Pro-Remain Journalists and Twitter Trolls Claimed Death Threats Were Fake

When Zac Goldsmith first drew attention to the coordinated campaign of death threats being sent to Leavers this week, most responded with horror. Not everyone, though. If you look at the replies to the original tweet, hundreds and hundreds of nutty Remain supporters claimed Zac had fabricated the letter himself. Disturbingly, the worst offenders were three prominent journalists. The @hrtbps account, an anonymous lefty columnist with 66,000 followers, wrote a perverse article for the men’s website Joe.co.uk implying Goldsmith was responsible. He was joined by New European writer Mike Hind, who mocked the death threat and claimed there is “no evidence” it wasn’t a set up by Zac. Byline’s Peter Jukes suggested the death threat was “coordinated” by Steve Bannon. This morning Guido revealed that at least six Leave donors have been sent the chilling letters and the police are investigating. Don’t hold your breath for these embarrassed Remain cranks to apologise…

BBC Sack Zac Threat Presenter

The BBC has sacked a radio presenter who told Tory MP Zac Goldsmith that a death threat sent to an 80 year-old Brexit-supporting constituent “should have been addressed to you”.

St.John Stephen, who had a fortnightly gardening slot on BBC Radio London, claimed he thought the letter telling Zac’s elderly constituent “We are going to kill you” was “some sort of set up”. A BBC spokesman tells Guido “This was clearly unacceptable” and Stephen will not be appearing on the Beeb again. What was he thinking?

“Public Can’t Have Faith in Our Criminal Justice System Until Worboys Decision is Published”

Real anger in the Commons during the statement on John Worboys this afternoon. Zac Goldsmith told the new Justice Secretary that “until the Parole Board publicly explains the rationale behind the decision it took, people can’t possibly have confidence in our criminal justice system”. David Gauke replied that he will look at changing the rules to allow this to happen retrospectively for the Worboys case. It’s crucial that the Ministry of Justice get a move on here. The Parole Board must surely explain how they came to this decision before Worboys is released, otherwise how can the public possibly be safe?

Olney’s Remain Trolls Wish Zac a “Cancerous New Year”

This is what Zac Goldsmith received in the post this morning. It ain’t just Remain MPs receiving abuse…

Harsh Delivery For Sarah Lol-ney

The cruellest of timing – deposed LibDem Sarah Olney has revealed she received her P45 in the post in the same delivery as a thank-you leaflet from Zac Goldsmith. At least she can laugh about it…

Zac Back? Guy News Tory Richmond Selection Special

All eyes on Zac Goldsmith at 7pm as he goes before his Tory association in Richmond to convince them he should be their candidate once more. There is a lot of support for Zac in certain Tory circles who believe he did the honourable thing in calling a by-election and deserves the chance to save Richmond from Sarah Olney. Other local Tories haven’t forgiven him for the events of the last year and want a new candidate. Guy News headed down to Richmond to gauge the feeling before tonight’s meeting. Many locals are distinctly unimpressed with Sarah Olney’s first few months as their MP and are susceptible to voting Zac this time round. Goldsmith certainly had better name recognition. Other locals were less obliging and dismissed their former MP as a “posh knob”…

Zac Back?

Last week Guido asked Zac Goldsmith if he was tempted to try to unseat Sarah Olney in Richmond. Unusually he did not reply. Guido hears Zac is being considered “very seriously” as one of the three CCHQ-shortlisted candidates for the Tory nomination. Some local Tories are ready to forgive and remember the work Zac did for them in Richmond. Others are shall we say less keen. One to watch…

UPDATE: Zac tells the Sun “I don’t know if I’ll stand”. Seems a judgement will be made on the feeling among local Tories…

Spotted: Zac Back in Members’ Cloakroom

Welcome to parliament Sarah Olney…

LibDems Take Richmond

The LibDems have overturned Zac’s 23,000 majority to win the Richmond Park by-election. Labour lost their deposit.

Sarah Olney – Liberal Democrat – 20,510, 49.7%

Zac Goldsmith – Independent – 18,638, 45.2%

Christian Wolmar – Labour – 1,515, 3.7%

Whatever the LibDems and some excitable broadcasters tell you this morning, calm down, a by-election in Richmond changes not a thing about Article 50 or Brexit…

Lib Dem Logic Says 40% of Own MPs Should Go

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Over the weekend the LibDem by-election candidate Sarah Olney suggested Brexit-backing Zac Goldsmith shouldn’t be Richmond Park’s MP because he “represents a constituency that voted 73% remain in the referendum.” On that logic Nick Clegg should step down in Sheffield, which voted 51% Leave, and Tom Brake should quit in Carshalton (where the wider Sutton area voted 54% Leave). So too should Norman Lamb, whose North Norfolk constituency voted almost 60% for Leave. Will Sarah support removing 40% of LibDems from the Commons as well?

Zac on Clegg

Zac Goldsmith responds to Nick Clegg accusing him of ‘flouncing out in an empty gesture’:

“Mr Clegg, this by-election is happening because I kept my word. Your Party might be in better shape if you’d done the same.”

LibDems Make It About Zac’s Wealth

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Unknown LibDem Richmond candidate Sarah Olney has used her first national newspaper interview to launch a clumsy attack on Zac Goldsmith’s wealth. Speaking to the MoS, Olney went after Zac over the money he inherited from his dad, claiming he won’t understand what it means if the price of Marmite goes up. A strange class war attack line – leafy Richmond is hardly full of people who’ll be pushed below the breadline. Zac responded by taking the Michelle Obama approach last night:

Doesn’t exactly fit the LibDem narrative that Zac is nasty and they’re the cuddly ones…

Zac Has 27 Point Lead With Standard/BMG

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A BMG survey for the Evening Standard suggests Richmond Park isn’t as close as the bookies suggest…

CONFIRMED: Zac Resigns

He is appointed to be Steward and Bailiff of the Three Hundreds of Chiltern. Statement from Zac within the hour… 

Zac to Stand

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Guido sources confirm that Zac intends to be a candidate in the by-election he is triggering in protest at the decision to build a new runway at Heathrow.

Richmond is traditional LibDem territory and may be receptive to a Remain/LibDem by-election putsch. CCHQ is worried that a post-Brexit LibDem revival would put Richmond and neighbouring constituencies back in the hand of the LibDems. Could we see the return of 73 year-old Vince Cable?

Will the Conservatives even put up a candidate against Zac and split the right-of-centre vote?

Zac Tells Tories He’s Resigning

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Zac Goldsmith appears to have told his Richmond Park association he is going to quit and call a by-election:

Heathrow Announcement:
A Note to Members

Dear Member,

You will no doubt have seen the announcement in the media this morning that the Government has given the green light for expansion at Heathrow.

Zac has contacted the Association to let us know that he intends to honour his pledge to resign and force a by election in Richmond Park.

The Chairman has called an Emergency Meeting of Executive Council for tomorrow evening to discuss this turn of events and will issue a full statement to members on the Associations position on Thursday.

We will endeavour to keep you informed of events as they unfold.

Mr DR Jones
RPNKCA Agent

Statement coming this afternoon…

H/T Martha Gill

It’s Heathrow

The government have confirmed it has decided on a third runway at Heathrow. Boris says he will oppose it. Zac will be making a statement this evening:

“No ifs, no buts” – Zac said if the government gave Heathrow the green light he would call a by-election…

Congratulations Sadiq Khan “Who Defeated Millionaire Jew”

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Told you…

Zac’s Best Bits

With 90% of the votes counted, Khan has a lead of 9 points. It’s been emotional…

Zac’s Campaign Song

In English, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Chinese and Bangla it says: “Vote for Zac”.

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