Denis MacShane has surfaced to try and flog his prison diaries. Choosing the softest of soft interviews, MacShame was his usual unpleasant self on the Victoria Derbyshi*e Show:
The whole video is worth watching for MacShame’s total lack of contrition, his blaming of his colleagues for doing him in rather than the coppers and the CPS, and some extraordinary defamation of Grant Shapps regarding nom de plumes. Obviously he backs a pay rise for MPs.
He also claims that he started fiddling his expenses when he was a BBC journalist, and only pleaded guilty “because his savings were gone”. He’s still churning out that tired old line that he made no personal gain from his expenses troughing. Which makes you wonder what he did with all those laptops, and that garage.
Clearly prison has not reformed this man; he seems to laugh off the fact that he was sentenced to six months in prison for defrauding taxpayers of £13,000 in forged receipts.
Even Derbyshire concludes that he is ‘shameless’.
Send him back down.
Lots of gold from the GMB Labour leadership hustings today.
Firstly, Andy Burnham was booed as he floundered around refusing to back the benefit cap.
The crowd wanted a no, but he knew the country would give a resounding yes.
And the banter did not stop there. He later got the price of litre of petrol wrong, declaring it was 160p:
As nominations open this lunchtime, Burnham, Cooper and Kendall are on the ballot with loony-left nutter Corbyn apparently quietly confident he will make the final race.
Less confidence from Camp Creagh, but there are still eighty MPs yet to declare:
Leader nominations close Monday at noon…
Supporters list can be found here: order-order.com/labdec send updates to email@example.com.
Labour is planning to launch a full-scale assault on Boris Johnson, labelling him a man with two part-time jobs if he stands for a seat in the House of Commons before quitting as Mayor in 2016. Senior party sources say Ed Miliband is backing the attack, which would be spearheaded by shadow London minister Sadiq Khan.
Sadiq Khan has told members that he will remain as MP for Tooting until 2020 even if he becomes Mayor of London.
Guido hears there is serious local concern that if Khan wins and forces a by-election, then the Tories will take the seat as they almost did in 2010 and 2015. Khan’s platform for Mayor is a seriously reduced majority as more yuppies and dinkies move to his gentrified constituency. Not a great sell.
Tellingly, his own CLP nominated both Khan and his deadly rival for the job Tessa Jowell…
Labour’s relationship with the City is dire, so dire in fact that they are starting at the bottom. From the Prawn Cocktail Offensive to making the tea…
Alison McGovern, formerly Gordon Brown’s PPS and now Labour’s spokesman for the City, is off on a listening exercise. She’s so keen to learn that she’s taking up an internship:
“Alison is also keen to do workplace shadowing with Labour in the City members, particularly those who work in front line financial services jobs. If you would like to offer this, please contact her office.”
Let’s hope it is a paid internship!
The timing of Keith Vaz’s latest passport scandal is rather suspicious given the forthcoming Select Committee elections:
You would have thought alarm bells would ring for Vaz the second he put pen to paper regarding a passport, but the man is – at best – brazen.
The only thing more suspicious than the timing is the ‘I woz hacked’ line, just published on Vaz’s website:
I have recently become aware that my email address may have been hacked, and confidential emails may have been downloaded. The hacking of computers is a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.
When communicating with me or my office, the only email addresses which should be used are firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
It’s far more likely he was done in by a rival candidate for Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, or a Home Office insider…