The Westminster bubble’s go-to curry house the Kennington Tandoori was packed to the rafters with top Tories on Tuesday night. On one table sat a large gang of MPs from the 2015 intake. On another was deputy PM David Lidington with guests. The Remainers were also out for a ruby: Anna Soubry and Heidi Allen were holding court. All in all 15 Tory MPs packed out the restaurant. You’ll never guess who then walked in on this most cosy of Tory love-ins…
Naan other than Laura “can’t be friends with Tories” Pidcock. The aloo-f Corbynista gal of the people gingerly looked around, managed to raise a smile in Soubs’ direction, but apart from that studiously made sure she didn’t interact with any of her parliamentary colleagues whatsoever. With the restaurant being rather tight for space, the chilli encounter caused much amusement to her fellow diners. She won’t be cumin back…
Fake claims that Newsnight photoshopped Jeremy Corbyn to make him look like a “Soviet stooge” had a social media reach of over 2 million, analysis by Guido can reveal. By contrast, tweets from the BBC debunking the untrue claims received just 2,400 retweets.
Owen Jones’ Newsnight performance in which he alleged “you had Jeremy Corbyn dressed up as a Soviet stooge, you even photoshopped his hat to look more Russian” – an untrue assertion that the BBC has debunked – was clipped up by Momentum and other prominent Corbynista Twitter accounts. The fake claim was also pushed by Labour MP Laura Pidcock. The numbers are a case study in how fake news can go viral:
Momentum’s Facebook video falsely claiming the BBC“dressed up” Corbyn had 716,000 views and 20,000 shares.
Momentum’s Twitter video had 266,000 views.
The same video from the @Limitless_Josh Twitter account had a further 157,000 views.
A video from the @jennie_bujold Twitter account had another 70,000 views.
Newsnight’s Twitter video of the same section had 204,000 views.
Owen Jones repeatedly pushed the claims on his own Twitter account, even after they had been denied and debunked. He has 738,000 followers, his tweets were retweeted 9,000 times.
Similar claims by the @ToryFibs account were sent to their 93,000 followers and retweeted 3,000 times.
Labour MP Laura Pidcock tweeted the untrue claim to her 40,000 followers, she was retweeted 2,300 times.
By contrast… the BBC Press Office tweets denying they photoshopped the image were retweeted just 600 times. Newsnight acting editor Jess Brammar’s tweets debunking the claims had just 1,800 retweets.
This means the hat-gate claims were sent viral to a similar degree as the animal sentience fake news last year. This is not the first time Corbynistas have knowingly pushed untrue claims to millions of unwitting social media users. Owen and his comrades know what they’re doing…
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:
Laura Pidcock must be full of festive cheer – the top Corbynista has u-turned on her previous vow not to hang out with Tories and confirmed she is now “friendly” to Tory MPs because she considers them to be humans. How generous of her.
“I am very friendly, I sit on a justice select committee with Tories, I ask them to sign letters, EDMs [early day motions]; I’m very friendly with Conservatives because they are humans.”
Top Corbynista Laura Pidcock sent out this scaremongering tweet about universal credit aimed at her constituents in North West Durham. Turns out she’s wrong.
Guido has checked – the first payment would be around 17 January for those already on benefits and around 24 January for new claimants. For the December roll out group, anyone who needs it can get a 50% advance in December within five days and another 50% in January, meaning they can get their benefit up front. If they believe Pidcock they’re getting nothing until the end of the month, which just isn’t true. After spreading fake news about universal credit yesterday you’d have thought Labour would be more careful. Almost as if they’re hyping it up to scare people…
Corbynista firebrand Laura Pidcock shared a platform with an Imam who suggested in an “ideal society” gay people should be punished. Pidcock, who famously said she would not be friends with Tories, deemed it appropriate to speak alongside Abdul Qadeer Bakshat an Islamic Diversity Centre event in July 2013. Baksh is Chair of Luton Islamic Centre (Al-Ghuraba Mosque), which was the subject of controversy when a Sunday Times investigation linked it to Westminster Bridge terrorist Khalid Masood. Baksh said in a BBC interview that an “ideal society” there would be “punishments for homosexuals”, adding: “When I say ‘ideal society’ I mean Islamic society, not a western secular society like we live in here”. He also reportedly attacked “Jews and the Christians” for “greed, jealousy and fornication”. Here he is with Pidcock, who was a Labour councillor at the time…
Baksh was the headteacher of the Olive Tree Primary School, Luton, where Ofsted inspectors found books“promoting and condoning” stoning, lashing and execution. The inspection was ordered by then Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw after the BBC Three Counties radio broadcast. Ofsted said the probe took place because of “the publicly expressed views of a member of the school’s senior leadership team”. Mr Baksh said later: “I don’t hate gays, I don’t want them punished, I simply related punishment for homosexuality in an Islamic state.”
Guido can also reveal Pidcock was due to speak alongside Islamic preacher Abdur Raheem Green at another conference held at St James’s Park football stadium in May 2015. Newcastle United banned Green from entering the stadium after he was accused of shouting anti-Semitic abuse. A Labour peer due to be on the panel boycotted the conference. The event went ahead with Pidcock in attendance. Her office declined to comment.
The revelations come after The Sunreported Labour MPs Wes Streeting and Stephen Kinnock were set to speak at a Mend event in Parliament with other extremists. Laura Pidcock: won’t be friends with Tories, but happy to share platforms with people holding these views…
Latest from the Labour brains trust. Friendly Corbynista Laura Pidcock reckons the “real issue” with the Post Office is that it is privatised and that “we need public ownership” to “serve public needs”. The Post Office is of course already publicly owned and run through the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Royal Mail is a private company. Laura has deleted her tweet. Seems it is she who has been publicly owned…
Top Corbynista Laura Pidcock is very particular about who she “hangs out” with – Tory MPs are beyond the pale, but apparently notorious anti-Zionist Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi is fine. Last night Pidcock tweeted a video of a far-left Labour Representation Committee event where she is speaking alongside Wimbourne, who readers will remember:
Is on record accusing Israel of “exploiting” the Holocaust to “commit crimes against humanity”
Denies Labour has an anti-Semitism problem
Accused Labour MP Ruth Smeeth, who is Jewish, of fabricating anti-Semitic incidents
Reduced Labour MP Alison McGovern to tears during a hostile radio interview
Chaired the now notorious fringe at Labour conference where calls were made to “kick out” Jewish groups from the party and Israelis were compared to “Nazis”
Much-criticised Labour newbie Laura Pidcock is now famous for her self-professed “visceral” hatred of “Tory women”, especially of her parliamentary counterparts. Turns our her staff share her sentiments…
Pidcock employs Ben Sellers, whose online outbursts are fashioned in the mould of his boss. Former Militant member Sellers is behind the bonkers unofficial @JeremyCorbyn4PM Twitter account, which is so unhinged the Leader’s Office won’t have anything to do with it publicly.
He writes for a self-styled ‘radical’ blog called The World Turned Upside Down, where he has boasted of how he celebrated the death of Margaret Thatcher with a takeaway: “I can understand, and would never condemn people, for celebrating the end… Tonight, I’ll get a carry out.” Nice.
“The ironic and tragic thing, of course, is that this political discourse has done nothing but aid and abet more violence, more injustice and more terrorism. Even so, we are not allowed to challenge it, for fear of being labelled “apologists”. What is also tragic is the way that the left has been so cowed by this narrative that it has responded by obediently shutting up, or even worse, joining in the crusade against a monolithic terrorist “monster.”‘
Though we did enjoy him moaning about the “Guido-fication” of internal Labour politics:
“The more pernicious side of this policing is that it is actively encouraging a politics of ‘doing each other over’ or what we might call the ‘Guido-fication’ of the Labour Party. Guido Fawkes is a Twitter-based project which seeks to ‘out’ politicians and political activists, who – according to their Thatcherite moral universe – have transgressed the norms of political discourse… To Guido, all activists must behave, and always have behaved, in a manner suitable for high office.”
New Labour MP Laura Pidcock is one to watch. Labour sources say she is one of the most hard-left people in Westminster, a true Corbynista hardliner who makes half the Shadow Cabinet look like centrists. Since coming to parliament Pidcock has said she will refuse to “hang out with Tory women” because they are “no friends of mine” and the “enemy”. Her hatred of the Tories is, in her own words, “visceral“. She sounds nice.
Pidcock has also given an interview to the fake news site Skwawkbox today, legitimising their deliberate untruths and bogus reporting. She appears on Russia Today – not their comedy shows but their actual pro-Kremlin, pro-Assad programmes. Readers can bet this isn’t the last they’ve heard of Laura…