Bob Geldof Speaking Gigs: No Charity Requests Please

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Fresh from his ill-fated waterborne intervention during the referendum, Bob Geldof is looking for work as a corporate after dinner speaker. Bob’s agent has emailed round promising “Sir Bob’s keynotes are always bespoke and tailored completely to client’s requirements”. Apparently Geldof has “been paying a lot of attention to international politics” and is “very relevant to so many international businesses right now”. Sounds like he really needs the money:

“We also have a couple of other opportunities with Bob for ‘filler’ events where we can consider reduced fees and would already have the international airfares covered either in full or part.”

Geldof’s biography on his agent’s website boasts of his charity work but there is a message for anyone who tries to book him: “Please note: we are unable to assist with any charitable requests”.

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Give him your f***ing money…

MP’s Social Media Expenses Paid to Labour Crony

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If an MP had spent a whopping £7,000 of taxpayers’ money on top tech gear, “comms management” and social media training, you would expect to see some results. Ruth Cadbury billed the taxpayer for a Macbook Pro, an iPad Air 2 and an office full of new computers, as well as funnelling £2,575 to former Gordon Brown SpAd Caroline Badley to teach her, among other things, how to use social media. Your money well spent? After the social media splurge Ruth has a measly 680 Facebook followers, just 5,000 odd Twitter followers, and a grand total of zero YouTube subscribers. Is this taxpayer cash actually being spent on anything or is it just lining the pockets of a Labour crony?

Brexit Boom! Post-Referendum Consumer Spending Surge

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Despite claims from Remainers that a Brexit vote would see consumer confidence plummet, new figures out today show spending has surged since the referendum. Just a few weeks ago Remain doom-mongers were writing about a “dent in confidence”, how people were “gloomy” about their finances and wanted to “rein in spending” because of the Leave vote. Yet analysis from Visa and Markit shows a “sharp” rise in expenditure of 1.6% year-on-year in July, up from 0.9 percent in June. There’s been an 8.9% rise in spending at restaurants, a 5.2% rise in recreational spending and a 3.9% rise in spending on clothing. In the first week after the referendum consumer spending rose 2.14%. Rather than rein in spending, Brexit Britain is booming…

UN Deletes Article Calling Hamas Operative “Hero”

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The United Nations has deleted a webpage calling charity worker Mohammed El-Halabi a “humanitarian hero” after he was arrested for funnelling millions of pounds of aid to Hamas’ military wing. An archived version of the page quotes El-Halabi claiming to have “fully dedicated my life to helping people and children”, he said the best part of his job was “managing to restore the smiles of children”. Instead he allegedly stole the money meant for those children and funnelled it to Hamas fighters, sending the terror group £5.5 million a year. You can still view El-Halabi’s glowing UN profile here

Dave’s New Landlord Blasted Brussels and Talked Up Brexit

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David Cameron’s new landlord reckons Britain will be “richer” and “more plentiful” outside the EU. Dave and the family have moved into a three-storey end-of-terrace house in Chelsea, which would usually rent for £11,000-a-month. Its owner Dominic Johnson is an old friend and is letting the Camerons stay there for free. Johnson runs an asset management firm and used to be a full-blown Europhile, that was until last year when he said he had “fallen out of love” with the EU:

“I was pretty clear that I would vote to stay in – regardless of the outcome of any negotiation. But then I started to look more closely at the facts… If the UK left the EU (assuming trade treaties and other issues can still be negotiated), I do not believe that it would make any difference at all to the ease – or difficulty – of trade for our industry in the EU. Indeed, the fact that London has to suffer under the weight of such EU regulation is currently a deterrent for international boutiques locating here. If we leave, we may even get richer and our human capital more plentiful.”

Johnson then set Cameron four tough targets for reform and said if they were not achieved he would not be able to “stay committed” to the EU. Is Dave’s new landlord a Brexiteer? He can’t escape them these days…

60% Pay Rise for Manchester Council Fat Cats

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Senior staff at Manchester council have been awarded pay rises of up to 60% while blaming the Tories for cuts in the city. While other staff see a standard 1% increase, council chiefs such as the “Head of Children and Families” will be receiving another £30,358 on top of their £50,442 salary – rising to £80,800 overall. Five staff are getting pay bumps of up to 12.5% to £125,000. In all, the pay rises for council fat cats will cost Manchester taxpayers £112,895. Richard Leese, who has now led Manchester’s Labour council for 20 years, moaned about t’cuts last year, claiming “I think it’s going to hit the poorest people in our country and it’s bad news for Manchester.” Austerity? What austerity? Wonder what wannabe Manchester mayor Andy Burnham thinks…

UPDATE: John Leech, former LibDem MP in Manchester, comments:

“These increases are frankly disgusting. The council is now clutching at straws because they’ve been caught dishing out indefensible pay rises. They are now trying to justify these enormous pay rises at a time when other members of staff are getting just 1 per cent, and residents are being told that services have to be cut.”

DfID Funding Hamas Scandal Charity

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DfID has given £27 million to a charity whose lead organiser in Gaza has just been arrested for funnelling 60% of his budget to Hamas. World Vision’s Mohammed El-Halabi was seized in an operation by Israeli intelligence and is accused of moving “tens of millions” of aid money to Hamas’ military wing. A Hamas member, Halabi allegedly “infiltratedWorld Vision in 2005 with the explicit intention to steal money and funnel it to fighters. He gave £5.5 million every year to the terror group – including 40% of the charity’s civilian project fund. World Vision is funded by the British taxpayer through DfiD’s aid programme. That’s the first budget for Priti Patel to shut down then…

UPDATE: Luke Akehurst, Director of We Believe in Israel, says:

“Kind-hearted Brits have given tens of thousands of pounds to a Christian charity to help needy children in Gaza, only to find out they were duped and their money stolen and diverted to fund Hamas’s terrorist activities. It’s outrageous that instead of helping Gazan children being fed and clothed, Hamas prefers to build terrorist infrastructure, dig attack tunnels into Israel, pay their terrorist fighters and buy missiles that will be used against Israeli civilians.”

UPDATE II: A DfID spokesman says that money given to World Vision was not designed to go to the Palestinian Territories, however they concede they did give money to the charity’s Gaza appeal in 2014 as part of the Disaster Emergency Committee. They cannot rule out that some of this money may have found its way into Halabi’s hands…

Dave’s £225 Swimming Trunks From Designer Notting Hill Shop

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The Sun has snapped some unflattering pictures of Dave on holiday in Porto Vecchio – their headline across a double page spread reads “Blue Whale Spotted Off Corsica”. Even more eye-catching is the fact that the former PM is wearing a pair of £225 swimming trunks. Guido has found them on the swish Orlebar Brown website, which offers pricey “designer swimwear” and “expertly tailored shorts” for gentlemen of a fuller figure. Cameron chose the “Bulldog” trunks, which feature a print of guests around a swimming pool at the luxury Hotel du Cap Eden-Roc in Antibes:

“Based on the traditional 17 piece pattern of a man’s suit trouser, the Bulldog is not just a swim short – but a short you can swim in. A perfect bridge short, tailored for style, comfort and performance. Wear on and off the beach.”

They come in up to a 41 inch waist and have engraved side fasteners to adjust. Get the look here or at any of Orlebar Brown’s shops in Mayfair, Notting Hill and Chelsea…

Woolfe’s £5,000 PayPal Receipt: Deposit Paid Just In Time

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Guido has got hold of the PayPal receipt for Steven Woolfe’s £5,000 UKIP leadership deposit, showing he paid the money at 11:35am, 25 minutes before the midday deadline. His nomination papers were not received until 12:17pm due to a “technical glitch”.[…]

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Kinnock ‘Hid Daughter’s £29,000-a-Year Private School’ During Selection

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Stephen Kinnock has been accused of hiding his daughter’s private education during his selection process for his seat. In 2014 Kinnock told Wales Online that “it is highly misleading to say that our daughter attended a private school”. Except Johanna Kinnock did attend a private school from 2013 to 2015, the prestigious £29,000-a-year Atlantic College in the Vale of Glamorgan.[…]

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Victoria’s Secret Lingerie and 5 Star Hotels: Welsh Govt’s £7.5 Million Credit Card Spend

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The Welsh government spent £7,508,490.17 of taxpayers’ money on credit card transactions over the last Assembly, including purchases from lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret, iTunes subscriptions, Yachtwear, and items from IKEA, as well as stays in luxury five star hotels. A Freedom of Information response reveals that in total, ministers and civil servants spent an average of £1.5 million a year, with an average spend of £5,893.50 per card last year alone – more than double the UK average.[…]

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UK Taxpayers’ £245 Million Loan to Corruption-Hit Brazilian Oil Firm

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Scandal-hit Brazilian oil company Petrobras received £250 million from the UK taxpayer last year, extending its credit line to over £1.1 billion. While loans to companies buying British goods is fairly standard practice, the government decided to extend Petrobras’ line of credit after it became embroiled in a huge corruption and bribery scandal that led to the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff.[…]

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Secret Labour Funds Offering £25 to Vote for Corbyn

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Guido can reveal the existence of several new funds offering to help people pay the £25 charge to vote for Corbyn, after Labour yesterday shut down a Just Giving page doing the same thing. One private Facebook group named “Gimme 25” has amassed almost 3,000 members.[…]

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‘Barry Boy’ Owen Smith Lived in Stunning Surrey Home

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Self-proclaimed “Barry boy” Owen Smith lived in a huge house in Surrey while he worked as an £80,000-a-year lobbyist for Pfizer, Guido can reveal. Despite his much-vaunted working class credentials, our pictures show the Labour leadership contender lived in a stunning four bedroom home in the desirable stockbroker belt village of Westcott.[…]

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£1,800 on ‘Social Media Strategy’, But SNP MP Has Just 6 YouTube Subscribers

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Have you ever heard of SNP MP Anne McLaughlin? Guido hadn’t either. So it’s perhaps forgiveable that she’d want to boost her profile by claiming £1,800 on expenses for “Social Media Consultancy” as part of an attempt to build a “Social Media Strategy”.[…]

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Max Mosley Gives Tom Watson £200,000

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Tom Watson has declared a massive £200,000 donation from multi-millionaire former Monaco-based tax exile Max Mosley. The Murdophobe fan of German-themed parties had previously written Watson a cheque for £40,000 last year. Watson says the new cash is “to support my office as Deputy Leader and Shadow Cabinet Office Minister”:

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Mosley of course spent years avoiding tax in Monaco, returning to the UK in 2010 when he complainedI now have to pay tax here”.[…]

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