The Daily Telegraph has got hold of a letter sent by chief whip Geoff Hoon to Vaz expressing an expectation that his former ministerial colleague will be “appropriately rewarded” for backing the measure to hold terror suspects for up to 42 days without charge.
Slimy Vaz is the Labour chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee. He was at first opposed to the plans but eventually gave them his full backing.
Vaz was asked in Parliament during the debate if he had been offered an honour for his support. He said: “No, it was certainly not offered—but I do not know; there is still time.”
Hoon’s letter says:
Just a quick note to thank you for all your help during the period leading up to last Wednesday’s vote. I wanted you to know how much I appreciated all your help… I trust that it will be appropriately rewarded!…With thanks and best wishes,
So “Lord Vaz” it is…
CPS Study Abrahams ‘Dodgy’ Donations Dossier from Police – Sky
It ain’t over until it is over.
MEPs’ Champagne ‘Study Days’ Cost Taxpayer £200,000 – Sunday Times
Champagne swilling luxury junket taking the piss out of taxpayers as per normal.
How MPs Claim for a Second Home – Sunday Telegraph
Simple explanation of the mechanics of the fiddle.
Wintertons to Cost Taxpayers Thousands More on New Flat – Mail on Sunday
Continuing tale of the troughing Tory twosome. Why don’t they live in their own now mortgage-free luxury flat? The taxpayer has bought it for them and fitted it out already. They are a troughing disgrace.
Labour Mired in Sleaze Claims as Scots Leader Quits and MPs are Accused of Homes Tax-Dodge – Mail on Sunday
Scottish Leader and Scottish MP go in disgrace.
‘Over 100 MPs’ in Multi-Million Tax Dodge Over Second Homes – Mail on Sunday
A specific capital gains dodge used by the likes of James Purnell and many others.
Scots Labour Leader ‘Confident of Being Cleared’ after Resigning – Mail on Sunday
No chance Wendy.
Marshall in Shock Resignation after Rumours Over Expenses – Mail on Sunday
End of the gravy train for one MP.
More to follow…
In a sworn statement provided to the Court, Richard Moore, Steve Morgan’s co-director denied this was true. Devastating documentary evidence has come to light directly contradicting Richard Moore’s claim. The evidence reveals that donors were instructed to send Hain4Labour campaign donations to the Morgan Allen Moore office where the cheques would be processed by Morgan Allen Moore staff.
So Guido is happy to repeat that Morgan the Organ’s MAM office was effectively Hain’s campaign base and that MAM staff such as Kate Lewis were running the campaign. This clearly breaks the APPC’s Code of Conduct.
Guido is happy to testify and provide the evidence…
Winterton’s Claim for Electricity for Security Alarm
The Wintertons are a troughing disgrace.
Jacquie Lait Does Primary Residence Fiddle Dr Fox Declared Donations in Register But Not to Electoral Commission
Technical breach – same as Osborne – forgot to declare them twice. More incompetent than crooked.
UPDATE : Almost missed the best, distracted by Baby Fawkes who is on the verge of walking and requires more chasing after than ever, her older sister and Mrs Fawkes are at baby yoga. Dad is doing lunch..
Expense Scamming Tom Wise MEP Arrested
The first of many we hope. Worth clicking the link for the video confession.
Full scale inquiry into Spelman to go ahead:
CONDUCT OF MRS CAROLINE SPELMAN MP
The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards has been authorised by the Committee on Standards and Privileges to undertake an inquiry into whether Mrs Caroline Spelman MP breached the rules of the House in the arrangements she made for the employment of a secretarial assistant who was also her children’s nanny for a period from 1997.
The Commissioner had a meeting with Mrs Spelman on 9 June to discuss this matter with her. He undertook to consider carefully her request that he undertake an inquiry, despite having received no formal complaint about her conduct and that the events complained of were more than seven years ago. Such an inquiry would be exceptional and would require the agreement of the Committee.
Having carefully considered the matter the Commissioner has recommended to the Committee that exceptionally he should conduct an inquiry. The Committee has accepted that recommendation.
The Commissioner is therefore initiating an inquiry into whether the circumstances of Mrs Spelman’s employment of her secretarial assistant from 1997 breached the rules of the House in force at the time.
Incidentally, Guido has been busy gathering evidence of LibDem and Labour MEPs using European Parliament expense funds in a systematic way to fund their party machines.[…]
Tory MEP Sir Robert Atkins Flew to Son’s Wedding on EU Expenses
His wife, Dulcie, is employed as a secretary and his son, James, worked for him in Brussels until 2004.[…]
So here are four points her defenders need to answer:-
- The nanny’s latest statement (being distributed by CCHQ) matches almost word for word Spelman’s carefully drafted statement.
“I have asked the Quaestors to investigate the reason that I did not receive clarification from the European Parliament about my arrangements for paying staff, even though I specifically asked for it as far back as January 2007.[…]