August 6th, 2013

Two Faced Chuka Is Back
Umunna Slams Bookies Then Takes Their Cash

So Labour’s fightback is going well. With Ed Balls still nowhere to be seen, the cost of living campaign has been left in the expert hands of Chris Leslie and now the Standard have whacked Chuka. Despite recently pledging to ‘control the number of betting shops’ in his constituency because of the ‘huge concern that some streets in our area are steadily filling up with betting shops and payday loan companies that take advantage of our community, rather than help us’, the two-faced Shadow Business Secretary has accepted a £20,000 donation from Neil Goulden, the Chairman Emeritus of the Gala Coral Group. Coral have at least two shops in Chuka’s seat…

The Tories have returned to their favourite game, lining up Bob Neill:

“Can anyone really credibly ever believe anything Chuka Umuna says? He says one thing in public and does another behind closed doors. His hypocrisy seems to be limitless. The only thing we know he truly believes is that the capital is full of  “trash” and “c list” wannabes.”

Chuka says it’s all fine because it was a personal donation. Guido looks forward to reading about it in depth on his Wikipedia page…

UPDATE: Goulden is also head of the Association of British Bookmakers, lobbyists for the betting industry, which blows the personal donation line out of the water. Lets home Chuka remembers to declare his interest every time he speaks on the issue now.


128 Comments

  1. 1
    Immigrant Labour MP turns traitor says:

  2. 2
    Simon D says:

    His head looks like a Malteser!

  3. 3
    Trash says:

    £20,000 should get him at least two new bespoke tailored suits.

  4. 4
    Displaced Brummie says:

    Unless he is tying to use his position as an MP to block rivals of his mate’s outfit? Now, that wouldn’t be right, would it?

  5. 5
    Labour say give Gibraltar to Spain says:

    Mr Hain’s comments are likely to be met with hostility in Gibraltar, where citizens overwhelmingly rejected the prospect of a shared sovereignty deal in a referendum in 2002.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/spain/10225277/Britain-should-aim-to-share-Gibraltar-sovereignty-with-Spain.html

  6. 6
    Let The Guardian O.D. says:

    So what odds are Coral offering on Chuckie succeeding Millitwit as Labour leader?

  7. 7
    kasou says:

    How do spell Chuka with an F ??

  8. 8
    Spotlight of Truth says:

    Caught in the act. He’s pocketing giant cash donations when it suits him and speaking out against the gambling industry the next.

    Typical opportunism from Labour who are getting more desperate by the day.

    Umunna is an amateur who is fast being exposed in glare of public scrutiny.

  9. 9
    dai laughing says:

    he’s hardly wrong about london’s ‘trash’ and oafish exhibiitonists – now is he?

  10. 10
    Living in 97.223% white Merseyside says:

    I don’t think I’ve been in a betting shop in my life. I’ve got much better things to spend all my benefits and pensions on.

  11. 11
    Gibraltar Is Rock Solid says:

    No way José.

  12. 12
    A British Citizen says:

    What’s the betting this is a bribe?

  13. 13
    Mr Bet in Play says:

    I’ve asked Ray Winstone to do an Ad for Chukka..

  14. 14
    Trash says:

    Similarly, he coyly played down questions about his ‘cool dude’ image, saying he got his suits from ‘the sister of a Labour organiser’ in his Streatham constituency.

    Sceptical that his immaculate suit came from something he made sound like a workers’ co-operative, I dragged the name of the tailor out of him: Alexandra Wood. Did he pay more or less than £500 for it? ‘Less,’ he scoffed.

    In fact Alexandra Wood is on London’s Savile Row. Glamorous Umunna models their suits on their website with a gushing tribute: ‘My suit is a true pleasure to wear, Alexandra created it to my exact specification: smart, fashionable and comfortable. I would take great pleasure in recommending her to anyone. I certainly intend on placing more orders in the near future.’
    When The Mail on Sunday called the company, a member of staff said its suits range in price from £595 to £1,000.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2210607/Chuka-Umunna-Believed-Party-leader.html

  15. 15
    Ron Barras says:

    It must take Chuka Umunna ages to get ready in the morning. Having to shave two faces takes a lot of time.

  16. 16
    A British Citizen says:

    Peter Hain is a good example of why we should ban anyone not born in Britian from standing for Parliament.

  17. 17
    A British Citizen says:

    “Opportunism” is a euphemism. The correct word is dishonesty

  18. 18
    #Traitorsgate says:

    Quite. Hain has no loyalty or patriotism for his adopted country.

  19. 19
    A British Citizen says:

    With such trivia, the delusions, lies and deceptions are exposed and mount up. Good work.

  20. 20
    Nige says:

    it is August, we’ve just retained The Ashes, there are two more tests to go, the sun is shining, the kids are off school, no one who gives a fuck about this stuff at the moment – regardless of political stripe.

    can’t we have a summer break from politics, like football. could all fans of the premier league and all politicians and political pundits just fuck off to the Isle of Man or somewhere each August and give the rest of us a break from petty bollocks.

    thanks, the rest of us

  21. 21
    A British Citizen says:

    He probably employs a serf to help him with such matters.

  22. 22

    didn’t all the English move out?

  23. 23
    Ask Luciana says:

    You reckon he shaves his head or is he a natural baldy?

  24. 24
    Firm But Fair says:

    Chuka’s career is going into meltdown, he’s becoming very error prone.

    He’s got such poor judgement, imagine how deceitful he could be with ministerial office and a departmental budget of billions?

    Ed Miliband must sack him immediately.

  25. 25
    A British Citizen says:

    The thing is Nige, that we can’t afford to rest until we have destroyed Labour’s lead in the polls. Whether you are a Tory or support UKIP, (or even, heaven forfend, suppport the LibDems) the threat of a Labour government is a national emergency. Sacrifices must be made.

  26. 26
    Alan Shearer says:

    Chuka is billed as Labour’s star striker but in fact he’s an own-goal merchant.

  27. 27
    Leave it to the EU. David Cameron says:

    ‘The BBC’s political correspondent Alan Soady said there was a reluctance within Mr Cameron’s government to get involved in the minutiae of the reef dispute, and a feeling that it would be better dealt with at EU level.’ Gibraltar is part of the SW Region for electing MEPs.

  28. 28
    Everyone in Westminster except Ed Miliband says:

    Chuka has a career! Who knew?

  29. 29
    End Corruption says:

    He looks to be some sort of a merchant, but what he is selling is not very clear.

  30. 30
    A True Citizen of Britain says:

  31. 31
    Living in the bleak North West. says:

    No sun here mate.

  32. 32
    Londoner says:

    No, they didn’t. Contrary to the wishes of the Labour Party and their fellow travelling Tories, there are still millions of English people living in London. We are the largest and most important ethnic group in the capital.

  33. 33
    End Energy Taxes says:

    Feeling desolate?

  34. 34
    Trash says:

    I don’t like Chuka, not for the reason many racists here hate him, but because he’s a self-aggrandising, smug twat who’s deeply narcissistic.

  35. 35
    how about says:

    Why isn’t the EU enforcing the sovereign rights of people living on Gibraltar?

  36. 36
    Social Services helping the underprivileged says:

    Carer, not career.

  37. 37
    Sir William Waid says:

    In betting terms, Chuckie is a bismarck.

  38. 38
    Disambiguity says:

    Dead? Or a pickled herring?

  39. 39
    Sir William Waid says:

    He’s not the British Obama in that respect, then, since the presidential suits never fit.

  40. 40
    juanto says:

    Err. You will find his race has nothing to do with it and all here can’t be doing with Chuka for exactly the same reason as you.

  41. 41
    Sir William Waid says:

    Because Gibraltar isn’t in the EU?

  42. 42
    Havocman says:

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  43. 43
    Shengen shenanigans says:

    European Commission (EC) spokesman Frederic Vincent confirmed that controls on the Spain-Gibraltar border are allowed because the latter is not included in the Schengen Borders Agreement, which permits people to travel freely within the Schengen area of 26 countries.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/spain/10225277/Britain-should-aim-to-share-Gibraltar-sovereignty-with-Spain.html

  44. 44
    If right wing loons don't want to be seen as loons, maybe they shouldn't behave like loons says:

    Metaphor is a “fancy literature term” apparently.

  45. 45
    Sir William Waid says:

    Gibraltar part of Spain/Castille 1462-1704; 242 years

    Gibraltar British. 1704 to date; 309 years

  46. 46
    Sir William Waid says:

    Sure to sink without trace.

  47. 47
    EU Watch says:

    The government of Spain recently privatized the Sun.

    The thing in the sky.

    If you have a solar panel pointed at it, you have to pay a tax.

    That is where Spain is at right now.

    Sink their fishing fleet and stimulate a revolution. Extend good trade relations towards Catalonia as they are seeking independence from the rest of them

    The EU is a direct threat to the Economic and National Security interests of the UK.

  48. 48
    The Morans says:

    Hey, we’re not that stoopid. We always vote Demmocrat cos there on our side.

  49. 49
    Anonymous says:

    All three parties recieve large donations from the Gambling industry.

  50. 50
    Chuka's mum says:

    He’s not the Obama, he’s a very naughty boy.

  51. 51
    Pay attention says:

    But this is about Chuka receiving personal donations from gambling bosses and denying it.

  52. 52
    tits says:

    He’s telling Margaret and her family to get a brain.

  53. 53
    fruitcake says:

    He might be a gourd tho’

  54. 54
    Phil Garthwaite says:

    What’s this got to do with Labour front benchers taking donations from the gambling industry?

  55. 55
    If right wing loons don't want to be seen as loons, maybe they shouldn't behave like loons says:

    Nothing. It’s just funny.

  56. 56
    nellnewman says:

    ++++Laugh++++

    labour have mounted a summer campaign against ‘zero hours contracts’ when 32 labour mp’s are sponsored by the Coop who is one of the biggest employers of ‘zero hours contracts’ in the country.

    now chuckusyamoney is mounting a campaign against betting companies when he accepts large donations from them.

    I don’t think in my lifetime I have ever seen such a weak, corrupt inconsequential labour party as we have today. They are utterly rudderless and irrelevant.

  57. 57
    Phil Garthwaite says:

    Exactly, he’s pretending to campaign against them whilst pocketing huge donations from powerful figures in the corporate gambling sector.

  58. 58
    Anonymous says:

    Oh Chuckie what have you done this time?

  59. 59
    Barbary ape says:

    Gibraltar has a special status within the European Union. It is a member by virtue of the UK’s membership and therefore many of the EU rules apply to Gibraltar.

  60. 60
    Ex Nige says:

    Nige why don’t round up the kids and fuck off to the Isle of Man or somewhere and give the rest of us a break from petty bollocks and your wingeing.Oh,have a nice day you cvnt.

  61. 61
    Oliver Cromwell's Mum says:

    Chucky has more faces than a town hall clock.

  62. 62
    nellnewman says:

    The treasury gets large tax receipts from the gambling industry. Don’t knock it.

    The issue about chuckusyamoney is that he is becoming renowned for saying one thing and doing another.

  63. 63
    Trap 1 - Chukas some Money says:

    Lets home Chuka remembers to declare his interest every time he speaks on the issue now.

    Isnt the whole point of this “donation” that he now no longer speaks on the issue?

  64. 64
    Living in the bleak North West says:

    Totally fracked.

  65. 65
    Fahrenheit says:

    But maybe not as important in Newham.

  66. 66
    North Korea and Labour under Blair not that different says:

    If Labour are in power when Tony Blair eventually dies, will they stage scenes like this, just as they bussed in party members to pose as ordinary members of the public in Downing St in 1997?

  67. 67
    Anonymous says:

    Is it true that mandy is telling people how good he is?

  68. 68
    Living in the bleak North West says:

    Yup, these phones that Social Services pay for allow you to do it from the comfort of your own home.

  69. 69
    Mark Oaten says:

    Not as good as me. Phwooooooar!

  70. 70
    nellnewman says:

    Where is he now anyway?

    Presumably he’s staying in that malaga palace of his where he thinks people are more upmarket and worthy of his company than the trash folks of the london constituency he represents.

  71. 71
    HMS Hood says:

    but not before inflicting a lot of damage beforehand

  72. 72
    Voter says:

    Not unique amongst politicians.

  73. 73
    Berkoff slams BBC says:

    Actor and playwright Stephen Berkoff has slated the BBC for broadcasting “garbage”, criticising the “decay of art” and saying he watched its output “almost with tears”.

    He made his comments during an interview at the Edinburgh Fringe with BBC Radio 2 broadcaster Johnnie Walker. The actor, 76, said the BBC should not be competing with ITV.

    “The BBC is meant to represent values – honesty, decency – values, ITV is not,” he told Walker.

    “Why should they compete? ITV does that stinking, sodding Coronation Street until you get brained out. Then the BBC comes out with that stinky, slobbing, cliched, mindless moronic EastEnders,” said Berkoff.

    Berkoff’s extensive career has included writing, directing and acting on both stage and screen.

    He came to public attention in the Stanley Kubrick films Clockwork Orange and Barry Lyndon, and became a household name playing villains in films such as Octopussy and Rambo: First Blood Part II.

    Interviewed as part of Johnnie Walker’s Guest Night, Berkoff recalled how, as a teenager, he was inspired by Saturday night BBC programmes such as Hamlet and Death of a Salesman.

    “That educated me,” he said.

    He attacked the popular BBC series Luther and described ITV’s period drama Downton Abbey, which is shown in more than 100 countries, as “a lot of silly old tarts in costume”.

    “It says nothing to us,” he added.

  74. 74
    Beeboid says:

    nothing to see here move along , now what was that TORY !! parish councillor up to

  75. 75
    Berkoff slams BBC says:

    Actor and playwright Stephen Berkoff has slated the BBC for broadcasting “garbage”, criticising the “decay of art” and saying he watched its output “almost with tears”.

    He made his comments during an interview at the Edinburgh Fringe with BBC Radio 2 broadcaster Johnnie Walker. The actor, 76, said the BBC should not be competing with ITV.

    “Why should they compete? ITV does that stinking, sodding Coronation Street until you get brained out. Then the BBC comes out with that stinky, slobbing, cliched, mindless moronic EastEnders,” said Berkoff.

    Interviewed as part of Johnnie Walker’s Guest Night, Berkoff recalled how, as a teenager, he was inspired by Saturday night BBC programmes such as Hamlet and Death of a Salesman.

    “That educated me,” he said.

    He attacked the popular BBC series Luther and described ITV’s Downton Abbey, which is shown in more than 100 countries, as “a lot of silly old tarts in costume”.

    “It says nothing to us,” he added.

  76. 76
    Simon says:

    Armando Iannucci could not have made this guy up!

  77. 77
    Berkoff slams BBC says:

    Stephen Berkoff has slated the BBC for broadcasting “garbage”, saying he watched its output “almost with tears”.

    He made his comments during an interview at the Edinburgh Fringe. The actor, 76, said the BBC should not be competing with ITV.

    “Why should they compete? ITV does that stinking Coronation Street until you get brained out. Then the BBC comes out with that stinky, slobbing, cliched, mindless moronic EastEnders,” said Berkoff.

    He attacked the popular BBC series Luther and described ITV’s Downton Abbey, which is shown in more than 100 countries, as “a lot of silly old tarts in costume”.

    “It says nothing to us,” he added.

  78. 78
    A British Citizen says:

    With you right up to the word ‘incnsequential’. Until this bunch have been defeated and consigned to electoral oblivion, they are not ‘inconsequential’. The risk that they could get back into power depresses me even more than the pathetic state of the current government.

  79. 79
    nellnewman says:

    No indeed but his thirst for high profile media attention and his constant statements about these things are throwing him, more than some of his fellow mp’s, into the spotlight and showing up his many faults.

  80. 80
    Living in 97.223% white Merseyside says:

    Rock solid – just like my benefits and pensions.

  81. 81
    Jimmy says:

    So your (let’s call it) point is that having accepted a donation an MP is under an obligation to support the donor?

    And yet when I say that is how righties think they take offence. Very puzzling.

  82. 82
    Dingle Dangle says:

    Young, gifted and black… I fully expect Chucka to become the new James Bond!

  83. 83
    nellnewman says:

    Well y’know I’m not in favour of a one party state . At one time I thought the libdems might get stronger and overtake labour in popularity so balancing out the political estate. To be truly democratic we need diversity of politics.

    That’s clearly not going to happen now so we have to hope that a new labour party, that really represents the working classes and has economic responsibility at it’s heart, emerges from this current labour party shambles in due course.

  84. 84
    so there says:

    I like Corrie.

  85. 85
    Astroturf says:

    Nick Clegg also paid to bus in supporters to his ‘town hall rallies’ in the run up to the last election. Liberal Democrats admitted to the Electoral Commission in 2010 to paying people to attend meetings all over the country.

    They paid Full House Audience Management £7,600 to find audiences for four meetings at which Nick Clegg spoke between April 10 and May 4 in Gateshead, Glasgow, Redcar in Cleveland and Richmond in London.

    The party paid another £1,000 for the company to find an audience for Mr Clegg’s 50th town hall meeting at a school in Dorset. The invoice had originally been £2,000 but it was reduced by half “due to short notice and poor response”.

    A Lib Dem spokesman is reported to have said: “When Nick did town hall meetings we paid an independent firm to recruit the audience for us. That is the provision of security vetting and political neutrality.

    “Rather than just have members, we thought we would open it up to other people. To do that we employed an audience-finding company”.

  86. 86
    Jimmy says:

    This reminded me of something that happened recently. What was it again?

  87. 87
    Anonymous says:

    Adrian Parkinson ‏@AdyParkinson

    Why is Neil Goulden from @britbookmakers throwing his money around? You are a complete fraud Goulden. http://www.standard.co.uk/news/politics/chuka-umunna-the-betting-shop-critic-accepts-20000-from-gambling-tycoon-8748081.html

    Derek Webb & Hannah O’Donnell, Prime Table Games, Campaign for Fairer Gambling, Liberal Democrats

  88. 88
    simply put says:

    Accepting donations can compromise an MP’s ability to represent their constituents in an unbiased way.

  89. 89
  90. 90
    The Public says:

    He shoudn’t be taking bribes.

  91. 91
    do you mean says:

    Labour embroiled in a vote-rigging scandal yet again?

  92. 92
    Jimmy says:

    Indeed it can but clearly in this case it has not had that effect. Guido seems to be complaining about this.

  93. 93
  94. 94
    Or This? says:

  95. 95
    Ex Nige says:

    +10000

  96. 96
    Jimmy says:

    Inspiring stuff. Britain it its best.

  97. 97
    A British Citizen says:

    I have no problem with the existence of the Labour Party or Labour Party MPs being in Parliament. I am seriously concerned about the Labour party in its current manifestation being allowed to take over government again, especially as we have such a rigged electoral system in which all votes are not equal due to the gerrymandered constituencies.

  98. 98
    Jimmy says:

    I can assure you my tears back then were entirely genuine.

  99. 99
    Heel Patch says:

    Never mind, we can look forward with hope to Peter Capaldi telling a Dalek to:

  100. 100
    Mid-Staffs says:

    No patients were killed in the making of this propaganda

  101. 101
    CJ says:

    Exactly. If they can’t even get campaigns and donations right, imagine the disaster Ed Balls will do to the recovery.

  102. 102
    Dingle Dangle says:

    Well, he certainly can’t be labelled as not very opinionated!

  103. 103
    A Reader says:

    Needed a nappy change, did you?

  104. 104
    Jimmy says:

    You don’t have this month’s talking points yet?

  105. 105
    Heel Patch says:

    That turned out to be a bit of a faux pas.

  106. 106
    nellnewman says:

    Oh I quite agree – militwit in no10 and bullyballs in no11 is the stuff of nightmares!!

  107. 107
    Crosby Steals & Cash Ltd. says:

    Client wants us to give this a rest for a bit. It’s looking a bit obvious.

  108. 108
    Nige says:

    i bet you like kids. touch of the jimmys

  109. 109
    if yer can't get odds get evens says:

    stay with the shares A – wm hill has done us well

    we’ve got a bookie up here (N West) called DONE – a thoroughly good name?

  110. 110
    dai laughing says:

    what about the new MICHAEL JACKSON?

  111. 111
    Joss Wanderin says:

    I wonder if Chuky often sings that Nina Simone song to himself…”I’m Young, Gifted and Black” ?

  112. 112
    'arry says:

    it was a gift yer ‘onner!

  113. 113
    then you must mean... says:

    All the Unite candidates standing as M.E.P’s ?

  114. 114
    or maybe .. says:

    The mother of McCluskey’s lovechild landing a cushy job
    at Unite?

  115. 115
    Fishy says:

    Which country? Isn’t he Welsh now?

  116. 116
    Fishy says:

    Not the sort of thing that trash would wear.

    Actually, it’s a funny thing, the BBC have never reported his trash / wannabe comments. Can’t think why.

  117. 117
    Two Dogs of Empiricism says:

    Lets home hope Chuka remembers…

    Why do I bother?

  118. 118
    Chuka,s Dream says:

    ..”I have a Nightmare”.

  119. 119
    Kerchingo says:

    But controls need not involve compulsory tolls. That’s just daylight robbery.

  120. 120
    NHS death camp for elderly biggots says:

    Apparently Chukka is the British Obama

  121. 121
    Chuka Obumma says:

    Come on Chuka is the latest duplicitous homo in the upper echelons of the Liebour Party. He even tried flirting with Lord Browne of BP to court donations – a sort of sugar daddy/rentboy juxtaposition. There’s plenty still to fall out of our Chuka’s closet

  122. 122
    FairBobby says:

    One look at Chuka thing-a be and I’m now a committed racist.

  123. 123

    This extremely dishonourable needs a good larruping.

  124. 124
    10.4 highway patrol says:

    or playing cricket for the test team ( !!!???)

  125. 125
    Hoot's! It's Clown says:

    I thought he was a Tory MP!

  126. 126
    Gowrie says:

    This is odd: London Riots : this morning the TODAY programme on Radio 4 broadcast a live piece comprising two interviews on the London Riots … never once was ethnicity or skin colour mentioned, not once … that’s mendacity, BBC .

  127. 127
    Chuka Khan't says:

    Bought for a few quid by the Coral group?

    That’s just trashy.

  128. 128
    Ed Burke says:

    Er…if you want a break from politics, Nige, why are you reading political stories on Guido…?


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