July 8th, 2013

How Labour MPs Give Parliamentary Passes to Unite Lobbyists

Today’s Telegraph goes big on Unite Political Director Steve Hart being given a parliamentary pass by Labour MP Jim Sheridan, a story Guido reported last month. Several Labour MPs employ Unite lobbyists, subsidised with taxpayer money, sponsoring them for parliamentary passes and having them work on party business.

  • Jim Sheridan MP employs Steve Hart, Political Director for Unite
  • John Cruddas MP employs Nick Parrott, Political Officer for Unite
  • Mark Tami MP employs Hannah Blythyn, Political Officer for Unite
  • Ronnie Campbell MP employs Stephen Turner, National Officer for Unite

Other unions are up to their neck in it as well. Ian Mearns MP employs Lisa Johnson, Tom Greatrex MP employs Catherine Godsell and Natascha Engel MP employs Heidi Benzing, all Political Officers at the GMB. David Hamilton MP employs James McGowan, a ‘parliamentary consultant’ at the ASLEF trade union. If the Tories took money from a private donor and gave them a parliamentary pass in return, it would be a scandal. That is exactly what Patrick Mercer did. Labour and the unions do the same thing every day and get away with it…


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  1. 1
    a non says:

    ………and Uncle Tom Cobbely and all, and Uncle……

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  2. 2
    Fire up the Quattro says:

    Milk and couldn’t run a raffle.

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  3. 4
    Lord Swanbourne says:

    “You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.”
    ―Obi-Wan Kenobi, to Luke Skywalker

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  4. 5
    George Robertson says:

    Congratulations Andy.

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  5. 6
    Anonymous says:

    So are these people paid by Unite and the MPs? This smacks of collusion for financial gain…

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  6. 7
    George Robertson says:

    I wonder if Mr Murdoch will trawling unite MPs selection documents .Tip of the iceberg?

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  7. 8

    Despite their posturing and their jockeying for power, neither Labour nor the Trades Unions have anything to say about the lives of the ordinary workers who founded them.

    The Labour Party is, essentially, the Welfare Party (with a Euro tinge) that has no grasp of what life is like for ordinary people, and while local branch unions may speak for their workforce, the national organisations behave like Robber Barons of old, complete with fiefdoms, power bases and a mainly unwilling army of serfs who are less and less happy to march and fight on behalf of old, festering grudges.

    The political left is completely divorced from the working class it was founded to represent and, as a fully-paid up member of that much maligned and culturally repressed social group, I see that no one, absolutely no one, speaks for me or the people that I live with and work alongside.

    Roll out the barrels, Guido.

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    • 11
      Lenin McClusterfuck says:

      WABBISH

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    • 16
      Everard says:

      Don’t forget its recently imported voter base from all corners of the (third) world-those ‘search parties’ certainly delivered!

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    • 36
      Anonymous says:

      Its really very simple, the Labour party and Unions hate the working class with a passion, nearly as much as the Conservative party do.

      The working man will soon realise that Labour prefers the limitless number of voters addicted to benefits and recent immigrants.

      The working man is now simply a tax cash cow to support the unenployed and unenployable.

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    • 46
      Curly says:

      JD: So resign then and give yourself an annual tax free pay rise. What is so difficult about that?

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  8. 9
    couldn't make it up says:

    they say if you put a red rosette on a donkey it would get elected in some seats, well Tom Watson is living proof

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    • 19
      Lady Cynthia Meatyflapps says:

      Is a donkey the same as an ass?

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    • 32
      tommo says:

      Another version of the expression is “If you stuck a red rose up a pig’s arse, the pig would be elected”. It’s always been true here in Rotherham.

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  9. 10
    MI5 says:

    Hello Guido

    Don’t forget me

    http://blogs.spectator.co.uk/coffeehouse/2010/04/how-charlie-whelan-killed-new-labour/

    I will use any threat and dodgy means to stiffle freedom of speech

    Including using the liberticide Carter Fuck and co on a no upfront fee basis

    I have been using threats and bullying for years

    And everyone knows it…

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  10. 15
    Dan Hodges says:

    I would love to see Farage vs. Owen.

    Please try to arrange it Guido!

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  11. 17
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Ecoloons says:

    I see Hollywood are making a new horror film “Unite of the Living Dead”

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  12. 18
    Ah! Monika says:

    China ex-rail minister given suspended death sentence.

    We call it hanging.

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  13. 21
    John Tandy says:

    Why am in not surprised ?

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  14. 24
    OOOOoooooo says:

    The left are totally reliant on the BBC & Unions

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  15. 28
    Gooble says:

    Is Len McCluskey any relation to Mrs McCluskey of Grange Hill fame?

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  16. 29
    dig for Victory says:

    Having walked down the strip and behind to the North of Heathrow. I can’t see what the fuss is about when it comes to bulldozing it up to make a third runway. In fact it would be very sensible to build a fourth runway at the same time.

    But why the fuck are they not looking at joining Northolt to Heathrow, or do they want to keep it for Dave, his ministers, the royals and terrorists that are difficult to deport?

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  17. 31
    Doomed says:

    Meanwhile, over at the Grauniad, much scribbling concerning the terrible state of affairs a constituency party reported to be in a state of civil war.

    Candidates scrubbed from lists with nary a word, allegations of bent proxy voting, lies, stich ups and revenge. Ooo err

    However, some may think it just a bit odd they have chosen to kick an article about the rotten state of a political system based off dying and apathetic local memberships being prone to manipulation by writing about the Romford Conservatives and local elections.

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  18. 33
    Posh London Bird takes on a scouser says:

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  19. 34
    Penfold says:

    “”Political Officer for Unite””

    Commissar more like.

    This has shades of Stalinism.
    Uncle Joe as Party Secretary General ensured that he put his placemen in positions of power, to ensure influence was correctly peddled and Lenin undermined and his position consolidated for any power struggle.

    Clearly the Unions want to take over the Labour Party lock stock and barrel and run it to their manner. They’ve clearly had enough of the metro-politico-types, and hate Blair and his modernisation of the party which resulted inthem being marginalised.

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  20. 35
    Whiffler says:

    Another example of Labour paying its own lobbyists !

    Politics is a funny old game, and Ed is the biggest joke around.

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    Democratic, autocratic, Trade Union Mafia monopoly.

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