February 7th, 2013

Clegg SpAd Apologises for Cabinet Office Electioneering

The Special Adviser code states:

“19. Special advisers must not take part in national political activities, which are: holding, in a party political organisation, office which impinges wholly or mainly on party politics in the field of Parliament, the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales, the Northern Ireland Assembly or the European Parliament…

20(ii) …if they wish to take part in a General, European or by-election campaign, or to help in a party headquarters or research unit during such a campaign, they must first resign their appointment.”

Despite this, Nick Clegg’s SpAd James McGrory launched the LibDem Eastleigh by-election campaign last night from the Cabinet Office. The Tories reported him to the powers that be and now the Cabinet Office say:

“James has already apologised for sending the email.  He has been reminded of the rules.” 

He’s sorry, he’s sorry, he’s so so sorry. Who he has apologised to was not mentioned, but an interesting precedent has been set; abuse taxpayer funded position to politic and you are fine as long as you are “reminded of the rules”. Guido imagines that some people over at the Department for Education will note the wrist-slapping with interest.

UPDATE: McGrory apologised to the Cabinet Secretary.


  1. 1
    Nick Clegg says:

    I’m so sorry


  2. 2
    Jimmy says:

    “Guido imagines that some people over at the Department for Education will note the wrist-slapping with interest.”

    Did the failed rapist write an angry letter about that too?


    • 53
      T'Old Fella says:

      Poor old Gover, egg on face was it bad advice and he was just opening his mouth and letting sound pour forth, or did he actually believe what he was told. I give it to Gover he chose a better elocutionist than little Willy Hague


      • 63
        LAB GAIN says:

        Tough luck for you, most people from ITN and the BBC have got the message that this is a Great U-Turn brought on by the shadow Education Secretary, Stephen Twigg MP (who yes is gay and we rather like for voting correctly with the public on that vote the other night) and David Miliband MP (who is not gay and who was right yet again on this).


      • 64
        Spread the bumsex, feel the love says:

        I like Hague’s beard better.


  3. 6
    Latest says:

    Police took DNA sample from Diane Abbott to prove she is not missing Made leine McC ann


  4. 16
    beast says:

    What sort of forty something man needs to be advised by a chld?

    That SPAZ probably doesnt even shave

    Clegg you are paid to lead , if you want advice ask the imbeciles that voted for you !


    • 34
      The Public says:

      SPADs are there to mill about, mutter rhubarb in the background and make their bosses look important. It is better paid work than being an extra on Eastenders, but not quite as lucrative as being a money-launderer.


  5. 18
    The LibDemon party says:


  6. 25
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    Proving that the difference between “SpAd” and “spaz” is one letter, though in this era, an e-mail sufficed just as well (*boom tish*).
    And I’m glad he admits he’s a sorry sack of shite, too.


  7. 28
    30women who shagged clegg the beast says:

    We are all so sorry


  8. 32
    The Public says:

    Sack him.


  9. 36
    Chris huhnethecutestjailbirdyoueverdidsee says:


  10. 38
    Tracey Tealeaf says:

    Dear TK Maxx

    I’m sorry I nicked them trainers. I have been reminded of the rules and won’t do it again not in you’re shop anyway.




  11. 41
    Late night observer says:

    Newsnight claimed to have discovered Dark Matter. In Lambeth of all places.


  12. 42
    Ex-Tory says:

    Working for the State = No accountability and no responsibility.


  13. 43
    Pol Pot says:

    I’m terribly sorry, I don’t know what came over me.


  14. 50
    David Minibanana says:

    Miliband caught asleep with flies undone……


  15. 60
    Great British Public says:

    Will Paddy Pantsdown be claiming for the First Class fare on expenses ? #LibDemscum


  16. 68
    Florence Nightingale says:

    I heard on Radio 5,with V.D.,a woman said,Those that went into nursing,got
    their degree gratis,…Is this so?,and if so,it explains a lot about attitude and culture in the NHS…Whose glorious idea was that?? The outcome is plain to see…


  17. 74
    UKBA training material says:


  18. 77
  19. 80
    Lib Dem Filth says:

    So if Smith was a known to police as being a nonce 7 years prior to being elected, what confidence does that give in any of those in power are clean ?


    • 94
      Ex needleblog says:

      The police were aware of accusations that Cyril Smith was a child abuser 7 years before he became an MP.

      So, here is a question for you. Did he become an MP despite being a paedophile or was he promoted to the position of MP because he was a paedophile ?


  20. 86
    It's all coming out.. says:

    Chris Huhne’s ex-wife weeps in court as she claims he forced her to have a termination because it was “bad timing”.


    • 93
      Who says:

      Notice how Guido’s giving Vicky an easy time?

      Always was a sucker for a pretty face,


      • 106
        Bulldog Chewing a Wasp says:



      • 107
        Casual Observer says:

        More likely because he doesn’t want to prejudice the trial with banter, and she is not a thoroughly discredited politician.

        However: As senior economic adviser to the government, the scope for damage which she could have caused the economy is far greater than Huhne’s. Huhne did mess up Energy policy – badly – but her contributions have not been closely examined yet.

        Given her vengeful nature which is now apparent, that issue should perhaps come under closer scrutiny. Once the trial is over.


        • 113
          SP4BS says:

          I’d wonder about her judgement.

          That she didn’t really think what happens when you insert shit into a fan from less than 2 feet away and without suitable protective clothing and glasses. You know, I really liked tommorows world when i were a lad.


      • 108
        Huhne then McShame Et Al (None Exhaustive) says:

        The face that lunched with a thousand shits


    • 109
      Casual Observer says:

      Huhne the monster defense. Maybe true, but takes two to tango.

      The records of her termination can be dug out to confirm any observations which may support her claims.


  21. 87
    ████ ' change my tune' Hoon says:

    LibDems are nice people really….


  22. 89
    Paniagua says:

    I have a quandry on this thing called Marital Coersion (Vicky Pryce) and Gay Marriage…

    1. If two Women get married which one can claim marital coersion?

    2. If two Men get married can any claim marital coersion?

    If the answer to 2 in none then is this not a case for sexual discrimination?

    Any learned people on here?


  23. 98
    Red Egg Millitit.....oh nooooo says:

    I’m sorry, I’m sorry, so sorry…… hope that makes it all better and the tooth fairy will still come round for tea :)


    • 100
      Red Egg Millitit.....oh nooooo says:

      I am sure one of the LibDems could have given the boy a bare bottom smack !


  24. 114
    Moby Dick says:

    Lib Dems—do you agree aborting a healthy child should be a criminal offence?


  25. 116
    David B says:

    Guido – in the words of father ted – now that’s sarcasm


  26. 117
    fitz fitz says:

    Who’s his father ?


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