Labour MP’s Drunken Rant at Tory Over Starmer Lockdown Beer Probe

The pressures of beergate are obviously getting to Labour MPs more than they’d like to admit: Labour MP Mary Foy launched into a furious drunken tirade against Richard Holden in the Strangers’ Bar on Tuesday night, after Holden asked Durham Police to reinvestigate Starmer for his lockdown beer drinking. Which isn’t exactly surprising, given the infamous event took place in Foy’s own constituency office…

Foy allegedly grabbed Holden’s arm and hurled so much abuse at him that her staff had to pull her away. Having had a skinful, she growled “how dare you name me and my office in this?” as apologetic staffers tried to calm her down. A witness told the Daily Mail she was “feeing the pressure”. Guido can’t imagine this morning’s revelations about Angela Rayner will do much to soothe her…

Holden threatened to take the matter to the Speaker unless she apologised the following morning. Lo and behold, on Wednesday morning Holden found “I unreservedly apologise for my behaviour on the terrace last night” in his inbox. Holden tells Guido she then went on to talk about how they could work together as Durham MPs. First Coyle, now Foy. Labour MPs obviously can’t handle their chardonnay…

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Durham Police to Reexamine Keir Starmer Covid Rule-Breaking

Richard Holden MP confirming Durham Deputy Chief Constable will “make enquires” with the Constabulary’s investigation team over Starmer’s potential rule-breaking in April 2021. Read the letter sent to Holden below…

Ello, ello, ello…

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Labour Crime Commissioner Denies Attending Starmer’s Lockdown Beer Event

Starmer’s infamous Hartlepool beer meeting, which was at least contentious and at worse unlawful, is back in the news, much to Labour’s irritation. North West Durham MP Richard Holden re-sparked the row on Saturday after writing to Chief Durham Constable Jo Farrell demanding a renewed probe into Sir Keir’s beer meeting, in light of Rishi’s unreasonably harsh fine. Despite the police force’s quick denial of any wrongdoing, Guido finds it hard to interpret Starmer’s actions as lawful under the rules at the time…

Starmer was then asked about the event again on Sunday Morning, when the lawyer chose to squirm and dodge questions about its lawfulness.

Following Holden’s letter, multiple social media users began questioning whether Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Joy Allen – a longstanding Starmer supporter – was at the event, and whether that could have played a role in the police force’s decision to find in the Labour leader’s favour. Following the rumours, Guido contacted her press office…

“The Office of the Durham Police and Crime Commissioner has been informed that neither Joy Allen, the then candidate for Durham PCC, or Nigel Bryson, attended the event involving Kier [sic] Starmer during his visit to Durham at the last local election.”

Leaving aside the phrase “has been informed” rather than a first-person denial, Guido’s intrigued by the formal implication this is being considered a local election event, rather than a business meeting. As the rules stated at the time, campaigners could only go indoors “to meet the committee room organiser in order to collect election literature or drop off telling slips…”

“It is against the law to meet socially indoors with anyone not in your household or support bubble.”

Did Starmer’s own Police and Crime Commissioner just accidentally dob him in?

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BBC: Licence Fee Prosecutions to Double

The BBC’s COO Leigh Tavaziva told a select committee of MPs today that she expects to see “a doubling in prosecutions” thanks to the reintroduction of field agents post-Covid. A subsequent question by Richard Holden uncovered that 75% of those who will be prosecuted are women. In spite of this threat she claims there’s “strong support” for the licence fee out in the country. Nadine, over to you…

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Labour Loses Plot Over Defection Rumours

Stories of potential further Tory MP defections continue to emerge, despite clearly coming from Labour – the only party to benefit from spreading such claims. Last night, following a Telegraph story of five more potential defectors, a senior Conservative source got in touch to totally reject the claims, calling out Labour’s briefings and saying it doesn’t tally in any way with their intelligence. Meanwhile Labour’s sent hacks on a wild goose chase trying to track down these supposed defectors…

One such MP, North West Durham’s Richard Holden, was approached by journalists last night, one of whom was being “nagged by someone in NW Durham [constituency Labour party] who says you are defecting. Can you confirm that this is total bollocks?”. Richard characteristically replied

You’d think the local party would leave it there. This afternoon, however, branch chairman Pat Glass – the former Labour MP and Shadow Europe Minister best known for calling a voter a “horrible racist” during the EU referendum – is now accusing Holden of some bizarre and pointless game of 4D chess. She claims he himself is spreading the absurd rumour:

Guido gently suggests that accusing Holden so overtly of this, despite no evidence, may not prove a clever strategy…

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Labour Paying Conference Stewards Less than £10 Minimum Wage Promised

Labour is paying its party conference stewards less than £10 per hour, despite announcing this morning that they plan to introduce a £10 minimum wage. In an impassioned tweet this morning the party explained that “one in six working families live in poverty in the UK”  so Labour “would introduce a minimum wage of at least £10 (…) so children are given the opportunities they deserve“. However it seems the party won’t actually be paying the stewards at their Brighton conference that £10 per hour. So much for “be the change you want to see”

Stewards will be made to work everyday from 25 September through to 29 September from 8:00am to 20:00. Short changing the low paid stewards who will be working the conference floor as they debate a motion calling for £10 per hour minimum wage… 

UPDATE: Richard Holden MP says “This is utter hypocrisy from Labour. As usual, they demand one thing in public but can’t even practice what they preach behind closed doors with their own staff.”

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