Top Mirror Hack Nicked in Canary Wharf Raid

The Mirror’s pugnacious ‘Head of Agenda’, Lee Harpin, who was heading up the paper’s election coverage, is lifted in a police raid on their Canary Wharf offices:

The tenth Trinity Mirror journalist to be arrested. He’ll be harpin’ on about this one…

UPDATE:

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Who’s ya friend Ed?

#Milifandom is Back, In Greater Numbers!

Mili No Mates: An Occasional Series

First he was in PCH by himself.

Then alone on the slow train to Bedford.

This lunchtime Ed Miliband has been snapped by a parliamentary co-conspirator: “standing by himself in the middle of the atrium weirdly walking around. People were looking at him with the expression of ‘WTF?'”

Back to work…

Mili No Mates Update

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Ed cut a lonely figure on the slow train to Bedford last night… sad man on a train.

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Appears to have three phones for company though…

Continui-tea Miliband: Kinnock Spotted in Burnham HQ

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A co-conspirator over at 83 Victoria Street reports that Neil Kinnock was in the building this morning.

The Westminster serviced office block hosts both Liz Kendall and Andy Burnham’s leadership campaign teams, and no prizes for guessing where the windbag was heading.

The Burnham camp are playing down the meeting, with a source telling Guido that it was just a cup of tea and that the former leader will have “no role, formal or informal” on the campaign: “Andy meets with people from across the party”.

Kinnock didn’t pop in to see Liz though…

Miliband Gags Press Over Dirty Encounter on Hampstead Heath

This morning’s Jewish Telegraph claims Ed Miliband threatened to sue them if they published Richard Desmond’s account of a meeting between the media mogul and former Labour leader. The paper’s splash alleges:

“The former Labour leader was furious over allegations that he had made offensive remarks to Desmond about Israeli action against Palestinians. The Daily Express owner had told the Jewish Telegraph that Miliband had verbally attacked Israel during a chance encounter on London’s Hampstead Heath.

Miliband’s spokesman, who had seen a full transcript of Desmond’s interview, said: “You should expect legal action and/or a complaint to the press watchdog if you go ahead with publication.”

They go on:

“Desmond alleged that Miliband made certain remarks about Israel, which we have chosen not to print.

The newspaper chief suggested that Miliband had been “in such a rage. I couldn’t stop him – he was going berserk [about Israel’s actions]”.”

So what did angry Ed say?

And what is it with him meeting people on Hampstead Heath? Maybe Gareth can mediate…

Mili No Mates

Spotted in PCH dining alone this lunch time:

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“I could have been someone, I could have been a contender…”

Prezza Smacks Down David Miliband

“We’ve gone through that period. The Miliband period is now gone”

No Jags had declared that David Miliband should “shut up”…

Ashcroft Offers Labour £100,000 for the #EdStone

The must have accessory for any politico-billionaire…

If you have already been priced out of the auction, you can build your own #EdStone here.

So have Labour smashed it up yet, or not?

David Miliband’s Advice For Labour

Marginally more welcome than an intervention from his brother in the Labour leadership race…

Miliband Snr told CNN last night:

“What I think is important for all of the candidates is to reflect on the very clear lessons of two devastating electoral defeats for the Labour Party in the last five years, that have come for a very clear reason.

And the reason is the that public have concluded that instead of building on the strengths and remedying the weaknesses of the Blair years, the party has turned the page backwards rather than turning the page forward.

So I think its the responsibility of all the candidates, to find again that combination of economic dynamism and social justice that defined the success of the Labour Party in the 1990s and early 2000s.”

That will be Liz then.

Miliband also said “leaving Europe would be like resigning from the world.”

From the man who resigned from Britain…

Miliband Back This Autumn (David)

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Prepare your code breaking skills.

“David Miliband will address over 2,000 business leaders in a keynote speech at this year’s IoD Annual Convention on Tuesday 6th October, the Institute of Directors has announced today.”

Just in time for conference.

Rumour has it that David has told his tenants they need to be out of his house by the autumn, as he’s moving back to London…

#EdStone Update: No Confirmation of Destruction

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Patrick Wintour’s Labour campaign post-mortem has some interesting detail on the only thing Miliband will be remembered for: The Ed Stone:

“The stone’s demolition, in the event of a Labour loss, had been agreed at the time it was commissioned. After the election, the party drew up two plans for its disposal: one was simply to smash the stone up and throw the rubble onto a scrap heap. The second was to break it up and sell chunks, like the Berlin Wall, to party members as a fundraising effort. The first attempts to destroy the stone had to be postponed when the media tracked its location to a south London warehouse. There are claims it has been destroyed, but even Miliband’s close advisers cannot confirm its fate.”

And how did it even happen? With the help of ten meetings apparently:

“The only reason it got through 10 planning meetings was because we were all distracted, looking for a way to punch through on the SNP,” one adviser said.”

Ten meetings, ten!

The Truth About “Dr” Eoin Clarke

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Much amusement as Andy Burnham’s favourite blogger continues to damage the Labour cause. After Burnham moved yesterday to distance himself from dodgy photoshop nutter ‘Dr’ Eoin Clarke, it emerges that Team Miliband also viewed the proven bullsh*t artist as an asset:

“When one Labour staffer attempted to dismiss Clarke’s latest laughable graphic, the two staffers were heard saying ‘we must not underestimate Éoin Clarke’.”

Guido suspects that there was a touch of academic solidarity occurring here…

Much has been made of ‘Dr’ Eoin’s eminent thesis on radical Irish feminism, but what does he actually do as a day job? His fans are quick to point out his academic background when defending his dodgy data and daft campaigns. He’s not even a real teaching academic:

He’s the librarian and tea-boy at a third rate university

Meanwhile, in Ibiza…

The Milibands have been spotted having it large.

David Miliband Twists Knife Into Ed

“Both in 2010 and 2015, Gordon and then Ed allowed themselves to be portrayed as moving backwards from the principles of aspiration and inclusion…

Either we build on what Labour achieved after 1997 and we have a chance to succeed, or we abandon it and we fail.”

On his relationship with Ed:

“I’ve always said you remain brothers for life and that’s something that has to be kept.”

Loving words…

PICTURE EXCLUSIVE: Ed Lands in Ibiza

Looks like he’s ready to party.

Checking Twitter…

Witness: Milibands Going to Ibiza

Apparently Miliband is on his way to Ibiza:

Heading out for the opening parties?

The big question being: is he staying at Chuka’s place

Friday Caption Contest (Election Special)

Better late than never… 

The Gospel According to Miliband

And lo, the Lord thy God spoke unto Miliband the Younger, and said: thou must control immigration.

Today’s Observer is not a spoof. It seems Ed has been hanging out with Russell Brand a little too long. Labour really have “commissioned a giant stone inscription bearing Labour’s six election pledges that is set to be installed in the Downing Street Rose Garden if he becomes prime minister.”

Apparently:

“The 8ft 6in-high limestone structure is intended to underline his commitment to keep his promises by having them literally “carved in stone” and visible from the offices inside No 10.”

They might as well write it on the barn wall…

HIGHLIGHTS: Miliband Stumbles Exiting Stage Left

After a brutal decking by the Question Time audience, Ed could not get off the stage quick enough:

Oh dear…

This was a hell of a moment:

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