Iain Dale’s Date in the Diary

The cops swooped after Iain Dale finished his LBC show last night, quizzing him about his seaside spat with nuke-nutter Stuart Holmes. He has to go back down Brighton to face more questions tomorrow by appointment with Sussex Police. He should be fine, it’s not like there is taped evidence…

Evans in Court

He has been bailed to return for trial on October 4th. 

Pic via @judithmoritz

MacShane Justice Delayed

The MacShane case has been adjourned, at his request, because he is on holiday. Guido will have to try that one next time…

Call for Union Regulator to Investigate Unite for Fraud
Unite Officials Could Face Four Fraud Charges Over Falkirk

FRAUD

certificationThe official trade union Certification Officer – who by law regulates trade unions – is being asked to investigate Unite over allegations that the signing up of Unite union members to the Labour Party in Falkirk without their knowledge or permission is an act of fraud. The Trade Union Reform Council (TURC), which is backed by 12 MPs, alleges that there are legal grounds for making 4 criminal charges of fraud against Unite union officials.

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The Certification Officer has statutory powers to direct an organisation at any time, if he thinks there is good reason to do so, to produce relevant documents to aid his investigations, this could mean the Labour Party is forced to reveal the suppressed report of its own investigation into the goings on in Falkirk. The Certification Officer is almost certain to begin an investigation which could result in all the dirty washing being revealed. Fraud is an imprisonable offence…

Full text of TURC call to Certification Officer for Unite investigation:

No Show Yeo Incriminated Himself

No Show Yeo

Tim Yeo agreed to go on Sky’s Murnaghan Show last night and backed out this morning – perhaps he feared further incriminating himself. Guido believes that on the evidence of what Tim Yeo said on film to the Sunday Times he admitted to offences under the Bribery Act 2010.  Guido will be writing to Metropolitan Police Commissioner drawing attention to the evidence. When we did the same in the Jim Devine case he was sentenced to 16 months…

Drugs, Cash and Labour Leaflets

The Jonah curse struck again yesterday as the Prime Mentalist’s photo op pal Abid Hussian was jailed for a £19 million money laundering racket. Labour MP Fabian Hamilton turned up at his trial to provide a character reference, insisting that Abid was a “moral, honest” guy and that “it was far more likely it was a bag full of leaflets” than a bag full of drug cash that he was smuggling into the country. Leaflets like these perhaps?

Probably time to stop talking…

Jailed £19 Million Money Launderer Was Doomed

Community ‘hero’ Abid Hussain has been jailed for his part in a £19 million money laundering racket, working with crime gangs in the Middle East to smuggle drug money into the UK. It all started to go wrong for Abid (second from left next to Labour MP Fabian Hamilton, who gave him a character reference in court) after a trip to Downing Street in 2010:

He was doomed.

Shamed MacShane Becomes Lobbyist

In Guido’s Sun column yesterday we revealed that the disgraced former MP Denis MacShane has become a lobbyist despite still under police investigation for expenses fiddles. The laptop grabber is currently hawking around his CV in which he describes himself as a self-employed consultant based in “London, Paris and Washington”, “advising Asian, US and UK based firms on government policy problems and media strategy”. For some reason the would-be lobbyist’s CV doesn’t mention why he was kicked out of Parliament and remains to this day under investigation by the Metropolitan Police.

His alleged new offices in “London, Paris and Washington” will be a big step up from his old office – the garage of his semi-detached house in Rotherham – for which over 8 years he pocketed £125,000 in office rent expenses from the taxpayer

Eric Joyce Explains Arrest

Eric Joyce has been in touch following his latest arrest:

“The account you have is pretty much it. Unpleasant and unhelpful Edinburgh airport baggage man (I gave him my flight and seat no, 18D, at least six times but

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WATCH: Bercow Announces Nigel Evans Office Searched

The Speaker has announced that with a Warrant from Preston Crown Court, he allowed a Member’s office to be searched.

“I wish to report to the House that the rooms of a Member were searched yesterday pursuant to a warrant

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Huhne Out

Released this morning after serving eight weeks of an eight month sentence.[…]

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Clock Ticking For MacShane

Some good news to end the week on: police have handed a file of evidence against Denis MacShane to the CPS.

Decision time…

Read all Guido’s stories on expenses cheat MacShane here.

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