To celebrate Denis MacShane’s demise this week’s caption contest sees the shamed expenses cheat pose with the cake given to him upon his return to the Labour Party just this July.
The winner will receive a bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape courtesy of the charitable souls at Oddbins.
Their ‘Wine Not War’ campaign calling for peace between Dave and Nick will donate £1 to War Child for every bottle of CNDP sold.
See what they did there.
The winning entry better be good.
Usual rules apply…
A source close to the Standards and Privileges Committee pointed out to Guido that the police could not use the evidence gathered by the Committee during their investigation because it was subject to parliamentary privilege. Now that it has been published however it is no longer privileged and can be used by the forces of the law.
Guido has spoken to m’learned counsel and they have confirmed this is the case. He has therefore just put in a new complaint to the Met:
This ain’t over…
The Standards and Privileges Committee report on Denis MacShane is so damning that Labour HQ have already said his career is over. The report found that MacShane:
Do not pass go. Do not collect £200. Go straight to jail… if there was any justice.
Labour have been forced to suspend Denis MacShane yet again:
“These are very serious findings concerning Denis MacShane and we accept his statement this morning that his career as a Labour MP is effectively over. In the light of the report’s recommendations to the House the Labour Party has suspended Denis MacShane with immediate effect, pending a full NEC enquiry. We will be talking to Denis MacShane about his future and the best course of action for him and for his constituency.”
If MacShane has one shred of decency left he would resign today.
Standards and Privileges Committee report into Denis MacShane…
“The real mischief of Mr MacShane’s actions was that the method he adopted of submitting false invoices, as the Commissioner said, bypassed the checks and controls the House had instituted in a way which enabled Mr MacShane to spend public money as he thought fit.”
Statement from Rt Hon Kevin Barron MP, Chair of the Standards and Privilege Committee:
“The Report states that this was the gravest case which has come to the Committee for adjudication. It sets out the Committee’s views and reasoning clearly, and is accompanied by the detailed memorandum from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, as well as Mr MacShane’s response. I am sure the House of Commons will consider our recommendation as soon as possible. It would not be appropriate for me or any other Member of the Standards and Privileges Committee to comment on the substance of the Report before the House debates the matter.”
Standards and Privilege Committee’s report conclusion:
“We accept that Mr MacShane is widely acknowledged for his interest in European affairs, and the funds he claimed could be said to have been used in supporting that interest. Those activities may have contributed to his Parliamentary work, albeit indirectly. He has expressed his regret, and repaid the money wrongly claimed. But this does not excuse his behaviour in knowingly submitting nineteen false invoices over a period of four financial years which were plainly intended to deceive the Parliamentary expenses authorities. This is so far from what would be acceptable in any walk of life that we recommend that Mr MacShane be suspended from the service of the House for twelve months. This would mean he lost his salary and pension contributions for this period.”
UPDATE: Full background on MacShane’s expenses shame can be found here.
If the lawyers don’t spike it, tonight’s Newsnight could be pretty spectacularly explosive. Bureau of Investigative Journalism hack Iain Overton has been working on a major story that is currently being legalled.
Hopefully George Entwistle has not commissioned any forthcoming Christmas specials about said politician…
If all goes well we've got a Newsnight out tonight about a very senior political figure who is a paedophile.—
Iain Overton (@iainoverton) November 02, 2012
The award for the most bitter moan of the day goes to archaic socialist rag the Morning Star. The under-pressure daily splashes on the news that Whitehall has stopped taking the paper, with Downing Street recently telling Guido they now take the Daily Star Sunday instead. In true Morning Star style their ‘exposé’ reels off a withering paranoid rant that the evil Tories are trying to silence them, throwing in some pretty tame digs at their more popular rival for good measure.
More likely Ministers and their minions decided they wants news, not Marxist rants…
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“Having been asked by Nelson Mandela’s art publisher to represent his work,drawings mainly of Robben Island, we had the privilege of spending a morning with Mandela when he was signing the lithographs at his home in Johannesburg in December 2002. He delighted us with stories about a number of well known British personalities over the years when he was president. Perhaps the most surprising was his description of Margaret Thatcher as “Motherly” and he remembered how she had poured him tea and they had discussed various ailments and how after he returned home, she had sent him herbal remedies.”