October 28th, 2013

Tory Meltdown in Wandsworth
Greening, Hammond and Ellison Facing Questions

Guido hears that it’s been a busy old day in SW18 and down the road in Putney.  As revealed in yesterday’s Sun, Justine Greening’s former agent Rob Morritt, aka the Wandsworth Fraudster, will face a crunch vote on Halloween which should see him thrown out of Wandsworth Council Conservative Group over the allegations that he defrauded his local party of £60,000 while acting as electoral agent to no less than three Tory Minsters. Justine Greening, Stephen Hammond and Jane Ellison are yet to comment publicly on their agent’s alleged fraud, yet Guido hears that pressure is mounting for Morritt to accept that the game is up.

Surprisingly, Greening’s Association Chairman Mark Elliot is organising support for Morritt ahead of Thursday’s vote. As it stands, Greening has not yet publicly distanced herself from the accused fraudster, despite the fact that her own council leader is trying to force him out. Morritt used to be Greening’s deputy Association Chairman, though that is kept quiet these days. Local sources claim that Morritt spoke to Greening on the phone last week, but this has not been officially confirmed or denied. As for her Association Chairman, a regional-level party source points out: “it’s hardly going to help Elliot’s own political ambitions when his behaviour forces us to put the association into special measures and kick out his entire team.”  Guido understands that is a very real possibility if Morritt is not given the boot from the local party.

Guido has asked for comment from Greening, Ellison and Hammond. As of yet they declining the opportunity to tell their side of the story. Why?

This is a man that stands accused of stealing funds directly from their election campaigns, and a man who potentially misfiled their election expenses to cover up his own fraudulent activity. The Tories have tried to ignore this story since 2010, yet it has never gone away. Why do they still look like they are protecting their agent? What does he have on them?


69 Comments

  1. 1
    Get him Sacked says:

    The longer they leave it, the worse it will get.

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    • 7
      Toxic Labour scum trashed my Country says:

      Surely it can’t be true that all politicians are thieves and fraudsters?

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    • 32
      The Incredible Wandsworth fish Man says:

      A serious fraud has been committed.

      The Police have not been contacted and no complaint made.

      It’s not hard to guess why they do not want the police involved.

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    • 35
      CID says:

      It’s the cover up. It’s the cover up that always gets them.

      Ain’t that so Huhne?

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    • 38
      Anonymous says:

      FFS! How much worse does it need to get? If there isn’t now enough evidence of criminal activity for them to see & act upon, then they are not fit to be in post.

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    • 63
      Anonymous says:

      if i nicked 60.000 quid id get locked up nd theyd throw away the key there supporting him coz that was just his cut man they made more in any other situation who would only be faceing the sack!

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  2. 2
    Storm in a tea cup says:

    If this isn’t about tax payers’ money…who cares?

    Surely it’s just an internal Tory matter.

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    • 6
      A picky little thing called The Law says:

      That’s like saying “you stole £60K from your employer so it’s an internal commercial matter.”

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      • 12
        Have you met your strawman? says:

        but, but, but…a political party is not a legal entity!

        Therefore, he did not steal it.

        http://www.yourstrawman.com/

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      • 30
        Storm in a tea cup says:

        Yes, if the employer doesn’t wish to take it to law.

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        • 36
          GoGo Pogo Bounce Spring Thing says:

          A Yankers bank computer bod was on PM. Said it is common for banks to have tens of millions stolen by computer fraudsters. The banks don’t tell the plod as they don’t want the news getting out. The only time the fraudsters are at risk is if they get greedy and start repeating their scam, then the banks may act and call in the law.

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          • Its all about responsibilities and accountability says:

            The banking analogy is irrelevant as we are not talking about the accountability which comes in the role of an elected councilor. The public interest deamands a police investigation.

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    • 47
      Its all about responsibilities and accountability says:

      Not so, as an elected public official he should now be investigated on suspicion of misconduct in public office irrespective of whether the Tory party make a complaint or not. The Police have a duty to investigate any allegation of criminality on the part of a public official.

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  3. 3
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    The logical conclusion is that they all have had their piggy noses in the trough, Justines looks particularly piggy going by the photographs.

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  4. 4
    Living in 98.11% white Merseyside says:

    I hope in this case justice is done.

    Doubt it though.

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  5. 5
    U_K_I_P says:

    Same old Tories, utterly corrupt to the core.

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    • 8
      Backhanders R Us says:

      Why do you think Dave’s so keen to inexplicably piss-away £50 billion on the HS2 white elephant?

      Kerrrching!

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    • 10
      melvin says:

      If only the Tories would learn lessons in purity of thought, motive and deed from Stevie Deans, och aye the noo.

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    • 23
      broderick crawford says:

      with the tories its usually a woman

      with labour its usually money

      with the libdems its usually a man

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      • 40
        Blue Peter Goldfish says:

        Yes, but 1, 2 & 3 all apply today, ménage à trois is now a more accurate description for them.

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  6. 9
    Hanna-Barbera says:

    The photo looks as if you’ve assembled the crew of Scoobie Doo.

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  7. 11
    Call crimestoppers, or maybe not? says:

    http://tinyurl.com/oezbj2c

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  8. 15
    Ex Tory gone to UKIP says:

    If Dynamic Dave had any cojones, he’d kick all these fuckers out.

    But he hasn’t. So he won’t.

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    • 17
      Downing Street says:

      David doesn’t do things.

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      • 20
        The English Public says:

        We’ve noticed.
        Says a lot of carefully judged soundbites, under the control of the Australian fellow, but actions? No.

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      • 33
        albacore says:

        Now, that’s a really unkind thing to say
        He’s great at giving foreign aid away
        In fact all the tax that he’s been shredding
        Shows his party piece ain’t just gay wedding

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      • 39
        LBGTory says:

        “David doesn’t do things”

        err…he made gay, bum-sex marriage legal!

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    • 29
      broderick crawford says:

      dave HAS got cojones its just they ve been bereft of any healthy activity lately …. especially if the rumours about sammy reverting to lezdom have legs .

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  9. 19
    william says:

    Still some places left for them in our overcrowded jail system.

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    • 25
      Judge Dreadful says:

      I would happily see someone currently in prison for non-payment of the BBC Propaganda tax released early in order to accommodate any convicted fraudsters

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  10. 21
    altruism in industry says:

    HS2 bullshitters now saying that if they don’t get their way then they won’t do any improvements, ever, on any of the other lines.

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  11. 26
    JH890482309480923 says:

    I don’t see any left wing blogs going after ‘their own’ with a zeal for the truth.

    Even the ‘evidence based’ ones.

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  12. 27
    altruism in industry says:

    thankfully people have stopped saying the annoying “at this moment in time” but now I notice people are all saying “that’s a very good question”

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  13. 31
    Lord-Hard says:

    Who knew… We all F**kin Did, now Fek orf

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  14. 34
    One Term Dave says:

    I make all the right promises on immigration,welfare and the BBC. Then I do fuck all. It’s called PR and I learnt it at Oxford.

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    • 37
      Cast iron promises says:

      And gon’t forget the referendum sometime in the distant future that will never happen.

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  15. 41

    The closer you look the Morr itt stinks.

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  16. 42
    (I've been renamed) DA-Notice says:

    Vote early, vote often. Potential ghost voters perhaps? It’s a heavily populated constituency and could have gone a bit Tower Hamlets on the Tory side.

    Claim early, claim often.

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  17. 43

    A rapscallion is at work here. Definitely a touch of malversation. Innit?

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  18. 44
    Anonymous says:

    THEY MAY NOT SPEAK TO YOU GUY BUT THEY OPEN UP TO ME

    SAYS

    Email reply from Sally Hammond today :::

    Thank you for your e-mail which Stephen has passed to me.

    Stephen believes his election expenses to be in order, and the responsibility for this matter lies with Wandsworth.

    Sally for Stephen Hammond MP “

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    • 69
      Anonymous says:

      The agent is employed by the association/s, not the MP, so legally and constitutionally it is a matter for the Wandsworth associations to sort out. I have been a member of 5 Conservative associations over 25 years. Any party staff – agent, organising secretary etc. – were employed and paid for by the association. The MP took no part in the selection, disciplining, sacking etc. of local party staff. Therefore the Wandsworth MPs have no legal powers to take action in this case. Indeed it could cause problems at a future Employment Tribunal if they interfered. So Sally H is correct. Stephen Hammond, Justine Greening and Jane Ellison are in a very tricky situation – they are getting political flak for something outwith their control. I am sure they have private views on the matter, but cannot voice them.

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  19. 46
    Ivor Biggan says:

    Has someone just slipped Jane Ellison a sausage sandwich, because the look on her face says that they have.

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  20. 49
    superman says:

    I expect Tories to have their hands in the till. That’s what they are about. Its the hypocritical self righteous Lab/libs you should expose!

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  21. 50
    the universal discredit system says:

    ….. and you are worried about (alleged) flows of funds to the Withdrawal-of-Labour Party?

    same thing – innit? doesn’t matter the purpose or the recipient or the party – its the fact that money flowing thru party political machines is stolen – ultimately from the poor bloody taxpayer

    and FOUR tawdry ministers/mp’s didn’t notice? come off it!

    either incompetence OR

    they just won’t account – at any level – for anything they do having defrauded the mug taxpayers of their lolly

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  22. 51
    Anonymous says:

    THIS STORY IS RIDICULOUS. Why?
    Because no Guido Fawkes journalist seems to have had the nouse to find out if there is a shred of evidence that the agent stole any money in the first place.
    People may be protecting their old agent because they know there is no proof of anything – and Guido Fawkes has created a headline by falling for a good old wind up.
    Declare truthful grounds or stop this story.

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    • 55
      Anonymous says:

      Well said, Nigel Scarlett.

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      • 57
        Coming for Mark Elliot next... says:

        If it is ridiculous why have two internal reports, one by a solicitor and one by an accountant, said he had he was taking the money?

        And why is the Council Leader, his former patron, now trying to have him expelled?

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        • 60
          Anonymous says:

          so there were 2 reports were there ? If what you say is right then why is no-one providing any proof or evidence ?
          Perhaps the Council leader thinks it’s easier to expel him rather than risk the truth coming out? But it will, one day, it always does eventually.

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          • Wandsworth girl says:

            Follow @tory_Wblower on twitter. There are picture of cheques on his handwriting that he wrote to himself.

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  23. 54
    Say NO to European Onion says:

    Greening toasted, shame. No doubt taxpayers cash will be used to hush him up.

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  24. 56
    Wandsworth two in the bush says:

    “Local sources claim that Morritt spoke to Greening on the phone last week, but this has not been officially confirmed or denied.”

    Can’t we just ask Obama to confirm this?

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  25. 59
    Ex Wimbledon tory says:

    No knowledge of the matter of the allegations, but Rob is/was at least a real Tory when working as agent in Wimbledon when most of the executive were pathetic EU supporting semi liberals and ineffective with it.

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    • 61
      Merton Junkie says:

      How are you Richard? Working out with UKIP? Still sore that your terrible strategy and lies backfired spectacularly?

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  26. 64
    Anonymous says:

    More Tory corruption. How much more do the British people have to take before they wake up and turf these evil people out of national and local government for all time. 2015 can’t come quick enough for me.

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