Huhne is Alive

Guido was beginning to worry about Chris Huhne. Since the formation of the coalition, that he pushed for over any supply and confidence deal with the Tories, he has been almost invisible. Other than a weekend of bad press when he left his wife, Huhne has managed to stay below the radar and is almost an invisible Minister. Funny how he manages to be out of the country a lot when things get tricky.

There has been plenty of talk that he might be “on maneuvers but it seems the tactic is to do a little as possible above the parapet. Huhne has surfaced in the last twenty-four hours to call Baroness Warsi a nazi for her AV campaigning. This will no doubt please his mistress Carina Trimingham who is working for the Yes to AV campaign. The struggling LibDem membership, with their hearts wearily behind the “miserable little compromise”, will lap it up.

Lembit for London

There is a LibDem establishment campaign to prevent Lembit Öpik becoming their candidate for London Mayor. This is a mistake. The LibDems are likely to be annihilated in the Mayoral race if they put forward a nonentity candidate.

With Lembit they will get media coverage in what will be a battle of strong personalities, without him they will be ignored. Like Boris and Ken, Lembit has single-name recognition, he is media friendly and will hold his own in hustings. If the LibDems choose anyone else they will be shooting themselves in the foot.

Nick Agrees With Dave

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For his weirdie beardie critics in his own party this little slip-up will symbolise Clegg getting too close to Cameron. Oh well…

Why the Leicester LibDem Was “Resigned”

Just six days after being selected to fight the Leicester South by-election for the LibDem’s Parmjit Gill declared:

“Given much reflection and after talking with my family, it is with regret that I have decided to stand down as a candidate for the by-election. I remain committed to the people of Leicester and am proud to represent the Liberal Democrats, but I have a very young family and I fear the toll that fighting the by-election with all the commitment and dedication it deserves would be too much.”

Gill was the MP for the seat after the 2004 by-election, but lost it in the 2005 election. Despite being a MP for just under three hundred days, he managed to rack up a huge £185,089.00 in expenses. A glorious £682.98 per day on top of his salary.

But it gets murkier. The internal LibDem Returning Officer for the 2005 General Election selection process, won by Gill obviously, sent the following memo to Cowley Street. It mysteriously reappeared in the comments section on LibDemVoice in the last couple of days:

“I think it is apparent that there are a large number of members, mostly if not wholly from the Sikh community, who have a strong personal loyalty to Parmjit Gill, even though some of them don’t seem to like him very much, and may not actually share the aspirations of other members. There are some anomalies in the membership: there were two dead people (who had been dead for over a year) on the list of 88 members whose subscriptions were renewed by telephone last April using Parmjit Gill’s credit card. There are also two people who have, according to Sumal Fernando, given him a signed statement, which he has passed to me, which states that they are not Liberal Democrats and have never been members of the Party, but their names are on the same list. There is some suspicion that some members are not in possession of membership cards, and have not themselves paid a subscription.”

Or maybe he just completely forgot he had a young family before he put himself up for selection again…

UPDATE: Word is that the powers that be at Cowley Street told Parmjit to “quit or be fired”.

Laws and Gove Find One Voice

Yesterday’s Spectator event “The Schools Revolution, One Year On” was an opportunity for Gove to try to sell the rapid strides he has made in education reform. It was also an opportunity for David Laws to further his attempts at a political rehabilitation. Despite fighting each other in the shadow education briefs for their respective parties, one  year on and Laws was tripping over himself to “welcome, the necessary and important advances” that Gove has made.

In the delegate pack Laws continued to gush about the Education Secretary’s agenda, concluding;

“I cannot as a liberal justify preventing people from establishing schools to serve the public, within the same constraints of access and funding which are granted to other state-funding schools. So I wish the Free Schools movement, as well as the Academies movement, all the very best for the future.”

Gove was clearly inspired by the LibDem assessment, adding his thoughts;

“I cannot as a liberal justify preventing people from establishing schools to serve the public, within the same constraints of access and funding which are granted to other state-funding schools. So I wish the Free Schools movement, as well as the Academies movement, all the very best for the future.”

If Gove were to get the call up to the FCO it seems there is an identikit ready to step into his place…

LibDem Kitty Killer More Than a Mere Candidate

The LibDems were strangely silent about their former PPC Mike Dixon being sent down for barbaric and savage attack on his family pet. Could it be that they were somewhat embarassed that Dixon played a key role in overseeing candidates for many years as an executive of the Parliamentary Candidates’ Association?

A sandal wearing source whispers that dangerous Dixon had a long track record of approving weird choices of oddball candidates and blacklisting seemingly sane or impressive ones over petty personal grudges. No wonder he slipped through the net. Dixon claims one of his areas of interest is “police crime”, something he can spend the next four months thinking about…

Quote of the Day

Lone protestor’s placard outside LibDem conference…

“Go back to your constituencies and prepare for oblivion.”

LibDem PPC is Kidderminster Cat Killer
Brutal Killing Frenzy Gets 4 Month Jail Sentence

Mike Dixon, the weirdy-beardy LibDem PPC for Kidderminster, has been convicted of killing Tipsy, a family pet cat. Tipsy was left to die in a pool of blood after Dixon bludgeoned her to death in an angry frenzied attack with a walking stick. Examining vet Darren Jennings found Tipsy’s skull was shattered into 10 pieces, with 20 millilitres of blood in her stomach, telling magistrates that “There is no doubt this cat suffered serious pain and distress from the attack. Death was not instantaneous.”

When sentencing, magistrate Brian McCluskie said:

“Mr Dixon this was a prolonged and awful attack on an animal – the result of your inability to keep your temper that resulted in the family pet being bludgeoned to death. The pet did not die quickly. You caused a death too horrific to contemplate.”

RSPCA inspector Steve Morall who worked on the case said: “This was a callous, brutal attack and we are pleased that the court has sent a clear message to Mr Dixon.” Sentenced to four months in jail, he hung his head as he heard his conviction before he was handcuffed and led away.

Hat-tip: Kidderminster Shuttle

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Above the Laws

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The Tim Farron Scandal Breaks

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The Barnsley Bombshell

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