Lib Dem Compares Brexit to Nazi Germany and Domestic Abuse

The Liberal Democrat’s parliamentary candidate for Torridge and West Devon, David Chalmers, has become the latest Lib Dem candidate to insult his prospective voters – this time by posting comments on Facebook comparing Brexiteers to Nazis. Chalming…

The candidate claimed that Brexit is causing divisions that have “split families and friends have led to huge rises in violent crime on our streets and domestic abuse in our homes.” He went on to say:

“We have to stop this – just as we stopped the Nazis in Germany and their sympathizers in this country at the time from destroying this country in the 1930s.”

This comes just weeks after neighbouring candidate Kirsten Johnson stepped down following a car crash interview where she insulted her constituents as “98% white, we don’t have a lot of ethnic minorities living in North Devon, people aren’t exposed to people from other countries, they don’t travel a lot.” Nice of so many Lib Dems to reveal what they really think…

Lib Dems Fibbing Here

The Lib Dems have been distributing a corker of a bar chart on their election leaflets in Hampstead and Kilburn, cheekily extrapolating projected EU election results in order to claim that they “won the last election here in Hampstead & Kilburn.” Which will probably come as a surprise to Tulip Siddiq and her 15,560 majority… 

Lib Dem Candidate Resigns After Car Crash Interview

Kirsten Johnson, the Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for North Devon who spectacularly imploded (listen here) during a pre-recorded interview for Radio 4, by accidentally letting slip what most Lib Dems think. Turns out claiming your potential constituency voted leave because “it’s 98% white” and “they don’t travel a lot” isn’t a winning strategy…

“It is with the deepest regret that I resign as the Parliamentary Candidate for North Devon Liberal Democrats with immediate effect.

I am acutely aware that my comments in the recent Radio 4 interview caused offence, and I reiterate my sincere apologies. Whilst I have had many very good interviews, on this occasion I totally lost the thread of what I was saying, which was interpreted in ways that I certainly did not intend or believe about the people of North Devon.”

Read her full statement here

Sarah Wollaston’s Values Fibs

New Lib Dem recruit Sarah Wollaston spent her party conference claiming “my values haven’t changed”. But Guido can reveal that the MP for Leave voting Totnes in the traditionally eurosceptic South West promised voters she would stand for ‘less interference from Europe.’ Every single time she stood in an election.

Wollaston was originally selected as a Conservative Party candidate through an open primary in 2009. She sent a leaflet to every home telling voters she was “fiercely opposed” to EU integration in a leaflet that was enclosed with that postal ballot.

At the 2010 election she called for powers to be “repatriated from Europe and told voters to beware the slide to federalism under the Liberal Democrats and their Europe policies.

In 2015 she promised that voters would get the ‘final say’ through ‘a straightforward in/out referendum’ on EU membership and in 2017 she promised to respect that result and not to ‘send us back into Europe’.

What was that about not having changed, Sarah?

Chuka Calls Lib Dem Policy ‘Patronising’

Chuka took to breakfast TV screens early this morning (clearly having avoided last night’s singalong) to declare that “one thing I think you acknowledge, I’ve always wanted to stop Brexit, and that’s been the goal.”

… which would come as a surprise to the Chuka of August 2016 who declared “I don’t think [stopping Brexit] would be a good look for Parliament, the people have spoken. I think it would be rather patronizing to pretend that somehow we know better.”

Another whopping dishonest U-Turn from the Lib Dems…

Lib Dems: Tony Blair Can F*ck Off & Die

Lib Dems took part in their annual conference sing-a-long last night, and despite the referendum, their new recruits, and support from Alastair Campbell, Mrs Blair, and probably the Former Prime Minister too, they launched into the Lib Dem classic: “Tony Blair can f*ck off and die

The song, originally written in 1995 about rejecting the idea about coalition with the Labour Party, became a Lib Dem Glee Club favourite in the post-Iraq era. Guido brings you the lyrics so you can sing along at home:

So bye, bye to the great Lib-Lab lie
That it’s made in heaven
‘cos that’s pie in the sky
Us Lib Dems will take courage and cry
“Tony Blair can f*ck off and die”
“Tony Blair can f*ck off and die

Guido wonders how Chuka feels about that..?

Hat-tip: George Parker

Lib Dem London Mayoral Candidate’s Whopping Heathrow U Turn

The Lib Dem’s candidate for the London Mayoralty has joined in with the Lib Dem tradition of performing the most whopping U-Turns imaginable. Siobhan Benita, who stood for the mayoralty in 2012, boasted of being the only pro-Heathrow expansion candidate. Now she’s claiming to be ardently against a third runway…

What was it about the West London Lib Dem pool of votes that made her change her mind?

Jo Swinson’s Brexit Referendum U-Turn

Damning vintage footage of Jo Swinson calling for an in-out EU referendum has emerged today, reminding Guido of a time when the Lib Dems were both liberal and democratic… 

Watch the excruciating u-turn here:

The footage emerged just one day after the Lib Dem’s new party leader said she doesn’t “forgive David Cameron for calling the referendum”. Vintage footage also shows Swinson criticising the undemocratic systems of the EU.

Give it another decade and she might have flopped back to being a eurosceptic again!

H/t: Adam Heilbron

Lib Dem Candidate Implodes in Interview After Insulting Her Potential Constituents

Speaking on The World This Weekend the Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for North Devon, Kirsten Johnson, claimed that her prospective constituency voted to Leave because “it’s 98% white, we don’t have a lot of ethnic minorities living in North Devon, people aren’t exposed to people from other countries, they don’t travel a lot.”

Johnson went on to claim that that North Devon hasn’t “appreciated the advantages” of being in the EU because it is “isolated, rural, and low income.” She went on to imply that leave voters were linked to hate crime, but when asked to explain her view just “trailed off” in the words of the BBC’s Ross Hawkins. It makes for excruciating listening…

North Devon was held by the Lib Dems for over two decades, finally being lost to the Tories in 2015. It voted Leave by almost 60%. Doesn’t look like the Lib Dems are going to win it back any time soon…

Heidi Allen to Defect to the Lib Dems Tomorrow

Guido hears from a reliable source, who has previously provided accurate information on similar defections, that the Liberal Democrats are to announce former-Tory, former-Tigger, former-Change UK, former-Independent who promised to respect the referendum and deliver Brexit, Heidi Allen, will be joining their growing ranks at their party conference. Not a big jump for her after campaigning for the Lib Dems in July…

UPDATE: Heidi denies to ITV that she is defecting to the LibDems this weekend and says she is remaining an independent MP, “I think someone is being unveiled at their conference, but it’s not me.”

Luciana Berger Defects to Lib Dems

Clearly sensing an imminent election, the formerly Labour Party, then Change UK, then independent MP has joined the Liberal Democrats. Guido hears a rumour that she is looking to stand in Finchley and Golders Green, where she has her London home. Someone had better tell Clareine Enderby, the already selected Lib Dem candidate for the constituency

Phillip Lee Ruins Lib Dem Reshuffle Plans by Delaying Defection

Arch-Remainer Tory and cringe-worthy ‘Great British Hero’ Phillip Lee has declared he is to spend the summer considering whether to defect to the Lib Dems, finally wiping out the Tory’s one* seat majority. While the news will not come as a surprise to most Brexiteers, the wait to hear his decision has apparently disrupted new Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson’s reshuffle plans, who Guido hears had been delaying the party’s reshuffle in advance of the Lee’s anticipated defection. 

On the On The House’ podcast, Lee described politics as “like plate tectonics […] and I feel like I’m straddling the San Andreas Fault of the Conservative party at the moment” going onto reiterate his opposition to no deal and saying “I’m going to spend the summer thinking” about jumping ship to the Lib Dems. No doubt it will have been a blow to Lee’s ego that it took three days for anyone to notice his big announcement…

*In practice three, including the suspended Charlie Elphicke and assuming the Lib Dems win the Brecon by-election…

Peers Rule to Not Suspend Lord Lester

Peers have voted 101 to 78 to block the suspension of Lord Lester for sexual harassment, going against the conduct watchdog’s recommendation of a record breaking suspension until 2022. They decided the inquiry was unfairly run. This is extraordinary. The privileged protecting their own…

Lib Dem Lord Lester Set For Record-Breaking Suspension For Sexual Harassment

Liberal Democrat peer Lord Lester is set for a record-breaking suspension from the House of Lords after Lords’ Privileges and Conduct Committee recommended that he be suspended for three and a half years until June 2022 for sexual harassment and “corrupt inducement” to sexual relations. It will be the longest Parliamentary suspension since the Second World War…

Lester was forced to resign as a Lib Dem spokesman after allegations that he had demanded sex from a female campaigner in return for help to pass legislation. The investigation upheld the complaint “on the basis of the strong and cogent evidence of the complainant and her witnesses.” The fact that it happened 10 years ago was not used as an excuse not to pursue the investigation…

LibDems Holding Emergency Finance Meeting Tomorrow

We recently reported that as a result of cashflow crisis LibDem HQ was slashing 25% of staff. In a highly unusual move Guido understands there is to be an emergency meeting of the Lib Dem board and the finance subcommittee to discuss party finances tomorrow evening (Tuesday). It is almost unheard of for there to be such a joint meeting.

Cable’s low-wattage leadership is proving disastrous and the imminent prospect of a well funded centrist, pro-EU rival with glitz and glamour from Chuka, David Miliband or, errr, Chris Leslie is another deterrent to donors. Whereas in the past £700,000 could have been loaned in an emergency by a rich backer in need of an honour, they are less likely to support a dead parrot of a party. Never a good idea to write off the Liberals, a rival party however could be the final nail in the coffin that was built for them in 2015 by Lynton Crosby…

Cable’s Exotic Spresm

Guido was surprised to learn that Vince would be using the phrase “erotic spasm” in his big speech today. Sadly under the pressure, Vince couldn’t quite perform.

Turns out he just wasn’t tough enuss…

Gina Miller Friendzones Lib Dems

Gina Miller was offered a plum slot on stage at the Lib Dem conference, but took the opportunity to reveal that not only is she not a Lib Dem, she’s merely a “friend”. She went on to say “we need a strong third party, just as much as we need a strong opposition, and a strong Government.” Ouch…

Miller expressly ruled out becoming the party’s next leader amidst nervous laughter from around the conference hall. When the star attraction of your conference won’t even commit to you, you know you’re in trouble… 

Not content with only breaking Lib Dem hearts, she also mouthed off about the ‘People’s Vote’ campaign run by former Lib Dem spinner James McGrory, saying it had failed to communicate with the public. She even went as far as to say that she “didn’t like” the phrase “People’s Vote” because it was too vague, before tearing into one of the Remainers’ other favourite catchphrases:

“All of you around here, stop saying ‘stop Brexit’. It’s really not helpful.”

Another day like this and it’ll soon be the Remainers saying “Stop Gina Miller, she’s really not helpful”…

Rich’s Monday Morning View

Diane’s Pitch For Leadership

Diane Abbott appeared to be appropriating some Lib Dem language at her immigration speech today, by using their “exit from Brexit” slogan in the middle of her remarks.

After Vince set out his retirement plans, the Lib Dems are looking for a new leader. Angling for the top job, Diane?

Lib Dems Unplug Cable

The Lib Dems have run into technical difficulties in their streaming of Vince Cable’s big speech today, where he was set to announce the plan for his stepping down as leader of the party. This was to be the Lib Dems’ big democratic push at opening up and modernising the party, setting out plans to allow supporters to join for free and vote in future leadership elections. […] Read the rest

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