Real Reason Pidcock Abandoned Parliamentary Return Attempt

Yesterday Laura Pidcock put us all out of our misery, confirming she won’t be attempting a return to parliament via her old seat of North West Durham. She claimed it’s because she wants to focus on “grassroots activism, campaigning and the trade union movement. Laura may not have been telling the whole truth, however…

Guido’s picked up a copy of Labour’s response to the forthcoming boundary commission reforms to constituencies. While the quango’s current proposals make some small changes to Laura’s old constituency, Labour has very different ideas. They want to abolish the seat entirely, dividing it into 4 new constituencies. The kicker? They’d move Laura’s house into the safe – and already occupied – Labour seat of North Durham…

Why would Labour want to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in North West Durham? The boundary commission’s proposals would give the seat a modest 1,000 Labour majority, yet the party wants to abolish the seat entirelyMight it be that Laura got the hint…

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Laura Pidcock Rules Out Parliamentary Return

Guido will admit the news that Laura Pidcock is finally ruling out making a return as a Labour candidate at the next election, is something of a disappointment. Having already resigned from the party’s NEC over Christian Wakeford’s defection, Pidcock nonetheless publicly flirted with the idea of making a triumphant comeback, claiming on the Northern Agenda podcast she “[had] a bit of thinking to do” about giving it a go. Looks like she’s decided it wasn’t worth it…

Releasing a statement last night, Pidcock broke the sad news:

“I’d like to say thanks to the activists, Labour members and former constituents who have asked me if I will stand as a Labour candidate at the next General Election, and in so doing, beginning the process of seeking selection by my local constituency party. Your encouragement has been heart-warming. I am always blown away by how supportive people are.

Being the elected representative for North West Durham was a really wonderful opportunity, one that I think about each day. I learned so much from that experience and I will forever be grateful for it.

However, I have to be honest and say that I will not be looking to be selected by the constituency to become the Labour candidate at the next election. I have been doing a lot of thinking for several months and I have no intention or desire to enter that process. As I have previously stated, all of my energy is going into grassroots activism, campaigning and the trade union movement.
Much love, peace & solidarity.”

In 2015 Labour in her constituency had more than double the vote of the Tories, five years later Pidcock gifted Richard Holden a Tory majority. A stunning performance. The parliamentary road to socialism is not for her…

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Laura Pidcock’s Red Wall Victory Handbook

Laura Pidcock has come out to offer the Labour Party, and Keir Starmer, advice on how to win back the ‘Red Wall’. Her unwarranted tactics come just one week after resigning from Labour’s NEC, partly over the party’s decision to allow Christian Wakeford to cross the floor, thereby actually winning back a red wall seat. She also threatens a political comeback, completely undermining her claims she wants Labour to win back the red wall…

Pidcock’s advice, surprise surprise, consists of telling the leadership they need to offer more of a “strong and aggressive opposition” to Boris Johnson, as well as offer “radical” policies on the cost of living crisis. Both strategies that worked very well for Corbyn and McDonnell. Einstein’s definition of insanity comes to mind…

Asked if she personally would be standing as a Labour candidate in County Durham at the next election, Pidcock told the Northern Agenda podcast, “I think I’ve got a bit I thinking to do before I make any kind of commitment.” Given this is Laura Pidcock, that makes County Durham’s doorsteps safe until at least the 2030 election…

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Nine NEC Members Vote Against Proscribing Pro-Galloway Group

Nine NEC members voted against proscribing Resist, an organisation that promoted George Galloway instead of Labour’s Kim Leadbeater in the Batley and Spen by-election. The group also claim that accusations of antisemitism in Labour were politically motivated.

Laura Pidcock, Yasmine Dar, Gemma Bolton, Nadia Jama, Mish Rahman, Jame Taylor, Andy Kerr, Mick Whelan, Andy Fox, Ian Murray, and Andy Kerr also voted against expelling Labour Against the WitchHunt, and Labour in Exile. Interestingly Laura McNeill, NEC Youth Rep, broke rank and voted for proscribing Labour Against the WitchHunt, and Labour in Exile…   

A further 12 NEC reps voted against proscribing Socialist Appeal. In spite of the rebellion all four groups were banned from the Labour Party…. 

A statement signed by nine of the left NEC members and incoming rep Amy Jackson claimed that considering the matter is:

“a continuation of the destructive, factional behaviours from the leadership of the party which have marked the last year. This isn’t just about the organisations we are being asked to consider on Tuesday it is about setting a precedent; proscribing these organisations as a forerunner to proscription of more and more groupings on the left of the party, to ultimately expel large sections of the Labour left.” 

Guido encourages co-conspirators to listen to the people Starmer is trying to expel and decide whether they think these people and groups are “toxic”…

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Pidcock for Hartlepool

With rumours swirling that Laura Pidcock is considering a run in the upcoming Hartlepool by-election, Guido has had a go at a campaign slogan. “Don’t cow-tow to capitalism”, admittedly the hashtag needs some work…

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Margaret Beckett Calls Laura Pidcock a ‘Silly Cow’ on Zoom Call

Labour’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting descended into uproar last night after the group’s chair, veteran MP Margaret Beckett, called Laura Pidcock a ‘silly cow’ in the middle of the virtual conference. Upon hearing the remark, Pidcock immediately left the call, and Beckett is now facing demands from the left for her resignation. Reports claim that Beckett left her mic on ‘accidentally’, though if you believe that, Guido has a bridge to sell you…

Amongst those calling for Beckett to step down is Unite representative Howard Beckett (no relation), who tweeted:

Of all of the Labour NECs I have attended today’s was the most depressing. The motion to recall conference was refused, no vote taken. When Laura Pidcock questioned how this could be explained to members Margaret Beckett called her a “silly cow”. Truly shocking.”

What’s hardly shocking at all is how quickly the left have pounced on the opportunity to oust Beckett as chair of the NEC. Back in November, Beckett was elected unopposed after hard-left members performed a virtual “walk-out” in protest at Starmer blocking the nomination of Corbynite loyalist Ian Murray. Now, with the cries for Beckett’s resignation growing louder, they’re finally exacting their revenge… 

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