Despite his Maltese hangover, Nigel Farage was back on the Malbec at the Newark count:
Taking it down a notch or two from his jet-set partying earlier in the week.
Rev Flowers has pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine, methyl amphetamine and ketamine at Leeds Magistrates Court. He has been fined £525. Or 6 Gs as he would call it.
“There is a phrase for some people, they call them vultures, and I really do hope that somebody quotes me on that, especially the BBC. The BBC have been really nice to me but the rest of you are vultures.”
He must be very grateful that Newsnight failed to ask him about his use of drugs and rent-boys since he declared himself a changed man…
Evans was led from the dock in tears as local supporters and friends in the gallery erupted into cheers.
Not guilty on eight counts.
UPDATE: The Guardian are withering in their destruction of the CPS case against Evans:
“The prosecution case against Nigel Evans, the former Commons deputy speaker, began to fall apart as soon as his accusers entered the witness box. One by one, the young men trooped into Preston crown court and said they did not consider themselves victims of any criminal offence, nor had they wanted to complain to police.”
Tories: "discussions will be had in coming days" about restoring the whip to Nigel Evans. "They haven't happened yet, they can happen now."—
Guido Fawkes (@GuidoFawkes) April 10, 2014
Bullingdon Boy David Dimbleby is already on the Bollinger, while the mere plebs in the Spin Room will apparently be left dry for tonight’s BBC Europe debate. Beeb cuts are biting deep for all but a few privileged old timers.
In light of this tragic news, Guido is planning on pre-gaming in the bar of the Langham Hotel opposite Broadcasting House from about 5.30:
It’s a convenient location, if a little pricey. See you there.
The socialist French government have been showing Chuka Umunna some love, whisking the our two-faced chum across the channel for an all-expenses paid three day visit.
The £4,348 cost of the trip included the services of a translator, which is odd given Chuka boasts on his CV about his degree in English and French Law.
Clearly the year that he spent at the University of Burgundy in Dijon, France did not cut the mustard.
Have all those long nights partying in Ibiza had some sort of negative effect on Chuka’s memory?
Today has been a long time coming for many co-conspirators, a day we feared we would never see. Fortunately Norman Tebbit’s serious poor health this year has not stopped him becoming 83 years young today. Happy Birthday Norman!
Over £100, 000 was raised last night at the Sixteenth Annual Macmillan Cancer Support’s Parliamentary Palace of Varieties. The Daily Politics were there, though they missed Guido losing a bet to LibDem MP John Hemming that Fabricant, Gillan and Binley would slag off the PM in their turn. They didn’t, Hemming got Guido’s money which he very sportingly spent on brandy and port. Glasman and Jesse Norman were blowing their own trumpets once again, yet the star of the night was Lord Dobbs of Gilbert and Sullivan. Michael Fabricant in bunches is a sight you will struggle to forget…
Late last night an account purporting to be that of Sally Bercow tweeted:
“SB friend for 20 yrs & she asked i tweet 4 her- she in spa/rehab”.
The Speaker’s Office declined the opportunity to comment. Sally was not immediately available at the time of going to pixel…
UPDATE: Sally claims she was hacked. Again. Odd given she was tweeting Andrew Pierce at the time…
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