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:


  2. 2
    Buster Gasket says:

    I imagine that Paddy Ashdown will laugh his cock off!

  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. 9
    Ed Balls says:

    I like the cut of his jib, reminds me of me a few years ago, and now

  10. 10
    Reassembly required says:

    a couldn’t brewery twats pissup a organize in

  11. 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?”

  12. 12
    local wind says:

    has anyone detected margaret beckett in the food chain yet ?

  13. 13
    Jimmy says:

    Are you at Dunsinane Hill?

  14. 14
    Michael Parkinson says:

    But do you get a pen just for enquiring?

  15. 15
    old SHEP says:

    Makes a change when its only the CEO that gets the boot though.

  16. 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?

  17. 17
    Jimmy says:

    Yes, several levels above you.

  18. 18
    Ed Miliband says:

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

  19. 19
    old SHEP says:

    Definitely not born of a woman.

  20. 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.

  21. 21
    yvette the minger says:

    you keep those bat eyes on me sunshine or its curtains

  22. 22
    Anonymous says:

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

  23. 23
    The FibDemon party says:

    We’ll pick anyone’s pocket !!

  24. 24
    Tony Bliar resplendant in his white robes says:

    Did someone say looming war?

  25. 25
    Labour says:

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

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

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

  27. 27
    Jimmy says:

    Untimely ripp’d due to waiting time deadlines.

  28. 28
    hamish macmuff says:

    mum…dads on one

  29. 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.

  30. 30
    Casual Observer says:

    Hell hath no fury like a Labour supporter trying to defend his ideology when it is exposed as having murdered children and the elderly as the NHS.

  31. 31
    Jimmy the Dhimmi says:

    Whereas you personally are a tad lower down with all the horse sh1t you spread.

  32. 32
    Lucca Brassi says:

    Is it true Andy Burnham currently sleeps with the fishes?

  33. 33
    Andy Burnham says:

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

  34. 34
    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…..

  35. 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.

  36. 36
    Chris Bryant says:

    Fairies, I think.

  37. 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 __________________________________

  38. 38
    Ex-Selohesra says:

    Ugh – dont want to see your curtains luv

  39. 39
  40. 40
    The Eton Shite Heap says:

    It’s no problem plebs, we’re used to bending and stooping.

  41. 41
    Paniagua says:

    What do Labour know about a proper food chain?


  42. 42
    Paniagua says:

    At least they are real beef

  43. 43
  44. 44
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    Vote Maria, get Dave.

    Vote Dave get Labour fiscal insanity.

    No thanks.

    Vote UKIP – Hannan is a member of a pro EU party.

  45. 45
  46. 46
    fruitcake says:

    Aaaargh my keyboard!

  47. 47
    Eeyore says:

    No, but too old to move.

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

  48. 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.

  49. 49
    Joss Taskin says:

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

  50. 50
    J.Cleary says:

    Love the eyeliner dearie

  51. 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.

  52. 52
    Joss Ayinglike says:

    Vote UKIP, get FibDems.

  53. 53
    Andy Bumhum says:

    Save a nice well-paid job for me, Pat xx

  54. 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.

  55. 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!

  56. 56
    Trusting old fool says:

    Where’s my pen, you arsehole friend of Arthur Scagill

  57. 57
    Baffling things that exist says:

    Polly Toynbee.

    Why? Just, why?

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

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

  59. 59
    Anonymous says:

    They’re not dead just postal voters.

  60. 60
    LPR says:

    you lot on here need to grow up

    do you know what this looks like to ordinary people?

  61. 61
    Paniagua says:

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

  62. 62
    Poster says:

    I know you are, but what am I?

  63. 63
    Rinka Scott says:

    Has he pulled his trousers up yet ?

  64. 64
    SP4BS says:

    The more i read from Dan han, the more i realise he’s a politician.

    Basically, a bloke telling us to do and think things that we wouldn’t by our own choice. Often in a way thats manipulative.

    And if she’s “constantly struggling with the bills”, she’s just dim.

  65. 65
    Billy Nomates says:

    a very sharp riposte by Adamski!

  66. 66
    Owen Jones' mum says:

    Owen! What are doing in my frock?

  67. 67
    Potty Toynbee says:

    There’s matter, there’s antimatter and there’s doesn’t matter.

    I’m in number three.

  68. 68
    Father Ted says:

    Paddy for Pope

  69. 69
    fruitcake says:

    It’s Alan Rusbridger in drag…there, does that help?

  70. 70
    Plato says:

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

  71. 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.

  72. 72
    Lord Stansted says:

    Benedict is giving up the Papacy for Lent.

  73. 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.

  74. 74
    SCR Oaten says:

    Is that a Number one and a number twos combined. Yummy

  75. 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?

  76. 76
    Paniagua says:

    As I said as a previous moniker (pre ModBot V5)…

    A simple machine for turning Prosecco into piss

  77. 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.

  78. 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?

  79. 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.

  80. 80
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    Vote for the cure, not the disease.


  81. 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.

  82. 82
    Pole Dancer says:

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

  83. 83
    Gonk III says:

    Karma !

  84. 84
    Point of information says:

    If he said, vote UKIP, I think he would not last very long in the Conservative Party.

    His case for supporting Maria is valiant, but un-persuasive.

  85. 85
    Anonymous says:

    LD losing this time will give the country a break this time. Hope anyone except Cons or LD wins.

  86. 86
    "Don't-Menshn-It" Luke Bozier says:

    Actually, you might like my nine-inch uncut jib too, if you’re into that sort of action. LouLou’s not too fond of it right now, though. (Does Yvette fancy a bit on the side, Ballsy old chap?)

  87. 87
    Jimmy Hoffa says:

    Heard he’s gone on vacation myself.

  88. 88
    Cardinal Owen Jones says:

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

  89. 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.

  90. 90
    SP4BS says:

    Its not “vote for X” … its all that syrupy bullshit he’s pouring in our direction.

    I’m going to go and find a bucket and stick my fingers down my throat as it will be much more enjoyable.

  91. 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.

  92. 92
    local wind says:

    don’t be churlish jimmy – you give as good as you get

  93. 93
    Labour...menadacious expedient sociopaths all of 'em says:

    when it comes to stooping low enough we’re peerless

  94. 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.

  95. 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.

  96. 96
    Winnie the Pooh says:

    “Great atmosphere” at by- election HQ !

  97. 97
    The savant 10.4 highway patrol says:

    I. Agree.

    Suggest we all. Decamp. To. Pyongyang .

  98. 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.

  99. 99
    An Ill wind is blowing. says:

    Lefties are not used to taking it, only to giving it out generally by shouting or screaming their mantras.

  100. 100
    Jimmy says:

    True, we are nature’s givers.

  101. 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.

  102. 102
    GoBalls says:

    It’s a pity Becket didn’t visit Romania.

  103. 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.

  104. 104
    Public member says:

    What’s granny doing in Eastleigh?

  105. 105
    Satan - your friend when in need says:

    But your soul is mine and I always collect.

  106. 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.

  107. 107
    bookie down the road. says:

    The answer is YES. Because they are desperate.

  108. 108
    I Think So says:

    Paddy was just taking the piss, move on please.

  109. 109
    Bob Diamante says:

    Me For Pope

  110. 110
    C,U,N,T flaps at Dawn says:

    Don’t confuse me with curtains.

  111. 111
    Tory's at the Trough says:

    We do that as well.

  112. 112
    Labour at the Trough says:

    And us.

  113. 113
    UKIP says:

    Us too, soon.

  114. 114
    Ping Pong Bat says:

    In woods pope shits do and bears catholic are?

  115. 115
    Ping Pong Bat says:

    .. and skivers too

  116. 116
    Ping Pong Bat says:

    No! Au contraire – she might have finished up in a big Mack [truck not burger – oh never mind…)

  117. 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.

  118. 118
    Kim Jon Thingy says:

    You called?

  119. 119
    Rose's are red - what colour are yours? says:

    …. decorated with discarded red rosettes.

  120. 120
    Rose's are red - what colour are yours? says:

    The portrait of Dorian Blair – hanging in the Tyburn museum…

  121. 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.

  122. 122
    Grand Master, Grand Lodge, Queen Street says:

    Don’t forget my commissions in all this Handy. Jahbulon.

  123. 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

  124. 124
    Jim says:

    You forgot to mention no money.

  125. 125
    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…

  126. 126
    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

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