June 19th, 2013

Labour Plea to Hodge Over Joan Ryan
Local Party Complain to HQ Over Expenses Piggy Candidate

If one can judge an expenses piggy by the company she keeps, it’s telling that Joan Ryan’s friends in high places include Tom Watson and Margaret Hodge. Ryan has even tapped up Hodge to write to residents in Enfield North, Hodge helpfully describes her as “a great campaigner with strong values” and ” a first-rate MP”. Obviously forgetting that she was kicked out last time after claiming £4,500 for work on her second home and having to pay back over £5,000 in mortgage interest. Now former Enfield Labour leader Jeff Rodin has pleaded with Hodge to withdraw her endorsement in a letter seen by Guido:

“All the good work that has been done by the Labour Borough Campaign Team in raising the profile and standing of Labour in the whole of Enfield would be undermined by the selection of Joan Ryan… Of the 5 candidates, it is my view that she is the one whose selection would most please the current Conservative MP and his campaign Team, and also would be most likely to damage the prospects for Labour in the Borough both for the 2014 Local Election as well as the next General Election… I have no doubt that there is more that the Conservatives plan to reveal if she is selected.”

As if that were not enough, local Labour councillors Derek Levy, Don McGowan and Ozzie Uzoanya are complaining to the party’s head office accusing Ryan of sending “misleading” leaflets to constituents. “Such behaviour is unacceptable as it is misleading to members. We will be notifying Labour Party Head Office”, they say.

Selection is on Sunday. The knives are out…

See also: Labour Accuse Candidate of ‘Tower Hamlets-Style’ Stitch UpTom Watson Fingered Over Plotting DinnerVoters Warn Labour Expenses Piggy Not to RunLabour Expenses Piggy Tries to Run Again.


  1. 1

    WTF was Bercow up to? Not responsible for debt?????

    Bercow was not in the last Labour Government (no matter how much he may have wanted to be) so what was his outburst about???

    If Bercow does not like the focus of Prime Minister’s answers he should rebuke him in plain English so those of us outside the cess pit of the Westminster Village can understand WTF he means.

    Very strange

    Is Bercow Sea Lion

    As for Caroline Lucas – I think there are much bigger tits that the public would like to see banned from the Parliamentary Estate (like Vaz, Hodge, Handycock and Lucas) rather than fret over the anachronistic Sun denigrating women – if you don’t like it, don’t buy it or read it.

  2. 2

    I know its not relevant , but still ..

    {illegal} Aliens - politicians style.

    Ellen Ripley – Nigel Farage - “God damn it, that’s not all! Because if even some thousand of those Roma gets over here then that will be it! All this – this EU regulation open-door bullshit that you think is so important, you can just kiss all that goodbye! “

    ‘Newt’ – Chloe Smith “it’ll be dark soon, and Paxman mostly come at Newsnight, mostly.”

    Cpl. Dwayne Hicks – Liam Fox “I say we take off and nuke the entire EU from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.”

    Sgt. Apone – Boris Johnson – “All right, sweethearts, what are you waiting for? Breakfast in bed? I’ve already had mine! Another glorious day in the City! A day in the Mayor’s Office is like a day on the farm. Every meal’s a banquet! Every paycheck a fortune! Every newsday a parade! I LOVE being mayor! “

    Carter Burke – David Cameron – “I’m Cameron. Dave Cameron. I work for the conservative party. But don’t let that fool you, I’m really an okay guy.”

    Bishop – John Redwood – “Is this gonna be a standup fight with the EU, sir, or another excuse hunt?”

    Pvt. Hudson – Nick Clegg “Hey, maybe you haven’t been keeping up on current events, but we just got our asses kicked, pal! “

    Pvt. Vasquez – Theresa May – “You always were an asshole, Cameron!”

    Pvt Frost – Adam Afriyie – “I say we grease this rat-fuck son-of-a-bitch Cameron, right now. “

    Lt. Gorman – Ed Miliband -“How do I get out of this chickenshit outfit?”

    Pvt. Drake – William Hague – “I’m ready, man, check it out. I am the ultimate badass! State of the badass art! You do NOT wanna fuck with me. Check it out! Hey Nigel, don’t worry. Me and my squad of ultimate badasses will protect you! Check it out! Independently targeting particle beam phalanx. Vwap! Fry half a city with this puppy. We got tactical smart missiles, phase-plasma pulse rifles, RPGs, we got sonic electronic ball breakers! We got nukes, we got knives, sharp sticks… Man we’re going to clean up in Syria..”

    Pvt Dietrich – Nadine Dorries “Looks like the new PM is too good to eat with the rest of us grunts”

    Pvt. Spunkmeyer – Sally Bercow “I’m on the pipe – five by five”

    Pvt. Crowe – Bob Crow “Oh, great. Wonderful. Shit! “

    Dave: ‘Clegg, meet me at the south terrace. I have a plan.’

    Clegg: ‘Roger.’

    Johnson: [to May] ‘He’s got a plan. I feel safer already. ‘

    Aliens – Coming soon – Jan 2014!

  3. 3
    C.O.Jones says:

    And they call each other “Honourable”.

  4. 4

    Tiny, Tiny, Tiny


  5. 5
    I piss on the Labour frontbench says:

    Off topic but just catching up with PMQs. Why do the women Labour MPs always screech and yell when Cameron answers? I know all MPs barrack during PMQs but you don’t hear the women Tory MPs shrieking.

  6. 6
    Chuka goes on the wrong Radio station. says:

  7. 7
    I piss on the Labour frontbench says:

    That was priceless, Bill! I challenge you to do one based on Terminator 2.

  8. 8
    Ann Summers says:

    Butterfly vibrator thong

  9. 9
    WelshRacer says:

    The PM used the word “You”.

    Those who follow parliament convention know that all speakers in the HOC speak through the chair, thus references to other members must be done using constituency name – using the word “you” is unacceptable, thus Mr Speaker was correct to correct the Prime Minister, who should by now be used to parliament conventions.

  10. 10
    Gordon McDoom says:

    I’ll be back

  11. 11
    Sally Bercow says:

    On my back.

  12. 12

    You need to get out more.

    Portcullis House coffee cooks PPE’d researchers from the cortex out

  13. 13
    Joan Ryan says:

    It was a tiny, tiny, tiny £4,500

  14. 14

    then you’ll be in the wrong studio Chuck.

    World at one is on BBCR4, not R2.

  15. 15

    Best if this little piggy stayed at home!

  16. 16
    Chris Bryant's bri-nylon undies says:

    Back, sack and crack

  17. 17
    John Berkowitz says:

    Quite so, quite so. It gave me no pleasure to interrupt, correct, admonish and caution the Prime Minister during a televised event. No pleasure at all, I assure you.

    *Innocent face*

  18. 18
    Observer says:

    Quite so. And he wasn’t going to be on the whole show from 1pm. Just a few minutes to do his turn.

  19. 19

    Satire from leftfootforward! Whatever next?

    Policy from Ed Miliband?
    Maturity from Nick Clegg?
    Conservatism from Dave Cameron?
    Democracy from the EU?
    Thriftiness from MP’s expense claims?

    Pinch me someone. I must be dreaming…

  20. 20

    This was Mark Hendrick’s question

    “Mr. Speaker, the last Labour Government, took a million children out of poverty, figures released recently show that one in six children in this country now live in poverty.

    In my constituency, one in three is living in poverty compared to one in ten in HIS constituency, What’s HE going to do about it?

    Funny how Bercow picked up the Prime Minister for addressing him not the member for Preston when the Hendrick had made the transgression first.

    Bercow is a partisan twat – we know, you know

  21. 21
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    You’re bloody lucky if he deigns to even show up in the studio at all to associate with BBC riff-raff. Wouldn’t want to be seen with that trashy crowd. Better to use a live hookup to his office, in which case, he wouldn’t see the logos at the studio and wouldn’t know (or care) which station he was on.

    The better question to be asked is, if Chuka misdirects his Twitter followers who know no better than he does which station World At One is on, are they quick enough on the draw to change the station to look for him, or do they decide they can’t be arsed to do that?

  22. 22
    I piss on muhammad says:

    Muhammad was a fucking nonce.

  23. 23
    Steve says:

    Interesting article re: UKIP from the Commentator.


  24. 24
    Leftfootforward Cumediun says:

    Take my leader….


    boom tish

  25. 25

    Left foot forward was quite funny too.
    must be the sunshine.

  26. 26
    Hodger the dodger says:

    I’ve got a tiny, tiny, tiny few million shares in, in, oh I forget.

  27. 27
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    “In the eyes [sic!] of our Dan [Hodges], Ed can seemingly do no right…”

    Erm umm, you may want to reword that, gentlemen…some of us might think you were making a bit of a disabled-persons joke there.

    N-a-a-h-h-h, they’d never be so cruel, would they?

  28. 28

    it must reassure St Anthony to know there will always be at least one Blairite in the UK.

  29. 29
    Cardinal Biggles says:

    Much admired by Grocer Heath, if I recall ;)

  30. 30

    [effect of] sunshine? On them, I hope you mean. Not on us!

    I thought it was funny too but hardly dared to admit it. Just not used to these things…

  31. 31
    Developed countries stopped doing it for a fucking reason says:

    I like listening to the world at one because there is so much us in developed countries can learn from people who piss and bath in the streams they drink out of.

  32. 32

    Maybe you are forgetting that it’s different if you are left. Their many worlds leave Hugh Everett trailing far behind.

  33. 33
  34. 34
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    Hodge backs a skimmer.

  35. 35
    Adrian Swall says:

    Eh? He correctly said HE not YOU

  36. 36
    Dan Hodges says:

    I reacted to that article with a glassy stare, if you really want to know.

  37. 37
    i don't n eed no doctor says:

    And did you see the arrogant hypocritical Emily Thornberry on the DP Show. What would you do about Syria she was asked, no answer came. Thornberry is a typical labour spiteful MP.

  38. 38
    Compulsory Reading says:

    Thank you for that Link. An excellent article, the best I’ve read on the EU debate. Bookmarked :)

  39. 39
    Bollocks to getting a pseudonym says:

    They obviously don’t do irony.

    PS Is it true that Camoron checks into hotels under the alias N.O.C.O.Jones?

  40. 40
    Bollocks to getting a pseudonym says:

    While most Tories are just as cynical, selfish, corrupt and generally unpleasant as the Liebore mob, they don’t usually go around assaulting people or being drunk and disorderly, etc. Yes, I do mean you, Eric Joyce and John Prescott (and probably quite a few others of your ilk).

  41. 41
    annonymouse says:

    was she known as “Enver Hodger” after the Albanian who was richer than all his tribe?

  42. 42
    Retired academic says:

    A tip I learnt: if asked by the BBC to be on radio, always insist on a *telephone* interview. No going to some rubbish local radio studio and been given a headset that was last used in the Battle of Britain. The telephone allows you to control the interview better. If asked to appear on TV, *always* refuse.

  43. 43
    WelshRacer says:

    Chuckas Yamoney

    the key word is “You” using that word in the Chamber of Commons refers to the person sitting in the chair.

    Never say the “You” word in parliament.

  44. 44


    But Me, Me, ME is more common

  45. 45

    Godfrey Bloom the UKIP Economic spokesman has asked HMRC to investigate Margaret Hodge the Chairperson of the Public Affairs Committee .She is the 15th Richest Politician according to the Times worth £18 million .Her apparent misdemeanour has occurred by her being a £1.8 million shareholder in Stemcor which are held in trusts to avoid Taxation .This week alone she has called MP’s lazy ,criticised a £1 billion Academies overspend and raged about Tax Avoidance .Is it the pot calling the kettle black .UKIP are showing a very good start trying to sort out the corruption before they are tarred with it .http://brokenbritishpolitics.simplesite.com

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