Thursday, November 14, 2013

Re-Renting Name and Shame: The 131 Tory Re-Renters

David Amess: Southend West Conservative Association
Richard Bacon: South Norfolk Conservative Association
Steve Baker: Wycombe Conservative Association
Greg Barker: Bexhill & Battle Conservatives Association
Henry Bellingham: North West Norfolk Conservative Association
Richard Benyon: West Berkshire Conservative Association
Jake Berry: Rossendale and Darwen Conservative Association
Brian Binley: Northampton Conservative Club
Crispin Blunt: Reigate and Banstead Conservative Association
Karen Bradley: Staffordshire Moorlands Conservative Association
Angie Bray: Ealing Central and Acton Conservative Association
James Brokenshire: Old Bexley and Sidcup Conservative Association
Conor Burns: Bournemouth West Conservative Association
David Burrowes: ESCA Properties Ltd
Alistair Burt: North East Bedfordshire Conservative Association
Alun Cairns: Vale of Glamorgan Conservative Association
Douglas Carswell: Clacton Conservative Association
Bill Cash: Chairman of Stone Constituency Conservative Association
Rehman Chisti: Gillingham and Rainham Conservative Association
James Clappison: Hertsmere Conservative Association
Therese Coffey: Suffolk Coastal Conservative Association
Damian Collins: Folkestone and Hythe Conservative Association
Tracey Crouch: Chatham and Aylesford Conservative Association
David Davies: Monmouth Conservative Association
Glyn Davies: Montgomeryshire Conservative Association
Philip Davies: Shipley Consituency Conservative Association
Caroline Dineage: Gosport Conservative Association
Jonathan Djangoly: Huntingdon Constituency Conservatives
Stephen Dorrell: Charnwood Conservatives
Nadine Dorries: Mid Bedfordshire Conservative Association
Richard Drax: South Dorset Conservative Association
James Duddridge: Rochford & Southend East Conservative Association
Alan Duncan: Rutland and Melton Conservative Association
Iain Duncan Smith: Chingford & Woodford Green Conservative Association
Philip Dunne: Ludlow Constituency Conservative Association
Michael Ellis: Northampton Central Conservative Association
Jane Ellison: Wandsworth Conservative Group
Tobias Elwood: Boscombe Conservative Club
Charlie Elphicke: Dover and Deal Conservative Association
George Eustice: Camborne Redruth and Hayle Conservative Association
David Evennett: Bexleyheath and Crayford Conservative Association
Liam Fox: North Somerset Conservative Association
Mike Freer: Finchley and Golders Green Conservatives
Roger Gale: North Thanet Conservative Association
David Gauke: South West Hertfordshire Conservative Association
Nick Gibb: Bognor Regis and Littlehampton Conservative Association
John Glen: Salisbury Conservatives Association
Robert Goodwill: Scarborough & Whitby Conservative Association
Michael Gove: Surrey Heath Conservatives
Helen Grant: Maidstone and the Weald Conservative Association
Chris Grayling: Epsom and Ewell Conservative Association
Damian Green: Ashford Constituency Conservative Association
Justine Greening: Wandsworth Conservative Group
Sam Gyimah: East Surrey Conservative Association
Rebecca Harris: Castle Point Conservative Party
Alan Haselhurst: Saffron Walden Conservatives
John Hayes: South Holland and the Deepings Conservative Association
Oliver Heald: North East Hertfordshire Conservative Association
Mark Hoban: Fareham Conservative Association
Kris Hopkins: Keighley Division Conservative Club Buildings Ltd
Jeremy Hunt: South West Surrey Conservative Association
Nick Hurd: Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner Conservative Association
Stewart Jackson: Peterborough Conservative Association
Jo Johnson: Orpington Conservative Association
Andrew Jones: Harrogate and Knaresborough Conservative Association
David Jones: Clwyd West Conservative Association
Daniel Kawczynski: Shrewsbury & Atchen Conservative Association
Simon Kirby: Kemp Town Conservative Association
Greg Knight: East Yorkshire Constituency Conservative Association
Eleanor Laing: Epping Forest Conservative Association
Andrew Lansley: South Cambridgeshire Conservative Association
Andrea Leadsom: Northampton Central Conservative Association
Phillip Lee: Bracknell Conservative Association
Brandon Lewis: Gorleston-on-Sea Conservative Club
Julian Lewis: New Forest East Conservatives
Ian Liddell-Grainger: Bridgwater & West Somerset Conservative Association
David Lidington: Aylesbury Conservative Association
Peter Lilley: Hitchin & Harpenden Conservative Association
Tim Loughton: East Worthing & Shoreham Conservative Association
Anne Main: St Albans Conservative Association
Francis Maude: Horsham Conservative Association
Patrick Mercer: Newark Conservative Association
Anne Milton: Guildford Conservative Association
Andrew Mitchell: Sutton Coldfield Conservative Association
Nicky Morgan: Loughborough Constituency Conservative Association
Stephen Mosley: City of Chester Conservative Assocaition
Andrew Murrison: West Wiltshire Conservative Club Ltd
Brooks Newmark: Braintree Conservative Association
Caroline Nokes: Romsey Working Mens Conservative Club
Matthew Offord: Finchley and Golders Green Conservatives
Eric Ollerenshaw: Wyre & Preston North Conservative Association
Guy Opperman: Hexham Constituency Conservative Association
Richard Ottaway: Croydon Central and South Conservative Federation
Priti Patel: Witham Constituency Conservative Association
John Penrose: Weston-Super-Mare Conservative Club
Claire Perry: Devizes Constitency Conservative Association
Stephen Phillips: Sleaford and North Hykeham Conservative Association
Chris Pincher: Tamworth Conservative Association
Dan Poulter: Central Suffolk and North Ipswich Conservative Association
Mark Prisk: Hertford & Stortford Conservatives
John Randall: Uxbridge and South Ruislip Division Conservative Association
Hugh Robertson: Faversham & Mid-Kent Conservative Association
Andrew Rosindell: Romford Conservative Association
Lee Scott: Ilford Conservative Services Committee
Andrew Selous: South West Bedfordshire Conservative Association
Grant Shapps: Welwyn Hatfield Conservative Association
Alec Shelbrooke: Tadcaster Conservative Campaign Centre
Richard Shepherd: Aldridge-Brownhills Conservative Association
Nicholas Soames: Mid Sussex Conservatives
Caroline Spelman: Solihull Conservative Association
Andrew Stephenson: Pendle Conservative Association
John Stevenson: Carlisle & Penrith & The Border Conservative Associations
Bob Stewart: Beckenham Conservative Association
Mel Stride: Central Devon Conservative Association
Graham Stuart: Beverley & Holderness Conservatives
Julian Sturdy: York Conservative Association
Robert Syms: Poole Conservative Association
David Tredinnick: Bosworth Conservative Association
Theresa Villiers: Chipping Barnet Conservative Association
Charles Walker: Broxbourne Conservative Association
Robert Walker: North Dorset Conservative Association
Angela Watkinson: Hornchurch & Upminster Conservative Association
Mike Weatherley: Brighton and Hove Conservative Association
Heather Wheeler: South Derbyshire Conservative Association
John Whittingdale: Maldon Constituency Conservative Association
Bill Wiggin: North Herefordshire Conservative Association
David Willetts: Havant Conservative Association
Sarah Wollaston: Totnes & District Conservative Club
George Young: North West Hampshire Conservative Association
Nadhim Zahawi: Stratford upon Avon Conservative Association

Names of Every MP Caught in Re-Renting Scandal

IPSA Confirm Re-Renting Scandal
244 MPs Exposed, Cost to Taxpayer of £3.6 Million

Readers will remember Guido’s preview of the “re-renting” scandal, well today the full figures have been released. The taxpayer has been charged a total of £3,632,220 for 244 constituency office leases where the landlord is a political party. MPs claim expenses for their constituency office rent, then pay the money to their parties. It is taxpayer funding of political parties through the backdoor…

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Top 10 Q3 Donors

It’s donations day again. The top ten donors in Q3 were:

Unite the Union : £777,740
USDAW: £618,849
Mr John Griffin: £500,000
The Co-operative Group (CWS) Ltd: £389,723
UNISON: £372,603
GMB: £297,698
Mr Michael S Farmer: £250,000
Mr James R Lupton: £250,000
Communication Workers Union (CWU): £186,409
Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust Ltd: Liberal Democrats £167,667

Ed still happy to take Lennie’s dirty dollar. Top tory donor John Griffin is that lovely chap from Addison Lee. The other eye catching figure is Labour is £12.3m in the red, Tories to the £1.8m. Irony.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

That Permanent Austerity in Full

The usual bedwetters are lining up this morning to proclaim that Cameron signalled never-ending austerity last night. They’re moaning about ideology etcetera.

Have a look at what Dave actually said:

“We have a plan – and we are carefully implementing that plan. Already we have cut the deficit by a third. And we are sticking to the task. But that doesn’t just mean making difficult decisions on public spending. It also means something more profound.

It means building a leaner, more efficient state. We need to do more with less. Not just now, but permanently.

It can be done. Consider these facts. There are 40 per cent fewer people working in the Department for Education – but over 3,000 more free schools and academies, with more children doing tougher subjects than ever before. There are 23,000 fewer administrative roles in the NHS – but 5,000 more doctors, with shorter waiting times. So you can have a leaner, more efficient, more affordable state that actually delivers better results for the taxpayer.”

Guido will believe the “leaner, more efficient, more affordable state” when he sees it, but it is hardly an unreasonable aim? What do the left have against being careful with taxpayers’ money? If you are opposed to efficiency, then you are the ideological one…

Monday, November 11, 2013

Labour Expenses Piggy’s Second Home Heating Bill

Readers will remember disgraced former Labour MP Joan Ryan, kicked out by the voters of Enfield North in 2010 after she was caught “flipping” her second home. Now she is standing for parliament again, pounding the streets listening to constituents’ concerns about their energy bills and campaigning on Labour’s doomed energy price freeze.

Back when she was their MP, Joan had no similar concerns about keeping warm in winter – receipts released during the expenses scandal show that she claimed £2,476 for gas and electricity utility bills for her second home on expenses. Clearly claiming £4,500 for repairs on her Enfield second home before flipping it with her flat in south London was not enough. No wonder local Labour activists begged members not to select her…

Hedge Funds Put Roof Over Tory Heads – Literally

One of Labour’s favourite lines is that the Tories are in the pay of rich City traders, so no doubt they will be pleased to hear millionaire money men will literally be putting a roof over their heads. The Tories will share their new headquarters at 4 Matthew Parker Street with Polar Capital, a hedge fund. And the building is owned by Morley Fund Management who describe themselves “one of the UK’s largest fundmanagers”At least the Treasurer’s Office will not have to travel far for a whip round.

Friday, November 8, 2013

£17 Million Windfall Sends Hunt to Top of Cabinet Rich List

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Taxpayer’s £2 Million on Written Questions Since June

Oral questions tabled in the House make up only a fraction of the total questions asked in parliament. Hundreds of written questions are tabled each day, most with the aim of political point-scoring and each at an average cost of £164 to the taxpayer. New figures show that there have been 11,327 written questions between June and October, costing the taxpayer an approximate total of £1,857,628. The number was released in an answer to a written question, obviously…

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Unite’s Beef With the TPA

Guido thought he had herd it all, but the Taxpayers Alliance have raised the steaks with their suggestion of saving money on grass-cutting by using cattle and sheep to graze on council land. Clearly a vealy good way to provide the taxpayer with value. Surprise, surprise then that Unite are milking it, coming out with an udderly ridiculous statement trying to butcher the policy:

“The credibility of the Taxpayers’ Alliance has to be seriously questioned when ideas taken from medieval times, such as grazing sheep, are wheeled out in its endless quest for publicity. Has the alliance worked out how much it is going to cost to buy these animals and pay the substantial veterinary bills? The prospect we face is hundreds of these animals freely roaming around municipal parks ignoring health and safety considerations when children are playing – and being a prime target for urban rustlers.”

That’s grazy talk.


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