Labour Party (UK)

Labour’s man ban exported to UK

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NZ Labour and UK Labour share lots of ideas. The pledge card was one.  Cash for access and honours is another.

Now it appears another idea has been shared…the ill-fated Man Ban.

Men should be banned from running for Parliamentary constituencies on behalf of the Labour Party until there are an equal number of male and female Labour politicians, a Labour MP has said.

Asserting that female MPs were likely to be the biggest losers from the upcoming boundary review, outspoken socialist MP Jess Phillips has called on Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to bar men from standing in elections until gender parity has been reached within the party.

“I think the Labour Party has to make every seat an all women shortlist until we get equality,” she said.

“Currently 44 per cent of Labour seats are held by women. We want 50 per cent equality in this party, and for Jeremy to commit to this on the public record.”    Read more »

Sledge of the Day

I’m liking Theresa May more and more.

She delivered up this outstanding sledge at the Labour party:

“The Labour Party is not just divided, but divisive. Determined to pit one against another. To pursue vendettas and settle scores. And to embrace the politics of pointless protest that doesn’t unite people but pulls them further apart… So let’s have no more of Labour’s absurd belief that they have a monopoly on compassion. Let’s put an end to their sanctimonious pretence of moral superiority.”

That holds true as much in New Zealand as it does in the UK.

This was delivered in a keynote speech to the Conservative party conference.

Other brilliant lines are:   Read more »

Is this the way forward for Andrew?

Andrew Little can’t retain staff. Press secretaries and his Chief of Staff have all left or been given the arse card.

It seems Jeremy Corbyn has the same issue.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn faced another ‘nepotism’ row last night after the daughter of the right-hand man of union baron Len McCluskey was given a £40,000-a-year job in Corbyn’s Commons team.

Laura Murray, daughter of Andrew Murray, chief of staff of the Unite union, now works as a ‘political adviser’ to the Shadow Cabinet.

Communist Mr Murray is one of Corbyn’s longest standing political allies. When Corbyn stood down as chairman of the Left-wing Stop The War Coalition, Murray took over.   Read more »

Labour MPs threatened with violence for opposing Jeremy Corbyn

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Thuggery, violence and nastiness aren’t far away on the left of politics. Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters have the sort of zeal that the Faith Militant have in Game of Thrones…and are as violent.

Several Labour MPs have been forced to call the police over threats made by activists over the coup against Jeremy Corbyn.

Lewisham MP Vicky Foxcroft, who as a whip has not yet taken sides in the unprecedented political revolt, reported an abusive call to her staff after a man hung up and said he was coming to the office.

The alleged incident involved a man calling the office and insisting: ‘If she doesn’t support Corbyn I will come down to the office and kick the f*** out of you.’

The Daily Telegraph reported police rushed to the office in Lewisham and told staff to roll down the shutters.

The paper said a string of other Labour MPs had received threats.

It said Lucy Powell, the former shadow education secretary, received a message telling her to kill herself after she quit the shadow cabinet. 

Copeland MP Jamie Reed today wrote to Labour leader Mr Corbyn and blamed him directly for the incidents.

Mr Reed said: ‘In the short time you have been Leader, along with the shadow Chancellor, you have sought to inject an unprecedented poison into our party.

‘You have actively worked to divide Labour MPs from the Labour Party membership…you have repeatedly incited you supporters on social media to confront Labour MPs; without doubt you are not fit to lead our great party.’    Read more »

Corbyn’s anti-Semitism rises

Jeremy Corbyn rinsed Ken Livingstone for his anti-Semitic comments, but went light on many others. Now, however, he is embroiled in his own anti-Semitic comments  after comparing Israel to ISIS.

Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of comparing the Israeli state to terrorist groups including Isis in a speech on combating antisemitism in the Labour Party.

The embattled Labour leader was speaking after the launch of a report by the former director of Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti.

“Modern antisemitism may not always be about overt violence and persecution, though there is too much of that even to this day. We must also be vigilant against subtler and invidious manifestations of this nasty ancient hatred and avoid slipping into its traps by accident or intent,” Mr Corbyn said.

“Our Jewish friends are no more responsible for the actions of Israel or the Netanyahu government than our Muslim friends are for those of various self-styled Islamic states or organisations.”

Many listeners equated Mr Corbyn’s comments with a direct comparison between the Israeli government and Isis, which calls itself the “Islamic State”.

The Afghan Taliban also styles itself as the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan” and countless other Islamist terror groups are waging insurgencies to build their own states governed under a fundamentalist interpretation of Sharia law, including Boko Haram in Nigeria and al-Qaeda in Yemen.

Sam Stopp, a Labour councillor in Wembley, said Mr Corbyn had “compared Israel to Isis”, writing on Twitter: “For that alone, he should resign. I am red with fury.”

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Corbyn loses confidence vote as Labour continues to implode

As our INCITE: Politics polling shows, Jeremy Corbyn is more popular than Andrew Little but he has lost a confidence vote in his caucus with 172 votes against him and just 40 votes in favour.

Labour MPs are preparing to launch a bruising leadership contest that will aim to topple leader Jeremy Corbyn after he reacted to an overwhelming vote of no confidence by declaring he had no intention to resign.

Politicians want Angela Eagle, who has stepped down as shadow business secretary, or Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, to agree about which of them will trigger the challenge if their leader continues to hold on in the face of massive hostility.

MPs backing Eagle were on Tuesday night collecting names of colleagues who were prepared to nominate her in order to start a contest, but Watson supporters were calling for calm, insisting that Corbyn could yet stand down.

The Labour leader has so far held on despite a dramatic and destabilising coup attempt, started at the weekend, which has now seen two-thirds of his shadow cabinet step down, as well as 28 shadow ministers and 11 private parliamentary secretaries.

More than three-quarters of Labour MPs – 172 – voted to show that they had no confidence in his leadership, while 40 voted for him. Corbyn responded by issuing a warning that he had the support of Labour members, and that he was going nowhere.   Read more »

Even his deputy is telling Corbyn time is up as Labour implodes

The Labour party are on their knees right now, hemorrhaging as their leadership fight takes hold. When the deputy leader says time’s up then time’s up for the leader.

Tom Watson has told the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, that he has lost his authority within the parliamentary party and that if there was a leadership election then members would be voting with that knowledge.

In critical talks at 9am on Monday morning, the deputy leader set out how destabilising a wave of shadow cabinet and ministerial resignations had been for the party, but fell short of calling on Corbyn to resign.

Labour sources, including those close to the leader, admitted that a leadership election was looking increasingly likely, with Watson telling Corbyn he would do his best to hold the party together.

Corbyn remained defiant, with his team reiterating his words on Sunday night: “Those who want to change Labour’s leadership will have to stand in a democratic election, in which I will be a candidate.”    Read more »

Jeremy Corbyn is a ‘total twit’

Being the Leader of the Opposition isn’t for the faint hearted, nor is it for the utterly spastic.

CapX has a brilliant article about Jeremy Corbyn that has echoes for Andrew Little.

[W]hat I am about to say about Jeremy Corbyn is written in the knowledge that the man has one of the worst jobs in the country. Although it is not backbreaking manual labour, it instead involves ritual humiliation, intense scrutiny and blame with almost no power as a compensation.

But for all the talk that Corbyn was dragged to the chair a little reluctantly last year, the truth is that no-one forced him to do it. ‎He made the choice. For him to complain now about the scrutiny ‎and criticism he receives is ludicrous. You would have to be an idiot (more of this shortly) to think that he has somehow been done an injustice.

Yet that is what he seems to to think. I have just watched Corbyn the Movie, produced by Vice, for the second time, as I wanted to check that my initial reaction was justified. It transpires that Corbyn is even worse than I originally thought.   Read more »

Jeremy Corbyn is all mouth and no trousers over Labour’s anti-semitism

The Guardian reports:

Jeremy Corbyn faced fresh criticism over his handling of antisemitism allegations after Labour’s sister party in Israel said it had had no reply to a letter its leader sent to him a month ago expressing dismay and inviting him to Jerusalem to see the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum.

Labour MPs said they were shocked that no response had apparently been sent and added that it was further evidence of the party leadership’s slow and inadequate response to the crisis.

After Ken Livingstone was suspended from the Labour party at the end of April for making highly controversial remarks about Hitler and Zionism, Isaac Herzog, leader of the Israeli Labour party, wrote to Corbyn, saying he was “appalled and outraged by the recent instances of anti-semitism by senior Labour party officials in the United Kingdom”.

Livingstone said on the Vanessa Feltz Show on Radio London last month: “When Hitler won his election in 1932, his policy then was that Jews should be moved to Israel.” Corbyn was forced to suspend his ally for the remarks.   Read more »

Corbyn shaping up to have Tony Blair investigated for war crimes

Terrorist hugging communist Jeremy Corbyn is shaping up to have Tony Blair investigated for war crimes.

Tony Blair has said it would be a “very dangerous experiment” if Jeremy Corbynor a populist politician like him were to form a government.

In an interview with the BBC, the former Labour prime minister said populist politicians, whether on the left like Corbyn or on the right, were worrying and he spent a lot of time thinking about how people in the centre should respond.

Blair famously said last summer that anyone thinking of voting for Corbyn as Labour leader because it was what their heart told them to do should “get a transplant”, but his latest comment may be his harshest yet.

Speaking to Emily Maitlis for BBC2’s This Week’s World, Blair rejected the suggestion that he was responsible for Corbyn’s emergence as a political force. He said it was “a result of the way the world works these days”.

He said: “It’s a big challenge for the centre and, when I’m not thinking about the Middle East, I’m thinking about this because I do think, by the way, it would be a very dangerous experiment for a major western country to get gripped by this type of populist policymaking left or right, a very dangerous experiment.

“I do think the centre ground needs to work out how it gets its mojo back and gets the initiative back in the political debate because otherwise these guys aren’t providing answers, not on the economy not on foreign policy.”

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