Exclusive New Pictures of Hancock and the Sexy Spy Emerge

On the day Guido brings you the news that Mike Hancock is off to his favourite country in the whole wide world, the Indy reports that the lusty LibDem, while on the Defence Select Committee, got lobbyists to bung cash to his assistant. The same one that is facing deportation for spying. And he was sleeping with. A picture of the two having late night West End cocktails has been floating around for a couple of months and today Guido can bring you two more pics, from the same night:

Staring into each others eyes, sipping red cocktails, dreaming of the motherland…

Cash for Votes Gets PMQs Treatment

There was audible gasps of righteous indignation from the Labour benches when Cameron sung the praises of the Taxpayers’ Alliance at PMQs today. He quipped that at least they didn’t pay to put down amendments. Another happy reader

Huhne’s Lover’s Shameless Lobbying Application

Displaying some brass-neck worthy of her lover, Guido understands that Carina Trimingham, with Huhne, turned up to a meeting last night for victims of tabloid intrusion. She must have known by last night that the broadsheet Times were going for her, and rightfully so. They’ve got hold of an email job application that abuses her relationship with the troubled Secretary of State in order to further her career … as a lobbyist:

She got a job…

Bung to Burnham Buys Backing

When is a smear not a smear? Simple answer, when it’s the truth. A spokesman for Andy Burnham has called the complaint made about his conduct to the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner a “weak smear”. What do you think?

Back in May, while he was still the Shadow Education Secretary, Andy Burnham tabled an amendment to the Education Bill that would require all secondary school pupils have access to independent careers advice. If it had been accepted, it would have been a replacement for the cuts to the “Connexions” service. He admitted it would cost £200 million.

Guess who had been pushing for this idea – Unison:

“Careers services for young people in England are being slashed by up to 50% which could lead to 8,000 job losses, the public services union Unison says. Cuts in grants to local authorities for youth services could mean one in four staff at Connexions careers advice services lose their jobs, it says.”

What a strange coincidence… or perhaps not. Burnham took a grand from the union in May 2010 and crucially again at the end of Febuary 2011,  just weeks before he joined in with their campaign to save “Connexions”. And what a strange coincidence that Burnham did not declare this donation when tabling the amendment, despite it being given in such a recent period of time. The matter has been reported to John Lyons and it seems a pretty open and shut case – there was no declaration at the time the amendment went down, despite the rules being very clearThere has always been a perception that the unions have Labour by the balls, but this lot are proving the assertion beyond any doubt…

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…

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.

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

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?

 

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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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