Phil Woolas confirms he won’t be talking his case to Judicial Review:
“It is the end of the road – I am out”
The second former Labour MP in court today has pleaded guilty to false accounting for a sum of around £13,000 in mortgage interest.
UPDATE: Guido smells a plea bargain, he will be sentenced on January 7th. When considering sentencing let’s not forget the Fees Office clerk who “came up with a “carefully executed fraud” for £6,000 and was sent down for nine months. One rule for us…
Last month Labour’s new member for Wigan Lisa Nandy was rent-a-quoting to the Mirror about the PM putting his photographer on the taxpayer: “At a time when people are losing their jobs and homes this is outrageous.” All good for brownie points with the whips.
Oh dear, but what’s this in Lisa’s expenses claims published yesterday:
Claim Ref. No. 17322
Financial Year 2010-11
Expense Category: General Admin
Transaction Date: 26/07/2010
Short Description: Good quality images to record constituency engagements and for use on my website
It looks like the personal photographer goes to pretty much every event Lisa does. Charging the taxpayer for vanity shots at a time when people are losing their jobs and homes? “This is outrageous.”
Decision to have him kicked out of Parliament stands.
January by-election in Oldham…
Julian, come to Ireland, we’ve centuries of experience in hiding outlaws and the people are friendly with a soft-spot for trouble-makers. You can sleep in Guido’s barn…
The MPs got to have a good moan about IPSA, some of it justified, a lot of it hot air, in the House yesterday. Amongst the rants and rages was one snippet that stood out from Labour’s Ann Clewyd. She directly accused IPSA’s ironically named communications director Anne Power of leaking details to the press of MPs expenses.
Since IPSA’s inception stories have appeared about MPs and staffers that they certainly wouldn’t be briefing to hacks. An official denial has been sent out, but it’s certainly a leaky organisation. Obviously the accusation was protected by parliamentary privilege, but something tells Guido that she wouldn’t be suing if it was said in the real world…
Rumours are circulating that a member of the Lobby will be going to spin for Ed Miliband after the departure of the gaffe prone Katie Myler. Guido hears the Mirror’s tribal James Lyons is out in front in the running. Nigel Nelson is getting on a bit, but then The People were the only newspaper to back Ed so he can’t be ruled out. Although not really one of the Lobby the New Statesman’s Mehdi Hasan is another name in the fray – he backed Ed and the other Ed too. Miliband needs someone respected and punchy if he is going to avoid being Labour’s new IDS / Hague / Kinnock.
The dire performances of the Leader of the Opposition in the last few weeks have hardly prompted an overwhelming response to the feelers put out by his current team…
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All Change at TPA | Speccie
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IDS V Maude Tension Boils Over | Times
Guardian Begins Annual Ruining of Christmas | Daily Mash
What Would Maggie Do? | Kathy Gyngell
Can Cameron Win Back UKIP Voters? | Iain Martin
Arab World Needs a Mandela and De Klerk | Richard Spencer
Boris Not Running in Richmond | Mail
Warring Ideologies Return | Janan Ganesh
Cameron’s Weakness Paving Way For Brexit | Douglas Carswell
PM Tweets About Ant & Dec While Giving Mandela Tribute | Express
The Belgravia Gallery reports:
“Having been asked by Nelson Mandela’s art publisher to represent his work,drawings mainly of Robben Island, we had the privilege of spending a morning with Mandela when he was signing the lithographs at his home in Johannesburg in December 2002. He delighted us with stories about a number of well known British personalities over the years when he was president. Perhaps the most surprising was his description of Margaret Thatcher as “Motherly” and he remembered how she had poured him tea and they had discussed various ailments and how after he returned home, she had sent him herbal remedies.”