Treasury Implements Amy Lame Tax

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The Treasury has warned public bodies they can no longer employ staff through personal service companies – a direct challenge to Sadiq Khan to change the tax efficient contract of his aide Amy Lame. Khan’s controversial ‘Night Tzar’ receives her taxpayer-funded £35,000 salary (for two days’ work a week) through her company Amy Lame Ltd, a highly unusual arrangement for a public servant. Chief Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke has today ordered public bodies like City Hall to ensure this is not allowed to happen:

“Public sector bodies should be leading by example… From April 2017, where a public sector body engages an off-payroll worker through their own limited company, that body will become responsible for determining whether the rules should apply, and paying the right tax… the responsibility for determining whether or not the rules apply will remain with the public sector body, who will need to inform the agency or third party of their conclusion.”

Will Khan and City Hall now end Lame’s cushy tax arrangement?

Naz Shah Attends Event With Extremist-Linked Zionist-Haters

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Naz Shah’s rehabilitation following her anti-Semitism scandal had been going well. Her mea culpa seemed genuine, she won the support of the Jewish community and came across well on a Channel 5 documentary last week. So it’s a shame she decided to attend an event in parliament with Mend, as the Sun on Sunday reports. Mend is a very unsavoury group. They employ Azad Ali, a man who has written of his “love” for an al-Qaeda terrorist. They have defended Cage, the extremist group linked to Jihadi John. Their Twitter feed is awash with rants about the “Zionist Lobby”. Their ex-chief Sufyan Ismail – who sat next to Shah at the event – has tweeted about “Zionist funders” of MPs. Mend also promoted a ‘Fake News’ conspiracy theory article claiming the “Israel Lobby manufactured” Shah’s anti-Semitism scandal. Regrettable that Naz is once again legitimising such behaviour… 

Amy Lame Quietly Ends Cushy Property Deal After Guido Story

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Amy Lame has terminated the cushy property deal involving her company and her partner following Guido’s story last week. On Friday we revealed that Lame runs her taxpayer-funded company from the subsidised student accommodation of her partner, who she employs as company secretary. On Tuesday, Lame made two filings to Companies House: the first ending the employment of her partner Jennie Hogan, the second changing the company’s registered address from Hogan’s subsidised flat to a new address on Great Russell Street. It was a very naughty arrangement – Hogan let Lame run her taxpayer-funded business from her College flat in return for a share of the profits, all while no income tax was paid. Quietly ending the deal after Guido shone a light on it looks very guilty indeed…

Thornberry Pulls Out of Israel Event to Attend Castro Funeral

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Emily Thronberry has pulled out of an event on Britain’s relationship with Israel in order to attend Fidel Castro’s funeral, Guido can reveal. Thornberry was due to speak at today’s conference hosted by BICOM and the Jewish News discussing terrorism and “cooperation” between Britain and Israel. Guido understands she is now in Cuba. Labour’s foreign policy priorities summed up…

Khan Breaks Fourth Election Promise in Six Months

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During the Mayoral election, Sadiq Khan time and time again vowed he would deliver 50% affordable housing on every new development. He promised he would implement this “on day one”. The manifesto pledge is still up on his website:

“Sadiq will set a target for 50 per cent of all new homes in London to be genuinely affordable.”

Yesterday Khan released his Supplementary Planning Guidance detailing how councils should deal with planning applications. His new policy is that he hopes to convince developers to voluntarily meet a target of 35% affordable housing, in return for a quicker consideration of their application. No mention of the 50% target whatsoever. Khan has already broken manifesto promises on travel fares, trees and green energy – this is is fourth broken promise since taking office…

H/T @mayorwatch

Image From Havana

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Jeremy Corbyn’s spokesman tells Guido that Jez won’t be going to Castro’s funeral but Labour will be represented by Emily Thornberry. She’ll have never seen anything like it…

Labour ‘Moderates’ Loved Castro Too

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The vast majority of Labour MPs stayed silent over the weekend as their leader praised a murderous communist dictator. Why? As this 2008 Early Day Motion shows, Castro had support from across the Labour Party, including many so-called moderates. A motion “commending the achievements of Fidel Castro” was signed by centre-left MPs including Keith Vaz, Lindsay Hoyle, Virendra Sharma, Karen Buck, Clive Efford, Andy Slaughter and Kelvin Hopkins, as well as thinking lefties like former Miliband aide Jon Cruddas. Obviously Corbyn, McDonnell, Thronberry, Diane Abbott and the usual cranks backed it too. Given his penchant for persecuting gays and locking up “deviants”, goodness knows what Castro would have done to Vaz…

Corbyn Defends Castro’s “Excesses”

Corbyn, asked about Castro’s human rights abuses – summary executions, decades of impoverishment, gays sent to concentration camps – replies: “There are problems of excesses by all regimes”. Mad.

Blairite Momentum Coming?

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Tony Blair tells the New Statesman “I can’t come into front-line politics. There’s just too much hostility, and also there are elements of the media who would literally move to destroy mode if I tried to do that”. So what is he up to?[…] Read the rest

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Amy Lame is Sorry, Not Sorry

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City AM reports that Sadiq Khan’s Twitter troll aide has written to the leaders of six Tory councils apologising for calling Ruth Davidson scum, George Osborne a “c*nt” and celebrating Thatcher’s death. Since Lame’s only public response to the row has been to ‘like’ tweets supporting her unhinged rants, you’ll be forgiven for not believing her apology is genuine.[…] Read the rest

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Labour Rising Star Falls to Earth

Rebecca Long-Bailey is the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, tipped as a Corbynista rising star and protege of John McDonnell. On the Daily Politics today, Long-Bailey had no idea whether Labour wanted to stay in the single market, then claimed they wanted to stay in the customs union.[…] Read the rest

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Stella Creasy Says England’s Footballers Are Too Posh

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Stella Creasy is the subject of much amusement this afternoon after seriously telling the Commons that the England football team is struggling because it has too many posh, privately-educated players:

“Thirteen per cent of our national football team went to a private school, which is double the number of people who go to those private schools nationally.

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Owen Smith: I Will Vote Against Will of the People

Piers Morgan: “Are you prepared to stand there, as a democratically elected politician in this country, and vote against the democratic will of the people?”

Owen Smith: “Yes, in respect of this I absolutely am.”

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Sadiq Shamelessly Spinning Broken Fares Promise

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Sadiq Khan is getting a lot of positive headlines today after he “formally confirmed” he would “freeze fares across the Transport for London network”, he says in line with his manifesto promise. This is a really shamelessly misleading distortion of the truth.[…] Read the rest

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Labour on Three Line Whip For Boundary Blocking Bill

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Labour are on a three line whip to vote for Pat Glass’ private member’s bill seeking to reject boundary changes and keep the number of MPs at 650. It goes without saying that the bill is a vain attempt by Labour to prevent their own seats from disappearing, despite the massive cost to the taxpayer of ignoring the Boundary Commission and not cutting the size of parliament.[…] Read the rest

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Shadow Chancellor Sold Out on 100% Top Rate of Tax

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These days John McDonnell and Jeremy Corbyn are aligned with the right-wing capitalist running dogs of the Labour Party on income tax, favouring a 50% top rate. This is yet another policy position on which they have massively sold out. Just five years ago McDonnell’s pamphlet for the Trotskyite group Permanent Revolution, which Guido yesterday revealed included calls to arm the working class, demanded a 100% top rate of income tax for the richest in Britain.[…] Read the rest

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