Now European Parliament Claims EU Olympic Victory

Following on from China claiming the UK’s second place, the EU is now claiming first place in the medal table…

PRCA Complain to Carolyn Harris Over Lobbyist’s Pass

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Following up Guido’s story Francis Ingham, the ever-lunching director general of the trade association for lobbyists the PRCA, has written an open letter to Carolyn Harris to complain about the lobbyist being granted a parliamentary pass by her. Guido revealed that Harris had granted a parliamentary pass to Lawrence Bailey of Whiterock Consulting, a man who was by his own admission “not an employee or member of Carolyn’s staff.” The PRCA’s Director General writes:

“I would like to remind you of your obligations to behave ethically as this story undermines the reputation of the lobbying industry and the integrity of MPs.

… Mr Bailey should have never entertained the idea of a parliamentary pass, and as an MP you should have never employed a lobbyist and given him a pass. Situations like this can seriously damage the public’s trust in politics.

We hope that there will be some swift action to clarify the situation. Will this matter be referred to the Commons Authority by yourself? Will Mr. Bailey be questioned as well?”

Bailey, who has so far received at least ÂŁ51,305.60 in taxpayers cash while working for Harris and her predecessor, is not a PRCA member but is still bound by Parliament’s rules, which strictly forbids granting passes to lobbyists. Quite something for an MP to be blasted by lobbyists for a lack of ethics…

Oily Smith the Devolution Dodger

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Oily’s at it again, this time lying about his record as a “committed devolutionist”. Plaid Cymru’s Liz Saville Roberts lashed out at the Labour hopeful, calling his earlier claims a “perfect illustration of his cynical hypocrisy”. A spokesman for Smith struck back, saying “He has consistently campaigned and voted for further powers to be devolved to Wales, over crucial issues like social security and policing.” Regular readers can already guess who is telling the truth…

Of the 15 votes on Welsh devolution Smith has had the chance to vote in since first elected to Parliament in 2010, Smith has voted in just three of them, he was absent from the other 12 votes. One of those three votes included backing powers for the Welsh government to underwrite borrowing by private companies working on Welsh infrastructure. A characteristically New Labourish wheeze to socialise the risk and privatise profit…

Oily has not once voted in Parliament to devolve “social security and policing”, abstaining from votes on granting the Welsh government control over job centres and policing powers. He has also been conspicuously absent when voting to allow the Welsh government spending, taxation, and energy policy powers. When it comes to critical votes, Oily is consistently a devolution dodger…

Times Runs Full Page Ad for “China Heroes”

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On Page 22 of today’s Times sits a series of articles in contrast with the rest of the paper’s coverage of Team GB’s record Olympics haul. A bold headline emblazoned with the Chinese flag praises “China Heroes” such as weightlifter Long Qingquan and table tennis champion Ding Ning. A far cry from the front page headline of “Demand for new honours as Team GB beat China”…

Upon closer inspection, the gushingly patriotic articles are the efforts of a full page advertisement from the Chinese state’s official Xinhua News Agency. Xinhua today declared China “second in the overall standings”, despite Team GB coming second via the traditional tally of gold medals. Odd choice of paper for the bragging propaganda, since the proprietor has really gone off Chinese…

Sadiq Khan’s Name Booed at Corbyn Rally


NEC member Claudia Webbe invokes boos and jeers for the once-golden boy of Labour during a rally in Kilburn. Hardly surprising after Corbyn helped win London for Khan and Khan stabs him in the back in return:

Leadership ballots to be sent out today…

SpAd List: New Appointments

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A few more updates to our nearly-complete SpAd List. Sajid Javid has hired Carrie Symonds as his media SpAd at DCLG – Symonds is a former Head of Broadcast at CCHQ and most recently was a spinner for Whitto at DCMS, she’s well-liked in the Lobby and has a good relationship with broadcasters so is a smart hire for Saj. Simon Glasson, who was one of George Osborne’s many Treasury SpAds, will be Amber Rudd’s third SpAd at the Home Office. Emma Boon is Chris Grayling’s new SpAd at Transport.

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Rio Judge Orders Arrest of Top Farron Donor

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A judge in Rio has ordered the arrest of a top donor to Tim Farron. Marcus Evans, whose firm was previously under fire for selling unlicensed rugby tickets, is one of four men at the centre of a new Olympics touting scandal. His company THG Sports is alleged to have obtained vast quantities of Irish tickets to be resold to the public at exorbitant rates “under the camouflage of hospitality packages.” Pretty much every major sporting event of the last few years has seen Evans, his companies, or one of his employees embroiled in scandal and unseemly allegations. The 2010 football World Cup and Ryder Cup both led to Evans being embroiled in allegations of illegal reselling, even gaining the title “the biggest ticket tout in the world.” What is it with Farron and accepting dodgy cash?

Hamilton Foresaw UKIP Rival’s Expenses Scandal

Guido must ask Neil Hamilton for next week’s lottery numbers. On Sunday UKIP’s Welsh Assembly leader sent this email to colleagues on the party’s NEC, including links to newspaper articles concerning his rivals. Hamilton wondered if “anyone else” mentioned would soon face investigation.

Just days later, Hamilton’s main rival in Wales, Nathan Gill – who was mentioned in the articles – suddenly found himself at the centre of an expenses probe after a dossier was mysteriously briefed to the press. Curiouser and curiouser…

Friday Caption Contest: The Horror Edition

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Via The Mirror: Osborne Goes Rambo in Vietnam

Entries in the comments please…

IEA: Osborne’s Living Wage Hits Poor, Young, Minorities, Consumers, Taxpayers

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George Osborne’s Living Wage is likely to see those it is supposed to help lose out, according to a new report from the Institute of Economic Affairs. The IEA finds that modest minimum wage increases may not cause higher unemployment, but large increases will. Who are the losers? The young, unskilled, minorities and those in the regions:

“Minimum wage increases are always potentially a trade-off, between raising pay for those fortunate enough to keep their jobs and hours against the potential reduction in labour demand. Any significant reduction in demand will hit young and unskilled workers, particularly those from minority groups, hardest. It is also likely to have a bigger impact in some parts of the country than others… the ‘bite’ of the National Minimum Wage has been considerably deeper in Northern Ireland and the East Midlands than in London.”

Higher unemployment is a long-term consequence:

“the longer-run impact of the minimum wage might be to generate larger reductions in employment”

And low-paid earners don’t actually benefit as they lose out in other ways:

“firms such as B&Q and Waitrose have been accused of lowering premium pay for weekends and other ‘unsocial hours’, while Caffe Nero staff seem to have lost the perk of free paninis – showing that minimum wage increases are no ‘free lunch’. Those gaining from pay increases therefore lose out in other ways than jobs or hours lost”

The report concludes that someone ultimately has to pay for any sharp minimum wage increase:

“the cost can only be borne by consumers paying more, shareholders getting reduced dividends, or taxpayers paying more”

The Living Wage might make political sense – it leaves Labour with nowhere to go – but the evidence is it hinders those it is supposed to help…

Diane James Vows to Sack UKIP Plotters

Diane James is the candidate being pushed by many Faragists behind the scenes, and last night she followed their lead by demanding the party “ditch the NEC”. She also made this stark threat to UKIP plotters:

“There’s going to be no place in UKIP under my leadership for those who have sought or seek to destabilise, destroy or even obstruct what a new constitution will outline for the future governance of this party. So for all those individuals for whom what I’ve just described the cap fits, I suggest you find your P45 when it’s sent to you and I suggest you start looking for a new career, because we don’t want you in UKIP, I can tell you that now.”

It’s clear who she means – the anti-Farage faction on the NEC. Punchy stuff which will go down very badly with the Lisa Duffy/Suzanne Evans team. Though if Diane kicked out every Kipper who has destabilised the party there wouldn’t be many left…

UPDATE: Patrick O’Flynn, who’s in the Lisa Duffy camp, hits back at Diane:

“I am very surprised, disappointed and indeed perturbed to hear that Diane is threatening to expel from UKIP anyone who opposes the NEC being scrapped, not least because I oppose the NEC being scrapped. Given that she is not attending Ukip’s leadership hustings either Ukip members will be forgiven for wondering which party Diane is standing for the leadership of – Ukip or some new online party being promoted from the shadows.”

 

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Labour MP Gives Lobbyist Parliamentary Pass

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A Labour MP has handed a parliamentary pass to a lobbyist, giving him unfettered access to the corridors of power. Carolyn Harris is employing Lawrence Bailey, a “public affairs specialist” for Whiterock Consulting, among her parliamentary staff. When Guido asked Harris if she thought it was appropriate to employ a lobbyist in parliament, we received this response from Bailey:

“Just to clarify, I am not an employee or member of Carolyn’s staff.

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