WATCH: Rifkind And Straw – The Footage



According to Dispatches:

The fictitious company
PMR, a communications agency based in Hong Kong was set up, backed by a fictitious Chinese businessman. PMR has plenty of money to spend and wants to hire influential British politicians to join its advisory board and get a foothold in the UK and Europe.

12 MPs who already had significant outside interests were invited to apply for jobs with PMR.
Not all politicians are for hire. Half of those approached didn’t respond. One said he wanted to check us out in Hong Kong so we took it no further. And another said he just wasn’t that interested. Of the others, two stood out – Sir Malcolm Rifkind and Jack Straw.

12 eh? Hope IPSO don’t get on their fishing trip high horse again…

Jack Straw Suspended From Labour Party

Labour statement:

“We have seen the disturbing allegations against Jack Straw in the Daily Telegraph. The Chief Whip has spoken to Jack Straw. He has agreed to refer himself to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards and in the meantime he has agreed the best course of action is to suspend himself from the Parliamentary Labour Party.”

After 36 years as an MP…

Straw and Rifkind Caught in Cash for Access Sting

Jack Straw is filmed boasting:

“I’m well aware of the fact that I bring my name. I know everyone anyway, I’ve got their phone numbers… If I’m doing a speech or something, it’s £5,000 a day, that’s what I charge.”

And explaining how he used his influence to change EU rules for a company that pays him £60,000-a-year:

“I got in to see the relevant director general and his officials in Brussels …  and we got the sugar regulations changed,” he said. “I mean … the crucial thing about this, it’s all, it’s public that the regulations have been changed, but the best way of dealing with these things is under the radar”

Intelligence committee chairman Malcolm Rifkind, when asked by undercover reporters how he could help a fictional Chinese company:

“You’d be surprised how much free time I have. I spend a lot of time reading, I spend a lot of time walking. I’m self-employed. So nobody pays me a salary.”

Read the full Telegragh/Dispatches story here

UPDATE: These are payments declared by Straw from commodities company ED & F MAN Holdings. Straw told the reporters he had helped a commodities company which paid him £60,000-a-year change EU law:

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UPDATE II: Straw has been suspended from the Labour Party.

Read Guido’s Column in the Sun on Sunday Online

Flirting with the far-right? UKIP leader Nigel Farage says he reckons French Front National leader Marine Le Pen is “so sexy”. Read all about naughty Nige and more in Guido’s Sun on Sunday column today:

WELBY

  • The Father, the Son and the Labour Ghost: Justin Welby’s son works for Tony Blair

LAURENCE

  • Tory MP divorces his secretary, marries his office manager, keeps them both on the payroll

ROCKY

  • Labour’s General secretary Iain McNicol ‘punches the air and pretends to be Rocky’
  • Why did Chuka dodge tax question 5 times? He’s just taken £5,000 from subsidiary of a firm in Dubai, where rate is 0%
  • How is Labour’s new £33,000-a-year aide in charge of celebrity endorsements getting on?

Click here to read Guido’s column for free with a free 30-day trial…

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You’re either in front of Guido, or behind…

Charlie Booker’s Weekly Wipe on Ed Miliband

UKIP Really Do Want To Go Back in Time

Techno Guido has uncovered what is perhaps the finest political website in Britain – behold UKIPcornwall.org:

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It harks back to a more innocent time, when beer cost £1.70, phones were something you plugged into a socket in the wall and the plumber was called Peter.

UKIP, taking us back to dial up..

PWC to Host Labour Prawn Cocktail Offensive

In their continued quest to pretend they are on the side of business, Labour frontbenchers are being wheeled out to meet local capitalists up and down the country:

What the invitation fails to mention is “Donington Court” is a regional outpost of Labour’s embarrassing big donor, the tax-avoiding PWC.

So the tax avoidance kings swell the coffers and host the shadow cabinet, yet still Ed Miliband told the House “none of these people had given a penny on my watch…”

Tories Silent on New “Volunteer” Allegations

Following this morning’s unpaid Tory “volunteer” row, more stories are coming out of the woodwork. A Tory activist gets in touch to report:

“I recently volunteered at CCHQ and travelled from outside of London to volunteer at a cost

[…]

Telegraph Whitehall Editor Quits For Guardian

Yet another one jumps: the Telegraph’s Whitehall and Investigations editor Holly Watt, of expenses scandal and Vince Cable sting fame, joins the Guardian. Will the last person to leave the Telegraph please pay back the HSBC loan[…]

Ipsos MORI: No One Cares About DECC Climate Change Campaign

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The Department of Energy & Climate Change are probably wishing they hadn’t commissioned a “Social Listening Evaluation” in an attempt to justify a “Tweetathon” they held last year. The 45 page report published today comes to a shocking conclusion. No […]

Friday Caption Contest (Hands Where We Can See Them Edition)

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