Stella Creasy to Hire First ‘Locum MP’

Stella Creasy has begun advertising for a temporary MP to act in her place for seven months, to ensure “casework, campaigns and community concerns of the residents of [Walthamstow] are not neglected” over the course of her maternity leave. The £50,000-a-year Locum MP would be based for xis months in Creasy’s constituency rather than Westminster, and would not be able to vote or sit in the Commons. Could not her experienced staff handle the work load in her absence? Stella clearly thinks not…

Scottish Labour Go to War With McDonnell Over IndyRef2

The Labour Party has descended into fresh turmoil after John McDonnell’s highly contentious comments last night saying that Labour “would not block” IndyRef2. Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP naturally jumped all over it and are now gleefully trying to widen the rift between Scottish and UK Labour.

Unsurprisingly Scottish Labour themselves have erupted at the news which threatens to rip out their electoral base yet further. To be fair, they could have seen it coming given Corbyn himself said he was “absolutely fine” with another go at Scottish independence two years ago…

Scottish Labour Leader Richard Leonard held what will have been a fairly robust meeting with the Shadow Chancellor this morning, issuing a statement:

I made clear to him that a second independence referendum is unwanted by the people of Scotland and it is unnecessary… The 2014 referendum was a once in a generation vote.

Scottish MPs and MSPs have since piled in. Ian Murray MP led a blistering attack on McDonnell, saying:

“These are utterly irresponsible comments from John McDonnell that betray our party’s values… McDonnell has even bought into the nationalist narrative that Westminster is an ‘English Parliament’, in an insult to the hard work carried out by Scottish MPs from every party.

We were promised by the SNP that the 2014 referendum was once-in-a-generation, and we have a duty to hold the Nationalists to their promise by firmly opposing a divisive second independence referendum.

But one of the architects of the Corbyn project that is destroying the Labour Party now appears willing to destroy our United Kingdom with thoughtless rants at the Festival”.

Murray retweeted fellow MP Stella Creasy who blasted:

Shadow Scotland Minister Paul Sweeney MP has also been on the attack, while Labour’s Scottish Parliamentary candidates have put out a joint statement. Never underestimate Labour’s ability to turn a crisis into a catastrophe…

UPDATE: Rather than apologising for undermining Labour policy, McDonnell has doubled down, saying the approval of a second Scottish independence referendum is also Jeremy Corbyn’s view. It’s clear Scottish Labour are not going to let this argument die down.

UPDATE 2: Labour’s MSPs have released a joint statement condemning McDonnell’s IndyRef2 u-turn:

The SPLP support the stance taken by Richard Leonard as our Leader and back the policy position that he outlined. We deplore any attempts to undermine the official policy position of the Scottish Labour Party and we express serious concerns about an apparent change in Labour’s position on a matter of vital importance to the future of Scotland and of the Scottish Labour Party itself.

Scottish party policy is very clear – that is opposition to a second independence referendum. There is therefore an urgent need for the UK Party leadership to engage constructively with the Scottish Party leadership on the issue of the party’s stance on the future of Scotland.

We are clear Labour’s position on Scotland’s future is a decision for Scottish Labour, which the UK Party must accept. We expect all Scottish Labour MPs and MSPs to vote in accordance with party policy.

The war rages on…

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Stella Creasy at Jewish Labour fringe event…

“I was going to say something about how good it is being a Jew in the Labour party at the moment… but someone told me you guys don’t get irony.”

Stella v Kate Andrews on Gender Pay

This Sky debate between Stella Creasy and the IEA’s Kate Andrews, and the ensuing Twitter spat, is quite something. Kate noted that conflating equal pay with the gender pay gap is problematic, and criticised the attempt to piggyback on the #MeToo campaign. Stella did not take it well, wrongly demanding Kate apologise for “misquoting” the ONS:

Kate responded, proving her own claims and debunking Stella’s:

With no meaningful comeback, Stella instead blocked Kate, going on to tweet that she had been “brainwashed” and, bizarrely, that Kate had mocked her disability (she hadn’t). As anyone who has ever interacted with Stella on Twitter knows, she really doesn’t like being proved wrong…

Red on Red: Field vs Creasy Brexit Bunfight

Check out this rather entertaining red-on-red on the Sunday Politics where Labour leaver Frank Field tells metropolitan remainer Stella Creasy what he thinks of the party’s shift on the customs union. Frank said:

“Are you going to rat on the people’s decision to leave? You come out Stella with all these things, we’ll stay in a customs union, we’ll stay in a single market – the decision was quite clear to leave… in the North Labour voters voted very, very clearly… which bus are you on?”

Labour’s bus well on the road to betraying its core vote…

Stella’s Fake News

There has been a lot of political controversy about Twitter bots spreading fake news. Guido found another example of one yesterday. The government is actually planning to spend £127 billion on the NHS. Which is a lot more than the £3 billion being put aside for Brexit preparations. Stella is fake news….

“Bastards” Chuka, Stella and Jess Attacked at Corbyn Christmas Party

Chuka Umunna, Stella Creasy and Jess Phillips were attacked as “bastards” at Jeremy Corbyn’s less than festive Christmas party last night. Guido has obtained a covert recording of the “JC4PM Christmas bash” at Conway Hall, where the audience heard speeches from Corbyn and John McDonnell. Our undercover recorder also had to sit through a speech by barmy Corbynista ‘comedian’ Ava Vidal, who launched into a sweary rant about Labour moderates:

“When did left-wing become an insult in Labour circles? It became an insult when certain people in the Labour Party, I’m naming no names… Stella Creasy, Chuka Umunna, Jess Phillips. Bastards, the lot of them. They’re the ones whose fault it is that people don’t even know what the Labour Party is any more.”

So much for the season of goodwill!

Stella Creasy Says England’s Footballers Are Too Posh

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Stella Creasy is the subject of much amusement this afternoon after seriously telling the Commons that the England football team is struggling because it has too many posh, privately-educated players:

“Thirteen per cent of our national football team went to a private school, which is double the number of people who go to those private schools nationally. Does he think that might account for the performance of our national football team, if we’re missing out on the talent that exists in the comprehensive sector?”

Just how posh is Stella? Read all about her family, the Verekers, Cayzers, Prendergasts and Gorts – Colonels, Baronets, Viscounts and parliamentarians – here. If poshness is a marker of poor performance, what does that say about Stella? Nobody tell her about the England rugby team…

Labour Considered Migrant Dental Checks Too, Stella

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After David Davies MP argued that we should be using dental checks to assess the age of supposed child migrants there was a predictable backlash fromt the usual suspects including posh tweeter and MP, Stella Creasy:

Liam Byrne last night confirmed to Guido that when he was Immigration Minister he had considered tooth checks in principle before deciding they were impractical. Checking the teeth of child immigrants is not a niche view – 16 European countries have used dental checks to help determine the ages of asylum seekers or refugees. Former Labour Home Secretary Jack Straw has just backed the plan:

“I would certainly not as Home Secretary have ruled that out … having tests, providing they are not too intrusive and invasive, is actually a sensible thing to do for everyone concerned. Most of them are economic migrants and you have to be pretty firm about this. Part of the problem with the issue of whether they are children is you have got to test their age because you will understandably always get quite a lot of people who, knowing that it’s easier to get in because they are younger, will pretend they are under 18 when they are not. Some of those who are at Calais are genuine refugees but an awful lot are economic migrants,”

Is Creasy ashamed to be in the same parliament as her own party?

Just How Posh is Stella?

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Yesterday Stella Creasy tweeted at Guido that there was “no Downton Abbey in my family“. This is despite the best efforts of her father, an opera singer, pictured above looking very fetching in his powdered wig. Her mother’s side of the family is a different story – the sort that makes Downton look like Keeping Up Appearances.

Stella’s mum is Corinna Frances Avril Martin, the daughter of Sheelagh Vereker. Vereker was the fifth child of Lt. Colonel John Cayzer Medlicott Vereker. The name “Cayzer” comes from his mother, Mary Agnes Cayzer – a member of the almost incalculably wealthy Cayzer family. The Cayzers hold a Baronetcy, making Stella a cousin of the sixth Baron Cayzer. Mary Agnes was married to John Medlicott Vereker, who was the son of John Prendergast Vereker, who was the son of the third Viscount Gort – a noble lineage that began in the town of Gort, County Galway.  At the end of the seventeenth century the local Ó Seachnasaigh* clan’s lands were confiscated and granted to the English Sir Thomas Prendergast, first Baronet, whose grandson was John Prendergast Smyth, first Viscount Gort. In 1831 the town had a population of 3,627, the famine in Gort of the mid-1840s saw a quarter of them die. Understandably the family moved away from Ireland when it became a free state, and the current Viscount – Stella’s distant cousin – resides in the tax haven of the Isle of Man.

Stella is the fourth parliamentarian in her family. The third Viscount Gort represented the constituency of Limerick, as did his father, and his father before him. Politics is in her posh blue blood…

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Stella Creasy’s “Retrograde” Education

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Labour head girl Stella Creasy is railing against grammar schools, condemning them as a “retrograde step” and calling on Tory MPs to vote against their return. Stella herself obviously attended a grammar school. Indeed, a Guardian profile by the respected journalist Esther Addley in 2013 reveals

“Creasy spent her early years in Manchester before the family moved to Colchester, where she attended a girls’ grammar school – having failed the 11-plus and only been given a second chance because the family moved south”

So, according to the Guardian Stella tried to get into not one but two grammars. She only managed to stay out of a comp because her famously “aristocratic” parents moved house. No chance of her going private and freeing up a place for a working class kid. Heaven forbid anyone else should enjoy the education she did…

Stella the ‘Hash Smoking Moroccan Tourist’

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Stella Creasy has been the victim of online trolls once again, this time from pranksters targeting her Wikipedia entry. Poor old Stella’s online biography was amended to read that she is partial to trips to Morocco, where she enjoys “belly dancing and hashish”. 

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Guido has never seen her on his previous belly dancing and hashish jaunts to North Africa.

They also amended her religious status to “Islam“:

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Stella is quick to point out that she couldn’t possibly have belly danced in Morocco because she’s afraid of flying. She also confirmed she was not a Muslim, which would apparently make Christmas with her mum awkward. So who was responsible?

A cursory IP lookup revealed Stella’s trolls to be boffins at Cambridge University:

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This isn’t the first time the Walthamstow MP has suffered from Wikipedia trolls, with her bio also changed in December following the vote on Syria to state: “Stella Judith Creasy is a British Labour Co-operative politician and warmonger… who voted to start a murderous war on Syrian children”. Perhaps Momentum’s Cambridge division have been getting over-excited…

Curry House Trots: McDonnell Event in Stella’s Seat Tonight

John McDonnell’s unhealthy interest in Walthamstow has stoked rumours that Stella Creasy is top of the list of targets for deselection. The Shadow Chancellor was due to attend a Momentum rally there in November, which was packed with the new CLP members who want rid of Stella. Tonight McDonnell is heading there again, this time for a curry at Zaiqa, a Pakistani restaurant on Hoe Street. Despite it being a Walthamstow Labour event, Creasy is not attending.

“The People’s Chancellor” will be speaking with Matt Wrack, the General Secretary of the Fire Brigade’s Union who has donated thousands to opponents of Labour at recent elections. There will also be some surprise guests: dozens of cheeky Tory activists have signed up to attend…

Generation Snow-Faking Victimhood

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Julia Hartley-Brewer has justifiably got angry about being accused of bullying by a teenage Guardian writer who came off worse in a public debate with her. Julia wrote about the debate in The Telegraph, deriding her opponent’s views without naming her.[…] Read the rest

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Labour MPs Sent Images of Dead Children By Sick Anti-War Campaigners

Labour MPs who have yet to make up their minds on tonight’s vote have been inundated with graphic images of dead Syrian children sent by anti-war protesters. The bloody photos are too distressing to publish in full, and include images of babies and toddlers killed in Syria in an attempt to convince MPs to vote against war.[…] Read the rest

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Labour MPs Threatened With Deselection Ahead of Syria Vote

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Pro-intervention Labour MPs are up in arms after being targeted by co-ordinated threats of deselection if they vote to bomb ISIS in Syria. They are investigating who is behind the following email, which was sent to dozens of Labour MPs last night, to see if it is part of an orchestrated campaign by Stop the War or Momentum:

“Six months after the Vote on bombing Syria the Labour Party Members will lobby in the Constituency Labour Parties to move a vote of no confidence at constituencies meetings in those Labour Party MPs who vote to bomb Syria.

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Stella’s Posh Totty Fan Vote

Tom Watson is going to win by a country mile…[…] Read the rest

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Labour Deputy Leadership: Who Made it on the Ballot?

Rushanara Ali’s withdrawal with 19 minutes to go means:

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Friday Caption Contest: Game of Phones Edition

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Stella Creasy Questions Dimbleby on Sexuality

Stella Creasy made her pitch for the Deputy Leadership last night, but the most memorable moment was her bizarrely questioning poor old David Dimbleby on his sexuality:

Creasy: How would you like it if someone treated you like that David?

Dimbleby: Did what?

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