TUC Play ‘Hey Big Spender’ Before Corbyn Speech

Jezza is addressing the Trades Union Congress this afternoon. Just before he went on stage, what did the TUC’s string quartet feel was a fitting song to play?

“I could see you were a man of distinction, a real big spender, Good lookin’, so refined…”

Shadow Chancellor: Arrest Blair!

Labour’s Shadow Chancellor has demanded the police “arrest” and “prosecute” Tony Blair. Speaking in 2013 to ‘Chunky Mark’, the mental Marxist taxi driver who uploads x-rated interviews with left-wing figures onto YouTube, John McDonnell said:

“I have been supporting a campaign where we’ve been seeking to arrest Tony Blair every time that he comes to this country. We’ve had people going along to the Metropolitan police stations and presenting them with evidence on a regular basis that Tony Blair should be arrested because we believe that he should be brought before the Hague… we need to bring the liars into court so we can then prosecute them.”

Well that’s one way of purging the Blairites…

Pictured: Labour’s New Frontbench

Jez Ve-Gan! Corbyn’s Farming Minister Doesn’t Eat Meat

Jeremy Corbyn’s new Shadow Environment Secretary is a vegan! Kerry McCarthy is a vocal animal rights campaigner who hasn’t eaten meat for 20 years. She might not be able to help farmers with their meat, but at least turnip production will be up 5000%. 

Kerry’s not the first non-meat eater to hold the brief, veggie Hilary Benn had the role under Gordon. Guido’s never heard of herbivore…

Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet in Full

Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn MP

Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Party Chair and Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office

Tom Watson MP

Shadow First Secretary of State, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Angela Eagle MP

Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer

John McDonnell MP

Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Seema Malhotra MP

Shadow Home Secretary

Andy Burnham MP

Shadow Foreign Secretary

Hilary Benn MP

Opposition Chief Whip

Rosie Winterton MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Health

Heidi Alexander MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Education

Lucy Powell MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Owen Smith MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

Maria Eagle MP

Shadow Lord Chancellor, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

Lord Falconer of Thoroton

Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Shadow Minister for the Constitutional Convention

Jon Trickett MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Lisa Nandy MP

Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

Chris Bryant MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

Lilian Greenwood MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

Vernon Coaker MP

Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

Diane Abbott MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

Ian Murray MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

Nia Griffith MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Kerry McCarthy MP

Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities

Kate Green MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Michael Dugher MP

Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Registration

Gloria De Piero MP

Shadow Minister for Mental Health

Luciana Berger MP

Shadow Leader of the House of Lords

Baroness Smith of Basildon

Lords Chief Whip

Lord Bassam of Brighton

Shadow Attorney General

Catherine McKinnell MP

Shadow Minister without Portfolio

Jonathan Ashworth MP

Shadow Minister for Housing and Planning

John Healey MP

Corbyn’s Labour HQ Purge Underway

In yesterday’s Sun column Guido revealed Corbyn’s plan to ruthlessly replace the current team running Labour HQ with his Corbynista supporters. Sources in the know report that when Corbyn walked into Brewer’s Green yesterday the staff refused to applaud him. Their jobs are now being advertised on W4MP:

Respected comms chief Paddy Hennessy is also out, he’s off to spin for Sadiq Khan. A new press operation is expected to be confirmed today. The plan is that if Corbynistas control the party hierarchy at every level, from the press office up, it will be harder for moderates to depose him. Will the last person to leave Labour HQ please turn out the lights…

Shadow Chancellor Praised “Bombs and Bullets” of IRA

Back in 2003, Labour’s new Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said this about the IRA:

“It’s about time we started honouring those people involved in the armed struggle. It was the bombs and bullets and sacrifice made by the likes of Bobby Sands that brought Britain to the negotiating table.”

According to the BBC report at the time, the father of 13 year old Tim Parry, who was killed by an IRA bomb, said of McDonnell:

“I find them [the comments] incredible. On a personal level, they were grossly insulting and insensitive. His political point is utter nonsense. The man is crass beyond belief. For him to think my son’s death was justified in political terms is about the greatest disservice he could do to my son and my family.”

This charming chap is Jeremy Corbyn’s closest comrade and now his Shadow Chancellor.

Labour now have a leader who calls Hamas and Hezbollah his “friends” and has met with ISIS sympathisers; a London mayoral candidate who defended a terror suspect who later pleaded guilty; and a Shadow Chancellor who praised the “bombs and bullets” of the IRA. Just what is it with Labour’s new top team and palling up to terrorists?

Rich’s Monday Morning View

Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet

Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party

Jeremy Corbyn MP

Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Party Chair and Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office

Tom Watson MP

Shadow First Secretary of State, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

Angela Eagle MP

Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer

John McDonnell MP

Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury

Seema Malhotra MP

Shadow Home Secretary

Andy Burnham MP

Shadow Foreign Secretary

Hilary Benn MP

Opposition Chief Whip

Rosie Winterton MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Health

Heidi Alexander MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Education

Lucy Powell MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

Owen Smith MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

Maria Eagle MP

Shadow Lord Chancellor, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice

Lord Falconer of Thoroton

Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Shadow Minister for the Constitutional Convention

Jon Trickett MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

Lisa Nandy MP

Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

Chris Bryant MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

Lilian Greenwood MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

Vernon Coaker MP

Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

Diane Abbott MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

Ian Murray MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Wales

Nia Griffith MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Kerry McCarthy MP

Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities

Kate Green MP

Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

Michael Dugher MP

Shadow Minister for Young People and Voter Registration

Gloria De Piero MP

Shadow Minister for Mental Health

Luciana Berger MP

Shadow Leader of the House of Lords

Baroness Smith of Basildon

Lords Chief Whip

Lord Bassam of Brighton

Shadow Attorney General

Catherine McKinnell MP

Shadow Minister without Portfolio

Jonathan Ashworth MP

Shadow Minister for Housing and Planning

John Healey MP

Chuka Out

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Chuka “petulant child” Umunna is next to be sacked by Corbyn:

“Whilst there is much on which Jeremy and I agree, there are a number of key points of difference on policy which I believe it would be dishonest to deny exist. If Jeremy’s clear victory yesterday demonstrated anything, it was a desire for politicians to be true to what they believe – I want to abide by this. Also, Jeremy should be free to appoint a Shadow Cabinet committed to implementing the policies on which he campaigned in the contest – I clearly had some differences in view on how we build a more equal, democratic, free and fair society.

Given these differences, not least on the European referendum, I would find it difficult to abide by the collective responsibility that comes with serving in the Shadow Cabinet. That is why Jeremy and I have agreed I can more effectively support his leadership from the backbenches.”

Will the last Shadow Cabinet member to leave please turn off the lights?

Corbyn Sacks Ivan Lewis

It begins… The first Blairite victim of the Corbyn Purge is Ivan Lewis:

Who’s he chosen instead, Gerry Adams?

Named: MPs Who Won’t Serve in Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet

Ed Miliband speaks! And says he won’t serve in Jezza’s Shadow Cabinet:

This is the list of Labour names who have so far said they will not serve:

Jamie Reed
Rachel Reeves
Liz Kendall
Yvette Cooper
Emma Reynolds
Chuka Umunna
Chris Leslie
Tristram Hunt

Any more?

Vid via @liarpoliticians

Burnham Team Responds

This was genuinely tweeted from Andy Burnham’s official campaign account as the result was announced:

… And swiftly deleted…

Corbyn’s “Friends” Congratulate Him on Win

No word yet from Hamas and Hezbollah…

UPDATE: Argentina’s leader Christina de Kirchner offers her congratulations:

As do Hamas:

Corbyn Wins Labour Leadership in First Round

Jeremy Corbyn wins in the first round.

Andy Burnham: 80,462, 19%

Yvette Cooper: 71,928, 17%

Jeremy Corbyn: 251,417, 59.5%

Liz Kendall: 18,857, 4.5%

Corbyn wins by a mile, across the board:

Tom Watson wins the Deputy Leadership in the third round. It’s the Tom and Jerry show…

That’s all folks!

Yes We Khan! Sadiq Labour’s Mayoral Candidate

It was Jezza wot won it! Going to be a punchy race…

UPDATE: Full results via LabourList:

First round: Tessa Jowell 26,121 (29.7%) , Sadiq Khan 32, 926 (37.5%), Diane Abbott 14,798 (16.8%), David Lammy 8,255 (9.4%), Christian Wolmar 4,729 (5.4%), Gareth Thomas 1,055 (1.2%)

Second round: Tessa Jowell 26,406 (30.1%), Sadiq Khan 33, 141 (37.8%), Diane Abbott 14, 891 (17%), David Lammy 8, 392 (9.6%), Christian Wolmar 4, 927 (5.6%)

Third round: Tessa Jowell 27,272 (31.3%), Sadiq Khan 34, 813 (40%), Diane Abbott 15,878 (18.2%), David Lammy 9,147 (10.5%)

Fourth round: Tessa Jowell 29, 785 (34.6%), Sadiq Khan 38, 440 (44.7%) , Diane Abbott 17, 784 (20.7%)

Fifth round: Tessa Jowell 33, 573 (41.1%, Sadiq Khan 48,152 (58.95)

UPDATE II: And the first person to congratulate him…

Guardian Grumbles Over #Jones4Jez

More than one Portcullis House onlooker noted Owen Jones working the atrium with Corbyn fixer John McDonnell and Jezza’s son on Wednesday afternoon. Whispers from the Guardian newsroom suggest the paper – which backed Cooper – is less than delighted by his overt support for Corbyn during the last few weeks. “He’s never pretended to be a journalist, he’s an activist who writes a column”, says one Kings Place source: “I haven’t seen him in the office for ages“. They point to Owen being on stage and sitting next to Corbyn at nearly all of his most recent rallies. Meanwhile it is being mooted in mischievous Labour circles that OJ might make it official and take a job on Jez’s team once the revolution comes. Surely a very severe case of gallows humour… 

Burnham Mocks Corbyn

Here is what Andy Burnham really thinks about Jeremy Corbyn:

“Privately, it’s a disaster for the Labour Party. Privately. I mean, publicly, he is a nice man, he’s a nice individual. He believes in the things he campaigns on, so he’s not a fraud in any way. But I think the public will think Labour has given up. Labour has given up on ever being a government again… Jeremy just looked like a slightly disheveled figure in the back of the Commons and Cameron was there, wasn’t he, just kind of banging, swatting him away and it was like, whoever was watching must have thought, hmmm that doesn’t feel good.”

Andy was caught out spilling the beans on Jezza by an undercover reporter from the Sun who was granted access to Burnham after paying Faiz Ul Rasool, the chairman of the Muslim Friends of Labour group, £5,000 “in tenners in the back room of a London casino“. There goes his place in the shadow cabinet…

Corbyn’s Defence of Britons Who Join ISIS

In an extraordinary Commons debate last year Jeremy Corbyn argued that we should not “make value judgments” about British citizens who join ISIS and appeared to compare people travelling to fight in Syria with Nelson Mandela. Speaking about British-born terrorists in Syria, Corbyn claimed:

“There are an awful lot of contradictions surrounding how we decide who is a good fighter and who is a terrorist; who is struggling for liberation and who is a terrorist. There was a time when people involved in Umkhonto we Sizwe in South Africa were known as terrorists; they were later welcomed to this country as freedom fighters. Things can turn full circle.”

On whether we should allow ISIS fighters to return to this country, Corbyn said:

“None of what I am saying is intended to give any succour, comfort or support to ISIS, but I feel that we should think about this rather more carefully and avoid the knee-jerk reaction of saying, “These are bad fighters and those are good fighters, so we will ban these and allow those in.”

Corbyn then admitted meeting Britons who were sympathetic with ISIS and said they had a legitimate point about the Iraq War. Corbyn blames ISIS on “the consequences of the war on terror” and extraordinarily claims we should not make “value judgements” about people joining ISIS:

“I have encountered young people who have been attracted to what ISIS is doing. They say that what the West did in Iraq and Afghanistan was appalling, and was questionably legal in the case of Afghanistan and definitely illegal in the case of Iraq. We are living with the consequences of the war on terror of 2001, and if we continue to try to create legal obstacles and make value judgments about people without considering the overall policy we are following, we will return to legislation such as this again and again, year after year.”

Corbyn also defended people who support ISIS as having a “political view” which is “important in a democracy“:

“I have no support for ISIS whatsoever, and obviously that should apply to someone who has committed crimes, but we should bear in mind that expressing a political point of view is not in itself an offence. The commission of a criminal act is clearly a different matter, but expressing a point of view, even an unpalatable one, is sometimes quite important in a democracy.”

For full context, read the debate in full here. Voting has now closed, wonder if this would have changed anyone’s mind if it had emerged earlier in the summer…

Burnham ‘Just Checking Out’ Westminster Bubble

There was Guido making his way through the heart of the Westminster bubble last night, when who did he happen to stumble across? Only man of t’people Andy Burnham, posing for photos outside the Westminster Arms, the definitive core of the SW1 bubble.[…] Read the rest

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