Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi has compared the situation in Gaza to the Holocaust, but will not get the same backlash as Tonge and Ward.
Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi decided that it was appropriate to compare the ongoing problems in Gaza to the Holocaust. The obscenity of such comments is well exposed by Mark Ferguson, over on LabourList. Never mind that many Jews and Israeli citizen criticise the democratically elected government of Israel, it’s hard to put into words quite how hurtful such comments are to Jewish people of all stripes. The idea that someone wanted to wipe us out as a people will always remain part of us.
Tom Watson is not a man known for his humility, but he has offered an apology to Andrew Mitchell, after PC Keith Wallis was sentenced to 12 months in jail over plebgate.
Tom Watson and Andrew Mitchell are MPs in nearby constituencies in the Midlands. Although Watson has changed tact recently, he had previously led Labour’s ramping up of the pressure against the former Chief Whip.
As the tube strikes in London goes into its second day, here is the full data of donations to Labour from the striking RMT Union.
Yesterday I looked at which surprisingly silent London MPs the RMT have given money to. Today, from the electoral commission,are the donations from the RMT to the Labour party.
Londoners are today facing disruption as the RMT trade union strike, closing down large sections of the Tube network.
As Londoners battle around the city, we’ve heard little from the Labour contenders who want to take City Hall from Boris Johnson in 2016. Tottenham MP David Lammy has been silent, conducting a disappearing act nearly as impressive as the one after the Mark Duggan inquest. Sadiq Kahn, who I’m sure is meant to be shadow minister for London, just had this meagre offering:
Keith Vaz, the chairman of the home affairs select committee, doesn’t seem to have got really into the Christmas spirit.
His card appears to depict Theresa May as some kind of which, Paul Flynn as Harry Potter baddie Professor Snape, while Julian Huppert appears to be the boy wizard himself!
There was pressure on Labour yesterday over there relationship with the Co-Op after the former Chairman of the bank was found taking drugs.
Ed Miliband and Ed Balls are having to explain their relationship with the Reverend Paul Flowers, who was Chairman of the Co-operative bank and who is now facing a variety of accusations from having pornography on a council computer to taking drugs.
It’s all very embarrassing for Labour as the Co-Operative party is its sister party. On it’s website the Co-Operative party describes itself as the political arm of the Co-operative Movement. The Co-Operative Movement clearly includes the Co-Operative bank which declares itself part of The Co-operative Group.
Since Ed Miliband became leader The Co-Operative Party and associated organisations have donated 148 times, giving £336,574.64.
The Co-Operative part have not donated any money to the Lib Dems or the Conservatives in the same period of time.
Following Falkirk, Labour have more questions to answer about affiliated its organisations.
There must be something in the air in Guildford. Those challenging the Tory MP seem to have been struck down with amnesia.
Chris Ward is seeking selection as the Labour candidate for the Surrey seat. In pursuing the selection, he is pushing his record as a local councillor in Guildford, which is fair enough.
What Ward seems to have forgotten is that he was a Councillor for the Lib Dems, before leaving in a huff a couple of years ago.
On his his website, the “my record” page makes no reference to the party he used to serve for. The only time the Lib Dems are mentioned is when Ward attacks his former colleagues. So just to jog the memory, here is Chris Ward speaking on a Lib Dem conference platform, from a picture that appeared on the LGBT Lib Dems website.
It’s particularly odd the Ward should forget which party he was in, given that for many years he worked in the party’s HQ
Amazingly, his Lib Dem opponent, Kelly Marie Blundell, also seems to have succumbed to memory loss. She has been proudly, and rightly, attacking Labour’s record on the economy on her campaign Facebook page. This was yesterday:
This was a week ago:
This was last month:
All great, I couldn’t agree with Kelly-Marie more. The problem is she is a leading and active member of the Social Liberal Forum, the group that tried to get Lib Dem conference to reject most of the policies supported by Lib Dems in government that have helped reduced the deficit and fix Labour’s mess.
You will note, as I did, the disclaimer about SLF board members not necessarily endorsing all policy the organisation puts forward.
I don’t remember Kelly-Marie speaking out against her group’s economic policies at the conference though.
Disclosures in the Sunday Times raise concerns about the election of Unite boss Len McCluskey.
He might be on his best run of form since winning the Labour leadership, but questions over the Unite union and his handling of the Falkirk row continue to dog Ed Miliband. Today the Sunday Times reveals that Len McCluskey, the Unite General Secretary who did so much to get Ed elected leader, may have questions to answer over his own election.
There are allegations that people who were no longer members of the union, or who had died, ended up being a allowed to vote in the Unite leadership contest. Mcluskey’s defeated opponent in the election, Jerry Hicks, is alleging a breach of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992. Ultimately the election could end up being rerun.
The allegations are that 160,000 of those balloted in the Unite General Secretary election were in fact not members of the union.
One of McCluskey’s key election co-ordinators was Stevie Deans, the man at the heart of the situations in both Falkirk and the industrial dispute at the Grangemouth petrochemical plant.
Ed Miliband has refused to publish the report into Falkirk, in which it is alleged Unite rigged the vote to win the selection in the safe Labour seat for their preferred candidate, despite growing pressure to do so from senior members of his party. These include former Home Secretary Jack Straw. His strong ties to the unions, and the Labour party’s ever increasing dependence on them for finance, make the ongoing row deeply damaging to Ed Miliband.
The idea is starting to cement that Ed is in hoc to powerful parts of the movement that he can no longer control. Time and time again it looks like the unions, not the party leader, are calling the shots. At the recent reshuffle, those promoted were considered to be favoured by McCluskey, the unions, and the left, while numerous Blairite frontbenchers were culled.
Just when it looked like maybe, just maybe, Labour had something to offer, they have gone and proved otherwise.
The Labour party have released this pathetic attempt at a US style attack ad on YouTube, declaring, once again, that “you can’t trust David Cameron on the NHS”.
I thought the NHS bill was a mistake that contravened the coalition agreement, but I do not for one minute believe Cameron is trying to orchestrate the end of the NHS. That Labour continue to peddle this shameful lie is more a reflection of them than coalition policy. They do not have much to say, so they resort to the politics of fear to try and scare people into voting for them.
If you can only oppose by fear, you have no right to govern.