The BBC’s business editor is focusing on political gossip. Guido will therefore have to take up the slack on the business reporting front…
Could it be something to do with the complaints to the FSA and the SFO from Tory MPs which, rightly or wrongly, Peston believes is being coordinated by Osborne’s office. Was there an element of personal animus? Surely not from the objective and impartial BBC….
Allegations that Rothschild changed his story a third time.
Pressure on Times to publish all versions of the letter….
In reality Rothschild, who has long been enamoured with and in thrall to Tony Blair, acted after Mandelson got Blair to call Rothschild to encourage him to embarrass Osborne. M’learned friends are now being consulted as claim and counter-claim are spun. Isn’t it great to have all the fun of the circus with Mandelson back…
UPDATE : Tories say it was some time after the meeting that Rothschild called them to offer a donation on behalf of Deripaska. A Guido source laughed at the idea that Osborne and Feldman would personally solicit £50,000 – “that would get you to sit at the top table at a dinner maybe”.
CCHQ are calling Rothschild a liar:
The allegations made in Mr Rothschild’s letter are completely untrue.
Both Andrew Feldman and George Osborne deny absolutely that they attempted to solicit a donation from Oleg Deripaska. Nor did they suggest a method by which he could conceal a donation via a British company.
They spent a short period of time on Mr Deripaska’s boat at the invitation of Mr Rothschild. Donations to the Conservative party were not discussed with Mr Deripaska.
In a conversation on September 18, Mr Rothschild suggested to Andrew Feldman that Mr Deripaska wanted to make a donation to the party through one of his British companies. The offer was not taken up.
For clarity: the Conservative party has neither sought nor received any donations from Mr Deripaska nor any of his companies.
Looks like the lawyers will definitely be called in…
Ros is the establishment candidate and is favourite to win. She is seen as a safe pair of hands.
Lembit is having another go after losing out to Simon Hughes last time. He has hardly any support from his parliamentary colleagues who see him as anything but a safe pair of hands. His campaign manager is hoping that his celebrity status will give him high name recognition with the membership that will translate into votes.
Guido wonders if the brief friendship between Ros’ daughter and Lembit gives an added twist to the competitive edge between them.
Chandila Fernando is the young outside candidate running an energetic campaign. He comes from the Orange Book faction and is very much the insurgency candidate. Expenditure limits are £7,500 per candidate, Chandila – as massively the lowest profile candidate – wanted to blow £5,000 of his budget on adverts in the party’s LibDem News internal newspaper, but bizarrely this was blocked by the party.
If only they were so choosy about taking that £2 million from Michael Brown into the party coffers…
“As City minister, my priority is to bring stability to the system. My ambition is to keep our banks among the strongest in the world. Our economy will welcome it. It deserves nothing less.”
It really is “do as I say, not as I do” for the ruling elite isn’t it? Hypocrisy.
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