Top Corbynista Sam Tarry Parachuted in to Hull West

As Guido reported yesterday evening, top Corbyn campaign chief and hard-left TSSA union official Sam Tarry is being parachuted in to Hull West:

Guido can reveal the final shortlist of candidates to be interviewed by Labour’s NEC selection panel today. They are:

  • David Prescott: Red Prince and son of John, aide to Jeremy Corbyn. Has the benefit of actually being local and not being a southern carpetbagger.
  • Sam Tarry: Corbyn campaign chief, Momentum man. He’s from Brighton. “Has he ever even been to Hull?” asks a local source.
  • Darren Hale: Local councillor, another Corbynista who gave a pro-Jez speech when he visited Hull.
  • Emma Hardy: Supposed moderate though considered soft and susceptible to Corbynista charms.
  • Sarah Hayward: Moderate, leader of Camden council, southerner. Though she went to Hull Uni.
  • James Anthony: Member of Unison’s National Executive Committee.
  • Josh Newlove: Blairite councillor, works for Mandelson’s think tank Policy Network.

Candidate in place by Friday. The locals would probably be happy with anyone but Tarry…

UPDATE: Emma Hardy wins the selection. Corbynistas Prescott and Tarry defeated…

Len Tries to Stitch Up Liverpool Walton For His Bag-Carrier

A Labour HQ source says Len McCuskey’s bag-carrier Dan Carden is trying to secure the selection in Steve Rotheram’s soon to be vacated seat of Liverpool Walton. Unite are trying to use their sway on Labour’s NEC to have Carden imposed as the candidate – remember all Labour selections are dictated centrally by the NEC. Other Labour candidates battling Carden for the seat include Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson and Angela Eagle’s former aide Dan Hughes, who somewhat bizarrely also worked on Corbyn’s leadership campaign. Carden is a true believer, on the loony wing of the loony left…

Corbynista Unfurls “Farron Hates Gays” Placard

Awkward moment at Tim Farron’s event in Vauxhall, which the LibDems are trying to take from Labour Brexiter Kate Hoey. As Tim took to the stage a placard emblazoned with the words “Tim Farron hates Gays” was unfurled, before the man carrying it was bundled away by a wily press officer. Guido can reveal the anti-Farron protester to be Michael Segalov, a Corbynista freelance journalist who writes cute pro-Jez copy. Farron refused to answer questions about gay sex and an ITV reporter was booed by the LibDem audience…

Labour: “Never Been a Better Time” to Borrow £500 Billion

Labour First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones says “there’s never been a better time to borrow £500 billion. Speaking on Sunday Politics Wales yesterday the most senior Labour figure in Wales said:

Presenter: “The Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said £500bn more borrowing in order to give the economy a bit of a boost – you’d go along with that then would you?”

Carwyn Jones: “Yes I would. Let’s remember…”

Presenter: “£500bn extra borrowing?”

Carwyn Jones: “There’s never been a better time to borrow. It’s cheap.”

Quite a day: Communist-endorsed Labour arguing with themselves about Trident, but at least they agree on borrowing half a trillion pounds more…

Nuclear Fallout: Corbyn Slapped Down By Shadow Defence Sec

Jeremy Corbyn has been slapped down by his Shadow Defence Secretary after he suggested he would never use the nuclear deterrent. Add this to the Communist Party endorsing Labour and that’s the day won for the Tories without Theresa May having to lift a finger…

Double Danczuk in Commons? Karen Seeks Selection in Bury

Karen Danczuk is seeking selection as a Labour candidate in Bury North, Guido can reveal. The ‘selfie queen’ of politics – who was married to Rochdale MP Simon – submitted an application for the seat last week. A source close to Karen points to her work as a prominent campaigner on child abuse and regular media experience as preparing her for a bigger role in public life:

“Karen connects with people, she’s a poor girl done good, and she’s a local girl. She’s serious about getting selected.” 

Karen was previously a Labour councillor in Rochdale. The first husband and ex-wife combo in parliament?

UPDATE: As many of you have got in touch to point out Gordon Prentice (Pendle, 1992-2010) and Bridget Prentice (Lewisham East, 1992-2010) were married in 1975, split up in 1997 and divorced in 2000.

Commies For Corbyn

The Communist Party of Britain has announced it will not stand candidates at the election and ask its supporters to vote for Corbyn’s Labour instead. The reds write in the Morning Star, obviously:

“In every general election since the formation of the CP in 1920, we have stood our own candidates, not least in 2015 when we fielded nine. Now, on this occasion, we we will not contest any seats, although this does not signal any withdrawal from the electoral arena in the future.

“We call for a Labour vote in every constituency across Britain, despite the reactionary views of numerous Labour Party candidates. Communist Party organisations will approach local Labour Party bodies in their area with offers of practical campaigning assistance…

“The higher the Labour vote and the number of Labour MPs elected, the more secure will be the position of Jeremy Corbyn and his left allies in the Parliamentary Labour Party.”

What a day for the Tories – Communist-backed Labour busy arguing about Trident, UKIP’s leader bottling standing

UPDATE: A brief history lesson…

In the eighties the Communist Party of Great Britain was split between a ‘Stalinist’ pro-Soviet faction and an anti-Soviet “Eurocommunist” faction. Some lefties were very upset that the CPGB was rejecting Soviet communism. They denounced the Eurocommunists as CIA plants. The anti-Eurocommunist faction included Corbyn’s two top spinners Seumas Milne and Steve Howell. Milne and Howell worked for Straight Left, a Stalinist newspaper which represented the pro-Soviet, anti-Eurocommunist wing of the CPGB. Pro-Soviet CPGB members split and set up the Communist Party of Britain. Supporters included Stop the War’s Andrew Murray, a friend of Corbyn. It is this Communist Party of Britain, the pro-Soviet, Stalinist wing full of Corbyn’s old mates, which has endorsed Labour today…

Emily Thornberry Thinks You Pay VAT on Milk

Emily Thornberry was on LBC over the weekend talking about the impact of VAT on people on middle incomes. An important issue, though it was illustrated by Thornberry with a rather odd example:

“Things like VAT are things that people on average incomes are hardest hit – we all have to buy milk.”

Milk is zero-rated. No one pays VAT on milk. This is a more embarrassing mistake than not knowing the price of a pinta…

Corbyn and Sturgeon at Same Event Today

The Tories’ main, barely believable attack line this election is that if you vote Labour you’ll get a “coalition of chaos” with the SNP. So, naturally, Jeremy Corbyn is heading up to Scotland to address the Scottish TUC conference this afternoon, when Nicola Sturgeon will be there giving her own speech. The SNP say there are “no plans” for Jez and Nicola to meet, but imagine the reaction in CCHQ if there was a chance corridor brush by. Incidentally, while Jez is up there the Scottish TUC congress will be voting on a motion to “reiterate its opposition to Trident renewal”…

An aside, senior puerile Tories have taken to using an acronym for their election attack line. They have been privately joking, “If you vote Labour, you’ll get Corbyn’s CoC”…

Corbyn Won’t Say If He’d Kill ISIS Leader

Here’s the headline from Marr: Corbyn won’t say if he would sanction a drone strike to kill the leader of ISIS if permission was sought by military chiefs. Jez did however clarify: “I am not a defender or supporter of ISIS in any way…”

Corbyn Suggests Labour Could Scrap Trident

Corbyn reopens the old Trident wounds, suggesting a Labour government would look again at its renewal and refusing to say if it will be in his manifesto. Paging Nia Griffith…

Len and Seumas’ Champagne Celebration

Allies of Len McCluskey mocked Gerard Coyne and Labour Blairites earlier by claiming they would be drowning their sorrows with “Peroni and chablis”. Well, tonight Red Len is drinking champagne at a victory party with Seumas Milne and a who’s who of lefties at Boot and Flogger by London Bridge. A bar in the heart of the City, famous for serving champagne in tankards…

UPDATE: The cheapest bottle of champagne at Len’s victory party is £51. The group have got through 20+ bottles of bubbly as of 8:52pm.

Tulip Flip Flop

Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq’s flip flopping on Jeremy Corbyn really does stretch the realms of credibility. First Tulip nominated him for leader. Then she slagged him off in her local paper and voted for Owen Smith. Then she accepted a job on Corbyn’s frontbench and posed smiling in pictures with her new boss. Then she resigned. Now she is sharing tweets about “What should you do if you support Labour but can’t stand Jeremy Corbyn”. Make your mind up Tulip… 

#Clive2017 Strategy: Insult Tory Voters

Leader material right there.

Prezza in Corbynista Three-Way

Red Prince David Prescott, the son of John who has spent the last few months in the Leader’s office advising Jeremy Corbyn, is locked in a vicious Corbynista three-way selection battle in the Hull West seat vacated by Alan Johnson. Labour sources say he is definitely considering a run, he has been eyeing the seat for a while and has been campaigning in Hull a lot despite living in Lincolnshire. Guido has repeatedly asked Prezza Jnr if he plans to stand over the last 48 hours. He has declined to comment. 

One problem: two other Corbynistas want to be the Hull West candidate. Darren Hale is a local councillor who delivered speeches in favour of Jez when he visited the constituency recently. Joe Riches was the Yorkshire organiser for both Corbyn leadership campaigns. The moderate choice is local councillor Emma Hardy. Though she is considered soft and pretty susceptible to Jezza’s charms. 

Will Prezza’s name recognition secure him the nomination? Local sources are caught in two minds as to whether the Prescott brand is a help or a hindrance in Hull. There will be other seats for David if Hull doesn’t go his way…

Dawn Butler: May Trying to Rig Democracy By Holding Election

Dawn Butler on Radio 4 this evening: “This election is Theresa May trying to rig democracy in our country”. Dawn voted for the election yesterday. First car crash interview of the campaign…

Corbyn’s Trump Playbook Speech in 30 Seconds

Attacking the media, “failing elites” and the “rigged system” – Corbyn’s campaign launch this morning was straight out of the Trump playbook. Jez had clearly had his Weetabix, he was energetic, punchy, pumped up and even Dan Hodges reckons he did alright. It was better than a Miliband speech…

Corbyn Crowd Boos and Shouts Down ITV Question

The first Corbynista media boos of the campaign, for ITV’s Libby Weiner who asked Jez if he was part of an “Islington elite”. Corbyn’s response: “I am very proud to represent Islington and it’s true, there are many people who drink cappuccino every day…”

Barry Gardiner Loses It With Adam Boulton

A very squeaky and excitable Barry Gardiner reached for the Trump playbook and piled into Adam Boulton on Sky News this morning, accusing him of letting the Tories off the hook: “Why did you let him of the hook on immigration? If that had been a Labour minister… You’re supposed to be the tough guy on Sky News and you let him off!” Expect a lot more of this MSM-bashing over the next 49 days. Poor Adam is getting it from all sides at the moment… 

UPDATE: Top Corbynistas have dubbed Barry “The People’s Gardiner” after this morning’s outing on Sky.

Labour Emergency Selection Rules Bad News For Jez

Labour’s NEC has imposed emergency candidate selection procedures:

  • Sitting Labour MPs will be automatically re-selected if they wish to stand again. So all the moderates can stand…
  • Any vacant seats will be advertised this Friday (21st) on Labour’s website and applications will close this Sunday (23rd).
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