Pundit of the Night: Emma Dent Coad

The Tory victory in Kensington was one of the many shock election results last night, and clearly came as much as a shock to incumbent Labour MP Emma Dent Coad who only hours before losing took to the airwaves to preemptively thank her LibDem opponent Sam Gyimah for splitting the vote and allowing her in.

Ironically Sam did split the vote, just in the Tories’ favour…

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…

Keith Vaz’s Constituency Chair Resigns, Damn’s Corbyn as “Hoki Coki” Leader

The chairman of Keith Vaz’s Leicester East Constituency Labour Party, Councillor John Thomas has written to Jennie Formby, the party’s General Secretary, cancelling his membership of the Labour Party after 30 years and resigning as the chairman of the Leicester East CLP.

“This is great disappointment to me, realising that I have spent over 30 years of my life working for a party that I now know that I have nothing in common with. This is not the party I joined, the party for decent working people. I can no longer follow the clown that leads the Labour Party, he is heavily influenced by the Trotskyite Len McCluskey and is now as the Hoki Coki leader, in out, and shake it all about he has turned this great party into a laughing stock.

Please cancel the direct debit made in favour of your party by me and return all money’s taken by you through Leicester City Council Labour Group to me. I am also shocked that you have chosen a candidate who is a Councillor in Jeremy Corbyn’s Islington CLP to be the Labour Candidate for Leicester East for the next General Election. Where is the democracy in all this? It is a fix and a disgrace.”

His resignation speaks for itself…

Corbyn Calls for Government to Activate Scheme Already Activated Three Days Ago

Corbyn has just called on the government to activate the Bellwin scheme to provide financial support to communities affected by flooding. The Bellwin formula makes funding available immediately to local authorities, such as those dealing with flooding in the Midlands and Yorkshire. An obviously good idea from Jeremy Corbyn. Which is probably why the Prime Minister activated it 3 days ago

Surely his advisers should have noticed the scheme had already been activated before telling him to demand the scheme was activated? A lack of attention to detail that is totally incompetent.

Confused Thornberry’s Car Crash Media Round

Emily Thornberry has had a nightmare of a morning. To be fair to her she has spent most of it trying to defend the indefensible. On GMB the Shadow Foreign Secretary blamed her confusing statement that she hopes Leave would win a second referendum on it being “quarter to seven in the morning”. Not that Labour’s policy is confusing at any time of the day; negotiate the best deal to leave possible, then campaign to remain…

On Radio 4 Today things got even worse for Thornberry as she was asked to name a single time Corbyn has backed the use of British armed forces. She couldn’t name a single instance, because there isn’t one. Corbyn has even written against Britain’s use of military force in the Second World War…

The media are right to scrutinise the Labour Party more seriously this time around. There’s a credible chance these people could come to power by the end of the year…

Dawn Butler: Boris Johnson is Going to Win

Still Guido’s favourite quote of the conference…

Comrade Rayner Defies the Labour Leadership

Discipline is increasingly breaking down in the senior ranks of the Labour Party politburo, this morning previously loyal Comrade Angela Rayner shamelessly defied her party leadership not once but twice live on state television. Counter-revolutionary treachery…

First Rayner contradicted John McDonnell’s incendiary comments on a second Scottish Independence referendum, then – even worse – she sided with calls from Enemy of the People #2 Tom Watson for Labour to work together with Enemy of the People #3 Jo Swinson to block no deal. Next she’ll be saying she likes Tony Blair…

Fat-Cat Corbyn’s Mischievous Manipulations

Since Boris became PM, Labour have been going in hard on the ad hominem attacks to try to counteract the 10% lead the Tories now have in the polls. One line Labour are particularly trying to sell is on Boris’s background and supposedly ‘wealthy friends’, with Corbyn putting a post out on Saturday claiming “Boris Johnson and his millionaire friends won’t be affected by rising food prices in a No Deal Brexit“. Beats being “friends” with Hamas and Hezbollah…

Today however he reposted the same video. With “Boris’s friends” surreptitiously upgraded to “billionaires”.


Surely it’s nothing to do with the fact that Jeremy Bernard Corbyn’s own personal net worth is reportedly a very tidy £3 million. Continuing the proud tradition of revolutionary leaders being much wealthier than their loyal proletariat followers…

As the IFS report this morning pointed out, the top 1% now pay a huge 27% of income tax. There’s going to be an even bigger gaping hole in Corbyn’s public finances if his hardline policies drive the 1% away too…

Corbyn’s Photo Op Flops

Jeremy Corbyn finally paid a visit to the residents of Whaley Bridge in Derbyshire today, whose homes are still under threat from the severely damaged dam, three days after PM Boris visited. The local residents were clearly not having a whale of a time listening to the Absolute Bore drone on...

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Appropriately enough the school Corbyn chose for his belated visit appears to be called ‘St Dithers’. Perfect location for his next speech on Brexit…

‘Slave-Master’ MP to Tackle In-Work Poverty

John McDonnell was busy giving a speech this morning at the Resolution Foundation, pledging to end in-work poverty within one term if Labour get in to power. Because there won’t be any people left in work any more?

McDonnell proudly announced that he had already appointed Labour MP Lyn Brown to his Shadow Treasury team to lead on this. A strange appointment given Brown’s most relevant experience when it comes to in-work poverty appears to be when she was heavily criticised for trying to replace a paid staff member with an unpaid intern in 2011. At the time Intern Aware accused her of “double hypocrisy” and denying opportunities to people from low income backgrounds, Brown responded: “I would like to pay everyone who volunteers for me and who is ultimately seeking a wage. The reality is that I do not have the resources so to do.” Doesn’t bode well for her ability to tackle in-work poverty when the economy nosedives under Corbyn and McDonnell…

UPDATE: An ex-staff member gets in touch “She’s a slave-driver, she works her staff very hard.” Guido too is a firm believer that working hard will take you out of poverty…

UPDATE II: Another ex-staff member emails “She never seemed very bothered about overworking her staff. When an employee told her that the number of hours they were working took their average earnings below minimum wage, she told them to stop complaining.”

UPDATE III: A third ex-staff member gets in touch to say “There couldn’t be a worse person for the job; it’s a farce. Her idea of accountability when the press scrutinised her hiring of an unpaid intern was to instruct her office to unplug the phone lines and leave the office.”

“She would often have staff working evenings and weekends to accompany her, ostensibly for work reasons, to feed and clean up after her dog, visit her friends, ferry ASOS deliveries to her home, and put takeaway orders through for her. She’d ring you at 9.30 a.m. on the dot to make sure you were at your desk the next morning, and scream at you if you’d ordered the wrong curry, before telling you to get (and pay for) 4 sausages from the canteen, ready for when she arrived in Westminster.”

Sounds like a lovely person…

Corbyn Most Unpopular Ever Leader of the Opposition

IpsosMORI’s Ben Page has tweeted out a handy chart compiling the worst net satisfaction ratings ever scored by Leaders of the Opposition since their records began in the 70s. Turns out the absolute boy is the absolute worst:

Corbyn even beats the hapless Michael Foot with a whopping -58% net satisfaction rating. That won’t bother him half as much as the fact that the person at the opposite end of the table is none other his arch-nemesis, Tony Blair…

Labour Say Offshore Freeholds ‘Disgraceful’, Rent Their Own HQ From Offshore Trust

Labour have today gone hard on freeholds owned in offshore tax havens today, press releasing that 50,000 across the UK are under such arrangements. They neglect however to mention that among those 50,000 is their own Victoria Street HQ

Labour are thought to pay half a million pounds a year to rent their London headquarters. The money goes to a tax exempt property unit trust fund based offshore in Jersey. John McDonnell today said that “It’s disgraceful that so much control is being exercised over UK property by offshore companies based in tax havens.” When will he be making good on his 2017 pledge to ‘end dealings’ with Labour’s current landlord..?

Tom Watson’s U-Turn on Bad Al’s Brexit Agenda

Tom Watson has been making a full-throated case for remaining in the EU this morning at the sycophantic pro-EU think tank Centre for European Reform. Guido couldn’t help but remember this memorable clash between Watson and Alastair Campbell just last May. Watson tears into Bad Al for not respecting the Brexit vote and repeatedly mocks the fact he no longer decides Labour policy:

“We have to listen to the whole of the British people on this Alastair and we’ve got to make sure that we honour them by saying we’re coming out of the EU…”

“What I’m saying is: you no longer decide Labour Party policy… I know you’d like to, I know they don’t pay you a lot of money as the editor of the New European…”

Campbell might have been unceremoniously shown the exit door from Labour, its Deputy Leader doesn’t seem to mind him setting the agenda again…

Labour Candidate Offers ‘Free Hand Massages’ to Win Votes

Labour council candidate in Kirklees Lesley Warner has a novel approach to getting closer to local people. She has posted an advert in a local Facebook group promoting a Labour Party event that promises free coffee and cake. And hand massages.[…] Read the rest

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Corbyn Quotes Marx at the Despatch Box

Corbyn had a choice quote to attack May with in Parliament today:

“They say, Mr Speaker, history repeats itself, first time as tragedy, second time as farce…”

What Corbyn didn’t mention was that “they” is actually Karl Marx, in his 1852 essay The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon.[…] Read the rest

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Faiza Shaheen Caught Saying Sadiq’s Emission Tax is “Unfair” and Will Hit Poorest Hardest

Labour’s rising media star Faiza Shaheen has been recorded at an event calling Sadiq Khan’s new pollution tax “unfair” and warning that it will hit working class traders and families hardest. As much as Corbyn and Khan don’t get along, directly attacking one of his core policies can’t be the official Party Line…

Shaheen, Labour’s candidate to take on Iain Duncan Smith in Chingford and Woodford Green – not that the media normally bothers to mention that – was speaking at an event alongside fellow ‘rising star’ Rebecca Long-Bailey.[…] Read the rest

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Anti-Corbyn Staffers Leaking Labour Briefings to Tories

It’s a bad time to be a moderate in the Labour Party – Guido hears that anti-Corbyn Labour staffers have become so disgruntled with the current Labour leadership that they have actually started sending Labour briefings over to their Conservative opponents in advance of Departmental Questions in the Commons.[…] Read the rest

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Corbyn’s Unlawful Left Turn

As this screenshot shows, Jeremy Corbyn MP was seen cycling the wrong direction up a one-way street live on Sky News. The route he is taking goes in the direction of Parliament, therefore it is safe to assume it is not a mistake and he knows where he is going, even if he seems unaware of the Highway Code.[…] Read the rest

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McDonnell v Corbyn on Tax Cuts


Labour haven’t quite worked out what their line is on the perennially popular idea of letting people keep more of their own money.

“We wouldn’t reverse” versus “ideological tax cuts.”

Corbyn didn’t really know how to respond yesterday and just blurted out his usual slogans and soundbites…[…] Read the rest

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Kimono No No

Labour’s new MP for Canterbury has publicly criticised a local nightclub called the Tokyo Tea Rooms because workers dressed in kimonos and “geisha-style makeup”The Labour Party is now taking cues from the kind of nutty students’ unions that banned newspapers, clapping, and sombreros.[…] Read the rest

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