Ever since he walked in May, a David Laws imminent return story has been the mark of a slow news day, however this one is different – there is actually some detail.
The Mail and the Indy have been tipped off to Nick Clegg’s private talks with David Laws about the possibility of a return to a new “Mr Fix-It” position in the Cabinet Office, which would avoid the need for a reshuffle.
A fixer is much needed, but it’s almost as if the coalition big-wigs have decided he is innocent before the Standards and Privileges Committee has made a determination. What about due process? A cynic might think there is an establishment stitch-up going on to clear someone who paid his boyfriend £40,000 of taxpayers’ money, other MPs have gone to jail for less. Laws has been under investigation for nearly ten months. If it was all so innocuous, why has the inquiry taken so long?
UPDATE: Latest betting on the return of Laws here.
There was much speculation about a scandal breaking last month that involved LibDem President Tim Farron. Guido thinks he might have uncovered it. After being outed on EyeSpyMP as a first class train traveller last night, Farron confessed his sins:
First Class travel ban? What ban…
Were you expecting something else?
UPDATE: As a commenter “Tax Payer” points out:
“He’s claimed £6,513 so far this year for rail travel, which is one of the highest. Looks like he doesn’t manage to get a ‘super cheap’ ticket very often.”
Dan Jarvis is heading to Westminster as Labour’s second MP to have served in the army. His new job was guaranteed from the moment he was selected, but the race behind him has left some stunned faces this morning. The total meltdown of the LibDems in May is well on course with Clegg left in a humiliating 6th place behind an indy and the BNP. And down £500.
UKIP sources were pleasantly surprised when Guido spoke to them last night, but there is no denying in the light of day that coming second is a major moment for them. Many a Tory Chihuahua – Conservatives In their Heads, Ukip At Heart, will be heartened by this result, they were hardly expected to get excited by the utterly uninspiring Tory candidate. It’s fascinating to see the Labour Eurosceptic vote is growing too. According to pollsters Survation, who predicted the LibDem collapse and UKIP rise, 29% of UKIPs growth came from Labour voters switching:
Issues like votes for prisoners seem to be playing well for UKIP, driving new recruits to their cause. More decrees from Europe must be highlighted and pushed. It’s clearly playing well.
While it is embarrassing for a sitting PM to be beaten by a minor party, made up of many voters he feels should be supporting him, there will be cheers from the blues lower down the ladder with this result.
Lembit has taken a bit of a gamble with his curious bid to be the LibDem candidate who will come a poor third to Boris and Ken. His Citizen Smith campaign video spoof is certainly a little unnerving in parts. You can’t help but notice toward the end that old Lembit’s enjoying himself a bit too much. Is it a head-shot?
It seems almost as if there is at least one keen voter he’s met…
The deputy Prime Minister (when he remembers) is set to be humiliated in the Barnsley by-election because, according to a survey in the Mail, the LibDems are looking likely to come fourth after coming second in the general election.
UKIP’s Jane Collins was ‘born and bred’ in Yorkshire, raised in Pontefract, the daughter of a miner and is the blonde who is set to land a bombshell on Clegg’s party.
Dan Jarvis (Labour) will cruise home with a wacking 63%, James Hockney (Conservative) will stay in double figures on 13%, Jane Collins (UKIP) on 9% could push Dominic Carman (Liberal Democrats) into a humiliating fourth place next to the BNP and other assorted loonies. The survey data shows the most former LibDem voters switching back to Labour. This will give Clegg party management problems with the left of the LibDems…
Regular readers will remember all of this:
And now sleazy old perv Mike Hancock has admitted on the stand that he “kissed and cuddled” a 17-year-old and had a string of extra-marital affairs which he had previously denied.
Hancock was in court to testify against his election opponent and anti-child abuse campaigner Les Cummings, who has just been found guilty of spreading false information during an election period because he alleged the girl was 14.
It may be legal, but is fondling schoolgirls really conduct befitting a Member of Parliament?