February 25th, 2013

The Door Locker Revealed
Telegraph Put Specific Allegations To Clegg’s Oates in April 2010

Yesterday Clegg told us: “my office only received concerns indirectly and anonymously”. We now know they were detailed, specific allegations. The Telegraph have just upped the Rennard ante, revealing the specific allegations they put to the LibDem election head of comms Jonny Oates back in April 2010. Oates is now Clegg’s Chief of Staff. The lawyers eventually sat on the story after the strength of the denials, but the four out of the five allegations now emerge:

To which Oates responded:

oates

The obvious question arises: without putting the specific allegations to Clegg, how could Oates have issued this denial to the Telegraph? Yesterday Clegg insisted only “indirect and non-specific concerns” had been raised with his office, back in 2008. This correspondence proves detailed allegations were presented to a senior aide, and judging by the response evidently him, in 2010. That is not what Clegg told us yesterday…


250 Comments

  1. 1
    The Hague says:

    I don’t know why you bother. You have them bang to rights.

    All that is required is Clegg to resign. The Dutch government will thrown him a bone.

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    • 12

      Nick Clegg has left the building.

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    • 90
      A Reader says:

      So it wasn’t just indiscretion it was bordering on the edge if not on the other side of the edge of sexual molestation.

      This is far more serious than what was hinted to by Clegg previously.

      I stand corrected

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    • 101
      Rambling Sid Rumpole says:

      Gido my Dearie O, now what you do if something you did in say 25 years ago suddenly came to light, let us say something that you would rather not, for rather personal reasons came to light, we all have things which would rather not let our nearest and dearest and acqaintances know. Be fair, 10 years ago Cleggie was not an mp, once he did get, let alone leader of the LibDems to know he should have acted. Any comments on the scottish cardinal resigning, it seems the Church of Rome could do with some of your rabble rousing.

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      • 169
        Paniagua Dos says:

        But his lying is very recent, non?

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      • 202
        Pundit too too says:

        Tut tut – Clegg’s past work history has little if anything to do with being very economical with the truth, and now being caught out.
        Our leaders of all stripes have delusions that they are clever and intelligent; yet behave more or less as Oscar Pistorius has done when trapped in a tight corner of their own making.

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    • 250
      the savant10.4 highway patrol says:

      Or his wife could appoint him Caudilissimo

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  2. 2
    Tosspot says:

    The word ” Toast ” Comes to mind

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    • 4
      Lard Everard says:

      I just wanted my ‘Oates’.

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    • 192
      Morgan's Organ says:

      A spokesman for Piers Morgan said that when the shit has hit the fan for him too he will be contacting Mr Clegg and Mr Huhne as they share a common view to his own about the fundamental importance of disregarding truth in public life. He feels their new found leisure time would allow them to harness their shared skills in starting a new investment bank together!

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  3. 3
    BBC cunt says:

    This is NOT news. We are suspicious that you right wing fuckers want to ruin our lefty friends in the Lib Dems

    We need more wind turbines, more immigration and more gays.

    Tory cuts! Tory cuts! evil Tories!

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    • 5
      Former LibDem voter says:

      This may surprise you, but there are actually some liberals who are fed up with the Liberal Democrats as well

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    • 87
      Golden Shower Commander says:

      These are rumours put about by the Tories who have never accepted the Coalition. This must be true because it was said on Radio 4’s 1pm news today.

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      • 135
        Rambling Sid Rumpole says:

        The Torygraph and NI (Gido is of course a employee now ie a contributor), both lots are run by people effectively living abroad, the Barclays in the channel isles and Murdoch in the US both claim not to interfere in editorial decisions

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        • 209
          Meandering Streams says:

          The original “rambling” Sid Rumpole was concerned with wandering the country by-ways – now it seems to be more a wandering of the mind.

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  4. 6
    Athelstan says:

    I thought you had to be “gay” to be a Lib Dem?

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  5. 7
    A Post Q u e e r Philosopher says:

    I thoroughly approve of this Lord Rennard

    In this day and age, where buggery, thuggery and skulduggery have become the norm

    I find it refreshing and healthy that a senior politician continues the age-old male tradition of “groping” (for lacking of a more elegant word”)

    As Conficius said, 2,500 odd years ago, (sorry for the poor translation) go forth and grope and the world will be yours…

    With 1.5 billion Chinese now, he seems to have been proved right…

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  6. 8
    Athelstan says:

    Perhaps Nick could sing “I’m sorry. I’m so so sorry ” once again?

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    • 63
      I didn't know, well ,maybe I did in a way, well, oh, f-it, it's Danny Alexanders fault... says:

      Please, no.
      The less seen of that smug, puffy, listen-to-me-or-I’ll-scweam-I-really-will face, the better for the health of everyone.

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  7. 9
    The Right Honourable George Osborne Mp says:

    I think we’ve got a very clear message, a loud and clear message that Britain cannot let up in dealing with its debts, dealing with its problems, cannot let up in making sure that Britain can pay its way in the world.

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    • 16
      Moody's says:

      Dear George

      Just make things crystal clear we thought we should point out that our message is not that you should not let up in dealing with your debts. It is that you have not been dealing with your debt level at all and that, as a result, your entire economy has got dodgier.

      Please do something about it before we have to put you in the bargain basement with Greece.

      Yours faithfully

      Moody’s

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  8. 10
    Athelstan says:

    So Nick told a pack of lies about Rennart but he’s absolutley telling the truth about Anthropogenic Global Warming? And about ever closer union with the EU?

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  9. 13
    Clegg's exit says:

    Not if but when.

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  10. 14
    Incapable Vince says:

    ‘Locked in a room’ ? Nice fluffy people these FibDems, aren’t they ?

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  11. 20
    Black Marker pen says:

    Has the BBC been at that note? It looks like some of it is Redacted.

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  12. 21
    Anonymous says:

    I wonder which lib dem women did not say no to him and got selected????

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  13. 23
    pissed off voter says:

    Just saying … real possibility that Clegg is resigned and Huhne is jailed on the same day. lmao

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    • 39
      No need for a general election until May 2015 says:

      Followed by “Uncle Vince” taking over as leader, pulling out of the Coalition and joining with Labour to put Miliband in No 10 by Easter…..making both Cameron and Osborne toast…why do you think the LibDems got the Fixed Term Parliament Bill passed into law ?

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    • 111
      Rule 43 says:

      I hope they’ve got room for them all on the nonses wing.

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  14. 27
    A connaisseur says:

    I have just seen a photo of this gentleman’s wife

    Everything is now clear

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    BBC says:

    *** BREAKING NEWS ***

    Dog heard barking

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  17. 30
    General Sir Philip Michael Hunt says:

    When Mark Oaten takes a dump in the morning does he come at the same time?

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  18. 32

    So we have the Tories setting one group in society against another (decent hard working people v those without jobs presumably not being decent, changed to, strivers v skivers etc), while seemingly not really understanding how the profit motive actually works (see Panorama and the economists warnings to them about this beforehand). Politicising the police and restricting press freedoms too far, all of which could easily generate social unrest and lead to very dark days ahead as the lessons of history seem to have been forgotten.

    The Lib Dems proving themselves to be just as bad as the rest of them yet again.

    Labour not having any policies beyond I think saying that they will continue the Tory cuts.

    Heaven help us. With more voter apathy the more extremist and minority parties are going to have a field day come election time.

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    • 51
      REALITY CHECK says:

      FFS ! The Tory ‘cuts’ are in name only !!! Labour’s Debt Mountain is proving extremely hard to deal with.

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      • 92
        lmao!!!! says:

        There are no Tory cuts. The debt is increasing all the time. Even the deficit is increasing now.
        We’re as fucked as all those aspiring young female Lib Dem MPs invited into Lord RocklHard-Titchycock’s boudoir.

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      • 115

        Thats what happens when you change too much at once, people choose to tighten their belts – while others are forced to. Lower consumer spending = less protits for shops = less tax collected = less jobs in the suply chains and services.

        Also no cuts tell that to those who are told that they are fit for work when days away from death, or those who can press a button once, but not twice, or those who now have to find more council tax from somewhere, or all those policemen and nurses who lost their jobs, or the soldiers, and so on and so forth.

        Also just becuse money that would otherwise have been paid to the vulnerable in society in benefits is now being paid to private companies to enable them to pay big dividends or huge wages to their directors etc, does not mean that there are no cuts. It only means that our government have arguably squandered public money.

        What was it the metro said a few days back government spends 5bn or something to get 20 people back into long term work. Cant help but wonder if PPE degrees should really be PPE and accounting degrees.

        There are big cuts that are hurting the vulnerable. The total spend may be up but that is because more people are out of work, the governments economic policies have failed and money has been diverted away from the vulnerable to the private sector. It is not, in my mind, a sign of competence nor the fault of labour. Labour did get us in this mess but the current government are making it far worse than it needs to be.

        But what the flipping heck do I know. I only have an economics degree, professional accounting qualifications, been unemployed, self employed, in the global professions,and a carer.

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        • 144
          indigenous says:

          “the more extremist and minority parties are going to have a field day come election time.”

          ABOUT BLOODY TIME TOO!!

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          • Curly says:

            I do like your use of the word ‘bloody’ – because that is exactly what it is bloody well going to to be! Stock up on tinned food and candles.

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    • 213
      Monster Raving Loony Party says:

      We will definately do well at the next election and probably get an MP before UKIP.

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      • 225
        Curly says:

        .. and almost simultaneously learned to spell ‘definitely’ correctly too. My some people really are multi-talented.

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  19. 36
    All these bent lawyers says:

    I am glad the “lawyers sat on the story”

    Just as they “sat on” (Prince William’s lawyers at the sall of the Murdoch Mob’s criminal activities…

    Would you expect them to do anything else?

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    • 43
      Ex NOTW investigator says:

      Are these guys the solicitors to the LibDem Party

      Steele and CO?

      “Norman Lamb read law at the University of Leicester. He worked for Norwich City Council as a senior assistant solicitor before joining Norfolk solicitors Steele and Co., where he became a partner and head of the firm’s specialist Employment Unit.

      He worked for a year as a Parliamentary Assistant for Greville Janner, QC, MP.”

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      • 75
        Cecil Parkinson's best feature says:

        Greville Janner? Well I’ll be buggered.

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        • 84
          sssshhh says:

          Don’t be so Frank!

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        • 85
          Ex NOTW investigator says:

          That’s why I included said reference..

          Wheels within wheels…

          Scandals within scandals (or sandals within sandals as the LibDems say)

          The world is a small place

          Don’t you agree?

          We just move from one scandal to the next

          And find the same “usual suspects”

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  20. 38
    Owin Jones says:

    There must be hope in Eastleigh …..Vote for Loony Party Leader Howling Laud Hope.. Don’t be a Dope ..Vote for Hope!!!

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  21. 42
    Anonymous says:

    I ask how many and which lib dem female candidites said ‘yes please’?????

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  22. 44
    Oy Vey Maria says:

    Nick Clegg scoops best actor Oscar for performance in sci-fi fantasy Total Lack of Recall

    Pride’s Purge http://tompride.wordpress.com/2013/02/25/nick-clegg-scoops-best-actor-oscar-for-performance-in-sci-fi-fantasy-total-lack-of-recall/

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  23. 45
    rebekah aka nellnewman says:

    This is a classic case of how to create a crisis.And handling it the way they have they have focussed public attention away from rennard and onto cleggie who is now proved beyond doubt to be a liar. It’s a damaging label that is going to stick.

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    The Missing Bit says:

    5. That at a series of by-elections and general elections, he has annoyed the Tory and Labour parties and their media supporters by guiding LibDem candidates to victory against the odds.

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  26. 48
    gotcha says:

    Clegg has been caught bang to rights. He has been lying through his teeth as well as condoning and helping to cover up his mate Rennards abuse of these women.

    Time for him to resign and take the vile Jo Swinson, another cover-up merchant, sociopath, and massive hypocrite along with him.

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  27. 49
    The Maximum Imbecile says:

    Nick is right

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  28. 57
    Empty Ed the Gawker says:

    Yummy yummy

    I is going to win Eastweigh

    We Labowites are going to save the countwy…

    Watch dis space

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    • 97
      Play it again, Sam says:

      If you did a bit of gwoping Eddy

      Someone might even talk about you…

      And if you actually got it up one of your Labour filles, we would all clap…

      Clap clap clap and all That

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  29. 59
    bye bye says:

    Nick Clegg can go now, having played his part in the historic Frankfurt School mission to replace the white population of Britain with Africans and Asians.

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  30. 71
    Owin Jones says:

    Osborne responding to an urgent question from Ed Balls in the Commons at 3.30.

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    • 104
      Power Crazed Balls says:

      I will tell Georgie

      Banzai, banzai…boom and bust…we have been there before…

      We must print another £200 billion and finally crash and kill what is left of the British economy

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      • 146
        IMF Bailiffs says:

        We are oiling our chainsaws, rubbing our hands and licking our lips at the prospect of Ed “Psycho” Balls as Chancellor.

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    • 118
      Owin Jokes says:

      Can’t we tell Balls, ‘There’s no money left’ ?

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  31. 72
    Caligula is back from holidays says:

    I told you it would all end in tears

    There is NOT ONE credible political party in the UK…

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  32. 74
    Winnie the Pooh says:

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  33. 80
    Criss Huoone says:

    “touche”.

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  34. 82
    Nick Sorry Clegg says:

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  35. 86
    Vince Cable's rucksack says:

    I couldn’t possibly comment.

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  36. 89
    honey i shrank my cock says:

    What I want to know is, did they ever find a casting couch to hold his weight?

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  38. 100
    Timothy Farron MP says:

    Nick Cg hasn’t got a leg to stand on now.

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  39. 102
    Conspiracy Watch says:

    Whilst this cover-up is fubar’ing so obviously, another cover up is quietly taking place…

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  40. 103
    Capt. Mainwearing says:

    You can’t believe a word that Boy Clegg says.

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  41. 106
    Ah! Monika says:

    Clegg spied in B & Q asking the assistant where the spades were.

    Says he’s digging his own grave.

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  42. 113
    Slyman Huge says:

    Who’s got the Party carpet we always sweep these things under ??

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    • 122
      Media says:

      Guess who’s next?

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      • 141
        Hansard writer says:

        Do tell…

        Does Simon have a cupboard full of skeletons as well?

        He has a nasty face…

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      • 152
        Hansard writer says:

        Simon Highes wiki

        “Referring to his change from previous denials about his sexuality and recent Liberal Democrat difficulties he said, “I hope that any colleague in any party at any time who might not have been entirely honest for good reason or who may have made a mistake is accepted back at the right time.” and also “I gave a reply that wasn’t untrue but was clearly misleading. I apologise.” He confirmed to PinkNews that he is bisexual”

        So he does not count…

        A proven repeated lioar already…

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    • 130
      A person says:

      Why not? The media is all many people have left when our Parliament lacks credibility.

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    • 151
      Ctesibius says:

      I man who can’t work out whether he’s gay or straight is not best placed to lecture us. Actually, was it Rennard who came up with the slogan ‘The Straight Choise’ when Simon stood against Peter Tatchell?

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  43. 116
    Silver Cloud says:

    It’ll be for the best. Miriam never liked British politics anyway, they want their children to be privately educated and Nick is always welcome in Brussels.

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  44. 120
    Features Editor of GQ rag says:

    Actually Nick Clegg is on a celebrity photo shoot with GC magazine at the moment…

    He will be on the front page of our new issue called “Stars in front of their Chateaux and all that”

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  45. 120
    Very Funny says:

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    • 128
      Features Editor of GQ rag says:

      Clegg has to keep a roost of personal advisors to keep all his Cabinet in tame “groping fodder”…

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    • 149
      Victoria Derbyshire says:

      He’ll soon have 60 million people telling him he’s a plonker.

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    • 156
      Casual Observer says:

      Clegg is a sort of one man intelligence outfit, isn’t he ?

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    • 217
      Joe Public. says:

      Wow – putting Clegg up against Jesus.
      Jesus was a mentor. On current performance Clegg cannot mentor his own children let alone a political party.
      Prescott definately needed more and better.

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  46. 126
    I am a Lib Dem and my name is Tom Pepper. says:

    Lord Rennard appears to have wanted to get some pants down.
    Paddy did get his pants down.
    Laws, Huhne and Clegg all caught with their pants down.
    What a bunch of scoundrels these LibDems are.

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  47. 132
    The BBC says:

    We would like to invite Lord Rennard for a screen test as we’re thinking of remaking a new series of Top Of the Pops and It’s a knockout.

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  48. 134
    Owin Jones says:

    I’d prefer to set fire to my face than restart the George Osborne must go debate I’m afraid :(

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  49. 140
    Lib Dem = Deviants says:

    Time to set the crosshairs on Clegg.

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  50. 143
    Owin Jones says:

    BREAKING: Bersani-led coalition set to win Italian vote, may not need Monti for Senate control: Guido Fawkes exit poll.

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    • 154
      EU Watch says:

      !TALY’S CENTRE-LEFT SEEN 35-37 PCT, BERLUSCON! COALITION 29-31 PCT, GR!LLO 19-21 PCT, MONT! 8-10- RA! PHONE POLL AFTER VOTING

      – First Exit poll result.

      Appears markets reacting favorably: !taly bond yields down, M!B up.

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  51. 145
    Call of Booty says:

    I’ve heard of grasping politicians but Lord Rennard has a lot to explain.

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  52. 147
    Ah! Monika says:

    Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, is resigning as leader of the Scottish Catholic Church, after being accused of inappropriate conduct.

    Says he wants to spend more time with his family.

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  53. 150
    BBC says:

    For all those neigh sayers that claim we do not report on Clegg put this in your tea and drink it

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-21573291

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  54. 155
    Moby Dick says:

    Dog/pillow/fingered is the entire history of the liberal party

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  55. 161
    Political Pervert Register says:

    LibDems:

    Jeremy Thorpe (Bummer)
    Paddy Pantsdown (Shagging Secretary)
    Mike Handycock (Shagging Young Girls)
    Cyril Smith (Bumming Boys)
    Chris Huhne (Bumming a Lesbo)
    Lord Rennard (Fiddling with Ladies)

    FFS! There’s only a dozen of them in parliament at anyone time. They must all be at it, dirty bustards.

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  56. 166
    Jack says:

    I can’t look a female lib dem in the face without seeing her without a hand down her nickers.

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  57. 170
    British Broadcast Redaction Corporation says:

    We redacted item 5. It’s the way we work.

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  58. 171
    John O`Farrell says:

    Where are the IRA when you need ‘em?

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  59. 173
    To be honest says:

    Nobody cares.

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  60. 176
    Latest says:

    Vicky Pryce guilty!

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  61. 177
    Calamity Clegg says:

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  62. 179
    Nick the Horsefly says:

    [ring ring] [click] Hello, I’m not here right now but I’d like to tell you what a sorry twat I am. I’m really am so fucking sorry for wanting to tax you to death and use your money to fund the ruling elite. Our records show that you were dumb enough to vote for the psychopath Huhne (I had no idea at the time, honest) and I trust that you still have fondled mammemories of what my party, LibDemPerves Я Us stands for.
    This has been Nick Cleg[click] [burrrrrrrrr]

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  63. 180
    Tom Smear Man Watson says:

    My smearing knows no bounds.

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  64. 181
    Beyonce says:

    Owen Jones…….Every girl’s dream.

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  65. 184
    Dave"The One Term Prime Minister" Cameron says:

    Labour are a nailed on certainty to win in 2015, and they already have the base of an alternative to Osbornomics http://ind.pn/WkuWXH .

    I’m not known as a “One Term Prime Minister” for nothing.

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    rebekah aka nellnewman says:

    Apparently some leading libdems are scheming to get rid of cleggie and give the leadership to bumbling vince cable.

    I wish them luck with that one!

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  68. 197
    EU Watch says:

    U.B.S. have been fiddling LIBOR:

    http://www.intelligencesquared.com/speakers/leon-brittan/

    House of Warburg has some cleaning to do.

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  69. 198
    Ed Ballzup (Music-Hall Comedian) says:

    What’s got long blond hair, big tits and is currently in North Korea?

    Nick Clegg snork!

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  70. 199
    Where are Tony Blair's Expenses says:

    Are we to believe Swinson,Teather and Featherstone were shagged by Rennard to get their winnable seats.

    Why is Swinson not making at statement about hoe much she knew

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  71. 208
    Eastleigh Watch says:

    Worth noting:

    Also through Crick:

    Eastleigh Council say 14,276 postal votes issued, and they’ve had about 8,500 back so far, so about 11 per cent of voters already voted

    Good words from Bor!s:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/9891751/One-things-clear-about-Eastleigh-itll-be-a-wretched-day-for-Labour.html

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  72. 213
    Eastleigh Watch says:

    Good piece from the BBC for once:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-21573292#?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

    UKIP coming up on the rails.

    They should certainly come at least a convincing second.

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  73. 241
    Edtheround object says:

    Certainly these are serious allegations. So serious it took 10 years to make them public. I merely point out that it’s a long time to be upset.

    Like

  74. 247
    DixieDean says:

    Of course there is a plan Z for the Glibdems, it’s known as the Saville/Smith option–Die first!

    Like

  75. 249
    Stiff lower lip says:

    Is it the coalition “bedroom tax!” or Lord Rennards “bedroom attacks?” I’m a bit befuddles

    Like


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