Lucky Brake: Aides Failed to Declare Conflict of Interest

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Last week Guido reported on some very fishy goings on down in Sutton, where the Lib Dem council gave a £1 million discount to a company of which neighbouring MP Tom Brake is a trustee. Guido can now reveal that two of Brake’s aides are Sutton LibDem councillors, and both failed to make any declarations of interest at the council meeting last Monday where the dodgy deal was finalised. Callum Morton and Manuel Abellan, both currently in Brake’s employ, signed off the cushy agreement without mentioning their boss’ links to the firm that stands to benefit. Curiouser and curiouser…

The local Tories are not unreasonably up in arms, writing to the chairman of the council’s audit committee to demand an investigation:

“As this large public building has been sold for considerably below its estimated market value, without any genuine consideration of the available options, we request that this matter is investigated to ensure that the sale was conducted with suitable transparency.”

Why didn’t Brake’s staffers declare their massive conflict of interest?

Friday Caption Contest: The Fightback Starts Now Edition

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Entries in the comments please…

Lib Dim: Teenage Treasurer’s Ticket Trolling

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Aspiring politician Nathan Goldsmith is the high-ranking treasurer of the Lib Dem youth wing. In his spare time, Nathan also works as a ticket salesman. Rather foolish of him to be bragging on Twitter that he uses his job to screw over people who don’t like his party:

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At least they’ll get a seat…

Lib Dem Fever

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A rollcall of ex Lib Dem MPs are showing that they will survive their election defeats and move on up to regaining their party’s r-e-s-p-e-c-t by headlining this years Lib Dem Conference Saturday night disco inferno. The MPs turned MCs include hot stuff Jo Swinson and Julian Huppert, aka DJ J-HUPZ, who will be hoping to see everybody dance as they play that funky music all night long. Good times…

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Tickets are £10 at libdemdisco.co.uk Get them quick or you’ll be dancing in the street…

First Major Exhibitor Pulls Out of LibDem Conference

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Guido understands that party conference exhibitor TechCentral is not planning on going to the Liberal Democrat conference in Bournemouth this year, instead they are planning to go for the first time to the SNP’s annual conference as well as the Labour and Tory conferences. TechCentral hires exhibition space at the political conferences and hosts the likes of Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter and other tech giants in a dedicated space focused on the Technology sector. For the parties these deals are massive revenue earners generating profits which more than cover the cost of holding the conference…  

TechCentral’s director Andrew Barrett tells Guido that “there seems to be more interest from end clients in meeting the SNP than the LibDems – they are actually in government in Scotland. We haven’t signed a contract yet but that is the way it is looking.” Loss making Dods – publishers of the House Magazine – are also rumoured to be re-evaluating the commercial viability of having a large presence at LibDem conference…

Vinda-who: Farron / Mulholland / Lembit’s Late Night Poppadom Plot

LibDem MP Greg Mulholland is doing little to dampen speculation he is running for leader of his party. He’s twanking any mention of his ambitions and being coy with the press:

So it was a surprise to see him dining with Tim Farron late last night in that really good curry place on Rochester Row, SW1.

Could we be about to see a Farron/Mulholland ticket?

Guido was particularly pleased to hear of another guest at last night’s ‘Poppadom Plot’: Lembit.

Is everyone’s favourite LibDem back in the game?



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