Another Labour MP Failed to Declare Campaign Battle Bus

This tweet shows Tom Watson and Jon Ashworth taking the Labour Express battle bus to Paula Sheriff MP’s Dewsbury constituency on March 7 2015. It appears up to 100 activists were transported on the bus to campaign in Sheriff’s seat during the long campaign regulated spending period. According to the Electoral Commission, this is local campaigning and should have been declared as part of the local campaign spend.

Yet Paula Sheriff’s long campaign declarations show Nil spend on transport:

The Electoral Commission say:

“If a battle bus promotes both the local candidate and national policies, then a portion of the cost of that bus should be allocated towards the candidate’s spending limit and a portion towards the party’s national spending limit.”

Paula Sheriff did not do so. This would appear to be a clear breach of the rules…

Cameron Weaponises ISIS

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Peak Remain campaign over the top nonsense: Cameron now says ISIS want us to leave the EU.

“Putin might be happy, Al Baghdadi might be happy.”

Leave are ahead with TNS today for the first time in months. You know how it is, you’re worried about the polls, you weaponise a genocidal death cult…

Proof LibDem Battle Bus Did Transport Activists

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Following this morning’s story, a LibDem HQ spin-doctor categorically denied their battle bus was ever used to transport activists across the country:

“The only bus we ever had was Nick’s tour bus, which carried journalists and his staff, which is different to offering transport to bring activists into a seat to campaign. I would’ve loved to have the extra money to spend on transporting activists, but it simply didn’t happen.”

The LibDem spokesman insisted a Guardian report claiming the bus was used to transport activists “was wrong”. 

Here is photographic evidence of the LibDem battle bus being used to transport activists:

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According to LibDemVoice, these pictures show “Chipping Barnet candidate Marisha Ray and friends about to board“. Inside was campaigner “Alex Feakes and his daughter”. The article even confirms where these activists were ferried: “The bus’s maiden voyage took it from London to Oxford West and Abingdon”. These people aren’t Clegg’s team or members of the press. The LibDem battle bus demonstrably was used to transport activists, despite the party saying “this simply didn’t happen”. You just can’t trust those lying LibDems…

BBC Admits Running Remain Adverts In “Error”

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Yesterday, Guido reported that the BBC was running official Remain campaign adverts on its website abroad – targeting expat voters. This is despite the fact it has consistently denied taking pro-EU cash…

A Beeb spokesman gets in touch to confirm they did indeed run the adverts, in “error”:

“This advert appeared outside the UK as the result of a third party error and was blocked as soon as we were alerted to it. We are investigating how this happened and we are taking steps to prevent this happening in the future.”

“Third party” adverts can be filtered to avoid marketing content that is inappropriate for your organisation. Something the BBC clearly didn’t do…

Top LibDem Avoided Overspend By Not Declaring Battle Bus

This video shows the LibDem election battle bus rocking up in Duncan Hames’ Chippenham constituency on April 29 2015. At the time the Guardian reported the bus was used by the LibDems to ferry activists from London to constituencies around the country so they could deliver leaflets. It was used for local campaigning in individual seats, just like the buses hired by the Tories and Labour

Below is the short campaign spending return submitted by Duncan Hames. Despite the bus being used for his local campaign, Hames declared Nil transport costs:

As you can see, Hames’ spending limit for the short campaign was £15,236.61. He came very close to the limit, within just £98, spending £15,138.20. If he had declared the bus in his short campaign spend, Hames would have breached the rules. This is therefore going to be a particularly tricky one to explain. The Tories were at it, so were Labour, and so were the LibDems…

UPDATE: Despite briefing the Guardian that the bus “will take party campaigners around the country over the next six weeks running up to the general election”, the LibDems now deny that ever happened and say this bus was only ever used by Clegg, his staff and press, and no door-knockers. Worth reading the Guardian report of the bus tour however:

“Activists, the majority of whom had been bussed up from London, visited nearby residential streets to deliver leaflets and put up the 300th Lib Dem stake board in the constituency.”

The LibDems say that report was wrong and all of this didn’t happen…

Campaign Report: 37 Days to Go

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Leave message: Single Market has failed British exporters.

Remain message: PM thinks leaving would be a “national error”.

Cut through: Osborne, Cable and Balls team up to back Remain.

Leave social media count: 370,883 likes, 42,004 followers.

Remain social media count: 398,784 likes, 28,175 followers.

Odds: Remain 2/7 Leave 13/5

Latest poll: Remain 43% (-1), Leave 47% (+1) (ICM, online); Remain 47% (-1), Leave 39% (-2) (ICM, Phone). Poll of Polls is now Remain 50%, Leave 50%.

Natalie Bennett’s Best Bits

The grass is always greener…

Proof: Remain Campaign is Paying BBC

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This is what British ex-pats overseas are seeing when they go online at the UK politics page of the BBC News websiteThe BBC website is – in clear breach of internal guidelines – pushing adverts from the official Remain campaign. The BBC has previously denied being in receipt of pro-EU funds. Here is the evidence in plain digital colour…

Graphic via Peter Thompson/Heat.St

NHS: It Would Take 147 Years and Cost £32 Million to Reveal Pension Data

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Bumper NHS pensions have long been the subject of taxpayer ire, but how many health service employees are actually coining it? Co-conspirators at the Taxpayers’ Alliance fired off a Freedom of Information request to the NHS Business Services Authority asking […]

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Two More Labour Candidates Didn’t Declare Election Buses

This morning Guido revealed Labour’s election battles buses had not been declared in local spending, the exact same trickery which engulfed the Tories in an election fraud scandal. Well, it appears to be widespread…

On April 4 2015, MPs and […]

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EU’s Taxpayer-Funded Referendum Intervention

This slick pro-Remain video offers “10 good reasons” to stay in the EU, featuring actors with English accents, some pricey graphics and a hefty dose of spin on top. It has had a massive 100,000 views on YouTube since it […]

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Labour Battle Bus Not Declared in Local Spending

Labour should be shouting from the rafters about the Tory election fraud scandal, instead broadcasters report that they can’t get Labour MPs to comment on the issue. Alan Johnson, ambushed by Andrew Neil on This Week, said he knew nothing. […]

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