August 7th, 2012

Wandsworth Council Suspend Tory Fraud Suspect

Wandsworth Council have finally opened their eyes to the ongoing fraud scandal at Wandsworth Conservatives. This statement was put out last night:

COUNCILLOR ROBERT MORRITT

Ravi Govindia, leader of Wandsworth Council, is to ask the next ordinary meeting of the Council to stand Councillor Robert Morritt down from all Council committees, following the publication of a series of allegations concerning his period as Conservative Party agent, prior to his election as a councillor.

Councillor Govindia says: “I have been disturbed to read a series of allegations in recent days concerning Councillor Robert Morritt.  All the allegations concern his alleged activity before he became a councillor, and none concern council taxpayers’ money, but I believe it is essential to get to the bottom of what has happened.  I do not wish to distract from the vital work of the council committees that he sits on and will therefore ask the next ordinary Council meeting to suspend his membership of them.”

Councillor Morritt is a member of Wandsworth Council’s Finance and Corporate Resources Overview and Scrutiny Committee, General Purposes Committee, Adult Care and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Joint Staff Committee, Chief Officers Joint Consultative Committee and Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education.

Guido will look into some of the detail included here later, but there are conflicting reports over whether the Tories have suspended the whip as well. Guido understands that senior figures in the local party have begged Morritt to resign, but he is digging in and refusing to go. He’s currently still the Deputy Chairman of Justine Greening’s constituency of Putney…

Mark Elliott, Chairman of Putney Conservatives and Ravi Govindia, the Leader of Wandsworth Council are on holiday this week, which has slowed things down. Either way it’s clear to see that the original statements put out by Wandsworth Tories accusing Guido of lying and making this scandal up were woefully inaccurate…

You can read the full background to the suspension here.


105 Comments

  1. 1
    Kebab Time says:

    Result Guido.

    Keep going after the thieving piggies!

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  2. 2
    smoggie says:

    Brazen fellow.

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  3. 4
    Synic says:

    Still no proper action to clean out the stables — where are you Weakling Dave?

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  4. 6
    annette curton says:

    Fraud at a council and in Wandsworth?, surely some mistake.

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    • 49
      Dobbie says:

      Wandsworth… famous for it’s “big house”.

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      • 100

        By “Big House” do you mean the Arndale Centre, built back in the days when Wandsworth was said to be the most corrupt council in London – with all but one of the Labour Councillors and even most of the opposition receiving pay-offs .

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    • 105
      Living in 98 percent white Merseyside says:

      I am absolutely disgusted at what these metropolitan types get up to!

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  5. 7
    Andrew Efiong says:

    Top work Guido, you flushed them out and they’re on the run now.

    Should Councillors be taking holidays whilst suspicious cases of fraud are made public? Sounds to me like Govindia needs to get a grip.

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  6. 9
    GeoffS says:

    Doesn’t speak overly well of Justine Greening’s ability to ensure she has her house in order. If she’s not got her eye on the ball at this most basic level, what does this tell us of her capacity to manage a significant, National brief.

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    • 97
      I know where the bodies are buried says:

      Justine was kept in the dark, deliberately, by senior activists within the Wandsworth Group

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      • 99
        GeoffS says:

        Well they would say that wouldn’t they! Just like DfT keep her oblivious to the realities of the HS2 debacle!

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  7. 18
    Regina Phalange says:

    Am absolutely delighted that the Conservative Group have finally taken these allegations seriously.

    Cllr Morritt should either sue this website for defamation and prove his innocence or resign.

    The fact he has done neither since Guido first made this series of allegations implies both Cllr Morritt’s guilt and cowardice.

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    • 22
      annette curton says:

      How much more money would you have to fiddle to pay for a super-injunction?.

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    • 23
      Some Twat up North says:

      Just heard he’s offered to pay it all back…

      So thats all right the!

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      • 28
        annette curton says:

        An admission of guilt then, hello!, hello! CPS, is their anybody out there?.

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      • 29
        Anonymous says:

        Where did you hear that?

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        • 57
          Anonymous says:

          I don’t believe that he’s offered to pay the rest back on the basis he is still insisting its all a witch hunt and he’s done nothing wrong (Which, knowing him well, I expect he would continue to insist even through the bars of a cell in Wandsworth nick)

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          • Anonymous says:

            Well, that prospect is coming closer by the hour. I gather that the defrauded members who have been calling for the cops to be brought in are shouting much lounder this morning.

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  8. 19
    Anonymous says:

    Part of the problem in dealing with this is that Morritt has crammed his cronies into key decision making posts. He used his position as agent to fill the management committee with stupid people who would never catch him out. When one of the few smart ones actually did, the others waged a ferocious battle to undermine that person and vilify him. In the end, because no one would listen he just walked away. Others who were similarly concerned by what was happening were also forced out.

    The situation now is that those who are left have neither the brains, the balls or the independence of mind to deal with the issue.

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  9. 24
    where's the legacy says:

    good one, see if this was buried in Private Eye somewhere nobody would have given 2 monkeys

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  10. 26
    Carlyn Chisholm says:

    Robert Morritt seems the ideal Tory PPC to contest the Corby by election.

    Good Morning.

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    • 34
      Cllr Robert Morritt says:

      For the good of my party and country, I confirm I am willing to allow my name to go forward.

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    • 48
      Tay King-dePisse says:

      Sadly, there are those who might take you up on that suggestion– he seems to know how the fiddling game is played, and he wouldn’t need to be taught much, so he could hit the ground running, as the para’s say; he’s “ready on Day One.”

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  11. 30
    Anastasia Beaverhausen says:

    Let’s hope when Morritt packs his bags, he doesn’t try and take a taxi home…

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    • 41
      Some Twat up North says:

      Apparently he won’t have to travel far, Dave’s just offered him the job of his press secretary.

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  12. 31

    I’m off swimming for the day now.

    Appreciating the aesthetics of the female form is just one of the items on the agenda. Keeping my composure is another…

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  13. 33
    Graham Smith says:

    In the ordinary way, the Group Leader would simply substitute another member for a Councillor absent from a committee meeting.

    Clearly, in this case, Cllr Morritt has refused to obey the Conservative Group’s Leader and absent himself “until the fuss dies down” (possibly this might be because he stands to lose out on expenses for travelling, etc. and we all know how he loves getting expenses). This appears to be why this extraordinary motion is being placed before the Council.

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  14. 35
    Jeffrey How says:

    Would someone lend me a stiletto to deal with Dave?

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  15. 39
    Moussa Koussa says:

    Each day delivers increasingly great news.

    Flag ship Tory council, dodgy doings , and all on the fiddle.

    Mongo’s departure yesterday

    Cockaltion in disarray

    Boris, who hasn’t a hope of being PM, is the grass root loons favourite.

    Nutters such as Redwood, total loony Hannan, and complete fruit cake foamer Carswell are all coming out to spill their bile.

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    • 45
      annette curton says:

      Business as usual.

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    • 46
      SAS NOT!!! says:

      errrrr don’t forget to mention Pritti Patel, Pritti Patel, Pritti Patel, Pritti Patel, Pritti Patel, Pritti Patel, Pritti Patel !!!!!!!

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      • 53
        Moussa Koussa says:

        Thanks for the reminder.

        Don’t forget Priti Patel – Tory MP expenses. Routinely hires a car, £180 per day, on expenses, even though her constituency is only 45 miles from Westminster.

        £22 return on the train !!!!!!!

        Has she got a family – I think she will be spending more time with them soon.

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    • 65
      Anonymous says:

      The more I read of Moussa Koussa’s comments the more convinced I become that he is really Mehdi Has*n.

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      • 73
        smoggie says:

        The more I read the more I am convinced that he really is Moussa Koussa, which incidently is Arabic for smelly c­unt.

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  16. 43
    Nonjob says:

    This isn’t a story.

    This is what the parasites in local government do. As little as possible for obscene amounts of money.

    I’m surprised he wasn’t promoted and commended with an ‘excellence in social cohesion and integrated diversity’ award.

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  17. 52
    Roger the Cabin Boy says:

    I have never found any bunch that was worth a vote, and the ConDems certainly are proving to be in no position to lecture Liebour any longer. It may be desperation, but UKIP may well tempt me to vote, just to be rid of the Euro folly.

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    • 56
      Raving Loon says:

      They really need to get a seat in the house of commons. Even though the EU is really in control, most people still think that it is the UK parliament which calls the shots. UKIP also desperately need more prominent members as well. It seems that Nigel Farage is UKIP at the moment. There needs to be a Tory faction which breaks off en-masse and joins UKIP, sort of like a real conservative secession.

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    • 71
      m'Lord MandleScum of HeatedPool and Boyz says:

      Roger the Cabin Boy? – have – many times over – unless you’ve got a nice fresh one to break in.

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  18. 62

    *Gives up on trying to point out self-reference*

    Here are some Meta-jokes:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meta-joke

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  19. 66
    George Dixon (ret) says:

    One has to pose the question:- Are all these fu*king politicos bent?
    May be if a few were prosecuted properly that may just have the effect of straitening a few of the bast*rds out!!
    But if caught they just say “I’m sorry” and offer to pay some of the ill-gotten gains back, well that’s OK then. Is it a different branch of law for the common criminal?

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    • 68
      Tory / labour / liberal councillors says:

      It’s only donations or public money so who gives a fu*k!!

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    • 69
      Revd. (£rd Fucking Way) Phoney B£iar, sanctimonious git and £iar, emoting and wiv stupid grin says:

      Speaking as a solice ititittyter cum lorrya if there was any justice in the world I’d be strung up by now – but there isn’t and I’m NOT hah ahahahaahah hahaha hahah !!!!

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    • 78

      George

      It is worse than that.

      Sadly there are parts of the establishment who seem in my opinion to prefer from my own experience to look good and protect those who err, even at the expense of others hurt by their activities. It is wrong, it is backward, and it hinders this nation.

      As Cameron once said, Transparency is the best disinfectant. The trouble is so many influential people, with power, stand to loose if things do disinfect, that few are likely to have the balls.

      After all would you want to be character assassinated, set up, blackmailed, done over a good un, by people who are desparate to protect themselves. It is not a pretty place to be.

      And Tories stand to the wost cuplrits as such behavious is a natural side effect of chasing money.

      If you want it sorted you will need to do as Guido does, en mass, through the media, or support Cameron (did I really say that) and ensure he does clean house better proactively and not just when scandals become public.

      Hands up here anyone who does not know someone who has been unfairly treated by “powers that be” who saught to protect themselves or who hasn’t turned a blind eye when things were being dont that were wrong (for fear of loosing your job or whatever)?

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  20. 67
    Vichy Dave The Toe-Curling Tosser in No 10 says:

    I say you jolly chaps!!! I’m going to put Rebekkkahaha up for Corby and Moreittytitty to join me as a SPAD on finance!

    The future is SECURE!!! The FUTURE IS CAMORANGE!!

    What?? Wattage?

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    • 74
      smoggie says:

      There’s nothing quite like bitingly accurate parody. And yours is nothing quite like it. More like a fourth form schoolboy trying to take the piss in the school mag.

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  21. 75
    Technomist says:

    Great work, Guido. This is why I read your blog

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  22. 81
    Aunty Matter says:

    There’s a vacancy for him in Corby.

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  23. 83
    DZ says:

    The reason we need small government is the same reasoning we need that once cruise ships become to large everybody has the shits

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  24. 85
    Anonymous says:

    “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.”

    So I take it these questions were:
    Did you do it,
    Are you sure you didn’t do it?
    Can you call me a taxi?

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  25. 88
    Penfold says:

    Tsk, tsk, you would have thought that these peopole would have learnt a lesson from Watergate, Its the CoverUp that does for you.

    Well done that pesky Guido.

    I expect politicians to have absolute rectitude, unlike the present shower of scum, chancers, crooks, liars and thieves who rule our lives and should be dismissed.

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  26. 89
    keredybretsa says:

    Do me a favour Morrittgate needs his own Joint Consultative Standing Advisory Top-Scrutiny Committee to Scrutinise the Scrutiniser! Would you buy a used stamp from this geez?

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  27. 90
    (*Rimshot!*) says:

    Well, if nobody else will do the obvious joke that has been sitting in front of an open goal for days now, then I suppose I must:
    “Wandsworth Tory Cllr story = The Morritt is reported on, the Morritt needs looking into.”
    Doing the cheap-o’s, so you won’t have to.

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  28. 95
    Anonymous says:

    Councillors get extra expenses for each committee they sit on and that can add up to quite a bit. Has Guido calculated Morritt’s total pay from the council?

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  29. 96
    Anonymous says:

    There’s no point waiting for the Chairman of Putney Conservatives to do anything about this. He is a mate of Morritt’s, as was his predecessor who did nothing when told about it two years ago.

    The thing you need to know about Putney Conservatives is that:

    “They’re all in this together”

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  30. 98
    Delboy says:

    This is going to please Guido.

    Apparently those Arabs in Syria have rounded up 30 of his favorite pilgrims and are going to shoot them dead anytime soon.

    Iranians are going apeshit for some reason.

    Better send Mr Haigh to sort this out.

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