Worse than tuition fees.
Worse than tuition fees.
Self-confessed teen fondler Mike Hancock will only be an MP for a few more days, so odd then that the dodgy old Russophile has been putting down some extremely specific questions about the UK’s defence capabilities:
- Mike Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Navy pilots are in training to enable them to land a fast jet on the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers.
- Mike Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent on maintenance of HMS Vanguard in each of the last three years.
- Mike Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent on general maintenance of Trident missiles in each of the last three years.
- Mike Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many days Trident submarines have not been at sea in each of the last three years.
Stepping down to spend more time with his KGB handlers?
The Chief Secretary to the Treasury will be heard. By some…
Ibrahim Taguri, the former chief fundraiser for the LibDems, a parliamentary candidate and a member of Clegg’s inner circle, is filmed by the Telegraph telling a fake Indian businessman offering to make an illegal donation:
“Well, when you do this, the doors will open for you. Make it happen and then, then we’ve got a, we’ve got a different scenario. Okay? We’re going to introduce you to the parties, they will be, very, very helpful once they know you are helpful. That’s when we will, you know, the party will go, ‘Right, this is a guy we like, we know he’s supportive and —’, and we’ll work out a plan if we need to.”
The usual LibDem trick would be to put ’em in the Lords…
Knocking on doors in Thurrock yesterday alongside Labour’s candidate Polly Billington: ‘independent’ former LibDem peer Lord Oakeshott. Complete with red rosette. Making it official…
UPDATE: Local UKIP opponent Tim Aker is quick to pile in: “Labour’s campaign in Thurrock seems to amount to drafting in London activists and LibDem millionaires”
Red magazine have been quizzing the party leaders…
Tell us in six words why we should vote Lib Dem?
“Stronger economy. Fairer society. Opportunity for all.”
Yep, that would be seven words.
Tell us in six words why we should vote Conservative?
“Security for you, your family and country.”
Yep, that would also be seven words.
It must be a coalition thing…
Representatives of the ‘Free University of Sheffield’ have released a statement to the global media:
“we have transformed the space, symbolic of betrayal and the politics of the neoliberal establishment into an autonomous, collectively-run learning space. Among other things we will be running a seminar on the failures of liberal democracy”
Alas, “a core of 10-15 students” only managed to get into Clegg’s constituency office for a few minutes to unfurl a banner before the coppers turned up and turfed them out. Back to class…
UPDATE: A LibDem spokesman adds:
“Earlier today, a small group of people briefly entered the office. They were asked to leave by a member of staff but refused. The police were called and the group left peacefully after a short sit in protest.”
Vince Cable is in trouble after two West London business leaders referred him to the Prime Minister and Cabinet Secretary over an apparent breach of the Ministerial Code of Conduct. The chief executives of West London Business and the Hounslow Chamber of Commerce have written to the PM and Jeremy Heywood after Cable was listed as a speaker at an anti-Heathrow expansion rally in his capacity as Business Secretary:
We are very concerned that the Secretary of State appears to be attending the rally in an official capacity, on behalf of the Government, rather than as constituency Member. This appears to be in direct contravention of Section 1.2 (h) of the Ministerial Code, which states:
“Ministers in the House of Commons must keep separate their roles as Minister and constituency Member”
This activity may also breach other parts of the code, including section 6.5 which urges Ministers to “make clear that they are acting as their constituents’ representative and not as a Minister”.
It is a little naughty of Cable to speak out on Heathrow expansion not as a local MP, but supposedly representing the government. Not like he has form either: this is the same Vince Cable who“declared war” on Murdoch when in charge of media policy. That time he humiliatingly had the brief stripped from him…
UPDATE: Sources close to Vince Cable get in touch to say the mistake was the fault of the organisers of the event. As soon as it came to his attention it was corrected.
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