July 31st, 2012

The £20,000 Question for Wandsworth Conservatives

Yesterday Guido shone some light on over £8,000 worth of cheques written to Justine Greening’s agent in the run up to the 2010 General Election. Today he brought you a rather muddled statement from Wandsworth Conservatives that can be summarised as “move along people, nothing to see here”. They are currently standing by Robert Morritt – who is now a councillor and on the Audit Committee, ironically, of Wandsworth Council. As if the previous allegations were not enough to spark a new inquiry, how about this…

Guido can now reveal that a further £20,000 paid to Justine Greening’s former agent between 2007 and 2010 has gone unaccounted for. Wandsworth Conservative Group employees are required to record a reason for the issue of cheques in an invoice ledger, but Morritt failed to do so on no less than 23 separate occasions. Here is how the internal investigation – that Wandsworth Conservatives chairman Anthony Cole claims had settled the matter – covers the issue:


Why has Morritt failed to give an adequate explanation for £20,000 worth of cheques paid to him?

Where is the money?

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101 Comments

  1. 1
    Plato says:

    Suspiciously round numbers??

    • 4
      The Fog says:

      Don’t be such a doughnut, if someone put an expense claim to me for £1000.00 it could be for an 1000 items bought at poundland.

      • 47
        Jap Jimnast says:

        Daves message to the party faithful-
        ‘Go for it lads, loot the tax payers, we’re only in for one term, grab what you can, keep off no 10s curtains Hague they may make a nice dress, but they’re mine.’

    • 8
      Roscoe Rules says:

      And a few very precise numbers.
      “I know what I spent down to last penny,just not what on”

    • 30
      smoggie says:

      That’s how the cheques were issued to provide cash for the buyer, and this is not an unusual way of paying for things, but the idea is that they should be reconciled with actual expenditure in the form of receipts. That’s what’s missing and it stinks.

  2. 2
    Skippy says:

    Oh what a thieving fucker.

    • 77
      boy oh boy says:

      Didn’t someone say it’s not necessarily the crime, but the cover-up?
      Wandsworth Council’s name is mud as it is dragged into the slurry here.

  3. 3
    Kebab Time says:

    He should be hung!

    *awaits knock from plod”

    • 15
      Popeye says:

      Precisely….where is plod? Looks suspiciously like fraud to me, certainly misuse of someone else’s money.

      • 64
        Durr... says:

        The Met’s plods (the Met. are in a class of their own in so many ways) will only get involved if a complaint comes from the lot who say they are concerned (or think they have been conned). Joe Public has no voice it seems.

      • 66
        The Old Bills Reluctance to take Action Spokesperson says:

        Sorry we all @ never ending Lodge Meetings…..nudge nudge, wink wink,
        handshakes………

    • 84
      Anonymous says:

      Hanged. Washing is hung, criminals are hanged!

  4. 5
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Should make a great Tory MP !

    • 11
      Forkbender says:

      Frankie, Tory MPs would not think of doing things like that, or would they, oh, I see what you mean duck islands, moat cleanig etc yup your right Frankie

      • 21
        MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

        I only suggest a Tory MP as they fail to see anything wrong with him stealing their money
        But as all MP’s are thieving fuckers i guess he would grace the top table / trough of any of the top three parties

        • 50
          Sir Aston Martin says:

          Looks like he’s a graduate of the Jim Devine School of, er, Getting Found Out.

  5. 6
    The Office Of Carter Ruck says:

    Right lads,you’ve had your fun.

    Super injunction time beckons.

  6. 7
    Forkbender says:

    “They are currently standing by Robert Morritt ” is the same way Dave stands by his wayward MPs. One thing that does seem strange to me with those unaccounted funds mounting up why was it not picked up by the auditor and the finace comtitee if there is one, was he on his own?

  7. 9
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    Police still can’t find this little 3 year old girl who made 999 call yesterday at 11.00am from the Leeds area

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-19062560

    • 14
      Plato says:

      We dialled the police when we were pissed, put the phone down 2 seconds after they answered it – they were round in five minutes. Why couldn’t they do that here?

      Mind you, we live the right side of the Yorkshire border.

  8. 10
    The Remittance Man says:

    Much as I believe in an Englishman’s right to minimise his tax bill, one has to ask: Did Mr Morritt declare those “expenses” paid and received in his annual tax return?

    • 16
      Anonymous says:

      Expenses aren’t taxable, of course.

      • 37
        Brown, the gift that keeps on giving says:

        Unless you get clobbered by Gordon Brown’s IR35, in which case they are taxable.

        • 80
          Anonymous says:

          But that only applies to British IT staff to get rid of them so that foreigners can take over the British IT industry.

          Naturally it doesn’t apply to important people like politicians and civil servants.

      • 72
        Spartacus says:

        per diem is taxable – what you cannot produce a receipt for, you pay 40 pct on as it is classes a benefit. Unless you are an mp of course; or a councillor

    • 36
      smoggie says:

      Of course not, they weren’t his expenses so why should he?

  9. 13
    flobberwobbler says:

    Why do you keep mentioning Justine Greening? Has he been ripping her off too?

    • 19
      Regina Phalange says:

      He was Justine Greening’s election agent in the 2010 General Election.

    • 82
      Anonymous says:

      He thinks she’s a dangerous left winger.

    • 90
      Hamilton says:

      cos we contributed to her re election fund via donations and she did not get the money that is why.

      • 92
        Wandsworth Laydee says:

        He was also the agent for Jane Ellison MP and Mark Clarke, the candidate in Tooting who lost out to Khan. Clarke’s campaign actually ran out of money party way through and he had to go beg in the Wandsworth “toast rack” for more dosh.

  10. 17
    Dial D for Dick. Cressida Dick says:

    There’s more to this than one crooked councillor. blank unsigned cheques and no written accounts point to a crooiked paymaster(s)

  11. 18
    keredybretsa says:

    Things are moving fast in dodgy downtown Wandsworth. Morrittgate is becoming WandCongate, heads must be seen to roll or there must be legitimate answers to legitimate questions.

  12. 20
    Aidan Burley says:

    This blog is leftie multicultural crap.

  13. 24
    nellnewman says:

    politicians of all parties and at all levels are not exactly good at handling money are they?

    • 32
      MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

      I’m afraid they are expert at handling money , first they steal it then they put it through private companies/ constituency offices to avoid paying tax on it
      They also prostitute themselves to any company that needs policy changing / parliamentary questions asking , charge large amounts to speak to any idiot who will listen to them

      Make no mistake , these are vile odious beings who don’t give a shit about anyone other than themselves

    • 54
      a non says:

      o/t.
      Just spotted your moniker. Welcome back. Hope you had a great time on the cruise ship.

  14. 27
    Soon To Be Overheard At CPS says:

    Morritt: “It’s a stitch-up, I tell ya! I’m the patsy, can’t you see? The fall guy! Well, I won’t let them play me for a mug– if I go down, plenty of others are comin’ with me, see? Yeah– I know where the bodies are buried– yeah, I could blow the lid right off Wandsworth Tories! They’ll rue the day they ever decided to make a sap out of ol’ Robbie Morritt when I open up a can on them! Where do I start, Mr Prosecutor?”

    Morritt’s Silk: “Not so fast, Rob– as your brief, I must advise you that you needn’t say anything till the deal is on the table! What are you offering, old man?”

    CPS: “First he has to tell us what he did with the dosh– if he does that, and we can find any of it, we’re prepared to let him skate.”

    Morritt: “Well, that’s me well and truly fucked, then…”

    • 91
      Hamilton says:

      His old man is a brief isn’t he ……yeah v important one. He will defend him for free.

  15. 28
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Your income thread did last long…worried

    Worms and Can Guido

    How about Fat Boy Nicolas Soames MP,

    Another very Part Time MP, on Full Time MP salary

    THREE other Jobs

    1. AEGIS Defence Services Limited = 15 Hrs a month, every month = £5000 pm
    2. Senior Adviser, MMC Group = 15 Hrs a month, every month = £4000 pm
    3. Advisor to Intrepid Capital = 25 Hrs per quarter = £30000 per quarter.

    Nice !!!!!

  16. 30
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Still nothing about Priti Patel MP Car hire expenses. Guido must have a soft spot for her

  17. 38
    Lets have a Pat rant says:

  18. 39
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Worms and Can Guido

    How about Malcolm Riffy the Riff MP.

    My personal favourite

    Rathbone Brothers Plc paid him £3000 for 90 minutes work.

    That’s £33 per minute. I bet he even went for a dump during the 90 mins

    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmregmem/120611/rifkind_malcolm.htm

    • 42
      Labour's ejookayshun system strikes again! says:

      90 minutes’

    • 44
      T.B£iar - the People's Messiah says:

      Chicken feed !

    • 58
      FavershamAss says:

      I’m not sure that one can really pull a `Toynbee’ here, viz: `Yeah, they ate children/mugged grannies/flipped homes/stole/patronised/…, but it would be so much worse under the Conservatives, so it doesn’t count’.

      Wrong ‘uns are wrong `uns, no matter what colour underpants they wear!

      And if the can is full of worms, we should all rush to get our rods and go fishing rather than take the `oh it will be embarrassing for all concerned if we look too closely’ apologists way out.

    • 61
      Isn't he supposed to be an MP? says:

      The Register of Members’ Financial Interests: Part 1
      As at 30 April 2012

      BROWN, Rt. Hon. Gordon (Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath)
      2. Remunerated employment, office, profession etc

      Payments as Distinguished Global Leader in Residence at New York University: Campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi and Florence. Hours: ongoing commitment.

      Payment of £102,568.55, which includes transport and accommodation costs for me and a member of my staff to travel to the New York University Campuses.

    • 62
      Jap Jimnast says:

      10 mins shit
      5 mins pick nose
      5 mins pick gunk out of finger nails with staple
      10 mins stare at wall
      5 mins stare out of window
      5 mins coffee
      10 mins images of Eagle sisters
      5 mins what have for dinner at club
      5 mins what wine to go with said dinner
      5 mins rub eyes
      5 mins ajust g string
      knock off 20 mins early after pocketing biscuits

  19. 40
    Robert Morritt says:

    Have I got a lot of laundering to do ?

  20. 46
    Brown out and pay me damages says:

    That is a really cheesy pic.

  21. 60
    Mehdi Hassan says:

    This sounds like yet another Z*onist conspiracy to me.

  22. 68
    Ssssshhh its the Council Treasury & Resources Dept Spokesperson says:

    We strictly apply the same full accounting procedures & ethics as laid down by EUSSR who’s accounts have not been signed off for ate least 10 years or more….!!!!!

    I think I need to get back to you on this one after further clarification from Brussels

  23. 70
    al capone s accountant says:

    let s face it he looks a complete wanker.

    surely hung for sheep as lamb

    if your going to fiddle do a good job .
    say 800 grand and flee to paraguay with whom blighty still has no extradition treaty

    no wonder he s still a councillor and not a …..consigliere.

  24. 71
    Blowing Whistles says:

    No hat tip – required.

    Pleas note the gobbledegook and the last sentence about the public interest!!! + The Audit Commission is to be rebranded by 2015.

    Below is what it states on the Audit Commission website
    Here is the link
    http://www.audit-commission.gov.uk/audit-practice/pages/default.aspx

    “Audit Practice
    The Commission’s Audit Practice is the successor to the District Audit Service which was first established in 1844 and was absorbed into the Audit Commission when it was set up in 1983. It kept its seperate brand name until 2002. The Audit Practice undertakes audit appointments to about 70 per cent of the audits within the Audit Commission regime. Under the Charities Act 1993 (as amended) the Commission also appoints auditors to English NHS charities and the Audit Practice undertakes the audit of the majority of these.

    The Audit Practice aims to deliver world-class public sector audits, consistently and efficiently, in compliance with professional and regulatory requirements, so as to secure impact and to serve the public interest.”

    • 76
      UKIP UNITED !! says:

      Sounds like another Gordon’s “I saved the Universe & Beyond” McMentals re-creations which are very good @ fcuking up everything they touch, then blame everyone else…..and is well suited for the ConsLieLaborLibDems Blood Brothers Alliance…. after all its only funds extracted from Tax Payers & they just don’t count.
      The only useful function for Tax Payers is to be continually Milked of all of there Money to enrich the Blood Brothers Alliance who are glued to the corrupt EUSSR for there own duplicitous mendacious ways ………..& its laughingly called democracy……
      One day & sooner rather than later…the laughing will STOP…things will suddenly change for the ConsLieLaborLibDems as power is torn from them, for ever…….

    • 81
      Anonymous says:

      Bullsh*t, bullsh*t, it all sounds like bullsh*t to me,to me

  25. 78
    Anonymous says:

    “Why has Morritt failed to give an adequate explanation for £20,000 worth of cheques paid to him?”

    Don’t know. Could it be that someone is a thief?

  26. 88
    How can I complain? says:

    Would it be fair to say that a failure by Wandsworth Council to investigate Cllr Morritt would amount to a “complaint” against the Council? They define a complaint as: “A clear expression of dissatisfaction about the standard of service, action or lack of action by the council or its staff affecting an individual customer or group of customers.”

    • 96
      Anne Onymousse says:

      It’s not the council you complain to its the police and the conservative party. As far as I read it he was misappropriating conservative donors’ money….nothing to do with council. What is relevant is that when he was selected as a councillor he had to declare anything in his professional or personal life that if it were to be made public would cause embarrassment.

      He didn’t say anything about pilfering donations on a grand scale…that’s because he thinks he was worth it. He thinks he was underpaid and a bit too damn good at his job and therefore helping himself was entirely legitimate. And the big boys all agreed with him. Poor old Cole no one pays him anything. Edward Hayter is your man, he knew exactly what young Morritt was up to – and he cramed him into a nice safe seat knowing full well he’d been on the take.

  27. 89
    How can I complain? says:

    I must apologise. Separate complaints procedure for Councillors. Code of Conduct is here – http://www.wandsworth.gov.uk/download/52/code_of_conduct

    Who would have thought that integrity, honesty and accountability were important?

    Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to cover past events…

    • 93
      Hamilton says:

      Well I think I should do that cos I gave them lots of cash….and I want it back.

      • 100
        Blowing Whistles says:

        If anyone gave cash – for a ‘specific cause’ – and it turns out that that cash, has gone to financially benefit someone other than the originally intended ‘specific cause’ then demand your cash back and push for Fraud / Theft. i.e. You have been Defrauded of monies that were not intended to benefit an individual personally. There is also the issue of deception that you were decieved into giving monies for a specific cause – yet now it turns out that the monies may have been used for other purposes.

  28. 94
    Tony says:

    Guido,

    I know you rely on tip off on information and what you publish isn’t necessarily 100% of what you know – I would be interested in your opinion as blunt as can be put – so within the limits of all relevant laws – do you think this guy is guilty (morally, legally or otherwise)? Yes or no – we have some information now but not enough to determine.

    Regards,

    T

  29. 95
    Anne Onymousse says:

    Well reading between the lines it shouldn’t be too hard to work that out. Sound like all the above right.

  30. 97
    Anne Onymousse says:

    Everyone knew we were bust in 2010. In I fact it was young Morritt who told us: ‘We are f**king broke, so get off your fat arses and start getting some cash in from the stupid f**king punters now, or I will shag the lot of you etc.’ Now we know why he was getting so excited. He needed to pay some money back.

  31. 99
    Supporter says:

    Morrit’s methods.
    On a one to one basis, (ie in apparent confidence) Morrit would slander other members, candidates and supporters. This created the illusion of inside knowledge, and power. It also created fear in those to whom he imparted such lies, since they became fearful of what he would say about them, if they did not ‘support’ him. In the next moment he would publically praise the person to whom he had been imparting slanderous remarks, so creating a ‘buddy-buddy’, type rapport.
    Many people in positions of influence, and control, including councillors, became swept up in this atmosphere of deceit, and fear.
    All in all, Morrit’s methods took an honest hardworking group of political activists and basically tore the guts out of it, took its money, but got promoted because no-one had the guts to stand up to him.
    Its not just Mottits head that must role, but those who refused to face facts, and actually cover for Morrit when they knew the truth.
    The episode is disgusting in its entirety, but it seem it is not yet over.
    I hope Guido continues to reveal the truth that Members in Wandsworth so truly deserve.


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