March 26th, 2014

Labour Complain to Cabinet Office Over Clegg ‘Stitch Up’

Nick Clegg’s use of civil service resources to prep for tonight’s debate with Nigel Farage is escalating into a full blown row, with Labour writing to the Cabinet Office permanent secretary to demand answers:

Dear Mr Heaton,

I am writing in response to allegations that the Deputy Prime Minister may have been assisted in his preparations for ‘The LBC Leaders’ Debate’ tonight, in which he is participating in his capacity as Leader of the Liberal Democrats.

As you will know, this debate is a purely party political matter being contested between two Party Leaders in advance of European elections on May 22nd. Indeed, Mr Clegg makes clear that he is participating on behalf of his party in his article in the Daily Mirror today when he says, “Liberal Democrats want Britain to stay in the EU because we are fighting for Britain”.

A Liberal Democrat spokesman has told the website Guido Fawkes:

“[Mr Clegg] has been given factual briefings and facts and figures on Coalition Government policy and how the EU works in relation to Britain.”

If it is the case that work has been commissioned by Nick Clegg or his office from civil servants for the purposes of preparation for ‘The LBC Leaders’ Debate’, Mr Clegg may be in breach of the Ministerial Code, which states:

6.1 Facilities provided to Ministers at Government expense to enable them to carry out their official duties should not be used for Party or constituency work.

6.3 Official facilities and resources may not be used for the dissemination of material which is essentially party political.

In light of this, it is a matter of urgency that we are given reassurances that all rules have been followed and so I would be grateful if you would answer the following questions:

- What information has been requested by Nick Clegg or members of his staff from civil servants regarding how the EU works in relation to Britain over the last month, and have these requests increased compared to previous months?

- How many civil servants and from what Departments have provided written or verbal briefing to Mr Clegg regarding how the EU works in relation to Britain over the last month and for what purposes?

- How many meetings with civil servants has Mr Clegg had in the last month regarding how the EU works in relation to Britain, from which Departments and for what purposes?

- How many civil servants, from what Departments and over what duration have knowingly provided support for Mr Clegg in preparation for tonight’s ‘The LBC Leaders’ Debate’?

It would be deeply serious if the Leader of the Liberal Democrats were found to have used his senior government position to benefit from taxpayer-funded resources in advance of a political debate to further his electioneering interests.

Yours sincerely,

Sheila Gilmore MP

A UKIP spokesperson tells Guido this is an “establishment stitch up”We could get to the truth if someone were to ask Clegg what happened this evening…


104 Comments

  1. 1
    C.O.Jones says:

    Well, the last thread disappeared quickly.

  2. 2
    C.O.Jones says:

    Sorry, my bad. Seeing Cleggs face twice in one day is disconcerting.

  3. 3
    Postal Vote says:

    Ha, ha, Labour complaining Clegg has copied one of their tricks.

    Imagine the protests if Lib Dems start ‘optimising’ their postal votes srtrategy, including 15 voters at one address like in Tower Hamlets and letting electoral roles disappear in closely contested constituencies.

    Don’t forget that frontbencher Balls made it MP again with a majority of around 950 votes in a constituency in which almost 10,000 votes were of the postal variety at the last election.

  4. 4
    Garfield says:

    Is he doing something that is against the rules or not? All you have to know is that Clegg is a twat.

  5. 5
    Cabinet Office says:

    Any complaints we receive are referred to Morgan Stanley for a decision

    On the Cabinet Secretary’s orders

    And please do not ask about Chilcot or Mr Blair

  6. 6
    On The Ropes says:

    Desperate times call for desperate measures.

  7. 7
    Taxi for Millie says:

    Is this the constituency where the secondary school exists which is teaching, when not on strike, English as a foreign language? Or certainly it is close by. The welfare Parties are in full voice this afternoon in favour of supposed free money in the Commons, Abbott as nauseating as ever, in fear of constituents who will want to know why the bennies have disappears.

  8. 8
    BBC red bottom says:

    What leader’s debate is this, then?

  9. 9
    Van Rumpy says:

    If you ignore it, it will go away.

  10. 10
    Clegg is a knob says:

    The minute Clegg starts quoting tractor stats from whatever source the public will know it’s shite.
    A walk down any high street in England tells me all I need to know.

  11. 11
    Murdoch spotter says:

    Lachlan Murdoch appointed Chairman of Newscorp

    Wasn’t he the one who was CEO when the hacking and bunging scandal was originally covered up?

    The Murdoch family clealy change jobs in order to confuse the investigations

  12. 12
    T. O. F. F. says:

    Tony’s Oligarch Fix Friends, Prop. a. Bliar, here.

    T O F F for short.

    Nearly done now, almost in the bag, normal services should be resumed shortly. Thing is, we must have a proper functioning equity market, MS says.

    Fix is the word. Never forget.

  13. 13
    ts says:

    If this accusation can be applied to Nick Clegg then it equally applies to Danny Alexander who was quoted last week as saying “the treasury have already done a lot of preparatory work on the Mansion Tax” – I dont recall the Mansion tax being government policy so this is another example of Lib Dems using Taxpayers (our) money for their parties benefit.

    TS

  14. 14
    Postal Vote Stuffer says:

    Vote early and vote often.

  15. 15
    I dislike socialists intensely says:

    No that is just Labour doing what they do best , lie and cheat.

  16. 16
    EC1 PhD says:

    I’m getting a tad worried that soon all political developments will reference the words “website Guido Fawkes”. Remember Guido and neo-Guido that power corrupts!

  17. 17
    Namby Pamby says:

    Lost Leaders

  18. 18
    Rob says:

    I reckon the Cabinet Office should respond with details of all the instances when they helped Labour ministers with “purely party political” stuff.

  19. 19
    Guido Fawkes says:

    Woohoo! I’ve been blocked by Owen Jones without even trying.

  20. 20
    Dot Cottons fag says:

    The BBC corrupts, here are some blatant lies and propaganda re: Syria. Staggering really.

  21. 21
    Deeply Serious says:

    What a load of pretentious old bollocks.

  22. 22
    Nick Leg as events in the Ukraine unfold says:

    The EU have kept peas in Europe for the last forty years.
    Succulent juicy ones.
    I don’t recall ever saying it kept the peace..I think you misheard Mr Farage.

  23. 23
    Jimmy says:

    Is this the debate about who comes last in the General Election?

  24. 24
    A Socialist researcher says:

    If Clegg starts quoting numbers out of his backside then Nigel doesn’t do numbers.

    He will probably end up on his way to the pub alongside most of the viewers.

  25. 25
    Jo Big Nose says:

    Sorry forgot to mention on today’s Daily Politics that tonight’s debate was on Sky News and not only on LBC Radio. But I did remember to mention the next debate was on BBC 2 next Wednesday funny that……
    ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;) ;)

  26. 26
    Mornington Crescent says:

    So, Labour want transparency, eh?

    Would this be the same Labour that has blocked Ann Clwyd from giving evidence to the Welsh Assembly’s Health Committee? It surely would!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-26754300

  27. 27
    Jimmy features in a new cartoon called 'Establishment Guy' says:

    No it’s the debate where everything Smegg millimong and spoonface stand for gets ripped a new asshole.

  28. 28
    neitherdeadnoralive says:

    As soon as Clegg quotes anything, Nige just needs to ask “is this a fact you received illegally ?”, and jobs a good’un !

  29. 29
    On The Bright Side says:

    At least we know they read this stuff we write.

  30. 30
    Jimmy says:

    Woohoo. Watch the Kippers’ poll rating soar tomorrow then (not).

  31. 31
    Myfanwy says:

    You do not expect Geedes to say anything about the Master’s son, it would not be worth his while, you do not, unless you’re a complete bozzo, say anything about the people who pay you.

  32. 32
    Sheikh Basha Banka says:

    Surely Gilmor would be more use to the taxpayer if she asked for explanations as to how the Chancellor has been allowed to sell off our shares in Lloyds to his mates in the City at a discount to true value without even giving the taxpayers (who after all have only funded the whole thing) first dibs.

    I suspect that having ridden the storm over Royal Mail (trading still around £5.50) he thinks he and his mates can get away with this little scam as well.

  33. 33
    EU Funded Pro-EU Troll says:

    Vote UKIP

  34. 34
    Crumpet says:

    To be fair it’s more like “the debate to decide which party whose supporters wouldn’t vote for a turd if had a red or blue ( delete as appropraite ) rosette on comes last in the General Election”.

  35. 35
    Consider this a divorce! says:

  36. 36
    Myfanwy says:

    Who is Owen Jones, I don’t know him

  37. 37
    A Chinaman says:

    Bankers are not really daft.

    They would only have purchased if they had squared the Ukrainian debt with Vlad.

    Notice too how the acting Ukrainian President is calling his troops back from barracks.

  38. 38
    Im Voting UKIP says:

    Looking forward to Nigel “The LionHeart” Farage slaughter the lying treacherous bastard Clegg

  39. 39
    Dick Scratcher says:

    So, the Beeb’s live feed of PMQs included tweets from the Times, Mail and a Tory MP. Just when did they give up on the whole impartiality thing, to coin a W1A phrase?

  40. 40
    Im Voting UKIP says:

    We’ve all be blocked by Owen Jones, he only listens to like minded socialist views, hence he thinks everyone thinks the same was as he does.

  41. 41
    PMT says:

    £1.6 BILLION left on the table after the Royal Mail sale, and the Tories want us to believe they’re the party of financial competence.
    They should stick to hookers and crack cocaine.

  42. 42
    Lord Owen Jones of The Cottage says:

    Labour rebels: Abbott, Campbell, Clark, Connarty, Corbyn, Hopkins, Jackson, McDonnell, Mudie, Riordan, Skinner, Watson,Wood .

    Good Afternoon.

  43. 43
    In the Interests of Accuracy says:

    To be precise a lying twat.

  44. 44
    BREAKING NEWS says:

    MPs approve plans – by 520 votes to 22 – for annual UK welfare spending cap

  45. 45
    Jimmy features in a new cartoon called 'Establishment Guy' says:

    Before you became an establishment guy jimmy I bet you used to liked seeing things shaken up a bit politically speaking didn’t you?
    Fuck the polls just seeing one of the establishment getting a roast will satisfy me.

  46. 46
    Kurtz says:

    I could not agree more. Exterminate them all!

  47. 47
    Myfanwy says:

    Surely that is Ballsy’s privince to ask those financial questions, but he has been very quiet of late

  48. 48
    Di rear says:

    It’s what the liblabcon do best lie and cheat.

  49. 49
    My dad says:

    We have no public money available however we can still spend hundreds of millions of pounds sending children of military personnel and diplomats to some of Britain’s leading public schools.

    We are all in it together – Bollocks

  50. 50
    Prime Minister"Money's no object" Cameron says:

    Sometimes you just need to distance yourself from Owen Jones and his shitty tweets.

  51. 51
    Di rear says:

    Presumably the civil servants should know what they are doing ? The whole lot of them in the Houses of Clowns and Lards are a crock of s..t.

  52. 52
    Sue Denim says:

    Another good reason not to let Mili ever be PM.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-26747649

  53. 53
    Perhaps He'll Run Away Again says:

  54. 54
    M103 says:

    The whole place is an eighteenth century anachronism trying (badly) to do a 21st century job.

    Not fit for purpose.

  55. 55
    jgm2 says:

    Time, I think, for a Hutton style enquiry.

  56. 56
    Huntwatch says:

    Just another example of socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor. Let them pay for their own children’s education if they want to send them to private school why should i pay for them with my hard earned money ?

  57. 57
    Harriet Harman says:

    That’s what I thought.

  58. 58
    Vlad the Loudhailer says:

    The questions that need asking of the EU,Clegg et al are.
    1) What does each member state pay annually net, into the EU?
    2) What does each member state receive annually net, from EU?
    3) What is the annual administration costs?
    The EU will not answer this question!

  59. 59
    Breaking Farts:MPs voted today on an issue over which they have no control says:

    How can you cap welfare when you can’t cap the amount of people coming into the country who are eligible to claim it?

  60. 60
    Anonymous says:
  61. 61
  62. 62
    Idon'tneednodoctor says:

    Socialist transparency is different.

  63. 63
    jgm2 says:

    Amazing as it seems Labour lose even more votes when voters are reminded of Balls existence.

    I hold no candle for Labour in fact I’d cheerfully see them all burn in Hell for their gross incompetence and mishandling of the economy during the Imbecile years but if they’re to have any hope then Miliband could show ‘leadership’ by giving Balls the heave-ho. At least it would get 50% of his useless top team out of the frame.

    Balls is electoral kryptonite. He’s the thread of idiocy that stretches all the way back to the blanket of Brownian incompetence.

  64. 64
    The Tit in No 10 says:

    I have every confidence in Nick.

  65. 65
    jgm2 says:

    Easy. That leaves less for the people who were here first. Eventually the native, Labour voting, White Dees will put two and two together.

    More foreign fuckers = less for me.

    Then they’ll ask themselves how is it so many of them fuckers are coming in anyway. At this point somebody will remind them it was deliberate Labour policy to rub a few red-faced shire Tory’s noses in diversity.

    Then they’ll go at and vote Labour. Just like they’ve always done the stupid c*unts.

  66. 66
    'elf expert says:

    You mean the itch has gone?

  67. 67
    jgm2 says:

    Because otherwise you’ll have no grown-up diplomats or military personnel. They’ll simply refuse to accept an overseas posting. ‘Right to family life’ mate. Human Rights innit. Can’t post me overseas. My family lives here.

  68. 68
    ʍȫʊʂʂȁ ҞϴџṦṦậ says:

    Given how well the budget went down in the media and the current “Ed Miliband in crisis” stories doing the rounds, you would have expected to see a panicked Ed Miliband today and a relaxed and triumphant PM.

    So what exactly was behind David Cameron’s hysterical shouting?

    And why did Ed Miliband look so relaxed and happy?

    Possibly the fact that just this time last year Cameron’s sole response to rising energy costs was an unworkable promise to ensure people were on the lowest tariffs. Everything David Cameron boasted about doing to reduce energy prices today, were policies introduced in panic in response to Ed Miliband’s price freeze promise. I can’t wait to see what Ed Miliband is holding back for the Labour manifesto, as his opening salvo has already transformed the landscape in the energy sector and he’s still only the leader of the opposition!

  69. 69
    Revd. T. B£iar, Sanctimonious Git, £iar, and Hypocrit says:

    Only the best sort was good enough for me

  70. 70
    Huntwatch says:

    But they’re well enough paid to pay for it themselves. If they don’t like it, we’ll find someone else. That’s how the free market works, isn’t it?

  71. 71
    jgm2 says:

    I can’t wait to see what Ed Miliband is holding back for the Labour manifesto

    He’ll have to scrub out his idea for a benefit cap. The Tories beat him to it.

  72. 72
    Big D says:

    Just ask the little moron if hes been briefed .
    He wont dare lie as he knows Guido will be on to that in a flash !

  73. 73
    C O (Ξ7k) says:

    Following Cameron’s platitudes towards !ndia in PMQ’s today, the rest of us should really get the !ndia’s Foreign Policy into focus:

    Not sure what exactly Cameron is trying to do by harping on the history of Op. Blue Star, but he perhaps should not go sticking his nose into matters that may see it cut off.

    More importantly, could !ndia be quietly looking at B’angladesh with ideas of re-unification ?

  74. 74
    The British Public says:

    Clegg can’t think for himself. Why knew?

  75. 75
    jgm2 says:

    Yes it is. Although I’m not convinced diplomats and military personnel are on quite the same screw as oil company execs and other like private sector personnel who have similar schooling arrangements.

    But Labour could give it a go I suppose. What harm could it do?

  76. 76
    Error101 says:

    Thickhead, it was a Libdum who was in complete charge of this daylight robbery fiasco. Remember?

  77. 77
    The British Public says:

    The arrangements for educating their children are basically part of their contract. If members of the forces do not know their kids educations will be reasonably stable even though they personally will be moved around according to the defence needs of the country there is every likelihood the less feckless ones will leave the services.

  78. 78
    Bonar Law says:

    No, NOT “A UKIP spokesperson tells Guido …” You mean, “A UKIP SPOKESMAN”. “Spokesperson” is politically correct twaddle, Guido. You should know better.

  79. 79
    Lord Owen Jones of The Cottage says:

    An accident waiting to happen !

    Woman sent to burns unit after drinking Waitrose coffee containing cleaning fluid http://dailym.ai/1jJzoeU

  80. 80
    Ma­q­bo­­ul says:

    Yes Sherlock, you got him banged to rights.

  81. 81
    Expat who lives near the embassy says:

    Diplomats overseas are paid (and taxed) exactly the same amount as they are paid in the UK (FCO), but they do get an allowance to make up for the differences in the local cost of living compared with somewhere in the UK. In some countries where the local cost of living is cheaper than the UK, the allowances amount to SFA. The only other main difference is they get their fares to and from their embassy paid for (otherwise they would have to walk). Rest assured British Dips are always regarded as the poor relations in the community and there is no comparison with what expat “executives” get; even have to buy and pay for their own cars, unlike the fat cats.

  82. 82
    Ma­q­bo­­ul says:

    Is it because Chris eats herring then?

  83. 83
    Which hapless muppets character can Danny be reminding me of? says:

    Danny Alexander seems to be trying to look a hard nut recently, the way he tries to steamroller over interviewers asking follow up questions.

    Is the position as Head of Communications for the Cairngorms National Park Authority still available for him to return too?

  84. 84
    Expat who lives near the embassy says:

    Got it in one, mate. Embassy staff tend to get rotated every 3-4 years and do demand stability of education for their kids. But not all kids go to these expensive schools mentioned above; there are quite a few cheaper ones which the junior staff can (indeed have to) send their kids to.

  85. 85
    What a voice she has!!!! says:

    Naga Munchetty! UGH UGH UGH

  86. 86
    Ma­q­bo­­ul says:

    It’s the only unknown: we all know who will come first and a weird second.

  87. 87
    Dr No(snow) Viner says:

    Perhaps he will ‘promise’ to toss out his own utterly useless climate change act.

  88. 88
    Male model says:

    Can you buy a welfare cap at M&S?

  89. 89
    Danny, Nick, and other pricks says:

    Well, that went well for the LibDumbs!

  90. 90
    What an excuse for a man Clegg is says:

    I wait to ask what Miriam thinks.

  91. 91
    The Dutch Amnbassador says:

    Nick Clegg will tell whatever lies he is told to tell.

  92. 92
    Tim Yeo-yo says:

    Ha ha. Sad but totally true. I wonder how Jimmy would stack up against white dee in an intelligence test?

    It’s a shame that so many of the inhabitants of this once fine nation are retarded fcukmongs would still vote for labour after what they did last time. I can understand Blair had enough charisma to bullshite his way into power but to think people would actually vote for Ed Milliband to be PM.

    Democracy is overrated if a twunt like that becomes PM.

  93. 93
    Huntwatch says:

    IDS reckons he can live on £55 a week, so make these people pay for their own kids’ education. Or find another job.
    All in it together – not.
    Just sucking on the taxpayer’s teat, as you righties would say.

  94. 94

    Reblogged this on wheelsofpoliticalsteel and commented:
    Why should he need any help or briefing if he’s so sure of his case of being & staying in the EU? Smells of fish to me & I bet he will answer in politicianeese (speak lots of words but non of it means anything at all)

  95. 95

    We know the answer. Nobody did nuffink wrong. Innit?

  96. 96
    M­a­­q­bo­­ul says:

    it’s in the bag for Beaker, that is why he looks so relaxed and happy.

    Either that, or he’s a bit simples like.

  97. 97
    Dee says:

    There was nothing stopping Milipede from taking part if he felt brave enough. He’s just frightened he might look good on TV. I rather admire clegg for doing this, whereas Miliband and Cameron have gone right down in my estimation.
    A conviction politician should not run scared of a debate which is in the nations interests.
    I am looking forward to the debate and refuse to decide on the outcome beforehand. Mr Farage and Mr Clegg should be well matched. Well done to both for giving us this debate.

  98. 98
    Sir Roger de Senseless says:

    I just hope Farrage wipes the floor with that smarmy, self-satisfied little twat.

  99. 99
    Anonymous says:

    Lisbon made all existing treaties self amending so Clegg is talking out of his Dutch Ass as usual

  100. 100
    Live repeat says:

    One of Clegg’s faces is both the same.

  101. 101
    Nicklearse Clogg says:

    He certainly did I was awake blubbering all night

  102. 102
    Miriam says:

    I,m divorcing the prick

  103. 103
    Nasty-Al-Beebya-kissed-hatties-butt says:

    Liebour have nowt to complain about. Anyone hear two days of interviews on Radio 4 this week?

    Firstly Tinsel tits sucks Harridan hatties butt, red carpet all around, no mention of who ate all the PIEs, or how are the kids?

    Next day the benippled nit SAVAGES the feck out of the quiet man Duncan -Smith, it was vomit inducing, how the Bolshevik Broadcasting Collective can claim to be a valid ‘News’ organ is beyond me.

    Evan just interrupted and talked over every fucking answer Duncan-Smith tried to make, it was afucking disgrace. Or as the Beebya would put it, “A balanced interview with a member (giggle) of the current governemnt. Bastids!

  104. 104
    Anonymous says:

    “use of civil service resources to prep for tonight’s debate”.
    Give the poor guy a break. He needs all the help he can get. Perhaps even an ultrasonic dog whistle. To fill all those embarrassing silences between questions being asked, and no response resulting.


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