Man Destroyed By Gordon Returns the Favour

The head of UK investment banking for Lehman Brothers when the doomed financiers went under has turned his life around and is now seeking revenge: to the tune of a £75,000 donation to the Tories. According to a profile in Globe and Mail, the appropriately named Michael Tory “went to bed on Sept. 14, 2008, with a feeling of dread”, then the next day “found himself out of a job and almost out of money”.

“It went up in smoke that day,” says Tory, but in the years that followed he set up his own firm and has made enough to be writing large cheques to the party that shares his name. All in it together… a true success story of a hardworking person winning the global race etc.

Labour Lead in Short Campaign Donations (Thanks to Unions)

Donations from Monday 30 March to Sunday 5 April:

  • Conservative Party – £501,850
  • Co-operative Party – £13,792
  • Green Party – £8,400
  • Labour Party – £1,887,312
  • Liberal Democrats – £20,000
  • United Kingdom Independence Party – £35,416

That Unite million has saved Ed’s bacon…

Put Her Down as a Maybe

Good to see Labour targeting their resources well…

Murphy Blows Labour’s “Fiscal Responsibility” Line

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Well that didn’t take long. The IFS verdict on Labour’s manifesto is in: “Literally we would not know what we were voting for if we were going to vote for Labour”. They aren’t the only ones who are confused…

Here is Jim Murphy blowing Miliband’s fiscal responsibility line out of the water this afternoon:

“Ed was really clear at the UK manifesto launch today. It’s only Labour that will end austerity.”

Which is literally the opposite of what Miliband actually said:

“it is a manifesto which shows Labour is not only the party of change but the party of responsibility too… A clear vow to protect our nation’s finances… The deficit will be cut every year… This commitment to fiscal responsibility is the foundation.”

Forcing Chuka to slap down Murphy on the Daily Politics:

“The leader of the Scottish Labour Party will not be in charge of the UK budget.”

It is almost as if in England Labour are telling voters they will make cuts and can be trusted to be responsible, but in Scotland they are vowing to end Tory austerity. As the IFS say, “Literally we would not know what we were voting for…”

Dugher Defeated: Labour’s War on Motorists Back On

“Labour car war is over- New transport chief’s vow to help road users” screamed the Mirror late last year. The then new Shadow Transport Secretary Michael Dugher promised: “to stop demonising motorists and start championing them as it declared its war on drivers was over… he admitted drivers have for too long been seen as a “cash cow” for governments who cream cash off them with fuel taxes and penalties.”

Fast forward four months and Labour’s manifesto promises to scrap two of the most vital road upgrades in the country, to freeze rail fares for just one year:

“The cost, of just over £200 million, will be fully funded by switching spending within the existing transport budget from delaying road projects on the A27 and A358 for which the economic case is still uncertain.”

The A27 is one of the busiest trunk roads in the UK, a vital connection to Portsmouth. Anyone heading toward the West-Country will know the A303/A358 corridor is a mess. It seems Labour have all but given up on the South…

Red Peril: The 52 Labour Candidates Who Oppose Trident

This is the full list of Labour parliamentary candidates who are on the record opposing the renewal of Trident:

Diane ABBOTT, Hackney North and Stoke Newington
George AYLETT, South West Wiltshire
Jane BASHAM, South Suffolk
Barry BLACK, Aberdeenshire West and Kincardine
Lesley BRENNAN, Dundee East
Matthew BROWN, Louth and Horncastle
Richard BURGON, Leeds East
Edward CARLSSON BROWNE, Harwich and North Essex
Katy CLARK, North Ayrshire and Arran
Anna CODA, Hereford and South Herefordshire
Michael CONNARTY, Linlithgow and Falkirk East
Sally COPLEY, Oxford West & Abingdon
Jeremy CORBYN, Islington North
Ian DAVIDSON, South West Glasgow
Andrew DISMORE, Hendon
David DREW, Stroud
Malcolm FINCKEN, Braintree
Roger GODSIFF, Birmingham Hall Green
John GROGAN, Keighley
Louise HAIGH, Sheffield Heeley
Kelvin HOPKINS, Luton North
Huw JONES, South East Cambridgeshire
Hugh LANNING, Canterbury
Mark LAZAROWICZ, Edinburgh North and Leith
Clive LEWIS, Norwich South
John McDONNELL, Hayes and Harlington
Matthew MAHABADI, South Holland and the Deepings
Graeme MORRICE, Livingston
Grahame MORRIS, Easington
Andy NEWMAN, Chippenham
Scott NICHOLSON, Perth and North Perthshire
Kate OSAMOR, Edmonton
Sandra OSBORNE, Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Nick PALMER, Broxtowe
Nancy PLATTS, Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven
Kerry POLLARD, St Albans
Charlynne PULLEN, Mid-Bedfordshire
Mike ROBB, Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Lee RUSHWORTH, Penrith and the Border
Lloyd RUSSELL-MOYLE, Lewes and Seahaven
Purna SEN, Brighton Pavilion
Andrew SMITH, Oxford East
Peter SMITH, South West Norfolk
Alex SOBEL, Leeds North West
Jo STEVENS, Cardiff Central
David STOKES, Bournemouth West
Graham STRINGER, Blackley and Broughton
Michael TAYLOR, Hazel Grove
Chris VINCE, Chelmsford
Catherine WEST, Hornsey and Wood Green
Julian WARE-LANE, Southend West
Russell WHITING, Suffolk Coastal

Will they do a deal with the SNP?

Mensch Funding Anti-UKIP Fight

Louise Mensch’s stoic Twitter followers will be well aware that she really doesn’t like UKIP. She usually reminds us around midday UK time, when the sun comes up in New York. Mensch is bankrolling the election campaigns of Tory MPs facing close fights with UKIP challengers. As previously reported, she bunged £2,000 to Jackie Doyle-Price to help her battle Tim Aker in Thurrock, and now another £5,000 to Rebecca Harris in Castle Point, where Farage launched UKIP’s election campaign. Well at least she is putting her money where her tweets are.

UPDATE:

Gordon Promises Scots £800,000,000… From a Tax on Bankers’ Bonuses!

You could not make it up. Despite no longer being an MP, Gordon is back and making outlandish spending claims in Scotland.

The former Prime Mentalist has told a Glasgow audience that Labour will spend £800 million more in Scotland to “end austerity”:

And here are the fantasy numbers:

That would be the tax on bankers’ bonuses that Labour have already spent 11 times:

Oh dear…

James May Hints He’s Off With Clarkson

“We work very much as a package.”

Buy ITV and BSkyB…

UPDATE:

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Looks like Hammond’s off too:

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Rachel Reeves Finally Admits Bedroom Tax is Not a Tax

How does the aspiring Work and Pensions Secretary want to raise money for Labour’s new flagship policy in Scotland?

Reeves wants to scrap the bedroom ‘tax’ and “use the savings” to raise £175 million.[…] Read the rest

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Chris Leslie Offered Fake Donor Manifesto Influence

Tonight’s Dispatches makes very awkward viewing for Labour’s Chris Leslie, who is secretly filmed offering influence over manifesto policy to an undercover businessman posing as a party donor. Leslie is told by a Labour fundraising chief that Paul Wilmott is a “prospective donor”, then takes him for tea at the Marriott Hotel in Westminster where they discuss the Financial Transaction Tax.[…] Read the rest

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Ed’s 2010 Leadership Campaign Financed By Hedge Fund Tycoon Second Mayfair Based Offshore Hedge Fund Backer Revealed

In his speech to Scottish Labour this morning Ed Miliband has just attacked tax avoidance by hedge funds. It is a regular theme, he was attacking the Tories as “the party of Mayfair hedge funds” at PMQs last month only for it to be revealed last week that one of Labour’s biggest donors after the unions was in fact a Mayfair based hedge fund trader.[…] Read the rest

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UKIP Tell Atkinson to Lawyer Up

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Guido hears that suspended MEP Janice Atkinson was told by UKIP’s legal team this morning that there was nothing they could do for her and that she had better get criminal representation very quickly. Apparently Section 6 of the 2006 Fraud Act was the topic of breakfast discussion this morning…[…] Read the rest

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UKIP Suspend Janice Atkinson

UKIP have suspended MEP Janice Atkinson over allegations of financial irregularities. A spokesman says:

“The party is incredibly disappointed with Ms. Atkinson, who appears to have exercised extremely poor judgement in acting in a way that the party has never, and would never condone.

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Gloria De Piero Shopped For Leaflet Expenses

Labour’s Gloria De Piero is the latest MP to be shopped to the parliamentary authorities for blatant electioneering on the taxpayer. Sending out a survey just days before the Dissolution of Parliament, Gloria invites anyone who completes it to visit her in Westminster – somewhat presumptuous for a member defending a 192 majority in May.[…] Read the rest

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Raging Red Len Attacks Miliband’s Media ‘Minnows’

Red Len is angry, specifically at Miliband’s spinners:

“What is also regrettable about the Sunday Times article is the apparent obsession of the media team around Ed Miliband who are constantly seeking opportunities for Ed to “face down Red Len” and Unite in order to show his macho authority.

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