Exclusive: Labour set to lose Copeland by-election, party’s own canvass returns reveal : Telegraph.

Jeremy Corbyn is set to become the first official opposition leader to lose a by-election to the Government in 35 years, according to the Labour Party’s own canvass returns.

The Telegraph understands internal analysis of more than 10,000 conversations with voters in Copeland, the Cumbrian constituency, shows Labour’s support down by a third since 2015.

A senior Labour source said Mr Corbyn’s “incompetence” as a political leader is coming up repeatedly on the doorstep when discussing voting intention.

The returns suggest that the Tories will take Copeland – a seat held by Labour for 80 years – when voters pick their new MP next month.

It would be the first time the Government has won a seat off the official opposition since the Tories took Mitcham and Morden, London, in 1982.

The result would represent a “political earthquake”, according to a leading pollster, with fresh questions about Mr Corbyn’s leadership likely to be raised.

Tens of thousands of pounds have been spent on leaflets and online adverts in a flurry of investment to turn around the race before official spending limits kick in.

Mr Corbyn faces a double electoral test with by-elections in Copeland, triggered by the resignation of Jamie Reed, and Stoke-on-Trent Central, vacated by Tristram Hunt, expected on February 23.

Labour continued a winning streak in Copeland stretching back to the 1930s when it took the seat 42 per cent of the vote to the Tories’ 36 per cent in 2015.

However the party now faces a hat-trick of difficulties: Copeland backed Brexit, unlike Labour; many voters are employed by in nuclear industry, which Mr Corbyn has previously criticised; and the party is suffering a nationwide slump in support.

Read More : The Telegraph.

Tory MP Accuses Corbyn Of Being Russian ‘Collaborator’ For Trying To Stop Nuclear War : Evolve Politics.

A Tory War minister has accused Jeremy Corbyn of being a collaborator of “Russian aggression” after the Labour leader called for a de-escalation of tensions and “de-militarization” along the Russian border — following the recent buildup of NATO and Russian forces in the region.

The Tory minster’s comments echo what is now becoming a familiar narrative: anybody who opposes the buildup of NATO forces is accused of being supportive of Russia, and therefore a traitor to the west or a risk to national security.

Russia is increasingly being portrayed as a dangerous threat to the West, as was evidenced by last week’s debacle with President-elect Donald Trump — and forms the basis for what could become a disastrous nuclear conflict.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called for a “de-escalation” of tensions between NATO and Russia during a recent interview with the BBC, saying:

I want to see a de-militarization of the border between them.

Corbyn’s comments follow the recent announcement that the UK is sending another 800 troops to Estonia as part of the ever-intensifying military buildup in the Baltic region.

In response, Russia has moved its own troops within the country closer to those borders — causing serious tensions to rise among multiple nuclear-armed forces. Last year saw both the Russian and US military take part in increasingly hostile and provocative behaviour towards each other, and this week the US started deploying 4,000 troops to Poland, a move which has been described by military officials as:

The largest armed U.S. military brigade to be deployed to Europe since the end of the Cold War

Corbyn went on to explain what he sees as being the best solution to this potentially lethal crisis, saying it is:

unfortunate that troops have gone up to the border on both sides,

Adding that:

he wanted to see better relations between Russia, NATO, and the EU.

Corbyn explained that while Russia has taken part in serious human rights abuses — both domestically and in Syria, there must be:

better relationships between both sides … there cannot be a return to a Cold War mentality.

However, Corbyn’s sanity and desire to avoid nuclear conflict, and a return to the dangers posed by the cold war was met with intense hostility by the Tory Minister who said:

These comments suggest that the Labour leader would rather collaborate with Russian aggression than mutually support Britain’s NATO allies. As with Trident, everything Labour says and does shows that they cannot be trusted with Britain’s national security.

This is the predictable response we’ve come to expect at this point. Because Corbyn is calling for peace — this apparently means he is a “collaborate with Russian aggression”.  Of course, the bulk of the mainstream media ran with this ludicrous assessment and subsequent narrative.

Link : Evolve Politics.

Corbyn is doomed to electoral failure because he doesn’t watch Mrs Brown’s Boys, says Labour MP Stella Creasy : Daily Mail.

  • Stella Creasy said a cultural split between the party’s ‘intelligentsia’ and average voters would prevent Corbyn from winning a General Election
  • The Walthamstow MP  asked a conference of the Fabian Society whether anyone in the audience watched Mrs Brown’s Boys
  • When she was greeted by laughter, she pointed out it had been among the most popular programmes at Christmas, attracting more than eight million viewers
  • Said the fact the party’s hierarchy failed to watch it highlighted ‘the cultural divisions’ which stymied attempts to devise election-winning policies

Jeremy Corbyn is doomed to electoral failure because he and his supporters are not amused by bawdy programmes such as Mrs Brown’s Boys, a Labour MP declared yesterday.

Stella Creasy said a cultural split between the party’s ‘intelligentsia’ and average voters would prevent Corbyn from winning a General Election.

The Walthamstow MP made her remarks after another calamitous week for Mr Corbyn, during which he was rocked by the Commons resignation of former leadership hopeful Tristram Hunt, and was forced to abandon a shambolic New Year relaunch.

Ms Creasy asked a conference of the Fabian Society – a talking shop for highbrow liberals – whether anyone in the audience watched Mrs Brown’s Boys, the BBC’s hit sitcom starring the Irish comedian Brendan O’Carroll.

When she was greeted by laughter, she pointed out that it had been among the most popular programmes at Christmas, attracting more than eight million viewers. ‘It beat the Queen’s Speech and yet the intelligentsia are horrified,’ she said.

‘They don’t get the joke.’

Ms Creasy, a moderate who has faced criticism by Left-wing supporters of Mr Corbyn, said the fact that the party’s hierarchy failed to watch the programme highlighted ‘the cultural divisions’ which stymied attempts to devise progressive, election-winning policies.

Ms Creasy asked a conference of the Fabian Society ¿ a talking shop for highbrow liberals ¿ whether anyone in the audience watched Mrs Brown's Boys

Ms Creasy asked a conference of the Fabian Society – a talking shop for highbrow liberals – whether anyone in the audience watched Mrs Brown’s Boys.

Former Education spokesman Mr Hunt, who resigned from his Stoke- on-Trent Central seat, was once tipped as party leader.

He has quit his seat for a job as head of the V&A museum after despairing of the party’s electoral chances under Mr Corbyn.

Other moderate MPs are expected to follow his example in an attempt to destabilise Mr Corbyn through a series of by-election defeats.

The by-election at Stoke, where Labour holds a majority of 5,179, will be fought between Labour, second-placed Ukip and the Conservatives.

A spokesman for Mr Corbyn declined to comment on whether he watched Mrs Brown’s Boys.

Jeremy Corbyn vows to take failed care homes into public ownership : Guardian.

Labour leader says care system is letting down older people and Tories have driven NHS into ‘danger zone’

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

A Labour government could take thousands of nursing homes into public ownership to protect the welfare of residents, Jeremy Corbyn will announce in a speech aimed at portraying him as a champion of the populist left.

As part of the relaunch of the Labour leader as a politician who taps into public discontent with inequality, Corbyn will claim that he anticipated political shocks such as Brexit and the rise of Donald Trump, and will say he stands for “a complete break with this rigged system”.

In a key section of the speech on Saturday to the Fabian Society conference in London, Corbyn will castigate Theresa May over what he calls an NHS in the “danger zone” and a care system that is letting down older people.

A total of 380 care home businesses have been declared insolvent since 2010, Corbyn will say, according to excerpts of his speech released in advance.

“So a Labour government would give social care the funding it needs and give a firm commitment to take failed private care homes into public ownership to maintain social care protection,” the speech says. “It’s the least we can do to guarantee dignity for people who’ve given so much to our country.”

Much of the address is written in the more informal style of the Labour leader’s recent relaunch by his team as a would-be populist, ideologically opposite to the likes of Nigel Farage and Donald Trump but using language that similarly lambasts a system supposedly fixed against ordinary people.

The new style, announced before Christmas, had a rocky debut this week when a heralded change of approach on immigration was overshadowed by Corbyn’s varying series of comments about the idea of a maximum wage cap.

In Saturday’s speech, Corbyn will say he anticipated the likes of Brexit and Trump’s US election victory. “Last year’s global political earthquake didn’t just come out of the blue. There are many of us who had felt the tremors growing for years,” he will say. “The people who run Britain have been taking our country for a ride. They’ve stitched up our political system to protect the powerful.”

Other elements of the speech rail against a “system [that] simply doesn’t work for the vast majority”.

He will say of the government: “They’ve rigged the economy and business rules to line the pockets of their friends. They’ve slashed taxes on the richest – £70bn from now till 2022 – and cut pay and vital services for the rest.

“They’ve sold off our country’s assets and handed over public services to be milked by tax dodgers. They’ve piled up debt while failing to invest in the jobs and industries of the future.”

Among a series of promises to create a fairer society, Corbyn will say: “We will provide a long-term funding solution to our most precious national treasure, our NHS. I don’t keep talking about the NHS because it’s in Labour’s comfort zone. I talk about the National Health Service because it’s in a danger zone.”

While the effectiveness of Corbyn’s new style remains unproven, the Conservatives appear to have already made up their minds. On Friday evening the party sent out a fundraising appeal to members, saying the first week of the Corbyn relaunch had shown how “out of touch, chaotic and incompetent” Labour was under him.

Speaking to Sky News on Friday, Corbyn said the departure of Tristram Hunt to run the Victoria & Albert Museum, soon after the loss of another MP, Jamie Reed, did not indicate that he was under internal pressure.

“I don’t want to lose MPs but he [Hunt] has taken this position as director of the V&A – good luck to him,” he said. “I haven’t lost control of the party, the party isn’t out of control. We are a very large party with a growing membership.”

Revised government data released late last month showed that the care home sector was facing worse troubles than previously believed. It gave the figure of 380 businesses declared insolvent since 2010, 98 more than the initial count.

The data showed the rate of insolvencies had accelerated, going from 32 businesses in 2010 to 74 in 2015. These ranged in size from families running one care home to nationwide operators.

The number of collapses is expected to increase further, with even big chains facing the pressure of lower council funding to pay for care. Four Seasons, the biggest care home operator in the country with more than 400 properties, recorded a pre-tax loss of £264m last year.

Link : The Guardian.

Griffith clashes with Corbyn over Estonia action : Morning Star.

SHADOW defence secretary Nia Griffith has apparently clashed with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn over plans for Britain to deploy troops to Estonia in a “warning” to Russia.

A source close to Nia Griffith said yesterday she was “absolutely furious” after Mr Corbyn said the Nato mission would only “escalate tensions.” She had said deployments would be “very sensible and fruitful” in sending a “defensive” message to Russia.

Her support for Nato is a “red line” but she was not considering her position in the shadow cabinet, the source is reported to have said. RAF Typhoon fighter jets have already been involved in the interception of Russian warplanes.

Mr Corbyn’s spokesman said: “What we don’t want to see is a ratcheting up of tensions between Russia and the West, as has been taking place.

“We want to see an engagement with Russia — on a critical and serious basis.”

Read More : Morning Star.

Corbyn backs cap on private NHS contractor bosses’ pay : LeftFootForward.

Deny firms NHS contracts if boss earns 20 times junior worker, says Labour leader.

Jeremy Corbyn has called for a pay cap to tackle runaway wages for bosses of private firms bidding for NHS contracts.

A Labour government would deny contracts to any company where bosses earned more than 20 times a junior worker, he said today.

Corbyn unveiled the 20:1 policy on Tuesday, and has now confirmed this would apply to private firms seeking to run NHS services.

 

He said today that NHS England spending on private providers has more than doubled since 2010, calling this ‘privatising our NHS by stealth’.

Labour said the basic pay for chief executive of outsourcing giant Serco was £850,000, compared with the £340,000 for a top-earning chief executive in an NHS trust.

 

Corbyn said:

“Health privateers are earning huge sums at taxpayers’ expense, while health workers have faced a pay freeze. When health services are privatised, the brakes come off the pay of the executives in charge.

Shrinking the widening pay gap in health will support Labour’s plans to end health privatisation and bring services into a secure, publicly provided NHS.”

Labour said spending on private providers was £8.722 billion in 2015/16, or 7.6 per cent of the NHS’s day-to-day running costs, up from £4.144 billion, or 4.4 per cent in 2009/10.

See: Public supports increasing taxes to fund the NHS

Link : LeftFootForward.

How would the press react if Jeremy Corbyn behaved anything like Theresa May? : Another angry voice.

The extreme levels of mainstream media bias against Jeremy Corbyn has been academically proven. Even if you’re the kind of person who has had enough of experts, consider these things.

Given that the mainstream media continually blamed Jeremy Corbyn for Brexit (123 media appearances), how is it possible to explain that Theresa May actually gets repeatedly praised for her lazy self-serving non-campaign during the EU referendum (just 29 media appearances despite holding one of the most important offices of state)?

If Jeremy Corbyn had openly bragged about his willingness to incinerate 100,000 innocent men, women and children in a nuclear fireball like Theresa May did in July 2016, would the mainstream press have painted him as a “strong leader”, or would they have used it as evidence that he’s some kind of genocidal left-wing tyrant?

If Jeremy Corbyn had actually quoted a bigoted and misogynistic Twitter troll in parliament like Theresa May did in September 2016, would the mainstream press have given him a total free-pass on it like they gave Theresa May?

If, like Theresa May, Jeremy Corbyn had a proven track record of attacking the rights and liberties of the British people, undermining the justice system, introducing discriminatory laws and fantasising about scrapping our human rights and replacing them with a set of “allowances” drawn up by him and his mates, would the media continually portray him as a “safe pair of hands” or would they use such an appalling track record as evidence that he’s an authoritarian tyrant?

If Jeremy Corbyn decided to sign off on a ludicrous rip-off deal to bribe communist China into building our energy infrastructure for us like Theresa May did, would the mainstream media have just let it pass, or would they have shrieked themselves into hysteria about his extreme-left tendencies?

The obvious answer to all of these questions is that the media would not have given Corbyn the same kind of ridiculously easy ride that they keep giving Theresa May.

The mainstream press prefer Theresa may because she’s keen on tax cuts corporations and the super-rich, which suits the billionaire sociopaths who own most of the newspapers that set the political agenda. They hate Corbyn because he’s a genuine anti-establishment outsider who would shake up the political system by giving more power to ordinary people (meaning less for self-entitled politicians, billionaire press barons and lazy mainstream media hacks).

Link : Another angry voice.