We Khan’t Go On Like This

Once could be seen as a mistake, twice a habit, but three times? Miliband campaign manager and expenses cheat Sadiq Khan is in yet more hot water. Once again he has been caught breaking expenses rules. First there was “the rose” incident, then the pending police investigation for fraud and now he faces the humiliation of John Lyon finding him guilty of sending out a political mail shot on his taxpayer funded communications allowance during his tight re-election campaign. Shadow Cabinet contenders should keep a close eye on their rival, it seems cheats do prosper.

With the rise of Red Ed, his most loyal follower looks set to be rewarded. His extremist views rule him out of the FCO, and quite extraordinarily, Labour are talking about putting another expenses cheat in the Home Office briefPerhaps Jacqui could come back as a Special Adviser…

Labour’s Short Money Comes Through

One advantage for Labour of the government containing the LibDems is that they don’t have to share the “Short Money” with another opposition party.

All those taxpayer millions go to the Labour Party alone and they are hiring as a result:

Working for The Labour Party
Salary Ranging from £23k to £37k, fixed term contract
Details The Labour Party is advertising several posts including the following:

  • Senior Policy Officers – from £33k
  • Policy and Research Coordinator – from £30k
  • Research Officers – from £30k
  • Policy Officers – from £30k
  • Campaigns Copywriter – from £30k
  • Administration Support Assistant – from £23k
  • Frontbench Communication Officers – from £30k
  • Head of Frontbench Communications – from £37k
  • Campaigns Officers – from £30k
  • Head of Leader’s and Frontbench Visits – from £37k
  • Frontbench Visits Officer – from £30k
  • Graphic Designer – from £25k,
  • If you want to work for Red Ed go to www2.labour.org.uk/new_job

    Why Myers? Part I : Hague’s Boy Slammed Our Boys

    As William Hague joined Sapper Matthew Westen on the Andrew Marr Show this past Remembrance Sunday the campaign aide he would later appoint as the third Special Adviser to Her Majesty’s Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary was giving a running commentary in an online chatroom.

    Hague told Andrew Marr’s viewers that the Conservatives would, if they won the election, make the war in Afghanistan the government’s “single most urgent focus”. Hague solemnly thanked Sapper Westen for all he had done and all he had sacrificed in Afghanistan. Meanwhile at his keyboard Christopher Myers was online, tapping away chatting to his online friends:

    “There was a chap on the the Marr show today, easily younger than me, who had lost his legs and one arm. I know that people sign up for the armed forces in the anticipation of conflict, and casualties are inevitable, but it’s all the harder to justify when it’s in the name of an unwinnable quagmire which is nothing more than a political folly.“

    In public Hague was saying

    “We’re here to make our own nation more secure and our allies more secure. We’re here really to try to make sure that Afghans can look after their own affairs and their own security in the future without Afghanistan presenting a danger to the rest of the world.”

    In private that very same Remembrance Sunday, Chris Myers answered a chatroom friend in response to the question “What motivation do our soldiers of today have in Afghanistan?” candidly:

    “Some vague notion that creating a stable state in Afghanistan, which the Soviets before us couldn’t do, will defeat global terror. It doesn’t exactly stand up to scrutiny – terror will always find a home and the major terror plots executed or foiled in the UK have all been home grown.”

    In public Hague took the line “We regard progress in Afghanistan, and in the closely-related problems of Pakistan, as the single most urgent focus in foreign affairs for our work as a new government. Failure there would leave the world, ourselves included, much more open to terrorist attack.”

    The dissonance between the line Hague gives to the public, and the line the close friend he would appoint as his Foreign Office Special Adviser gives his friends in private raises many questions, not the least of which being: Why did he appoint Myers?

    Guido thinks we need to know:

    1. Did Mr Hague discuss with Mr Myers his views with regard to the government’s number one foreign policy priority before giving him the Special Advisers job in the FCO. If not, why not?
    2. Does the Foreign Secretary privately agree with his close aide that the war in Afghanistan is an “unwinnable quagmire”?
    3. Did Christopher Myers pass Developed Vetting before he was appointed to a position which would give him access to sensitive documents?
    4. If he passed Developed Vetting, why did it not pick up that he was politically unsuitable for the job he was given?
    5. Did Christopher Myers lie about his true feelings in order to secure the job, or were his views on British foreign policy known to Mr Hague?

    More to follow…

    Hague’s Withdrawal Sends CCHQ Press Office Spinning

    Guido learnt that William Hague had pulled out of an “in conversation” this lunch time with the Telegraph’s Peter Oborne. Quick off the mark the CCHQ spinners were suggesting that Guido had got his facts wrong and that the “in conversation” was with Gove, who has stepped in as a replacement. Complete and utter spin.

    Before embarking on such sub-par spinning perhaps they should have checked page 84 of the official conference handbook, which has a rather prominent half-page advertisement:

    3/10 for effort. See Coulson later…

    “Enoch” Boles Repositions Himself

    Nic Boles made his name as an über-Cameroon when at the helm of Policy Exchange, pushing the party in a pinkish direction and de-toxifying the Tory brand. He was half-successful, the Tory frontbench now kow-tows to Cameroon language and thinking but neither the backbenchers or the rank and file really trust him as “one of us”.  As talented as Bolesy is, he knows he’s a lightning-conductor for those who distrust the whole Cameron project. MPs are also sniffy that this newbie MP seems to work out of Downing Street with the rest of the “beautiful people”.

    He knows that if he wants to progress to high office he has to secure his right-flank, which is basically most of the Conservative Party.

    Guido thinks his new book Which Way is Up should be seen in this context. Boles is incredibly ambitious – he was Dave’s preferred candidate for London mayor until illness intervened – he knows he needs to reposition himself to make peace with the Tory right. This morning he is getting plaudits from the Daily Mail,  the Tory press on the whole is ecstatic; the Express and the Speccie heap praise on him for his get tough on immigration stance – he wants immigrants to pay £5,000 before they can even use public services and their numbers capped at 20,000 – 90% down from what it was last year. It has worked, even John Redwood is impressed with “Enoch” Boles…

    Handbags in the Hyatt

    The rumour going round conference about two MPs in a punch up are a little wide of the mark, but things certainly got heated in the Hyatt bar at around 2 in the morning. What is clear is that Chris Pincher, MP for Tamworth had to rescue fellow MP and whip Marc Francois who was being collared and shoved by the new MP for Hendon Matthew Offord. In the fracas Francois’ lanyard was torn from his neck. Offord had been drinking scotch…

    Not the best career move, but allegedly a woman was involved. It’s all denials this morning but three separate witnesses have remarkably similar stories…

    Hague’s Bedroom Pickles

    As William Hague is trailed by photographers and the news channels every time he moves around the conference centre, with Ffion glued to his side, an old hand informs Guido that Hague has a history of hotel bedroom trouble…

    Aged seventeen at a Young Conservatives conference in Scarborough, young Billy returned from the bar to find his room at The Grand Hotel stripped of all furniture and belongings. With only the carpet left he had little choice other than to curl up and sleep on the floor. You wouldn’t get that at the Hotel du Vin. But who was the prankster who had slipped the hotel porter a few quid for the key? Step forward Eric Pickles…

    UPDATE : A co-conspirator writes to correct the location : “That was in 1978 at Harrogate. The snow had been falling steadily from early Friday. So when a crowd of North West YCs came out of their hotel (next door to the Yorskhire area Hotel) there was wunderkind, so what we did we do? We pelted him with snowballs.”

    Rich & Mark’s Monday Morning View

    Boris Clashes With New Statesman

    The biggest event on the Tory fringe this week is the Rally for Boris being held this evening, it will be packed – the Tories know Boris will be fun. Guess what time the Staggers have scheduled their party? The […]

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    Lunch at Red Ed’s Diner

    The CCHQ boys and girls do like a tease:

    The beer was a little flat…[…]

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    Docked in Brum


    Guido docked his yacht* late last night within spitting distance of the main Hyatt conference hotel.  The river police noisily erecting a security barrier on the canal woke him up this morning. Fortunately the floating Guinness-palace is now inside the […]

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    Saturday Seven Up

    7upSeptember saw 249,626 absolute unique visitors make 1,036,633 visits to view 1,736,062 pages, adding in the 870,894 views from feed readers and Guido is at some 2.6 million hits.

    The top story last month was breaking that William Hague shared […]

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