April 2nd, 2013

Chloe Smith Forgets Cosy Lobbyist Supper

Here is what the minister responsible for lobbying reform said when asked how she was getting on with tackling the “next big scandal waiting to happen” last week:

Miss Chloe Smith: Cabinet Office Ministers have had no meetings with interested parties on the Government’s plans for a proposed statutory register of lobbyists since September 2012.

The Government is committed to introducing a statutory register of lobbyists. We are continuing to carefully consider the evidence submitted in response to our consultation and will publish revised proposals in due course.

No meetings with anyone related to the lobbying industry since September, says Chloe. Oh dear. Funny then that she was spied dining with a lobbyist at Tory party conference in October. Must have slipped her mind…


34 Comments

  1. 1
    The public says:

    More likely, she is an old fashioned liar.

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  2. 2
    Brown Envelope says:

    is she corrupt?

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  3. 3
    Miss Haversham says:

    She looks so sweet and innocent and she will break your heart Pip!

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    • 5
      Mr Sheen says:

      She is obviously on the make when she she lies about who she is dipping her bread with.

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      • 7
        Miss Haversham says:

        I know nothing of days of the
        week; I know nothing of
        weeks of the year . Come again
        after six days. You hear?

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  4. 4
    Durrrrr...It's a hole says:

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    • 12
      The Cypriots are revolting says:

      If that hasn’t been fixed by now then Smith should be sacked on the spot.

      That in mid winter is an accident waiting to happen.

      Accidents cost the taxpayer a fortune.

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  5. 6
    Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    Oh so there is another big scandal out there is there ?

    Nice to know we have a Minister paid for by us all who is keeping it all secret.

    Hopefully it wont cost us any money but I am not holding my breath.

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  6. 13
    ancient Shep says:

    Who cynical is this? (seen elsewhere).
    However, over 100 Conservative colleagues and I have urged him to bring the enabling legislation forward in this parliament. This would address the lack of public trust: when people hear politicians making promises about an EU referendum, they don’t know whether to believe them. The legislation offers the chance to convince the electorate.
    ***There would be no disadvantage for us in the legislation if it were voted down***
    Lack of public trust?, I wonder why.

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    • 14
      The public says:

      “when people hear politicians making promises about an EU referendum, they don’t know whether to believe them”

      Actually, when people hear politicians making promises about the EU, they know they are hearing lies.

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      • 18
        lojolondon says:

        Absolutely – Labour, LimpDims and Tories have ALL promised a referendum on the EU and changed their minds – no-one more so than Cast-Iron Dave!! We know that Dave is lying, the only question, is how will he get out of it, because he clearly wouldn’t have promised a referendum if he would be forced to deliver it!!

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  7. 15
    Hyacinth Boo Kay says:

    I always try to invite many important and influential people to my cosy candlelight suppers. Perhaps Ms Smith would like to attend one? As I am not a lobbyist and the dinner is on my shilling, I fail to see how this could fall foul of any regulations, if Ms Smith and, say, a lobbyist would just happen to attend together…

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  8. 16
    Anonymous says:

    Great story. Except that, er… Nicola Bates is not a lobbyist. She’s a recruitment consultant.

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    • 17
      ancient Shep says:

      No she is err, a conservative MP.

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      • 19
        Anonymous says:

        Don’t think so. She stood against Clegg in Sheffield at the 2010 election, and has been working as a recruitment consultant since then. No idea whether she’s trying to be candidate again next time or not but either way, she’s not a lobbyist.

        Now it surprises me that Chloe Smith hasn’t met any lobbyists, and it’s absurd if she hasn’t – she needs to pull her finger out and propose some legislation (covering all lobbyists, not just consultants). But this story is plain wrong and a bit pathetic.

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        • 21
          Piers F-D says:

          This is a ridiculous story. Nicola Bates is manifestly not a lobbyist; she’s a headhunter…of lobbyists. But that doesn’t make her a lobbyist. After all a headhunter working in, say, fund management is not a fund manager, right?

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          • damned impertinent questions says:

            So perhaps the Minister will clear up the purpose of the meeting and her relationship with the lady involved

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        • 29
          ancient Shep says:

          Are you sure?.
          Chloe Rebecca Smith (born 17 May 1982) is a British Conservative Party politician and the Member of Parliament for Norwich North. She was elected to the seat in a by-election on 23 July 2009 following the resignation of Labour MP Ian Gibson after the MPs’ expenses scandal.

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          • Anonymous says:

            Chloe Smith is an MP and a Minister, yes. Nicola Bates is neither an MP nor a lobbyist (as claimed by Guido). Think you got the two mixed up…

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  9. 20
    Anonymous says:

    Your claim about Smith meeting a lobbyist isn’t exactly right. Nicola Bates isn’t a lobbyist. She’s a recruitment consultant for lobbyists.

    Maybe Smith is preparing the ground for a life after politics.

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  10. 22
    Edward Burne-Jones says:

    Looks very ‘boy’ like. Do you think she’d like to be depicted as Miriam?

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  11. 26
    Anonymous says:

    she looks like Milliband’s child.

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  12. 30

    Bit young for Alzheimers. Perhaps a porkie pie addict.

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  13. 31
    longpier says:

    i would

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  14. 32
    Turnip Taleban says:

    She’s a fucking idiot – symptomatic of a govt running out of proper talent.

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  15. 33
    Alf Garnett says:

    You’re not kidding. When New Labour royally shafted Ian Gibson (a lone dissenting voice) and forced a by-election, the good burghers of Norwich elected this charmless, stupid girl, who as well as being grossly incompetent, is some sort of teetotalling Puritan.
    She scores highly in two areas. The first is her ability to lie, and the second is her total devotion to brown-nosing her way in the Tory Party.

    She’s pissed off her constituents so much that I think she’ll be a one-term wonder, and it’ll be “adios, muchacha” in 2015.

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