Labour Activist Outs Cat Smith’s Campaign Manager

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If Labour MP Cat Smith had declared her campaign organiser’s full salary in her election expenses, she would have bust her limit and broken electoral law. Instead, she declared just 12.5% of Ben Singleton’s wage because she claims he spent just 12.5% of his time on her campaign. Yet the above tweet from a fellow Labour activist outs Singleton as the man “who managed her campaign”. Added to the vast social media evidence here, there can be no doubt now that Singleton was in charge. It is simply not believable that he spent just 12.5% of his time on her campaign. Falsely declaring it as such would be against the law…

Guido has tried to ask Singleton for an explanation, but his phone is off and his email bounced back. He has also hidden his tweets from public view. This is now the key part of a live police investigation, so perhaps that’s why he doesn’t want to talk. Remember, Smith would have been over the spending limit if Singleton’s full salary had been declared. Cat got your tongue?

Cat Smith’s Campaign Organiser’s Cover-Up Busted

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Guido’s revelations
last week about Corbynista Labour MP Cat Smith’s mysterious election expenses exposed one of the most serious individual cases of alleged expenses fraud so far. Unlike the systematic and centrally focused allegations surrounding the SNP’s chopper, or Labour and the Tories‘ national battle bus spends, Cat Smith’s returns represent an individual candidate conspiring to conceal a series of overspends in a closely fought marginal constituency. If found guilty Smith personally, not a party machine, will bear the responsibility

One of the key false declarations made by Smith is that her campaign organiser, Ben Singleton, spent just 12.5% (around four and a half days) of the short campaign working for her, allowing her to deduct 87.5% of his salary costs off her final election expenses declaration. Guido has already uncovered substantial evidence demonstrating that Singleton worked far more than this on her election campaign. Now, after an extensive search, Smith’s 12.5% claim looks even less credible…

Singleton realised Guido was investigating him and guiltily deleted his Twitter feed from public view – so we found alternative evidence sources. Pictures uncovered from a series of third-party social media posts show Singleton present on Smith’s campaign for at least 10 different days during the short campaign, which lasted just 39 days between March 30 and May 7. It is hard to find an event of hers in which he wasn’t involved. Several social media posts (including Singleton himself registering as attending two of Smith’s campaign events) show that the organiser was more involved than Smith has previously claimed. One of those events was a pro-Cat Smith rally featuring Eddie Izzard, also undeclared…

Making false declarations is a criminal offence, it could lead to her election being invalidated and Cat Smith going to prison. The evidence photos show Singleton alongside Labour grandees Tristram Hunt MP, Maria Eagle MP, and Theresa Griffin MEP. Will they be willing to testify on Comrade Smith’s behalf?

More to follow…

Labour Reinstate Race Row Corbynista

Jackie Walker is the senior Momentum organiser who was suspended from the Labour Party for writing that “Jews” were the “chief financiers of the sugar and slave trade” and asking “what debt do we owe the Jews?”. She’s just been let back in – a Labour spokesman says:

“Following the outcome of an investigation, Jacqueline Walker is no longer suspended and remains a member of the party.”

Walker received support from the Momentum leadership during her suspension. Guido is told Corbyn’s team was sympathetic to her case. There are reports of Labour supporters tearing up their membership cards in protest at her reinstatement…

Watson’s Dodgy Flat Mate

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Another member of Team Watson has become embroiled in scandal, with Sandwell Councillor Simon Hackett being investigated over allegations he got the council to buy back his mum’s house. More recently, Hackett’s alleged to have been given a fixed penalty notice for an incident of indecent exposure in March. Awkward for Watson who has had a high profile as the Nonce Catcher General

The closeness of Watson and Hackett appears to be rather embarrassing for Labour’s number two. One local blogger alleges that the bent councillor and Watson were flatmates in 2012, sharing an address on the electoral roll, while a co-conspirator claims Hackett was Watson’s very own election agent. Watson’s storied history of dodgy housing and crooked mates continues…

Thug Life: MP Offers to Take “Baseball Bat” Against Yobs

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Labour’s resident hardman Jim Fitzpatrick has a history of hawkish views. Backing the war in Iraq and rebelling against the party over Syria, the Blairite ex-minister isn’t afraid of a splash of violence to solve problems. Even those within his own constituency, it seems…

When a concerned constituent emailed Fitzpatrick about some anti-social yobs on their street, Fitzpatrick wasted no time in presenting a hard line solution:

“I can only report these matters as you do and hope the authorities respond. If that is your definition of not “caring” then fine. What would you like me to do, come down with my baseball bat? (I don’t have one by the way).”

Somebody get Jim a baseball bat…

Corbyn Orders Review of Chaotic Office

Jeremy Corbyn has commissioned the former head of the civil service Bob Kerslake to conduct a review of his office, in an admission that his team are not working well with the party and shadow cabinet. Kerslake will carry out a “short sharp management review” with former KPMG CEO Alan Buckle. Guido is told that, at the request of Corbyn’s team, the review will also look at Labour HQ to see where things are going wrong. Shadow cabinet colleagues have been invited to air their criticisms:

“Jeremy has commissioned a short sharp management review of his Office and its working arrangements with the Party and Shadow Cabinet. Coming up to one year in the role of leader, the aim is to take stock and look at how the current arrangements could be built on and strengthened.

The review will focus solely on the operational arrangements and will not comment on policy. It will commence in June and report to Jeremy by the end of July.

In terms of approach, the review would be conducted through a series of interviews with a number of members of the shadow cabinet and their political advisers, the leaders office and party officials, mostly in the week beginning the 27 June. A short summary report will be produced of the key findings.”

Will Kerslake and Buckle find that experienced Labour HQ staff who have dedicated their lives to the party are responsible for the sh*tshow? Or will they find that Corbyn’s team of newspaper columnists and Class War supporters don’t know what they’re doing?

Eddie Izzard’s Hotel Bills Not Lawfully Declared

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On Sunday the Labour Party told Channel 4 News that they “never spent any mone y putting volunteers up in hotels during tours” in the general election. Channel 4 reported that “so far no evidence has emerged to contradict them”. Until now…

On April 20 2015, Eddie Izzard travelled to Leeds North West to campaign on behalf of Labour candidate Alex Sobel. As you can see above, Izzard had pictures taken with the candidate, in front of posters bearing the candidate’s name. There can be no doubt this was local campaigning…

Yet the invoice above shows Labour’s national campaign paid for Izzard’s hotel in Leeds on April 20. This is a flagrant breach of the rules – Izzard was an activist who campaigned for a local candidate, so his hotel bill should have been declared as part of the candidate’s local spend. It also shows Labour’s claim that they never put activists up in hotels to be untrue. Just because Izzard is a celebrity doesn’t mean he isn’t an activist, the rules still apply…

Political Party Richlist

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2016’s first quarter saw a bumper month for parties vying for local election funds, with the Tories raising £6,744,212 and Labour £5,486,345. This represents around 50% less than last year for both major parties in the same period (the larger ammount is to be expected in election year). Meanwhile, the SNP’s sighs of relief at not losing the Scottish Parliament are palpable, with the party only beating UKIP in donations due to the latter’s refusal to take public short money (the SNP received nearly £80,000 less than UKIP in private donations). More importantly, however, is the Nat’s massive outstanding loans: £1,165,553 all told, significantly above any other party. Guido’s sure those hefty government contracts north of the border will quickly help them recover…

Police Investigating Shadow Minister Over Election Expenses

Detectives have launched an investigation into shadow minister Cat Smith after Guido revealed a string of anomalies in her election expenses. Last week we reported that several thousand pounds were missing from the Labour MP’s spending declarations. Smith herself refused to comment, though her election agent denied wrongdoing.[…]

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Tooting By-Election Campaign Kicks Off in Battersea

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Some very professional flyers advertising Labour’s Tooting by-election candidate Rosena Allin-Khan were delivered to people’s homes this weekend. Shame they were delivered in Battersea…[…]

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Corbyn Clapped Commie Leader For Refusing to Toast the Queen

Footage has emerged of Jeremy Corbyn applauding the leader of the Communist Party of Britain for refusing to toast the Queen. It happened at the Oxford Union in 2013, when Tory MP Andrew Rosindell told the audience that Communist general secretary Robert Griffiths “didn’t toast the Queen prior to the debate this evening”.[…]

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Labour Won’t Allow Conference Delegates to Self-Identify

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Labour are only accepting “cisgender” applications for their party conference in Liverpool in September. Attendees are being forced to revert to their anatomical birth-gender, warning “gender must match your passport”. While the party claims “this does not discriminate” against non-gender normative delegates, it means non-binaries won’t be able to self-identify with their “true” gender expression. […]

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Momentum Rejoice! Only 65% Think Corbyn Not Ready to be PM

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Corbyn has always had a popularity problem within Labour. He was less popular than both Gordon and Red Ed when he took over in September, and scored an identical net dislike for both himself and his party as Tony Blair was quitting in 2007. […]

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Remain’s Gillian Duffy Moment

Pro-Remain Labour MP Pat Glass, the Shadow Europe minister no less, has called a voter a “racist” for airing concerns about immigration from Eastern Europe:

“The very first person I’ve come to is a horrible racist. I’ve never coming back to wherever this is.”

Evidence of just how out of touch Remain is…

UPDATE: Glass says sorry:

“The comments I made were inappropriate and I regret them. 

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Northerners Mock “Grim Up North” Burnham

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Burnham played up his Northern credentials when he threw his hat in the ring to be Labour’s Greater Manchester Mayoral candidate:

“It’s hard growing up in the north: if you say you want to be a doctor, lawyer or MP you get the mickey taken out of you.”

Sounding like the seventh Python won Burnham no favours.[…]

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13 Labour MPs Didn’t Declare Hattie’s Pink Bus

Since Guido started looking at Labour’s battle bus spending, readers have been in touch to ask where Harriet Harman’s famous pink bus fits in. Well, it’s a very good question. Electoral Commission data shows that 13 Labour MPs who claimed they spent nothing on transport benefitted from activists transported into their constituencies in Hattie’s pink van.[…]

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