May 19th, 2014

Tory MP Mike Freer Reported to Standards Commissioner

Mike Freer, the Tory MP for Finchley and Golders Green, is in a spot of bother. He is being accused by local opponents of the oldest naughty trick in the book, delivering campaign material using House of Commons resources. Tory activists have been putting unsolicited letters campaigning on the mansion tax through the doors of residents in “well to do areas” in Freer’s constituency. They are headed on Commons notepaper and contain a freepost envelope addressed to his parliamentary office. Party political campaigning paid for by the taxpayer is against the rules.

Guido understands Freer has been reported to the Standards Commissioner Kathryn Hudson by local LibDems. A tricky one to explain…


  1. 1
    Nigel Farage says:

    That bloody Romanian Elie Wiesel writing all his books!

  2. 2
    Nigel Farage says:

    That bloody Nobel winning Romanian cell biologist George Emil Palade doing all that research into electron microscopy and cell fractionation!

  3. 3
    Snag says:

    I received one of these letters, it was soliciting the views of his constituents on a matter of policy. Not sure why that should be actionable.

  4. 4
    The Nobel Committee says:

    Isn’t he the one who pretended to be a German and nicked the lead off the labroratory roof?

  5. 5
    A taxpayer says:

    Not sure why I should have to pay for it.

  6. 6
    Bill Quango MP says:

    I do it all the time. We all do. Its only a slapped wrist. And its only taxpayer’s dosh.
    Nothing to worry about.

  7. 7
    All the world says:

    Fcuk em all – lib lab con.

    Vote UKIP this week and next year.

  8. 8
    gravatarmysteryman says:

    Ukip candidate:

    It's all about respect says my local UKIP candidate— Paul (@marsdaddy) May 19, 2014

  9. 9
    Bill Quango MP says:

    I think he did win the Nobel prize. But it was his Hungarian assistant nicked it and melted it for scrap.

  10. 10
    Hilda says:

    And he will say. “I accept all responsibility” and then he won’t.

  11. 11
    Socialism is theft says:

    Why is it that it is only when it comes to race/nationality that you are obliged to specify that it is only certain members of that ilk who are the subject of any adverse comment? For instance as on TV today they report that young women are not interested in politics. Nobody gives two hoots that many young women are indeed interested in politics.

  12. 12
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Standards Commissioner ?, side-splitting stuff!

  13. 13
    BBC 24hr rolling bollocks says:

    His standards weren’t low enough?

  14. 14
    Ockham's Razor says:

    Hang him.

  15. 15
    nice try but no cigar says:

    Ashcroft has come out with a poll claiming that Labour are 6 points ahead.
    I think this is utter bollocks aimed at scaring ex-Tories against voting UKIP
    in case in lets Labour in.
    I’m prepared to take that risk and I’m still voting UKIP.

  16. 16
    Anon & Voting for UKIP ORG says:

    Well fancy that an elected Tory member of the House of Crooks who

    is breaking the rules, what is the country coming to……..

    Duck House anyone ??

    But of course he will be found Not Guilty as its all within rules for

    this House of Ill Repute as the rules were written by the

    ConsLieLaborLebDem Charlatans who for the time being are

    still infesting the Palace of Westminster……

    PS Next UKIP smear …..”Nigel has been seen laughing”…..

    This will be the lead report on 6 o’clock so called News

    from every orifice of Biased Broadcasting Company &

    its numerous termite reporters around the world…..

  17. 17
    Socialism is theft says:

    So if you heard that a Somali or Romanian family were to live next door to you, you would be an idiot not to be worried unless you knew more about them.

  18. 18
    BBC 24hr rolling bollocks says:

    Oscar winning Romanian beggars don’t forget them too.

  19. 19
    Tonto says:

    Heap good advice !!

  20. 20
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    Not received a voting card yet, is it just me or is it a national conspiracy?.

  21. 21
    madasafish says:

    I take it some MPs are a bit deificient in IQ or common sense.. or both…

  22. 22
    The Great British Public fed up with being swamped by unwanted multi culteral diversity says:

    + 38.5M …………

  23. 23
    Nigel Farage says:

  24. 24
    Misogyny's cool, OK!?! says:

    One of your lovely friends is in court.

    A Twitter “troll” bombarded a Labour MP with abusive messages after she supported a feminist campaign, a court has heard. Peter Nunn, 33, retweeted “menacing” messages threatening to r*pe Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard.

    Alison Morgan, prosecuting, told the court that Mr Nunn “embarked on a campaign of hatred in various different forms” against Ms Creasy and feminist Caroline Criado-Perez, who had launched the campaign to keep a woman on a British bank note.

  25. 25
    Bosun Higgs says:

    Two hundred years ago, MPs were allowed free postage and happily allowed their families to use it for chatty letters to their friends. Nothing really changes.

  26. 26
    Man on the street says:



    Can we have another story about a UKIP candidate please?

  27. 27
    Prentiz says:

    Not necessarily naughty according to HoC rules see:

    “8. Examples of the proper use of stationery and pre‐paid envelopes include:
    – correspondence with constituents, including contact by Members about a specific issue with people who have not previously contacted them and questionnaires and surveys (but not newsletters, annual reports or general updates on a range of issues);

  28. 28
    Bosun Higgs says:

    There is a woman on every English banknote.

    There is no such thing as a British banknote.

  29. 29
    Anonymous says:

    Vote ukip

  30. 30
    gravatarmysteryman says:

    This Little Englander oddball who want rivals ‘hung by the neck’ should perhaps
    learn to speak English.

  31. 31
    Can you tell whose career is over yet? says:

    Entertainer Rolf Harris told a girl he wanted to be the first person to give her “a tongue kiss” when she was 11 or 12 years old, a jury has heard. A woman from Darwin, Australia, told Southwark Crown Court she had been “repulsed” when Mr Harris then gave her a “gentle hug” and kissed her.

  32. 32
    King James 1 says:

    Still he is another careerist ‘conservative’! Like Shameron.

  33. 33
    Vote for Nige says:

    You don’t need one.

  34. 34
    Labour core voters Bradford for example says:

    Not one of my friends but I can say with absolute certainty you have orl will in future be asking people like that for their vote.

  35. 35
    Wittgenstein says:

    OK: 3 out of 20 Ukip MEPs were put into prison for fraud. 9 out of 20 left the party.

  36. 36
    Old Etonian Bullington Toffs says:

    That has not been a requirement for many decades & after the next G.E

    which we will of course WIN !! with our international track record for utter

    mendacity & manipulation, the requirements will remain the same…..

    We must get on as there are only TWO days of UKIP smearing to go…..

  37. 37
    President Cheery B. Mahmood says:

    Do candidates still drive round in vans with megaphones on the roof ? not noticed one for a bit.

  38. 38
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    If you don’t need one it doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence about the prospect of a fair election.

  39. 39
    EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

    Is writing ‘hanging chads’ racist?

  40. 40
    Vote for Nige says:

    I mean you don’t need one when you turn up at the polling station. They just tick your name off, as long as you are registered. The fact that no Id is necessary is somewhat open to fraud though.

  41. 41
    Rachel Reeeeeeves says:

    I don’t need the megaphone! HONK! HONK!

  42. 42
    In the scale of things says:

    Hanging is much more humane than being beaten to a pulp by a baying mob.

  43. 43
    Roger Helmer is a bastard says:

    Ashcroft Poll
    Lab 35% (+3) 362 seats +104
    Tory 29 (-5) 235 -74
    LD 9 (nc) 25 -32
    UKIP 14 (-1) 0 0
    Lab Maj 74

    Wot no seats for UKIP ?

  44. 44
    Sheila says:

    It was like a baby roo crawling its way out its mums furry pocket into me mouth.
    That’s when It hit him in the didgareedoo

  45. 45
    Saddam Hussain says:


  46. 46
    Man on the street says:

    Ah, that’s better.


  47. 47
    EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

    The legal, political and judicial system is a crock o shit – and the media daren’t mention it either i wonder why?

  48. 48
    Gooey Blob says:

    Doing so next year would be very foolish. Personally, I’m not voting Ukip this week either. For the first time since the nineties I won’t be voting Ukip at the euros. I can see why people will, but for me the Ukip trolls at The Telegraph have put me off ever voting for them again.

  49. 49
    Socialism is theft says:

    Whatever happened to that coalition poster on a van telling immigrants to go home?

  50. 50
    bring back the beaver says:

    I think Rolf was anxious to check on the ‘Down Under’ being too long away from his homeland.

  51. 51
    section3 New Europe district126 says:

    Check in after May 2015 then we can enjoy taking the pee out of you.

  52. 52
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    This is quiet.

  53. 53
    section3 New Europe district126 says:

    Why get of your fat arse when you have minions paid for by the taxpayer

  54. 54
    Libel 4 U says:

    With all these false accusations of racism flying around there’s gold in them there hills for a young enterprising law firm to get stuck into.

  55. 55
    Ockham's Razor says:

    Which Party Should You I Vote for This Week? – Buzzfeed

    Did the quiz:

    Which Party Should You Actually Vote For?

    I got: UKIP

    UKIP – You’ve had enough with the small cabal of career politicians with identikit policies who run this country without listening to ordinary people. And you’ve had enough of being ruled by unelected officials in Brussels. It’s time to take the country back for UKIP and deliver a real message to Westminster.

    Seems fair.

  56. 56
    Toxic Labour for Spongers, Parasites, Criminals, Green Nazis, Peedos and other Wasters says:

    Massive kicking on its way Thursday for LibLabCon. Get ready to party!

  57. 57
    Lard Presclott of Chipolata-upon-Tracey-Temple says:

    They all look the same to me anyway.

  58. 58
    Ockham's Razor says:

    Just breathing is racist.

    That is if you are white, English, male, heterosexual, self-sufficient, property owner, have your own opinions and express them. If you dr!ve a four track, the effect is quadrupled…

  59. 59
    The Boggin Guardian says:

    There are worse actions than this. But hey ho rules are rules!

  60. 60
    Lard Presclott of Chipolata-upon-Tracey-Temple says:

    Bank of England notes are, indeed, British currency, recognised and accepted up and down the United Kingdom and elsewhere as such.

  61. 61
    Jenny Talwaught says:

    Another berk.

    If he can’t follow simple parliamentary rules, how on earth can he trusted to vote on corporate takeovers, civil liberties and billions of pounds of government spending?

  62. 62
    Tony Blair says:

    The Catholic vote swung it for Hitler’s socialist party in Germany.
    Guess what religion has a disproportionate representation in the Labour party?

  63. 63
    Dogger Bank Foghorn says:

    Bloody Rachel Reeves, coming over ‘ere, nicking my job…

  64. 64
    Blue Peter Goldfish says:

    You mean like a set of C***’ s ?.

  65. 65
    I nearly managed to thieve £40, 000 says:

    Oooh, the David Law Defence.

  66. 66
    andy mitchell says:

    I got ‘Conservative’?
    Maybe the question suggesting ‘genetically modified cops’ through me.

  67. 67
    Ockham's Razor says:

    The polls don’t matter – apart from the real one. Most people don’t need a program to tell them how to vote. (I actually voted ‘no’ to GM.)

  68. 68
    Socialism is theft says:

    “This morning’s online Populus poll was the third to show a Tory lead after the Ashcroft and ICM polls last week. Topline figures were LAB 34%, CON 35%, LDEM 8%, UKIP 14%.”

    Bugger, people voting UKIP are going to let the Tories in.

  69. 69
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

    BIG MOUTH !!

  70. 70
    Ockham's Razor says:

    Quite right.

  71. 71
    andy mitchell says:

    Little smile OR.
    I promise it’s just a little smile. ;)
    You will be quoting wit-gins-stein [sic] next

  72. 72
    Blind Pew says:

    My old office caretaker used to say. ‘I’d put ‘em all up against a wall and hang ‘em.’

  73. 73
    Blinky Balls says:

    I didn’t realise Ed Balls is the new manager of Manchester United.

  74. 74
    President Cheery B. Mahmood says:

    The ones that came before us, those who invented the language and the laws and the stories and the industry, they are looking down now, like angels, thinking to themselves, ” Will they do what is right, will they do what is right ?”

  75. 75
    Thought so. I'm a KIPPER says:

    Which Party Should You Actually Vote For?

    You got: UKIP


    You’ve had enough with the small cabal of career politicians with identikit policies who run this country without listening to ordinary people. And you’ve had enough of being ruled by unelected officials in Brussels. It’s time to take the country back for UKIP and deliver a real message to Westminster

  76. 76
    Dave axelrod says:

    Changed my mind,keep the gimp in the box for at least three more days.

  77. 77
    Democracy Now says:

    No, the unreformed and gerrymandered constituency boundaries, postal vote fraud and abandonment of the principle of ‘equal votes’ by allowing constituencies to be of grossly unequpal sizes is going to yet again frustrate the free expression of the will of the people and make, yet again, our democracy into a corrupted sham.

  78. 78
    Tower Hamlets Resident says:

    I’ve got yours Mr Peter.

    Don’t worry, I’ll see that your vote goes to that nice Mr Miluband.

  79. 79
    Bill Quango MP says:

    How to be an anti-racist rent-a-gob for Drivetime media shows on a slow news day.

    1. Get on the telly. This is easy. Stand next to a prominent member of parliament and demand they do something about racism – Throw an egg. When invited to speak after the incident say you are a race campaigner.

    2. Once on a media program be as radical, irrational and uncompromising as possible. It helps to willfully misinterpret words and deeds that others take for granted .

    3. Examples – Demand the following are removed from the language. Threaten to sue a council for racism.

    White City
    Brown Noseing
    Yellowstone Park
    Uncle Bulgaria

    This should set you well on the way to being a prominent, if unrepresentative, race campaigner.

    For more advice read the new book “How to be an anti-racist rent-a-gob for Drivetime media shows on a slow news day”.

    By Yasmin Ali-blah-blah

  80. 80
    Bill Quango MP says:

    Louis Van Gut

  81. 81
    The BBC says:


    As we continually report, it is a feature of the British electoral system, that in rural areas Tory voters come out in larger numbers and waste their votes.

  82. 82
    EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

    As i stated last week – they ‘erring UK criminal politicians’ should be drawn, hung and then quartered.

    try a goggle of a few words … dunning leon law brittain …

  83. 83
    President Cheery B. Mahmood says:

    throughout the land ghosts of the elders congregate and whisper ” Will they do what is right?”

  84. 84
    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:
  85. 85
    Iain Dale's Harman interview says:

    So, Hattie. Is it worse to say “Romanians- Don’t want them next door” .. or .. P’edos – Come and move in”

  86. 86
    EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

    believe you i – every local council is already into multiple criminal enterprises – misappropriation of public funds.

  87. 87
    Call Me Dave Cameron says:

    Which Party Should You Actually Vote For?

    You got: Green Party

    Green Party

    You want a proper left-wing party that isn’t afraid to say what it really believes in. You believe in social justice and equality, and realise there’s more to life than pandering to the needs of big business. Politics should be about doing what’s best for the world as a whole, not just looking for short-term wins

  88. 88
    Ockham's Razor says:



  89. 89
    EeeYepBlowing Whistles says:

    That poster in the background surely implies ‘Love Britain’.

  90. 90
    Vlad the Loudhailer says:

    Vote Labour “Poverty for All”

  91. 91
    nell says:

    I am absolutely disappointed and bored with the silliness of ukip people. Their behaviour and public statements have become too silly for words. How can we vote for that?!

  92. 92
    President Cheery B. Mahmood says:

    all through the counties spirits are stirring, memories of lives given to protect freedom of others, now concerned that all that they gave may turn to a nonsense and asking ” Will they do the right thing ?”

  93. 93
    nell says:

    does that poster on the left say – barking labour and how to be better of paying more taxes

  94. 94
    broderick crawford says:

    it wended its way home.

  95. 95
    President Cheery B. Mahmood says:

    the issue is the message innit

  96. 96
    President Cheery B. Mahmood says:

    with a pencil in a polling booth probably

  97. 97
    broderick crawford says:


    I haven t a clue what cell fractionation is .

    I DO however know all about fractional reserve banking which is when a bank lends out money on aa first mortgage it automatically gets magic money inserted onto its balance sheet to the amount of the initial monies lent … which it can then lend out 90 percent of the magic mushroom money to someone else thus getting 80 percent of that second loan to lend out to a third lender who they will in turn be allowed to lend 70 percent of this third tranche iof magic mushroom money to a fourth lender and so on .
    thus from one mortgage losn can grow eight more based on no collateral whatsoever . And the bank receives the interest income streams from all of them until interest and principal are paid off in 25 years . all legal . all sanctioned by the central bsnk .

    You didn t really think us bankers made ACTUAL money –did you ?!

  98. 98
    John Bellingham says:

    I have a jolly wheeze. Romanians will work for a tenner a day. What say I employ twenty of them and get them to sit outside David Lammy and Yvette Cooper’s gaff all week begging for money whenever they go in and out and getting drunk and shouting all night?

  99. 99
    Anonymous says:

    How come these aren’t leading the news these days?

  100. 100
    Tom Catesby. says:

    Don’t care if the Beeb tells me Farage eats new born Romanian babies in secret, I’m still voting UKIP. Why? I want a chance for a referendum and my country back.

  101. 101
    Tom Catesby. says:

    It used to be illegal to have a third charge on a mortgage.

  102. 102
    Bargain Basement Vince says:

    Twat should be using the cash for something proper, like buying a second ‘home’.

  103. 103
    Bargain Basement Vince says:

    F^ck right off!

  104. 104
    Sport says:

    The dirty bastard wanted me to tie his kangaroo down.

  105. 105
    Nonbeliever says:

    That’s me folks…


  106. 106
    TonyB says:

    Ukip won’t give you a referendum Tom, they’ll just take us out of the eu. That’ll do for me!

  107. 107
    ed milliband/nick clegg/david cameron says:

    More to life than pandering to big corporations. ..thats exactly what ukip are saying..join the very British revolution. .vote UKIP

  108. 108
    Vote Green for Real change. says:

    I got Green on that Buzz Feed thing which is fair but the questions/answer far to simplistic.

  109. 109
    My eyes have been opened says:

    After all these years, I didn’t realise this granny was a Guardian reader.

  110. 110

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