December 19th, 2013

Downing Street Whitewash Villiers Lobbyist Lunch

Jeremy Heywood’s investigation into Theresa Villiers’ dodgy lobbyist lunch amounted to him asking her if she had done anything wrong, her saying no and him then clearing her. No attempt was made by the Number 10 internal report to find out if there is any truth to Villiers’ unlikely claim that she was merely having lunch with a friend in a personal capacity, given he is the chief lobbyist for developers with a vested interest in getting her onside.  Surely nothing to do with Simon Hoare, the lobbyist in question, also being a Tory councillor in the PM’s constituency.

Heywood’s investigation took four months to produce a one page response to Tory MP Anne Main, who originally reported Villiers. It concluded there was no breach of the ministerial code, specifically that no “conflict of interest could reasonably be perceived to arise”. If Heywood could not see a potential conflict of interest it is only because he wasn’t looking.  Who would have thought a Downing Street investigation into a Cabinet minister would not even try to get to the bottom of the story…


45 Comments

  1. 1
    POLITICIANS making you work longer , so they don't have to says:

    So there is such a thing as a free lunch , but only if you are an mp or a Spad ?

    • 9
      Peter Mandelson says:

      A minister’s word is his bond.

    • 10
      Poor Bloody Tax-Payer says:

      Free lunch?

      I not only have to pay for my own, but theirs too.

      PBT
      x

    • 18
      Psyche the Dog says:

      Well, if as Geedes as says, the little chap Hoare is a tory councillor on Dave’s patch, it would have gone through on the nod, the guy in question wouldn’t be from the old banking family of Hoare and c?o

      • 40
        Dougie says:

        One Tory has lunch with another Tory friend. Unless you expect Ministers to live in a convent/monastery while in office, why shouldn’t friends have lunch?

        This is just Anne Main trying to shore up her position in her constituency.

    • 43
      JESS says:

      GUIDO SAYS HE NEVER LOOKED INTO IT PROPERLY
      LOLOLOLO
      YES HE DID….AND HE BOTTLED IT
      JUST LIKE YOU GUIDO….STICK TO THE Daily mail….guido..SLURP SLURP…

  2. 2
    Prime Minister David Cameron says:

    Enough with the spoilers, people! My kids’ nativity isn’t till later and I do not want to know what happens till then!

    • 24
      Parliamentary Standards Commissioner. says:

      My track record is impeccable in investigating MP’s for misdemeanours. Recently I have cleared Tim Yeo and Mike Handycock and I will continue to investigate misdemeanours as vigorously as I have done in the past. Boaz.

  3. 3
    Invisible man says:

    Nothing to see here.

  4. 4
    POLITICIANS making you work longer , so they don't have to says:

    Put this on your mantlepiece , that’ll keep the kids away from the fire

    http://uk.eonline.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/20131118/rs_560x415-131218144903-1024.-prince-charles-christmas-card.jpg

  5. 5
    Steve Miliband says:

    How often do Labour MP’s have lunch with Union bosses?

    • 19
      Psyche the Dog says:

      How often do Dave and co have lunches with big businessmen, Liebore leaders also used to have lunches and such as well, including all those lovely bankers who then told them that they wanted fewer and fewer controls on their nefarious activities, and we all know what that culminated in

  6. 6
    C.O.Jones says:

    I have not been a naughty boy your honor.

    Case dismissed.

    • 21
      Psyche the Dog says:

      Quite right his word is his bond, he went to a top public school and isn’t one of those nasty plebeian, lower order types.

  7. 7
    Glyn H says:

    More to the point; why is this Main woman still MP for a prime seat after her ridiculous expenses were found out? She bent the rules by a huge extent. And now she seeks to destroy a fellow female MP? I wonder why?

  8. 8
    Glyn H says:

    PS: as to Heywood doing anything other than greasing up Heywoods chances? The man is not fit to be in the topmost reaches of Government!

    • 23
      Psyche the Dog says:

      If he is one of Dithering Dave’s chums, a jolly good egg what, what, he would have to be a very naughty, naughty little boy to go.

      • 27
        Earwig O again says:

        Heywood is a common purpose stooge who should have been defenestrated from the top floor of his office 3 years ago. But gutless Dave… well you know the rest.

  9. 11
    Fbi says:

    The site was used by Handley Page to build V bombers to cause destruction of our enemies with a nuclear weapon This site could be used for housing and cottage industry also a recreation ground

  10. 12
    Sick and tired of the dirty political elite says:

    Nothing will ever change, without radical change. Simply one more reason to vote UKIP.

  11. 13
    MARGARET MORAN says:

    It’s alright love just tell them you’re a little mad and they’ll let you off

    Wubble !

  12. 14
    Round the Bend says:

    Heywood did the Mitchel Plebgate investigation as well, does he have a thing for ineffective inquiries.

    • 16
      Arthur says:

      He is also the one blocking the release of transcripts of Blair’s conversations with Bush prior to the Iraq War. He and Patten appear to be of a similar mindset.

    • 28
      Earwig O again says:

      Takes years of practice, you know….

      Think Sir Humphrey and then multiply by ten.

  13. 15
    JOSE MANUEL BARRARSEHOLE says:

    Head of our military : “We have exquisite , but nobody to run it ”

    Hang you fat rich boys head in shame Camermong

    • 39
      Big Killick says:

      Not actually what he said. He was speaking about the risk of this being the case in the future if the next defence review did not secure adequate funding.

  14. 17
    Technocrats clap themselves says:
    • 26
      Vlad the Loudhailer says:

      Haven’t the EU paid the salaries for at least six years to “public servants” in the Gaza strip who have not done a days work. It just gives you a warm glow to know that your tax (working for nothing) is being squandered by a bunch of Eurocrats on something that has no benefit.

  15. 20
    Fact says:

    These endless investigations are pointless.

    Virtually all the LibLabConner M.P.s and lobbyists are corrupt self serving fuckers.

    • 30
      Psyche the Dog says:

      Probably the reason is that if they stir too much muck up they might get themselves cover in said muck, a major rule in politics do not dig too deeply on someone else, because there is a certainty that some might dig into your affairs, and might find something that you would not like exposed to public gaze.

  16. 31
    Winston says:

    Villiers is a descendant of the ‘old money’ elite, just like Cameron and Clegg. She’s also public school educated, Oxbridge, etc. Did a small bit of work as a barrister, then somehow became an MEP. I knew her from my time as a Tory activist in Barnet. She’s nice enough, but has no charisma and appears to lack common sense. I’m not surprised she that she would be ‘used’ by lobbyists. In numerous conversations, she possessed no political principles and would just ape the latest fad policy from the leadership. My wife was amazed that she was a minister in charge of Finance and then Transport. The only quality she possessed was the ability to brown nose the leadership.

    I am afraid the Conservative Party is rife with such people. They are totally inadequate to fight for the lives and the values of the British people. It’s why, in the short-term at least, its UKIP for me.

    • 35
      Round the Bend says:

      Didn’t Harry Enfield have a similar character called ‘Tim (dim) but nice’?

      • 44
        UKIP for me too says:

        It’s not that they are dim, it’s that they are only interested in feathering their own nests.

    • 45
      You don't have to be a tubby bumboy to work here, but it helps says:

      She also looks the type of girl who’s desperate for a fuck.

      No wonder Mr Whore Whore gained access so easily.

  17. 32
    Anonymous says:

    Why is it unlikely that she would have lunch with an old, established friend in a personal capacity?

  18. 33
    P l e b says:

    What happened to the Maria Miller investigation?

  19. 34
    Parliamentary Standards Commissioner says:

    Report conclusion:

    The Houses of Commons and Lords are full of corrupt people

    You are corrupt

    Therefore you have not brought your office into disrepute

  20. 37
    Anonymous says:

    Didn’t he check out Mitchell?Anyone hear Hogan dancing on the head of a pin this morning?

    • 42
      (Not so)Dangerous Brian says:

      Sure did, that greasy tw*t could enter politics at any time he wanted and for either side, although somehow I suspect he is of a “left leaning” persuasion, lying self satisfied c**t.

  21. 41

    All on the face of it dodgy and on the arse of it dodgytalus extremus, innit!


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