February 5th, 2013

Tory Joy at Prospect of Olly Grender For Eastleigh

Word reaches Guido that former lobbyist turned Clegg Downing Street spinner Olly Grender is being discussed as the LibDem nomination for the Eastleigh by-election. She’s got competition though from Dr Tim Leunig, formerly the chief economist at the liberal wonk-shop CentreForum, and now at the DfE, who is also said to be eyeing up the seat. Interestingly Olly was very quick to graciously mop up when yesterday’s news came through:

News of Grender’s quest for power has been greeted with exultant joy by Tories. One source says “she upset a lot of people when she was in Downing Street.” Apparently SpAds are “dusting down their dossiers” on her. The prospect of revenge is already tasting sweet.

UPDATE: Olly denies she is interested:

Then again, we’ve had a lot of fun with Olly’s denials before…


  1. 1
    Mike Oddpiece says:

    She is also a bit of a wonk.

  2. 2
    Alan Rusbridger, pianist says:

    Today I will be mostly playing the He Had It Coming tango from Chicago.

  3. 3
    Anonymous says:

    All Lib Dems probably knew all about Huhne and just kept quiet to see if he would get away with it. Liars all of them.

  4. 4
    Beowulf says:

    Good grief, is that Grender or Grender’s Mother?

  5. 5

    Is “Wonk Shop” a typo ?

  6. 6
    Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

    Oily Grinder has always come across as the LibDem’s LibDem – and that’s not a complement!

    It pains me to admit it, but I’d rather have Gordon Brown back than ever have a LibDem government.

  7. 7

    That was gracious though.

    Don’t think I could stand the woman, but credit where due. What other politician admits mistakes?

  8. 8
    Try this Al says:

  9. 9
    ex-Huhne Watch says:

    So who is the Tory front runner ?

  10. 10
    Putr1d Labour ruined my Country says:

    There are some really strange people in the LimpDumbs, this is probably why they all seem to have strange sexual habits?

  11. 11
    Plato says:

    Debate is on…

    Haha – joke straight away about the squeaker knowing the importance of a strong marriage…

  12. 12
    rebekah aka nellnewman says:

    Be a really interesting contest if boris stands for the tories and nigelfarage stands for UKIP.

  13. 13

    I’ll be buggered if I’ll become a Tory.

  14. 14
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    Play it IN Chicago, Rustbucket. And when one of them puts you in the hospital, you put one of them in the morgue– that’s the Chicago way!


  15. 15
    Quote of the trial says:

    Pryce says of Carina Trimingham: ‘I’m so pleased that you’re still with that man of yours” hattip ‏@gordonrayner

  16. 16
    Oily Grender says:

    I know dear dear Chris will get £17k severance pay for being an MP plus a gold plated ministerial pension, but I am adamant that Peter Stringfellow should have his bus pass ceremonially torn up to show the little people that the LibDems really do care.

  17. 17
    Nick Clogg says:

    We have decided not to throw Huhne out of the party just because he is a nasty lying self-obsessed piece of shit. We’re all like that anyway.

  18. 18
    Danny Frankenstein says:

    Ah, Oily Grender my old sparring partner

  19. 19
    Anonymous says:

    In this country government doesn’t support marriage in any way, so why is Cameron worried about gay marriage?

  20. 20
    Anonymous says:

    Carina Carina, knob or vagina?

  21. 21
    UKIP Spokeperson says:

    Where the fuck is our candidate?

  22. 22
    Ha ha says:

    So do the media have any evidence to back up the claim that half of Tory Mps will vote against gay marriage? If they do then they must know how many Labour Mps will be voting with them against gay marriage. Would be nice to know as all I hear on the news is how Labour will be voting for it, implying there are no dissenters.

  23. 23
    Sally *wipesmouth* says:

    oi leave it you facker

  24. 24
    Plato says:

    Minister saying that marriage has continually been adapted over the years.

    Erm…yeah, but it’s always been between a man and a woman?

  25. 25
    hank the cat says:

    Now what would be a bit of a wheeze for our Nigel is that if Marie Hutchins stood for

  26. 26
    Anonymous says:

    Another PR person then?

  27. 27
    Reg Presley says:

    She’s a wild thing!

  28. 28
    John Mann MP says:

    I’m on the Daily Politics, and talking my usual shit.

  29. 29
    STuN says:

    Just listening to Maria Miller rattling on. Whilst I think this is all utter shite, I found horrifying thoughts wandering across my conscious… they won’t go away, I shan’t sleep tonight!

    The Eagle Brothers Spitroasting Miller, God I feel ill.

  30. 30
    The Financially and Morally Bankrupt UK Local Councils Desperately Seeking Fixed Penalty Revenues says:

    Saddest thing about the Huhne episode is that he was in a position to nail the lie of revenue generation cameras but like all politicians, he knew that they are about money and not safety!!

    The longer that these so called “safety” partnerships get away with it the longer the scam goes on.

    He could have had the balls but like the entire gutless bunch he paid the pfine rather than address rip off Britain.

  31. 31
    Richard III says:

    Three groats for an hour’s parking? That’s daylight robbery!

  32. 32
    Anonymous says:

    Why doesn’t Cameron have a senior (openly) gay minister?

  33. 33
    STuN says:

    Just told you

  34. 34
    Another fellow traveller of you racist righties says:

  35. 35
    Gordon Brown says:

    Who is this splendid looking man?

  36. 36
    Tuscan Tony says:

    Or both.

  37. 37
    hank the cat says:

    just read that she is an MBE. Why?

  38. 38
    maggie the dog says:


  39. 39
    Tuscan Tony says:

    You’d know as well as I do you’d have married one of your Greek oilboys if you could, Platester.

  40. 40
    hank the cat says:

    You will be buggered if you are a Tory

  41. 41
    Plato says:

    Public servants like Registrar’s will have to ‘carefully balance’ their religious beliefs with their public duty.

    Doesn’t sound like protection for beliefs to me.

  42. 42
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Looks like a bit of a harridan to me.

  43. 43
    Tuscan Tony says:

    Carina, but he’s taken.

  44. 44
    Julie LaVerne says:

    Oh listen sister, I love my mister man
    And I can’t tell you why.
    Dere ain’t no reason why I should love dat man
    It mus’ be sumpin’ dat de angels done plan.

  45. 45
    Bored of loons says:

    Who cares?

  46. 46
    Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

    Oily Grinder is the LibDem’s LibDem – and that’s not a compliment. It pains me to admit it, but I’d rather have Gordon Brown back than ever have a LibDem government.

  47. 47
    maggie the dog says:

    Boris is all talk he won’t stand

  48. 48
  49. 49
    Utter Failure of Anyone to React says:


  50. 50
    Jimmy says:

    Yes I’m sure the fact that she upset a lot of people in Downing Street will make her very unpopular with the voters.

    Are you running her campaign?

  51. 51
    Anonymous says:

    Giving equality. Unless Cameron thing they are incompetent, there are so many openly gay in Conservatives why doesn’t Cameron make at least one secretary of state.

  52. 52
    rev ange lation says:

    book of revelation 9:11 –

    “and they had a king over them, the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the hebrew tongue is abaddon, but in the greek tongue hath the name apollyon”

    book of revelation 1:19 –

    “write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter”

  53. 53
    Lock,stock and two smoking arseholes says:

    Looks like the right man for the job to me.

  54. 54
    Anonymous says:

    Almost reads like a change in lifestyle.

  55. 55
    Nick and Ivan says:

    We preferred Michael without the beard.

  56. 56
    WoRaft says:

    Pretty stiff parking penalty as well, being hit on the head, stabbed in the bum and buried. That’ll teach you to overstay your two hours.

  57. 57
    SP4BS says:

    So who’s this openly gay tory that isn’t incompetent?

    I was going to say “why haven’t we heard of him?” (/her), but then I realised, its the incompetent and vain who get themselves on the TV.

  58. 58
    Brand Guardian says:


    Its the Pierre Cardin of the Peerage world these days

  59. 59
    yeah, right... says:

    Give it an hour or two….

  60. 60
    Another fellow traveller of you racist righties says:

    But you did.

  61. 61
    Anonymous says:

    I am not eyeing up the seat.
    Tim Leunig

  62. 62
    inside- out says:

    Humiliation for the LibDems in this by-election,this seat will be dumped on some dumb
    sucker candidate.Nobody of the stature of Olly Grender would risk a mauling from the pleb voters.She will wait for a safer seat to come along,she could have a long wait,like decades.

  63. 63
    Bluto says:

    Not really when you are coalition with them to get the country out of a mess you stupid cow.

  64. 64
    Catty Comment (Ms) says:

    I hold your hand in mine dear…

    Another Lehrer goody which perfectly suits today’s topic. Just ask Iain and Kebab.

  65. 65
    Catty Comment (Ms) says:

    Ask Acker Bilk and his jazzmen who recorded that in about 1960.

  66. 66
    Catty Comment (Ms) says:

    If you had parked in Wales it would have been 3 goats for the first hour and 5 sheep per hour thereafter. Consider yourself lucky your majesty.

  67. 67
    Catty Comment (Ms) says:

    Must Be Excruciating

  68. 68
    Catty Comment (Ms) says:

    Worked for Growdon Brahn

  69. 69
    Catty Comment (Ms) says:

    Cleggy clearly needs to get to the bottom of this.

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