July 30th, 2014

Bercow Fails to Explain Donor Mystery

bercowGuido’s story in the Sun on Sunday revealing John Bercow’s donation from a businesswoman to whom he gave a parliamentary pass makes the front page of this morning’s Mail. At the weekend a spokesperson for the Speaker refused to confirm Sally’s drinking pal Farah Sassoon was granted a pass. Today they admit the Bercows did give a pass to Sassoon, also confirming her company made a donation to the Speaker’s campaign for re-election:

“For security purposes, House officials do not confirm names of pass holders. However, the Speaker would like to confirm that his wife applied for a pass for a female friend in 2012. It is not unusual for residents living on the Parliamentary Estate to be able to apply for passes for close friends and family. All applications go through security clearance checks.”

Farah Sassoon made a donation to ‘the Speaker’s seeking re-election’ campaign fund on 7 June 2014 (it was accepted on 1 July 2014).

The donation was towards the Speaker’s re-election fund, not to his office. As you are aware, the convention that the Speaker is independent of party dates back to the mid-18th century. When a Member of Parliament becomes Speaker of the House she or he resigns from his or her political party and run as an independent candidate under the banner of ‘the Speaker Seeking Re-Election’. The donation is for this purpose, and is listed as being so in the Register of Members’ Interests under ‘Sponsorships’, in accordance with the rules.”

Far from explain the Speaker’s position, this statement raises further questions about the probity of the donation. Why was Sassoon given a pass? How often does Sassoon visit parliament, and for what purpose? Who does she meet there? Did Bercow consult with parliamentary authorities, such as the Clerk of the Commons, on the propriety of accepting a donation having issued this pass? Does the Speaker think accepting a donation from a woman to whom he gave unfettered access to parliament is appropriate? His reply to Rob Wilson’s letter will be one to watch out for…


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    I was listening to the Israeli spokesman talking about their actions in Gaza this morning on R4’s Toady programme and at the end of the interview I’m sure I heard John Humphrys say at the end “Thank you Philip Hammond”!

  2. 2
    Nigel Farage says:

    You’ll need more than £5k you little fucking shit.

  3. 3
    They kill them in their homes, in their hospitals, on their beaches and in their schools says:

    Tank fire hits a Gaza school being used as a refuge by thousands of Palestinians, killing at least 15, the UN says.

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    This story has legs.

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    Shaven Raven says:

    But not spiders legs surely.

  6. 6
    A man says:

    Chris Spivey’s been arrested for ‘harassment’. You could be next, Mr Fawkes.


  7. 7
    David Cameron says:

    My values are J e w i s h values

  8. 8
    Lord Burn'em of Stafford says:

    What’s not to like about my death tax? All I need to do when the tax take dries up is fire up my killing machines in Stafford, Chelmsford, Blackpool….

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    John's a cock-old says:

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    It’s a carry on innit?

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    Anonymous says:

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    Jack Russell says:

    Thankyou for putting this in the public domain.

  13. 13
    Owned MSM says:

    Let’s get back to discussing the despicable Rolf Harris, shall we?

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    Long John Silver' s parrot says:

    Does it help if the donor has nice legs and a short skirt ?

  15. 15
    Ah! never mind, we still love you says:

    Quantum Cheshire Cat’ becomes a reality……. unlike SC

  16. 16
    Harry Macmillan says:

    Obviously it does.

    We are talking here about British Parliamentary Democracy which, as we all know, is the very best in the World

  17. 17
    Ma­­qb­oul says:

    Why does the Speaker, of all people, require a spokesperson?

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    MP says:

    Quite easy to explain John has been bent over by his daft bint of a wife again.

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    Winston says:

    Guido, can you ask your mate Dave what has happened to his Libyan campaign. It cost us £1.5bn to support the EU/US regime change and now look at the place.

    Vote UKIP to stop the FCO acting as though its still 1910.

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    Anonymous says:

    This idiot finds damage to public and private property amusing.

  21. 21
    Ed Miliband says:

    Not really no, but Len Mcclusky now only dresses up in drag behind closed doors

  22. 22
    Lord Chilcott from somewhere in England says:

    Any news of Butler Sloss’ s replacement ?

    The whole Paedophilia debate appears to have come to one great grinding halt .

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    The UN also said that Hamas were hiding rockets and munitions in UN buildings, thereby breaching UN neutrality. You are either afflicted by a bambi-like innocence or you’re an anti-Semitic bigot. take your pick.


    UNWRA said it found a rocket cache in one of its central Gaza schools on Tuesday, the third such incident.

    “This is yet another flagrant violation of the neutrality of our premises. We call on all the warring parties to respect the inviolability of U.N. property,” spokesman Chris Gunness said.”

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    Anonymous says:

    “Why was Sassoon given a pass?”
    Particularly since that name alone, might suggest to some a real and present danger of them eventually ending up in someone’s hair.

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    It was all within the rules says:

    The gentleman donated his organ to Sally.

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    Are you trying to establish my spin component, young man? :-)

    Vote UKIP :-D

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    The asp and the snake oil seller says:

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    Norm Normal says:

    Is this the same tank fire that on 3 previous occasions was found to be Hamas rockets falling short?

    It may well have been a tank round but we do get a lot of tall stories from Hamas.

    I notice someone was posting the #gazaunderattack tag here yestetday. BBC study found that many of the images on it are from Syria and Iraq.

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    Hitler had the right idea says:

    she and sally lap at each others piss flaps whilst the short arsed goblin pumps his tiny organ with an order paper

    “daily sport, two pints of milk andsome tampax mr patel”

    Sally Bercow

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    Jack Dromey MP says:

    Once you’ve had black you’ll never go back.

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    PC Squareup says:

    I’m arresting the occupier of being drunk in charge of a garden fence.

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    I find your ersatz outrage hilarious. Mostt people would find a collision investigation vehicle in a pile-up amusing in a black-humoured kind of way.

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    Anonymous says:

    I know you don’t like the speaker neither do I, but in this case he did answer the following questions:

    Why was Sassoon given a pass?
    How often does Sassoon visit parliament, and for what purpose?

    He said, so Sassoon could visit sally, personal info because it is to visit sally, to visit sally.

    Guido, don’t act like labour pollution pretending there is no answer when there is one.

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    Free? They would have to pay Me to go says:

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    Betty (the Bucket) Minge says:

    Once you’ve had black there’s no going back

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    Mach 3 Turbo says:

    Sally’s legs, there far more hairier.

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    It's YOUR legacy Labour. says:

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    John the Bastard says:

    No thanks mate I’m busy mucking out all day.

  39. 39
    Polly Toynbee says:

    I want to talk about Ed’s fringe because there’s bugger all under it worth mentioning.

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    F##k the LibLabCon says:

    The biggest fall in wages of any Parliament since 1874 you say. So how did this happen? It would’t have anything to do with labour now would it?

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    Long John Silver's parrot says:

    Yes we always thought you had a bit of a big hooter.

  42. 42
    Phil from Pentonville says:

    Up all night singing Jake the Peg and playing with his didgerie doo.

    Not the most popular bunny with the inmates and warders alike I understand.

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    Penny Red says:

    I’d love to go but I’m due to contract Ebola on the 23rd.Sorreee :)

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    Idon'tneednodoctor says:

    Is Bercow and his tart of a wife the biggest benefit scroungers in the UK? Grace and favour accomodation, salary, expenses etc. Must be a tidy some scrounged from the taxpayer.
    Does anyone have an idea how much the despicable duo receive a year.

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    Mauamar Ghaddaffi says:

    What right minded person sends their kids to schools in the middle of a war zone ?

    Those poor kids should be taken and put in care straight away.

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    Idon'tneednodoctor says:

    Would that be Fiddle Sassoon given the pass by Bercow?

  47. 47
    Gordons Property bubble says:

    The biggest rise in the cost of living was when putting a roof over your head became so fucking expensive.
    Thanks Labour.

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    Idon'tneednodoctor says:

    Labour fuck up the economy and then blame everyone else.

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    F##k the LibLabCon says:

    The place is littered with speeding cameras, he was probably too busy watching his speedometer as he hit a speed bump wile texting and eating a banana.

    It happens to the best of us.

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    Labour (we never clear up our own mess) says:

    High taxes is the only answer.

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    Ebola says:

    I love feasting on black meat.

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    Idon'tneednodoctor says:

    I would sooner drink a pint of warm dog sick than listen to Toynbee. Why anyone would listen to a useless cow like her is beyond belief.

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    It be big black and furry and Oi be afraid of it says:

    I’m guessing The Lambton Worm is a nickname given to a well hung bloke who frequents public toilets.

  54. 54
    An A level Economics Teacher says:

    I mean to say if you want to buy a widget and it take s one hour to make.

    A Chinaman offers to make one for you for 28p.

    An Englishman offers to make one for you for £27.50 plus VAT.

    The raw materials are of the same quality and cost.

    From whom do you buy your widget ?

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    F##k the LibLabCon says:

    Sorry I can’t make it James I’ve got a library book to take back.

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    BBC Thought Police says:


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    The Critic says:

    Thank god, Labour have an adder at last – the sums may begin to make sense.

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    BBC Thought Police says:

    That wouldn’t be a black man’s house now would it?

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    Twelvety I tells ya! says:

    Yeah right cos wages were at an all time high between 1939 and 1953.

    Those who don’t understand history are doomed to post stupid tweets.

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    An ex higher rate ex pat taxpayer says:

    I have to say some of the laziest fuckers I have ever had the misfortune to work both for and with were British.

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    An A level Economics student with an Oxbridge offer says:

    This is a standard market reversal following classical lines.

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    The quantity of rockets pouring out of G’aza at present vindicates to a degree some of !srael’s earlier actions, as well as their current. They have been quite restrained.

    After the first five hundred or so rockets, people should have figured out that for a poor country that claims poverty and oppression, they perhaps are not allocating resources responsibly may be being used as a proxy by !srael’s larger enemies abroad, and could be less than honest with their own PR.

    Without invoking hyperbole, it is quite surprising that they still have any rockets left, yet still they come.

    The apparent lack of damage inflicted on the State of !srael by this barrage should be read as a further failure of A’rab N’ationalism.

    In P’alestine this should herald a shift towards pan-!slamism as perhaps a better system of government for ensuring their State’s survival. With news that DPRK are trying to supply H’amas now, such an outcome may work for !srael also.

    P’alestinian’s perhaps should recognize the caliph and join the caliphate once H’amas are expelled. H’amas must have surely lost a lot of political legitimacy domestically. Once the smoke clears that may be revealed.

    Vote UKIP :-D

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    Anonymous says:

    Could always just wait for Sally to put more stuff on ebay:


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    And others are doomed to retweet those tweets.

    Vote UKIP :-D

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    An A level Economics student with an Oxbridge offer says:

    It has been the Tory Parties duty during the last four years to clear up the mess and increase pro capita GDP exponentially in relation to increased taxes.

    This Governent’s (as indeed any Government’s record ) should be able to stand up to critical assessment .

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    Nothing wrong with a little dark chocolate every so often *innocent face*

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    Puzzled says:

    If Bercow is unopposed when he stands for re-election as Speaker why does he need to campaign?
    Only asking…

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    Anonymous says:

    More people are working part-time to prop up their pensions

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    Anonymous says:

    if you import from China you can handle the duty/VAT even if you have to buy a box full, as soon as you buy from UK you have to be VAT registered or you’re stuffed – useless for business start-up with no/low rev

    No income tax – replace VAT with 10% consumption tax that everybody pays including tourists and doesn’t need a tax filing or registration

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    IzCrims says:

    Yes, it’s only fair that Israel kill large numbers of civilans, they are the master race and can do no wrong, after all.

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    Bonar Law says:

    No, Guido, NOT “a spokesperson for the Speaker says …” You mean, “a spokesman for the Speaker” – the grammatically correct generic term. “Spokesperson” is the kind of achingly right-on, politically correct twaddle we expect from Labour or the LibDems. You can do better.

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    ” The wife wanted a Pass for her girlie drinking mate so I okayed
    one in 2012 .

    Funny enough this same bint now gives my re election (erection?) campaign some much needed wonga in June 2014 .

    Result !!!”


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    Well in addition to Foreign Secretary he holds down many other ancillary positions .

    The man is a multitasker ! A rising star !!

    You wait see — he ll fetch up as Putin s spokesman later this week.

    ( which woukd make him a rising “tsar”)

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    If they’re firing rockets they are not civilians.

    If those responsible for firing rockets are placing civilians in harms way it is their responsibility.

    Vote UKIP :-D

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    well I m of course profoundly sorry and express the deepest possible condolences to those wretchedly killed and empathy towards those injured of whichever sude .

    But it couldn t have been a very accurate hit if it ” only” killed fifteen out of “thousands ” sheltering therein .

    Sure it was nt a Hamas /irsnisn spaz rocket which turned in on itself or was diverted back to its launch by the IDF BUK system ?

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    Has he blagged his private aircon yet or is this heat water off a didgeridoos hide for one from the Outback? — or should that be Brokeback now he s got his ” feet” under the table .?

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    If you had any idea how sad and dysfunctional you sound IzCream .
    Or is that Ice Cream misspelt and wilting in the heat ?

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    Some are possibly from the US Airforce Nappalm attacks along the Ho Chi Minh Trail of Nixon s era….

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    I like your big blue eye Schrodd boy.

    Us that the only one you posssess?

    Positively Cycloptian …

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    Walter Mitty says:

    There is a pub in Covent Garden called The Essex Serpent …..

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    Anonymous says:

    Stick it up your arse!

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    Anonymous says:

    Why text a banana?

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    Deeman1960 says:

    These funds for MPs etc to be elected, leaderships, speaker of the house, etc. do they pay tax on these funds?

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