Third Tory MEP John Purvis Pathetically Tries to Blame His £110,000 Annual Fiddle on Lack of Clear Rules

John Purvis’ press officer has just called Guido with this official statement from him:
“I have asked the Quaestors to investigate the reason that I did not receive clarification from the European Parliament about my arrangements for paying staff, even though I specifically asked for it as far back as January 2007. I will not be commenting further until they get back to me.”

Blaming the authorities is just not good enough and won’t wash, so allow Guido to assist CCHQ’s Hugh Thomas and the European Parliament’s Quaestors in their respective investigations.

Exhibit A

Article (52) of the EU’s Financial Regulations clearly states:

1. All financial actors and any other person involved in budget implementation, management, audit or control shall be prohibited from taking any action which may bring their own interests into conflict with those of the Communities. Should such a case arise, the person in question must refrain from such actions and refer the matter to the competent authority.

2. There is a conflict of interests where the impartial and objective exercise of the functions of a financial actor or other person, as referred to in paragraph 1, is compromised for reasons involving family, emotional life, political or national affinity, economic interest or any other shared interest with the beneficiary.

So Guido asked him a few obvious questions this morning about his contract with Purvis & Company:

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Guido has found out some of the answers already, you can probably guess some of the answers yourself. (No doubt the mainstream media will finish the job.) He has essentially, just like Den Dover and Giles Chichester broken the rules. Lack of clarity? It is obvious to a 12-year old that what they have been up to is unethical. Paying taxpayers money to their family fiddles and/or gaming the rules for personal profit? Plain and simple crooked behaviour. Whoops-a-daisies “in good faith” don’t cut it with Guido…

+++ ConHom : Den Dover Sacked as Tory MEP’s Chief Whip +++

UPDATE : ConservativeHome has the scoop here.

Silence from Brussels

The Tories have just announced that they are sending an investigation team to find out what the hell is going on with Tory MEPs. Hugh Thomas is the Tory’s new Head of Compliance (a qualified barrister and an ordained minister in the Church of England) who previously held high powered compliance jobs in the City. Nobody in Brussels expects the Spanish Inquisition, but he is the nearest thing to it…
Dave says “Hugh Thomas has been tasked by me to do all that we can to reinforce the clear message I have sent on the issue of expenses. I have said very clearly that MEPs – like MPs – must meet the highest possible standards with accountability and transparency. MEPs do of course report to their own separate authorities in the European Parliament. But anyone who flies under the Conservative banner carries a wider responsibility to the reputation of the party.”

Hugh would do well to take a close look at Den Dover, who is clinging to some flimsy excuse that his wife and daughter are qualified to do their secretarial jobs. Guido wants to know for example where the public funds that went into his wife’s company, based in their home, that went on “property repairs” were spent. Why should public monies be spent on a secretarial service’s property repairs? If they went fixing the leak in the roof over his head he has to go.

Incidentally, Guido has emailed 10 questions to the third Tory MEP under suspicion at his parliamentary email address and his private office email address, faxed him at his constituency office, as well as in Brussels and Strasbourg. No reply as yet. If no reply is forthcoming by 5pm, Guido will be putting the information in the public domain for you to judge…

+++ Tories Send CCHQ Compliance Hit Squad to Brussels +++

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Be Careful What You Wish For…

Guido will be watching Monday’s “Where Did It All Go Wrong?Dispatches on Channel 4 gleefully. Jacqui Smith is quoted as saying “I told him he should have had a holiday last summer…” Comparing yesterday’s pictures of Gordon and Tony it is undeniable that Gordon needs a very long holiday. Most voters would be happy to give him a permanent one as well. Gordon looks at death’s door. By contrast Tony on the GMTV sofa yesterday looked younger, fit and tanned, most of all he looked happy and relaxed.

Gordon is not enjoying power as much as Guido is enjoying the destruction of the Labour Party as an electoral force under his leadership. Odd is it not that what Guido was dreading and Gordon was craving – Brown as Prime Minister – has made him miserable and Guido cheerfully jump out of his bed every morning. Be careful what you wish for…

Third Whoops-A-Daisy Tory MEP

We have had Giles Chichester personally benefiting from payments of £445,000 to his own family service company based at his home, Den Dover authorising payments of £758,143 to his wife’s profiteering service company also headquartered at his home. Blatant and unacceptable self dealing.

This morning Guido is looking at documents which show an MEP authorising six figure payments to himself – not a service company – an unincorporated, unregistered partnership of which prima facie he appears to be the beneficiary.

Guido is contacting the MEP’s office this morning with some serious urgent questions – looking for answers by the close of business today. It doesn’t look good on paper…

+++ Shock Poll Irish Times : No 35% Yes 30% +++

RTE News Flash 22:08

The latest opinion poll on the Lisbon Referendum is showing the ‘No’ side surging ahead in a dramatic reversal of opinion. The TNS/mrbi poll in tomorrow’s Irish Times shows opponents of the Treaty with a 5% lead over those in favour.

Up to now, opinion polls on the Referendum campaign have consistently shown the ‘Yes’ side ahead, although opponents have been closing the gap. But now the ‘No’ side has done more than that, surging into a commanding lead with just a week to polling day.

The poll shows the ‘Yes’ side at 30%, down five points since their last poll three weeks ago, while the ‘No’ side is at 35%, up a staggering 17%, with ‘Don’t Knows’ down 12 at 35%.

If that result is repeated next week, the political establishment is heading for a crushing defeat and the Lisbon Treaty is dead.

Could Ireland save European civilisation again? We are a contrary people…

Dave : Chichester Right to Go

Cameron has just made a statement on Giles Chichester:

Giles Chichester is right to stand down as leader of our MEPs to prepare a full explanation of how his office is funded. Just as I expect our MPs to adhere

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13 Tory MEPs Still Hiding Their Expenses Even Now

Giles Chichester has resigned as leader of the Tory MEPs and his career is effectively over. Guido can’t see him being re-selected. As is always seemingly the way with these things we never see any criminal charges. The guilty politician

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+++ Rumour Chichester Resigning 4pm +++

UPDATE : BBC reporting Giles Chichester “set to resign”.

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Euro-Corruption : Labour Not Gleeful, Just Audited

Labour’s Richard Corbett MEP has called, he says of the Tory Euro-MPs troubles:

“I suppose I should be jumping up and down with glee but I’m afraid we all get tarnished with the same brush.”

He says that they have

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