Tories Had No Confidence in Wakefield Candidate

With Labour already being given a 92% chance at the bookies, Tory candidate Nadeem Ahmed is facing an uphill battle in Wakefield, and needs all the support he can get from the local party. Unfortunately for him, he might be in trouble there as well…

It was only in July of last year that Ahmed was unceremoniously booted from his role as Wakefield Council’s Conservative group leader, after losing an anonymous vote of no confidence at a party meeting. According to reports, he just wasn’t up to the job, although at the time his allies disputed that he’d been underperforming. Still, doesn’t exactly look good…

The by-election campaign on the ground hasn’t been great either. A co-conspirator sent Guido one of the Tories’ leaflets posted around the constituency, and it turns out the party don’t seem to know the Wakefield constituency well. The front page boasts of “Getting on with the job in Wakefield“, and then lists Middleton as an area the Tories hope to improve. All well and good – except Middleton is actually 10 miles away, in Hilary Benn’s constituency…

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Wakefield By-Election Exposes Old Tory Brexit Divisions

Guido imagines it’s quite stressful for the Tory Wakefield candidate during this campaign. Not only is the probability of Labour winning 92%, according to the bookies, tensions must be fraught within the local party’s camp. Guido understands Andrea Jenkyns is very heavily involved in both the ground and air war of the party’s campaign, so presumes she must have had time to speak to candidate Nadeem Ahmed about his 2018 views that her call for a confidence vote of Theresa May was “blatantly showboating” and her conduct was “damaging” the party:

“She’s blatantly showboating. The way she’s going about it is very immature.”

“She said: “Come on we need a hat-trick! Boris Johnson let’s be having you! Time for true #Brexiteers to make it happen.”

Coun Ahmed said: “I looked at that, and thought, “You’d expect that from a seven or eight year-old.””

There’s also no word on whether Jenkyns has unblocked her local party adversary, with Nadeem telling the press in 2018 “She’s blocked me on Twitter since last week as well because I didn’t agree with her.” Responding to Ahmed’s attack at the time, Jenkyns told the BBC he should concentrate on “being a stronger opposition leader”. Hopefully they’re all one big happy family now…

Thankfully for the Tories, any potential awkwardness between their leading Leeds lights pales in comparison to the campaign being run by rival candidate Paul Bickerdike of the Christian Peoples Alliance. His campaign has so far only garnered headlines thanks to leaflets reading “I have never sexually assaulted anyone”.
Thankfully over the weekend he came out to clarify “I do look at children but I look at children in a proper way, not the way that the previous MP was looking at children”. Glad that’s all cleared up.
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Labour Expels Loon Who Threatened Jess Phillips

Mouthy Momentum nut Nadeem Ahmed, who threatened to run a deselection campaign against Jess Phillips, has been expelled from the Labour Party. Ahmed had been falsely claiming that Phillips “is racist”, demanding she apologise or he would “start deselection process” and boasting “Momentum is powerful force”. Unfortunately for him he also backed George Galloway ahead of the Labour candidate in Gorton, in obvious breach of party rules. Turns out the Labour compliance unit is also a powerful force…

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