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 of around £20 a day doing around 6 hours work. I was told I could only claim for the cost of a zones 1-2 travel, which was £4.60.”

Guido put the new allegation to the Tories this afternoon but at the time of going to pixel they have so far refused to comment, instead demanding to know the identity of our source. Guido can however reveal that they were not doing phone canvassing as previous spin suggested. Does only stumping up for the tube fare for Zones 1-2 really constitute “reasonable travel expenses”? Come and campaign for the Tory party, so long as you’re rich enough to live in central London…

Tories in ‘Economic Plan’ Row With Campaigners

The Tories landed a cool £8,345,687 in donations last quarter, but a row has broken over whether the miserly skinflints at CCHQ are failing to pay their reams of election “volunteers”. The well respected Graduate Fog campaign site highlight how Tory HQ are advertising for young turks to “assist with different aspects of the party’s work”, an unfortunate choice of words since “work” falls under Minimum Wage Law.

Tory sources insist these are genuine volunteers mainly doing telephone canvassing – and there is of course a distinction between that an real work – but why then do they need “excellent written communication skills” and “knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite”? “Successful candidates” are only offered “lunch and reasonable travel expenses”.

Westminster North Tories meanwhile are looking for “campaign assistants” to help with “administration, data entry, analysis and day to day running of a busy office”. How much will they be paid for what certainly sounds like real work? “Travel expenses within London” is all that is on offer. Clearly the party is clued up on the internal memo from last year explaining how to word job adverts to get away with not paying interns.

As Graduate Fog put it:

“Are interns at the Conservative Campaign Headquarters really free to saunter in and out as they wish? Having spoken to interns on previous political campaigns, that seems unlikely. They all say they worked like dogs.”

Seems there is no long term economic plan for these hardworking people…

Broke Greens Beg For Taxpayer Cash


Despite their relative popularity in the polls, the Greens raised just £248,520 last quarter. Natalie Bennett is out with her begging bowl this afternoon demanding the taxpayer foot the bill for her party’s inability to raise funds:

“For too long now the issue of party funding has been kicked into the long grass by the establishment parties at Westminster. It is abundantly clear that urgent reform is required to restore confidence in our scandal-ridden funding system. To cut the rot of vested interests from our politics we should move towards a system of state funding for political parties.”

For all that is wrong with the current system, it’s better than party politics being paid for at the taxpayer’s expense. C’mon Vivienne Westwood, get your chequebook out…

Labour Transparency King Takes Donation From Private Equity Adviser

Labour’s squeaky clean Treasury select committee rent-a-quote John Mann is very hot on party funding this morning, having a little whinge about big Tory money in his constituency:

That would be the same John Mann who, new Electoral Commission figures reveal, has just bagged a £2,500 donation from mega-bucks CVC Capital private equity adviser Sir Trevor Chinn. Chinn has also given Labour £25,000 in the last quarter. If only there was someone Guido could phone for a comment…

“Inappropriate” Tax Experts Labour’s Biggest Non-Union Donors

PriceWaterhouse Coopers, whom Margaret Hodge condemned earlier this month, gave almost £400,000 to Labour in the last quarter.

Also blows out of the water Labour’s line that they are being massively outspent…

Exposed: Another Tax Avoiding Labour Donor

The Mirror report that the latest celeb to be caught up in an alleged tax avoidance scheme is former Man United manager Alex Ferguson:

Investors in Eclipse Film Partners No 35 LLP collectively ploughed £50million into the fund, which totalled £840million after huge loans were taken on. They then bought rights to Disney films Enchanted and Underdog before sub-leasing them back in a deal with the studio.

While this is a common industry deal, HMRC said the scheme was designed purely to exploit tax breaks on film investment and that the LLP was not trading.”

That would be longstanding Labour donor Sir Alex, who even auctioned off his team talk notes to raise £10,000 for the party, and who Miliband has been tipped to recruit as an election guru. It’s the Disney tax scheme, because he disnae pay his taxes (allegedly)…

No Hands On DECC


The Department of Energy & Climate Change paid £600 to promote just one job on the business social network LinkedIn. Despite the advert being seen by 4,162 people, the number of people who clicked on it was precisely zero.

According to an FoI request, the cash was shelled out to the recruitment agency Penna who “promoted” the vacancy on LinkedIn for them.

Efficient, data driven and on the ball with new technology; it’s everything we’ve come to expect from the DECC.


Tories Charging “Cash for Access” to Meet Dave Tomorrow

This pinged into the inboxes of some lucky Tories in the south of England this afternoon. The line in bold has sparked local outrage:

Party Members are invited to meet
The Prime Minister
in Portsmouth
Tuesday 17 February 2015
commencing at 2.30pm
Due to security requirements, attendees must
Members who wish to attend should register their request by email to
by 5.00pm on Monday 16 February 2015.
Accepted applicants will be advised of the event location by email on Monday evening.
A donation of £10 per head, payable upon entrance, would be much appreciated to cover the costs of the event.
Please bring a form of photo identification to the event.

Making money from room-meat. Guido is awaiting comment to find out whether this is new standard procedure. They’ve dropped the prices from last week though, down from £5,000-a-plate to a tenner on the door…

UPDATE: A co-conspirator gets in touch to say it was the same in Northfield. Birmingham last Friday. Ten pound a head…

Show Us Your Receipt, Ed!

Talking of cash in hand, Miliband had the roofers in to his North London home last year.

He did get a receipt, didn’t he?[…]


Stanley Fink to Ed Miliband: Bring It On

Stanley Fink is very angry with Miliband using him as a tax dodging tool to try beat up the PM earlier. He has a pretty good explanation for his Swiss bank account too:

“I challenge you to repeat your allegation outside of the House of Commons – or to withdraw it publically [sic].” 




Daylight Rubbery! Condoms in Venezuela Cost $755

Retailers in Venezuela will soon be wrapping up their businesses as the price of condoms in the joyless socialist dystopia climax at $755 a pack. The population is split and the secret police have been unsheathed to restore order, accusing businesses of running Trojan hoarding operations.[…]


Polly’s “Precarious” Guardian Has £850 Million Cash Reserves

Polly Toynbee has a full page advert in today’s Guardian asking readers to “become a Founder member” for £540-a-year. In other words write them a cheque because the £1.60 they pay to read the paper isn’t enough to save it from its “precarious” position:

“The Guardian’s life has always been precarious because we don’t have an owner or a corporation propping us up.



Jim Murphy Breaks Silence on Expenses Irn-Bru

Finally – some seven hours later – Murphy’s spinners have worked out a line on his shocking Irn-Bru expenses claims. A Scottish Labour Party spokesperson said:

“As most people know, Mr Murphy drinks bucket loads of of Irn Bru. Over the years it’s thought that he has single-handedly kept the House of Commons Irn-Bru supplier in business.



Tim’s Troughing Far From Yeo-ver


Three decades of his MPs’ salary, expenses and all those lucrative green energy interests and troughing Tory Tim Yeo is still at it. As Guido revealed in yesterday’s Sun, even though he is leaving Westminster in just three months, Yeo has hired his long-suffering wife Diane as his new office assistant.[…]


Blair Already Back Electioneering For Labour

There was plenty of chatter in the broadsheets this weekend about what, if any, role Tony Blair would play in the coming Labour election campaign. However – as readers of the Sun on Sunday would know – Mr Tony was already back and doing his part to raise cash for candidates last week.[…]


McXlusive: Jim Murphy Claims For Irn-Bru on Expenses

Jim Murphy portrays himself as the Irn Bru street fighter, campaigning on crates with a bottle in his hand. A man of the people…

Now Guido can reveal that not only is Murphy so out of touch that he drinks his Bru from a glass, the Scottish Labour leader gets the taxpayer to pay for his supply on expenses.[…]


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