July 31st, 2012

Wandsworth Tories Demand Guido “Desist”
No Evidence Presented to Suggest Allegations Inaccurate 

Wandsworth Conservative Group have broken cover in response to Guido’s recent exposé. Their Chairman Anthony Cole has released this statement:

“In the course of his employment with Wandsworth Conservative’s [sic.], Mr Morritt was required to incur expenses.  In early 2010, legitimate questions were raised about expenses paid to Mr Morritt and the surrounding control systems. A detailed, thorough and independent investigation was performed and a series of detailed questions subsequently put to Mr Morritt.  Mr Morritt satisfactorily answered all of these questions. There was no ‘missing money’ or ‘fraud’; there is absolutely no evidence he ‘kept the cash for himself’ or that there was personal gain for Mr Morritt.  I request that you immediately desist from allegations to the contrary.”

They are standing by their Councillor Robert Morritt, who sits on Wandsworth Council’s audit committee…

So Mr Cole, Guido has a copy of the said report that was compiled in late 2010. As covered here, Morritt was forced out from his position as agent in July 2010 – after the General Election – and it was only after that the books were turned over and other questions arose. Guido has asked Wandsworth Tories whether “early 2010″ suggests that suspicions had been raised pre-election.

The “detailed, thorough and independent investigation” that Guido has a copy of would suggest that far from “satisfactorily answering” questions about missing cash, it in fact opened a huge can of worms. Guido showed you yesterday over £8,000 of unexplained cheques. There are more to come too…

If there was no “missing money” or “fraud” how come the accounts do not show any reference to these “expenses” racked up by Mr Morritt? The accounts were not an accurate reflection of spending…

If, as Mr Cole claims, “Mr Morritt satisfactorily answered all of these questions…” and there was  no “personal gain for Mr Morritt”, how come he was forced to pay back over £5,000 when he was ousted in autumn 2010?

Guido will “desist from allegations to the contrary” when some evidence is presented. Vague claims of “expenses” are not good enough in the light of overwhelming evidence of dodgy activity. Given Guido has the accounts, the reports and the cheques, perhaps Mr Cole and Mr Morritt would like to show him some receipts?

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72 Comments

  1. 1
    Kebab Time says:

    I hope you tell them where to go!

  2. 2
    Fight On says:

    Handbags at the ready

  3. 3
    You can ALWAYS trust a Tory says:

    - ‘Dave’ – for example – a Man of His Word! – and all the other trash in previous admins!

  4. 4
    Cole on Cole says:

    Blue on Blue

  5. 5
    DR says:

    Why is Chairman Cole trying to fart against thunder?

  6. 6
    UKIP.i.am says:

    Keep on at them Guido. This is not France.

  7. 7
    Penfold says:

    This is all a mere bagatelle, small change in the bigger picture of waste incurred by politicoes, who are more than happy to squander taxpayers monies.

    Morritt clearly was on the training course, and failed of course.

    If, Morritt has had it away with the loot, why did Wandsworth Cons not press for fraud/false accounting charges to be raised with Insp Knacker?

    Further questions need to be asked here, re above.

  8. 8
    Durr... says:

    Beware – you are dealing with Conservatives…

  9. 9
    Wandsworth Estate Agencies Utd says:

    To be honest they deserve a bonus – the council tax its the lowest in the country – well done chaps.

  10. 10

    I’ve got my popcorn ready!

  11. 11
    Roscoe Rules says:

    At ‘Claims 4 U’ we show you how to claim for everything under the bastard sun.

    Those things most people have to provide for themselves out of their own pocket.
    Food,transport,clothes and accommodation.
    At ‘Claims 4 U’ we say “fuck that”.
    Remember “Where’s there’s no shame there’s a claim”

  12. 12
    Dobbie says:

    AKA Slimey Buggers.

  13. 13
    Dobbie says:

    You can’t make “allegations”! “Allegations” are not allowed!

  14. 14
    Gaz Chambers says:

    Is there such a thing? I thought they were all socialists these days.

  15. 15
    Genevieve says:

    I’ll bring some cucumber sarnies.

  16. 16
    What a carry-on says:

    Carry on, Guido. They don’t like it up ‘em.

  17. 17
    Anonymous says:

    “Guido has a copy of the said report that was compiled in late 2010.”

    Are you sure?

    Perhaps there was another one in early 2010.

    You know how cunning these Tories can be.

  18. 18
    Eric Pickles is lazy says:

    The levels of corruption tolerated by Tories in local government, even when in opposition, is a fucking disgrace.

    Guido, if you think the indifference to the abuse of other peoples’ money is bad in Wandsworth, have a look at Waltham Forest and the O-Regen scandal, juts one of so many where the Tories have failed the public.

  19. 19
    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    I’ve got some knitting I could bring along, dear.

  20. 20
    Genevieve says:

    Are you stalking me Elsie?

  21. 21
    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    I’m not sure, dear.

  22. 22
    smoggie says:

    Sleaze is not confined to the Tory councils.

  23. 23

    When I looked into consellor expenses a few years ago now I found out that iirc:-

    1. Until recently receipts were often not required – policians are trustworthy dont you know.
    2. Cousellors (I think this is true – it was a while go now so apologies if I am inadvertently misleading you) could in theory claim the same expenses back from town, district and county councils if they were attending in different capacities. All for the same set of expenses.

    Personally I think that a complete independent “Stewart” led review is required of the political system in this country, to help it raise its game and regain the trust of the public. Terms of reference are simple, to maintain the current structures but to find ways of ensuring that policians when in office act more ethicly and reponsibly. If you remember that anyone can get elected, one of the negatives of democracy is that you can easily elect in corrupt people, and people who will take the easy route of turning a blind eye for a peaceful life, and people who would never dare question the old boys.

    Democracy matters, but people have to vote and those voted in must inspire and be good leaders. Policy is one thing (people will always disagree over it), but ethical behaviour is vital for without it in a leader darkness will reign.

    I am very well qualified for being a pain in the ass :)

  24. 24
    Swooner says:

    Elsie is really a 47 year old transvestite from Bristol that likes to play lets pretend on this blog, dear.

  25. 25
    Kinnocio says:

    They need me to sort it out. I was responsible for clearing up the accounts of the EU ensuring that there was a proper audit blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah ad infinitum.

  26. 26
    Swooner says:

    Good point.

  27. 27
    will says:

    local gov has always had its problems of sleezy councils just see private eye and rotten boroughs it has kept them in business for years.

    I think the tories in wandsworth should give up on this, as they tend to do deliver most local services ok.

    just throw him to the wolves and be done with it.

  28. 28
    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    I’ve got my coco chanel in one hand and my louis vuitton in the other, dear.

  29. 29
    Eric Pickles is lazy says:

    Not at all. Waltham Forest is Labour-run, which is what makes the involvement of the leader of the Tories in the O-Regen scandal all the worse: the public feel utterly betrayed by our elected councillors of all stripes.

  30. 30
    Archer Karcher says:

    Dave’s Nu Conservative party, would rather you not call them socialist, as it tends to remind people how far left Dave and his crony chums have crawled.

    His band of carpet baggers and thieves, would much rather you use the term “progressive” as this is a much more socially acceptable description of his fabian ideals and elitist snobbery.

  31. 31
    Archer Karcher says:

    If you trust virtually anyone from the LabLibCon party, you are a certifiable imbecile.

  32. 32
    a bird in the hand... says:

    *budgie-smugglers!*

    i luvs you!!!

  33. 33
  34. 34
    Selohesra says:

    arse please – we are not septics here

  35. 35
    Where does a Conservative vote these days? says:

    When did the Tories become socialist, pinko, gayer, econazi, NHS hugging, communists?

  36. 36
    Them were the days.... says:

  37. 37
    Handycock No1 Trougher in Parliament says:

    Don’t you trust me? Boaz.

    http://therantingkingpenguin.blogspot.co.uk/2010/10/handycock-rides-gravy-train.html

  38. 38
    Synic says:

    Yet more stinking corruption among the Toriess. They are just as bad as Labour and the Libdums. Virtually all our politicians are thieves.
    When are you going to act Dave? Or does this merely confirm that you are a weak gutless leader?

  39. 39
    yorkie says:

    How does she control her eighteen-wheeler and post at the same time, though. I’m forever taking out traffic lights, street furniture, people etc…

  40. 40
    Just a thought says:

    Unless of course he knows where some bodies are buried and some others may have a vested interest in keeping him sweet ?

  41. 41
    Daily Fail says:

    Grossly unfair. You haven’t mentioned the eighteen stone weight or that he/she drives an articulated lorry.

  42. 42
    Time for some Farage methinks says:

  43. 43
    Baby Heinrich says:

    We are just waiting for the inevitable collapse of the tory/libdum/liebour Weimar Republic. Don’t say you haven’t been warned. Then we will sort the PC corrupt mess out big time.

  44. 44
    Ghost of Frank Carson says:

    Did you hear what happened to the Chinese athlete who failed to win gold at the Olympics?

    His family would like to know.

  45. 45
    HMRC says:

    Don’t get too excited, sir. We’re on to them.

  46. 46
    Vazoline says:

    With my impeccable credentials for integriy, can I help out?

  47. 47
    Dave the Brave says:

    I’m concentrating on the really important policy – legalising same sex marriages.

  48. 48
    Corporal Jones says:

    They don’t like it up ‘em, Capt. Guido Sir!…

  49. 49
    ToryMember says:

    Well I’m a member of this Conservative group, I pay my subscription fees and I pay to attend socials (not an insignificant amount per social either – £35 for drinks and canapes). I’m interested in your allegations but I do feel they are a little hollow without the supporting evidence. Can you make these reports and accounts available for us to see?

  50. 50
    ToryMember says:

    (I should add that ordinary members like myself do not get to see them)

  51. 51
    Anonymous says:

    Look here you Wandsworth Twats – you are taking protecting one of your own a bit too far chaps – if you have a rotten apple in the barrell you remove the rotten apple – you don’t try and protect it. Admit he has had you over good and proper.

    Swallow your pride – admit this man is dodgy – IT IS TIME TO DIAL 999 AND REPORT THIS MAN.

    One wonders if he is a Mason hence the reason he is being protected? Would be in his declarations of interest to the Council?

  52. 52
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Probably the best comment I have read for a while on that subject is this one, the ‘best rated’ comment to the Chingford Skinhead’s recent blog post:

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/normantebbit/100172169/camerons-unconditional-commitment-to-the-eu-will-have-put-a-smirk-on-the-faces-of-our-masters-in-brussels/#comment-595403864

  53. 53
    Nick of the Libdumbs says:

    Indeed, forcing churches and religious groups to marry two men in the holy matrimony of shit stabbing botty sex is the pinnacle of egalitarianism and tolerance.

  54. 54
    Quite Exceptionally Anonymous says:

    You are being grossly unfair. You haven’t mentioned the eighteen stone weight or that he/she drives an articulated lorry. Or that the m0db0t fucks us all up the arse.

  55. 55
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Order, order.

  56. 56
    Fiebol Electronics says:

    We are the fraudulent electrical goods company. Send your money suckers.

  57. 57
    Bristolian says:

    Ye’re Else – Oi’s frum Bristle too. Werr bis?

  58. 58
    Skippy says:

    Meanwhile:

    Muslim Burial Scandal

    Read all about it:

    http://www.thepressnews.co.uk/

  59. 59
    WVM says:

    Yes an excellent post by Frank Fisher there.

  60. 60
    Ironic says:

    Architects of their own destruction and the resurrection of their worst nightmares.

  61. 61
    Enriching says:

    “Meanwhile the postal vote inquiry has yielded surprise results – and potential criminal charges. In a number of cases where people applied for postal votes, it was discovered that although the votes hadn’t been used, the applicants were fraudulent, either not living there or being out of the country.

    However upon cooperating with benefits agencies, officials discovered that fraudulent claims were being made from those addresses. Around six cases are currently being pursued, with the possibility of another 60 or 70 in the pipeline”

  62. 62
    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    He does remind me a little of that dopey Sophie, dear.

  63. 63
    Is this election fraud? says:

    I am also a Tory member and Activist and think that the “independent investigation” should be made public- don’t we have a right to see where our subs have gone? You can call Wandsworth Conservatives on 020 8944 0378. At the very least an explanation on the awful governance needs to be given.

  64. 64
    Ava Banana says:

    The word is “Councillors”. Counsellors do something completely different.

  65. 65
    Sophie Hamilton says:

    They will get their expensive lawyers on you next…….that is the usual Wandsworth Way, and lots of threats. They do anything to crush anyone legitimately raising questions about errors, mistakes, deliberate or otherwise.

    Not nice bunch. I wonder who will pay the legal fees to keep this one in his job…the little old ladies making teas and buying raffle tickets don’t get you much in the way of solicitors’ fees.

  66. 66
    Supporter says:

    Seems to me that Guido is talking fact, as shown in his revelations. How else could he dare to make them? Cole pretends he has had an investigation, so he must have been alerted to something. What worries me is that he is covering up something even worse than missing money, all of which came from contributions made by ordinary members, and maybe even from donors such as Ashcroft. Also, isn’t knowing of theft and doing nothing about it, the same as the plod call being an accessory? Surely, if Morrit is innocent, Cole should welcome the opportunity to clear the air and open the books. Or is he a party to even worse transgressions?

  67. 67
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Guido – should be flattered – by the fact that Cole has written to him and asked him to ‘Desist’. I would suggest that Guido continues – because the Council in the name of Cole has now ‘revealed its hand’.

    Next thing the Council will go to the courts and ‘obtain’ [I am not saying how – but it could involve brown paper envelopes] a ‘cease & desist Order’.

    Now that would mean; that Guido has in fact struck Gold [During the Olympics – a bonus.]

    So keep baiting them – they’ve already ‘showed their hand’.
    p.s. Disect properly the wording of the councils pithy little letter. I would but I’ve got another Tory council to sort out as I write.
    p.p.s. I hate Labour and the Libdems equally as much.

  68. 68
    Rain in Spain says:

    I used to be Chairman of Tooting and I wasn’t shown them either

  69. 69
    JR Hartley says:

    Morritt has a very rich lobbying friend who I’m sure would help out…

  70. 70
    Wandsworth Laydee says:

    The Council Tax chart eis nothing to do with Morritt. We have Eddie Lister and co to thank for that one!

  71. 71
    Anne Onymousse says:

    Oh yes, Mr B, in fact he has been lobbying/digging on young Morritt’s behalf presumably to uncover the ‘mole.’ By the way who is your source Guido, that’s a fascinating story in itself.

  72. 72
    Katia says:

    Well I always trusted you Handy… The Teddies are still with me every night on my pillow here in Russia. Please come back soon.


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