MacShane’s £125,000 Constituency Office

This is what Denis MacShane claimed £125,000 in office costs for:

‘Ello ‘ello ‘ello…

Local LibDems Back “Handycock”

Portsmouth City Council has been left reeling at the arrest and questioning of Mike Hancock for indecent assault. Inter-party email exchanges through the night have left the LibDems spinning “move along people, nothing to see here”. The grandly named Gerald Vernon-Jackson, the LibDem Council Leader said in the early hours:

“When I knock on doors in Portsmouth I find someone on almost every street who tells me how Mike Hancock has help make their lives better. Mike is by far the best MP this city has had for many years. I continue to think that Mike should continue to be allowed to continue his work for local people.”

Perhaps not the wisest choice of words. It was his attempts “to make their lives better” that got Hancock into this mess in the first place.

UPDATE: Surprisingly LibDemVoice fail to omit the key detail that Hancock was arrested and bailed. Compare and contrast the two statements. Firstly from Hancock:

“I can confirm that I was questioned on Tuesday 12 October by officers of the Hampshire Police in relation to allegations made against me by one individual. I attended the police station voluntarily, cooperated fully and answered all questions that were asked. ”

And the law:

“Hampshire Constabulary spokesman Ian Sainsbury said in a statement: ‘A man has been arrested on suspicion of indecent assault following a complaint from a woman in Portsmouth.”

The Guardian, PA and the Telegraph also buy Hancock’s voluntary questioning spin hook, line and sinker. They may not have kicked the veteran Member’s door down but he was certainly nicked.

Breaking : “Handycock” Arrested

Pervy MP Mike Hancock has been arrested over claims he indecently assaulted a single mother who went to him for help. Guido has been covering the shenanigans of the Lib Dem MP for Portsmouth South for months – there is much more to come. He has been released on police bail…

See also : “Handycock” Faces Probing (Oct 12), +++ “Handycock” Loses Injunction Battle +++ (Oct 7), Exclusive: “Handycock” In Court Next Week (Sep 28), Third Time Unlucky For Hancock (Sep 27), Exclusive: Hancock’s Half Hour (With the Police) (3Aug).

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“Handycock” Faces Probing

Guido understands that official complaints have gone in against LibDem letch Mike Hancock MP. Portsmouth co-conspirators are talking openly locally about their “sex pest MP”. As regular readers will know, during the election Hancock got an injunction to stop his opponent Les Cummings from printing leaflets in which he made serious allegations of sexual misbehaviour against the MP. Given Hancock discontinued his action last week and ended up paying costs, there are those that are expecting this story to go nuclear imminently as Cummings returns to his keyboard…

This month has seen allegations that Hancock attempted to seduce a mentally ill constituent, wining and dining her in the Commons and bombarding her with gifts and racy text messages. Guido understands that Hancock has this morning been  reported to the local authority by horrified fellow councillors, and to the Parliamentary Standard’s Commissioner by fellow MPs. The gist of the complaint seems to be:

“Failing to treat people with respect and conducting himself in a manner which could reasonably be regarded as bringing his office or his authority into disrepute and using his position as a member to improperly secure for himself, or any other person, an advantage.”

Guido understands the texts messages are hugely humiliating for the Honourable Member and could be set to emerge in full this weekend…

5 Things You Should Know About the Shadow Justice Secretary

Sadiq Khan has somewhat controversially been made the Shadow Justice Secretary by Red Ed. He was  also put in charge of constitutional and political reform, which is ironic. A relative unknown before his promotion there are all sorts of mysteries about the man that  Guido feels need some light shedding on them…

  • Did you know that Khan has been exposed three times for fiddling his expenses, even after the public outcry last year? Using a thief to catch thief?
  • Did you know that five members of Khan’s family and various clients belonged to fundamentalist group Hizb ut-Tahrir? Something he called “irrelevant” and “trivial” Well they must be proud of his line of work…
  • Did you know Khan got the bent copper Ali Dizaei off the hook. He was later jailed in Wandsworth Prison, in Khan’s own constituency.
  • Did you know Khan tried to join the defence team of Zacarias Moussaoui, the only person convicted of the 9/11 attacks. The US government refused him clearance. As they did over a Guantanamo suspect’s trial. What do the Americans know about Khan?
  • Did you know Khan voted for post office closures at 7pm in Parliament and spoke out against closures at 8pm in a public meeting in his constituency? What was that about two faced liars…

Come back next week for five more facts that raise serious questions about the new Labour leader’s judgement…

+ + + “Handycock” Loses Injunction Battle + + +

Breaking : A judge has this evening  found for Les Cumming, who was injuncted by the controversial LibDem MP Mike Hancock, after making allegations of sexual impropriety against “Handycock”. The judge struck out Hancock’s claim completely, criticising his legal team in no uncertain terms. Hancock was also ordered to pay £5,000 legal costs. More to follow…

We Khan’t Go On Like This

Once could be seen as a mistake, twice a habit, but three times? Miliband campaign manager and expenses cheat Sadiq Khan is in yet more hot water. Once again he has been caught breaking expenses rules. First there was “the rose” incident, then the pending police investigation for fraud and now he faces the humiliation of John Lyon finding him guilty of sending out a political mail shot on his taxpayer funded communications allowance during his tight re-election campaign. Shadow Cabinet contenders should keep a close eye on their rival, it seems cheats do prosper.

With the rise of Red Ed, his most loyal follower looks set to be rewarded. His extremist views rule him out of the FCO, and quite extraordinarily, Labour are talking about putting another expenses cheat in the Home Office briefPerhaps Jacqui could come back as a Special Adviser…

Exclusive: “Handycock” In Court Next Week

Yesterday Guido bought you the news that controversial LibDem MP Mike Hancock had been juggling to keep stories about him out of the papers before the election. Well today he understands that one of those stories has resulted in a half day hearing at Winchester Combined Courts this coming 7th of October. A temporary injunction Hancock obtained against Les Cummings has expired and the follow-up legal action promised to the judge was not forthcoming, so the silenced party is now pursuing the amorous MP for damages and costs.

And you thought trying to seduce a mentally ill constituent was conduct unbefitting of a Member of Parliament…

Khan He Be Home Secretary?

One of the downsides of the Ed Miliband victory is we are now going to have to endure the slimy and arrogant Sadiq Khan coming to the forefront of the Labour team. The loyal campaign manager, who only just survived […]

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Third Time Unlucky For Hancock

Weirdy-beardy LibDem MP and coalition critic Mike Hancock has never been far from controversy involving his sex life, and this weekend was no different. Hancock has done well in recent months to keep certain stories about him out of the […]

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Pointless Access

This morning’s Telegraph splash about “cash for access” is a little over-hyped. These conference 30-second-hand-shake gigs are nothing new and something both major parties have been guilty of for years. Party funding is a mess and throwing rocks in either […]

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Lobbyists Still Bending Access Rules

Parliament has finally got round to publishing the list of pass-holders and their various sponsors. Tory Mark Garnier has given one to the nice lady who organises his dining society. For his life Guido can not work out why Labour’s […]

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