February 12th, 2013

Tory MP’s Speedy Reply To LibDem Donation Begging Email

When the LibDems sent out their latest begging email for cash for the Eastleigh campaign, sending it to a Tory MP probably was not the best plan:

From: Paddy Ashdown
Sent: 12 February 2013 12:47
To: ADAMS, Nigel
Subject: Please do this today

Dear Nigel,

When we won Eastleigh in 1994, it was a breakthrough for Liberal Democrats. This by-election can be as well.

To give you just one example, a donation of £25 today will allow us to contact an extra hundred voters in Eastleigh before the weekend. Only Mike Thornton can beat the Conservatives in this campaign, and cannot afford to lose by a few votes.

Give whatever you can afford today, and you’ll make all the difference.

Thank you,


From: ADAMS, Nigel
Sent: 12 February 2013 13:08
To: ‘Paddy Ashdown’
Subject: RE: Please do this today

Dear Lord Ashdown,

Thank you so much for your email asking me to donate £25 to the Lib Dem campaign fund for the Eastleigh by-election.

I have given your appeal very serious consideration and decided that on balance, a donation to the speeding awareness charity BRAKE is a more appropriate donation to make at this time and I have duly done so.

Thanks again for getting in touch and the best of luck in your campaign.

Nigel Adams MP
Conservative Member of Parliament for Selby and Ainsty

Gloves? What gloves. Broom broom!


  1. 1
    Gordon Brown says:



    • 28
      hamish macmuff says:

      mum…dads on one


      • 60
        LPR says:

        you lot on here need to grow up

        do you know what this looks like to ordinary people?


        • 62
          Poster says:

          I know you are, but what am I?


        • 70
          Plato says:

          Considering the damage McMental and his mates did to OUR country, I think this gentle teasing is fine.


          • Zeitgeist in Strawberry Hill says:

            Couldn’t just a small donation be added for the fair-minded Lib Dems to win. It is not as if we would be able to attract votes given our flexible commitments otherwise. As to “NOT the Cons” we couldn’t agree more, what a con, can’t even deliver on constitutional reform which is all their fault and some of them have far too many aristocratic roots, we believe new money rules and old money drools! Who cares that most bankers spend their money in the Bahamas. That may be why we happen to need funds unlike Ashcroft’s gang, what matters is bankers keep having a small conscience to keep the dealmakers in government. Vote Lib Dem…


          • Anonymous says:

            centre parting…
            which is more damaging…front or back?
            or it is neither…so what should we worship….shi…….t……e. ……..only…….come……..s………..4r……….o…..m one…….Out of the flower of the other comes the greatest creation known to mankind.
            .so cheers


  2. 2
    Buster Gasket says:

    I imagine that Paddy Ashdown will laugh his cock off!


    • 98
      Pundit Too says:

      Am I the only one that thinks that Lord Paddy putting his best foot forward on a begging letter shows how our politicians’ (and his) moral decline is in free fall.
      He personally could afford to contribute enough money to cover most of their costs if, as the letter states, he considers money so important.
      It also shows how faulty their database is.


      • 108
        I Think So says:

        Paddy was just taking the piss, move on please.


        • 121
          Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

          My boys in Portsmouth will continue to fund the LibDems and I will continue to crank out the planning permissions for them to make the profits so to do. Boaz.


  3. 3
    Oliver Letwin says:

    Whaddya think of my new charter – good eh?


  4. 4
    webwrights says:

    Col. Hannibal Smith says, “I love it when a plan falls apart”.


  5. 5
    Jimmy says:

    “sending it to a Tory MP probably was not the best plan”

    Oh I don’t know. No harm in asking Afriye to chip in a few quid anonymously.


  6. 6
    Housen says:

    And these people want to rule the world.
    Heaven preserve us!!!


  7. 7
    Cardinal Owen Jones says:

    The recession has got so bad that even God is laying people off.


  8. 8
    Casual Observer says:

    A very speedy reply: 21 mins.

    Yet we still wait for Burnham…


  9. 11
    Lib Dem Spad says:

    They would have been better getting Charles Kennedy on the case …

    “See you jimmy, I loves you I rreeeaaalllly do. Spare a copper or two so a man can have a drink?”
    “Who you fucking looking at?”


  10. 12
    local wind says:

    has anyone detected margaret beckett in the food chain yet ?


  11. 14
    Michael Parkinson says:

    But do you get a pen just for enquiring?


    • 26
      Old person that thinks he can trust Michael Parkinson says:

      Is that one pen each time I’m conned out of my money.


      • 37
        Michael Parkinson says:

        Please sign and return this form.

        I hereby authorise AXA to debit my bank account unspecified amounts at unspecified intervals. YES, please rush me my chrome plated biro*

        *Shipping & handling not included

        I hereby certify that I am of sound mind. Signed __________________________________


        • 48
          Old person that thinks he can trust Michael Parkinson says:

          I also agree that Michael Parkinson can access my bank account directly. I know I can trust that gravelly yorkshire voice.


  12. 16
    n says:

    so, what do we have here then?
    a government that acts illegally against its own people that is barely reported by the media including this
    politicians criminally using the money of the population for their own purposes
    no health care to speak of despite paying NI for decades
    no social care to speak of despite paying taxes for decades
    no local council services despite paying taxes
    a major horsemeat scandal that is not going away
    a looming war in north africa
    a major economic depression that is being used by government to cream off the wealth for the establishment
    a nazi government supporting a broken regime with no constitution
    where’s our money gone?
    crap weather

    do you want to live here anymore?


    • 24
      Tony Bliar resplendant in his white robes says:

      Did someone say looming war?


      • 101
        Vatican Watcher in the Tower says:

        Yes Tony, war in the Vatican.
        Better get their quick to put your application in as their is no clear favourite.
        The better cardinals and priests have been sidelined by the Vatican Mafia.
        This situation and environment should suit you.
        If you fail then you can try to kiss and make up to Merkel to take over the EU.


    • 47
      Eeyore says:

      No, but too old to move.

      Just send money to UKIP, it makes you feel better.


    • 97
      The savant 10.4 highway patrol says:

      I. Agree.

      Suggest we all. Decamp. To. Pyongyang .


      • 117
        Wadda ya think? says:

        … or France – then we can all eat horse meat to our heart’s content without all this fuss of it being contaminated by cows’ flesh.


    • 124
      Jim says:

      You forgot to mention no money.


  13. 18
    Ed Miliband says:

    Andy Burnham has my full support until he doesn’t.


  14. 20
    SP4BS says:

    bloody ‘ell. enemy of my enemy and all that sort of shite.

    Aren’t Tory MP’s supposed to go “war on motorists blah de blah de blah” whenever anyone mentions speed cameras.


  15. 22
    Anonymous says:

    If 30% of Eastleigh votes for the Lib Dems we should nuke the area


  16. 25
    Labour says:

    24 hours to save the NHS! Just look at what we did in Stafford!


    • 33
      Andy Burnham says:

      Leave it to me, I’ll keep the deaths low by massaging the figures, it’s the labour way.


      • 50
        J.Cleary says:

        Love the eyeliner dearie


        • 78
          Line of sight says:

          Talking of eyeliner, anyone ever seen Andy Burnham and the heavily eyelined mayor from The Dark Knight in the same room?


      • 59
        Anonymous says:

        They’re not dead just postal voters.


      • 103
        Dr Death Analyst as on BBC this morning. says:

        Hello Andy,
        Sorry you did not respond to our letter to you that 9 hospitals according to our analysis have deaths way over the average for the UK.
        We knew of this in 2007 and did put it to the Department of Health, but with no response from them we were forced to send you a detailed letter in 2010.


    • 75
      Tay King-dePisse says:

      The only thing worse that could come out right now is that Jimmy Savile used to visit the morgue, and the “surplus” deaths were arranged for his benefit.

      And if even making such a suggestion sounds much less tinfoil-hatty (though as macabre as ever) now than it would have done years ago, what does that say?


  17. 29
    Socialism = starvation says:

    If we had taxpayer funding, it would remove all this embarrassing stuff for politicians trying to get money when colleagues do embarrassing things like breaking the law, even before they are selected, and those not convicted wouldn’t have to do tiresome things like keep the public happy in between every 5 year GE.

    Such a shame politicians are forced to stoop so low.


  18. 32
    Lucca Brassi says:

    Is it true Andy Burnham currently sleeps with the fishes?


  19. 33
    Sir William Wade says:

    How I envy the good citizens and citizenesses of Eastleigh, getting so much LURVE from the politicians this Valentine’s Day. Folk who couldn’t point out Eastleigh on a map of Britain are googling and Wikipeding away like billy-oh to find an exploitable Local Issue or two. Nervous young people in sharp, cheap suits lurk outside Costa. Anybody whose cousin once met someone from Eastleigh (or was it East Ham?) finds a listener for their every word. And yet….

    And yet, when it’s all over, and the pundits are explaining why they called it wrong, the circus will move on, leaving naught but a heap of elephant poo behind…..


  20. 35
    Georgon Osbrown says:

    Did you know you can leave money to the Limp Dumbs when you die that won’t incur Inheritance Tax, so they can receive more of your hard earned/taxed cash without having to pay tax.

    This seems such a super idea I don’t know why I haven’t followed it up sooner.


  21. 39
  22. 49
    Joss Taskin says:

    Are there no adultery charities that Paddy Pantsdown could raise money for ?


  23. 51
    Patricia Hewitt says:

    I was health secretary between 2005 and 2007, when hundreds of people died at Stafford. I’m now making lots of money in various consultancy positions.

    I did well under Labour.


  24. 54

    His Holiness, appointed by God as his representative on earth, resigns due to not being up to the job.

    Yet Clegg continues as leader.

    Funny old world.


    • 61
      Paniagua says:

      Clegg is leader simply so that the other LibDem clowns do not look out of place


    • 79
      SP4BS says:

      I thought he got voted in by a bunch of old farts with all the same delusions as him, and it was nothing to do with God himself. Otherwise they’d decide quicker and wouldn’t have to bother with all that waiting round for smoke sort of crap (*)

      The pope that is. Lib dems aren’t all old.

      (*) Someone write the “pope smoke” app quick.


    • 82
      Pole Dancer says:

      His holiness was working for a higher power, Clegg is still working down to his final circle.


      • 95
        Tony Blair says:

        You know…I made a pact with the devil.
        In exchange for some things..like..untold wealth and power and status, I’d have to start a war for him.

        Actually I started seven.
        So now, not only am I as rich as Croesus..I’m immortal and have a solid gold knob.


  25. 55
    Patricia Hewitt should be in prison says:

    From the UK India Business Council website. Strangely, they leave out that she indirectly killed over 1000 people.

    Ms Hewitt has long and distinguished experience in Parliament and Government, including as the longest serving Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in the last fifty years. In that role, she gave top priority to promoting closer business links between the UK and India. Ms Hewitt also served as Cabinet Minister for Women (2001 – 2005) and Secretary of State for Health (2005 – 2007).

    Ms Hewitt is the senior independent director of BT Group plc, where she also chairs the remuneration and pensions committees. She is a non-executive director of Euro Tunnel Group and a member of the UK Government’s Asia Task Force. She also works closely with the Delhi-based charity, Katha (www.katha.org) supporting education and women’s empowerment in the most disadvantaged communities.

    Between 1997 and 2010, Ms Hewitt was MP for Leicester West and continues to have close family and personal ties with the city and its large British Asian community.

    Patricia’s husband, William Birtles, is the senior judge at the Mayor’s and City of London Court. They have a son and daughter. In her spare time, Patricia enjoys reading, theatre, music and gardening – and learning to speak Hindi!


    • 71
      Point of Information says:

      Do not forget about her time at the NCCL during the time when Harman was lobbying on behalf of PIE.


  26. 57
    Baffling things that exist says:

    Polly Toynbee.

    Why? Just, why?


  27. 58
    (I don't need no doctor) says:

    To be fair to Paddy Ashdown he is a senile old never has been.


  28. 65
    Billy Nomates says:

    a very sharp riposte by Adamski!


  29. 73
    Pryce Watch says:

    All out until 10:45 AM tomorrow when the defense will conclude it’s summary.

    Pryce apparently not speaking tonight at the SBE.


  30. 77
    Tooth fairy says:

    On serious note, I got this email too and the fact is I have never communicated with Lord Ashdown. So this means that the LibDems are harvesting email addresses from other sources e.g. mine has obviously been forwarded to Ashdown from my MP when I have had communications with him.

    Just because you email your MP does not mean you vote for him.


  31. 81
    (I've been renamed) DA-Notice says:

    What a wanker.

    I’d rather he actually gave the money to the Lib Dems than those total tossers at BRAKE.


  32. 88
    Cardinal Owen Jones says:

    New Pope odds: Turkson shortens, Bono 1000/1 http://eurone.ws/V4cBDc


    • 106
      Evan Davies - done nothing, been nowhere but know everything. says:

      Dawkins and Bono for Pope.
      This will certainly stir things up. Even my BBC Labour Toady programme would take two days off from attacking the Conservatives for this news.


  33. 89
    ReefKnot says:

    BRAKE is a fake charity, supported by the taxpayer to lobby and campaign against the motorist. Left to their own devices, BRAKE would have all cars travelling at 20mph. It is bad enough the taxpayer is forced to donate to this ( and 27000 other fake charities ) on pain of imprisonment, without our elected representatives like Nigel Adams giving them even more.

    The taxpayer should not be forced to pay anything to fake charities.


  34. 91
    Wet Ed Miliband's Diary says:

    The day thtarted badly ath I awoke to dithcover the roof wath leaking and my bed wath thoaking wet. Then I remembered my bedroom ith under the thtairth tho it can’t be a leaky roof.

    Caviar and champagne for breakfatht, then off to the offithe. Ed Ballth wanted to borrow a hundred quid, tho I lent him the money I got for Chrithtmath. He thaid I’d definitely get the money back by 3:40. I thaw him pop into the bookmakerth acroth the road, tho I prethume he’th getting them to make a really nithe cookbook for Yvette or thomething. You know, I really can be quite pertheptive at timeth.

    Ed came back 4 hourth later, and he didn’t have my money. He couldn’t walk thtraight and wath thinging a thong about a goblin. Altho, hith breath thmelled like Thally Bercow. But he thayth he hath a 20 to 1 thertainty for tomorrow. I told him I’d be having lunch at that time, if Fatty Watthon doethn’t thteal my dinner money again.

    Got home and there wath a package waiting for me. My brother David had dropped it around ath a thurprithe. Apparently I’m not to open it until Eathter. It doethn’t really matter, I can tell it’th a clock becauthe I can hear it ticking.


  35. 94
    Old Blue Eyes says:

    Some time ago, at the behest of the “coalition for marriage” blog I sent an email to Nick Clegg requesting him to allow a free vote on the redefinition of marriage question. Since then it would appear that I have been put on the Lib Dems mailing list as I have had numerous requests for support from such as Cable, Clegg and Co to which I have always sent a rude reply. You will not be surprised to learn that I too received the emailed appeal from Paddy Ashdown. My reply was as follows. Paddy, in reply to your email just two words the second of which is off. I wonder if the daft buggers will keep me on the list after that.


  36. 96
    Winnie the Pooh says:

    “Great atmosphere” at by- election HQ !


  37. 123
    John says:

    Frankly giving £25 to those morons at BRAKE is as bad as giving it to the LibDems. Better to donate it to Mrs Huhne’s defence costs quite frankly


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