Labour’s West Midlands Mayoral Choices

The deadline to vote in Labour’s West Midlands Mayoral selection closed at midday today. The three candidates are:

  • Liam Byrne
    • Shadow Minister for Digital. Former Chief Secretary to the Treasury under Gordon Brown. Left *that* note.
    • MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill since a 2004 by-election.
    • Pitching himself as the candidate who can beat the Tories.
  • Pete Lowe
    • Former Leader of Dudley Council. National Officer for the managers’ union MIP.
    • Endorsed by Unison, FBU, the Labour Homelessness Campaign, and the Musicians’ Union.
    • Running a left-wing campaign focused on local government experience.
  • Salma Yaqoob
    • Former leader of the Respect Party
    • Joined Labour under Jeremy Corbyn, now standing for the mayoralty on his economic platform
    • Backed by Momentum
    • Supported the pro-Hamas ‘Viva Palestina’ convoy
    • Wrote an article in which she imagined Britain becoming an Islamic Republic
    • Referred to the IHH terrorists on board the Mavi Marmara as “martyrs
    • Called the 2005 London 7/7 bombings a “reprisal event” for the Iraq war
    • Shared a Rothschild conspiracy theory website
    • Deleted all her tweets that continued the word ‘Zionist’. There were a lot.
    • Said “Bin Laden and Blair had far more in common with each other than their divisions.”

Looks like a traditional Momentum vs Moderniser fight between Yaqoob and Byrne

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The 3 Worst Virtue Signalling MPs in Britain

Holocaust Memorial Day is next Monday and last Tuesday the Holocaust Educational Trust held an event in parliament hosted by Matt Chorley. Parliamentarians attended the event to hear from survivors, educators and a speech from the acclaimed historian Sir Antony Beevor. The event was invitation only.

Eyebrows were raised by those who noticed that in the audience was Apsana Begum, the newly-elected MP for Poplar and Limehouse. Guido understands she was not invited, which is hardly surprising given her troubled relationship with the Jewish community. She sat through the speeches and hopefully learnt something.

Three other MPs dropped into the event uninvited;

  • Nav Mishra, MP for Stockport – Labour NEC member on the JC9 slate, who has supported Pete Willsman. Voted against IHRA at the NEC, and sat on NEC disputes panel.
  • Paula Barker, MP for Liverpool Wavertree – yet to speak out on the abuse that drove Luciana Berger out of the party which led to her getting the seat.
  • Kim Johnson, MP for Liverpool Riverside – yet to speak out about the abuse that drove Louise Ellman out the party.

These three MPs went over to a banner, took some selfies with the banner in the background and according to a witness immediately left. Guido suspects that the pictures were taken to be shared on social media on Holocaust Memorial Day on Monday. For all her faults Apsana Begum actually listened to what was said, the other three MPs are just cynically virtue signalling.

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Wes Streeting Tears into Corbyn and Burgon

They’ve had everything they wanted in this election, they had the leader they wanted, the NEC they wanted, the manifesto they wanted, they even had the Brexit policy they wanted and they had the headquarters they wanted says Wes Streeting of Corbyn, Burgon and the outriders. Streeting says the Labour Party has to relearn the painful lesson that “hard-left politics” does not survive contact with the voters. Wes Streeting says the party needs to return to the mainstream. Unfortunately for Wes, the mainstream of his party has gone far to the left.

A disgruntled Labour staffer emails:

Party staff were divided into two camps during this election. Those who had fought election campaigns before 2017, and repeatedly warned that the data pointed to massive losses, and those whose political education starts and ends with Corbyn, who believed blind faith and winning the Twitter war would see Jeremy propelled into Number 10. There was an unprecedented mis-allocation of party resources. Activists were being bussed to no-hoper seats and concentrated in London until a fortnight ago. Staffers with no organisational experience, but the requisite ideological purity, were handed senior paid campaign roles. There was a total lack of control as Momentum directed their volunteers to seats where Momentum activists were standing.

There is very little of silver linings here, except that the lions share of antisemites and their defenders will not be sat on the green benches in Westminster. Of course, the likes of Jones, Sarkar, Bastani, Blakeley and Lansman will refuse to own the failure. Cognitive dissonance pays handsomely when the broadcast media are booking talking heads willing to shamelessly parrot the Corbyn line. A share of the loss is theirs, they helped construct the fantasy and enforce hardline adherence to the dogma, and they should now be honest with party members about the part they played. 
This election is a damning indictment that finally proves these despicable London-living politicos and pundits do not understand the working classes and never will, and what comes next is on them.
Sounds like Labour’s centrists are in the mood for a fight, they now have 5 years to get their party back…
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Last Night’s Final Corbyn Rally

At the last event of his campaign last night, Corbyn supporters were chanting the usual lyrics “oh, Jeremy Corbyn” and his new hit “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free”, the genocidal promise of Hamas to drive out the Jews from Israel/Palestine. Don’t forget to vote…

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Leaflet Typo of the Day

We get sent a lot of leaflet typos – a surprising number of campaigns can’t spell “education” for some reason. This one from Labour will worry parents in Leicester…

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Corbynistas Call for Ashworth to be Sacked

Corbynistas don’t seem to be buying Ashworth’s story that he was only joking in the leaked recording Guido revealed this morning. The Labour leader’s army of online followers are clearly not at all happy with the behind closed doors disloyalty of the Shadow Health Secretary. The post-election bloodletting with be brutal…

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