— Peston on Sunday (@pestononsunday) April 30, 2017
She also said she has “no plans” to raise taxes…
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) April 30, 2017
That was the same form of words that George Osborne used in 2010. He went on to raise VAT…
May rules out VAT rises.
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No new message. Senior Tories not on media round nor at televised campaign events.
The Tories’ economic plan has undermined the UK economy and is a threat to working people’s living standards.
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Weaker GDP numbers put pressure on May. UKIP’s campaign launch was disrupted by protesters.
Next permanent leader UKIP: Paddy Power have a list of just about everyone involved in UKIP. Deputy leader Peter Whittle looks good value at 10/1.
Scottish Westminster voting intention: SNP: 41% (-6) CON: 28% (+1) LAB: 18% (+3) LDEM: 7% (+3) (via YouGov / 24-27 Apr).
Predictably, Jezza’s IRA sympathies of old aren’t going down well on the doorstep. One veteran has posted a notice in his window bearing the badge of the Royal Corps of Transport and addresses this message to Labour canvassers:
“Dear Labour Canvassers, a proud forces veteran lives here, your leader supports the IRA. Knock at your own risk!”
One you won’t see from Labour MPs tweeting their “great day on the doorstep” tomorrow…
H/T: Andrea Jenkyns
David “The Jews” Ward has some time on his hands since his sacking from the LibDems. Ward says he is going to spend it completing a Masters degree in the Peace Department at University of Bradford. He has to write a 15,000 word thesis and says it will be on “the influence of the Israeli lobby on the British political system”. It’s all a conspiracy, eh David…
Trouble in the Isle of Wight, where Tory MP Andrew Turner is facing another battle with his local members. This morning Isle of Wight Tory party chairman Ian Ward wrote to members wanting rid of Turner to insist that the association executive had the final say and would be voting to reselect him. Turner has his enemies in the constituency – in 2015 two former chairmen of the Isle of Wight Tory association, Edward Giles and Denise Grannum, urged him to resign over his embarrassing private life (the poor man’s fiancee left him for his researcher). This afternoon a local news site claims Turner told A-Level students in his constituency that homosexuality is “wrong“. Now his reselection meeting, scheduled for 4pm today, has been delayed with a spurious excuse about avoiding confusion with the local elections. Will he survive?
UPDATE: The answer is no. He has stepped down…
The exodus from Downing Street is becoming a major theme among senior Tories and the SpAd class. In the last few weeks Number 10 has lost its Director of Communications Katie Perrior, Press Secretary Lizzie Loudon and Official Spokesman Helen Bower. Last year education adviser Rachel Wolf went quietly after Theresa May pressed ahead with grammar schools. Philip Hammond’s SpAd Hayden Allan left last week. The election has provided an excuse for others to jump…
The PM’s social justice adviser Alex Burghart is on the selection shortlist for Eric Pickles’ Brentwood seat tonight. May’s long-serving SpAd Stephen Parkinson is on the shortlist in Saffron Walden. Iraq War hero Chris Brannigan, the Director of Government Relations at Number 10, is on the shortlist in Aldershot. “SuperSpAd” Sheridan Westlake has been strongly linked to several seats. This is a huge, unprecedented exodus…
In 2015, only Oliver Dowden left David Cameron’s Number 10 for the Commons. And that was an election many Tories thought they would lose. The vast majority of Cameron’s SpAds thought their time was better served in Number 10, that they would have more influence in Downing Street than in parliament. Large numbers of May’s SpAds have come to the opposite conclusion. Tory sources tell Guido the feeling is that unless you are in May’s close circle of trusted confidantes, you might as well leave and sit on the backbenches. They say the atmosphere in Number 10 is so toxic that many are desperate to leave. Guido is highly sceptical of rumours that the PM’s Joint Chief of Staff Nick Timothy wants to stand this time round – he is one of the few for whom staying is surely worth it. Though the fact this is even being discussed reveals much about what it is like to work in a Downing Street that will have huge vacancies to fill on June 9…
Labour have sent out a press release with a quote from Jeremy Corbyn calling on Theresa May to “come out of hiding and face the public”. The author of the press release is very naughty:
Speaking at Labour’s HQ this morning, Jeremy Corbyn said:
“Theresa May is hiding from the public…”
See what they did there. More proof for the Corbynistas that HQ is not exactly onside in this election…
H/T Jason Groves
The protesters who disrupted Paul Nuttall’s press conference this morning are die-hard Socialist Workers Party activists and their leader was embroiled in the notorious rape cover-up that blighted the hard-left group. Weyman Bennett led a small number of protesters who shouted and waved placards at UKIP’s campaign launch at the Marriott County Hall. The protesters did not deny their SWP background but told Guido: “A large number of groups are involved in Stand Up to Racism“. Asked if they were veteran agitators one joked: “It’s not my first protest”…
A member of the SWP’s central committee, Bennett was implicated in the cover-up of well-publicised rape allegations against an ultra-left ally referred to as “Comrade Delta“. The police were kept out, the accused was declared “ not guilty ” at the SWP national conference and the case led to Jeremy Corbyn being criticised for sharing a platform with Bennett.
Today Bennett and his fellow protesters shouted obscenities and chased away journalists covering the event, after UKIP’s patient press officers politely asked them to leave. Real nasty pieces of work…
It is getting very nasty in Filton and Bradley Stoke, where Tory MP Jack Lopresti has called the police in after claiming he is the victim of a “vicious smear campaign” from members of his local association who are trying to deselect him:
“For the last month my family and I have been subject to a vicious smear campaign with racist overtones…
There have clearly been illegal data breaches where private parliamentary emails have been accessed and handed to the media. The local Conservative party has potentially also had a data breach. I have informed the police this morning and will expect them to carry out a full investigation…
I can only think that this is as a result of personal choices I have made in my private life, which some may not have approved. I love my fiance Andrea and love and am extremely proud of my young son Clifford and nobody will ever be able to change that.”
Guido understands that those attempting to deselect Lopresti sided with his ex-wife after he had an affair with Tory MP Andrea Jenkyns. All a bit Jeremy Kyle…
UKIP will not field a candidate against Tory Brexiteer Philip Hollobone in Kettering after he committed to supporting a raft of their manifesto pledges. In an election pact announced today UKIP’s Kettering branch and Hollobone have signed a memorandum of understanding which says:
“UKIP will advise its members, activists and supporters to vote for Philip Hollobone… Philip Hollobone confirms his support for the policy of a clear and clean Brexit, Philip Hollobone also confirms his previously held positions on:
– A ban on face coverings in public places.
– Opposition to the HS2 project.
– No statutory commitment to spend 0.7% of GNP on overseas aid.”
“I share Kettering UKIP’s desire for a clean Brexit and am delighted that they will not be running a candidate against me. We all worked hard together for Brexit, being jointly committed to this as being in the best long term interests of the country. As this has become a Brexit election, I pay tribute to Jonathan Bullock and Kettering UKIP’s integrity in making this decision.”
Hollobone stresses to Guido the policy commitments listed in the memorandum of understanding are not new pledges and they are all matters on which he has previously publicly spoken or voted in the House. Wonder how many more of these agreements we will see between UKIP and Tory Leavers…
— David Mackintosh MP (@davidmackintosh) 27 April 2017
David Mackintosh has decided to not seek re-election. As Guido reported last week, Mackintosh was facing deselection after he became embroiled in a football club loans scandal. He reportedly infuriated members after he refused to resign. Gudio also told how he had been brutally trolled by the local association which held the selection meeting at the very same football club. They think it’s all over, it is now…
— BBC Question Time (@bbcquestiontime) 27 April 2017
The panel were in guarded campaign mode on Question Time last night. Sadly, Clive Lewis was not cross-examined on his fake news graph. So it fell to the audience to make the show: one man pointed out that it’s not just Westminster watchers who are already tired of Theresa May’s “strong and stable government” line. Coalition of cliches…
It seems to come sooner every year…
If you think you know how a General Election is run by watching mainstream media or a shiny floored leader’s debate, then think again. When Labour voter and award winning filmmaker, John Walsh switched sides and became a Conservative candidate he lifted the lid on the real-life world of political campaigning. With unprecedented access and never-before-seen footage of a candidate’s campaign from the inside.
Controversial feature film ToryBoy The Movie made explosive discoveries about the now disgraced former Labour MP Sir Stuart Bell, outed as “Britain’s Laziest MP” but that was just the start……
This acclaimed film received award nominations and great reviews from across the political spectrum when it hit cinemas. Now you can get the chance to download ToryBoy The Movie via Vimeo and see what happened next in the short film ToryBoy The AfterMath.
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