Brake-Linked Eco Firm Silent On Giant Incinerator

BRAKE LINKED

Readers will be well aware of the stench coming from the rotten borough of Sutton, where the LibDem council gave a £1 million discount to a company of which neighbouring MP Tom Brake is a trustee and unpaid director. Ecolocalan environmental charity based in the borough, won its £600,000 bid for the historic local Lodge building, despite the council’s own valuations estimating it to be worth £1.5-1.7 million. That’s just the tip of the iceberg…

Before Ecolocal was awarded the discount, the eco-charity was oddly quiet about controversial plans to build a 300,000 tonne a year incinerator in the borough. Incinerator operators Viridor will be allowed to burn rubbish for 25 years with a taxpayer-funded contract worth £1 billion. Ecolocal is the premier environmental organisation in the borough, yet they were strangely silent. Surely they would have something to say? 

The Brake-linked charity says its primary aim is to “help people move toward more pro-environmental behaviours”, yet had no comment about plans to build one of London’s largest waste incinerators inside their borough. Coincidentally they were then awarded a £1 million discount by the LibDem council, voted through by two of Brake’s own staff. Local councillor Nick Mattey says:

“Ecolocal would commit financial suicide if they criticised any element of the LibDem’s ‘environmental policy’. If the LibDems suggested that setting light to Battersea dogs home was green Ecolocal would stay mute.”

Curiouser and curiouser…

LibDem Kingston Council Leader Paedophile Re-Arrested

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Former Liberal Democrat Kingston Council leader Derek Osbourne has been taken into custody after breaching the terms of his sexual offences order. Osbourne, who pleaded guilty in 2013 to possessing and distributing indecent images of children, served only half of a two year sentence in jails including Wandsworth and Brixton. This is despite being caught with more than 5,000 indecent images of children, including 50 in the most extreme category possible. Guido is sure that Tim Farron is happy that he won’t have to deal with it…

Brake Linked Firm Gets Total of £84,359 From Council

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More revelations coming out of the rotten borough of Sutton, and its dealings with Ecolocal, an environmental firm linked to the Carshalton MP Tom Brake. Guido has unearthed that not only did the firm receive £34,400 in 2014/15, but it was also paid another £49,959 by the Lib Dem council through EcoLocal Services Ltd. This brings the total paid by the council directly to the company to £84,359 for the year. That sort of money can buy a lot of cycle couriers

Guido can understand why some in Sutton are outraged at the cash being chucked at the firm, with the council cutting £1 million from its library budget. Guido wonders if Ecolocal will put in a bid to cycle-courier the books out of the closing libraries?

LibDem Council Gave Thousands To Brake-Linked Firm

Guido has done a bit more digging on Ecolocal, the environmental company of which LibDem MP Tom Brake is a director. It turns out that LibDem-controlled Sutton council haven’t only agreed to sell a historic local building to the firm for a million pound discount, they have also been funding it to the tune of £34,400 between April 2014 and January 2015 alone. For some curious reason, director and trustee Brake is still refusing to answer Guido’s three very simple questions about the mysterious goings on. This stinks…

3 Questions Tom Brake Won’t Answer

TOM BRAKE QUESTIONS

Tom Brake is getting very upset with Guido for sniffing around the decision by LibDem-controlled Sutton council to award a million pound discount to a company of which he is a director. As readers will remember, Brake is an unpaid director and trustee of EcoLocal, which was curiously awarded the Lodge property despite its bid being a million pounds below the council’s valuation. Even more curiously, two members of Sutton council are employed by Brake, a fact they failed to disclose at the council meeting which signed off the deal. Brake claims his critics are smearing him.

“I am disappointed, but not surprised at… efforts to smear me.  They must be desperate if they have to pretend that a charity and not-for-profit company I am a Trustee of, and have no pecuniary interest in, is ‘my company’. I am however surprised that they have decided to oppose plans supported by a wide range of local groups to keep the Lodge partly as a community asset”

For the record, Guido has never said that Brake has any pecuniary interest in the firm. Guido has asked Brake’s office several times for an explanation, but he will not come to the phone. Instead he is throwing around claims of “smears” without addressing the substance of the story.

These are the three questions Guido has asked Brake:

1. Why was Ecolocal’s bid accepted despite the council valuing the property at £1 million more?

2. Why were no other options considered other than Ecolocal?

3. Why did the two councillors in your employ fail to declare the massive conflict of interest at the meeting which finalised the deal?

At the time of going to pixel we have yet to receive a response…

Rennard Stands Down: Full Statement

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Lord Rennard has quit the LibDem Federal Executive:

A week ago, I was elected by the votes of the Liberal Democrat members of the House of Lords to be their representative on the party’s Federal Executive.  Any Lib Dem peer could have stood, all of them could vote, and I was elected by 44 votes to 25.  Since then a number of party members have objected to that outcome and sought to effectively overturn it by removing the right of the Lib Dem peers to have a representative on it.

I was disappointed that in a party called the Liberal Democrats there should be such a challenge to the result of a democratic election.  I recognise, however, that there has been much controversy in the party and this has continued partly because it has been very poor in communicating to its members the outcomes of all the various processes investigating allegations made against me.  In particular, many members have remained unaware of the key conclusion concerning me in the final report of the independent businesswoman, Helena Morrissey, who reviewed these processes.

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Farron Calls On Rennard to Stand Down

LibDemVoice is reporting that LibDem leader Tim Farron is asking the pervy peer “Chris to step down from the FE in the best interests of the party”. This could be both awkward and amusing…

Sex Pest Lord Rennard Elected to LibDem Federal Executive

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LibDemVoice is reporting that the Liberal Democrats’ leading sex-pest Chris Rennard has been elected to the party’s ruling federal executive by his fellow peers. The Federal Executive is the governing body of the party. During his leadership campaign Tim Farron said “I have no intention of appointing him to any role in the party.” In 2014 after Lord Rennard’s refused to apologise for his inappropriate behaviour towards young women, his membership of the Liberal Democrats was be suspended by the then party president Tim Farron. Extraordinary that he should be back in a governing position in the party…

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. […]

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Million Pound Discount For Firm Linked to LibDem MP

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This looks to be a very dodgy local story emerging down in Sutton: the LibDem council there has given a £1 million discount to a company of which Carshalton MP Tom Brake is a trustee. Ecolocal put in a successful £600,000 bid to take over the Lodge building, despite the council’s own valuations estimating it to be worth £1.5-1.7 million.[…]

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Danny’s Economy Wife

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Last week it emerged the Treasury are lining up Danny Alexander for a cushy job with China’s new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. It seems things are moving quickly.

Last week he was spotted travelling back from Beijing with British Airways, business class.[…]

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Stephen Tall’s Naked Streak Down Whitehall

Fair play to LibDem blogger Stephen Tall, who lost his bet on how many seats his party would get at the election and has honoured his promise to streak down Whitehall naked:

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Friday Caption Contest: The Fightback Starts Now Edition

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Entries in the comments please…[…]

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I Do Like to Bi Beside the Seaside

Readers of Guido’s Sun on Sunday column will be dismayed to hear that turnout for the Lib Dems Conference Bisexual Flashmob wasn’t as high as one would expect from such an esteemed event. Despite their calls for ‘all bi, pan and multisexual people’ to join them at Bournemouth Pier, it appears that only a few dozen managed to attend, with even Simon Hughes opting to give the event a miss.[…]

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Sky News Analyse LibDem Glee Club

Things have got so bad for hacks sent to cover the dreary LibDem conference that Sky News’ determined pol ed resorted to analysing the lyrics of last night’s Glee Club singalong:

“We’ve run out of luck, and now we’re all f**ked, oh it all just sucks…”[…]

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LibDems Longing For Clegg

One politically-confused co-conspirator took it upon themselves to join the Liberal Democrats this month. The charitable reader was however surprised to receive a slightly nostalgic membership card:

The back reads like an obituary:

A LibDem source confirms it is one of several current membership cards available, along the theme of “liberal people from history“:

“We do a range of about 11 or 12, and new members can choose whichever one they want… it’s a variety of liberal images/people from history.

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