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The South Shields lecture

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Labour stalwarts stayed away

Whilst South Shields MP and Foreign Secretary David Miliband hosted the Business Secretary Lord High Almighty Everything Mandelson at Harton Technology College in South Shields, for the Labour party’s annual “lecture”. Curly couldn’t make his mind up whether or not it would be worthwhile to attend and realised he would give Scott Duffy a major headache by making a late request for tickets, in any case Watford vs Sheffield Wednesday was probably more entertaining. Anyway, it was interesting to note, from those that I bumped into last night, that some Labour councillors deliberately and quite happily snubbed them both by staying away, yet it seems the meeting was infiltrated by some local Conservatives.

Perhaps they are fed up to the back teeth of the MP’s expenses scandal, or the failure of the government to make inroads with the recession, or Mandy’s attempts to sell off Royal Mail, or maybe they feel sore for the loss of 350 South Tyneside Council jobs as the likes of Miliband and Mandelson sit in a Cabinet which has overspent so much that it can no longer afford to finance local government.

Or maybe they are just fed up with softy southerners making such a big deal over fish and chips!

Moving slightly off topic Mike Smithson at Political Betting seems to suggest that yesterday’s meeting may have provided an opportunity for a tete a tete between David Miliband and “kingmaker” Mandelson, after a piece by The Mole supporting the notion that Gordon Brown could be replaced by one of the Miliband brothers. One to keep an eye on, he suggests.

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Written by curly

October 24, 2009 at 10:26 am

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  1. The lecture was never intended for Labour Party ‘stalwarts.’ It was for the general public to turn up and hear an invited speaker. Tickets were on a first come first served basis and I’m sure the Conservative candidate didn’t have to sneak in, infiltrate or use subterfuge ( judging by her contribution she would have done better to stop at home and watch the footie- not my opinion but that of two workmates I took along ) I have heard Lord Mandelson on several occasions as I am sure a lot of Councillors have but I took a couple of friends who wanted to hear him. Otherwise I might have stayed at home too and been classed as snubbing him.

    I spy

    October 24, 2009 at 4:12 pm

  2. Whether it was ‘intended’ or not, the lecture is clearly a Labour luvvie bash. Saying that, applying for the Millie Wonka silver ticket and passing vetting to make sure you’re not a threat to the massive Mandelson intellect hardly requires special ops training.

    rossinisbird

    October 24, 2009 at 5:22 pm


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