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Labour is losing young voters to the Greens – because of Starmer

Not for the young: flag-shagging Keir Starmer has turned young voters away from the Labour Party.

How tragically revealing.

Admittedly this has to come with the caveat that the pollster is the Tory-run organisation YouGov.

However, the size of the numbers suggests there’s something in this.

They show that Labour’s share of the 18-24-year-old vote has plummetted by 21 points (from 56 per cent to 35 per cent). It seems all those voters have gone to the Green Party.

There’s a good reason for that…

Let’s be honest. We can name the reason in two words:

Keir Starmer.

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Tory MP defects to Lib Dems. Now Dictator Johnson has no majority in Parliament at all

Crossing the floor: As Boris Johnson speaks, former Conservative MP Philip Lee crosses the floor of the House of Commons to join the Liberal Democrats.

MP Philip Lee stood up and crossed the floor of the House of Commons to sit with the Liberal Democrats as Boris Johnson was giving a statement on the G7 summit today (September 3).

His defection means that the Conservative government can no longer command any majority in the Commons, even with the help of the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party.

In a statement, Mr Lee said: “This Conservative government is aggressively pursuing a damaging Brexit in unprincipled ways. It is putting lives and livelihoods at risk unnecessarily and it is wantonly endangering the integrity of the United Kingdom. More widely, it is undermining our country’s economy, democracy and role in the world. It is using political manipulation, bullying and lies. And it is doing these things in a deliberate and considered way.

“That is why today I am joining Jo Swinson and the Liberal Democrats.”

Now it is impossible for Mr Johnson to – democratically – pass any legislation at all. I wonder what he will do next.

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All change at Change UK as opportunists quit in search of someone who’ll vote for them

And then there was one: Anna Soubry, centre, is the new leader of Change UK, while former leader Heidi Allen (left) and Sarah Wollaston (right) have quit the party like rats leaving the proverbial sinking ship.

Six of Change UK’s MPs have quit the party after it failed to make an impression at the European Parliamentary elections.

It speaks volumes about the party that its principal defectors were its former leader, Heidi Allen, and spokesman Chuka Umunna.

Both have been talking up the prospect of an alliance with the Liberal Democrats – who, conversely, fared exceptionally well at the elections.

While they haven’t actually joined the Lib Dems yet, it seems a safe bet that they will.

Also out of CHUK are Gavin Shuker, Luciana Berger, Angela Smith and Sarah Wollaston.

You can smell the desperation, can’t you?

These people left their respective parties in the belief that their personal brands were more popular than those of the parties they were leaving.

They were wrong – even the three who left the Conservatives.

Now, it seems to This Writer, the six quitters – double-quitters, if you think about it – are looking for another way to keep themselves in Parliament.

With the Liberal Democrats apparently on the rise again thanks to their stance as the “Party of Remain”, it seems they look like good prospects.

I’d say “watch this space”, but in the case of Change UK it is only likely to grow more empty.

Source: Change UK loses six of its 11 MPs after dire EU elections result | Politics | The Guardian

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Donor defections leave Tories struggling to pay the rent on their party HQ

Selective deafness: It doesn’t matter how many people shout at Theresa May to quit. She won’t go until she’s pushed.

Schadenfreude: It’s a German word to describe joy at an enemy’s misfortune – and it is appropriate, considering the Conservative Party’s funding problems are partly due to its Brexit failures.

Those problems aren’t going away, either – because Theresa May isn’t going away.

She’s the leader who messed up Brexit so badly that the deadline for the UK to leave the EU has already had to be pushed back twice.

And there’s no sign that she’s ready to quit – why would she? As far as she is concerned, she’s doing a great job. She’s living in a bubble, you see. Nothing critical registers with her.

But her party’s funding situation won’t improve until she goes, because donors are waiting to see who succeeds her before making any cash commitments.

So it seems the party that sets the individual above the group may be sunk by an individual who set herself above her colleagues.

There is also a certain satisfaction in the fact that the politicians who introduced the hated Bedroom Tax, forcing thousands – possibly millions – of people across the UK into rent arrears and making many homeless, may now – or soon – owe a significant amount in rent itself.

It’s poetic, really.

Funding for the Conservatives has dried up so badly that [it seems] the party is struggling to pay the rent on its headquarters.

Concern among activists and MPs deepened … as James Hosking, a City financier and one of the party’s most prominent donors, defected to Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party.

The failure to secure Brexit is one of the main reasons for the crash in donations, with backers unwilling to provide more cash until the issue is resolved.

Fears are also mounting that Theresa May’s refusal to stand aside is starving the party of much-needed funding as donors are holding back to see who the Prime Minister’s replacement will be.

Source: ‘Dire’ funding situation leaves Tories struggling for party HQ rent

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UKIP MEP suspended on ‘financial issues’ – what’s this new game?

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Amjad Bashir and Nigel Farage in happier times. The man in the background may be UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall, but it is hard to tell for sure.

 

UKIP’s leaders must know this move makes them look very suspicious indeed. What are they trying to achieve?

The party has suspended MEP Amjad Bashir, hours before he was to announce his defection to the Conservatives, according to the BBC.

The allegations against him include claims of interference with the candidate selection process, and UKIP’s website stated that one of the reasons Mr Bashir has been suspended was his “continued affiliation” with Mujeeb Bhutto, who was involved in a Pakistani kidnapping gang.

A UKIP spokesperson has said the evidence will be forwarded to the police.

Mr Bashir has rejected the claims as “absurd and made-up allegations”. He said they were historical claims over which UKIP leader Nigel Farage had appeared on TV to defend him, adding, “these are just dirty tricks to try and discredit me.”

He had previously been a Conservative Party member, and became involved with UKIP three years ago. He has said his decision to return to the Tories is in order to carry out the policies he supports, including holding a referendum on EU membership and control of immigration into the UK.

He claimed these are “not achievable with UKIP.”

On this evidence, the public can only think that UKIP is in the wrong. If these allegations are old, if Nigel Farage spoke against them, then UKIP’s move can only be interpreted as the “dirty tricks” Mr Bashir claims they are – even though Mr Farage is now saying there are “extremely serious” questions that have gone unanswered.

The evidence means either Mr Farage was wrong to defend Mr Bashir in the past, or he is wrong to cast suspicion on Mr Bashir now.

Meanwhile, the Tories are suddenly smelling of roses.

Not only do they get a new MEP for free (Mr Bashir has refused to step down and trigger a by-election), but they benefit from his claims that they are the only party that can achieve his referendum and immigration aims, and from the fouling of UKIP’s name.

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Will more rats leave the sinking Tory ship?

John Baron [Image: BBC].

John Baron [Image: BBC].

According to the Daily Express, Six Tory MPs [will] defect to Ukip if it wins [the] Rochester and Strood by-election.

If it’s true, doesn’t it say everything you need to know about the kind of person who joins the Conservative Party these days? They’re not interested in helping anybody else. They’re not even interested in helping the party that got them into Parliament. They only want to help themselves.

The Express reckons John Baron, MP for Basildon and Billericay, might be next to cross the floor. If this is true, it will be just about the only thing he’ll have done that is worthy of public attention since he became an MP in 2001.

According to Wikipedia, he supported David Davis in the 2001 and 2005 Tory leadership elections (no fan of Cameron, then), and he has been consistent in opposing wars in Iraq and Libya. Then there’s this: “In June 2012, Baron delivered a letter, signed by over 100 Tory MPs, to the Prime Minister David Cameron urging him ‘to place on the Statute Book before the next General Election a commitment to hold a referendum during the next Parliament on the nature of our relationship with the European Union’.”

That’ll be the UKIP connection, then.

It seems a bit tenuous, though. Also, this is the paper that reckons 40 per cent of Labour voters are going over to UKIP, which is a bit surprising. Why would anyone support a party whose members like to call Labour supporters “You lefties”?

Look at what Mark Reckless, whose defection to UKIP triggered the by-election, had to say: “There are many Labour voters who would never have considered voting for me because I was a Tory. Now I am UKIP they are willing to vote for me to rep­resent them. The Tory label was holding me back. I feel now I have been set free.”

What a lot of bilge.

The verdict? Well, we’ll only find out if UKIP wins, won’t we?

Postscript: Meanwhile, UKIP has received the dubious support of the neo-fascist group Britain First.

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New blow for Tories as another bigwig joins UKIP

The defector: Better hope you're right, Richard, otherwise you're facing a rather jarring lifestyle change!

The defector: Better hope you’re right, Richard, otherwise you’re facing a rather jarring lifestyle change!

The former Conservative Deputy Mayor of London – a chap called Richard Barnes – has defected to UKIP, according to the Evening Standard.

Barnes, who was London’s Deputy Mayor from 2008-12, follows MPs Mark Reckless and Douglas Carswell into the Purple Wilderness, in a move that seems timed to further disrupt the Conservative Party Conference.

Like the others, Barnes seems a perfect fit for UKIP as he says he agrees with its policies on the EU, immigration and the expansion of Heathrow Airport. In other words he wants to keep Johnny Foreigner out. Oh, and he doesn’t like HS2 either.

Speaking as a gay man, Mr Barnes tried to dismiss claims that UKIP is homophobic. In a weak defence of the party, one of whose members tried to blame the severe flooding and storms at the start of this year on the legalisation of gay marriage, he said: “I don’t think they become homophobic the moment they join UKIP.”

He also told the Standard that the Tories, Labour and Lib Dems did not “speak the language of normal people”.

After four year’s as Number Two to Boris Johnson, how would he know?

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Is this rat leaving the sinking ship or jumping on the bandwagon?

Mark Reckless MP: We're not saying the People's Pledge for an EU referendum is the only one he's ever signed, but we can think of at least one more that might have done his career some good.

Mark Reckless MP: We’re not saying the People’s Pledge for an EU referendum is the only one he’s ever signed, but we can think of at least one more that might have done his career some good.

It seems Mark Reckless has blindsided us all by defecting to UKIP before his ex-colleague Philip Hollobone had the chance.

Perhaps he didn’t want to be seen as jumping on the UKIP bandwagon, as he most likely would if Hollobone had gone first – but he still looks like a rat leaving the sinking Tory ship.

Unfettered by party restraints, he was able to admit what most of us have known for some times – that the Conservative-led Coalition’s relentless pursuit of budget cuts for their own sake had produced absolutely no economic benefit at all.

“We will see in this parliament in just five years a Conservative-led government adding more to our national debt than Labour in 13 years,” he said.

Reckless, rated by ConservativeHome as one of the most rebellious Tory MPs in 2012, is another near-perfect fit for UKIP. While his demands for the deportation of Abu Hamza and Abu Qatada may have been welcomed by moderate voters, his Euroscepticism is less likely to cut the ice.

He is strident in his belief that the UK should leave the European Union, and also wants out of the European Court of Human Rights, claiming that it erodes British freedom and democracy.

One has to wonder whose freedom he meant. He certainly enjoys his own – in 2010 he had to apologise for missing a vote on the Budget after having too much to drink (probably in one of the House of Commons’ taxpayer-subsidised bars).

One may conclude that he is a drunken bigot who wants to run rampant over everybody else’s human rights.

If so, then there’s no reason for David Cameron to be concerned.

From his point of view, the Conservative Party has just lost some dead weight.

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Tory MP Philip Hollobone about to defect to UKIP? – Pride’s Purge

Smug: The poster should read 'Keep calm and punch him'.

Smug: The poster should read ‘Keep calm and punch him’.

Vox Political agrees with Pride’s Purge  it is entirely possible that Kettering MP Philip Hollobone is about to defect to UKIP – he’s mad as a box of frogs and therefore likely to get on very well with UKIP leader Nigel Farage, whose nickname is Mr Toad.

Speculation is mounting that Kettering MP Philip Hollobone is going to be the next Tory MP to defect to UKIP, according to Pride’s Purge.

If so, it would explain why UKIP have delayed announcing a candidate for Kettering.

And it would also explain why some Tory voters in Kettering have reported that they have been questioned by a polling company about how they would be likely to vote should Hollobone become a UKIP candidate.

Of course, Hollobone himself has denied he’s about to defect to UKIP.

Which means it’s a cert’ then.

Let’s flesh this out with a few facts about Mr Hollobone, courtesy of Wikipedia:

In February 2010, Hollobone described the wearing of burqas as like “going round wearing a paper bag over your head” and expressed his “huge sympathy” with those calling for a ban on the garments. He later introduced the Face Coverings (Regulation) Bill, which would regulate the use of facial coverings including the burka in public. Hollobone refuses to speak with constituents wearing burkas.

In 2013 Hollobone was one of four MPs who supported an “Alternative Queen’s Speech” – an attempt to show what a future Conservative government might deliver. It listed 42 barking policies including:

  • Reintroduction of the death penalty and conscription
  • Privatising the BBC
  • Banning the burka in public places
  • And preparation to leave the European Union.

It’s as though UKIP was made for him.

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