Friday, May 27, 2011

Sexy MP Site Titillates Parliament

Just when bored bag-carriers were wondering what they were going to do with themselves for the whole of recess, along comes SexyMP.co.uk. Someone clearly watched The Social Network and decided to bring the earliest version of “the facebook” to Westminster. The rules are very simple, you are presented with a picture of two MPs and you chose which one you would sleep with. The more points an MP the higher they go up the rankings:

Enjoy…

Crick Debunks Huhne’s Telegraph Spin

Regarding the Telegraph’s report this morning that Vicky Pryce had not co-operated with the police,  Huhne has briefed their crime correspondent, Mark Hughes, that he doesn’t think his estranged wife pulled the trigger:

“We have always thought that she was never going to make that allegation. But we didn’t know what she was going to do, she had made the allegation to the press, how did we know what she was going to say to the police? I think the phrase that has been used is that her allegations were to wound not to kill, because even if this all goes away she has still caused a huge storm. Chris is confident, but his confidence is not just because she hasn’t told the police anything, it comes from the fact that he hasn’t done anything.”

Enter stage right Newsnight’s Michael Crick with a comprehensive rebuttal of The Telegraph’s story. Crick says he has learnt:

Vicky Pryce is “irritated” by the report. “It’s rubbish that she’s not co-operating.” Ka-pow

Huhne’s car was photographed at around 11.20pm on the night in question, Huhne landed at nearby Stansted just under an hour before, while his wife was 40 miles away. Spin that.

As Guido said  there is evidence from Pryce to satisfy newspaper lawyers, according to Crick she has pledged to back up the papers in court if necessary. We might see this on Sunday. Boom.

Huhne’s Expenses Developments

The former LibDem councillors who recorded conversations about Huhne’s election expenses, and gave the transcript to the Mail, have just had their complaint that Huhne overspent last year rejected by the Electoral Commission. The figures given on the tape included general and local elections so there was no direct evidence of an overspend or that Huhne had any knowledge of it. Some costs can be split if the item is re-useable (as the agent says did in fact happen on tape), so only part of the cost gets declared. There was “no specific evidence that expenditure was under-reported.”

There were also allegations of undeclared donations, though it seems they were actually loans which had been properly declared to the Commission. Huhne has commented saying how grateful he is to the Commission for looking into this “quickly and thoroughly”. Though he should think twice before any sighs of relief…

Yesterday’s Sunlight Centre complaint did have specific expenditure details. Specifics that have led the Commission to say today that they are “urgently considering the allegations”, though due to depth, they will not be able to make the decision to launch a formal enquiry before the weekend.

Despite the protestations of LibDem bloggers, it seems that the Commission doesn’t share Mark Pack’s view thatthere is nothing to see here and hasn’t dismissed the allegations which he has spent the last two days trying to rubbish. Could it be because these same tricks are used by LibDems in other marginal constituencies…

Friday Caption Contest (Wed Ed Edition)

Another Day Another Balls Up

Given how noisy we know Balls can be when he wants to, he’s certainly got Gordon’s Macavity act down to a tee today. Which is hardly surprising given the savaging he just got in the High Court.

Blinky Balls

Balls failed to give controversial child services boss, Sharon Shoesmith, who does have a lot to answer for over the Baby Peter case, any chance to defend herself after he commissioned an Ofsted report that slammed her. He fired her live on TV instead and “she was denied the elementary fairness which the law requires.”

Balls will be hoping he has better luck at his next day in court on 1st June, where his former landlord is suing him.

Guido’s Gift To Wed Ed

Guido’s quest to find Ed and Justine a wedding present has been made a lot easier this morning. Apparently the Labour inner-circle did a whip around and bought Wed Ed an iPad as a present. A self-professed “square”, Ed was once a Rubik’s Cube expert, though he claims to be a little bit rusty these days. Guido has found Ed the perfect App for his new toy – Rubik’s Cube for iPad:

Hours of amusement for the reluctant hubby…

Here in the Guy Newsroom we will have a drink to celebrate the successful completion of our campaign to get Ed to do the right thing and make an honest woman of Justine, the mother of his children. It wasn’t easy, in January he told Piers Morgan “She’s not my wife. Thank God for that, probably”. Which seemed an odd thing to say. Now he is embracing the institution of marriage with enthusiasm:

No need to thank us Mrs Miliband…

Quote of the Day

Frankie Boyle tells The Sun

“If Ryan Giggs was so desperate to keep his name out of the papers and television news he should have just changed it to Miliband.”

Sources: Sunday Times & Mail on Sunday Have “Confession”

Guido understands that both the Sunday Times and the Mail on Sunday have evidence that is not in the form of a “sworn affidavit” as was claimed yesterday by rivals the Telegraph. It is nevertheless evidence from Vicky Pryce that gave the respective papers’ lawyers confidence to allow them to assert that Chris Huhne perverted the course of justice. A serious charge…

Today in the Daily Telegraph the same journalist, Mark Hughes, claims a police source says Vicky Pryce did not confirm claims she has previously made about taking her husband’s penalty points. It was Mark Hughes however who made the claim about a “sworn affidavit” and wrote yesterday in the Telegraph that it was “the likelihood that Miss Pryce told detectives that she took penalty points on behalf of her former husband when she was interviewed on Tuesday.”  An about turn in 24 hours…

Given the existence of her evidence, if it is true that Vicky Pryce has declined to assist the police, the police will almost certainly obtain a Court Order for the evidence from the newspapers. Not long now...

“I Did Not Have Sexual Relations With That Man”

Carole Caplin is back and she’s on the rampage, suing the Mail for implying that she was “some sort of sexpot or randy masseuse”.

She claims that she gave Tony Blair, or “Toblerone”, as she used to call him, nothing more than a neck message. No “hanky-panky” or funny business, well apart from those flats in Bristol. Given that she has turned down millions to tell the story of her years with the Blairs, Guido wonders exactly where the money came from for such a high-profile pursuit.

The judge reserved her decision for a later day…


Seen Elsewhere

Dave’s Chums Who Made Millions From Putin | Mail
Now Osborne Must Cut Taxes | Mail
Britain’s Recovery Outstrips the World | Times
Ruffley Could Be Suspended From Commons | Telegraph
Ruffley Loses Confidence of Constituency | Guardian
Ruffley Under Pressure to Quit | Telegraph
Gove Launches Ruffley Probe | Staggers
Clegg Must Fire David Ward | Sun
David Ruffley’s Campaign Against Domestic Violence | Buzzfeed
LibDem Criticises Clegg Over Farage Debates | Express
Ruffley Must Go | Guardian


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New Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has big ambitions in his first meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu today:

“I came to bring this conflict to an end.”



Flight Watch says:

Russia Today is a cauldron of bullsh*t. The only people that take it seriously are deluded conspiracy theorists. Other RT journos have resigned citing the same reasons.

It’s about as believable as Press TV, KCNA of North Korea or the Daily Mirror.


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