May 7th, 2014

AstraZeneca Lobbyists Confirm Labour Relationship

“We are standing up for good jobs in Britain, not Ed Miliband’s supper club cronies” says Tory MP Henry Smith after Guido revealed Ed Miliband received thousands of pounds in donations from an AstraZeneza board member. Ed Miliband should declare his interests before he starts political meddling” Smith continues. Which reminds Guido of a certain dinner we have still never had answers about…

Back in 2011 Ed promised to publish a list of attendees at a suspiciously “private and off the record” dinner held for him at the home of lobbyist-spinmeister Roland “Rat” Rudd:

Rudd’s Finsbury represent AstraZeneca and it’s no secret that he spins for Ed on less official terms. A spokesman for the firm would only confirm Guido that “Astrazenca have an ongoing dialogue with the Labour Party”So was there anyone from the pharma giants at that infamous dinner, and when did they last sit down with Ed?

UPDATE: A Labour spokesman stonewalls:

“The on-going bid for AstraZeneca by Pfizer raises serious questions about a key sector of our economy. It is absurd to suggest that Labour is raising this vitally important issue for any other reason than to represent and reflect the concerns of the tens of thousands of people who could be affected by any takeover.”

They don’t want to answer the questions…


  1. 1
    Silent Majority says:

    Ed Miliband’s got a lot of explaining to do.

    He could be forced to resign if he can’t come clean quickly.

    Cash, big pharma, donors and undeclared meetings. Now he’s making speeches about billion pound takeovers without mentioning he’s on the corporate payroll.


    • 9
      Tony Smooth says:

      It won’t stick.
      I sold peerages for a million quid a go, and I didn’t even get a slapped wrist.


    • 12
      Ockham's Razor says:

      As he is intellectually superior, naturally that is OK.


    • 21
      Four-eyed English Genius says:

      Don’t want him to resign until May 8th 2015


    • 22
      broderick crawford says:

      RE UODATE :

      ” …. for any reason OTHER THAN …..”

      Sloppy syntax by the quoted Labour “wordsmith “.


      • 24
        broderick crawford says:

        …..okay yeah and sloppy typo by me , but there again I do this altruistically not for some 70 k a year salary package like he/she does .


      • 38
        The Critic says:

        Labour never do anything that is not for a political reason.


        • 39
          Trolling for points says:

          Well done Genius a national political party that only do things for political reasons… Anything else to add.


    • 25
      The two Muppets says:

      Labour, rotten to the core .


    • 30
      Milimarx says:

      The drugs don’t work.



  2. 2
    catesby says:

    This all just goes to prove that they all p… in the same pot. If even big business is prepared to support Millipede there really is no hope. Then again globalized multinational capitalism is a form of profit-making socialism designed to destroy the nation-state.


    • 6
      The public says:

      It doesn’t matter if big business want to fund Miliband or Cameron.
      What matters is that ‘Mr principle’ – Ed Miliband, says he isn’t interested in their money.

      If he does take the dosh however, he is just a steaming pile of hypocritical filth who deserves to be walked naked from Westminster to Canterbury, being pelted by anyone who wishes, with whatever comes to hand.


    • 18
      Observer says:

      Which basically is what I said in a now deleted post…What’s up with Guido?


  3. 3
    Meds in cupboard beside the needle & thread. says:

    It is all corruption.and its stinks of a stitch-up!


    • 17
      Lezzer on Benefit says:

      No worries. Him and his party don’t understand business or arithmetic either. They will be underwhelmed and he will be confused. Labour policies, we’ve shat ‘em!


  4. 4
    Edwin Militwat says:

    If it was the other way around he would be braying like a donkey. I expect he will just shrug it off.


  5. 5
    Labour sleaze says:

    You can’t trust Ed Miliband to be open and honest.


  6. 7
    The BBC says:

    Not sure how we can spin this as an anti-Tory story…
    So we’ll ignore it.

    We normally say thank you for your money at this stage, but why bother – you *have* to pay us or end up before the beak.
    Beautiful, isn’t it.


  7. 8
    Ed Miliband says:

    “I’m a pretty straight sort of guy”


  8. 10
    FrankFisher says:

    Can you imagine how the BBC would be over this if it was a UKIP candidate who’d got twenty quid off someone he then puffed up? With Miliband – not a word.


    • 14
      Ockham's Razor says:


      All with their fingers in their ears singing “Lalalalala”.


  9. 13
    Meds in cupboard alongside the needle & thread. says:

    ” “We are standing up for good jobs in
    Britain, not Ed Miliband’s supper club
    cronies” says Tory MP Henry

    Are the Tories not being bunged by Pfizer?

    This whole takeover bid reeks of corruption from both sides. Suffice that Ed is being a hypocrite and playing us all for fools!


    • 40
      Trolling for points says:

      Really feels that way. Love how the Tory lovvies are like look labour hypocrisy and like wise with the Labour Lovvies look at the Tories.

      Why not both deal with the shit in their own camps first?


  10. 19
    Anonymous says:

    Hence the “Go Fuck Yourselves” to the unions


  11. 20
    Ed Moribund says:

    My relationship with AstraZenica is purely commercial, they supply me with Ritalin to control my excitable temperament.


    • 27
      broderick crawford says:

      You re not a “conduit ” for Revd. Flowers’ hallucinatory requirements are you ?


  12. 23
    Disgusted of Neasden says:

    Cash for Questions? Whatever next?


  13. 26
    Broderick Crawford says:



  14. 28
    Stephanie Belgiantrench says:

    And these clowns (done them both BTW) seriously believe they are electable?


  15. 29
    Wanda Ringhands says:

    Roland Rudd is a traitorous cretin who sells the interests of this country to big businesses. No wonder Miliband selected him


  16. 31
    Chris says:

    Oh dear. Guido getting a little desperate over this. For once, I agree with Milliband, that the possible takeover of AstrzZeneca should be scrutinised.


  17. 32
    Meds in cupboard beside needle & thread says:

    This nonsense will have to be played out for the next few weeks. Then all the cards will be revealed! ROFLMAO!


  18. 33
    EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

    What a very interesting blog this one actually is.


  19. 34
    Disgraceful says:

    Dishonourable from Miliband.
    An honest man would resign.


  20. 35 says:

    So Roland is a top spokesrat for the EU and supports globalisation and free market corporatism.
    Except when it affects the tender folk of Cambridge.


  21. 36
    Round the Bend says:

    Spring has truly arrived, the cops are off to prai du luz.


  22. 37
    Graham says:

    So at PMQ on Wednesday Milicretin should have declared an interest.I don’t remember him doing so.Squeaker Bercow should be asking some serious questions.


  23. 41
    The national debt not decreasing by the day despite Austerity says:

    Private enterprise has been on a nice little earner with New Labour for over 20 years now.

    Capita PLC and all the others.

    Drug companies are dependent on a nationalised health service to get the big contracts.

    Best look the other way when it comes to Defence.


  24. 42

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