Another LibDem Arrested For Child Abuse

The LibDem candidate fighting Gloria de Piero in Ashfield and Eastwood has quit after been arrested over historic allegations of child sex abuse. Jason Zadrozny is accused of:

“an allegation of buggery and gross indecency with a male under 16 between September 2003 and April 2004, sexual activity with a child between May 2004 and December 2007 and an allegation of meeting a child under 16 following sexual grooming from May 2004 and December 2007″

Labour hold…

Yello’, Yello’, Yello': Cops Called Over LibDem Sleaze

The Metropolitan Police are investigating the LibDems after their former chief fundraiser Ibrahim Taguri was filmed telling an undercover ‘donor’ “when you do this, the doors will open for you”. The Electoral Commission says they have passed on the evidence from the Telegraph/Dispatches sting to the fuzz:

“Based on the information that the Commission has seen, the alleged offence in this case centres on the potential evasion of restrictions on donations in contravention of section 61 of PPERA and is ultimately a criminal matter. As a result, the Commission has also passed the information that it has received to MPS who are aware of the allegations and are considering them…. Any decisions about what further steps to take at this stage in relation to potential evasion of restrictions on donations in either case rest with the Metropolitan Police Service.”

Will they be interviewing the Deputy Prime Minister?

Hancock Making Most of Last Week in Parliament

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?

 

Chris Leslie Offered Fake Donor Manifesto Influence

Tonight’s Dispatches makes very awkward viewing for Labour’s Chris Leslie, who is secretly filmed offering influence over manifesto policy to an undercover businessman posing as a party donor. Leslie is told by a Labour fundraising chief that Paul Wilmott is a “prospective donor”, then takes him for tea at the Marriott Hotel in Westminster where they discuss the Financial Transaction Tax. During the cosy discussion Leslie offers the fake donor access to Chuka Umunna. Afterwards, Wilmott emails Leslie some more detailed policy proposals, to which the Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury responds:

From: LESLIE, Chris
To: WILMOTT, Paul

Many thanks for this Paul… I think you make some good points about the best way to introduce an FTT… I’ll have a good think about some of these good points ahead of our manifesto but I appreciate any updates you might have along the way.

The footage is described by Sir Alistair Graham, the former Chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, as “exceptional”:

“You see a specific reference to the manifesto. So here he is at the point of the development of the policies of the Labour Party where he might actually influence a manifesto pledge. Now that is an exceptional situation to be in.”

Chris Leslie’s price? £10,000…

Top Cop Calls Afzal Amin Out for EDL Meeting Spin

One of the most explosive lines in Afzal Amin’s extraordinary statement is his claim that a senior police chief in Dudley supported his plotting and was aware of meetings between the EDL and Muslim leaders. Amin claims:

“I made sure I involved Chief Superintendent Chris Johnson from the start and I made clear, which is evident in the recordings, that I refused to do anything illegal… I informed Chief Superintendent Johnson, who was supportive of my plans of resolving very violent tensions through face to face dialogue, and he was aware of subsequent meetings between the EDL and members of the Dudley Muslim community.”

Yet in a statement released last night Chief Superintendent Johnson strenuously denies Amin’s allegations and insists he had no knowledge of what the rogue Tory candidate was up to:

“At no point have we ever discussed an EDL demonstration on the dates in question and I have no knowledge of his alleged plans… I asked for reassurances about the format [of a meeting between the EDL and Muslim leaders] and asked for specific details around who would mediate between the groups, where this would take place and so on. No further details were provided and I did not request that this meeting take place. To the best of my knowledge the meeting between the EDL and mosque leaders did not take place.”

Someone’s telling porkies…

UKIP Tell Atkinson to Lawyer Up

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Guido hears that suspended MEP Janice Atkinson was told by UKIP’s legal team this morning that there was nothing they could do for her and that she had better get criminal representation very quickly. Apparently Section 6 of the 2006 Fraud Act was the topic of breakfast discussion this morning…

UKIP Suspend Janice Atkinson

UKIP have suspended MEP Janice Atkinson over allegations of financial irregularities. A spokesman says:

“The party is incredibly disappointed with Ms. Atkinson, who appears to have exercised extremely poor judgement in acting in a way that the party has never, and would never condone. The party has acted swiftly and immediately, and just as we showed when we suspended another MEP for financial irregularities, we always maintain a zero tolerance attitude towards acts of this nature.”

Guido understands Atkinson racked up a bill at a restaurant, then an aide allegedly returned at a later date and was filmed haggling with staff to increase the bill so she could claim it on her expenses.

Developing…

UPDATE: Tomorrow’s Sun have full details… with video.

Fast-Moving Stationery Investigation Halted With Apology

Labour MP John Woodcock has said sorry after the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner ruled that he shouldn’t have sent these raffle tickets offering tours of parliament using taxpayers’ money:

“I apologise for this inadvertent breach of the rules, which I have always strived to follow as your member of parliament. I take the proper use of parliamentary resources seriously…”

Yet the injustice doesn’t end there. Woodcock says in a statement:

“The founders of the Save Our Hospital campaign have decided to donate the full 25 per cent of the raffle proceeds – £837.50 to the Hospital Equipment for Furness Fund charity. The cost of the envelopes is being repaid from the remainder of the fund which had been earmarked for materials to be distributed after the forthcoming general election.”

Given it came out of his parliamentary expenses allowance, why doesn’t he just pay it back out of his own money?

Gloria De Piero Shopped For Leaflet Expenses

Labour’s Gloria De Piero is the latest MP to be shopped to the parliamentary authorities for blatant electioneering on the taxpayer. Sending out a survey just days before the Dissolution of Parliament, Gloria invites anyone who completes it to visit […]

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Raging Red Len Attacks Miliband’s Media ‘Minnows’

Red Len is angry, specifically at Miliband’s spinners:

“What is also regrettable about the Sunday Times article is the apparent obsession of the media team around Ed Miliband who are constantly seeking opportunities for Ed to “face down Red

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People’s Champion? No Sorry From Sarah

Labour MP Sarah Champion is today paying back the £17 she claimed on expenses for a Remembrance Sunday poppy wreath. Apart from a short statement confirming she would reimburse the taxpayer, Champion has maintained radio silence in the face of […]

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Sleazy LibDem: “The Doors Will Open For You”

 

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

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