Long-Bailey Aide Sports Stalinist Axe-Murder Badge

A member of Rebecca Long-Bailey’s parliamentary staff proudly sports a Stalinist badge as he embraces his communist pal at a hard-left rally. Alex Halligan (pictured right), a senior Momentum activist and employee of the Labour frontbencher, wore the badge which reads “Good Night Trotskyite” at last weekend’s Durham Miners’ Gala. The badge design shows a man threatening another with an ice pick, a reference to the assassination of Leon Trotsky, who was murdered with the implement in 1940. Halligan has his arm around George Waterhouse (pictured right), a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain. A long-standing and vicious split exists on the far left between Trotskyites and Stalinists. Seems it also exists at the top of today’s Labour Party… 

Rebecca Long-Bailey: “We Want to Have Our Cake and Eat It”

Labour rising star crashes down to earth on the Sunday Politics…

Freedom-Hating Socialism is Back: Using Uber “Not Morally Acceptable”

This morning Guido was driven in an Uber by a student who liked the work because he could log on whenever he had spare time and whenever he liked. Choice, convenient for buyer and seller. Corbyn’s authoritarian Labour would run them off the road…

Labour Chaos Latest: Now Back Free Movement

As Guido reported this morning the Tories are all over the place on Brexit, though it’s worth looking at Labour’s shambles as well. On Monday Barry Gardiner and John McDonnell disagreed about staying in the single market. Today Rebecca Long-Bailey amusingly described the single market as a “moot point” and suggested she supports the continuation of free movement:

“We accept the fact that if we are going to have impediment-free access to the single market then there will have to be some element of free movement.”

Labour’s manifesto position, outlined by Corbyn during the campaign was: “clearly the free movement ends when we leave the European Union.Does Becky speak for herself or the Shadow Cabinet?

Long-Bailey Refuses to Answer Any Questions

Farcical interview from the Corbynistas’ great hope Rebecca Long-Bailey, who came on the Daily Politics then refused to answer any questions. Suppose that’s one way of avoiding another Brillo-ing

Rebecca Long-Bailey Swirls Round Fiscal Black Hole

Rebecca Long-Bailey swirls round and round in the fiscal black hole that even Stephen Hawking thinks is a disaster. Marr was Brillo-like in his doggedness to get her to admit the sums don’t add up. She was Trumpian in the evasiveness of her answers…

Labour Lose Salford Council Seat to Tories

Jeremy Corbyn is very keen for us to report on council by-election results, so… Labour have lost Kersal in Salford to the Tories. It was a Labour seat for decades and has gone blue despite Rebecca Long-Bailey’s best efforts to get out the vote yesterday. Results via Britain Elects:

CON: 42.0%

LAB: 27.3%

IND: 17.5%

UKIP: 9.0%

GRN: 2.4%

LDEM: 1.9%

34%-41% of Kersal residents are Jewish, those on the ground are already saying anti-Semitism was a factor. Shocker for Labour…

Long-Bailey’s Busy Month

What a month it has been for Rebecca Long-Bailey. At the beginning of February she was the non-entity Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury making her big break on Question Time. A week later she was promoted to Shadow Business Secretary, three days after that she was tipped for leader in a briefing to the Sunday Times. And then look, all of a sudden a flurry of press releases sent out in her name – 12 in 17 days, compared to zero in the 12 days prior. As well as two more set-piece TV interviews. Someone is very keen to boost her profile…

Who Are You? Labour’s Unknown Leadership Hopefuls

If tomorrow Corbyn has led his party to a by-election double disaster, speculation will turn to who will replace him. Since all those new £3 members will want another left-winger rather than a Blair-era tarnished figure, YouGov have taken a look at the hopefuls. They found that voters have never heard of them…

To be fair Guido had never heard of Rebecca Long-Bailey until a merciless Brillo took her apart, she is apparently the great next hope of the Corbynistas and known to just 5% of the public. The truth is only politicians who have been around for a decade or two are known by more than half the public. Even Tom Watson is known to just a third of voters…

For the moderates Dan Jarvis (11%) and Sir Keir Starmer (19%) just about manage to get double digit recognition. The ambitious Sadiq Khan (74%) has the highest name recognition…

Who Is Rebecca Long-Bailey?

Who is Rebecca Long-Bailey, the 37 year-old Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury who is being tipped as Jez’s successor? Last year in an interview on Sky News she refused to rule out the conspiracy theory that MI5 are working to destabilise Corbyn:

DERMOT MURNAGHAN: Can I just ask you lastly and rather briefly, Rebecca Long-Bailey, what do you make of this extraordinary claim from Len McClusky, or maybe you don’t think it’s extraordinary, that MI5 might be trying to destabilise Jeremy Corbyn?

REBECCA LONG-BAILEY: Well I can’t comment on that myself, I haven’t had any briefings on that but there are a lot of crazy things happening in politics at the moment and given the last few months nothing would surprise me.  

Six months on and it’s Agent Long-Bailey who is destabilising Jez… 

Labour Leadership Rumblings Latest

A flurry of Labour leadership speculation this morning after the Manchester Evening News reported, to the Lobby’s consternation, that Jeremy Corbyn has given a departure date to his inner circle. Naturally Team Corbyn deny this, telling Guido there is “No truth to it”. Worth noting that they also denied Jez had a wobble back during the leadership crisis of July last year, when it is widely believed he considered resigning. What’s clear is that some Corbynistas are on manoeuvres…

Rebecca Long-Bailey is being heavily tipped as the next Labour leader. She is a 2015 intake novice who rose quickly to Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury – readers will remember her best from her car crash interview with Andrew Neil in November. Long-Bailey is a protege of John McDonnell. The Shadow Chancellor, while remaining close to Corbyn, takes a more realistic view of his chances of success. Team Corbyn have previously had suspicions about McDonnell’s motives. Long-Bailey is highly-rated by the leader’s office, but this tweet by McDonnell tipping her as the “next generation of our socialist leadership” is the furthest any Labour MP has gone to talk her up:

Is McDonnell merely being generous to his Shadow Treasury junior? Or is it a sign Long-Bailey is being pushed by McDonnell as a successor to Jez…

Then there is Clive Lewis. He majorly fell out with the leader’s office over that infamous autocue row with Seumas Milne at conference. He is Paul Mason’s choice for next leader and has the backing of Owen Jones as well. All eyes now on tonight’s vote, which could see Lewis sacked from the Shadow Cabinet if he rebels against the three line whip and votes against Article 50. Lewis is weighing up whether becoming a martyr for the Remain cause and a traitor to Jez will help or hinder him with Jez-loving Remain-backing members. The government’s so-called ‘concession’ yesterday – and how it was immediately seized upon by Keir Starmer – is indicative of the perilous situation. In reality nothing has been conceded, yet if the Corbynistas can claim victory then potential Shadow Cabinet rebels might be persuaded not to break the three line whip. So the Tory ‘concession’ could have the effect of helping the Shadow Cabinet stay together. Almost as if the Tory whips are fully signed up members of the #SaveJez campaign…

Labour Rising Star Falls to Earth

Rebecca Long-Bailey is the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, tipped as a Corbynista rising star and protege of John McDonnell. On the Daily Politics today, Long-Bailey had no idea whether Labour wanted to stay in the single market, then claimed they wanted to stay in the customs union. When it was pointed out this means Britain would not be able to make new trade deals with other countries, Long-Bailey claimed it might be possible. It is not. She then could not name any country with a “zero percent deficit”. No idea what she is talking about, completely out of her depth, a joke that she is seen as a talent by Labour.

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