August 1st, 2013

Rennard Cover-Up ‘Niece’ Alison Suttie Made LibDem Peer

Alison Suttie, Clegg’s former deputy chief of staff who was implicated in covering up the Rennard scandal, is also given a peerage. According to the Mail Suttie referred to herself as Rennard’s “niece” and asked Jo Swinson to interview those who had made allegations against Rennard. Something she denies. Swinson is said to have told victims to address future complaints to Suttie in Clegg’s office. Clegg says they never reached him but prizes for all anyway.

UPDATE: An alleged victim of Rennard speaks:


  1. 1
    Alison Suttle. says:

    Uncle Rennard is a kind man.

    I won’t have a bad word said about him…now.

  2. 2
    Title Pedant (deputy in charge Twitter Pedant) says:

    Rennard Cover-Up ‘Neice’ Alison Suttie Made LibDem Peer

    NEICE ?????

    Both the title and Twatter !!!

  3. 3
    Idon'tneednodoctor says:

    Another lib-dem with their snout in the pig pen.

  4. 4
    E from Frome says:

    Would that be uncle Rennard as in uncle Stewart (Hall)?

  5. 5
    Little Sarah Teather says:

    Lord Rennard gave me a bag of sweets from Poundland for being good and I gave them to my friend Jo and asked if I could get a peerage for them but she just took them away and said I shouldn’t tell anyone about them and anyway peerages aren’t for sale for that kind of money and I was lucky I wasn’t in the Tory Party where even a Knighthood costs at leas £2 million and a peerage – well that Chav David Cameron won’t be able to afford one when they kick him out – and she took my sweets.

  6. 6
    The Pubic says:


  7. 7
    The Rumour Mill says:

    The irony is that Rennard is believed to have had a little lunchtime tete-a-tete with at least one female LibDem (this is not covered by the recent whitewash) and dangled a nomination to the House of Lords at her.

  8. 8
    ignoramus says:

    I couldn’t find a lot about the ‘Rennard’ scandal on the net. Why is that?

  9. 9

    Neice work if you can get it…

  10. 10
    Cornish Pilchard says:

    She should fit in well there

  11. 11
    Nworb Nodrog says:

    I wasn’t in favour of the Abolition of the Lords but now I am.

  12. 12
    Anonymous says:

    at presnt there is no rennard scandal-unless wrong doing is shown to have happened there wont be one either-

  13. 13
    The Fifty Seventh Earl of Perineum says:

    I have been mostly eating cabbage this week.

  14. 14
    Lord Stansted says:


  15. 15
    Bryan Odell says:

    The Lib Dems really take the biscuit in the application of “Upstairs Downstairs” standards, and I see that attractiveness which made the Lord so desirable, is a family trait?

  16. 16
    Make Mine Ermine Please says:

    Ah yes another fortunate benificiary of the dishonours system which is bent as a nine bob note!

  17. 17
    Lord Jenny Jones says:

    You see I am not insignificant and am now very important

  18. 18
    U. Femism says:

    I’ve never heard it called that before!

  19. 19
    David Chappell says:

    Distinctly un-pretty

  20. 20
    Graham says:

    Bring back the hereditary peers and kick out the rubbish.

  21. 21
    J. Inverdale says:

    She’s certainly no looker.

  22. 22
    lost in Clacton says:

    Is this woman his niece or isn’t she?

    Is this all costing us money?

  23. 23
    Penfold says:

    From CivilServiceWorld:-

    “”””””””Alison Suttie has known the Lib Dem leader since he was a Member of the European Parliament. There, she worked as spokesperson for the Liberal group, before becoming spokesperson for the President of the European Parliament, Pat Cox.

    Returning to the UK in 2006, Suttie became chief of staff to Menzies Campbell while he was leader of the Liberal Democrats. After winning the leadership Nick Clegg retained her services and, prior to the formation of the coalition government, she was the party’s election manager.

    In government, Suttie was initially then-Scotland secretary Danny Alexander’s special adviser, but moved to serve Nick Clegg when David Laws resigned over his parliamentary expenses claims and Alexander became chief secretary to the Treasury.””””””

    Seems to be wheels within wheels working here.

  24. 24

    Being a Lib-Dem, and therefore by definition a ‘good’ person, she can bypass the usual standards of honesty and integrity.

    At least, I think that’s the logic they use.

  25. 25
    Cartel del Golfo says:

    Really worried that Uruguay is planning to be the first country to legalize marijuana. Uruguay! That’s like the third least cool country in the world after Belgium and San Marino. Now whenever you try to forcibly persuade a retailer to take on your product he’ll come out with “Yeah, just like in Uruguay. I’m sure everyone wishes their country was like Uruguay.” Why couldn’t they make legal somewhere trendy like Palestine – well OK it’s going to happen in Palestine – or Denmark or the Vatican or something.
    Actually, is it even illegal in the Vatican? They might still have the old Italian criminal code.

  26. 26
    Abdel from Tooting says:

    It would be nice to have some clear news about how all that horsemeat got in the food chain instead of all this crap.

  27. 27
    Dark Lord Manglesbums of Boy in the County of Pants says:

    Welcome abord the £300 per day gravy train. Toot Toot!

  28. 28
    Lord Ford of Darjenharm says:

    I think I’ve met her online….cant remember the name of the site though…?

  29. 29
    Cartel del Golfo says:

    I meant “not going to happen in Palestine.” No, senor, I haven’t been stealing samples of the product: I’m just not good at proof-reading. Honest.

  30. 30
    Bottle Bank says:

    Failed liberal MP Julia Goldsworthy is now Alexander’s SpAd. The LibDems are certainly into re-cycling.

  31. 31
    Mo says:

    Wait until Bradford Council wants to legalise stoning.

  32. 32
    Boris says:

    No more runways for you.

  33. 33
    Lord Finkelstein of Tel Aviv says:


  34. 34
    Joe Kerr says:

    Suttie? Well, she certainly helped Sweep the allegations under the carpet.

    Ba-dum tishh!

  35. 35
    Sooty says:

    I’m saying nothing.

  36. 36
    Suttie and Sweep says:

  37. 37
    Londoner says:

    My opinions have aso changed in the last year or so. The last few trivial sets of gongs (I know personally one of the MBEs, a man who is thoroughly unsuited to an award of any kind) and now these ridculous en-noblements, have convinced me that we need to abolish the H of L and the whole honours system

  38. 38
    Drain the Swamp says:

    Just a very shallow ‘talent pool’

  39. 39
    Wordsmith says:

    a) “Niece” is a well-known euphemism for the young mistress of an old sugar daddy.
    b) “Is this costing us money” ? Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

  40. 40
    Anonymous says:

    What about fixing it. I know we live in a country that throws out anything that is slightly defective into land fills, but it can be different.

    We seem to sit by and wait for Cameron to “fix” the EU, over which he has no control. Yet something like the Lords, which is under our control, is not fixed.

    Minimum age. Minimum attendance to qualify for perks. Minimum Years of tax paid in this country.

  41. 41
    C.O.Jones says:

    Sharia Law should be introduced into the HoC. Not many honourable members would be able to clap their hands.

  42. 42
    Anonymous says:

    Pickles is more likely to do it first, by one of his illegal decrees.

  43. 43
    Wordsmith says:

    Never feel sorry for an mp who loses his/her seat. There is always another job waiting at Westminster, Brussels, the BBC, boards of directors…………..

  44. 44
    Anonymous says:

    Self-regulation. The dream of the last government to let the criminals declare they are law abiding.

    There was therefore no need for those costly pesky inspectors. Why would the public sector want to employ those types that believe in lawful gain. Only crime pays in this country.

  45. 45
    john@loggerheads says:

    She’s certainly ugly enough.

  46. 46
    Londoner says:

    Maximum membership: 0

  47. 47
    Sweep says:

    Anyone see the idiot Michael Fallon on Newsnight last night? Utterly dreadful on fracking, and positively oozing with the same quality of oiliness that has so clearly and thoroughly lined the current government’s pockets. The blinky-eyed eagerness of Fallon’s gaggle to invite in anyone with money and then allow the public purse to fund their private profit is as sickening as it is obvious.

    I still say that, if any fracking companies are looking for somewhere desolate to do some exploratory drilling, then perhaps they should start with the dim void between Lord Howell’s ears. What will they find? Solid bone, an unending guff-field, or pure, undistilled idiocy, i expect. There might even be a game show idea in that somewhere (Win a Fracking Fortune!) – either that or a dreadful 70s California trio (Bone, Guff and Idiocy’s new record, “Blandly Drilling for Gas” is available now on Geffen Records).

    The fact that Howell’s paid as a lobbyist is, in its way, as hilarious as it is hateful. I mean, the lobbying industry is obviously not about meritocracy in any way, is it? If blithering gufflords like George’s father-in-law are paid for advocating the industry, you’d expect the advocacy to amount to more than geographical ignorance, inarticulate offensiveness and an incurable case of foot-in-mouth disease. It’s almost as if who you know, and who you have access to, is more important than talent or the ability to form an argument.

  48. 48
    Jabba Le Chat says:

    Yuk, that’s some ugly woman…

  49. 49
    Jabba Le Chat says:


  50. 50
    julianlzb87 says:

    Anyone else notice that Alison Suttie could pass for Guido’s sister?

  51. 51
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    I am off to my villa in Spain, given to me by my boys, for the lucrative planning permissions I fixed them up with for housing immigrants, that I was responsible for bringing in to the city. The villa is in the name of my daughter for obvious reasons ( I hope no one ever checks the real provenance of ownership or I will be in deep shit). As for the Council investigation it to my being a prolific sexual predator,

    they can go and blow themselves. Boaz.

  52. 52
    Grand Master, Grand Lodge, Great Queen Street says:

    Well said Handy. We are all behind you, when are your boys going to fix me up with a villa in Spain, like you promised? Jahbulon.

  53. 53
    Chris Huhne says:

    See you in Spain soon Handy. You told me you always drove down there in your Range Rover Evoque, what is all this about not flying because of illness? Another scam? Boaz.

  54. 54
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    Riding around in my Range Rover Evoque
    Looking for young girls to pick up and poke.

  55. 55
    Portsmouth City Council is the most corrupt Council in the UK if not the World says:

    Robert Mugabe and Goodluck Johnathan. Enjoy your holiday in your villa in Spain, Handy. You remain our inspiration and role model. Can your boys fix us up with villas in Spain as well? Boaz.

  56. 56
    Penfold says:

    Self regulation, alias the paper trial, was an imposition by the EU who devised the new rules.
    The main scamsters were on the continent and Eire. The victims, supermarkets and food manufacturers, has to take the paperwork on trust.!!

  57. 57
    Newsfox says:

    Nick Clegg’s either groping for excuses or excusing groping.

  58. 58
    Morgan's Organ says:

    Can Clegg and his gang exercise no discipline or standards in their party at all? How many more scandals do they wish to involve themselves in? The ratio of party scandals measured against the number of MPs they have is a disgrace. Clegg, of course, as always, is never aware of such things.

  59. 59
    Daviejohn says:

    Great response, and so true.

  60. 60
    Daviejohn says:

    I see the rewards for corruption and duplicitous behaviour haven’t changed in a thousand years in Britain. This system is absolutely rotton to it’s core.

  61. 61
    Charlie says:

    Kipling and Max Prutz(Nobel Prize for chemistry ) turned down a knighthood and Churchill a dukedom. The only awards worth receiving appear to be for bravery. Fred Sanger , who has 2 nobel prizes for chemistry is neither a lord or a knight.

    Over the years many have deserved gallantry awards but were not awarded, often for political reasons: – Lawrence(WW1), Mayne(WW2) and Lalaba and Tobin ( Mirbat) all were considered for the VC.

    It would appear becoming a knight or a lord is now proof of being a political flunky.

  62. 62
    Lord Ford of Darjenharm says:

    LOL! Finkers..LOL!

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