Labour MPs Who Didn't Expect To Win Are
Wandering Around Parliament In A Daze
"I entirely expected to lose it," one shellshocked
newly elected politician told BuzzFeed News.
Posted on June 12, 2017, at 8:41 p.m.
Jim Waterson BuzzFeed UK Political Editor
Darren Jones had a plan for this weekend: He and his new wife would take all their boxed-up belongings and move from Bristol to a new home in St Albans, where he would return to work as a lawyer for BT in London, working on long-term strategic projects for the telecoms firm.
Instead, accidentally and against his every expectation, the 30-year-old found himself elected as the Labour MP for the constituency of Bristol North West after benefiting from the Corbyn surge and unexpectedly beating pro-Brexit Tory Charlotte Leslie.
"I entirely expected to lose it," he told BuzzFeed News as he wandered around parliament on Monday afternoon, still wearing the same tie from his election count because all of his clothes are still packed up for the rapidly abandoned move to St Albans. "The national polls ... made it very clear that we were going to lose MPs, not win them."
His employer agreed to give him the time off for the campaign on the understanding that he had no chance of actually becoming an MP and would immediately return to work on strategic long-term projects.
Jones told his boss: "I’m doing this because it’s important to me but there’s no hope of winning." Instead he turned a 4,944-vote Tory majority into a 4,761-vote Labour majority, a stunning result in a seat that was not originally considered to be a Labour target. "My idea of what a good job looked like was to distract Tories from the other Bristol seats," he said.
On the day he was due back in to work at BT, Jones instead found himself signing up for parliamentary services while helping to negotiate with Airbus to keep its manufacturing plant in his constituency despite the aerospace firm's concerns about Brexit.
All over the House of Commons on Monday there were small groups of new Labour MPs wandering around with a slightly dazed look and trailing suitcases containing enough clothes to get them through the week after winning seats in an election where many thought they had no chance of winning.
Several candidates who had been sceptical of Jeremy Corbyn's record as leader – including Jones – unexpectedly found themselves having to give up their day job and turn up in Westminster, sometimes with a limited idea of what their new role involved.
Ellie Reeves, the new Labour MP for Lewisham West and Penge, said there was a lot of excitement, especially among new MPs who thought they had little chance of being elected. She described Rosie Duffield, who was elected Labour MP for the formerly rock-solid Tory seat of Canterbury, as being "shellshocked".
She also said the induction process was a bit like "freshers' fair at university", with MPs being signed in by parliamentary officials armed with colour-coded lists.
"You get a locker key and your buddy shows you around. Everyone's buddied up with a member of House of Commons staff. There's a lot of new faces – there's a lot of chat. 'Where are you from? Were you expecting to get in?'"
At the moment many MPs are still based in temporary offices while doing the normal things associated with getting a new job, like trying to work out how to get logged into the computer system and finding out where to get a cup of coffee.
Afzal Khan, the newly elected MP for Manchester Gorton, said there was a "conveyor belt" of information to take in, while Anneliese Dodds, who represents Oxford East, said many were in shock.
"Lots of us didn't necessarily expect to be there," she said. "Particularly in the South East in Portsmouth and Canterbury and other places where we hadn't necessarily expect we would be picking up new seats, it's very exciting to see those people.
"We've certainly had a real shot of energy with all the new people coming in."
_________________ Minds are like parachutes.
They only function when open.
"Not everybody who dislikes the EU is right-wing. Far from it....."
"Populism works both ways - it can go to the left as well.... _________________ Minds are like parachutes.
They only function when open.
Theresa May faces legal challenge over proposed deal with DUP
Legal team preparing to apply for judicial review of Tory-DUP pact
on grounds that it breaches the Good Friday agreement
Josh Halliday and Owen Bowcott
Theresa May is facing a landmark legal challenge over her proposed deal with the Democratic Unionist party on the grounds that it breaches the Good Friday agreement.
An experienced legal team, which has been involved in constitutional challenges, is planning to apply for a judicial review of the deal once it is announced, the Guardian has learned.
High court judges would be asked to examine whether the pact breaches the British government’s commitment to exercise “rigorous impartiality” in the Good Friday agreement.
The case, which could be heard in the supreme court because of its constitutional significance, follows warnings by politicians from all sides that the deal risks undermining the peace process in Northern Ireland.
The transport secretary, Chris Grayling, said on Tuesday that the deal to support the Conservative’s minority government may not be sealed until after the Queen’s speech.
It is understood that the legal challenge has been in preparation for some time but that any action would be announced after the prime minister outlines the deal in the coming days.
Lawyers are believed to have found a lead claimant to fight the case, similar to the role that the investment banker Gina Miller had when she won a supreme court ruling ordering ministers to introduce emergency legislation to authorise Britain’s departure from the EU in January.
It is understood that potential lead claimants have been warned to expect significant press attention – Miller has said the Brexit case made her the most hated woman in Britain – and that the claim will need to be crowdfunded....
Huge rally for Catalan independence before vote
Daniel Bosque and Adrien Vicente,
AFP • September 11, 2017
Barcelona (AFP) - Hundreds of thousands of Catalans rallied on Monday to demand their region's secession from Spain, in a show of strength three weeks ahead of an independence referendum which has been banned by Madrid.
Draped in red, yellow and blue separatist flags -- with one banner reading "Goodbye Spain" -- they marched through central Barcelona in what many hope will be the last protest before independence.
"If there is huge mobilisation, they can't do anything in Madrid," said Jordi Calatayud, a 21-year-old economics student, referring to the October 1 vote.
"Catalan people will make independence possible; if there are a lot of us, they can't stop us."
Around one million people took part in the event, Barcelona's municipal police said in a Twitter post. A spokeswoman for the central government's representative in the wealthy northeastern region put the turnout lower, at around 350,000 people.
The protest coincides with Catalonia's national day, the "Diada", which marks the fall of Barcelona in the War of the Spanish Succession in 1714 and the region's subsequent loss of institutions and freedoms.
Since 2012 the holiday has been used by separatists to press for an independent state.
"What more do we have to do to make it understood that the people of Catalonia want to vote?" Catalonia's pro-independence president Carles Puigdemont told reporters at the rally.
I was riding my bike yesterday Monday all around the eastern part of the city centre (Barceloneta and Olympic village) from about noon to 6pm and I saw not a trace of the million people, perhaps a half dozen here and there carrying catalan flags,.
BIG ELECTION WIN BY 'GERMANY FIRST'
MOVEMENT ECHOES TRUMP'S VICTORY
Angela Merkel is odds-on to head Germany's next government, but there's
muted elation because her CDU party had it's worst election in over 60 years.
Merkel's former coalition partners, the SPD also saw its support slip to a
low not seen in six decades.
Millions of the votes lost by the main neoliberal parties had fled to AfD:
Alternative for Germany; a nationalist party which opposes immigration
and multi-culturalism, distrusts the EU Superstate and doesn't like the Euro.
Views so contrarian to the neoliberal agenda have until now been shared
by only a paltry few percent of the electorate. In Germany, if your party
gets less than 5% electoral support, you don't get to be in parliament.
But AfD blew through that 5% threshold. Afd got 13.5% of the vote.
Making AfD the third largest party and a new voice in the parliament.
That's a pivotal breakthrough. For the nationalist viewpoint like AfD,
being out of media sight is being out of voters' minds. But there will
now be a new voice in the daily discourse of politics. Which gives the
new anti-globalists the space to argue against neoliberal group think.
Check out this Feb 2017 meeting by the AfD leader with Putin's people:
All this has implications for the NWO's German sanctions against Russia.
The AfD have a platform now to condemn this policy as damaging to
Germany's national interest.
Globalism is being defeated by nationalism. Seen in Britain's EU exit.
Evident in Scotland's independence movement and in Catalonia likewise.
This Anti-NWO disease of nationalism, which powered Trump's rise,
and which in France burns fiercely among Marine Le Pen's supporters
has now found expression in Germany -which for too long has been
a mere tool of the NWO power-brokers in London and Washington.
Germany will be no NWO tool.
A game changing moment. _________________ Minds are like parachutes.
They only function when open.
Too little, too late, there are more Muslim youngsters than Germans now. Literally millions upon millions of illegal immigrants have been allowed to sweep in, you speak out about it you are castigated, attacked or arrested. Yet despite this still this bitch remains in power, still the party is elected. The German people have been turned into a bunch of self hating apologists for their own existence and soon their history, their culture, their identity will be extinct.
All we have seen is what the NWO would have expected a rejection albeit too little too late of some of the population.
It's over, these are the last remnants, you want to talk about Trump? We're it not for those damn whites Trump would not be in power. Those damn people are fading quickly though, which is what this Jewish banking/global cabal want. This is why they have always promoted mass immigration. They need to wipe out any remnants of nationalism.
Imagine 45 years ago saying to a Pole, a Russian, a French man, an English man you are a "white nationalist" they would have looked at you and thought well yes I am white and I am a nationalist and if you are using it as a pejorative then go and fuck yourself.
Europe has one chance and one chance only which mass deportation of millions of illegal immigrants, mass deportation of Islamist advocates, mass rejection of this insidious drive to corrupt all morality which now even extends to labeling an abortion "a procedure" which potentially means you can do it whenever the fuck you want, heck post birth murder is now being spoken about it "theoretically" you understand.
These fucked up "liberals" don't realise that an Islamist hates them much more than they do of the likes of me because I am also sickened by this depravity. There will be a great price to me for this and the cabal are waiting for it to set off now or just the incremental transition
In fact it's easy make your policies mass immigration and Muslim friendly and you win. I reckon the poll results will show an overwhelming percentage of Muslim voters in favour of Merkel just as they were with Macron. One voting block grows exponentially and the other fades into obscurity.
You are denying reality, a dominant culture always emerges, the bigger the number of a particular group the more they are insistent in their own self interest. Which is why China, Japan and most of the world tries to retain control over it's borders because with it goes everything else.
Your statement is ridiculous given to what great lengths "they" have gone to force upon Europe and indeed America with "multiculturalism"
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