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Alastair Campbell expelled from Labour – but he thinks HE has been mistreated

Alastair Campbell: He thinks he has been mistreated.

Sour grapes from the man who tweets as @campbellclaret – after being expelled from Labour for supporting another party, he intends to appeal.

But it’s an open-and-shut case: He has admitted voting for the Liberal Democrats and as a Labour Party member he knows that is an automatic-expulsion offence.

And what does he mean by “hard not to point out difference in the way antisemitism cases have been handled”?

He knows – or should know – that all cases are investigated by the so-called Compliance Unit. People have their memberships suspended while investigations take place – except in his case, where he admitted the offence, none was necessary.

I didn’t see him complaining when my Leftie colleague Kerry-Ann Mendoza revealed she had been booted out for voting Green, before she even joined the Labour Party. That was scandalous – not his own treatment.

And anti-Semitism? I know from personal experience that people accused of anti-Semitism have their memberships suspended while investigations take place. Then the matter can go one of three ways:

Rank-and-file members may receive a semblance of justice, according to whether or not they have behaved in an anti-Semitic way, the circumstances informing that behaviour and the severity of any offence.

If the accused is a member of the party hierarchy, an excuse will be found to ensure that no investigation takes place and the Compliance Unit will refuse to engage in any correspondence on the subject.

If the accused is a high-profile supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, an excuse will be found to expel them. Any excuse will do. The party’s reasons for expelling me bear absolutely no resemblance to the charges under which I was suspended.

And I don’t have any right of appeal, Mr Campbell!

Perhaps he’s right and we should be looking at the difference between Mr Campbell’s treatment and that of people accused of anti-Semitism.

But let’s not for a moment entertain the possibility that he is the one who has been mistreated.

Source: Labour expels Alastair Campbell from party | Politics | The Guardian

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Don’t have a strop, Change UK, because Labour will contest an election IN THE NORMAL WAY

Gavin Shuker: Labour wants to run a normal election campaign so he’s going to sulk.

How ridiculous of the most ridiculous political organisation to turn up (until the Brexit Party arrived).

Apparently Change UK, the Green Party and the Liberal Democrats have been discussing the possibility of uniting behind an independent candidate in the upcoming Peterborough Parliamentary by-election.

This candidate would have supported remaining in the European Union and would have advocated for a “People’s Vote” second referendum on that subject.

There was nothing to stop them from doing this.

But it seems the candidate they chose to support has now withdrawn, after the Labour Party said it would not join this alliance and would campaign to win the constituency on its own terms.

This should come as no surprise because Labour is not a “Remain”-supporting party – or “Leave”-supporting, in fact. Labour respects the result of the referendum but is sceptical about the possibility of negotiating an acceptable decoupling deal with the EU and will support another referendum if a workable deal proves impossible to achieve.

And this is a by-election for a Parliamentary constituency – not a mini-referendum on Brexit – so Labour is well within its rights to want to campaign on local issues.

Change UK’s response was to throw its toys out of the pram. Here’s part of Gavin Shuker’s statement:

“Senior Labour figures, including senior figures campaigning for a people’s vote, made it clear that they would strenuously disrupt the campaign and obstruct an independent candidate, driven by fears that it would harm their party in Peterborough.”

In other words, he was whining about Labour holding a normal election campaign.

One wonders whether this outburst was prompted by the fact that Change UK didn’t manage to register a candidate of its own in time (the Greens and Lib Dems did).

Reaction on the social media has been acid:

Source: Change UK, Greens and Lib Dems blame Labour after parties fail to agree backing for single, pro-Remain candidate in Peterborough by-election | The Independent

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Why are so many people getting riled up over Jeremy Corbyn and the ‘people’s vote’?

Since Theresa May reached out to Jeremy Corbyn for Labour’s help to get a Brexit deal that Parliament can approve, it seems a lot of people are getting a bee in their bonnet about the so-called “people’s vote”.

They’re accusing Mr Corbyn of failing to honour his obligations by failing to demand a new referendum on whether to go through with an agreed version of Brexit or cancel it altogether.

See for yourself:

It’s all very odd, considering – well, let’s allow Mr Corbyn to explain it himself:

So he has discussed a new referendum with Mrs May.

It seems some people are only hearing what they want to hear.


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Storm in an inkpot: Here’s the reason it doesn’t matter if Corbyn left People’s Vote out of his Brexit letter

Jeremy Corbyn writing: No wonder his letter omitted the paragraph about the People’s Vote – he was distracted by a pesky photographer.

Some people get all wound up about the strangest things.

Take the current fake reason for being upset at Jeremy Corbyn – he’s supposed to have left a threat to force a “People’s Vote” referendum, if his demands aren’t met, out of his letter proposing a way forward for Brexit to Theresa May.

It’s not a big deal.

The letter was proposing a way to achieve the UK’s departure from the EU, on time, in a manner that has the support of a majority of MPs – it wasn’t about threatening another referendum on whether to go.

The omission doesn’t mean a “People’s Vote” is off Labour’s agenda – Mr Corbyn can go for it without having announced it in his letter.

And the source of this manufactured outrage is extremely dodgy.

Apparently it comes from Robert Peston – the same Peston who recently claimed (sans evidence, of course) that Labour Party membership has fallen dramatically.

I wrote at the time that any un-evidenced claims – from any source at all, including mainstream media types like Peston – must be treated as false.

And the slapdown Peston received from Labour’s own press team supports my position:

Mrs May has jumped on Peston’s bandwagon – here’s her tweet, including images of her letter responding to Mr Corbyn’s offer:

Why did it take her so long to respond? I seem to recall Mr Corbyn delivered his offer early last week. Has she been stalling again?

Theresa May writing: Or maybe she’s just reading what her speech-writers have told her to say..?

Perhaps it should be pointed out that the only people criticising Mr Corbyn are right-wingers and supporters of right-wing politics – and the responses they’re getting are negative, to say the least. Consider:

As for Mrs May’s response… Well, I’ll let some of the commentators speak for themselves here:

She won’t get what she wants.

Mr Corbyn’s offer was really the last attempt to secure any kind of sensible departure from the European Union. We won’t go on Theresa May’s terms because Parliament has rejected her original deal and the EU has rejected the contradictory, modified offer she brought there last week.

She has painted herself into a corner, surrounded by her own red lines.


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If the Lib Dems are the Party of ‘Remain’, why are they suddenly supporting Theresa May?

Vince Cable: It’s so long since he was newsworthy, this is the most recent image of him that I have. One can imagine him going into Downing Street in this hat and scarf in an attempt to be incognito.

In a perverse way, it seems we should be grateful to Vince Cable for clarifying the Brexit mess.

We had been let to believe that Theresa May was determined to force vote after vote on her Brexit deal, in an attempt to wear down MPs who hate it – and that Jeremy Corbyn would table motions of “no confidence” every time she lost: Brexit limbo.

Mr Cable has stepped in to break this deadlock, as Evolve Politics revealed:

So once again the Liberal Democrats are propping up a Conservative government. Does that remind you of anything?

But this raises a hugely relevant question about the Liberal Democrats. As the self-styled “Party of Remain”, isn’t it a huge contradiction for them to be supporting the enactors of Brexit?

This discrepancy was picked up by the Twitterati:

And Helena Bowie tweeted: “Just proves what I’ve been thinking since the coalition. You would think they would have learnt after getting wiped out.”

Then it was suggested that Mr Cable may be trying to force Labour into supporting a second referendum:

Of course, the so-called “People’s Vote” is a trap for Labour. The party’s policy is to push for a general election but, failing that, to support a second referendum (if I recall correctly). So if Mrs May announces another plebiscite, then Labour will support it. There’s no need to propose one directly, and in fact that would harm Labour’s electoral chances:

As it is, it seems Mr Cable has sealed electoral doom – not for Labour, but for his own party. And he didn’t even get a bung out of it:

Last word on this goes to Mark Adkins:

“Does Vince Cable really miss the smell of a brand new ministerial car that much?” Well put! Especially as it seems he really does.

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Theresa May rules out second referendum despite 700,000 taking to the streets to demand ‘people’s vote’

Worst negotiation: This placard-creator has a point, don’t you think?

I don’t want to say “I told you so”, but…

Theresa May rebuffed demands for a second EU referendum last nightdespite 700,000 protesters taking to the streets demanding a “people’s vote”.

The Prime Minister rejected calls for a fresh poll 48 hours after placard-waving campaigners swarmed on London urging a re-run.

She also raised the possibility of staying tied to EU rules – including freedom of movement – until 2022.

Source: Theresa May rules out second referendum despite 700,000 taking to the streets to demand ‘people’s vote’ – Mirror Online

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It was the biggest protest march in London since Iraq – and it will achieve as much

The masses on the march: This overhead view shows clearly the strength of feeling in support of democracy. But Theresa May isn’t listening.

When British citizens converged on London to protest against the UK’s participation in the Iraq War, it was estimated that between one million and two million people marched.

They achieved nothing. Then-prime minister Tony Blair was determined to take his country to war in the Middle East, on the basis of information we now know to have been nonsense.

On October 20, 2018, the British people again gathered in London, to demand a “people’s vote” on the UK’s membership of the European Union. As many as 670,000 people were estimated to have attended – a number only surpassed in the 21st century by that 2003 march against war in Iraq.

And it will achieve nothing. Current prime minister Theresa May is determined to take the country out of the EU, on a mandate that was influenced by arguments we now know to be nonsense. Even the BBC has confirmed that the Conservative government isn’t going to budge:

Aerial photograph shows the number of people attending was huge:

Social media commentators have praised the commitment of those who took part:

And some have even admitted that another referendum may not help:

But Downing Street won’t move.

At best, the demonstration makes it clear that there is significant opposition for the direction in which Mrs May and her government are taking the UK.

This may present some solace to us, if our fears are realised after March 30, 2019.

By then, if she gets her way, Mrs May will have started implementing the changes Brexit will allow – stripping working people of the rights they fought hard to win, turning the UK into a sweatshop for the poor and a tax haven for the rich.

It won’t help anyone. If predictions are accurate, all British citizens are likely to be worse-off as a result of Brexit.

Mrs May has already been told. The problem is, she just won’t listen.

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Jeremy Corbyn WILL accept second referendum – but can’t rely on Tories to force election

Jeremy Corbyn: He shouldn’t bank on Tories doing what he expects.

Here’s the thing: Conservative MPs want a Conservative government in power. They don’t care about anything else – certainly not the good of the United Kingdom.

People need to understand that.

It is unrealistic for the Labour leader to expect Conservatives, who don’t want Theresa May following her current course, to give up power because of it.

I’m not ruling it out, because stranger things have happened recently.

I just wouldn’t count on it.

Jeremy Corbyn plans to use Tory Brexit rebels to force PM Theresa May into a General Election as early as November.

And the Labour leader will reluctantly back a second EU referendum if his party conference calls for it.

In his only newspaper interview as delegates gathered in Liverpool, Mr Corbyn said: “If this Government can’t deliver Brexit then it must move over and have a General Election.”

To do this Mr Corbyn’s MPs and Tories from Jacob Rees-Mogg’s ­European Research Group of ­Brexiteers would vote together against Mrs May’s Chequers plan.

Labour set six tests for any final deal including a strong relationship with Europe, the same rights, protections and benefits we have now and fair migration to boost Britain’s economy.

Source: Jeremy Corbyn WILL accept second referendum if Labour conference votes for it – and plans to use Tory rebels to topple Theresa May – Mirror Online

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Would the Tories REALLY call a snap election if Theresa May’s ‘Chequers plan’ was voted down?

Theresa May: Will Brexit bring her down?

The Sunday Times called This Writer a Holocaust denier, so we can’t trust its news-reporting skills at all.

It seems unlikely that Mrs May would call a snap election if she lost the vote on the ‘Chequers plan’ – she is far too desperate to keep power for its own sake.

And Emily Thornberry called for a general election if the plan failed at the vote, during the BBC’s new Politics Live show yesterday (September 3). If anything can be guaranteed to put Mrs May off the idea, that would.

The same show also discussed the People’s Vote campaign for a new referendum.

But its conclusions seem pointless as Mrs May has point-blank refused to entertain the possibility.

So, based on her record she’ll probably announce either a fresh referendum or a snap election immediately after a loss on the ‘Chequers plan’, then.

Theresa May’s aides have discussed a snap general election if her Brexit plan fails, it has been reported.

The Prime Minister’s political team spoke with civil servants about whether to call an election if her Chequers deal is voted down in the House of Commons, according to the Sunday Times.

It came as the Prime Minister ruled out a second EU referendum in her strongest terms yet.

The PM has been rattled by the success of the People’s Vote ­campaign to reverse Brexit.

Source: Theresa May’s team ‘discussed’ a snap election if her Brexit plan fails – Mirror Online

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