Centrists May Want to Rethink Wes’s Leadership Qualities

Boris’s surprise trip to Ukraine to meet with Zelenskyy set a pretty impressive trap for his opponents to fall into. Between the announcement of his pulling out and the revelation of his international visit, some on the left implied Boris was on the run. Labour lecturer Thom Brooks said it looked like the PM was “giving up on the North again”; Shadow transport secretary Louise Haigh said I suppose his one saving grace is that @BorisJohnson recognises when he’s really not helping”; Angus Brendan MacNeil MP said “Boris is going to be such an asset in the Scottish independence campaign”; Business Insider’s Cat Neilan tweeted the move “allowed a prospective rival a free hit. And yet LEADERSHIP”, referring to the day’s No. 10 grid. The jewel in the crown, however, was undoubtedly Wes Streeting…

Wes’s latest bout of foot-in-mouth disease comes shortly after having to apologise to the Shadow Cabinet for expressing public sympathy with the rail strikes, though allies insisted he only apologised for the “bad publicity that resulted from the remarks”, earmarking him out as someone with even fewer principles than the current Labour leader. It also follows him being shown up by Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves for pocketing LBC presenting cash while she donated hers to charity. Centrists really do believe Wes Steeting is Labour’s best hope among the candidates to be next leader…

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Reeves Embarrasses Second Job Hypocrite Streeting

Cast your mind back to April when Guido had a full week’s worth of second job hypocrisy stories, courtesy of LBC and the shadow cabinet. During recess, Rachel Reeves, David Lammy and Wes Streeting all agreed to do multi-hour presenting shifts on the station, despite having attacked MPs who spend hours on non-MP work to make extra cash on the side. Reeves, by her own standards and in her own words, was not doing her main job “properly”, Streeting’s LBC gig, in his own words, meant he was disrespecting his electorate. 

Guido’s now consulted the register of members’ interests and noticed a funny discrepancy between the Shadow Chancellor and the Shadow Health Secretary’s entries. Spot the difference:

Reeves, to be fair to her, donated her £600 to charity. Streeting has had no such bout of altruism, pocketing the hypocritical cheque all for himself. Blairites gonna Blairite…

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Sajid Tells NHS to Cut Pointless Diversity and Inclusion Jobs

This afternoon the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) published Sir Gordon Messenger and Dame Linda Pollard’s full report into NHS leadership, as ordered by Sajid back in October. The full report calls for major reforms across management and hiring, the part that caught Guido’s eye is the call to reduce the proliferation of diversity and inclusion managers – some on six figure salaries – that have cropped up over the last few years. Something Guido has been campaign against for months…

While the report itself generously refers to these well-remunerated staff as “dedicated experts“, and recommends that they be phased out as existing managers develop their own expertise and wisdom on diversity, Saj himself was far more damning. Ahead of the review, the Health Secretary called for “urgent” action to improve NHS leadership – and that started by cutting back on “waste and wokery”:

“In my view, there are already too many working in roles focused solely on diversity and inclusion, and at a time when our constituents are facing real pressures around cost of living, we must spend every penny on patients priorities. As this report sets out it should be the responsibility of everyone to encourage fairness and equality of opportunity which is why we must reduce the number of these roles.”

He later appeared at the despatch box after PMQs to reiterate the point, with Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting inevitably claiming the announcement is designed to “throw red meat” to Tory backbenchers. “Red meat” in this case obviously meaning ‘save the taxpayer hundreds of thousands of pounds’.

A DHSC ally tells Guido:

“We will cut waste and wokery where we find it. We have a responsibility to the taxpayer to make sure their money is being spent on their priorities. Today’s landmark report sets out how we are going to improve leadership because the best leaders will save money in the long run by increasing productivity and efficiency.”

Better late than never, although we’re still waiting on the action plan. How long until all this is implemented? The Saj is pragamatically seeking to shift diversity and inclusion responsibilites onto HR managers and away from militant social justice warriors. There is plenty to do; there are currently 9 diversity manager vacancies up for grabs on the NHS job board at the time of going to pixel…

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Streeting on His Leadership Prospects

Wes Streeting laments loyally to Kay Burley about his chances of leading the Labour Party…

“I am sure that by the time there is a leadership election I will be too old and people will be looking to a new generation because after three terms of Keir Starmer being the prime minister of our country people will be looking for a new generation.”

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Wes Streeting Fumbles Starmer Pull-Out Excuse

Wes Streeting didn’t help Sir Keir this morning when being asked by Kay Burley why he pulled out of his Institute for Government event this afternoon. Streeting unbelievably claimed he hadn’t asked about it prior to his morning media round before mumbling something absurd about diary changes. Meanwhile on LBC he tried a wholly different approach…

Streeting claims Starmer can’t be avoiding scrutiny as he’s been “out all weekend in front of cameras”. Sure, if you count being doorstepped on Sunday morning while remaining tight-lipped and being bundled into a car as participating in scrutiny…

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All Labour’s Starmer Beer Defences So Far…

Is it just Guido or does anyone else feel Labour are starting to panic a bit over the increasing media pressure being put on Starmer over that infamous beer drinking video? Following yesterday’s revelation courtesy of Richard Holden that the local police are re-examining the case, this morning’s papers finally splash on the police’s double standards between Starmer and Rishi. Last night The Mail released the full 40 seconds video of Starmer, and The Sun revealed an invitation was sent to activists for a “quiz and social” on the same day he was videoed swigging beer in Durham. Labour denies Starmer took part…

Now Labour’s struggling for a robust defence. On Sunday Sir Keir told the BBC he had “nothing to add” to his defence, just that the police looked into it and said there would be no consequences. Labour didn’t seem to take this position lying down when the Met was saying it about Downing Street.

After PMQs yesterday, when a Labour spokesperson was asked about the difference between #KeirsBeers and Cake-gate, they tried out a very similar line by telling hacks “The PM has received a fixed penalty notice, Keir Starmer has not”Again, this isn’t a defence of Starmer, it’s just boasting about how Durham police have treated him much more lightly than the Met treated Rishi and Boris.

Asked this morning about Starmer’s beer session in Durham, Wes Streeting proposed the weakest defence of all so far: Starmer was in a “work meeting”, yet Johnson attended a “social event”. Even Labour-sympathetic members of the Lobby such as Paul Waugh are saying today that this line “is looking increasingly untenable.” Southside and LOTO better come up with a defence that works soon – Guido is sure there’s much more to come out…

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