accountable for once today as well.”
Mike Gapes mentions Corbyn and reminds him of Labour’s history of supporting humanitarian interventions:
Corbyn looking completely isolated on his backbenches, save for Laura Pidcock and a couple of others…
— EL4C (@EL4JC) June 12, 2017
Clive Lewis has some front. First he quit Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet, then he spent months telling Labour MPs how he should replace Jez, then he formed a nascent leadership team with humble-pie-eating turncoat lefty journalists Owen Jones, Paul Mason, Abi Wilkinson and Ellie Mae O’Hagan. Now Lewis has the nerve to pretend he supported Corbyn all along and lecture Chris Leslie about “disloyalty“, popping up on the radio to call him a “sad, lonely, bitter man”. What a guy…
Remain MPs are split on how to respond to the government’s so-called ‘concession’ of a vote on the terms of a Brexit deal – something to which they had already committed. Even Theresa May’s spokesman admits nothing has changed, though despite this Labour are claiming victory. Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer says:
“This is a significant victory for parliament, and follows months of concerted pressure from Labour.”
Yet Open Britain Labour Remainer Chris Leslie says the opposite:
“The Government’s so-called ‘concession’ falls short of giving Parliament a meaningful vote… This simply isn’t good enough.”
Some Tory Remain rebels are convinced, like Dominic Grieve:
“I take view that it [the Government’s concession on a Brexit vote] is significant step forward.”
And Open Britain’s Nicky Morgan says it’s an important concession too:
“Welcome concession that both Houses will vote on final agreement before it is concluded & before EU Parliament votes”
Yet others like Ken Clarke and Anna Soubry say it is not. Remainers can’t even agree on what it is they are opposing…
Former Shadow Chancellor Chris Leslie says his successor’s £500 billion spending plan would double all taxes:
“The worry that I have is this suggestion of £500 billion. I mean, that’s an awful lot of either borrowing or extra taxation. In order to raise it you’d have to double income tax. You’d have to double National Insurance. You’d have to double council tax. And you’d have to double VAT as well.”
In his speech McDonnell quoted John Lennon’s Imagine. “Imagine there’s no money…”
The Labour frontbench nodded with agreement during Cameron’s statement on Paris, then former Shadow Cabinet members openly attacked their leader from the backbenches. Chris Leslie, who is increasingly a standard-bearer for Labour moderates, praised the PM and slammed Corbyn over shoot-to-kill:
“The Prime Minister is right that the police and security services need our full support at this time, but shouldn’t it be immediately to everyone – to everyone – that the police need the full and necessary powers, including the proportionate use of lethal force if need be, to keep our communities safe.”
Before Emma Reynolds attacked Corbyn’s Stop the War campaign:
“Does the Prime Minister agree that full responsibility for the attacks in Paris lies solely with the terrorists, and that any attempt by any organisation to somehow blame the west or France’s military intervention in Syria is not only wrong, disgraceful but also should be condemned.”
Corbyn appeared to be texting on his phone, making clear he wasn’t listening…
Earlier John Woodcock warned the deleted Stop the War blog post was “akin to blaming the Jewish people for their deaths under the Nazis. It is that serious”.
Meanwhile a Shadow minister has told the BBC: “I am trying to respect the mandate he has but I felt physically sick, I just couldn’t stand it. He is not fit to be our leader or in any senior position in this country”. So why doesn’t he resign?
Dangerous counter-revolutionary Chris Leslie has dared to speak out against “starry-eyed, hard left” Corbynomics. And the Corbynistas are very upset.
Unite Political Director and Len McCluskey’s baby momma, Jennie Formby, apparently has a better “grasp of economic theory”:
When delusional tax hypocrite Richard Murphy says you’re wrong, you know you’re onto something:
Not to mention Ken:
Jezza’s army of militant internet thugs are getting nasty:
How’s that whole unity thing working out for ya?
Tonight’s Dispatches makes very awkward viewing for Labour’s Chris Leslie, who is secretly filmed offering influence over manifesto policy to an undercover businessman posing as a party donor. Leslie is told by a Labour fundraising chief that Paul Wilmott is a “prospective donor”, then takes him for tea at the Marriott Hotel in Westminster where they discuss the Financial Transaction Tax. During the cosy discussion Leslie offers the fake donor access to Chuka Umunna. Afterwards, Wilmott emails Leslie some more detailed policy proposals, to which the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury responds:
From: LESLIE, Chris
To: WILMOTT, Paul
Many thanks for this Paul… I think you make some good points about the best way to introduce an FTT… I’ll have a good think about some of these good points ahead of our manifesto but I appreciate any updates you might have along the way.
The footage is described by Sir Alistair Graham, the former Chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, as “exceptional”:
“You see a specific reference to the manifesto. So here he is at the point of the development of the policies of the Labour Party where he might actually influence a manifesto pledge. Now that is an exceptional situation to be in.”
Chris Leslie’s price? £10,000…
Matt Hancock and Chris Leslie spoke as one on Channel 4 News last night:
Frei: “The only way I can really tell you apart is by the colour of your ties.”
Hancock and Leslie: [In unison] “That’s not fair!”
Do they all look the same to him?