Geoff Gets A+ For His Hoonwork

In 2005 Geoff Hoon was Defence Secretary. In March of that year defence giants Westland got a £1.7billion contract from the MOD. Nobody else was invited to bid. Which was a bit odd.

In 2010 Geoff Hoon was exposed seeking a “little hoonwork” in the form of lobbying work on the side by an undercover sting. He was sacked from his job at Nato and lost the Labour whip. Disgraced, you might call it.

Yesterday it was announced Geoff Hoon has been given a top job at Westland. What a coincidence…

For Huhne the Bell Tolls

“Energy secretary Chris Huhne is launching the first new grid connection to Europe for 25 years today” which must be exciting. A government source just confirmed to Guido that they are keeping Huhne on a very low profile for the next couple of days. That would explain why today he was sent to that known bastion of political action, Rochester. Why? 

Guido now has it triple sourced that two Sunday papers are going to put the bullet provided for them by Mrs Huhne straight through the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change’s head. Speeding points and the rest…

Guido has been digging on this one all week and the it’s a total mess. One Downing Street source gave him a 10% survival rate past Sunday…

UPDATE:

There’s a thin line between sorrow and rage.

A Picture Says a Thousand Words

Self-confessed teen-fondler Mike Hancock took time out of his busy evening to explain exactly what went wrong for the LibDems in the local elections:

Via Christopher Hope & Co’s valiant all nighter.

Want To Work For Mike Hancock?

Self-confessed teen fondler and LibDem MP Mike Hancock is “looking to recruit two bright, hard-working candidates to volunteer” in his office. The fact that he’s not paying his interns should be least of Nick Clegg’s worries when it comes to this backbencher. The advert goes on to say:

“Applicants should be reliable, enthusiastic and be sympathetic to the aims and values of the Liberal Democrats. Strong IT, organisational skills and a sense of humour essential.”

Admitting to cheating on your wife and  “kissing and cuddling” with a teenage girl in court is hardly a laughing matter.

Responsibilities for the job include:

But beware, the successful candidate “will be required to comply with the Baseline Personnel Security Standard, undertaken by the Members’ Staff Verification Office (MSVO).” 

Have they run Hancock through that verification process recently? 

“Handy-cock’s” Pot Kettle Politics

LibDem MP,  “Defence expert” and self-confessed teen fondler Mike Hancock thought he would offer his two cents about the tragic shooting on board the HMS Astute:

“I am surprised that this man was on a nuclear submarine, I would have thought there was tight scrutiny for our submariners, so how on earth he passed I don’t know. I will be questioning what’s going on. I feel very unsure about somebody who has an element of eccentricity about himself – by calling himself Reggie Moondogg, putting it on Facebook – joining the Navy, getting recruited to serve on a nuclear submarine and then being given a weapon to guard it. So there must be some questions about his suitability. I can’t understand how the vetting programme has let this happen.”

Frankly Guido is surprised that this man is still in Parliament, he would have thought there was tight scrutiny for our politicians, so how on earth Hancock passed he does not know.

Does text-pest Mike “give me a chance princess” Hancock really have the audacity to accuse other people of having “an element of eccentricity about” them? And if Hancock’s staff choices are anything to go by, he’s not one to criticise vetting procedures either.

The suspected spy he employed in the Commons has landed a new job as political correspondent for Russian TV.

Why the Leicester LibDem Was “Resigned”

Just six days after being selected to fight the Leicester South by-election for the LibDem’s Parmjit Gill declared:

“Given much reflection and after talking with my family, it is with regret that I have decided to stand down as a candidate for the by-election. I remain committed to the people of Leicester and am proud to represent the Liberal Democrats, but I have a very young family and I fear the toll that fighting the by-election with all the commitment and dedication it deserves would be too much.”

Gill was the MP for the seat after the 2004 by-election, but lost it in the 2005 election. Despite being a MP for just under three hundred days, he managed to rack up a huge £185,089.00 in expenses. A glorious £682.98 per day on top of his salary.

But it gets murkier. The internal LibDem Returning Officer for the 2005 General Election selection process, won by Gill obviously, sent the following memo to Cowley Street. It mysteriously reappeared in the comments section on LibDemVoice in the last couple of days:

“I think it is apparent that there are a large number of members, mostly if not wholly from the Sikh community, who have a strong personal loyalty to Parmjit Gill, even though some of them don’t seem to like him very much, and may not actually share the aspirations of other members. There are some anomalies in the membership: there were two dead people (who had been dead for over a year) on the list of 88 members whose subscriptions were renewed by telephone last April using Parmjit Gill’s credit card. There are also two people who have, according to Sumal Fernando, given him a signed statement, which he has passed to me, which states that they are not Liberal Democrats and have never been members of the Party, but their names are on the same list. There is some suspicion that some members are not in possession of membership cards, and have not themselves paid a subscription.”

Or maybe he just completely forgot he had a young family before he put himself up for selection again…

UPDATE: Word is that the powers that be at Cowley Street told Parmjit to “quit or be fired”.

Scandal is Back

From behind the pay-wall, the seasoned Sunday Times stingers have blown the doors off three cases of old-fashioned bribery in the European Parliament. Despite scalping one MEP from Austria, there has been very little follow-up. The ease at which these Members were willing to table amendments for cash and the channels by which they were paid, point to systematic and wide-spread corruption. As Dan Hannan said, Labour’s own Cash for Amendments scandal pales in comparison and this blows the duck house out of the water. However there is the inevitable “it’s just Europe” dearth of coverage.

Closer to home we learn that MPs here are to have IPSA’s rules relaxed. Claiming for second homes again if you a London MP? Why not! Also Illsley could be out in eight weeks and guess what, government plans to freeze MPs pay is facing a backbench rebellion. All very new politics.

Labour Tapping Up City Donors In Parliament

Remember when Tim Yeo was caught out definitely not using Parliamentary facilities to help fundraise for his green investment firms? Well like with so many sleazy tactics, Labour have taken an idea and perfected it to an industrial standard. Balls and Brown may still be dirty words to most people with a wallet, but that hasn’t stopped Miliband attempting to branch out to some big city donor types.

Here he is hobnobbing with the Labour Finance and Industry Group, aka LFIG, aka city donors:

Miliband meets the Labour Finance and Industry Group, aka LFIG, aka city donors

Despite their rhetoric and bashing, at the end of the day Labour is broke so last night the House of Commons Terrace Dining Room B played host to an LFIG dinner. Money men were invited to cough up eighty pounds for the pleasure of dining with John Denham. Initially Guido’s interest was piqued by the cost, which is a little on the steep side for subsidised Commons grub. The rules are very clear:

5. Use of Private Dining Rooms

5.1 Subject to the exclusions in 5.2, the private dining rooms are not to be used for direct or indirect financial or material gain by a Sponsor, political party, or any other person or outside organisation.

However with wines factored in, Guido is prepared to give them the benefit of the doubt that no profit was made. However that’s not to say the seeds of indirect gain have not be sown. LFIG have channelled the Labour Party £147,155 in the last five years. Where exactly are those sort of donations tapped up? Well on Parliamentary property it seems…

Lobbying Register Warning Bells

Guido has to laugh at the audacity that some of the more brazen members of the lobbying community have shown in defending the new voluntary register of “political consultants”. As Spinwatch said, this is no more than a […]

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Hancock’s Lolita Was Barely Legal

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 […]

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A Wee Bit Off

Denis Macshane and Douglas Alexander are attempting to politicise the Libya situation. Macshane, who despite losing the whip, still falls into line to spin for Labour just told Jeremy Vine that he thinks the government had their eye off the […]

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Judge a Man by His Friends

Blinky BallsA pattern is emerging, every time a Labour Party figure ends up in disgrace, Balls is never far away. Yesterday he was launching Labour’s coronation in Barnsley Central, as its previous Member of Parliament was preparing for a year in […]

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