Taxpayer Billed £700,000 For Ex-MP Wind Up Costs

Outgoing MPs billed the taxpayer almost £700,000 in office wind up costs when they stood down or were booted out by voters in May. By Guido’s calculation, new figures released by IPSA today show the 182 MPs who left their seats claimed £691,000 in “winding up” expenses. Most of the claims were submitted in June and July, and Guido is told by IPSA that they are still expecting further claims from tardy ex-MPs. Meaning former MPs are still claiming expenses several months after losing their jobs, and the final total will be considerably higher. 

Disgraced LibDem David “The Jews” Ward was still claiming for shredding well into July, while Tim Yeo was still charging us for his stationery four months after vacating his seat. Troughing ’til the bitter end…

Brussels Bungs of Brexit-Bashing Boffins

Today’s Guardian has gone big on the news that a group of scientists have claimed Brexit would be a “disaster“. “Nothing good can come of it,” according to ‘Scientists For EU’, who boldly insist on their website that “Scientists for EU receives no money from the EU”. Oh really?

Sitting on their board is Laura Sandys, the Europhile former Tory MP who is chair of the European Movement. Which gets £10,000-a-week from the EU.

Next up is Anne Glover. Until last year she was Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission. Literally in the pay of Brussels.

Then there is is Lucy Shackleton, who is European policy manager at Universities UK. On top of grants from Brussels, Universities UK members directly take cash from the EU’s regional development fund. Swansea University for example paid for a new campus with EU cash.

Scientists for EU receives no money from the EU”, but their board members do…

H/T @raheemkassam

Burnham Blew £338,000 on Failed Leadership Bid

Andy Burnham wasted a total of £338,163 on his doomed bid for the Labour leadership, a Guido investigation can reveal. Our analysis of the final declared leadership donations shows Corbyn raked in almost £370,000 from private donors, the public, trade unions and terror supporters. This includes a £50,000 interest free loan from Unite which the union kindly wrote off in September. If Jez can’t even pay off his own debts…

Burnham and Cooper both blew over £330,000 each, while Liz Kendall received just over £160,000. The losing candidates wasted the best part of a million quid on their failed leadership bids…

“People’s Momentum” Promotes “Our Values” With Million Pound Flat

Readers will remember how last month Jeremy Corbyn’s official campaign group rebranded to become the “People’s Momentum”, a red guard run by hard-left activist Jon Lansman. It vowed to “put our values, the people’s values, back into politics. To do this, we need to keep up the momentum we have built over the last four months”. John McDonnell said he wanted the group to“transform our democracy and our way of doing politics. We are part of this wider social movement, running an economy in the interests of all”. Oh really?

Typical properties in the Shad Thames development to which Momentum is registered

Strange, then, that the “People’s Momentum” company address is registered to a million pound luxury riverside apartment in Shad Thames, one of central London’s most prestigious developments with an onsite concierge and views of Tower Bridge. It’s somewhere you usually find yuppie City traders rather than red flag-waving socialists. Must be what they mean by “the people’s values” and “an economy in the interests of all”…

Shameless EU Sockpuppets Bunged Another €200,000 By Brussels

Yesterday Guido brought you the news that Agra Europe, a Brexit-scaremongering think tank which claims to be “independent“, had directly received €36,000 from the European Union. Today he can reveal that the true figure is far higher.

Agra CEAS is a consultancy firm that is a sister company of Agra Europe – both are owned by Informa UK. A search of the European Commission Financial Transparency System reveals that, just last year, Agra CEAS was awarded a massive €209,825 contract by the EU’s agriculture programme. So that’s €36,000 of taxpayers’ money going directly to Agra Europe, and another €200,000 bunged to its sister firm. Within months, they had published a damning report claiming “A British exit from the European Union would have a devastating effect on the nation’s farmers”, so Brussels certainly got bang for our buck. Textbook sockpuppetry attempting to skew the referendum debate…

UPDATE: Agra get in touch to say the €36,000 contract is a subscription paid by the European Commission for their news services, and stress the €200,000 relates to an “independent consultancy”. One that is owned by the same company…

‘Independent’ Brexit Scaremongers Funded By Brussels

This week a new report on “Preparing for Brexit” was released by the Agra Europe think tank, billed by the Observer as “independent London-based analysts” who “track EU and UK policy”. The findings were damning:

“A British exit from the European Union would have a devastating effect on the nation’s farmers, leaving only the most efficient 10% able to survive”

Good knocking copy for the remainers, though are its authors really “independent”?

Guess who was awarded a £36,000 EU contract “on the direction of the President”? Informa UK, the company which runs – that’s right – Agra Europe. Not only that, what was the “subject” of the contract? Agra Europe itself. What a coincidence that these “independent” analysts promoting Brexit scare stories are actually in the pay of Brussels…

This is how the EU plans to skew the referendum debate, quietly funding thousands of pro-EU “independent” voices. The list is long – Guido is watching…

Corbyn’s £150,000 Recruitment Drive to Solve Office “Mess”

Yesterday Guido revealed that Jeremy Corbyn’s constituents have been complaining that they are not getting any response from his office. According to his assistant, Ruth Clarke, since becoming leader “Jeremy’s inbox is a mess”:

“He is receiving thousands of emails and the Westminster office is setting up a new system to deal with them.”

The forgotten people of Islington will be pleased to hear that Labour today began advertising for a new £31,000-a-year organiser in their Islington office. From this morning Corbyn is also looking for a private secretary and diary manager, both on £41,000 each. He also wants a policy adviser on £33,000. Successful candidates must have the ability to stick to the same line for two weeks running…

Corbyn Condemns Terror Donor But Keeps Cash

Following Guido’s story yesterday that Jeremy Corbyn accepted a £5,000 donation from a man who supports Palestinian terrorism, the Labour leader has condemned Ted Honderich but is refusing to hand back the cash. Corbyn’s spokesman tells the Telegraph:

“The donation was made but Jeremy does not agree with his statements on terrorism. Jeremy is opposed to the use of violence.”

If he really thought that strongly about it he would give the money back. As it stands his campaign was funded by a terror supporter…

Terror Supporter Donated £5,000 to Corbyn’s Leadership Campaign

Jeremy Corbyn accepted a £5,000 donation from a man who claimed Palestinians have a “moral right” to terrorism. Prof. Ted Honderich, who donated the money to Corbyn’s leadership campaign last month, wrote in a 2011 letter to the […]

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George Osborne’s Budget Irresponsibility

Parliament is voting on George Osborne’s Charter for Budget Responsibility today. The Chancellor’s claim to be running a responsible budget is risible given public sector debt has doubled during his time in office. It is now approaching £1.5 trillion, or […]

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Stephen Tall’s Naked Streak Down Whitehall

Fair play to LibDem blogger Stephen Tall, who lost his bet on how many seats his party would get at the election and has honoured his promise to streak down Whitehall naked:

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“Unfortunate Victim” Tim Yeo Suing Sunday Times

Tim Yeo

Disgraced former Tory MP Tim Yeo is suing the Sunday Times for libel over three articles from 2013. Readers will remember the paper alleged that when Yeo was chairman of the Energy & Climate Change Select Committee, he offered two […]

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