What’s Going on Here?

Corbyn’s sole mate put her best foot forward today at the polling station, but Guido spotted something up with her election outfit. Would have thought Hackney Labour would be shoe-ins…

UPDATE: Clearly Diane was caught on the back foot; Meg Hillier has deleted her photo. Although Guido reckons the hilarity of the photo still has legs…

Corbynistas and even Dragon’s Den’s Deborah Meaden are now claiming the picture is Photoshopped:

The claim is trending on social media

The claim falls down, however, when you notice their ‘proof’ is taken from Diane’s Instagram yesterday

Guido’s always happy to fact check…

Priti Patel Promises Cop Biters Face Doubling of Maximum Sentences

Priti Patel is promising that a Tory majority government would launch a review into the way the criminal justice system deals with assaults on emergency workers, with a view to doubling maximum sentences. The rising number of assaults on NHS staff, paramedics, firefighters and police and prison officers has come despite the maximum sentence for assaulting an emergency worker doubling from 6 to 12 months last year. It would be irresponsible not to look at doubling the sentence again.

Home Secretary Priti Patel says:

“I’ve been appalled by the increasing numbers of assaults on our brave police officers and am not going to stand for it. Part of the solution is giving police the resources and powers they need to keep themselves safe, but we also need to make sure that the punishment for assaulting an officer truly fits the crime. I will always have the backs of the police and want to see those who do them harm behind bars for longer.”

This is against a backdrop of over 30,000 assaults on police officers last year. 20,578 were crimes of ‘assault without injury on a constable’ recorded across all forces, an increase of 13% compared with 18,138 in the previous year. 10,399 crimes of ‘assault with injury on a constable’ recorded across all forces, an increase of 27% compared with the previous year.

Last year Daniel Hilton, who bit a police officer, was the first person to be jailed under new laws to protect emergency workers. He was charged with a common assault offence under the new Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018. Under Priti Patel’s proposed new laws attackers convicted of the offence face a maximum of 12 months behind bars instead of six. It will be very interesting to hear what the Shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbott, thinks about the proposal….

See also: James Abbott Charged Over “Biting a Police Officer”

James Abbott Charged Over “Biting a Police Officer”

The son of Diane Abbott, the Shadow Home Secretary, has been arrested for biting a police officer on Whitehall on Friday. He was charged in Westminster magistrates court yesterday. Cambridge-educated James was bailed over to appear in Central London magistrates court in February.

The incident happened outside the Foreign Office from where he was sacked from his Rome Embassy job in June. More to follow…

UPDATE: Guido understands Abbott has pulled out of a TV Debate tomorrow. She has been subbed in for by Shadow Policing Minister, Louise Haigh.

Rabbi Says He’s No Longer Welcome at Abbott’s Hackney CLP

In an interview this week, Diane Abbott – responding to the Chief Rabbi’s comments – said:

“My response to him is we’re in Tottenham. Historically a strongly Jewish area. I represent Hackney – again, historically a strongly Jewish area and I’ve not found people anxious and frightened”

Guido suggests Diane hasn’t listened very carefully, as not only do 80% of British Jews fear a Corbyn premiership, Diane’s own local Labour branch has a less than glowing record on antisemitism.

In April, Rabbi Pinter said he was “shocked” by “Diane’s failure to intervene over a motion in her Hackney North Constituency Labour Party (CLP) dismissing claims that Labour was “institutionally antisemitic”. Ms Abbott sat silent throughout the debate as Jewish members cried.” The JC reported that “Rabbi Pinter said he “no longer feels welcome” at CLP meetings and that “the atmosphere is absolutely toxic these days”.” That’s at least one Jew in Hackney who is anxious and frightened, Diane…

The motion in question referred to “[rejected] accusations of institutional racism” within Labour, noting “with increasing alarm the acceptance of the ‘fact’ that the Labour Party is ‘institutionally anti-semitic’ by not only the media, but the right wing of the parliamentary Labour Party.”

Guido also reckons the Jewish community in Tottenham and Hackney won’t have their anxiety and fright alleviated when seeing these Whatsapp messages from Diane’s local Labour branch group chat, which include the accusation that “the Jews were active” in the Trans-Atlantic slave trade when watching Corbyn defend Antisemitism allegations from Andrew Neil.

Another Hackney member questioned why Corbyn has to keep apologising for Antisemitism. The mind boggles…

Diane Abbott Health Watch

Social media was abuzz last night talking about Jeremy Corbyn’s wonky glasses during the ITV debate. As Guido has explained before, this is down to his new Fresnel Prism Lens, a feature of glasses typically given to stroke victims.

Dr. Guido has not, however, been able to identify the mysterious illness to which Shadow Home Secretary Dianne Abbott succumbed in the crucial final days of the 2017 election campaign. Readers will remember it gave Corbyn the convenient excuse to replace Abbott with ‘Temporary Shadow Home Secretary’ Lyn Brown. Who coincidentally and conveniently was not a spontaneously mentioned drag on the doorsteps…

An email prankster posing as Seamus Milne got Abbott to respond to his message asking about “adding colour to the illness story”. Abbott responded tellingly…

“I’m not sure what I can add… diabetes, in itself, would not stop me doing Women’s Hour. I am worried about telling untruths about my health which are easily disproved.”

It was a similar mysterious illness that prevented Abbott from voting to trigger Article 50. John Mann claimed that she feigned the illness to get out of voting. Surely not..?

After the election, Abbott claimed her diabetes prevented her from staying in post for the final few days of the campaign, despite her leaked email saying otherwise. By comparison, Theresa May, also a diabetic, did not temporarily stop being Prime Minister. Although such a mid-campaign move may have helped Tory efforts last time…

Will Abbott’s same seemingly unidentifiable ailment rear its head for a convenient third time in the final weeks of this election? Diane is 66 years old, her former boyfriend Corbyn is 70 years old, campaigning is grueling….

Labour Confirms Commitment to Open Borders

A massive U-turn from their 2017 manifesto…

Strangely it didn’t look like Laura Pidcock get the message, refusing seven times to say whether Labour would continue free movement. What could it be about her overwhelmingly Leave voting constituency that made her unable to answer..?

Abbott Urges Keith Vaz to Stand Down

Asked about the position of Jim Keith Vaz on the Today Programme this morning, Shadow Home Secretary and longtime friend of Keith, Diane Abbott urged him to stand down, signalling this really is the end of the road for Parliament’s dodgiest MP. Abbott, who entered Parliament alongside Vaz as two of the four ethnic minority MPs to be elected in 1987, told the programme:

“I think he should consider his position and I think he himself should agree not to be a candidate.”

Abbott then went on to hint that the whip may be withdrawn from Vaz if he did not go voluntarily. Guido hears he was expecting to leave the Commons this election anyway, and has been lining up his daughter to take his seat when he steps down…

Diane Abbott to Shadow Cabinet

Diane Abbott tells the Shadow Cabinet…

“The PLP were in the tea room and my office crying about an election saying Jeremy should stand down in 2017. So frankly the PLP can go fuck themselves.”

Marr Skewers Abbott’s Election Hypocrisy with her own Words

Diane Purges Kate Hoey Live on Air

Diane Abbott purged Labour MP Kate Hoey live on air this morning, claiming the Vauxhall MP is not a Labour MP. That’ll come as news to Kate…

Diane Abbott Forgets Number of Allotted Questions at PMQs

In a move that will not do wonders for her reputation for numbers, Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott appeared to forget that the acting Leader of the Opposition is allotted six questions at PMQs. Diane got up for a seventh and had to be told to sit down by Bercow. Awkward…

Labour to Try to Block Tory Conference

As Guido reported yesterday, the Government will try and push on with Conservative Party Conference by laying a motion calling for a very short recess at the start of next week. This morning, Corbyn dashed those hopes by pledging that Labour will vote against that motion. Cummings promised to disrupt Labour conference, Guido may have to call this 1:0 to Labour…

Asked on Radio 4, Corbyn said “I won’t support anything that shuts down parliament until is absolutely clear [the government will accept the Benn bill].”

However whilst writing this article, Diane Abbott appeared on Sky News and contradicted Corbyn, saying “the Labour Party’s very benevolent and believes in fair play so we will see what they come forward with”. As ever, writing about Labour’s positions is like trying to hit a moving target…

Abbott: Government Should Publish Secret Papers But We Wouldn’t

As Labour tries to drag the Yellowhammer leak row into its third day, Diane Abbott took to the airwaves this morning to demand that other secret and sensitive Government advice papers produced by the Civil Service are published.

Strangely after demanding “all the background papers” are made public, Abbott refused to commit to doing the same were she in government, despite Jeremy Corbyn just yesterday promising to lead the most radical government since 1945. Do as I say not as I do…

Leftists Turn on Caroline Lucas

Caroline Lucas managed to achieve the remarkable feat of uniting right and left against her with the daftest proposal of silly season so far for an all-woman (and all-white) emergency ‘cabinet of national unity’ to take over and block no deal, “because women have shown they can bring a different perspective to crises, are able to reach out to those they disagree with and cooperate to find solutions”.[…] Read the rest

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Diane Abbott Endorses Call for Tom Watson to Resign

Labour’s latest civil war getting even uglier. Naturally Diane Abbott picks the side against the people trying to do something about Labour’s anti-Semitism…[…] Read the rest

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Hamas ‘Salutes’ Jeremy Corbyn for His ‘Solidarity Message’ at Antisemitism-Ridden March

Jeremy Corbyn’s old friends at Hamas have landed him in hot water again after issuing an adulatory press statement “saluting” Corbyn’s “solidarity message” at the ‘Nakba’ march last weekend. As Guido reported earlier this week, the march was addressed by multiple Labour frontbenchers including Richard Burgon and Diane Abbott.[…] Read the rest

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Diane Abbott’s Stop & Search Hypocrisy

Yesterday evening Diane Abbott made the surprising claim that “I’ve always argued that evidence based stop and search has a very important role to play.” This will come as news to anyone who has seen the pinned tweet at the top of her Twitter profile, saying “stop and search does not bring down levels of knife crime.” Which Diane should we believe..?[…] Read the rest

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Labour Shadow Cabinet Members Spoke at Rally Filled With Anti-Semitism

Several members of the Shadow Cabinet spent their Saturday attending a central London ‘Palestinian solidarity’ rally, run by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign which was recently exposed as being ridden with anti-Semitism. Labour frontbenchers Laura Pidcock, Richard Burgon, and Diane Abbott spoke at the rally where protesters spread conspiracies from ‘Israel controlling the media’ to ‘Israel is responsible for anti-Semitic abuse’.[…] Read the rest

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Councillors Joked About Diane Abbott Singing Sailor Songs, Bringing Area into Disrepute

Green and Labour Councillors in Bristol joked about Diane Abbott’s drinking as they considered a new proposal for a new rum distillery last week. The mojito memes were seemingly too good to not mention…

At a local planning meeting, Labour’s Jo Sergeant said “At six o’clock in the morning, are the doors going to swing open and anybody can walk in off the street, go to the bar and order a mojito, for example?[…] Read the rest

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Abbott on Assange

“Julian Assange … is being pursued because he has exposed wrongdoing by US administrations and their military forces.”

Bold…

As Tory MP Bob Seely pointed out, it’s interesting that the Shadow Home Secretary made such a vigorous defence of the man behind the main dissemination vehicle for the Russian secret service…

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