Who is Rebecca Long-Bailey, the 37 year-old Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury who is being tipped as Jez’s successor? Last year in an interview on Sky News she refused to rule out the conspiracy theory that MI5 are working to destabilise Corbyn:
DERMOT MURNAGHAN: Can I just ask you lastly and rather briefly, Rebecca Long-Bailey, what do you make of this extraordinary claim from Len McClusky, or maybe you don’t think it’s extraordinary, that MI5 might be trying to destabilise Jeremy Corbyn?
REBECCA LONG-BAILEY: Well I can’t comment on that myself, I haven’t had any briefings on that but there are a lot of crazy things happening in politics at the moment and given the last few months nothing would surprise me.
Six months on and it’s Agent Long-Bailey who is destabilising Jez…
MPs will be briefed by a senior MI5 spook tomorrow in the wake of the increased terror threat and abuse sent to politicians after the Syria vote. Paul Martin is a career spy chief who works as parliament’s security director. He worked for MI5 for 27 years undertaking fieldwork mainly in the Middle East and still has a pass at Thames House. Martin will give an hour long talk about personal security tomorrow:
From: Government Whips Admin
Re: Personal Security brief
The Parliamentary Security Director, Paul Martin, will brief MPs on their personal security on Wednesday 9 December from XXX in Committee Room XXX.
All colleagues are encouraged to attend.
Deputy Chief Whip
Incidentally, this is what a career MI5 agent’s LinkedIn page looks like:
Wonder if John “disband the security services” McDonnell will show…
The government have finally responded to the Intelligence and Security Committee report on the intelligence relating to the murder of Lee Rigby published in November. In a classic bit of spin, they have blamed their failings on everyone else. Despite the fact that only 7 of the 59 recommendations and conclusions in the ISC report related to internet companies, response leads with a condemnation of Facebook for failing to flag up one of the killers online messages, demanding the US based company submits itself to UK law.
Buried further down the response are a few mea culpas including the acknowledgement that MI5’s delay in bugging Michael Adebolajo was “not acceptable”. If MI5 had done their job, Adebolajo would have been under surveillance in the days leading up to the attack…