Vaz Didn’t Declare Hotels Used For Encounters With Young Men

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Tuesday’s Sun reported that between September 2013 and December 2014 Keith Vaz “often” stayed at the Washington Mayfair hotel, and “sometimes there were other young men with him”. The paper says Vaz does not appear to have been charged for the bookings. Receipts were signed off “As per Mr J. Sanger”, suggesting they were freebies from the hotel’s mega-rich Indian owner Joginder Sanger. MPs are required to declare all hospitality over the threshold in the Register of Interests:

“Over £660 for the total of benefits of whatever size from the same source in a calendar year”

Vaz made no declaration of free hotel stays in 2013 or 2014…

Just three stays plus a few drinks bills would have put Vaz over the threshold. Hotel workers suggest it was more regular than that:

“Keith Vaz would often arrive at very short notice. Sometimes there were other young men with him. There were a number of times when he didn’t stay the whole night. He would stay for just a few hours before checking out.”

If Vaz stayed there often and for free, the hotel rooms used for liaisons with young men should have been declared to the Commons authorities. All this seems so far removed from Vaz’s promise when he was first elected that he would only accept a workers’ wage and donate his parliamentary salary to his constituency Labour Party:

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Somehow he has managed to make millions and the mystery source of his wealth is unexplained, least of all to his local Labour Party…

Tories: “Lawmakers Cannot Be Lawbreakers”, Vaz Must Go

Leicester Tory councillor Ross Grant has told the Daily Politics that Keith Vaz must resign as an MP because “lawmakers cannot be lawbreakers”. Grant says it is nonsense to argue this is a private matter because Vaz broke the law by offering to supply a Class A drug. Another happy reader.

Sky and the Sun are reporting Vaz will step down from his select committee role. That won’t make the pressure go away…

Red Red Whine

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Jeremy Corbyn is appearing at a press conference with UB40 this morning, and it’s a fitting endorsement in more ways than one. The eighties reggae band are of course themselves famous for an acrimonious split. After years of costly legal wranglings and bitter battles in court, the two competing factions of UB40 continue to perform separately but under the same name. One UB40 splinter band now calls the other “Judas“, which is incidentally one of Labour general secretary Iain McNicol’s banned words for the leadership election. The Labour of Love…

The similarities don’t end there. While Corbyn motorcycled around communist East Germany, UB40 visited the Soviet Union, earning condemnation from the United States. The Labour leader shares their view of the monarchy – UB40 describe “Queen and country” as “propaganda, spin and lie”, while Jez is an avowed republican who won’t sing the national anthem. Food for thought. 

Who do UB40 hate more than anyone else? They say Tony Blair is “Uncle Sam’s poodle in need of a shrink”. Corbyn even agrees with UB40 when they say “ganja… every man got to legalise it”. Jez paraphrases: “it is now time to decriminalise possession and cultivation”. First-hand experience of splits, past flirtations with communism, costly legal battles and hatred of Blairites – UB40 are the perfect warm-up act…

CPS Deciding on Charging Home Affairs Committee MP

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More trouble brewing for the Home Affairs select committee – Guido understands West Yorkshire Police have handed a file on anti-Semitism row Naz Shah to the Crown Prosecution Service. Shah was reinstated to the Labour Party despite being the subject of an ongoing police investigation over her tweets about “Jews“. Given she herself admitted they were racist it’s an interesting decision for the CPS. Though perhaps not the most interesting decision they’ll have to make about a Home Affairs select committee member…

Keith Vaz Told Commons He Was “Surprised” MPs Used Poppers

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Look back at Keith Vaz’s interventions in the Commons debate on drugs in January. Just eight months ago, Vaz told the House of his “great surprise” at revelations MPs had used poppers:

“The shadow Minister, my hon. Friend the Member for West Ham (Lyn Brown), has said—this was a bit of shock for me after 28 years in this House—that Ministers have stood at the Dispatch Box having had poppers. I think that is what she said and it was a great surprise to the House. She obviously knows more than I do about such issues”

Lyn Brown definitely does not know more about poppers than Keith Vaz. 

Vaz, a fan of cocaine and poppers-fuelled gay sex parties, then told the House that he opposed liberalising drugs:

“I have great respect for my hon. Friend, who was a distinguished member of the Home Affairs Committee. I know that his position is to liberalise the law on drugs, but that is not my position and nor is it that of the Committee.”

He vowed to vote to ban poppers if they were proved to be harmful:

“Without equivocation, I give him a guarantee that if the review decides that poppers are harmful, I will be the first in the Division Lobby with him, supporting that view.”

The pinnacle of slippery Vaz’s shameless hypocrisy? There will be more…

“Corbyn” Surges By 50% as New Baby Name

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“Corbyn” has surged in popularity as a new baby name in the last year, ONS data has revealed. The Labour leader’s surname, which means “raven haired”, increased in popularity as a boy’s name by 50% since 2014. There were also three Korbyns and 19 Corbins. “Corbyn” was 36% more popular than “Blair” in 2015…

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Who cares if he is 65 points behind Theresa May in a Survation favourability poll? He’s more popular than Blair!

H/T Jon Stone

Yvette’s Refugee Pledge Unfulfilled One Year On

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It’s been a year since Yvette Cooper, then a contender in the Labour leadership election, nobly pledged to open her home to Syrian refugees. At the time she told Sky News:

“If that’s what it took and that’s what was needed, then of course.”

A year on, with the refugee crisis as grave as ever, Yvette still hasn’t put up any children in need. Those fleeing Syria’s war will surely be placated with the news that she has written another article for the Guardian about how the west must help child refugees:

“The moral case for action is stronger than ever. The disturbing image last month of five-year-old Omran Daqneesh, dazed, dusty and bloodied on a plastic ambulance seat, was a searing reminder of what people are fleeing. All countries have a responsibility not just to help those fleeing persecution but to protect children from suffering.”

There are even charities near both her constituency home and her London one precisely to help people who want to house refugees. Ed’s out of the house most of the time at the moment so there’s plenty of room…

Corbyn Loves an After-Work Drinks Session With the Lads

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Teetotal Jeremy Corbyn’s latest policy to win the support of traditional working class Labour voters is that after-work drinks are sexist. Jez reckons “early evening socialisation discriminates against mothers”. The photo above shows him at an after-work drinks party he hosted for Lobby journalists which went on from 6pm until 9pm. His top aide Seumas Milne even stayed out boozing with the lads. Not many women in that photo…

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Turns out Jezza is quite a fan of going down the pub. Here he is singing the Red Flag with his blokey mates in footage captured by Russia Today. And here he is at Westminster’s Sanctuary pub addressing a boozy crowd. Can you spot any mothers? 

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Not many women in this photo of Jez at the pub with his brother, either:

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Maybe he has a point…

Kay Burley Tells Owen Smith: “You’re Toast”

Kay Burley gave Owen Smith some home truths on Sky News, but Oily was in denial:

Kay: “You’re toast, aren’t you? I mean, you’ve got no chance of being Labour leader.”

Owen: “I don’t agree with that at all. There’s been one poll that puts me 20 points behind…”

Kay: “24 points, in fact.”

Owen: “Yeah well, the truth is it’s a poll based on last year’s data, last year’s selectorate… Our data, the polling that we’ve been doing, the phone banking that we’ve been doing shows that this is still balanced on a knife edge.

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Kippers For Corbyn

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Here’s some Labour entryism of a different kind. A number of UKIP members are getting a vote in the Labour leadership election through their trade unions. As you can see above, lifelong ‘Kippers have been sent ballot papers for both parties.[…]

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Burgon Impressing Shadow Cabinet Colleagues in New Brief

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There was much snobbery from Labour moderates when Richard Burgon landed the role of Shadow Justice Secretary, but he has quickly forged a reputation as one of the Shadow Cabinet’s top thinkers. Each week, members of the Shadow Cabinet “legislation committee” meet to discuss policy.[…]

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Milne Likes Tweet Claiming “New World Order Created ISIS”

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Corbyn strategy chief Seumas Milne must have pressed the wrong button by accident, because he has “liked” a tweet claiming ISIS was created by the “New World Order”. It must surely be an innocent case of fat finger, Seumas can’t possibly believe that’s true.[…]

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Tories Lead by 14 Points

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The Tories’ lead over Labour is holding strong, as a gold standard survey from ICM for the Guardian reveals a 14 point gap between the parties. When these figures are plugged into Electoral Calculus’s seat calculator, they project a Conservative majority of 367 seats, next to Labour’s 195 – a drop of 35.[…]

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Flynn’s Expenses Plan Would Have Covered Up Own Troughing

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Paul Flynn’s crackpot plan to abolish MPs’ expenses receipts has been met with the contempt it deserves. He is one of Corbyn’s top allies but even the Labour leader’s team are slapping down his ridiculous proposal. Flynn wants it so MPs don’t have to reveal what they’ve spent your money on.[…]

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Owen Smith Backs Second Scottish Referendum

Owen Smith has told the BBC he does not oppose a second Scottish independence referendum:

BBC: Is Brexit not a trigger for a second Scottish referendum?

OS: “Well it would be for the SNP to choose to put that to the Scottish people, wouldn’t it, and it’s for the Scottish people ultimately to determine that’s what they want…”

BBC: Would you oppose a second referendum?

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Corbyn Leads Smith By 24 Points

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Corbyn is beating Smith by 62% to 38% with YouGov, a lead of 24 points.

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Incidentally #Traingate encouraged people planning to vote for Jezza, 18% said the events had given them a more positive view of the leader, compared to just 5% who said it had given them a more negative view.[…]

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