Pro-Jewish Labour MPs Targeted With ‘Deselection Express’

Pro-Jewish Labour MPs Joan Ryan and Gavin Shuker have been targeted with menacing farewell cards outside their parliamentary offices, from anonymous self described “Trots, Stalinists, Commies, and assorted hard-left.”

Both Ryan and Shuker had been vocal in their support of the full IHRA definition of anti-Semitism, and both lost votes of no-confidence in their CLPs last week.

The purge rolls on…

Iran Cheers On Momentum Purge of Pro-Jewish MP

Momentum’s purge of moderate Labour MPs has begun in earnest with two losing Momentum-backed votes of no confidence last night. Luton South MP Gavin Shuker suffered defeat two days after criticising Corbyn over the party’s anti-Semitism crisis on BBC Newsnight, while Labour Friends of Israel Chair Joan Ryan was narrowly defeated in Enfield North amid a flurry of Twitter abuse. Gloating Corbynistas piled in on the #WeAreEnfieldNorth hashtag, with one accusing her of “using her Jewishness as privilege”:

Incredibly, Corbyn’s old friends at Press TV, the Iranian state broadcaster banned by Ofcom, were invited in to film the CLP meeting, jubilantly tweeting out news of Ryan’s defeat and joining in on the #WeAreEnfieldNorth hashtag:

Joan Ryan hit back against “Trots Stalinists Communists and assorted hard left” and insisted that she would not be resigning. Tony Blair told the BBC this morning that it may never be possible for moderates to take back control of the Labour Party from Corbyn’s supporters. This is a watershed moment. Moderate Labour MPs cannot turn a blind eye to what is going on in their party any longer…

Stringer Survives Momentum Attempt to Oust Him

Labour MP Graham Stringer has survived a vote of no confidence from his local Constituency Labour Party, after fellow Labour Leavers Frank Field and Kate Hoey were subject to similar votes which passed against them. It’s a setback for Momentum’s campaign to oust the four Labour MPs who voted with the Government to defeat a Customs Union amendment to the Trade Bill, allowing the Government to squeak through with a majority of 6. Momentum have savvily kept the Blairites quiet by targeting Brexiteers first. We all know who they’re going after next…

UPDATE: Fellow Momentum target John Mann also survived the attempted vote of no confidence against him earlier this week.

Fan of Iran’s Revolution Topped Labour’s NEC Poll

 

Last night’s NEC election results focused on the shocking election of Peter Willsman, a man dropped from the Momentum slate, disowned by media savvy Corbynistas like Owen Jones, Ash Sarkar, and Matt Zarb-Cousin after his rant about the anti-Semitism crisis being faked by Jewish Trump supporters. Little attention has been given to the person who topped the poll, Yasmine Dar.

On this video from last year Dar is celebrating the Iranian Islamic Revolution, a regular annual event for her which Guido reported on last year. The Iranian regime is built on a foundation of the corpses of enemies and has no greater enemy than Israel, a nation that they have many times promised to “wipe from the face of the earth”. Iran competes with North Korea among the dregs of states which systematically violate human rights. Amnesty International reports document the harsh penalties for “un-Islamic behaviour”, most famously the death penalty for same-sex relationships. This is the regime she celebrates, her “happy time” with holocaust deniers, anti-semites and conspiracy theorists.

Dar won seat on the NEC, the governing body of the Labour Party, after topping the poll with 88,176 votes, an astounding margin of victory for someone without a significant national profile. The Manchester Labour councillor attached herself to Andy Burnham’s campaign for leader when he was a favourite to win the leadership, she swiftly switched to Corbyn once she saw the way the wind was blowing. Two weeks ago Facebook announced it had taken down coordinated campaigns originating in Iran. Some 254 Facebook pages and 116 Instagram accounts with more than a million followers across the two services. Facebook said the network of propaganda sites was linked to Press TV, the station which for years employed Jeremy Corbyn as a front man. According to analysis “This influence operation linked to Iran aims to promote political narratives in line with Iranian interests, including anti-Saudi, anti-Israeli, and pro-Palestinian themes.” No evidence has been uncovered to suggest that Dar was a beneficiary of Iran’s extensive social media efforts.

Is her margin of victory shocking? Yes. Is it so surprising in the context of a party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, who was for years in the pay of the Iranian state…

Pete Willsman Elected to Labour NEC

The Labour NEC election results are in and all nine Corbynista candidates have been elected, including Pete Willsman who even Momentum, Owen Jones, Ash Sarkar, and Matt Zarb-Cousin withdrew support for over his rant about the anti-Semitism crisis being faked by Jewish Trump supporters. Willsman has been accused of behaving inappropriately towards young female activists.

The nine candidates elected include Momentum Chair Jon Lansman, who reportedly voted for Pete Willsman despite hearing his rant.

The Labour membership is now more in the pocket of the likes of Chris Williamson than Owen Jones…

Oh, and Eddie Izzard loses, again.

Corbynistas Tell Each Other To Throw Their TVs In the Bin in Protest at BBC

A new #BBCswitchoff hashtag is sweping across the more loopy sections of Twitter, as Corbynistas attempt to organise a mass boycott of the Beeb tonight. Supporters are saying the BBC is ‘infested’ with ‘Zionists’, is a tool of ‘Conservative propaganda’, and that the licence fee should go to Channel 4 instead. Some are even calling on each other to throw their TVs in the bin…

And of course Corbynistas’ favourite impartial TV channel is chiming in on the act: 

How will the Beeb cope?

Momentum Twitter Poll Backfires

Momentum, like most of SW1, seems to have severely underestimated Boris and have engaged in a stunt that has only served to highlight his popularity. Taking notes from Brandon Lewis?

After well over 17,000 votes, 80% of respondents say the whip shouldn’t be withdrawn from Boris. You can still vote in the twitter poll here…

Momentum Face Grassroots Revolt After Dumping Race Row Willsman

Momentum is facing a grassroots revolt with members vowing to quit the pro-Corbyn group after it abandoned its support for race row Pete Willsman. Last night Momentum removed Willsman from its slate for the NEC elections, instructing its followers not to vote for him:

This has gone down very badly with their batsh*t supporters, many of whom are choosing to back the man at the centre of Labour’s anti-Semitism scandal and tear up their Momentum membership cards in protest. The crackpot Momentum splitters have taken to putting #JC9 in their Twitter names, reflecting their support for the original left-wing slate including Willsman.

A reminder that Willsman ranted about Jews on tape and has now lost the support of the Momentum leadership, Owen Jones, Matt Zarb-Cousin and Ash Sarkar, but the Momentum grassroots and the Leader’s Office are still backing him. This is who Jezza has chosen to side with…

Momentum Purge More Councillors Amid Bullying Claims

Momentum have succeeded in deselecting three sitting councillors in Brighton and Hove, replacing them with Momentum candidates in time for next year’s local elections. Momentum has 2,000 local supporters in the area…

Amongst those deselected was Anne Meadows, one of Brighton’s longest serving and most senior councillors, who responded to her deselection saying“Momentum are operating within the Labour Party but have no real loyalty to the party and as you know I have suffered intimidation and abuse so they can deselect me and control the ward and the party.” Kinder, gentler…

Corbynista ‘Bullying’ Forces Blair’s Mother-in-Law Out of Labour

The Stepmother of Cherie Blair is amongst the names of leading Labour members who have resigned from the party in West Yorkshire this week.

Steph Booth reportedly claims to have experienced bullying from other Labour Party members because of her family link to the most electorally successful Labour Prime Minister in history.

Corbynites not letting a fragile lead in the polls distract from their vital mission of pushing out the Blairites…

Lansman to Discuss Corbyn Anti-Semitism “Smears” in Tel Aviv

Momentum supremo Jon Lansman will tonight defend Jeremy Corbyn over the Labour Party’s anti-semitism scandal at an event in Tel-Aviv. Lansman will speak at the Tel-Aviv office of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, an organisation connected with Germany’s far-left party Die Linke. The promo reads:

“In Israel, the media often portrays Corbyn as a controversial figure. Israeli establishment politicians – including from the local Israeli Labour Party – launched a barrage of smears and accusations against him, assisted by uncritical journalists in the media. Both his positions on Israel and Palestine, as well as the question of antisemitism within his Party, featured prominently in the attempts to blacken his image.”

They seem to have forgotten Corbyn’s position that anti-Semitism is not a smear…

Tory Rat T-Shirt on “Momentum” Question Time

A bizarrely shouty crackers episode of BBC Question Time last night – even by its current standards – during which the audience was allowed to heckle and jeer questions on Grenfell and the situation on the Gaza border. One audience member quipped to the mob: “this is not a Momentum meeting”…

Meanwhile, in the close-up cuts, it emerged one audience member sitting behind a questioner had worn their “you’re never more than 10 feet from a Tory” t-shirt, emblazoned with a giant rat and anarchist logo. Political banners and signs are not allowed in the audience. After a series of controversies involving hardcore Labour activists posing as audience members on the show – including one veteran agitator who was ejected – the producers last year boasted of the programme’s “rigorous background checks” to ensure balance. Looks like some more basic checks might be in order…

Humiliation For Owen Jones’ “Unseat the Tories” Vanity Campaign

Owen Jones is blaming“the Labour Party” for failing to manage expectations ahead of their disastrous local election results. This was him yesterday telling his followers he was going to “unseat the Tories across London” in Barnet, Kensington, Westminster and Wandsworth. The Tories held Kensington, Westminster and Wandsworth and gained Barnet.

Owen took Sadiq Khan and Diane Abbott down to Wandsworth last night. Labour lost.

Before that he was in Westminster with the ever reliable Eddie Izzard, telling his followers that the Tories there “have the hedge fund managers. Labour has the people”. Labour lost. Either there are a lot more hedge fudge managers in Westminster than Owen bargained for, or the people voted Tory…

Next stop, getting the vote out in Barnet, where Labour were pinning their hopes on victory. The Tories gained the council from No Overall Control…

Then to Kensington, where despite the best efforts of Owen and Emma Dent Coad, voters chose the Tories again:

Owen also took his “unseat” campaign to Swindon, which the Tories held, Hillingdon, where the Tories increased their majority, and Portsmouth, where Labour failed to gain from NOC. Owen had planned an event in Plymouth but cancelled it. Plymouth is the only council Labour gained last night.

It has all served to make Owen even more unpopular among Labour colleagues:

Turns out his hyperbolic tweets were good for getting social media shares, but didn’t actually help Labour win anything. Owen is blaming Labour staff for failing to manage expectations, he should take responsibility for his disastrous vanity tour of defeat…

Long-Bailey Endorses Momentum Candidate Who Posted Terror Attack Slurs

Guido is running an ongoing series introducing you to the latest raft of Corbynista candidates. Voting closes tonight in the Momentum National Coordinating Group, where Rebecca Long-Bailey has endorsed Elizabeth Hayden as the “perfect choice”. Becky and Shadow Cabinet Office minister Jon Trickett are appearing on these flashy graphics to help Hayden get out the vote:

So, what are Hayden’s credentials to make her the “perfect choice” in the eyes of the Shadow Cabinet? Well, she was the subject of an official complaint from the Labour Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson when she posted this article which claimed “of course the timing of [the Manchester Arena attack] was highly beneficial” for the Tories:

Long-Bailey is a Manchester MP, which makes you wonder what her constituents would think…

Hayden tweeted during the Westminster terror attack that “righties saying it’s an Islamic extremist attack” made her laugh out loud:

And Hayden personally tried to stop Labour from carrying out an investigation into three of her local members accused of anti-Semitism. Hayden said Momentum supporters needed to come up with a “clear plan to stop the vote for an antisemitism investigation” at her Liverpool CLP. She seems nice…

Momentum’s Wannabe MP on Waitrose “Scum”, “Sh*t Jobs”, Marxist “Class Fighters” and Royal “Scroungers”

Recess seems like as good a time as any for Guido to introduce you to some of Labour’s newly selected Corbynista parliamentary candidates. Meet Momentum-backed Jane Aitchison, who has been selected to fight Pudsey, where Tory MP Stuart Andrew has a majority of 331. The Yorkshire Post have already reported that Aitchison deleted a tweet in which she called Prince Charles “benefit scrounging scum”. Not yet deleted from her Twitter feed are posts calling Waitrose shoppers “scum“, a Labour donor “scum” (sensing a theme here), labelling the Royal Family “lazy scroungers”, enjoying a Russian TV programme calling the Royals Nazis, praising Marxists as “the best class fighters” and saying 115,000 McDonald’s employees in Britain have “sh*t jobs” selling “sh*t food”.

She seems nice. Like a poundshop Pudsey Pidcock…

Momentum Officer Resigns: ‘I Felt Unsafe as a Jewish Member’

A Momentum officer has resigned in protest at Labour’s anti-semitism scandal saying he felt “sometimes unsafe and most certainly untrusted” as a Jewish member of one of its London Steering Groups. Joshua Garfield posted about his resignation from Newham Momentum’s governing body on social media, writing:

“This past week, the Labour Party has been mired in a series of accusations of antisemitism, both individual and institutionalised; I can say from first hand experience that these accusations are not without foundation. As a Jewish member, I have witnessed more antisemitism in the past week than I ever have in my 8 years of Labour Party membership.

“I have seen discussions on social media, both publicly and privately, between members of Newham Momentum and elected representatives of its Steering Group, which leave me unable to serve on that body in good conscience. In the past week, I have felt sometimes unsafe, and most certainly untrusted as a Jewish member of the Steering Group, hence I’ve decided to step down. While I believe political education and antisemitism training may help members of the group, in all honesty I don’t believe it would be sufficient to combat some of the deep-seated prejudices I saw being aired confidently, and which went unchallenged. I cannot work alongside individuals who seek to silence the legitimate concerns of Jewish Labour members, or who remain silent in the face of blatant racism.”

A Momentum Spokesperson said:

“As made clear in our recent statement, Momentum is committed to stamping out antisemitism across the Labour movement. Any complaints we receive will be investigated fully in line with our code of ethics, and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.”

A local officer with more backbone than Labour moderates…

Momentum Deselect Trot-Hating Moderate Labour Mayor

Momentum have deselected Labour’s moderate mayor in Newham. Sir Robin Wales has held the role since 2002, he previously resisted Lutfur Rahman and during the eighties he played a major role fighting the Militant Tendency. He recently spoke to HuffPo about how the “Trots” are his enemies. Local councillor Rokhsana Fiaz, who was backed by Momentum, ousted him this afternoon with 60% of the vote. Red Roar has the numbers:

Here we… here we… here we go…

Communist Party Tells Members to Work “Full Tilt” to Make Corbyn PM

The Communist Party of Britain last night ordered its members to work “full tilt” to make Jeremy Corbyn Prime Minister at a “cooperation” meeting between the CPB, Momentum and Labour headlined “Working With Labour For a Socialist Future”. Speaking under the gaze of Castro and Lenin on the 65th anniversary of Stalin’s death, in a room adorned with communist flags, the CPB’s Susan Michie said that ‘several comrades’ had left the Communist Party and joined the Labour Party under Corbyn where they can make more of a difference, therefore her party would extend its pact not to stand candidates against Corbyn’s Labour. Michie is a professor of health psychology at UCL, the ex-wife of Corbyn’s communist aide Andrew Murray, the daughter of biologist Dame Anne McLaren, the granddaughter of old Etonian Liberal MP Henry McLaren, the 2nd Baron Aberconway, and is reportedly an “heiress to millions”. Michie addressed comrades last night: “We, the working class…”

More quotes via PoliticsHome‘s John Johnston:

“We are in a really good situation to work much more closely that we have in the past. The Communist Party and the Labour left have much in common and have a track record of impressive joint working in trade union campaigns and elections. Communist Party members should absolutely be involved in electoral work, and working full tilt to get Jeremy elected as leader, and the Labour party into government.”

Michie was joined by top Corbynista Michael Calderbank, who spent much of the event moaning about Chuka and Chris Leslie. Watch out Labour moderates: the CPB tweeted that they would work with Labour to “isolate our enemies”:

Michie, Murray and Milne were old comrades back in the glory days of the pro-Soviet, Stalinist newspaper Straight Left. They ain’t wrong about the “long tradition of Communists and Labour’s left working together”…

Chris Williamson: ‘I’m Damned If I’ll Sing the National Anthem’

A throwback from the archive of more Corbyn-than-Corbyn former shadow minister Chris Williamson, proudly boasting that he won’t sing the national anthem. Addressing a Momentum conference alongside John McDonnell, Williamson said:

“My dad was an ardent republican and I’m an ardent republican too so I’m damned if I’m going to be singing the national anthem.”

For his ‘Christmas broadcast’ this year Williamson green-screened himself inside the state rooms at Buckingham Palace. Make your mind up…

Labour, Momentum and Communist Party to Hold “Cooperation” Meeting

The Labour Party and Momentum will join forces with the Communist Party of Britain at a “cooperation” meeting next month. The CPB are the Marxist-Leninist wing of Britain’s communist movement. They are holding a “fraternal” conference where they will team up with Corbynistas to plot joint aims and activities.[…] Read the rest

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