December 5th, 2011

Burnham Sponsoring Commons Pass for Health Lobbyist
Shadow Health Secretary “Owes” Lobbyist £20,000

Guido had to chuckle the other day when he saw Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham press releasing “our NHS is not for sale”. Not only did Burnham play a vital role in the ongoing privatisation of the NHS, but closer to home he’s not averse to taking a little private-sector cash. He has been up to his neck in putting amendments down to legislation on behalf of his donors and now this whole attack line is about to look even sillier…

Guido likes to keep an eye on the Register of Members’ Interests, in particular the interests of members’ staff and the passholders they sponsor. Burnham has given a pass to one Mr Kevin Lee, a former Labour Party staffer linked to the Shadow Health Secretary in the past. Lee was the pro-bono Campaign Director for Burnham’s abortive Labour leadership bid in 2010. Coincidentally Lee loaned the campaign £21,000 and spoke publicly on its behalf. They are close friends…

Kevin Lee is also the Managing Director of Lee Communications and Public Affairs Ltd - which he set up in August 2009 – just one month after Andy Burnham became Health Secretary. This is where it starts getting a little murky; Lee Communications have multiple NHS clients such as the Southwark, Trafford and North East Essex Primary Care Trusts as well as the East of England Strategic Health Authority for good measure. Lucky boy…

Rather foolishly Lee is all over the internet boasting about his connections to Burnham. Apparently he’s a master of “liais[ing] with senior politics at all levels of government… arrangement of client meetings with government Ministers”. Apparently he has “contacts” to help “engage politicians” and “influence key decision-makers”. And those contacts are in his pocket – Guido understands Burnham’s leadership loans have not yet been repaid. 

Firstly why has a lobbyist got a parliamentary pass, in direct conflict with rules? Why was it only given to him recently?

Secondly, what on earth is the Shadow Health Secretary doing giving a lobbyist, with health clients, unfettered access to the parliamentary estate?

Is he an adviser or aide, or is this just Burnham’s way of repaying the loans? Even if the money had been repaid, the pass is still a massive breach of protocol.

Dodgy credentials, a close relationship, along with the suspicious lobbying firm with a similar brief to the politician? It all smells a bit… Werritty.


157 Comments

  1. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Now if that isint a conflict of intrest then i dont know what is?

    Clarkson him!

  2. 3
    JH says:

    Y’know, for a ‘communications specialist’ Kevin Lee’s website is absolutely shit.

    • 73
      BillyBob... says:

      Time for a Clarkson ?

    • 148
      Crassius Horrendous. says:

      “Communication expert” means he knows how to send an email and even use twitter as he is a twat.
      What do you expect from people who cannot even spell let alone speak English?

  3. 5
    Jeff Tracy says:

    The c u n t can’t drive TB1 to save his life. Lady Penelope takes it up the arse so things aren’t all bad on this island, I suppose.

  4. 6
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Jesus said “Come forth”
    But i came fifth and won a teapot !

  5. 7
    Selohesra says:

    I think Burnham’s problem is that he’s just a bit thick – a lot of MPs have something about them even if you disagree with what they say – Andy comes across as nice enough but just completely out of his depth

    • 15
      Loungelizard. says:

      Know what you mean. He reminds me of Norman Wisdom, only I hesitate to use the word wisdom in a sentence describing Andy B.

      • 107
        The Paragnostic says:

        But surely shouting “Grim Dyke” in the PLP would cause confusion?

        (OK – I know it was Grimsdale, but couldn’t resist).

  6. 11
    annette curton says:

    Eye-liner don’t come cheap.

  7. 13
    Polly's Villa in Tuscany says:

    Hmm, could this possibly contradict the new Bribery Act?

    • 22
      annette curton says:

      What would that be then, Bribery has now been officially sanctioned by an act of Parliament in case anybody was still in doubt about it?.

  8. 14
    Labour, desperately making excuses says:

    Look over there!!! Liam Fox!!

    • 49
      Solly says:

      Look over there!! Two pieces of paper. One saying “All the money is gone”, and another one is totally blank.

      • 139
        Really? says:

        Given these facts, how anyone can vote for them is a matter which perplexes the nations’s finest intellects. The habit of tribal loyalty is the prime suspect. Tribe ahead of fact.

  9. 17
    nellnewman says:

    Hmmm. Doesn’t that sound awfully like Fox and Werrity?!!

  10. 19
    Ed's secretary says:

    I believe Mr Milib*nd is coming down with a cold unfortunately, and might be forced to be absent for PMQs on Wednesday. He hopes a colleague will further keep putting this government to the sword by continuing the extremely important points concerning those nasty J. Clarkson comments.

    • 102
      Nemo says:

      Introducing he’ll make you laugh (makes Guido laugh anyway) the one and only and give a warm welcome to ….. Eddy Balls!!!!!!!!!

      • 110
        The Paragnostic says:

        It’ll probably be Harpy Hatesmen – she is deputy Gauleiter at the moment…

    • 106
      Cynical-old-bag says:

      Ooooohhhh. I do hope it’s something much worse than that.

  11. 20
    50 Calibre says:

    He could get as much a 2 weeks in the slammer for this…

  12. 21
    Kered Ybretsae says:

    Dodgy my arse this is nearly bloody criminal.

  13. 23
    Booty is skin deep says:

    Ug, or is it Kevin, Lee states that he is ‘Campaign Director at Andy Burnham MP’ on his linkedin page.
    http://www.linkedin.com/pub/kevin-lee/b/a35/a4

  14. 27
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Burnham – burn him!

  15. 30
    The Meeeja says:

    What with Labour donors supporting Miliband with blood money >> http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2069715/Miliband-tycoons-21m-profit-Swiss-home-sold-daughter-dictator-boiled-enemies.html

    and Burham selling passes for loans, you’d think the media would be all over this like Fox/werrity wouldn’t you!!

    Thought not!

    Boulton, Sopel, Vine, Paxman, BBC and SKY – YOU USELESS TWUNTS!!!

  16. 32
    The BBC says:

    Obviously we would be covering this but all our reporters are hiding in bushes in Edinburgh waiting to photograph 2 pandas having a shag!

    • 149
      BBC Auditor says:

      This is totally untrue.
      We always have a London back-up team to support the unions and the Labour party for when they eventually have something important to say.
      While the panda story is front line Scottish news our Today team are working hand in glove with the Guardian and the LSE defending out left wing principles and principals.
      Note our analysis of the recent riots blaming the police for everything even though our fellow travellers were in charge of them at the time.

  17. 33
    Labour hypocrisy exposed again says:

    Fantastic! Burntham is one of the more odious and slimy of the Labour frontbench. This is popcorn worthy fun. This is the kind of thing that keeps me coming back to this site. I hope Cameron mentions this at pmqs on Wed.

    • 54
      jgm2 says:

      Cameron can bring it up all he wants and doubtless give Ned another PMQ pasting but it won’t matter a jot because the BBC on their 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock news will, if it shows anything, show Ned asking some stupid question to the cheers of the Labour benches and then cut off Cameron’s reply.

      They might allude to it six or eight sub-directories into their online content so they can argue they covered it ‘across the range of their output’ but that will be about it.

      The Murdoch press is effectively shackled because any expose by them will be batted back by the Labour apologists as merely ‘revenge’ from News International and the Independent and Grauniad are only interested in T*ry misdeeds.

      This will be unhappened. It is already unhappened.

  18. 36
    The BBC says:

    Landsley you say? Right, that’ll be first item on 6 o’clock news and big feature on Newsnight. Start ringing around for people to come on to disagree with NHS privatisation.

    Oh, wait – it was Burnham?

    Oh well, nothing to see here. Move along now.

  19. 37

    Doesn’t this illustrate one thing?

    Money grubbing cuts right across party lines. The whole act is just a chimera.

  20. 38
    I do hope Gordon hasn't Nokia'd them says:
    • 42
      nellnewman says:

      Oh My Lord, has she and gordon issued their press release about impending visit to pandas and been out there yet for their photo op?

      • 55
        Solly says:

        The Curse of the Manse will be upon the Pandas. They won’t see Christmas.

      • 79
        Manager E.C.B. c/o Rumpy Pumpy et all says:

        They are waiting for Carla and Nicholas to make it a foursome. Or a sixsome if you count de bears.

    • 45
      Tax Payer says:

      Yeah, they’re a drain on our taxes and all they produce is sh*t.

      Know anyone other hero’s like that, Sarah?

    • 59
      Sophie says:

      How can you sleep with that man after the destruction he has wrought upon the yet unborn British taxpayers?

    • 60
      Sweetie & Sunshine says:

      谁是布朗阳光呢?从这里浓情蜜意让他走,我永远也不会得到硬!

      • 70
        Solly says:

        Sorry mon we only do Deep Fried Mars Bars here. Have ye tried the Sum Yung Guy takeaway? He might ha’ some of those beansprouts. Ye ken?

        • 85
          Anonymous says:

          Sorry my old fruit we only do jellied eels down here in ingerland and did I tell you my old man was a dustman, cor blimey, lets do some buggery !

    • 72
      BillyBob... says:

      What a silly nipple, she forgot to put the magic word in…. ‘Scotland’.

    • 99
      EdButLookBalls says:

      A couple of rug-munching pandas FFS! I though they made do with bamboo!

      • 126
        Pandamonium says:

        And at £600,00 per year for ten years eh?
        Clever capitalists those Chinese.
        But who is paying the bill to freeze the balls off of a couple of bears?
        Well, well its those nice English folks again.

  21. 39
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    So Mischa B is voted off and yet again the race card is dealt. Well here’s 3 names to mull over. JLS, Leona Lewis,Alexandra Burke.All success stories.
    Mischa wasn’t voted off because of her skin colour,she was voted off because she was nothing more than a nasty vindictive bully,which by the way she admitted to.
    And don’t give me all that shit that people deserve a second chance.She hadn’t changed a bit since her school days,and all that cutesy smiling when the judges were giving their comments wasn’t fooling anybody.
    Once a bully,always a bully..and the public don’t like bullies.

    Especially black ones.

  22. 40
    john in cheshire says:

    “he’s not adverse” – I think the word is “averse”.

  23. 41
    Just as well YOU don't have material consumerist passions, like a villa in Tuscany or flying 1st class says:
    • 48
      nellnewman says:

      Laughable pollytwaddle. Well she’d know all about leisure , precious little about real work though.

    • 50
      Tax Payer says:

      You are the antithesis of Skidelsky’s theory.

    • 51
      Jasmin Alibi Cunt says:

      These lefty vermin are beyond parody

    • 53
      Sophie says:

      FFS.

      Why dont you give away your possessions to the poor & volunteer to pay 99% of your income to the taxman you venal old harpy?

      Surely a rich toff such as your self has at least one home to give away to support your espoused values?

    • 56

      This is so wrong in so many ways. She does not mention the production of wealth. The common reward of labour and enterprise.

    • 57
      Solly says:

      What does she know about work?

      #occupy_tuscany

    • 64
      jgm2 says:

      Underproduces leisure?

      And yet when there’s 1,000,000 18 – 25 year olds unemployed all she does is bitch about it. Make your mind up Polly.

    • 133
      @ Occupy Tuscany says:

      It’s socialist governments that over-produce work and under-produce leisure.

      I could work a three day week or retire early if I didn’t have your tax-bill like a millstone around my neck.

  24. 46
    Sophie says:

    Patricia Hewitt – she was a Labour Health Secretary engaged in substantial “networking”.

    I wonder what she is doing now?…………………………

    • 52
      nellnewman says:

      Whatever it is , it’ll be generously lining her pockets. Labour are so good at that!

      • 143
        Michael Moore says:

        George Galloway stated thta 18 of 22 ministers were millionaires. Some are Lib-Dems. Anyone know how many Labour ministers were millionaires or married to a millionaire?

  25. 47
    Radio Five Labour says:

    We havent got time to cover this story as we are spending all our time on interviewing ‘ordinary’ hard working members of the public who have to choose between eating or heating, on account of savage Tory cuts

    • 60
      Solly says:

      Instead of giving pensioners a load of cash for heating this winter, stop forcing them to pay TV tax.

      • 69
        jgm2 says:

        Ha! An absolute belter of a policy. Abolish the TV tax for those of pensionable age.

        How can the BBC/Grauniad justify charging old folk 150 quid a year for a bit of TV companionship. Money they could spend on heating instead.

        It’s a vote-winner I tell you.

  26. 57
    Well one of 'em is talking complete rubbish and my bet is on "Dave" says:

    In Paris:

    Merkel and Sarkozy tell the assembled press that they intend to have new treaty negotiations starting in March 2012 that will substantially alter the european union and create a massive voting bloc of 17. They propose that only 85% of members need to ratify for treaty to be effective and that any country that does not wish to comply can effectively no longer be expected to be consulted on major decisions regarding the Single Market and Transactional Taxes which they suggest may be brought in by Qualified Majority voting thus avoiding the national veto of any particular nationIt is now time for nations to decide if they’re on the train or not but either way the train is leaving with them on board or not.On Friday those attending will be presented with the requirements of the Franco_German Alliance….there will be no room for dissent

    In London:

    Cameron tells assembled press that there is unlikely to be a treaty change effecting any but the 17 members of the eurozone or a new treaty.He further states that under his leadership the UK will ensure that their national interests are protected and that he will tell his partners so on Friday of this week.He also confirms that there is no requirement for referendum

    • 124
      The Paragnostic says:

      “The train leaving Bahnsteig Eins in 4 months will be calling at Belsen, Auschwitz and Berchtesgarten. Passengers not for Berchtesgarten should join the rear portion of the train, where extra straw has been provided.”

  27. 62
    Coiled Spring says:

    Is there ANY politician in this country who is straight, honest and has good selfless intent with integrity. Just one will do??????

    They really are a bunch of self-serving money grabbing tossers. The lowest of the lowest of all the professions. I would spit on each and every one of them.

  28. 65
    Sungei Patani says:

    Why do ” Southwark, Trafford and North East Essex Primary Care Trusts as well as the East of England Strategic Health Authority” need to employ, at taxpayers expense, a public affairs and communications specialist?

    Why should any organisation funded by the taxpayer employ parliamentary lobbyists?

  29. 66
    God says:

    I still love you because I created you. Now get off your arse and do some work!

  30. 71
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:
  31. 75
    labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    A B-BBC spokesperson

    We are very disappointed that this story is about a good, honest politician (labour) and not a wicked Conservative, as the ‘privatisation’ of the NHS is a very important meme to the labourunionsbbc axis.

    As many viewers and listeners to our propaganda know, we constantly use it as a scare story against the evil Tories.

    Had this one featured a member of the coalition we would be doing a whole expose on it, as it is we won’t be running it.
    Pay up now.
    That’s all.

    • 81
      Jesus H Christ says:

      Early day motion 2504
      Print version
      JEREMY CLARKSON

      Session: 2010-12
      Date tabled: 01.12.2011
      Primary sponsor: Turner, Karl
      Sponsors:
      That this House condemns the disgraceful and disgusting remarks made by Jeremy Clarkson on the BBC; notes that his comments have been criticised by thousands of licence payers, hon. Members and unions; believes that his remarks were inflammatory and have left workers and their children shocked and upset; further believes that high profile TV presenters have influence on their audience and should act with responsibility at all times; calls on the Government to give a full response; and urges the BBC Director General to commence disciplinary proceedings.

      http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/business-papers/commons/early-day-motions/edms-by-number/

      • 90
        Coiled Spring says:

        Jeremy Clarkson: 21,000 complained about his comments yet 40 million agreed with him. Karl Turner must be one big piece of politically correct shit – unless of course he’s being ironic!

        • 132
          Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

          Mr. Clarkson does not have to open his mouth to prove himself a twot, dear. Look to the hairdo and the dress non-sense to find a useless journalist struggling to find it’s raison d’être.

      • 94
        Sophie says:

        Oh the precious darlings of the left – cowering workers in their homes waiting to be shot. Ridiculous. Grow up.

        Anyway, as we saw the strike was a monumental failure so only a small percentage of militant unionists would have been shot in front of their families at worst.

        I hope the BBC does lose Clarkson. He belongs in the private sector.

        As the BBC needs no audience due to “the unique way in which it is funded”, I am sure the loss of 350 million viewers a week will go completely un-noticed.

      • 95
        Jezza says:

        some say Karl Turner is a just a front for the fat fucking trougher Lard Presclott and that he eats more sandwiches than Paddington Bear

  32. 76
    annette curton says:

    • 84
      Coiled Spring says:

      Crikey, she must be one hell of a frustrated old woman – she even moved into position for the dog!

  33. 78
    Andrew Burnham, MP says:

  34. 82
    nightwatch says:

    Surely, Andy ” don’t-do-London-dinner-parties-me ” Burnham, northern class warrior to the roots of his eyelashes, would’nt…………would he ?

    Yes of course, he’s just another Labour sleazeball.

  35. 83
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:
  36. 87
    Randy sod says:

    Ewan, ow abart a kwik stiffy darhlin, as i get all orny finking off yoo.
    Sorries to cat an all that jizz.
    X

  37. 88
    Sophie says:

    Is Burnham wearing make up?

    Is he a gayer?

  38. 89
    EdButLookBalls says:

    What’s with Burnham and the Louise Mensch Maschine !! TEE Hee!

  39. 92
    Labour, A Subsidiary Company of the Unite Union says:

    Do not anger Labour! We have Harrow(den)ing ways to deal with our enemies that will make you run for the Hills.

  40. 98
    The Last Quango in Paris says:

    what a fiathco, a complete fiathco, need an urgent question to the house, he should be fired, sacked, whaaa whaa whaaa……..

  41. 100
    Loungelizard. says:

    Will Cammers have the backbone for this vitally important fight. Or is it just smoke to obscure the Europe situation ?

  42. 108
    MrAngry61 says:

    Burnham’s sleaze is almost irrelevant – as Health Secretary he expedited the Mid Staffordshire Health Authority being granted full trust status – despite warning signs that it was a death-camp.

  43. 112
    Edinburgh can stick its uninspiring, brainwashed socialist, pished- stained old bags up its arse. I want my rights, my privacy and life back. NOW! says:

    Burnham is a useless @rse.

  44. 115
    Moussa Koussa says:

    The Cockalition has doubled the budget for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic ceremonies to more than £80m after David Cameron saw the plans…Oh dear.

    An extra £40 million so that Dave can claim that all the volunteers taking part in the opening ceremony is evidence of the Big Society ( shhhhhhhh ) at work…. errr with a £41 million extra price tag…. spanner

    • 138
      Lessons from History says:

      Labour were so desperate for any vanity project, they just cooked the books from the start. Labour burdened UK with this massive cost.

      • 153
        The Observer says:

        I remember the budget for the Olympic Games being done on the back of a fag packet not once, but three times by that stupid woman minister Jowells, her with the dodgy husband.
        MK is as always disingeneous as the problem is in security as it always has been.
        Even the USA are supposedly sending 300 security personnel over. What’s the betting that there is too little hotel space.

  45. 119
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Sociology A Level Question:

    By the time Lemarr was 18 he was in prison on rape and assault charges. He already spent 5 years in Juvenile Detention for mugging and Drive-By shootings.

    What colour is Lemarr?

  46. 122
    Uncle Monty says:

    a fiver for his arse

  47. 125
    Gordon Brown says:

    leave it to me, I will get the panda pregnant

  48. 127
    which charity would that be? says:

    “………..like many other boys in Scotland, football was Mr Brown’s passion. A keen Raith Rovers supporter from childhood, he earned pocket money by selling programmes for the team. He also produced a newspaper with his brothers, which they sold for charity……..”

  49. 128
    Steve McGarret says:

    Book him Danno – on 5 counts

    Hypocrisy
    Breach of standards
    Breach of parliamentary protocol
    Corruption
    Privatising the NHS

  50. 136
    Old Testament Enoch says:

    This is just run of the mill MP corruption what about Dave Cast of Iron and he’s perfidious statement that the new EU Treaty would not trigger a referendum? He is truly Blair’s Heir the end of the nation state has begun in earnest our political class no longer need it as it does not serve their interests.

    Brown was a crazed buffoon with anger issues but Dave is more sinister he has warped himself in the Union Jack whilst in reality he despises the Union and seeks to remove more powers to the EU without the slightest intention of letting the electorate vote on this major issue.

  51. 147
    Anonymous says:

    30 years’ political experience???

    The bloke looks to be in his late 30s or early 40s – presumably he considers his days as a spotty teenager to count as “political experience”.

    What a muppet.

  52. 157
    Eustace Rogers-Knightleigh says:

    Another opportunist scumbag treating the Mother of Parliaments like a whore.


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