March 8th, 2012

Lebedev Links Lost Bryant Shad Cab Role
Labour Unease at Billionaire Buddies

When Chris Bryant took his column at the Indy back in September, we wrote:

“Coincidentally Chris is a friend of Lebedev’s son Evgeny and was at a recent dinner party with the oligarch’s offspring. Evgeny “speaks regularly” to Chris Blackhurst, no doubt about the weather…”

When we pointed out yesterday that Bryant was not declaring an interest when speaking on Russian matters, despite the £14,000 he has got so far in this deal, we seem to have struck a nerve. Hardly a surprise when Labour insiders have already expressed concern. One described it to Guido as “an extraordinarily close relationship to a newspaper proprietor, if you look at anything he says about anyone else.” The loss making Indy is entirely subsidised financially by the Russian oligarch.

One theory in Labour circles is that the reason Bryant missed out on a Shadow Cabinet position was because of the Lebedev-Moscow connection. Those that work with him point out he is articulate and capable, and anyone who has had the pleasure of being attacked by Bryant would not question his campaigning skills. He was widely tipped for the top team in the October 2011 Shadow Cabinet reshuffle, yet mysteriously – a month after signing up for the Indy’s Moscow gold – he remains out in the cold.

Tom Watson’s influence has grown under Ed Miliband’s weak leadership, for instance Watson keeps a tight grip on vital areas such as candidate selection. It is no secret that there is no love lost between him and Bryant and it’s said “they never really got on”, despite their work on the phone hacking scandal. Bryant refused to answer our questions when we put it directly to him earlier that Watson has expressed concern about the Lebedev connection directly to him. Curiouser and curiouser…

UPDATE:  Bryant has got in touch to deny any pressure from Watson. Guido has sent follow up questions…


  1. 1
    Maybe... says:

    But i thought they were united against MURRRRRRRDOCHHHH. maybe Tom didnt like Chris calling for the mirror to be invesigated?

  2. 2
    Alfonso says:

    Is Lebedev junior a gayer?

  3. 3
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    I’m surprised they don’t get on – they are both twats of the highest order.

  4. 4
    m'Lord MandleScum of Toys and Boyz says:

    Twatty certainly keeps a grip on MY vital areas, – ducky.

  5. 5
    Tom Fatson says:

    ‘Grimypants’ wasn’t in the ‘Forces of Hell’ cabal, was he ?

  6. 6
    Soviet Spice says:

    He’s screemingly Gay.

    When Dave makes homosexual marriage the law. Maybe he and Chris will tie the knot.

  7. 7
    nellnewman says:

    twatson’s power is growing under militwit’s weak leadership and labour is slowly going down the plughole.

    good it couldn’t be happening to a ‘nicer’ bunch of people !

    as for chrisbryant – well I’m not anti-gay but I think someone who professed christian principles and then splashed photo’s of himself in his knickers all over the web is a fairly contemptuous piece of horsedung.

  8. 8
    Moriarty says:

    Oh dear, have Piggy Watson and Underpants Bryant fallen out of love now that the Leveson milking oppertunities have died down?

    What a shame.

    Can’t say i’m surprised panties Bryant has this particular skeleton rattling in his closet.

  9. 9
    Rupert says:

    So if Bryant is in bed with a newspaper owner should he not declkare this?

  10. 10
    Jack says:

    I hate to say it but I agree with Watson on this one

    The oligarchs have done enough damage already by buying UK passports and creating a new virginity after having pillaged Russia

    Any MP taking their cash should be suspect (like their solicitors)

  11. 11
  12. 12
    Bongler says:

    It could just be that Bryant is rubbish. He comes across as vain and pompous.

    Still £14,000? I wonder if the people in his constituency know he’s so wealthy whilst they’re so poor.

  13. 13
    dai says:

    Maybe fatso watson could end up as the one ousts millitwat, now that could end up with the labour con artists in the HoC being down to single figures

  14. 14
    Re: Update says:

    Normally chris fires back over twitter, it seems he has done this via mail or DM this time.

    Looks like this has further to run.

  15. 15
    Bling Bling Blair says:

    Re your reference to Daily Mirror “Ed is rubbish” article…

    Has Toilets Maguire turned his coat ?

    I thought it was Thuggie Whelan, Toilets Maguire, Teamster-Unite trade union and various other unsavoury Labour power brokers who got Ed Milliband elected Leader …

  16. 16
    Fact says:

    International Men’s Day falls on 19 November

  17. 17
    Murdock and his merry men says:

    Meanwhile in another part of the Dead Tree Press

    Serious allegations and threats concerning Murdoch’s people

  18. 18
    Investigator says:

    They have been destroying thousands of e mails for months now, as well

  19. 19
    Sarah Eva Braun says:

    Tweet ** Tweet**

    Went for a walk. it was quite windy. Luckily I had a scarf.

    Tweet ** Tweet

  20. 20
    WVM says:

    You can’t polish a nerd.

  21. 21
    Ichabod says:

    I know we live in strange times, but how can a man who photographed himself in his underpants , and placed photo online in an attempt to meet other homos. for casual sex, ever be considered for a cabinet post ? It should have been the end of his career, perhaps even an invitation to sit in a room with only a bottle of whisky and a revolver for company . Has the Labour party any standards ?

  22. 22
    Joss Taskin says:

    Did they use the industrial shredder Tony B£iar’s staff used to destroy his expenses ?

  23. 23
    Sarah Eva Braun says:

    I hope he uses an offshore company and sets himself up as a charity to hide this wealth.

    The offices of Chris Bryant and Barry the lorry driver not for profit organisation should be sufficient to avoid paying a penny.

    Income -£14,000
    staffing costs- Tax-20% – £7,000 x 2 {under taxable limit}
    NI costs 11.5%- £0. Self employed
    Employers NI costs 12.5% – £0 – self employed

    Expenses – ..laptop. research materials – £5,000

    No tax payable.

    Its great Chris. Gordon and i don’t pay a penny and we’re getting paid sums a banker would be envious of.

  24. 24
    Professor Henry Brubaker, Institute for Studies says:

    “Has the Labour party any standards ?”

    You are such a hoot!

  25. 25
    B1lly B0wden says:

    He gives me the horn

  26. 26
    Aaron D Highside says:

    I’ve always thought ‘nerd’ and ‘geek’ too modern for Ed. He comes from an old fashioned leftie royalty background (uni teachers) and ‘twerp’ is a more appropriate word.

  27. 27
    Steve Miliband says:

    Does it get paid to a Company he owns a la Red ‘Pay your taxes’ Ken?

  28. 28
    John Stonehouse says:

    Nope no standards at all. Excepting low standards that is.

    But is seems that it is one rule for gayers and another rule for the rest. If Bryant had done exactly the same but this time advertised for casual sex with women he would no lo0nger be an MP.

  29. 29
    Gordon Brown says:

    Who is this woman? Do I know her from somewhere? Is she the one who called me a bigot?

  30. 30
    Selohesra says:

    That ‘Chat with Russian Women’ ad you are running is a bit of an improvement on your normal Grannie dating sites

  31. 31
    Mohammad Afar-Jawad (Converted 2009) says:

    Death to Billy

  32. 32
    Emacs wizard says:

    I totally agree. The titles nerd and geek are for clever people, who know about org-mode and gauge transformations. They are not for politicians or media people, who are to a man (or woman) thick and stupid.

  33. 33
    Steve Miliband says:

    Is he auditioning for a part in ”Carry on up the Wapping’

  34. 34
    Gay Simon says:

    What a nasty piece of work he is. The grease drips from him.

  35. 35
    Made to measure says:

    But the advertising is targated at the cookies on your pute.

  36. 36
    Steve Miliband says:

    Is Gordon Brown a Rangers Director?

  37. 37
    respect! says:

  38. 38
    Displaced Brummie says:

    Tom Watson doesn’t like Chris Bryant. Why, I am starting to like Chris. Just a little bit, but it’s a start.

    For anyone Tom “Self-Serving” Watson does not like cannot be all bad…

  39. 39
    the beast of gaydar says:

    The boy with dandruff, an ill fitting uniform and greasy hair, so pointless that he wasn’nt even worthy of bullying

  40. 40
    Some Geezer wot knows it's all about control, self- and otherwise says:

    We know why Bryant and Watson don’t get on well– Bryant’s just a tad too “Independent,” you might say, for Mr Control-Freak Make-Sure-You-Run-It-Past-Ol’-B!lly-Bunter-First Watson. Heaven forbid MP’s should have a personality and wish to be “celebrity politicos.” Can’t have that; Tommy Boy controls the message and the messenger where Labour policies are concerned, it’s his remit as Deputy Leader in charge of campaigns. It’s why he’s a Shadow(y) sorta-Minister instead of a Front Bencher, so he can sit on his committee overseeing the media, which he will admit himself (and did so to Guido, awhile back). By doing that, he guarantees that he won’t be continually shown to be the fat prat who either lacks a sense of irony for his mouthings or flat-out doesn’t care. (Despite that caution on his part, he still manages to look the fool often enough that Guido et al can have more fun with him than a human being should be allowed; remember Watson’s Tweets when his car wasn’t ready for him?) Bryant is Geronimo, who can’t stay on the reservation, and that’s why Watson has the fish-eye for him; the media, which Watson wants to control, might want to report on Bryant, whom Watson can’t control, and this gets under Tommy Boy’s skin (and boy, there’s a whole lotta skin to get under, in his case!)

  41. 41
    Sandy says:

    DUEMA has its work cut out.

  42. 42
    Selohesra says:

    The left are riddled with them

  43. 43
    taC eht abbaJ says:

    Sounds like a bum bandit convention…

  44. 44
    the beast of gaydar says:

    So this Ruskki is paying Bryants “rent”

  45. 45
    Chris Bryant says:

    Any suggestion of improper behaviour by myself is wholely untrue.

    My only concern and ambition is to serve my constituents back in Powey Powyis or whatever it is called. Any insinuation that I have not acted with the highest regard for openess and honesty in public life at all times, is an affront to my husbands name and I repudiate it vigorously.

  46. 46
    simon r says:

    do us a favour and hang yourself with it – no on second thoughts hang that miserable piece of shit of a hubby with it – then kill yourself

    thanks !!

  47. 47
    Selohesra says:

    In that case the ads are disappointingly tame

  48. 48
    Number 4 says:

    To be fair, it is a good tune.

  49. 49
    labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    They are not mutually exclusive, you can, like me, loath the pair of them.

  50. 50
    Chris Bryant M.P. says:

    Look at me in my undies!

    “I’d love a good long f**k”. (Yes, I really did say that.

  51. 51
    Number 4 says:

    I see Ken has been tore a new one by a Lamber member (seen elsewhere) ouch.

  52. 52
    Chris Bryant M.P. says:

    I also dated him:

    (2011) Agent for New Labour’s Chris Bryant M.P. Stephen Carnell -JAILED FOR SERIOUS CHILD POROGRAGHRAHY:

  53. 53
  54. 54
    The Naked Civil Servant says:

    I’m finally getting dressed.

  55. 55
    The Bill Gates appreciation society says:

    Agreed Nerds and Geeks are innovative and creative. They have been resposible fr brilliant scientific and technological advances and are a key component to our progress.
    Miliband is just an arse.

  56. 56
    Gay Dalek says:

    I saw him first, now bugger off you mincing queen, he’s all mine.

  57. 57
    purpleline says:

    Guido- do we know if he has paid full Tax on this 14k or has he set up a private company as most Labour colleagues Brown, Dave Biy Miliband etc etc

  58. 58
    Telegram for Vladimir and Estragon says:


  59. 59
    A Man says:

    And that wIll improve my life how exactly ?

  60. 60
    To Be Fair says:

    To be fair it was good enough for The Church of England

  61. 61
    We've seen these crys for help signs before yet we never learn says:

    Why is an obviously starving young woman being paraded around Leicester in front of cheering crowds at the moment. For Gods sake give her a feed.

  62. 62
    Alan B'Stard says:

    Alan Duncan?

  63. 63
    Arthur Mullard says:

    The Underpants Bummer

  64. 64
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Bit rough on paal McCartney.

    Bugger. I nearly forgot to automod myself.

  65. 65
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    It won’t. you aren’t international enough.

  66. 66
    Alan B'Stard says:

    Don’t underestimate Ed Milliband

  67. 67
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Theres no need for that. Considering that the Daleks were sometimes done by the same man that did Zippy and George- the voice for, I mean- they sometimes did sound like they were exterminating for the other team.

  68. 68
    genghiz mckahn says:

    Is Brown a Rangers supporter – who believed him that he was a fan of Raith Rovers?

    But if it hadn’t been for Brown’s mad tax regime, Rangers wouldn’t be in the shit.

  69. 69
    I don't need no doctor says:

    One way or another the greedy Bryant gets money out of the newspapers.

  70. 70
    I don't need no doctor says:

    What have labour got to say about Bryant and Ken Livingstone. Labour’s latest ploy as seen in PMQ’s is to select individual cases re Ed Miliband and Joan Ruddock. So let’s know what labour think about Bryant and Livingstone.
    Ed Miliband doesn’t get it Mr.Speaker, he doesn’t know the answer. The public do Miliband!

  71. 71
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Why is my comment awaiting moderation (2:48). Fucking shit useless Guido.

  72. 72
    Help Desk says:

    You can’t destroy emails. During their passge through the Internet, they are copied so many times by so many servers it’s impossible to keep track.

  73. 73
    We are not in London - thank God! says:


  74. 74
    Spidovsky says:

    Folks, I jest KNOW thsi is true about Comrade Bryant — Alex Jones and David Ike said so, so there!

  75. 75
    smoggie says:

    pillock or wazzock springs to mind

  76. 76
    DavoTheGreat says:

    I strongly doubt it’s possible.

  77. 77
    Le Mot Juste says:

    You might like to check out this Miliband family portrait. It will answer the question as to what to call him.

  78. 78
    Trevor from Treherbert says:

    Why doesn’t this Hunt do the honourable thing and give the money to a deserving cause.

    How about the Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Fund.

  79. 79
    Daniel Lambert says:

    Take her down Belgrave Road for a Balti. Ma’am

  80. 80
    BustedFlush says:

    Russia is a wonderful country to live in and Putin is a man that loves his countrymen. Now, where can I collect my £14000?

  81. 81
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Is Cameron planning to make gay marriage compulsory then?

    I think you mean when he makes it legal rather than the law.

  82. 82
    BustedFlush says:

    Honourable? He’s Labour and wouldn’t even recognize the word.

  83. 83
    Sarah Eva Braun says:

    Tweet tweet**

    Been thinking about women all of today. And how lovely they are.
    Then someone reminded me it was international women’s day! So now , I even have an excuse!

    **Tweet Tweet**

  84. 84
    El Jezza says:

    Is it me or is Tom Watson acting more and more like a mobster, throwing his weight around like a political Tony Soprano with designer glasses.

    With this bunch of bloated idiots and uphill gardeners, Labour will not get in for another decade at least.

  85. 85
    albacore says:

    “A strategy for Britain’s long term security and prosperity is at the heart of the government’s approach to foreign policy,” according to a government spokesman.
    Oh dear. And everybody here’s too preoccupied that this bloke Bryant might be somewhat of the pants persuasion to moot what calamity that reassuring gobbledegook might boil down to when viewed from a Dave perspective.

  86. 86
    dr. sipp says:

    has he actualy gone on a yacht yet?

  87. 87
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    I’m just thankful we can only see your head.

    I dread to think what you’re wearing.

  88. 88
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    No. No standards at all.

    The bottom of the barrel has been scraped so many times, there’s no bottom left.

  89. 89
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Well, that’s Rangers down the toilet then. They might as well all go home.

  90. 90
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    There’s quite a lot of weight to throw once the momentum sets in.

  91. 91
    Trying to be helpful says:

    the clue is in leicester.

    probably look like a spot on a domino

  92. 92
    Chris Bryant says:

    Lebedev came to my pajama party where I showed him my underwear collection while posing in front of a mirror…

  93. 93
    Trying to be helpful says:

    th 1 5 m0 d d 1 n g 1s g3 t t 1 n g 51 l l y

  94. 94
    Appalled Constituent says:

    Similarly, the end of Handycock’s career should have been reached years ago. His exploits with Angel and the string of ‘sexy texts’, his recent ‘teen-fondling’ admissions, the four-year affair with Katya, the blood-curdling stories which came back from his trips to Rumania, the well-documented affairs with his staff and activists – all on top of those earlier tales of under-age sex (never proved bcause the girl refused to testify). He must be enjoying the protection of his LibDem party bosses because of his generous donations to the party and doubtless the protection of the brotherhood as has so often been suggested in these columns.

  95. 95
    The Dark Sith Lord Mandelson of Darkness says:

    I’ll be the judge of that.

  96. 96
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Schoolboy error. its guido’s vegophobia.

  97. 97
    Soviet Spice. says:

    No , what I said first. The Law

  98. 98
    Chris Bryant MP says:

    Now that you mention it, there is a SLIGHT resemblance…though Don Tommaso of the Midlands Watson Crime Family has a bit more hair on top.

  99. 99
    eric spock. says:

    Its physics Jim, but not as we know it.

  100. 100
    Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

    Maguire was on Radio 5 Labour yesterday after PMQ’s and he said Ed had missed a great opportunity – he didn’t mince his words. So he is being openly critical now.

  101. 101
    joescotus says:

    what a fucking excuse for an mp total fucking gobshite!

  102. 102
    Moscow Mike Handycock (sex Tourist on Taxpayer's money) says:

    Nonsense Rupert. There are somethings one should declare and others one should not. For example, I never declared my true relationship with Russia nor did I declare that I was shagging one of their young citizens for 4 years. Boaz.

  103. 103
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Je pense, c’est une blague.

  104. 104
    Jimmy says:

    It’s a fair point I suppose. If Bumface ever did anything that might benefit Britain no doubt he would declare an interest too.

  105. 105
    PitPony says:

    The inbred nepotistic cabal that rules the Labour Party have a dicky fit because this guy writes for a paper that nobody reads, owned by someone nobody has heard of.
    In the real world we can’t understand why a creep that posts pictures of himself in his underpants on the internet is still in politics.

  106. 106
    qwerty says:

    I used to know Evgeny around the turn of the millenium when he lived in Knightsbridge and it’s a surprise that he has got any money left, the amount of heroin and coke he used to do.

  107. 107
    Lord Blair of Boughton says:

    I am The Law. And I recommend Blue Light Global Solutions for all your law enforcement needs. Coming soon to a murder investigation near you.

  108. 108
    Jeremy T says:

    So who is playing mother and who is playing father?

  109. 109
    David Laws says:

    It will be the law.

    Trust me.

  110. 110
    lord Peter Mandelson says:

    Are Chris and Evgeny bum chums?

  111. 111
    Displaced Brummie says:

    True. But I know people who live in Watson’s constituency. He’s an even worse MP than people think.

  112. 112
    I did look for a 'Skid' Row song too says:

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