February 13th, 2013

Ashcroft Cash Funds Labour Candidate

Lord Ashcroft’s cash is finding its way to some unlikely beneficiaries. Owen Jones wouldn’t accept the £3,000 prize from the disaffected Tory donor when he won the Ashcroft sponsored ‘Young Writer of the Year’ award last week, instead he split the money between a donation to a left-wing campaign and gave the other half of the money to Labour’s Peterborough candidate Lisa Forbes. She is fighting to oust sitting Tory MP Stewart Jackson, who has had £15,000 from the billionaire peer as well. Meaning Ashcroft is in the unusual position of funding both the Labour and Tory candidates’ campaigns…


  1. 1
    Popeye says:



    • 6
      Lord Ashcroft says:

      It’s difficult. Ed is more of a Tory than Dave and they both have a socialist as their man in the treasury.


      • 10
        Duty Pedant says:

        Surely …

        ‘Young Wanker of the Year’


        • 26
          Catty Comment (Ms) says:

          Young writer of the year??? Was he the only candidate? Or were the others disqualified for writing proper English with lots of correct spelling, punctuation, and accurate use of apostrophes?


  2. 2
    Gordon Brown says:

    I am funding bouncy castle mayhem at the Gordon Brown Country Fair


  3. 3
    Fishy says:

    Young writer of the year?

    What an inspiration Owen Jones is, if he can win that prize, anyone can.


  4. 4
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    Ashcroft may as well fund both – same policies.

    Tax, spend, borrow, more EU, more immigration, more DFID, more Government.

    Vote UKIP.


    • 7
      UKIPForMe says:

      Exactly – same awful policies so why should he care


    • 11
      Anonymous says:

      Sandra,the problem is that the electorate have been subjected to broken promises,lies,ineffectual policies,theft of taxpayers money by all of the political parties & have come to realise that it doesn’t matter which is in,or achieves power,it will end up as the same ole,same ole.


      • 22
        Penfold says:


        Therefore we need a return of “The Commonwealth”, another Cromwellian figure who will purge the Augean Stables that are UK politics, cleanse our laws of the foriegn dross and set us back on our feet to stand proud as Brit’s, unsullied and not prepared to be put upon by any twat.


        • 28
          Catty Comment (Ms) says:

          Better ask Mrs Merkel if she will help when she gets voted out of office at the upcoming election.


  5. 5
    Moussa Koussa's pet meerkat says:

    Well done Owen! It’s not all about personal greed, is it?


    • 12
      Lord Mandelspawn - Lizard International says:

      If he is not prepared to trouser the cash, he is no friend of ours.


    • 17
      Anonymous says:

      attend to the ailment on the left and the right gets better.
      attend to the ailment on the right and the left gets better.
      try it when you have something in one of the eyes, just give attention to the other..say by rubbing it gently.
      the left and the right connect to the same point at the top too…just like the ends of the base of the triangle both connect to same point at the top.
      choice is there whether one wants to be in this specialness deficit triangle of creative earthly existence….for it is glorious…and as darkly grounded as can be. but it is gaga. aim higher.


  6. 8
    ABnw says:

    Guido definitely clutching at straws with this story….


  7. 15
    Pryce Watch says:

    Defense summary resumed about 30 mins after the scheduled start time 10:45AM.

    Going over emotional cocktails and revisiting the went to the Sunday Times because so upset angle.



  8. 16
    The Sheikh Of Arabeeee says:

    How the fuck did that little fucking wanker win anything? He’s fucking shite.

    He’s worse than that fucking incest-obsessed fucking dirty little fucking arse-bandit Hari, or that fucking mad old bastard Toynbee.

    Jones is a just fucking blethering fucking jumped-up fucking NUS gobshite, one of those ranting little student politician prodnoses who never got shagged at uni and who resent everybody who doesn’t inhabit their fucking bizarre Marxist-theory-inspired fantasy wankfest of a worldview, whose rooms always smelled of unwashed socks and dried spunk which is why the girlies and the willing bum bandits shunned them..


  9. 18
    Sir John Chilcot says:

    What happened to my Iraq report?


  10. 21
    Penfold says:

    I hope Owen has declared the income, and paid his taxes………………..


  11. 23
    YorkshireLad says:

    I think there should be a judge-led inquiry into how the funds got to Tory candidates


  12. 25
    Alien & Ovaries says:

    Our client Lord Cashpoint of Selize has asked us to point out that he has no ownership or control over these awards which are funded by a Tortola based trust. We are happy to give you the PO Box # if you like. We would advise you in the strongest terms that any repetition of this slur will result in legal proceedings which will be vigorously pursued unless you look like making a fight of it.


  13. 29
    Anonymous says:

    backing both candidates — it’s called hedging your bets


  14. 30
    jacky Treehorn says:

    How did that prick win a prize?


  15. 31
    Hypocrite-spotter says:

    > Owen Jones wouldn’t accept the £3,000 prize from the disaffected
    > Tory donor when he won the Ashcroft sponsored ‘Young Writer of
    > the Year’ award last week, instead he split the money between a
    > donation to a left-wing campaign and gave the other half of the
    > money to Labour’s Peterborough candidate Lisa Forbes.

    Err, so he *did* accept the cash then.


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