Denial of Anti-Semitism is Normalised on Labour Fringe

Multiple Labour fringe events are to be addressed by the union boss who suggested the Labour anti-Semitism row was ‘created’ by Israel.

“Now I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but I’ll tell you what – one of the best forms of trying to hide from the atrocities that you are committing is to go on the offensive and to actually create a story that does not exist for people on this platform, the trade union movement or, I have to say, for the leader of the Labour Party.”

Mark Serwotka, General Secretary of the PCS Union, who publicly insinuated anti-semitism is “a story that does not exist” in the Labour Party, will be speaking at:

  • Labour and Palestine’s ‘Speaking Up for Palestine’ alongside Len McCluskey and Richard Burgon.
  • CLASS’s ‘Review Of The Year’ alongside Owen Jones and Clive Lewis.
  • Public and Commercial Services Union’s ‘Social Security Under a Labour Government – What Would Need To Change’, alongside John McDonnell.

Labour are normalising people who deny that their anti-semitism problem exists. This shouldn’t be considered normal…

Runners & Riders: Standards Committee Chair

Standards Committee Chair Sir Kevin Baron resigned yesterday citing his frustration with the lack of transparency in Parliamentary investigations. Thankfully there are a good number in Parliament who are experienced in the field of standards investigations. As ever, Guido brings you the most experienced runners and riders to take on this auspicious role…

  • Keith Vaz: On the two year anniversary of the formal investigation being opened into his conduct, who else has more experience of standards investigations? His litany of misadventures is like that of no other MP. Vaz seems to be the clearly most experienced for the post.
  • Jared O’Mara: Although new to parliament O’Mara has already made a big impact. A rising star who the Standards Committee will already know well.
  • Damian Green: Time on his hands now he’s out of the cabinet. Very driven. Hard worker.
  • Stephen Crabb: Gets on very well with potential staff. Too well.
  • Debbie Abrahams: Sacked from the front bench after bullying allegations. On the look out for a new job…
  • Dan Poulter: Experienced with disciplinary investigations. Plenty of hands on experience.
  • Ian Paisley Jr: Despite his 30 day parliamentary suspension beginning yesterday, he would be a perfect fit for the role. Once he returns to work.
  • John Bercow: Had promised to retire from his current job by now. Knows how to get away with all sorts of shenanigans. He acts like a shop steward already…
  • Clive ‘On Your Knees Bitch’ Lewis: Erudite, used to complaints, and out of favour with his party leadership after he and Owen Jones appeared to be manoeuvring to oust Corbyn last year. He has enough time on his hands…

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…

“Get On Your Knees, B*tch” Clive Lewis Returns to Labour Frontbench in Reshuffle

The Labour leader’s office making friends with Her Majesty’s press corps once again by dropping a reshuffle at 7pm on a Friday night. “Get on your knees, b*tch” Clive Lewis makes a return as Shadow Treasury Minister under fellow big beast John McDonnell – that will be an interesting dynamic. Lewis resigned last February over his deeply held belief in remaining in the single market (which, presumably, he must have got over). Notable promotions for top Corbynistas including controversial Laura Pidcock (who won’t be friends with Tories) and Dan Carden, who becomes a Shadow Minister at just 27 years of age. Jeremy Corbyn has made appointments tonight as follows:

Dent Coad and Jared O’Mara next?

Clive Lewis Investigation Dropped

The Labour Party’s investigation into Clive Lewis for sexual harassment has been dropped. Lewis was accused last month of giving a woman’s bottom “a big squeeze” at a party conference event, which he denied. He did not have the whip withdrawn. A Labour party spokesperson said:

“After consideration of statements provided by the complainant and the respondent, the NEC’s sexual harassment panel has ruled that on the balance of the evidence the matter should not be referred to a full hearing of the national constitutional committee. The Labour party will not be commenting further on this case.”

In October Lewis apologised after telling an activist: “get on your knees, b*tch”. Brocialists looking out for each other…

Clive: She’s Lying

Clive Lewis tells Sky News his accuser is “lying” but goes on to admit “we’re in a different environment, it’s a different situation post-Weinstein and that is sad”. He also says he doesn’t grope women’s bottoms “as a rule” because “that’s not how I roll”. Not sure that is the best defence – Labour still failing to suspend him…

This allegedly happened at the same event where he said on your knees bitch swigging lager from a can of Red Stripe. In the video he seemed pretty reckless that night, alcohol had been taken and he was in a party mood. The woman complainant has a witness… 

Clive Lewis Accused of Groping Woman at Conference

Clive Lewis had been on the beers at the infamous “on your knees bitch” party at Labour conference. Now a woman has told the Indy he groped her at the same event:

“We had a hug and while we were having a hug he gave my bum a big squeeze. My friend who was there, a fellow [constituency party] delegate…me and him looked at each other and our eyebrows went ‘whoaaa’.” You kind of jump. I didn’t feel grossed out. I definitely laughed. It felt like if you are hugging a mate. I don’t know. It was over familiar. I had never met him before.”

The woman complained to the Labour Party, who again covered up the allegation until tonight. Lewis denies it. Uh oh…

UPDATE: Clive speaks and says “That’s not how I roll”

Corbyn Condemns Clive


Corbyn tells the BBC:

“Completely wrong, he should never have said it, completely unacceptable comments. He has apologised, I’ve been in touch with him, he’s been in touch with me to apologise personally to me and it’s a message to everybody that this kind of language is not acceptable in any circumstances, any time.”

Though since Clive has spent the day liking tweets defending him, doesn’t sound like he means his apology.

B*tch-Gate in 60 Seconds

This handy video of today’s events is going big on the BBC’s social media streams tonight…

Lewis Leadership Odds Lengthen

This morning you could get 10-1 on Clive Lewis being the next Labour leader. Following b*tch-gate and his subsequent mea cupla he is now 23-1. Dropping like a stone…

H/T @johnrentoul

Lewis: I Apologise Unreservedly

Clive says sorry over this video published by Guido earlier today…

Labour Condemns “Completely Unacceptable” Lewis

A spokesman for the Labour Party says:

“The Labour Party condemns the language used by Clive Lewis. It was completely unacceptable and falls far short of the standard expected of Labour MPs.”

So that’s Harman, Jess, Stella, Yvette and Labour HQ condemning Clive. He is still silent…

Harman Condemns “Inexcusable” Lewis B*tch Slur

Clive still hasn’t said sorry for this. Looks pretty bad…

Clive Lewis: “Get On Your Knees B*tch”

Latest from the Corbynista brocialists – a video has emerged of Clive Lewis on stage at a Momentum event telling an audience member “Get on your knees, b*tch”. Don’t let Harriet Harman hear you talk like that…

UPDATE: Tory MP Mims Davies says this is “astounding inappropriate language” and calls for Clive to be sent on an “urgent training course”.

UPDATE II: This is going down very badly. Nus Ghani condemns Lewis for “Disgusting sexist attitudes” and asks Jess Phillips, Yvette Cooper and Harriet Harman: “Whose side are you on? Do you stand with him?” 

UPDATE III: Women2Win’s Resham Kotecha: “There is *NO* context where this language & connotations are ok. We’re fighting for equality in politics & you talk like this?!” Greg Hands adds: “There’s always been an unpleasant misogynism in the Hard Left, but this is particularly repellent from a senior Labour MP.”

Caroline Flint v Clive Lewis Immigration Bunfight

This got heated when Clive suggested Caroline was racist for supporting managed migration…

Clive Lewis: Burn Neoliberalism

Translation: “Please, Corbynistas of Twitter, forgive me for betraying Jez.” What a piece of work.

Clive Lewis: Chris Leslie is a “Sad, Lonely, Bitter Man”

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…

Owen’s Sources Dry Up

Guido knows quite a few right-wing journalists and as well as people at CCHQ, none of whom are panicking. So Owen’s now deleted tweets were not congruent with Guido’s sources. Could it be that Owen is looking for new sources?

Guido hears Owen Jones has been complaining bitterly to friends that Team Corbyn and Team McDonnell are shutting him out, not replying to his calls and not letting him interview them. He is apparently upset and baffled that this is happening…

Maybe it’s because he publicly lost faith in Jeremy being the Messiah and has been trying to talk up Clive Lewis as a future prospect? Just a thought…

74% Chance Clive Lewis Will Lose His Seat

Clive Lewis is set to crash out of parliament on June 8, according to analysis by the respected academic Dr Chris Hanretty. His look at constituencies in the East of England for the University of East Anglia says the probability of Lewis holding his seat is just 26%, with a 74% likelihood that the Tories will gain Norwich South. Guido has previously reported how Lewis put his embryonic leadership bid on hold as he battles to save his job.

The Hanretty model also says there is a 100% probability that LibDem Norman Lamb will lose his North Norfolk seat to the Tories. A Lamb to the slaughter, if you will. Reminder that the LibDems might end up losing seats…

Lewis Headlining Progressive Alliance Campaign Launch

Clive Lewis’ embryonic leadership bid has been put on hold during the election campaign as he focuses on keeping his seat. Lewis has a 7,654 majority in Norwich South so is in the danger zone – the LibDems won there in 2010 and the Tories are targeting it hard.[…] Read the rest

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