Is this election a battle between the Conservatives and the Unions?

For all their moaning about Lord Ashcroft – Labour happily gloss over who their paymasters are, namely the Union. And just how much money has Unite coughed up for the cause?

Last year Unite gave the Labour party £3.6 million. How very nice of them.

And now we learn that an event due to be held in Parliament has been cancelled due to a complaint made by Eric Pickles about a Parliamentary Room being used for party campaigning purposed.

Apparently invitations to Unite members made clear that the purpose of the event was to campaign for Labour in the General Election:

‘Unite is campaigning for a Labour win in the parliamentary and local government elections later this year.  Our members are convinced this is the right thing to do and are inviting you to play a part in our campaign… To get things moving on the campaign, we are inviting you to a reception at the House of Commons.’

‘Your MPs and Counsellors [sic] will be there, as well as senior union representatives.  More importantly, other members will be there from Unite and the unions we are campaigning with.’

With all that money sloshing around you really would think Unite could afford a room, even if the Labour party, given the state of their finances, can’t.

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Latest from the political betting market from Ladbrokes

Matthew Shaddick from Ladbrokes has recorded an exclusive podcast on the latest from the political betting market.

Will they be more accurate than the pollsters?

They have individual odds for each of the the 632 GB seats. So far, from that market they have come up with an expected seat total for each party which, at time of writing gets is:

Cons 333
Lab 219
LD 62
Others 36

Tory majority 16.

To listen to the full podcast click the play button above.

Gordon Brown 'unleashed forces of hell on me'…Who said that???

No it isn’t a former employee. No it isn’t a Conservative politician, but apparently its the current Chancellor of the Exchequer.

So to recap. When Brown has Chancellor relations with the Treasury and Number 10 were awful. When Brown is PM relations with the Treasury and the Chancellor are awful.

Remind me what the common denominator in all this is. Sorry I forgot.. he is just an impatient man keen to get things done. Yeah, more like something rotten at the heart of Government I think!

Nusrat Ghani fundraising drinks reception

Nusrat Ghani, Parliamentary Candidate for Birmingham Ladywood invites you to her fundraising drinks reception hosted by

Jeremy Hunt MP, Shadow Culture Secretary 
&
Andrew Mitchell MP, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

Wednesday 10th March, from 7pm to 9pm

VENUE @ 34 Smith Square, Westminster, London SW1P 3HL – At the historic former Conservative office

£50 per person (including drinks and canapés)

This is a ticket only event and places are limited – please book early

Contact & book tickets – nusratghani@britain.com or call 07748846405

RSVP by 29th February

Tower Block of Commons – Are we any the wiser?

Well it’s over, but having watched Tower Block of Commons are we left any the wiser. I have to say I did find it interesting, but perhaps for some of the wrong reasons. As I have written before I thought Austin Mitchell came over as awful, whereas the other MPs involved did themselves justice. I particularly thought Tim Loughton came across very well.

The programme still left me with a few unanswered questions. Am I right in thinking that each estate was situated in a Labour helf constituency, and shouldn’t the existing MP and local Council be pretty ashamed about themselves?

Secondly – if any MP needed to go on a show to see there are estates like that up and down the UK I am not sure they are living in the world I live in. I have already written about how in one area I was campaigning last year, Mopeds were chained up inside the house with rather aggressive dogs chained in outside (when you may expect a dog to be inside and a moped to be left outside).

Thirdly – what was the shows objectives? Partially to try to make MPs seem out of touch? I think there was a bit of that? But what was the point? I feel like I am none the wiser?

LabourSpace relaunch can't even spell Miliband right


Latest edition of the Seven Days Show now online

The latest edition of The Seven Days Show – episode 13, is now online. This week we discussed “tweetgate” and using social media; Gordon Brown and bullying; Sir Nicholas Winterton and first class travel; and finally the closing of the polls – and what it means for the Conservative party

To listen to the podcast click the play button above.

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