Welsh LibDem councillor John Larsen has been charged with being responsible for a series of bombs that have blown up cars and damaged homes in his town over an eight week period. Just last week Larsen had condemned the bomber: “Everyone is jittery, checking their cars. It’s driving people round the bend. You just don’t know when or where it’s going to happen next and that’s why people are so frightened”, only to be arrested himself on Friday. Extraordinary…
Sleazy self-confessed teen fondler, turned LibDem MP, Mike Hancock claimed recently that he was too ill to turn up to an inquiry into his pervy ways and is rarely spotted in Parliament. When he does rock up though, he has the same regard for double yellow lines as he does for the personal space of young, blonde, nubile staffers.
As Guido first revealed on Sunday, Nick Clegg’s denial that he knew of the allegations against self-confessed teen fondler Mike Hancock is wearing thin. A letter has been leaked from Gerald Vernon-Jackson, a Clegg confidant and member of the party’s all powerful Federal Executive. He is also Hancock’s boss on Portsmouth Council. Despite the seriousness of the claims piling up against Hancock, when he was explicitly told about Vernan Jackson refused to act on them and dismissed them entirely in a 2010 reply because:
Two years later they have finally launched an inquiry…
Last night was a bad one for the LibDem grassroots, as the government won the Lords vote on secret courts. 26 yellow peers rebelled and voted against, but one was conspicuous in his absence. Lord Rennard was too unwell to attend:
From: “RENNARD, Lord” <RennardC@parliament.uk>Date: Tue, 26 Mar 2013 20:53:33 +0000Subject: RE: Final briefing on the Justice and Security Bill ahead of this afternoon’s debateThanks
Unfortunately I am not well enough to attend at the moment
That little trick hasn’t worked for Handy-cock…
More information about yesterday’s Portsmouth council meeting into sleazy LibDem MP Mike Hancock has emerged overnight. The two LibDems and one Tory councillor unanimously agreed that the investigation had to go forward. Guido understands that Hancock tried to argue that he was acting in a personal capacity when he was bombarding his constituent with text messages. The fact that he was a councillor at the time and had signed up to the council’s code of conduct made that line of argument tricky though. Sources suggest that LibDem Councillor Les Stevens, a big supporter of the Hancock, pushed this line too. In vain. Outside legal types will be brought in and it’s expected to take several months. Why the LibDems did not do this themselves already beggars belief.
The Tory candidate in Portsmouth South has not taken too kindly to party sources telling Guido that their local association is “broke and in complete disarray”, and that “they are proceeding with a hopeless candidate”. Flick Drummond may be tested sooner rather than later though; tomorrow is judgement day for Mike Hancock. The sleazy LibDem MP and local councillor faces a misconduct hearing at Portsmouth City Council to determine whether to launch a full investigation over his inappropriate harassment of a mentally ill constituent. If this goes badly for him and he is suspended it could trigger yet another blue on yellow by-election. Back in 2010, Guido exclusively revealed some of the texts the beardy-weirdy was sending and a full dossier of complaints was also sent to, and promptly ignored by, Clegg’s office. Hancock has been dodging the meeting for months, but will be relieved it is being held in secret without the press or public. Friends of the woman in question told the Sunday Express:
“The man needs to go. She has gone through absolute hell and all she wants is justice. She could not face seeing him at the meeting but she will be fully represented.”
As reported in yesterday’s Sun column, UKIP are looking to build on their success in Eastleigh and are already on the ground opening campaign offices and poaching respected local Tories to run the show. The LibDems may be broke, but given they control the council they will be confident of their chances. It all sounds very familiar…
Money-grabbing MEPs didn’t exactly cover themselves in glory yesterday, to put it lightly. One group are particularly pleased with their decision to vote down Dave’s budget deal. The European Parliament civil service have sent a fawning email to their secretive socialist President Martin Schulz, thanking him for protecting their wages and allowances:
MERCI M. le PRESIDENT SCHULZ
Yesterday the European Parliament rejected by an overwhelming majority the proposed long-term EU budget agreed by the 27 EU leaders last month.
You had already spoken out very clearly against this highly austere budget on 7 February.
So the Parliament has unequivocally stated that austerity budgets are not the way to get Europe out of the crisis. Austerity extinguishes any hopes of boosting investment and growth in the EU.
The EU civil service, paid out of heading V of the EU budget, was also a potential victim of the budget deal Parliament has just thrown out.
The staff committee renews its call to defend a high-quality, independent and permanent EU civil service which – don’t forget – is still paying the heavy price of the disastrous 2004 staff regulations reform.
Dave says no deal to Nick and Ed; they will now have to vote him down on Monday. Channelling Churchill the PM says “a free press is the unsleeping guardian of every other right that free men prize; it is the most dangerous foe of tyranny”. Labour will now have to wreck the Crime and Courts bill if they want to pursue statutory regulation. The trap is set…
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