December 6th, 2011

Health Lobbyist Seconded To Spin For Burnham
Political Adviser and Close Friend Not Paid Directly by the Party

While Bell Pottinger lick their wounds, there’s more to Guido’s scoop yesterday about the Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham, the health lobbyist and a mysterious £21,000 “loan” to his leadership election. Burnham has made the lobbyist his political adviser in murky circumstances. Guido had a wee chat this morning with Burnham’s people, who claim the loan from Kevin Lee to Andy Burnham was paid back in full in February. Nobody told the Electoral Commission this, but Guido is willing to take them at their word. For now…

You have to wonder what a former Labour Party staffer, who, as North West Coordinator, would not have been on more than £35-40,000, was doing lending Andy Burnham £20,000, when he had been until very recently a Minister of the Crown earning well over £120,000. Odd…

Labour told the Sun on the record: “Kevin Lee is not a health lobbyist”. Which is odd given that his website has quotes like:

“Kevin worked with NHS Southwark to design and deliver our biggest ever consultation. Developing a strategy for primary and community care for the next 10 years, we wanted to make sure we understood the priorities and concerns of a real cross section of the community. Kevin’s knowledge and understanding of both research and the NHS was invaluable and contributed significantly to very successful exercise.” – Jonathan McShane, Head of Communications, NHS Southwark”

Sounds like a health lobbyist to Guido…

Lee Communications apparently doesn’t have any health clients at the moment. But, again, we are asked to take Burnham’s staffer’s word on that. Who would dare suggest that a lobbyist would big themselves up to make them sound more important than they really are. Has anyone else seen any other examples of this sort of behaviour today? 

When Guido pointed out that unlike other Labour Senior Political Advisers, Kevin Lee has not declared in the Register of Members’ Staff Interests that he is employed by the Labour Party, the answer came that he is not. Instead of having him on the staff, his company, Lee Communications, are contracted by the Party to provide services for Burnham. This again seems unnecessarily muddy, especially given these advisers are paid for by taxpayer funded “Short Money”.

So to recap we now know that the Labour “NHS Not For Sale” Party have contracted a lobbying firm, with previous and possibly current financial interests in health to work for their Shadow Health team.  Burnham’s people are still looking into how Lee was appointed, where the job was advertised, what the due-process was and how many others were interviewed for the post. Guido’s given them pretty much all morning to answer…

Would something by the end of lunch be too much to ask?


164 Comments

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

    Oh dear, have the BBC picked this up?

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    • 2
      Spartacus says:

      if they have it will be interesting as to how they connect in global warming and non problem with the uro

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      • 11
        Goddess, Empress, Dictator, Frau Merkel says:

        Be ready to worship me when I take over. I have already instructed my Cameron poodle to sneak past the Major Treaty changes in bite-size chunks to avoid a referendum. My Sarkozy poodle also knows what to do.

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      • 12
        Rage Against the Political Elite says:

        Oh We are in a Pickle. Its called the FRAUD Pickle of the STATE. Nothing can be trusted No one can be Trusted. Who caused this STATE of AFFAIRS.
        The total disregard for the RULE OF LAW. Its like living in Nigeria. Oh sorry they at least can recover their OIL and GAS. Not like our fraudster Tax masters shutting the North Sea in.

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      • 24
        Anonymous says:

        In light of the continuing exceptional stresses in financial markets, the Bank of England is today announcing the introduction of a new contingency liquidity facility, the Extended Collateral Term Repo (ECTR) Facility.
        This Facility is designed to mitigate risks to financial stability arising from a market-wide shortage of short-term sterling liquidity. There is currently no shortage of short-term sterling liquidity in the market. But should that position change, the new Facility gives the Bank additional flexibility to offer sterling liquidity in an auction format against the widest range of collateral.

        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/debt-crisis-live/8937334/Debt-crisis-live.html

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    • 4
      BillyBob... says:

      No chance….

      Same old Labour same old lies !

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    • 6

      Not as at 13:05 whilst watching the BBC News channel. On the BBC website it says “But Labour is calling for the government to make an urgent Commons statement on the issue of lobbying.”

      Shouldn’t they call on themselves to make an urgent Commons statement on Lobbying at the same time?

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      • 54
        BBC News says:

        Look, we only report Tory corruption. get it!

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      • 59
        CYNICAL OLD MAN says:

        Labour Shadow Minister John Trickett been on Sky pontificating with faux outrage about lobbying companies having access to the highest levels of government.

        The selective amnesia has kicked in again. Anyone remember Goldman Sachs, Adam Ingram, Patricia Hewitt, Nick Raynsford, David Blunkett, Geoff Huhne, Taxi cab Byers, Numerous Labour Peers? Oh! the list goes on and on, Caborn, et al. Now “Eyelashes” Burnham.

        Just when I can’t believe Labour hypocrisy can sink no lower, you can bet your pension that they’ll outdo their previous opportunistic behaviour.

        No doubt “The Man With The Collapsing Schnozzle” Ed Miliband will petulantly denounce the latest “Tory-led Scandal” at P.M.Q.s tomorrow. While it seems Cameron’s bunch are no better, I hope Wavey Davey has some knockout ripostes ready for Red Ed.

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        • 66
          Rat's arse says:

          Well said Grumpy. I hope Guido keeps picking away at this. I think Burnham should be called before the House by the Sqe*ker to explain himself. I expect Birkoff will turn a blind eye though.

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        • 72
          Ctesibius says:

          I always think it is funny that man of the people ‘Nick’ Raynsford is actually called Wyvill Richard Nicholls Raynsford.

          Up the workers!

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        • 103
          Same old Labour same old sleaze says:

          Yes I remember Blunket, he shagged another mans wife and stole travel warrants for his mistress. He resigned…..eventually .

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    • 28
      Anonymous says:

      no because its not worth picking up

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    • 78
      Your Comment is awaiting moderation says:

      I am speechless.

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    • 86
      ex-Tory says:

      I watched BBC whilst at the gym at lunch. Main story was the Bell Pottinger story. Second was some leftie murder reform group report. The business news was about the OBR. The presenter said it has been revealed the OBR was unreliable as if it was a shock revelation. They had John Cryer from Labour slagging off the Tories about lobbying. He even calimed the Tories did nothing about lobbying whlst in opposition. It was glaringly obvious that he should be challenhed on why he and his Party did sfa about lobbying whilst in power, but the presenter just agreed with him. Another bout of Labour propoganda from the BBC. Your Burnham scandal will never make the news.

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    • 110
      Gordon: The soiler of rocking horse saddles says:

      I picked my nose once. I was on TV and youtube and then I fell over and hit my head on the kerb. Again.

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    • 155
      Gordon: The soiler of rocking horse saddles says:

      My beach has had zero percent increase in radiations since last week.

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  2. 3

    Loan £21k then get a job for £35k+. Questions questions.

    Perhaps the answers will be forthcoming.

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    • 156
      Gordon: The soiler of rocking horse saddles says:

      The nice man at the co-op gave me a loan. I bought a share in a giraffe and two horseshoe magnets with the money.

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  3. 5
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    I was on holiday in New York recently and got talking to a black police officer.

    “You know what we say to black people in uniform with a star on their chest in England?” I asked.

    “No sir” he replied, “do tell..”

    “One Big Mac please”.

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    • 8
      Col. M.T. Kernel (retd) says:

      SIR- Does one ever find oneself standing alone at the bar, sir?

      Yours, make mine a Whopper, Col. M.T. Kernel (retd)

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      • 10
        Dave Figgley says:

        Ha ha, Colonel, son. I thought you died in that horrific croquet accident a few years back? Bummer, mate. I still owe you a monkey for “services rendered” to Mrs. K, don’t I?

        Must motor – I’m trending on Mumsnet and then there’s 100,000 miles of copper cable that needs a new owner, sunshine.

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      • 37
        Randy sod says:

        E……………… yos avent replyed to me………….fancy a stiffy dahlin……………i will be gentile and cat wont never no X

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      • 38
        Col. M.T. Kernel (retd) says:

        SIR- Good afternoon, Miss Botha. I’ll thank you to stay away from my family, sir. Mrs. Kernel is on stump duty and is coping admirably, thank you for asking. Would it be possible for you to return the keys via the postal service?

        Yours, a period of my long life that still gives me nightmares, Col. M.T. Kernel (retd)

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        • 93
          Col. M.T. Kernel (retd) says:

          SIR- Huge response that got “connection timed-out”, sir. This modern internet shenanigans can be somewhat frustrating, can it not?

          Ninety-seven, not out, madam.

          Yours, pumping Mrs. K’s vital for any sign of life, Col. M.T. Kernel (retd)

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    • 85
      Dan says:

      No more New York holidays for the majority of the British:

      Chris Huhne, Camerons rock of intellectualism regarding the mega con that is Manmade Climate Change, has won the argument over Aviation Tax:

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/8938126/Air-Passenger-Duty-Government-rejects-changes-to-aviation-tax.html

      Seems the Tories do not want the poor to travel.

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      • 161
        Un Voyageur says:

        Good! Travelling with noisy, rude, selfish, dim, unwashed serfs these days is no longer conducive to a comfortable journey. Double that tax I say!

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  4. 7
    Tessa Tickles says:

    “Lee Communications – A public affairs and communications specialist with over 30 years political experience”.

    A ‘communications specialist’ who wouldn’t be able to pass English O-Level?

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  5. 9
    Gordon Browns Christmas Cook Book says:

    Recipe 1

    Oaten’s Turtle Soop

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  6. 13
    Ah! Monika says:

    Morning after pill given out free over the phone
    The morning after pill is to be given out free over the phone for the first time, under a scheme to be announced today.

    Is this an App or a Pill ‘phone?

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  7. 14
    Lou Scannon says:

    Why is Burnham sniffing his armpit ?

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  8. 15
    Anonymous says:

    Blair took money from MF Global

    http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=47938

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  9. 16
    nellnewman says:

    ‘something by the end of lunch’ ?

    Well don’t expect anything before four pm then. They’ll not emerge from the five star restaurant and their taxpayer funded luxury lunch complete with bottles of highly priced wine before then!!

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  10. 18
    The BBC Bias Unit, headcount 14,263 and rising says:

    “Bell Pottinger, Bell Pottinger, Tory sleaze, Tory sleaze….”

    Will this do, Ed?

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  11. 19
    Justanotherjack says:

    A private company seconding a staff member is a donation in kind. I wonder if it has been declared it to the Electoral Commission.

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  12. 20
    Bell Pottinger says:

    Thanks for this. We owe you one.

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  13. 23
    Gordon Brown says:

    It’s PANDA MONIUM here in Auld Reekie!!

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  14. 27
    nellnewman says:

    ‘something by the end of lunch’ ?

    Well don’t expect anything before four pm then. They’ll not emerge from the five star restaurant and their taxpayer funded luxury lunch before then!!

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    • 47
      michelin tired says:

      There’s no such thing as a five star restaurant – three is the maximum possible.

      Five star hotels are possible, because that’s where Tony Blair stays

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  15. 30
    The BBC says:

    But what has this got to do with Lord Ashcroft?

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    • 98
      Geezer with a TV. And a shotgun. says:

      Nothing. Now piss off you bunch of thieving pikey bastards.

      If you sent that Capita collection agent around again I’ll set the cat on him.

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  16. 32
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

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  17. 33
    Ah! Monika says:

    BreakingNews.com
    skymartinbrunt martinbrunt
    Family of murdered private investigator Daniel Morgan about to meet Home Secr to discuss “links to phone hacking scandal”
    1 hour ago

    Anyone know what this is about?

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    • 100
      Gordon: The soiler of rocking horse saddles says:

      Is it about ice cream? I like the little fish in Ben & Jerry’s Phish Phood.

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  18. 34
    Christmas with the Camerons says:

    Have you got your christmas radio times yet? I have. (The Godfather trilogy on successive nights. Result.) And on the last page where they interview a celeb in every issue, this issue’s star interview is… Prime Minister David Cameron. Yep, the bbc’s radio times has given him and Sam some very positive exposure. Not Miliwank, whose people I’m certain will be spitting blood over this. Maybe things are changing over at the bbc but this kind of coverage can only help Cameron and further obscure Milicock’s public profile.

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    • 39
      Loungelizard. says:

      I don’t think Miliband or Balls will last a lot longer. They’re seen as the damaged remains of the old guard. Mz Cooper and a few others will survive but there are some pretty unpleasant youngsters pushing behind the scenes for changes. Labours unhealthy obsession with youth will be the end of the two of them.

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      • 82
        I once rimmed Ellie Gellards arsehole says:

        Yes I am ready to knife one of the old bastards and steal their place.

        A new dawn awaits comrades.

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    • 40
      Tessa Tickles says:

      “The Godfather trilogy on successive nights. Result.”

      It’s not exactly entering into the spirit of the occasion though, is it?

      What’ve they got planned for next year? Saw I, II and III?

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    • 60
      Another Engineer says:

      The Godfather trilogy?

      You mean they are showing Part II twice?

      Part III never happened.

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  19. 36
    Gordon Brown says:

    I just Nokia’d a panda. It was the right thing to do.

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  20. 43
    Anonymous says:

    ———- Forwarded message ———-
    From: Kevin Lee
    Date: Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 3:44 PM
    Subject: Hazel Blears – September Newsletter

    Dear friends

    Please find attached a copy of Hazel’s September Newsletter.

    As usual, please do let me have your comments.

    Thanks

    Kevin

    STOP PRESS…………STOP PRESS…………………STOP PRESS……………..STOP PRESS……………….STOP PRESS
    Congratulations to newly elected Councillor for Eccles, Michael Wheeler

    The results from last night are:

    Labour 1227 54%
    Tory 701 31%
    BNP 147 7%
    Lib Dem 125 6%
    Ind 53 2%

    Turnout 2260 25%

    Majority 562

    Kevin Lee
    Office of the Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP
    Labour Member for Salford & Eccles
    201 Langworthy Road
    Salford
    M6 5PW
    0161 925 0705
    07973 358874
    http://www.hazelblears.co.uk

    This e-mail is confidential to the intended recipient. If you have received it in error, please notify the sender and delete it from your system. Any unauthorised use, disclosure, or copying is not permitted. This e-mail has been checked for viruses, but no liability is accepted for any damage caused by any virus transmitted by this e-mail.

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  21. 46
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Another desperate rant, to distract from Dodgy Dave’s Dealings.

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    • 49
      smoggie says:

      If you say so.

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    • 50
      Tessa Tickles says:

      Have you read Ed Balls’s essay in the Times today? He wrote that Labour have to re-establish their reputation for economic competence, and be honest at all times.

      He wrote that *after* stating that Labour used the £22billion raised in the 3G license auction to “pay off the nation’s debt” and that a future Labour government would sell the state’s holdings in RBS to, again, “pay off the nation’s debt.”

      Current market capitalisation of RBS: £25billion. Current national debt (minimum): £1trillion.

      Wow. I can’t wait for “honest and financially competent” Ballsup to be Chancellor.

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      • 52
        smoggie says:

        When did those twats ever have such a reputation for economic competence? Not in the seventies under Callaghan (3 day week etc) and not for the last few years either (unprecendented debt).

        They should not be trusted with a pair of blunt scissors let alone the national purse strings.

        I do hope the fat wanker wasn’t paid for that article.

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        • 87
          bergen says:

          3 day week was under Heath although the winter of discontent was on Callaghan’s watch.

          Brown and Heath have been the worst PMs in my lifetime.

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      • 56
        Postal Vote says:

        You can solve a debt problem with more debt, says Balls.

        The public who are paying down mortgage debt and consumer credit by the billions say: that’s balls!

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        • 63
          Tessa Tickles says:

          Because the assertion that you can “borrow your way out of debt” invites immediate ridicule from everyone except Guardian readers, Ballsup didn’t quite use those words. But that was, indeed, the gist of his article. Quite why he’d need to borrow, when he has a cunning plan to use the government’s stake in a £25billion company to pay-off a £1trillion national debt, he didn’t say.

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          • Loungelizard. says:

            Last week it was all to be paid off with the Bank Tax. Why the sudden change?

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          • Selohesra says:

            Actually his plan was to place the £25Bn on Norwich City winning next years Champions league thus generating the £1Tn to pay off the debt and secure his place in our hearts forever

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        • 140
          Derek Draper says:

          You can never have too much debt.

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    • 58
      25 Million People Say: says:

      Another desperate troll post, to distract from the TUC’s Parliamentary Branch’s cluster-fuck of a Shadow Cabinet.

      Labour Lost, get over it.

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    • 64
      Tom Baldwin's Liebour Ajax supplier says:

      too late once again Moussa Ku nter…

      back to nursery retar d boy!

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    • 104
      Gordon: The soiler of rocking horse saddles says:

      Moussa! Give me a piggy back ride. Sorry about the chocolate stain on your shirt last time.

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  22. 51
    Postal Vote says:

    Rats …

    … mile off…

    …, errr, what was I thinking?

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  23. 53
    Hush-a-by says:

    I do love mykel booblay when I’m a-cortin, but shhhhhhhh

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    • 65
      Michael Bubble says:

      I don’t come here very often but I do have another CD of rehashed songs in the shops right now. Boring but true.

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  24. 69
    Democracy Now says:

    So the Labour solution to the problem of creating jobs is for everyone to lend money to their prospective employers.

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  25. 71
    Gordon Browns Christmas Cook Book says:

    Recipe 2

    Sausage chutney

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    • 97
      Nurse Botha says:

      Yes, dear. Very enterprising but the ladies are allergic to sweetcorn, Mr. Brown. Mrs. Fibbs is now feeling dicky and Mrs. Dicky just had a stroke.

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      • 105
        Gordon: The soiler of rocking horse saddles says:

        Nursey! Why does Moussa smell of wee?

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        • 120
          Nurse Botha says:

          I’m not entirely sure, dear, but he does tend to go toilets and then unzips to dry his thingy out. Shall we tell him where he is going wrong or just let him get on with it?

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          • Gordon: The soiler of rocking horse saddles says:

            I think we should do the same to him as my friend Damian used to do.

            Damian once caught Edward with his willy hanging out and he smeared it in honey then threw him facedown onto an anthill.

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      • 114
        Dynaplod (up for promotion) says:

        Ahem! Nurse Botha (darling…)

        I have been on my knees for a fortnight now and not had an answer.

        They will be wondering where I have got to at the station and my promotion may well be in jeopardy if I carry on like this.

        God knows whether we have lost that bungalow at Saffron Walden.

        Please make an honest man out of me…

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        • 126
          Nurse Botha says:

          On your knees, dear? That’ll do just fine, Dynaplod. If I manoeuvred my front bottom onto your nose and made cooing noises, would you hold it against me?

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  26. 73
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Daniel Morgan – Jonathon Rees … Lead to Andy Cockson ( and his leak mate Guido )…..OH DEAR !!!!!!!!

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  27. 74
    The Ethnicity Formerly Known As English says:

    Guido is a folk hero

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  28. 76
    annette curton says:

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  29. 80
    Gordon Brown says:

    I am Captain It Started In America.

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    • 107
      Gordon: The soiler of rocking horse saddles says:

      Imposter! Get off my rocking horse and stop chewing my crayons! Biatch!

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  30. 83
    pissed off voter says:

    great stuff Guido. Burnham and Huhne for Christmas would be positively orgasmic

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  31. 84
    Anonymous says:

    Dear friend

    I hope you have had a good summer break, although autumn appears to have arrived very quickly !

    Please find attached Hazel’s August Newsletter. I hope you find it useful and interesting.

    Also attached are a list of campaign dates (below) when Hazel will be out campaigining in different parts of the constituency, supporting our local election candidates, and a flyer from the Trade Union Forum .

    Campaign dates
    Sat 17 September – Labour Group – Worsley Clp
    Sun 9th October 15.00-17.00 – Swinton South
    Sat 15th October 10.30-12.30 Eccles (a walk through the Farmer’s Market to start)
    Sat 22 October – Labour Group – Salford – Claremont
    Sun 6th November 15.00-17.00 Weaste
    Sat 19 November – Labour Group – Worsley Clp
    Sun 20th November 15.00-17.00 Swinton North
    Sat 3rd December 10.30-12.30 Langworthy
    Sat 17 December – Labour Group – Salford – Swinton South
    Sun 15th January 15.00-17.00 Pendlebury
    Sun 29th January 15.00-17.00 Irwell Riverside
    Sun 12th February 15.00-17.00 Ordsall
    Details of the meeting points for the above campaign events will follow with a reminder before each event.

    Best wishes

    Kevin

    Kevin Lee
    Office of the Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP
    Labour Member for Salford & Eccles
    201 Langworthy Road
    Salford
    M6 5PW
    0161 925 0705
    07973 358874
    http://www.hazelblears.co.uk

    This e-mail is confidential to the intended recipient. If you have received it in error, please notify the sender and delete it from your system. Any unauthorised use, disclosure, or copying is not permitted. This e-mail has been checked for viruses, but no liability is accepted for any damage caused by any virus transmitted by this e-mail.

    Dear friend

    This is just a quick reminder about the exciting event we have planned for this coming Saturday.

    To develop our Salford CLP as a social action party we have the Movement for Change organisation coming along to work with us in developing our themes and ideas for implementation over the weeks and months ahead. We have arranged the event for this Saturday (10th September) from 10.30-14.30 and lunch will be provided. We are having an intensive session on this one day rather than arranging another follow-up event taking up two of your precious weekends!

    Please let me know as soon as possible (by Wednesday at the latest) if you are able to join us and I will send you the venue details and an outline agenda for the event. We do need to know numbers for the lunch catering and please include any specific details such as vegetarian requirements.

    I hope to see you on Saturday.

    Best wishes

    Kevin

    Kevin Lee
    Office of the Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP
    Labour Member for Salford & Eccles
    201 Langworthy Road
    Salford
    M6 5PW
    0161 925 0705
    07973 358874
    http://www.hazelblears.co.uk

    This e-mail is confidential to the intended recipient. If you have received it in error, please notify the sender and delete it from your system. Any unauthorised use, disclosure, or copying is not permitted. This e-mail has been checked for viruses, but no liability is accepted for any damage caused by any virus transmitted by this e-mail.Dear friend

    A warm welcome awaits in your MP’s garden on Sunday 14th August, from 14.00-18.00 – it’s Hazel and Mike’s Summer party. Please see attached at the bottom of this email an invitation to attend the Party with full details of where and when. Please do come along and feel free to bring friends and family.

    Labour Women’s Listening Event

    If you’re angry about how this Tory-led government is changing our lives for the worse, then come along and have your say.

    Please see the invitation below to the Labour Women’s Listening Event. This will include a discussion about the role of the constituency Women’s Officer. Please let Charlotte know if you are able to join us at this event – charlotte.mogg@gmail.com or reply to the invitation attached.

    Thank you, have a great summer and see you at the Party!

    Kevin

    Kevin Lee
    Office of the Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP
    Labour Member for Salford & Eccles
    201 Langworthy Road
    Salford
    M6 5PW
    0161 925 0705
    07973 358874
    http://www.hazelblears.co.uk

    Dear friends

    By now I’m sure you have heard about the Boundary Commission proposals to rip the heart out of Salford. The proposals would leave Salford without its own identity and Member of Parliament. The Commission’s plans would move:

    Salford University;
    Salford Royal Hospital;
    Salford Quays;
    Salford Shopping City
    and even Salford Cathedral into a Manchester Parliamentary Constituency.

    We simply cannot and must not allow this to happen and we CAN get the Commission to change the proposals. But to do so we must build mass community objections to the proposals – already, a Facebook group – Save Salford, set up just a few days ago has over 6,000 followers – please make sure you join the group.

    On my website there is a letter that can be downloaded and just needs to have your name, address and signature added which can then be sent to the Boundary Commission (I have attached a copy to this email as a Word document and a pdf). You can get hard copies of the letter from my office. Please sign and send the letter to the Commission – the closing date for the consultation is the 5th December 2011. You can also visit the Commission’s website and send in your comments – http://consultation.boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk/have-your-say/

    We need to mobilise our friends, family and neighbours and get them to send in letters of objection to the Commission as well. People don’t need to propose detailed alternatives, they can simply object to what the Commission is proposing on the grounds of breaking up communities, loss of identity for the City of Salford and the fact that there are alternatives for the Commission to consider.

    The Labour Party will be producing a detailed counter-proposal and if it meets with approval from ourselves and other constituencies, Labour councillors and MPs then it will form our response. The proposed alternative would see constituencies in Salford and Wigan remain completely unchanged, relatively minor change for some of the Bolton, Bury and Manchester seats and more significant changes – but which don’t abolish Cities! – in other parts of Greater Manchester.

    Please do your bit to help us keep our great City’s identity and Parliamentary representation. This campaign won’t be won by politicians, it really does need our communities to speak out loudly and clearly. None of us can sit this campaign out, it really is just too important.

    Complete the letter and/or online consultation, send the letter and links to everyone you know in Salford and get them to do the same.

    Together we can change the Commission’s proposals and keep the City of Salford – complete with our communities, University, Quays, Cathedral, Hospital and Shopping precinct.

    Thank you

    Hazel

    Hazel Blears

    on behalf of Hazel Blears

    Kevin Lee
    Office of the Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP
    Labour Member for Salford & Eccles
    201 Langworthy Road
    Salford
    M6 5PW
    0161 925 0705
    07973 358874
    http://www.hazelblears.co.uk

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  32. 89
    A Fine Pair Of Lungs says:

    He should resign. This is similar to The Fox scenario. In the interest of political fairness the press have a duty to hound Burnham in the same way Fox was hounded out of office.

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  33. 90
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    According to Sky The Irish are to get yet another Referendum on Europe
    If the Lisbon Treaty is altered

    Is this how Spineless Dav”e Will get out of letting us have one ?
    By saying that as the Irish represent the uk there’s no need for the rest of us to have one !

    The EU know the Irish are a fucking pushover when the hand that feeds comes a calling
    It’s their fault that the Lisbon treaty is there in the first place
    And now they will have had three referendums whilst we get non !

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      Internet Tuff Guy says:

      The potato munchers are up in arms though after having to face the reality of EU austerity, but i’m sure the EU will seal the vote the way it wants with it’s usual tricks:

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        Goddess, Empress, Dictator, Frau Merkel says:

        The Irish are too stupid to understand that I am their Leader now and they will have to worship me soon. I approved their budget recently in Germany. It makes me laugh to think they spent all those years fighting the British and I conquered them without them realising. Now where are my Cameron and Sarkozy poodles? I may have to feed them my Cleggy hamster if he misbehaves.

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      The lights are going out all over Europe......no UK Referendum says:

      The EU poliical elite will only agree to hold a referendum in those countries that they know will either vote “YES” or can be pressurised into voting “YES” or if they vote “NO” can be made to vote again and again until they vote the “correct “way.

      Whereas the leaders of the EU equallyknow that they have no chance of firstly winning any referendum in the UK and of pressurising the electorate to think again until they do. France and Germany know that the UK electorate is so bloody minded that they have no chance of pressurising them as they did Ireland over Lisbon

      So they and Cameron will move heaven and earth to stop the UK having a referendum but anyways the Franco-German Axis have said as a safeguard have said that only 75% of the EU membership needs to vote etc to achieve the desired Treaty changes…any country that fails to amend the Treaty etc will be barred from the “Top Table” and have no further influence in EU decisons merely either implementing all measures agreed(inc that Tobin Tax on the City of London)or ceasing to be in the EU…although to be realistic the UK makes one of the biggest budget contributions to the EU so if we left or refused to pay anymore into the budget they’ll be fucked anyway(a point they have perhaps overlooked in their proposed endeavour)

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    Fuckin quiet here today. Where the fuck is everyone? says:

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  35. 112
    ex-Tory says:

    Here’s one for you Guido. The Spectator reveals that Will Cavendish is guiding policy at no. 10. Is this the same Will Cavendish, who is a climate change activist, anti-nuclear power, and a Labour party policy advisor and activist? He was a no. 10 policy leader until 2009. Shocking if its the same person.

    http://www.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/7455653/back-to-square-one.thtml

    http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=164089

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/jun/16/civil-service-organisation-charts

    http://www.oxfordclimateforum.org/speakers.html

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  36. 113
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Poor Old Deadwood just like his mentor J G Brown PhD – too unpopular for lowly by election leaflets.

    http://www.politicshome.com/uk/article/41256/wheres_ed%3F.html

    Isn’t the Feltham Lab candidate based in an exclusive part of Kensington and Chelsea, a part which requires serious wealth or riches to either buy or rent?

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  37. 122
    Anonymous says:

    Walking Eagle

    On a recent trip to the United States, Tony Blair, Ex. Prime Minister of the UK, addressed a major gathering of Native American Indians. He spoke for almost an hour on his plans for a Carbon Trading Tax for the UK and Europe At the conclusion of his speech, the crowd presented him with a plaque inscribed with his new Indian name – Walking Eagle. A very chuffed Tony then departed in his motorcade, waving to the crowds.. A news reporter later asked one of the Indians how they came to select the new name given to Tony Blair They explained that Walking Eagle is the name given to a bird so full of shit that can no longer fly.

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    • 127
      Some Geezer wot knows a million corny jokes says:

      Red Indian boy speaking to his father:

      “Father, how do we Lakota Sioux get our names?”
      “Why do you ask, Buffalo Chips?”

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  38. 124
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

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      Gordon: The soiler of rocking horse saddles says:

      My friend Mr Prentis made me sign something called a cheque and it had lots of zeroes on it. I thought it was ok because I like zero. I especially like zero percent growth and I like tractors. They make very good statistics.

      Can I have some fizzy pop?

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    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

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  40. 131
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

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    I have the attention span of a gnat says:

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  42. 133
    Real News Billy says:

    US to consider treatment of gays, lesbians when making foreign aid decisions, AP source says – @AP

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  43. 136
    Widescreen2010 says:

    I thought there’d be something o the Oirish budget (p2) today.
    All A+ thinking, aparently.

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  44. 137
    Rip van Wrinkle says:

    O/T

    A preview of the new ‘EU Treaty’ from the Guardian.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/dec/06/eurozone-shakeup-voting-rights-confidential-paper

    Put alongside rules for the ESM

    Looks like the end game approaching

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  45. 138
    The Shit Factor says:

    Has Misha B pulled the race card yet? Someone should tell her she’s disliked because she’s arrogant and a bully. She has a future in Labour.

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  46. 139
    Two Queens says:

    It’s a pity the Queen isn’t allowed to discuss politics openly. I’d love to know what the poor dear had to endure in her weekly meetings with Jonah for 3 years. I wager she had to get staff to spray air freshener after every meeting.

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    • 145
      Ivor Tapeworm says:

      …and re-cover the cushions

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    • 147
      Queenie says:

      Phillip and I would always sniff the chair he had been sitting in but protocol prevents me from telling you that it smelled of corgi-poo.

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    • 154
      Gordon: The soiler of rocking horse saddles says:

      Mrs Queen gave me a lollypop to keep me quiet. She talked a lot to my favourite sock monkey. I got him free with a box of PG Tips.

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  47. 143
    Eddie Balls says:

    I cried when I saw this and Andy’s eye make-up does look a mess today. Gordon has said that we should call for a tax rise to 75% for anyone earning more than JSA. Sounds fair to me. Will be giving my Nazi salute again at tomorrow’s PMQ in the light of Angela Valkyrie speech. Marvellous stuff. Our masterplan is on course.

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  48. 148
    I fuckin HATE The Storygraph. This one's for Brogan an his chimpies says:

    LOL! I now knows who butters your bread. Fuckin disgraceful.

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  49. 150
    I fuckin HATE The Storygraph. This one's for Br*g*n an his chimpies says:

    LOL! I now knows who butters your bread. Fuckin disgraceful.

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  50. 153
    Anon says:

    Br*g*n’s a fuckin c unt. *Waves to the DT mods*

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  51. 157
    Hang The Bastards says:

    The answer is staring you in the face.

    They have been caught with their brousers down, getting bummed, and they cant find a bizarre story to use as a lie to get you off the scent.

    Bring back the CROSSHAIRS for Burnham!!!!

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  52. 158
    Anonymous says:

    Lee Kevin , <<<parliamentary assistant/press officer…
    Hazel Blears ,

    dateMon, Sep 19, 2011 at 5:22 PM
    subjectParliamentary Boundary Review – please act now!
    mailed-bygmail.com
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    Important mainly because of the people in the conversation.

    hide details Sep 19

    Dear friends

    By now I’m sure you have heard about the Boundary Commission proposals to rip the heart out of Salford. The proposals would leave Salford without its own identity and Member of Parliament. The Commission’s plans would move:

    Salford University;
    Salford Royal Hospital;
    Salford Quays;
    Salford Shopping City
    and even Salford Cathedral into a Manchester Parliamentary Constituency.

    We simply cannot and must not allow this to happen and we CAN get the Commission to change the proposals. But to do so we must build mass community objections to the proposals – already, a Facebook group – Save Salford, set up just a few days ago has over 6,000 followers – please make sure you join the group.

    On my website there is a letter that can be downloaded and just needs to have your name, address and signature added which can then be sent to the Boundary Commission (I have attached a copy to this email as a Word document and a pdf). You can get hard copies of the letter from my office. Please sign and send the letter to the Commission – the closing date for the consultation is the 5th December 2011. You can also visit the Commission’s website and send in your comments – http://consultation.boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk/have-your-say/

    We need to mobilise our friends, family and neighbours and get them to send in letters of objection to the Commission as well. People don’t need to propose detailed alternatives, they can simply object to what the Commission is proposing on the grounds of breaking up communities, loss of identity for the City of Salford and the fact that there are alternatives for the Commission to consider.

    The Labour Party will be producing a detailed counter-proposal and if it meets with approval from ourselves and other constituencies, Labour councillors and MPs then it will form our response. The proposed alternative would see constituencies in Salford and Wigan remain completely unchanged, relatively minor change for some of the Bolton, Bury and Manchester seats and more significant changes – but which don’t abolish Cities! – in other parts of Greater Manchester.

    Please do your bit to help us keep our great City’s identity and Parliamentary representation. This campaign won’t be won by politicians, it really does need our communities to speak out loudly and clearly. None of us can sit this campaign out, it really is just too important.

    Complete the letter and/or online consultation, send the letter and links to everyone you know in Salford and get them to do the same.

    Together we can change the Commission’s proposals and keep the City of Salford – complete with our communities, University, Quays, Cathedral, Hospital and Shopping precinct.

    Thank you

    Hazel

    Hazel Blears

    on behalf of Hazel Blears

    Kevin Lee
    Office of the Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP
    Labour Member for Salford & Eccles
    201 Langworthy Road
    Salford
    M6 5PW
    0161 925 0705
    07973 358874
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  53. 159
    Fabians are Evil says:

    It is very Simple – Where ever you find a dung heap you will always find rats

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  54. 160
    Anonymous says:

    I bet Cameron’s very happy now. His Spads and spin doctors managed to get this headline on the beeb and in the telegraph

    “Cameron will not sign EU treaty without ‘British safeguards'” after he threatens even to veto it!

    This really is just not credible, not for Cameron. Cameron is still the traitor to the British after the recent 3 line whip in the Commons proves he is just as pro Europe as Heseltine. For that matter, so is Hague.

    If any one on here believes those headlines, then Guido’s blog is really just a suckers paradise!

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  55. 164
    Mark wouters says:

    Hello,
    Why do we have to listen to Radio 2 jeremy Vines “Nazi” Fascist ranting propaganda always Picking on the poor ,perhaps thats what the neocons want ,to blame some poor people for thatchers Mistakes,we the poor will not tolerate more of this opressive Discrimination aginst “The Real breadwinners”who arenot the rich and so called intelligencia,who are thick and born with plumbs up their bums! we all know that ecomonic failure belongs to the Rightwingers,afterall.

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