Labour Hold Stoke

Gareth Snell, Labour7,853 (37%)

Paul Nuttall, UKIP5,233 (25%)

Jack Brereton, Tory5,154 (24%)

Zulfiqar Ali, LibDem2,083 (10%)

Labour hold Stoke with a 2,620 majority. Nuttall beat 25 year old Tory no hoper Jack Brereton by 79 votes…

Snell Sexism Cuts Through to Stoke Voters

Gareth Snell’s sexist comments about women, first uncovered by Guido, have cut through to Stoke voters according to a focus group carried out by BritainThinks for the Guardian:

“He’s the one who says negative comments about women on TV and doesn’t like Janet Street-Porter,” said garage-owner Jamie, 48, when the group was shown a photo of Snell. (Snell described Porter as a “polished turd”.) “You can’t make flippant sexist comments and not have some sort of backlash from it,” said Lisa, a 38-year-old student.

Only three out of ten Stoke residents who voted Labour in 2015 told the focus group they would definitely do so again this week. Feelings towards Theresa May were “generally positive”, while Paul Nuttall was the candidate they most wanted to go for a pint with. If this is replicated across the constituency, Stoke is in play…

Snell: I’ve Apologised to My Wife, My Daughter and My Grandmother

Labour’s Stoke candidate Gareth Snell apologises to all the women in his family following Guido’s stories

LibDems Call Cops on ‘Vote Snell or Go to Hell’ Texts

The LibDems have written to the Labour Party and Staffordshire Police after it emerged a Labour activist has sent text messages to Muslim voters warning them to vote for Gareth Snell or “answer for this in the Grave and on the Final Day”. The LibDem letter:

I am writing about several text messages reported to us by members of the public which appear to be distributed in large numbers in support of your candidate and your campaign.

I am concerned by these text messages for two reasons, firstly about the Representation of the People Act 1983 and secondly about the ‘Guidance on political campaigning‘ issued by the Information Commissioners Office.

1 – I am sure that you realise that the religious nature of one of these messages could also be deemed to be covered by the ruling on “undue spiritual influence” in the matter of a mayoral election for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets held on 22 May 2014 when the Labour Party were the victims of such tactics.

2 – These text messages are clearly election material in support of your candidate Gareth Snell as they meet the criteria for an elections expense set out in section 90ZA (6) of the Representation of the People Act “In this Part and in Part 3 of this Act, any reference (in whatever terms) to promoting or procuring a candidate’s election at an election includes doing so by prejudicing the electoral prospects of another candidate at the election”. They are clearly aimed at stopping people voting for my candidate Dr Zulfiqar Ali as well as others.

3 – I am sure that you are aware that such text messages under the ICO guidance should only be sent where the individual has consented to contact of that sort from the organisation for those purposes. Therefore, we have serious concerns about the origin of access to these phone numbers and whether the necessary permissions and opt out procedures have been followed…

Yours sincerely,

Ian Horner, Election Agent

CC: David Mullington, Staffordshire Police; Fiona Ledden, Acting Returning Officer; Gina Jones, Electoral Services, Stoke-on-Trent City Council

As the LibDems say, this looks like Lutfur Rahman levels of spiritual influence…

Fibbing Snell Claims Tweets Are 10 Years Old – He Joined Twitter 8 Years Ago

Labour’s Stoke candidate Gareth Snell has been speaking about those tweets:

“They are 10 years old. You do a lot of growing up in your 20s. I have grown up and I have learned since then and I will apologise unreservedly for any offence that I have caused.”

This is a straight lie.

Snell did not send any of these tweets anything like 10 years ago. He only joined Twitter eight years ago. The infamous “slap” tweet was sent six years ago, as was the Janet Street-Porter tweet and the “stupid woman” tweet. His tweets about Corbyn supporting the IRA and Hamas were from the last 12 months. As were his tweets abusing Leave voters. The “10 years old” line is a knowing untruth – assume this demonstrable fib will get the same response as Nuttall…

Snell: I Have No Idea About Stoke, I Don’t Live There

Expect this one to be on UKIP leaflets by next week. Remember he’s calling himself the “local candidate”:

Guido is starting to feel sorry for Gareth. He really should have just deleted his account…

Snell Talked About Giving Woman a “Good Slap”

Labour’s Stoke candidate Gareth Snell has had to apologise for the second time in one day after it emerged he tweeted about giving a woman “a good slap“.

Snell made the comment while watching Corrie. He tells the Sun in a second statement following Guido’s earlier revelations:

‪”I’m deeply sorry for this tweet… It is clearly unacceptable and I apologise for the offence it has caused.”

Imagine what Labour MPs would be saying if this was a Kipper…

Snell Apologises For Sexist Tweets

Labour’s Stoke candidate Gareth Snell has apologised after Guido revealed his sexist tweets:

“I regret these tweets. They were from years ago when I was tweeting along with TV programmes but nevertheless, I shouldn’t have tweeted those comments and I apologise for the offence they have caused.”

A classic politician’s non-apology for offence caused…

Suzanne Evans: Sexist Snell “Isn’t Fit to Be An MP”

After Guido revealed the sexist tweets of Labour’s Stoke candidate Gareth Snell, Suzanne Evans says:

“Clearly this man isn’t fit to be an MP. How he passed Labour’s vetting procedures is beyond me – or didn’t they bother? It’s just the kind of thing I get day in day out on social media from the hard left – from both men and women – so maybe no one noticed. Maybe it’s what they expect. No, of course sexism isn’t the prerogative of the left, but the fact they claim to be the epitome of political correctness does rather then rankle when they let women down, as they so frequently do.”

Those Labour types who boarded the outrage bus about David Davis yesterday have gone oddly quiet…

Labour Stoke Candidate on Women: “Bitchy, “Sour Faced”, “Stupid” and “F***ing Annoying”

Labour are very upset with David Davis over his comments about Diane Abbott – will they be as outraged at this from their candidate in Stoke? Gareth Snell has sent a number of ungentlemanly tweets that would be more suited to Donald Trump’s locker room than the Twitter feed of a parliamentary candidate. He described Loose Women panellists as “Squabbling sour faced ladies”:

The charmer said a “Speccy blonde girl” on the Apprentice is “f**king annoying“, and asked her: “why don’t you piss off”.

Snell described the X Factor judge Danni Minogue as “bitchy“:

Dismissed an unknown person who appeared on Question Time as a “stupid woman”:

He said this about Janet Street-Porter:

And mocked another woman who took up “two seats” on public transport:

Quite a bit more sexist than David Davis…

Labour’s By-Election Candidates Dodging Media

Guido has noticed a recurring theme among Labour’s two by-election candidates: they both seem to be avoiding the press. By Guido’s count Gillian Troughton, Labour’s candidate in Copeland, has so far:

  • Declined an invitation to appear on the BBC alongside her rivals
  • Refused an interview with Channel 4 News
  • Sent a ‘representative’ to a local hustings
  • Dodged another public debate altogether

Gareth Snell, the candidate in Stoke-on-Trent Central has so far:

  • Blanked a PA reporter, refusing to answer questions while out and about with Jeremy Corbyn (Guido revealed Snell had previously called Corbyn an “IRA supporting friend of Hamas” – watch them run here)
  • On the same occasion refused to give an interview to ITV
  • Even refused to give an interview to the New Statesman

It’s certainly getting up the nose of Michael Crick, who has been wistfully tweeting about the degree of access he had during the 1997 Wirral South by-election. Almost as if Labour are trying to hide the woeful lack of talent among their by-election candidates…

Labour Stoke Candidate: Brexiteers “Confused”, “Inward Looking” Racists

Not only does Labour’s candidate in Stoke think Brexit is a “pile of sh*t”, he also mocked Leave voters as “confused“, “inward looking” racists. Above are a string of tweets by Gareth Snell in which be derides Leave voters using the hashtag “#ThingsThatAreWellBrexit”. The theme is that Brexiteers are a bunch of stupid, small-minded racists. He mocks Leave “patriotism” as “a competition won by seeing who is the most inward looking”. The authentic voice of a liberal elitist…

He says Brexit voters would be “confused” that St George was born in modern say Syria, and are obsessed with “the curvature of fruit & veg”. He says Brexiteers are hypocrites for “moaning about the Polski Sklep” while being “overjoyed at Pizza Express”. And, commenting on Theresa May’s ‘Red, White and Blue Brexit’, Snell says: “Sadly for some, the important part will be ‘white Brexit'”Huge ammo for UKIP, Labour’s candidate says 69% of his electorate are either stupid, hypocrites or racists…

“Local” Stoke Candidate Is “Still a Suffolk-Boy at Heart”

Guido can reveal that the candidate Labour is promoting as a “local man” in Stoke-on-Trent actually grew up nearly 200 miles away in Suffolk. Brexit-bashing Gareth Snell was introduced by Jeremy Corbyn this weekend with the words:

“Gareth is a local man, he understands the Potteries, he understands Stoke-on-Trent.”

Labour MP Anna Turley has called Snell their “brilliant local candidate”, Keir Starmer calls him their “fab local candidate”. Yet Snell is not from Stoke at all, he was raised in Stowmarket in Suffolk, nearly 200 miles and a three hour drive away. Stowmarket is in the constituency of Bury St Edmunds, one of the safest Tory seats in the country and a far cry from the Potteries. So how local is Snell? He went to Keele University and lived in Newcastle where he was a councillor, double jobbing in Tristram Hunt’s constituency office as he waited to be parachuted in. As far back as five years ago the Stoke Sentinel ran a letter asking why outsider Snell was hanging round Stoke, suggesting he was sniffing for a seat. In a 2011 tweet to the Tory whip Therese Coffey that rather undermines his claims to be “local“, Snell admitted he is “still a Suffolk-boy at heart”.

Snell’s plummy accent has not gone unnoticed on the doorstep in Stoke…

Corbyn and Snell Run From Hamas Questions

After Guido revealed Gareth Snell had called Jeremy Corbyn a “friend of Hamas”, Press Association tried to talk to the Labour leader and his Stoke candidate about the comment. They fled…

Labour Stoke Candidate: Corbyn is “IRA Supporting Friend of Hamas”

Fair to say Labour’s anti-Brexit Stoke-on-Trent candidate is not a fan of Jeremy Corbyn. Gareth Snell backed Owen Smith in the Labour leadership election, blasting Jez as an “IRA supporting friend of Hamas” who “took money and worked at the Iranian state”. He sums up his view of Corbyn:

As in Copeland, the pro-Corbyn candidates seeking selection were well beaten in Stoke. CLPs are still controlled by the old guard who are not hard-left, mainly councillors with long careers in the Labour Party. Corbynistas are privately bemoaning their lack of strategy and resources to get hard-left candidates selected. Still, these tweets from Gareth will probably go down well in Stoke…

Labour Stoke Candidate Backed Turkey Joining EU, Called Brexit “Massive Pile of Sh*t”

Labour have selected an ardent Remainer who backed Turkey joining the EU as their candidate in the Stoke-on-Trent by-election. Gareth Snell, a councillor who used to work in Tristram Hunt’s office, was the most vocal Remainer on the final shortlist. He has tweeted dozens of times about his opposition to Brexit, calling it a “massive pile of sh*t” and tweeting in support of Turkish membership of the EU. That sound you can hear is Paul Nuttall celebrating…

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