Paul Nuttall outside the Ukip offices in Hanley, Stoke, during the party’s campaign for Stoke-on-Trent Central. Women Against UKIP have already emphasized his lack of credentials for representing the constituency with a mock English Heritage plaque pointing out that he “Never lived here” [Image: Simon Cooper/PA].

Look at this nonsense, from The Guardian:

Jeremy Corbyn’s team have informally explored the idea of collaborating with the Greens and Liberal Democrats in Stoke-on-Trent Central to keep Paul Nuttall, the Ukip leader, out of parliament.

Anyone reading that might think, “How weak of Labour! They need to rely on the other parties not turning up, in order to beat UKIP!”

There’s just one problem with that attitude: The story isn’t true.

The Graun actually quotes an official Labour Party statement denying the claim:

A Labour spokesperson said: “It’s untrue that Jeremy Corbyn’s team or the Labour Party have been exploring collaborating with other parties in the Stoke-on-Trent Central by election, informally or otherwise.”

The newspaper’s source is “a senior figure” in the Labour leader’s office – in other words, there isn’t one and the story has been made up.

The paper “understands” that Labour is asking the Lib Dems and Greens to tone down their campaigns; but it is also “understood” that no direct contact has taken place.

This is just a feeble, partisan attempt to harm the Labour Party’s chances in Stoke-on-Trent Central. One questions political editor Heather Stewart’s motives in writing it.

Source: Labour looks at collaborating with Lib Dems and Greens in Stoke | Politics | The Guardian

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