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How nice of defecting Tories to tarnish The Independent Group too

Kenneth Clarke: The instant a Brextremist gets installed as Tory leader, he’s off to Change UK.

Labour supporters should be loving the thought that they can just sit back and watch the Tories self-destructing – and taking other parties with them.

What, for example, was going through the mind of Stephen Dorrell when he decided to quit the Conservative benches in favour of Change UK – The Independent Group, saying in the process that they were the natural heirs of historic Conservatism?

He said: “I shall continue to describe myself, as I always have, as a liberal Conservative but I shall do so in future as a supporter of Change UK – The Independent Group, which I believe has become the natural home of those who regard themselves, as I do, as the heirs of Disraeli, Churchill, Macmillan and Heath.”

Another Tory, Neil Carmichael, has also left the party and both he and Mr Dorrell seem keen to represent Change UK in the forthcoming European Parliament elections.

And most damaging of all to the Conservative Party, grandee Kenneth Clarke has signalled that he may leave if Theresa May is replaced as leader of the Conservative Party by a “hard” Brexiter.

But this is also hugely harmful to the founders of the independent group in Westminster – all formerly Labour MPs who claimed that party had lost its way under Jeremy Corbyn.

It shows that Conservatives believe critics such as myself were right to describe the likes of Chuka Umunna, Chris Leslie and Luciana Berger as Tories in Labour ties.

And it suggests that opinion polls showing the Conservatives – rather than Labour – losing popularity to Change UK are correctly reflecting the mood of the public that these so-called independents are nothing other than more neoliberals in a different disguise.

Clearly the mask isn’t very convincing as we’ve all seen through it.

Source: Tories hit by new defections and slump in opinion polls as party divide widens | Politics | The Guardian


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Twitter user distils TINGe political pitch into 20 hilarious tweets. Which is YOUR fave?

Chuka Umunna: What is he for? Apparently if you read his pamphlet you won’t be any the wiser.

I can’t guarantee it’ll be the best thing you’ll read all weekend, as Skwawkbox implies.

But the distillation of Chuka Umunna’s 20,000-word pamphlet on how he sees the progressive approach to politics into 20 pithy tweets by Richard James certainly deserves as wide an audience as possible.

Let’s hope enough people see it to seal the doom of The INdependent Group of elitists once and for all.

If you’re wondering which tweet was my favourite, it’s the one that says: “People should stop cheeking their political and social betters on Twitter. It really is not on.”

What’s yours?

Source: Take-down of Tinge-group political pitch is probably best thing you’ll read this weekend | The SKWAWKBOX


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Blair COULD be expelled from the Labour Party for supporting The Independent Group

Under suspicion: Tony Blair may have believed he was above the rules that affect all members of the Labour Party. Let’s hope he’s proved wrong.

Yet again, Vox Political has proved itself to be ahead of the crowd.

I said Tony Blair should be expelled from the Labour Party after he broke party rules by speaking in support of the new Independent Group.

Now it seems independent journalist Liam Young has matched my words with actions, calling on the party’s compliance unit to launch an investigation:

Note that he echoed my words. I stated: “Everybody in the Labour Party is equally subject to the rules. Right?

“But will Labour’s complaints department – known as the compliance unit – take action?

“Doubtful.

“As the anti-Semitism row has shown, this part of the party is dedicated to supporting the privileges of party representatives, rather than the rules – or the rights of the membership to see those rules supported.”

In fact, current rules say memberships should not be suspended unless there is a danger of them adversely influencing other. As a former party leader who, although yesterday’s man, still has some clout, Mr Blair clearly qualifies for suspension under this rule.

Evolve Politics has reported on this, and its article is well worth reading.

Members of the public seem to be in support of a suspension:


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Tony Blair supports The Independent Group – so why hasn’t he been expelled from Labour?

Tony Blair: He can say what he wants without fear of censure, because Labour’s complaints procedure is biased in favour of party grandees. So much for everybody being treated equally!

Labour Party rules are very clear on this: No card-carrying Labour member may remain in the party if they support another political organisation in any meaningful way.

That includes former party leaders because everybody in the Labour Party is equally subject to the rules. Right?

Here‘s Tony Blair, speaking up in support of The Independent Group, as quoted in The Independent:

“Last week several MPs defected to form a new political grouping.

“These are new times. We need, despite our moderation, to embrace the spirit of insurgency.

“We need new ideas and thinking on policy. Above all, we need to wake up, gird up, stand up and summon up the strength and intelligence to prevail.”

He also said the anti-Semitism row had been a “running sore” in the Labour Party – but produced not a single scrap of evidence to support claims that Jewish Labour MPs had been subjected to anti-Semitic abuse by party members.

It is known that there have been six prosecutions relating to anti-Semitic abuse of former Labour MP Luciana Berger, for example – but none of them involved active Labour Party members. Perhaps Mr Blair protests too much?

As for Mr Blair: It is clear that he has broken party rules and should be expelled:

https://twitter.com/deselectbangers/status/1100349548113858560

But will Labour’s complaints department – known as the compliance unit – take action?

Doubtful.

As the anti-Semitism row has shown, this part of the party is dedicated to supporting the privileges of party representatives, rather than the rules – or the rights of the membership to see those rules supported.

While innocent party members continue to be cast out under false claims of anti-Semitism that will trouble them for the rest of their lives, this elitist will be able to carry on preaching falsehoods to eager ears – because it’s what his fellow elites in the Labour leadership want. They are very much like the Conservatives in that respect. Wait a couple of weeks and then tell me if I’m wrong.


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