Labour’s Copeland Candidate: 3 Days to Save the NHS

You know Labour are in trouble when they wheel out this tired line. Asked for her message to voters in Copeland, Labour’s candidate Gillian Troughton replied: “Three days to save the NHS in West Cumbria”. Borrowing from Andy Burnham’s famous 2011 fib that there were “72 hours to save the NHS”. And the Mirror’s 2015 claim that there were “100 hours to save the NHS”. Or Len McCluskey’s warning in 2012 that “we have just 13 days to save the NHS”. It is true there is a debate about the status of maternity services at West Cumberland hospital. What isn’t under threat is the NHS itself. Assume this will feature in Labour’s fake news inquiry…

Farage: Nuttall Must Win Stoke

Farage tells UKIP’s spring conference that victory in Stoke is fundamental to the party’s future. No pressure…

LibDems Call Cops on ‘Vote Snell or Go to Hell’ Texts

The LibDems have written to the Labour Party and Staffordshire Police after it emerged a Labour activist has sent text messages to Muslim voters warning them to vote for Gareth Snell or “answer for this in the Grave and on the Final Day”. The LibDem letter:

I am writing about several text messages reported to us by members of the public which appear to be distributed in large numbers in support of your candidate and your campaign.

I am concerned by these text messages for two reasons, firstly about the Representation of the People Act 1983 and secondly about the ‘Guidance on political campaigning‘ issued by the Information Commissioners Office.

1 – I am sure that you realise that the religious nature of one of these messages could also be deemed to be covered by the ruling on “undue spiritual influence” in the matter of a mayoral election for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets held on 22 May 2014 when the Labour Party were the victims of such tactics.

2 – These text messages are clearly election material in support of your candidate Gareth Snell as they meet the criteria for an elections expense set out in section 90ZA (6) of the Representation of the People Act “In this Part and in Part 3 of this Act, any reference (in whatever terms) to promoting or procuring a candidate’s election at an election includes doing so by prejudicing the electoral prospects of another candidate at the election”. They are clearly aimed at stopping people voting for my candidate Dr Zulfiqar Ali as well as others.

3 – I am sure that you are aware that such text messages under the ICO guidance should only be sent where the individual has consented to contact of that sort from the organisation for those purposes. Therefore, we have serious concerns about the origin of access to these phone numbers and whether the necessary permissions and opt out procedures have been followed…

Yours sincerely,

Ian Horner, Election Agent

CC: David Mullington, Staffordshire Police; Fiona Ledden, Acting Returning Officer; Gina Jones, Electoral Services, Stoke-on-Trent City Council

As the LibDems say, this looks like Lutfur Rahman levels of spiritual influence…

Fibbing Snell Claims Tweets Are 10 Years Old – He Joined Twitter 8 Years Ago

Labour’s Stoke candidate Gareth Snell has been speaking about those tweets:

“They are 10 years old. You do a lot of growing up in your 20s. I have grown up and I have learned since then and I will apologise unreservedly for any offence that I have caused.”

This is a straight lie.

Snell did not send any of these tweets anything like 10 years ago. He only joined Twitter eight years ago. The infamous “slap” tweet was sent six years ago, as was the Janet Street-Porter tweet and the “stupid woman” tweet. His tweets about Corbyn supporting the IRA and Hamas were from the last 12 months. As were his tweets abusing Leave voters. The “10 years old” line is a knowing untruth – assume this demonstrable fib will get the same response as Nuttall…

Labour: “Babies Will Die” If You Vote Tory

Calm and measured Labour campaign literature in Copeland, via Mike SmithsonThey must be worried…

Snell: I Have No Idea About Stoke, I Don’t Live There

Expect this one to be on UKIP leaflets by next week. Remember he’s calling himself the “local candidate”:

Guido is starting to feel sorry for Gareth. He really should have just deleted his account…

Labour’s By-Election Candidates Dodging Media

Guido has noticed a recurring theme among Labour’s two by-election candidates: they both seem to be avoiding the press. By Guido’s count Gillian Troughton, Labour’s candidate in Copeland, has so far:

  • Declined an invitation to appear on the BBC alongside her rivals
  • Refused an interview with Channel 4 News
  • Sent a ‘representative’ to a local hustings
  • Dodged another public debate altogether

Gareth Snell, the candidate in Stoke-on-Trent Central has so far:

  • Blanked a PA reporter, refusing to answer questions while out and about with Jeremy Corbyn (Guido revealed Snell had previously called Corbyn an “IRA supporting friend of Hamas” – watch them run here)
  • On the same occasion refused to give an interview to ITV
  • Even refused to give an interview to the New Statesman

It’s certainly getting up the nose of Michael Crick, who has been wistfully tweeting about the degree of access he had during the 1997 Wirral South by-election. Almost as if Labour are trying to hide the woeful lack of talent among their by-election candidates…

Inside Paul Nuttall’s Stoke Bedroom

Michael Crick and Channel 4 are on Paul Nuttall’s case after he moved into the Stoke house on his nomination form yesterday. C4 are “unable to confirm if Nuttall has a bed or what he slept on last night”.

Guido can lay this to rest. Nuttall spent the night on a mattress on the floor:

The things they do to win by-elections…

Leave.EU Say Nuttall Ahead in Stoke

Take it with a bucket of salt but Leave.EU – the pro-UKIP Arron Banks group – has carried out a poll putting Nuttall ahead in Stoke. They say they have “a sample bigger than 4,000” with the following results:

UKIP: 39%

Labour: 33%

Tory: 11%

LibDem: 10%

Constituency polling is notoriously difficult…

Labour Stoke Candidate: Brexiteers “Confused”, “Inward Looking” Racists

Not only does Labour’s candidate in Stoke think Brexit is a “pile of sh*t”, he also mocked Leave voters as “confused“, “inward looking” racists. Above are a string of tweets by Gareth Snell in which be derides Leave voters using the hashtag “#ThingsThatAreWellBrexit”. The theme is that Brexiteers are a bunch of stupid, small-minded racists. He mocks Leave “patriotism” as “a competition won by seeing who is the most inward looking”. The authentic voice of a liberal elitist…

He says Brexit voters would be “confused” that St George was born in modern say Syria, and are obsessed with “the curvature of fruit & veg”. He says Brexiteers are hypocrites for “moaning about the Polski Sklep” while being “overjoyed at Pizza Express”. And, commenting on Theresa May’s ‘Red, White and Blue Brexit’, Snell says: “Sadly for some, the important part will be ‘white Brexit'”Huge ammo for UKIP, Labour’s candidate says 69% of his electorate are either stupid, hypocrites or racists…

“Local” Stoke Candidate Is “Still a Suffolk-Boy at Heart”

Guido can reveal that the candidate Labour is promoting as a “local man” in Stoke-on-Trent actually grew up nearly 200 miles away in Suffolk. Brexit-bashing Gareth Snell was introduced by Jeremy Corbyn this weekend with the words:

“Gareth is a local man, he understands the Potteries, he understands Stoke-on-Trent.”

Labour MP Anna Turley has called Snell their “brilliant local candidate”, Keir Starmer calls him their “fab local candidate”. Yet Snell is not from Stoke at all, he was raised in Stowmarket in Suffolk, nearly 200 miles and a three hour drive away. Stowmarket is in the constituency of Bury St Edmunds, one of the safest Tory seats in the country and a far cry from the Potteries. So how local is Snell? He went to Keele University and lived in Newcastle where he was a councillor, double jobbing in Tristram Hunt’s constituency office as he waited to be parachuted in. As far back as five years ago the Stoke Sentinel ran a letter asking why outsider Snell was hanging round Stoke, suggesting he was sniffing for a seat. In a 2011 tweet to the Tory whip Therese Coffey that rather undermines his claims to be “local“, Snell admitted he is “still a Suffolk-boy at heart”.

Snell’s plummy accent has not gone unnoticed on the doorstep in Stoke…

Corbyn and Snell Run From Hamas Questions

After Guido revealed Gareth Snell had called Jeremy Corbyn a “friend of Hamas”, Press Association tried to talk to the Labour leader and his Stoke candidate about the comment. They fled…

Corbyn Refuses Five Times to Say If He Supports New Copeland Nuclear Power Plant

Jeremy Corbyn refuses five times when asked by ITV to say if he supports the building of a new nuclear power plant at Moorside in Copeland, creating 21,000 jobs. Expect this to run…

Labour Stoke Candidate Backed Turkey Joining EU, Called Brexit “Massive Pile of Sh*t”

Labour have selected an ardent Remainer who backed Turkey joining the EU as their candidate in the Stoke-on-Trent by-election. Gareth Snell, a councillor who used to work in Tristram Hunt’s office, was the most vocal Remainer on the final shortlist. He has tweeted dozens of times about his opposition to Brexit, calling it a “massive pile of sh*t” and tweeting in support of Turkish membership of the EU. That sound you can hear is Paul Nuttall celebrating…

Labour Leave: Select Brexiteer to Hold Stoke

Labour Leave has a poll out this morning giving Paul Nuttall a 10% point lead in Stoke, on 35% to Labour’s 25%. It is being downplayed by psephologists as something of a voodoo poll due to its tiny sample size of 182 (the seat has an electorate of 62,000). The headline numbers should probably be taken with a pinch of salt, though the fieldwork does throw up one interesting titbit: “If Labour select a ‘staunch’ Brexiteer as their candidate then the numbers change completely”. The survey finds that if Labour has a Brexiteer as their candidate, the numbers then show them winning by 13 points, on 43% to UKIP’s 30%. Makes sense that Labour will fare better in Stoke with a Brexiteer than with a Remainer, will they heed this advice?

Corbynista Stoke Candidate’s Rants Against PLP

Chris Spence is the Corbynista hoping to become Labour’s candidate in Stoke. The pony-tailed Labour councillor describes himself as a “socialist and humanist” and according to LabourList “played a significant role organising for Jeremy Corbyn in the West Midlands in the leadership election”. Things are going to be pretty awkward if he makes it to Westminster. Spence is on the record calling the current Parliamentary Labour Party “a disgrace”, accusing them of “stupidity”, and warning there is “lots of deadwood to be cleared”. He also wrote that his potential future comrades were “in the kindergarten” and that “the PLP don’t like resurgent Party democracy as they feel control slipping away”.

Sure Labour MPs will be delighted at the prospect of travelling to Stoke to campaign for him…

UPDATE: Despite the snazzy campaign graphics, Spence has failed to pass to the next stage of selection.

CONFIRMED: Nuttall Running in Stoke

On Wednesday Guido revealed Paul Nuttall was minded to run in the Stoke by-election, today his team confirm he’s thrown his hat in. He will almost certainly be confirmed as UKIP’s candidate tomorrow morning. Big call, and the news Labour didn’t want…

UKIP Out-NHS Labour in Copeland

Labour have made much of their Copeland candidate Gill Troughton’s NHS links, billing her as a doctor and surgeon. Well, sort of. According to her LinkedIn profile Troughton was a junior doctor at Kent and Canturbury Hospital for eight months in 1991, then a junior surgical doctor at Frimley Park Hospital for another seven months until February 1992. After that she gave up the medical profession for a career as a school governor and councillor, though she has been a St John’s Ambulance volunteer since 2012. There is no Gillian Troughton in the General Medical Council’s list of Registered Medical Practitioners. Not quite the lifelong NHS career they’d have you think.

UKIP have trumped Troughton with their own candidate Fiona Mills, who has worked for the NHS for 24 years, most recently as an accountant where she “worked closely with clinicians to try to deliver quality services for patients and value for money for taxpayers”. Not exactly a nurse, though at least she’s worked in the NHS for more than a few months. Obvious why both parties are claiming strong NHS credentials, the local Keswick Hospital is a key issue for Copeland voters…

Copeland and Stoke By-Elections February 23rd

Date confirmed: the by-elections in both Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent will be held on 23 February. Expect the Tories to go big in Copeland and UKIP to push hard in Stoke…

Labour Copeland Candidate’s Son is Massive Banter Lad

Labour Copeland candidate Gill Troughton’s son clearly not bothered that his mum follows him on Twitter. Lad.[…] Read the rest

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