Electoral Commission Fine Tory Fundraisers Over Unreported Donations

The Electoral Commission has fined a Tory fundraising group £1,200 for repeatedly failing to declare donations made to the Conservative Party in excess of £25,000. The National Conservative Draws Society organises lotteries for Tory supporters, giving the proceeds to the party, and it claims to be “one of the most powerful fundraising actvities to help the Conservative Party in recent years”. Yet while the Tories confirmed receiving the money, the Society did not notify the Electoral Commission it was making the donations. They’ve already rolled over and paid it…

Man With Plane Trolls Owen Jones From the Sky

With Owen Jones visiting South Thanet yesterday to campaign for Labour, Simon Moores – an economist, Guardian contributor, councillor and pilot – saw his chance to troll the his lefty colleague from a great height. And troll him he did, by flying this banner over the constituency for the afternoon:

Moores tells Guido:

“I did it off my own back because I can’t stand Owen Jones. I can’t stand economic illiterates and Jones drives me crazy.”

One critic Owen can’t block…

Confirmed: Desmond Gives a Million to UKIP

As Guido reported earlier, and the Express have now confirmed in an ‘exclusive’, Richard Desmond has opened his chequebook and donated a million pounds to UKIP. He says:

“I firmly believe in Ukip. It’s a party for good, ordinary British people. It is not run by elitists. They are struggling to have a voice. They do not have a massive party machine or highly paid public relations people. They are human; they are not perfect and they do not pretend to be. But what they believe in is the best for the British people. They are the sort of people who will stand up for people who are struggling.

I don’t believe Cameron has delivered on his promises. I don’t want to be a member of a club. As Groucho Marx said, I don’t want to join any club that would have me as a member. I always have challenged the establishment and I want to continue to challenge it. I’m giving this money because I believe….as Emerson, Lake and Palmer might put it… Ukip’s political outlook is a ‘fanare for the common man. I want to back our customers, Daily Express readers, who believe in many of Ukip’s common-sense policies on the EU and immigration and taxation. That is why I am putting my hand in my pocket; it is for my customers, my readers. I hope by doing this, it will encourage more people to do the same. 

I want them to stand up like me and be counted. I believe there are still people out there who are frightened to stand up for something new and I hope they will follow my example.”

You read it here first…

Understand the donation came as a surprise to UKIP. Senior staffers, as well as press officers did not know it was coming when Guido put it to them three hours ago. Their laughs of ‘no way’ were genuine…

RUMOUR: Dirty Desmond ‘About to Donate UKIP a Million’

Farage is apparently expected at Express Newspapers’ offices at some point today and Richard Desmond’s deputy Lord Stevens was spotted in Thanet with the UKIP leader on Tuesday.

Usually reliable sources suggest Desmond is about to drop a cool million on the party.

And presumably the endorsement of his publications…

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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