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Hoon has been banned from holding a parliamentary pass for five years, Byers for two and Richard Caborn for six months. All three former Labour will have to apologise to the House in writing. If you want an end to the revolving door, why give former MPs passes anyway?

UPDATE: Now Hoon doesn’t have a pass he can join that APPC thing he knew nothing of.

The Man Who Came in on a Dinghy

The nations media have descended on Portsmouth having finally realised Guido was right all along when he said Mike Hancock was a wrong ‘un. Guido is hearing tales of door-stepping and sniffing. With Hancock also a local councillor there is plenty to play with.

Councillor Hancock is responsible for Planning, Regeneration and Economic Development (PRED) – and given the massive great naval base in the city, would be responsible for overseeing any changes concerning the port. However the port have confirmed that Hancock is not on the list for circulation of any plans to do with security, and not allowed access to restricted information that would be expected of a PRED portfolio holder.

The concerns about our amorous friend might have something to do with an incident in 2006 when Hancock was found driving a speedboat around the Royal Naval Base and coming up against the side of ships. Apparently he was “testing security”. In light of the last week’s revelations, some might say that’s a little odd…

To Russia With Love

Early Day Motion 1137 wasn’t very popular yesterday:

That this House believes that it would be a good idea if all those individuals and organisations involved in the failed World Cup bid showed a little humility and good grace instead of continually whingeing and moaning about the unfairness of FIFA and the bidding process; while regretting that England was able only to accumulate two votes out of 22, congratulates Russia and Qatar on their success in bringing World Cup football to two parts of the world which have never hosted the World Cup before.

Only the most devout of pro-Russian MPs would have signed that surely? Guess who was only one of two signatures…

Yep… Handy-cock.

Hancock’s Lolita Spy Girl Asked the Wrong Questions

As Mike Hancock’s young, candle loving, blonde faces deportation for spying, Guido thought he better have a look at what sort of “research” she had been doing for her amorous boss. A look into what Hancock has been asking in the House recently certainly raises eyebrows…

While yes, he is on the defence select committee, perhaps Mr Hancock could explain why he was so interested in our Atomic Weapons Establishment Site Development Context Plan? Thenew hydrodynamics facility, project Hydrus? As well as British troop numbers at various bases around the world?

All of these were written questions, the sort that  fall well within the job of a parliamentary bag-carrier to research and prepare. Did Katya Zatuliveter have some sway over the recently-arrested Member, or was he not paying attention to what was being signed in his name, like the time his office supported two opposing EDMs?

Hoon-Work

On the day we  learn Jacqui Smith, who was so good with her sums in the past, is off to accounting firm KPMG, Guido thought he would check out how Geoff Hoon’s project that “bluntly, makes money” was coming along…

It seems the former Defence Secretary is so desperate for clients, for a little “Hoon-work”, that he’s openly publishing his mobile number. From a gate-keepered senior cabinet minister, who most would have to go through six people to talk to on a good day, to being open to all sorts of random calls. Oh how the mighty fall…

Obviously Guido couldn’t resist…

GF: Are you going to join the APPC?
GH: Err…I must be a bit slow this morning.
GF: The Association of Professional Political Consultants…
GH: <silence>
GF:  …The register of lobbyists to declare their clients etc?
GH: To be honest I haven’t actually heard of it. I’m not really a lobbyist… When people have asked me to lobby the government I’ve told them to go elsewhere.
GF: Will you be publishing your clients list on your website?
GH: No, can’t really see a case in which that would happen. Maybe one day.
GF: Do you have a Former Member’s Pass to the Parliamentary Estate?
GH: Err yes, yes I do.
GF: Have you used it yet?
GH: To be honest, not yet.

Sure it will come in useful one day, oh and not a lobbyist? TaylorHoon state:

“Our aim is to provide business with market intelligence on ways to gain competitive advantage. To do this we are able to offer a distinctive combination of advice, skills and experience from the highest levels of business and politics.”

Sounds like lobbying to Guido…

Clegg’s Sneaky AV Coffers Liner

Nick Clegg is responsible for guiding the AV bill through Parliament, he backs it, as does his party. Guido has seen the riveting packs that Cowley Street have started sending out to their branches to prepare for the AV campaign, but rather sneakily and possibly illegally, the LibDems are pulling a clever little ruse:

On the fundraising form that is not just for LibDem members, but the whole Yes to AV campaign, it clearly asks people to make out cheques to the “Liberal Democrats”, not to the official pro-AV campaign. Not only is it completely inappropriate for the Deputy Prime Minister to be attempting to fund-raise for his party on the back of a piece of legislation that he is responsible for, the form is completely deceptive. The forms are also definitely for use before the Bill has gone through the House as they talk about the referendum “next year”. Sneaky.

Guido wonders how many people will fall for their trick of pretending to give money to the Yes to AV campaign when they will actually be lining the LibDem coffers. Dishonesty on a LibDem leaflet? Surely not…

Official: Westminster Full of Crooks

The expenses crisis, lobbying shame and six Labour MPs being investigated by the police has caused the UK to plummet in the rankings of the most corrupt countries in the world, dropping to a humiliating 20th place. Guido has been highlighting the problem for years without fancy weightings, equations, interactive maps and graphs but Transparency International have really put the boot in. The UK is sandwiched between those two beacons of democracy Chile and Qatar.

Guess Who’s Back

When Philip Hammond tried to sell the cuts package to the people of the north-east on Question Time last night he mentioned a deal with Hitachi to build high speed trains in the area. Jobs were promised, but Guido couldn’t help ponder why the business park in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, that will be at the heart of new project, sounded so familiar.

The penny dropped this afternoon – the Durham Green development project that built the park was caught up with an blast from the past. Two directors of the company were used by David Abrahams to channel money to the Labour Party, around £77,000, in 2005. Mysteriously planning objections to the project disappeared shortly after. Abrahams has been spotted back on the Westminster scene a lot in recent months and what a lovely coincidence that his little project has done so well…

The Criminal Ruling Classes

Such are their number it is getting difficult for Guido to keep track of all the politicians who are either under investigation, currently facing charges or are  actually in the dock as defendants.

It is worth bearing in mind that […]

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Has Hancock Perjured Himself?

The Sunday Times would have made uncomfortable reading for pervy LibDem MP Mike Hancock. Having triggered an investigation by Hampshire Police  Hancock’s alleged victim, a mentally ill constituent, has apparently seen a deterioration in her condition since the alleged assault. […]

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Exclusive: Handycock’s Sexy Texts

Humiliated LibDem MP Mike Hancock was arrested last week for indecent assault after he pursued a mentally ill constituent with a barrage of dinners, presents and late night text messages.  He’s been bailed until January.

The police got involved after […]

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10% of Anglo Irish Bank’s Profits Came from Defrauding Customers


Guido has been given documents coming from inside Anglo Irish Bank’s Treasury Department dating back to 1997 which strongly suggest there was a board level approved conspiracy to over-charge corporate customers. The scale of the fraud was massive and it […]

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