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 he said he was busy and would be back shortly); a ludicrously over-reacting transport cop who’d already identified me and made it clear he’d be taking ‘no nonsense’, when I was simply asking for my ‘phone back (the Telegraph is saying i was trying to get back onto the ‘plane, for some reason).  I said I’d simply leave and one cop said; ‘best thing’ and the other said ‘not ’til I let you’.  I replied pointing out that he wasn’t letting me report my ‘phone missing nor letting me leave. At that point he arrested me with entirely un-necessary physical force.  

I’ve now seen the press reports and I’m literally astonished at the police.  I was not charged, not interviewed, did not even have statements taken, was not examined and when I was released the cops said they were taking no further action at that point. They said it was up to the Procurator Fiscal to decide if any further action was in the public interest.   Now their press folk are telling media I’ll appear in court – you obviously only appear in court if you’ve been charged. Perhaps they’d like to clarify.  Unlike me, ‘phone still in transit.”

Over to them…

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 issued by the Circuit Judge in Preston Crown Court on 16 May. The warrant related to the investigation of a serious arrestable offence.

I should remind Members, as did my predecessor in 2008, that the precincts of Parliament are not a haven from the law. In accordance with the Protocol issued by my predecessor on 8 December 2008 on the execution of search warrants within the precincts of the House of Commons, I considered the warrant personally and was advised by Officers of the House that there were no lawful grounds on which it would be proper to refuse its execution.

In addition, as provided for in paragraph 6 of the Protocol, I consulted the Attorney General and the Solicitor General who concurred in this advice. I am very grateful to them. The Clerk of the House was kept fully informed throughout, and also concurred.

The Serjeant at Arms and Speaker’s Counsel were present when the search was conducted. Undertakings have been given by the police officers as to the handling of any Parliamentary material until such time as any issue of privilege is resolved.

The investigation is continuing and it would not be right to comment further. I will not take questions on my statement.”

Nigel Evans was arrested and held at Preston Police Station at the beginning of the month…

Huhne Out

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

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.

Police Launch Formal Investigation Into Rennard

Developing…

Our understanding is that the Metropolitan Police are investigating two complaints from victims who have come forward – we have had the names for some time.

Huhne Offers to Settle For £85,000 Discount

Huhne has some nerve, offering to cough up just £25,000 of the £110,000 asked for by the prosecution in legal costs. Given that his lies cost the taxpayer over £300,000, once again Huhne is sticking two fingers up at those he used to represent. Guido hopes he enjoys his day out from prison…

UPDATE: Huhne and Pryce are expected to be released after two months, with Pryce being let out on May 12 having served just a quarter of her sentence.

UPDATE II: Huhne could be out as soon as May 13.

UPDATE III: The following may be reported:

“In the course of the submissions made on behalf of Christopher Huhne that he should not be responsible for the entirety of the prosecutions costs application against him, the court was referred to the applications he made for witness summonses that resulted in documentation relating to Constance Briscoe coming to light, which led to allegations being made against her.”

LibDem Councillor Charged Over Bombing Campaign

Welsh LibDem councillor John Larsen has been charged with being responsible for a series of bombs that have blown up cars and damaged homes in his town over an eight week period. Just last week Larsen had condemned the bomber: “Everyone is jittery, checking their cars. It’s driving people round the bend. You just don’t know when or where it’s going to happen next and that’s why people are so frightened”, only to be arrested himself on Friday. Extraordinary…

Crime Wave Hits Parliament

As revealed by Guido in yesterday’s Sun on Sunday column, taxpayers are paying the price for a spate of thefts across Westminster. 24 top-of-the-range laptops have been stolen from parliament and Whitehall departments in the last year, with three more lost and dozens of iPads and BlackBerries either lost or lifted by light-fingered crims. Worryingly 527 parliamentary passes and 33 departmental passes allowing holders total access to the corridors of power have also gone missing, along with laptop encryption keys and security devices. The total cost to the taxpayer to replace all lost or stolen items has reached nearly £35,000. Confirmation of what we always suspected, parliament is full of thieves…

Ten Visitors a Day Caught With Knives in Parliament

In yesterday’s Sun column Guido revealed that police guarding the checkpoints at entrances to Parliament have confiscated 641 knives from visitors in the first two months of this year, an average of more than ten a day. Lock knives, flick […]

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WATCH: Osborne Asks Why Taxpayer Subsidised Philpott

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Evil Philpott Gets Life

Mick Philpott has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the manslaughter of six children, he will serve at least 15 years. Mairead Philpott and Paul Mosley were sentenced to 17 years each, of which they must both serve half. During […]

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Welfare State Was Evil Philpott’s Accomplice

Daily_Mail_3_4_2013The Comrade Blimps of the infantile left are screaming this morning at the Mail’s frontpage splash. Philpott clearly is an evil man, nevertheless the fact remains he had an accomplice in the killing of six children – the welfare state. […]

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