February 28th, 2014

LibDems Keep Child Rape Charge Councillor “In the Tent”

LibDems on Weymouth and Portland Borough council have formed a new grouping so they can circumvent the party leadership and keep child rape charge councillor Ryan Hope “in the tent”. They will be known as the Liberal Democrat and Alliance Group.

As Guido reported last month Hope was finally suspended by the party, four months after appearing in court charged with one count of raping a child, one count of rape, one count of sexual assault of a child and two counts of sexual assault. He denies the charges and faces trial in April.

Despite this the LibDems have now bent the rules so Hope can stay on and they don’t lose a seat on an important council committee.

What’s Clegg going to do about it?

UPDATE: A LibDem spokesman says:

“The party has been made aware of the decision by the council group in Weymouth. The regional party is now establishing the facts and will consider appropriate action.”


  1. 1
    Nick Clegg says:

    To answer that last question – Fuck all.


  2. 2
    Mike Hancock says:

    Interesting idea.


  3. 3
    Moley says:

    Clegg wants a coalition with the Labour party and does not wish to do anything to upset its leaders.


  4. 4
    All the world says:

    Fukkin ell, bunch of nonces.
    Vote for lib dems? and/ or Clogg – ye gods whats wrong with folk these days?


  5. 5
    Lord Denning says:

    To be fair, he hasn’t been convicted of anything. Kangaroo courts and lynchings aren’t a good idea.


  6. 7
    Young Harry Payne says:

    See? I’m not the only one giving Clegg the finger, I’m being victimised by the Lib-Dems!


  7. 8
    SNAFU says:

    Labour accused of cover-up over care scandal at ‘new Mid-staffs': Leaked investigation reveals healthcare scandal at another trust.

    Why I am surprised.


  8. 9
    Gideon says:

    We have 15 cheques left in the foreign aid cheque book, so there must be loads of money still available.


  9. 10
    Executive Summary says:

    Vote UKIP


  10. 11
    ChrisBryant'sAnus says:

    Could some cu’nt explain why Cameron is working so hard to keep the Scotch scum in the Union??

    I dont fuckin geddit

    Surely without the 60 MPs these scum send down to rule over England, the Labour parteh could never form a majority Government ever again

    So what is Cameron doing


    • 15
      Cast Iron Dave says:

      Your first mistake is assuming I am a Tory


      • 96
        Tired and Soon Confused says:

        Correct he’s working for the long term good of the EU and his post Parliament career of mega wages al la Blair and Brown. Your have weathered the storm and now see 2015 as about them ensuring that their gains are made good. LibLabCon really won’t matter they will all take more of your money, they will all devolve more power to the EU, they will all welcome ‘the sweepings of the streets’ from East Europe, the Balkans and Turkey. They will get richer not through skill or hard work, but from insider deals, favours to the favoured, theft and if need be murder.

        You missed your chance when that deranged clown Brown pissed your money away on the banks. You should have simply killed them all then.


        • 97
          East India Company Wallah says:

          Power devolved to the EU
          Power devolved to Local Authorities
          Power devolved to Scottish Welsh and Northern Ireland assemblies
          Power devolved to ACPO
          Power devolved to GCHQ to please themselves what they get up to
          The house of lords is still rammed with state sponsored leeches
          Britain makes China look like a libertarian anarchic experiment


    • 25
      Sir William Wayde says:

      Even if you care nothing for history, unity and national pride, consider this: outside the Union, the Scotch economy will collapse like a Glaswegian drunk. That would hurt our economy and we would end up subsidising Scotland, via the EU, even more than we do at present, while hosting huge numbers of Scotch economic migrants.


    • 41
      No Problembo says:

      I watched an interview on Sky with the boss of the Yorkshire building Society. The interviewer was fishing about Scottish independence and seemed taken aback when the interviewee said no problem at all, they can cope with change and as the transition to full independence will be over several years they will easily cope with it and had no reason at all to move away from Scotland.

      I think the same will apply in reality to all the other doom mongers that Dave and Darling are lining up.


    • 55
      Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

      This September’s referendum will be Scotland’s one and only chance for freedom.

      If they fail to take it not only will they have shamed their great ancestors Wallace & Bruce but they will be known the world over as haggis eating surrender monkeys. A bunch of pussy-whipped slaves forever under the English jackboot.

      Freeeedom! :-)


  11. 13
    Ei incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat says:

    Err Guido.

    At this moment in time, councillor Ryan is innocent of all charges. Just like Nigel Evans MP is.


    • 44
      Judge Dreadful says:

      Innocent until proven guity,
      Abuse of trust,
      Burden of proof,
      Eyes too close together,
      Public trust,
      Right to remain silent,
      Ten foot barge-pole,
      Set an example,
      Smoke without fire,
      Golden thread of justice,
      Beyond reasonable doubt,
      Smears and lies,
      Butter wouldn’t melt,
      Trusty shield of truth,
      Smoking gun,
      High on the hog,
      Honourable member,
      Troughing bastard,
      Charges hanging over him,
      No mercy,
      Blah blah blah,
      String him up


      • 61
        All the world says:

        Dear judge babe 42
        “ten foot barge-pole” is a stick – A STICK, got that, a stick.
        A barge-pole is 14 feet.
        Now try again do you want a stick or a barge-pole.
        Not that I know anything technical about barge-polos you understand.


  12. 16
    ChrisBryant'sAnus says:

    Also why do we need to give foreign aid?

    The fuckin entire third world is cummin ere anyway


  13. 18
    The Clermont Club says:

    Is Chilcot still alive?


  14. 20
    Sir William Wayde says:

    If somebody is only suspended, rather than expelled, they are still ‘within the tent’, surely? Anyway, he could still vote with the LibDems if he wanted to.


    • 47
      melvin says:

      Dear Sir William, if the (innocent till proved guilty) councillor has been suspended, it will have altered the distribution numbers for committee places, probably to the detriment of the LibDem Group (sad face), so it not just a question of voting at Full Council but of maintaining influence within a smaller grouping.

      One trusts this is of assistance.


  15. 22
    SNAFU says:

    Romanian who stole Tesco trolley with 54 bottles of whisky told a court it was his first mistake… even though he’d only been in the UK for just nine days.

    So tell me Cable how is this man (one of many) enriching our lives and helping with the economy.


  16. 24
    Bob says:

    Will there be any Liberal MP’s after the General Election in 2015?


  17. 27
    Ed Dafty, LimpDim MP, Climate Change Chieftain says:



  18. 28
    Cazual Observer 9 says:

    Good piece in the T’graph:

    And for political balance, this by Mr. Hodges is very much worth a read:



  19. 29
    Calamity Clegg, Chief Cockroach says:

    Is Lard Rennard still sitting in the House of Lords ?


  20. 29
    SNAFU says:

    Just hearing that Putin has moved some troops into the Ukraine. Love him or loathe him Putin has got balls, which is more than can be said of limp wristed Cameron.


  21. 33
    Eeyore says:


    Just what is it that the Tories enjoy the MOST about killing the poor, the sick, the old and the disabled?


    • 49
      RomaBob.... working hard for you! says:

      An apology is a more than you would get from your mates in Labour.

      FFS a Grauniad reader alleging the Tories kill people? hahahahahahaha


    • 53
      melvin says:

      Oh, pretty well all of it! Keep up the caricaturing, it’s mildly amusing on a dull, wet day.


    • 62
      Moley says:

      The problem is that the Government employs far too many people and as a result cannot afford to pay them very much. That does not attract the best.

      Clerical employees on the minimum wage have no scope for using initiative or discretion and just have to follow orders; hence mistakes like this.

      The only way to avoid mistakes like this, (which also occurred under labour but weren’t publicised by the Guardian or the BBC), is to scrap the benefit system.

      As we know now from the NHS saga, Labour concealed all its mistakes, many of which were far more serious than this.

      You will probably find that the person responsible for sending the letter was a member of a Union. You will note that I have the sense not to blame the Unions in the same hyperbolic terms in which you condemn the Tories.


    • 65
      Alistair Campbell says:

      She has 45 minutes to get back to work.


    • 80
      whippet says:

      I thought it was the NHS that killed the poor, the sick, the elderly and the disabled?


  22. 35
    Cazual Observer 9 says:

    Good piece in the T’graph:


    And for political balance, this by Dan H’odges is very much worth a read:



  23. 40
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

    They were probably worried that he’d defect to the Labour party :-)


  24. 42
    Dodgy D. Laws says:

    LibDems – desperate to cling onto power.#Handycock


  25. 43
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Now, THIS is how to protest against hypocrisy:


    Bon appétit!


  26. 48
    Scrumpy says:

    These thieving liars and perverts are at it elsewhere. Cllr Kevin Wilson hangs on in-spite of being convicted.



  27. 54
    Ukip says:

    “The conference calls for the UK to leave Europe”
    “Any other business”
    “Conference over, pub time”


    • 66
      Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Eco-loons says:

      Leave the EU surely.


    • 77
      Liblabcon says:

      “The Liblabcon conference calls for all its members to do everything it can for the UK to stay in the EU, no matter what the cost and so allow all its laws to be decided by corrupt, anonymous unaccountables abroad ”


      “Any other business?”


      “Conference over and don’t forget to collect your expenses and EU bungs on the way out”


  28. 58
    Slam Dunk says:


  29. 69
    Recall Rubbish. says:

    Have UKIP got a voter recall policy ?


  30. 70
    cornwall storms says:

    the libdems have developed a solid reputation for this sort of problem amongst their members and then failing to deal with it haven’t they?

    Why would anyone vote for them anymore?


  31. 72
    ukip.i.am.not says:

    Have I missed it…or has Guido still not bothered in finding out why the Lib Dems tried so hard to hide that it was David Steel who recommended Cyril Smith for a peerage ?

    Too busy helping the media frenzy over imaginary paedophile apologists to bother dealing with someone who got a peerage for Smith while knowing about his perversion.


  32. 73
    ukip.i.am.not says:

    Have I missed it…or has Guido still not bothered in finding out why the Lib Dems tried so hard to hide that it was David Steel who recommended Cyril Smith for a peerage ?

    Too busy helping the media frenzy over imaginary p@edophile apologists to bother dealing with someone who got a peerage for Smith while knowing about his perversion.


  33. 74
    altruism in industry says:

    the UKIP slogan is not bad, it suggests that the other parties hate Britain which by their actions seems about right.


  34. 83
    Gerald Vernon-Jackie-Magazine says:

    Ffs, Mike, why didn’t we think of this ruse?


  35. 84
    Cazual Observer 9 says:

    The freezing of assets held in Europe, combined with the discovery that gold reserves previously thought to be in the U’kraine are actually missing suggest that the EU would prefer to see U’kraine default and this call to Russ!a is another attempt to defraud Russ!a:


    The event of U’kraine default should ensure that a civil war starts which will likely see the country partitioned. Russ!a is preparing for this event.

    Note that in Russ!an statements they are saying they will respect the territorial integrity of U’kraine, but make no mention of similar sentiments towards Cr!mea.

    M’erkel may have made a significant strategic blunder when ruling out EU resistance to reform asked for by the UK. With the Eurozone economy being in the state it is, combined with the prospect of Russ!an tanks about to be appearing on it’s border, now is a time the EU should not be making further enemies.

    If Cameron is not taking steps to increase security of UK assets such as G’ibraltar and the UK itself at present then he perhaps should be replaced.

    The economic cost of U’kraine default to the UK could be enough to wipe out the growth which the coalition have achieved.


  36. 103
    noelgl says:

    No doubt they will be unable to comment as it’s sub judice…or a bit awkward. Lessons will be learned. Deputy heads will roll. Clegg will say sorry. The usual.


  37. 104
    Remember... says:



  38. 106
    The Labour party says:

    We’re against rapists but for kiddie fiddlers. Vote Labour, get PIE.


  39. 109
    fed up in britain says:

    cameran needs to be fucked orf out of it … sooner the better. vote for exit from the eu NOW.


  40. 110
    stushie says:

    What the Lib ‘Dems’ don’t get is contamination by association.Just like the Laborites vis-a-vis Harman et al.


  41. 111
    Truthteller says:

    Who would vote for this F-ing Filth.


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