Monday, November 21, 2011

Balls, Cooper, Burnham and Byrne Facing Investigation

Labour claimed in yesterday’s Sunday Times that the Cash for Votes allegations are a “weak smear”. However Guido wouldn’t be so cocky. The paper reported:

“Ed Balls, the shadow chancellor, Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, and Liam Byrne, the shadow work and pensions secretary, are accused of failing to register a potential conflict of interest and so breaching parliamentary rules.”

The matter is currently with John Lyons, but Guido thinks you should be able to judge on the matter too. Which naughty puppet to start with…

Friday, November 18, 2011

Parliamentary Labour Party Coordinating Union Obfuscation

The Labour leadership seems to be getting rattled by the continual highlighting of their members’ servitude to their biggest donor and string-puller: the unions. Regular readers will know that Guido caught Sadiq Khan and Kate Green red-handed and the Tories went very publicly for Rachel Reeves.

At Monday’s meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party, backbenchers were given the following advice:

Correct, you do not need to declare membership, but when local donations are received they should not only be registered with the Electoral Commission, but also mentioned in the Register of Members Interests. However this is classic Labour obfuscation -  denying charges that nobody is making. The trouble they have got themselves into isn’t about these two things, it’s about declaring an interest when scrutinising legislation, or speaking on an issue or subject that your donor has a direct interest in. Guido will repeat it until he is blue in the face, Rule 74 of the House of Commons Code of Conduct is very clear:

“It is the responsibility of the Member, having regard to the rules of the House, to judge whether a financial interest is sufficiently relevant to a particular debate, proceeding, meeting or other activity to require a declaration. The basic test of relevance should be the same for declaration as it is for registration of an interest; namely, that a financial interest should be declared if it might reasonably be thought by others to influence the speech, representation or communication in question. A declaration should be brief but should make specific reference to the nature of the Member’s interest.”

This is the advice the whips should have been dispensing.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Watch: Clegg Slaps Khan’s Donor Connections

There may not have been Prime Minister’s Questions today, but Guido wouldn’t want you to miss out on your weekly dose of Parliamentary bashing. Over to Nick Clegg, who has clearly been reading Guido’s work on Cash for Votes and Sadiq Khan’s dodgy connections with the GMB:

See how they squirm…

Video via Liar Politicians

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Sorry Was the Silliest Word

It seems that Kate Green apologising to the House yesterday for not declaring her financial interests, despite putting down amendments to legislation on behalf of unions, may shape up to be a massive tactical error for Labour. There is no excuse them not to apologise now every-time they are caught red-handed…

Quick off the mark the Tories are scouring every outlet for evidence of Trade Union influence on legislation, and it didn’t take them long to find Labour’s rising star Rachel Reeves doing the dirty:

“A leaked internal Labour document shows that the trade unions put pressure on Rachel Reeves, then Shadow Pensions Minister, to amend the Pensions Bill. Rachel Reeves election campaign received £3,000 in donations from Unite the union – one of the trade unions putting pressure on her to make amendments to the Bill.”

Warsi has written to Miliband to complain, but Guido’s not going to  hold his breath for her letter being filed anywhere other than the bin. When will Reeves apologise to the House, or were they just making an example of Kate Green?

 

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Labour’s Kate Green Forced to Apologise to House

Yesterday Guido broke the news of Kate Green MP and her undeclared special interest involvement with the GMB union. To sum it up, they donate to her campaigns and she does their bidding in the House, including directly amending legislation. Well today she pre-empted a point of order on the very subject and apologised outright, saying she should have declared an interest. The Speaker called it “gracious” despite being aware that the Tories were planning on raising it moments later. Presumably the precedent is now set for every union funded Labour MP to have to make such a declaration before scrutinising any law that may affect the minority interest of said union?

UPDATE: Sky News’ Sophy Ridge reports “I have learned that the Tory backbencher Aidan Burley has written to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards asking him to investigate a potential breach of the Code of Conduct.”

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Labour Donor Paying For Amendments

This morning Guido blew open the extent of the GMB union’s influence over legislation, and how they achieve it with a financial gun to the Labour Party’s head. Not a word out of any of them yet, but it gets worse. The leaked Shadow Justice minutes show how Labour, at the behest of the unions, will vote on various amendments, but who first tabled these moves? A GMB sponsored Labour MP of course…

Not only has Kate Green taken £6,550 off the GMB, the union even notched up another £5,000 as a donation-in-kind, in the shape of tele-canvassing. Trade union liaison officers have the kind of unfettered access to Labour MPs of which other lobbyists for other vested interests can only dream. MPs shower parliamentary passes on what are effectively lobbyists for the big unions. The GMB have 80 MPs in their pocket and their political officer Iain McNicol just happens to be the General Secretary of the Labour Party. The GMB’s 610,000 members represent less a sliver of the country, yet laws are being bought and sold in their name. This tyranny of the minority stinks, and remember that next time Ed mentions the 1%…

Damian’s New “Absolutely Totally Brilliant” Blogging Tips

With Draper back in the fold, the old faces are coming out of the woodwork. Obviously spinning for Catholic aid charity Cafod and running the Saturday football match for his old school boys club isn’t enough for our old mucker Damian McBride. Like a bad smell, he’s back and lingering on Twitter and already discussing an issue dear to his heart – engagement with bloggers:

Why not just send them an email of concocted smears and lies instead?

Sadiq Khan Lets Donor Decide Labour Vote

Guido was perusing the notes from last week’s meeting of Labour’s Shadow Justice team when he noticed something odd. Within them is a list of various amendments and clauses to the Justice Bill and how the Labour MPs will vote on them. All boring so far, but what’s this next to one of the clauses?

And another:

Once would look bad enough, but how Labour will vote on two parts of the Bill will be determined after “checking with GMB who have very strong views on other aspects of LSC transfer”. This refers to a particularly dull aspect of pension protection and the Legal Services Commission, but that’s beside the point – one of Labour’s biggest donors is being directly consulted on legislation which affects their vested interests.

The GMB union have Labour over a barrel: eighty of their MPs are members and the union has given Labour £1,545,987.02 since Ed took over. That’s nearly 20% of all donations received and certainly blows the sums involved in the Cash for Questions and Cash for Influence scandals out of the water. Clearly the GMB expect something in return, and that is telling Labour MPs directly how to vote in Parliament. A cash for votes swap.

And who is in charge of this merry policy auction?

Step forward Sadiq Khan, the Shadow Justice Minister and proud GMB member. He’s also the recipient of £11,000 directly from the GMB for his campaigns in Tooting. Want to change legislation directly? Better reach for your wallet with this lot…

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Questions Over Bob Russell’s Spy Links

Guido has been trying to get hold of the Bob Russell this morning, but it seems that his office don’t like answering the phone. The LibDem has replaced the disgraced Mike Hancock on the Defence Select Committee. Russell is MP for Colchester, a garrison town; and he was a member of the LibDem “Shadow” defence team from 2005 until 2010 , so seemingly fits the role. He’s also Hancock’s flatmate…

Russell potentially had as much access to defence documents as Mike Hancock did, crucially whilst the Handy-cock’s affair was going on. Given the circumstances, perhaps Bob Russell could answer a few questions:

  • Did he know about Hancock’s affair?
  • Did he ever meet Zatuliveter at the flat he shares with Hancock?
  • Did she ever stay there?
  • Did he ever leave defence related documents at the flat?
  • Did he ever leave his laptop or Blackberry at the flat?

Guido will call back after lunch…

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Spooks Say Hancock Blonde Was a Spook

“Officer ZZ” of MI5, named in court as “Louise”, told Katia Zatuliveter’s extradition tribunal that she believed the Russian Intelligence Services had instructed the young blonde to seduce the aged LibDem pervert Mike Hancock, as he was easily susceptible to the age old trick.

Here’s a fun Guido fact for you: Hancock gives every girl he sleeps with a House of Commons shop teddy bear and calls it Mike. Form an orderly queue ladies…


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