Isabel Hardman Isabel Hardman

Labour’s ‘quick and dirty’ briefing

More fallout from the Labour Ukip leak reaches me. Some sources in the party remain amazed that it apparently never crossed the desk of Yvette Cooper, given her role in the Ukip strategy group. But there is also considerable amusement about an email, passed to Coffee House, that Lucy Powell sent out describing the briefing pack as ‘quick and dirty’. Some might be wishing material produced by HQ wouldn’t fit such a racy description.

The row over the report is fading, but it seems to have increased some tensions between party frontbenchers. And those who produced the report itself aren’t in the best of moods either…

Dear colleagues

Further to discussions in the PLP regarding the UKIP constituency packs, I wanted to let you know that a “quick and dirty” pack produced by the Party – with general information on the profile of UKIP voters and how to campaign against UKIP plus a breakdown of the profile of your seat – will be available to be picked up from the PLP office from next Monday – 1st December.

The more in depth analysis, which John Healey is talking through with colleagues, will be available to those seats with a particular risk – either because of size of majority or because of the profile of your seat. If you are unsure whether you are on this list please ask John or myself or get in touch with my office on x4402.

Thanks and best wishes


Lucy Powell MP
Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office and Vice Chair of Labour’s General Election Campaign (Operations)

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