Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Yeo Voted Against Key Gay Rights Legislation

Tim Yeo has been telling anyone who will listen that South Suffolk Tories kicked him out because of his support for gay marriage. As Guido pointed out this morning, this is laughable. Pink News are pointing out that not only was Yeo absent for no less than thirteen crucial votes on gay rights throughout his career, he actually voted against an equal age of consent for homosexuals. But why break the habit of the lifetime and tell the truth…

Monday, February 3, 2014

Tim Yeo’s Greatest Hits

From leadership contender to loser in nine years, Tim Yeo bites the dust. Guido has been exposing his absenteeism and conflicts of interest for the best part of a decade. As far back as 2007 Guido reported his hypocrisy in lobbying for an end to unnecessary air travel as he flew around the world on golfing jollies. In 2010 Guido accused Yeo of using House of Commons banqueting facilities to wine and dine a group of environmental investors, while at the same time raising money for AFC Energy, a company of which he is the chairman. Yeo’s denial to Guido on Newsnight that it was “absolutely outrageous” is particularly amusing today.

Later that year Yeo put his name forward for the chairmanship of the Energy and Climate Change select committee. Guido warned at the time, “MPs look set to elect a man completely tied up with an industry that he would be responsible for the checks and balances on”. They didn’t listen.

By 2012, Yeo’s conflicts of interests were adding up. He was now earning over £100,000-a-year from his green investments as he lobbied the government to stop green cuts. Then there was Yeo’s dodgy taxi firm dealings – he resigned from the company when Guido started sniffing round – and his call for extra flights to China just as one of his companies signed a huge deal in the country.

2013 saw Yeo stung by the Sunday Times, offering to become a paid advocate for a fake firm for £7,000-a-day. The cops took an interest but Yeo survived. Though not for long…

Read all Guido’s stories on Tim Yeo, dating back to 2005, here.

Yeo’s Woes are Direct Challenge to PM’s Authority

Well that was a bad judgement call from Downing Street, with Cameron and Osborne spending their political capital hopelessly backing Tim Yeo. Senior Tories are paranoid that this is just the beginning of the de-selection woes and the crack in the dam is rapidly expanding. Associations are going to get a taste for this sort of accountability and direct action. 

No. 10 say the deselection “is a matter for the constituency”, but that’s a funny way of describing a direct challenge to the PM’s authority. While the Chancellor hilariously described Yeo as “politician of principle”, just last week Dave wrote:

“You have served your constituency of South Suffolk for over three decades – a record of which you can be enormously proud. I very much hope that you will be selected to stand as the Conservative representative in this seat again, so that you can fight to continue representing your constituents in the next parliament as you always have done in the past, with tenacity and commitment. Your considerable expertise in rural issues and the environment has been of real benefit to our party and our country. You have always provided a strong voice for the people of South Suffolk and it would be a great loss to your constituents, to parliament, and to the Conservative Party if the South Suffolk Conservative Association did not re-select you so that you can continue providing that steadfast representation.”

The hard-working people of South Suffolk politely disagreed. Let the uprising begin.

UPDATE: 

Yeo: “Too Close To Call”
Will He Walk Like an Egyptian Today?

The BBC won’t call it and local sources say this afternoon’s result for Tim Yeo’s de-selection is on a knife edge:

Meanwhile, the absentee MP spent the weekend in Cairo.

If Yeo survives Neo-Guido pays up a hundred quid and we spend it on drowning our sorrows, if Yeo goes Guido pays and we celebrate. Win win.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

LibDems Warned in September About Cllr Charged with Rape
Accused Labour of ‘Playing Politics’ with Allegations

The Liberal Democrats were warned about their councillor charged with child rape back in September:

As Guido revealed last night, they only suspended him yesterday, after months of accusing Labour of ‘playing politics’.

Another lost letter…

LibDem Cllr Suspended for Child Rape Charges (After 4 Months)

21 year old Ryan Hope appeared at Dorchester Crown Court in September last year. He had been charged with one count of raping a child, one count of rape, one count of sexual assault of a child and two counts of sexual assault. It was grim, but he denied it all.

Ryan Hope is also a LibDem councillor in Weymouth, Dorset:

“I was elected in May 2012 and represent the Liberal Democrats in the Westham North ward. I am also involved in Westham Pact, Westham Community Group, Weymouth Carnival and Weymouth Christmas Sparkle.”

Liberal Democrat HQ admitted to Guido late on Monday night that they had only suspended Cllr Hope that day, despite the widespread local media coverage the issue received last autumn and alleged direct warnings and notification:

“These are extremely serious allegations. Cllr Hope has been suspended both as a Liberal Democrat member and councillor pending the outcome of his trial. This should have happened last year but a failure to communicate the situation from the local party to the national party meant this did not happen.”

Another serious LibDem sex scandal, another failure to “communicate”. This has to stop. 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Dear Nick, ‘Please Stop’ Him ‘Before Someone Else is Abused’
Tape Proves Downing Street Received Hancock Warning in ’11

The heartbreaking pleas from a vulnerable young woman to Nick Clegg have been revealed. As reported in this morning’s Sun, the Deputy Prime Minister cruelly ignored a letter from “Annie”, sent under her real name, as she begged three years ago to “please stop” MP Mike Hancock “before it is too late before someone else gets hurt and abused by him.” 

The Portsmouth South constituent, who is accusing her MP of abusing her after she went to him for help, sent Clegg this chilling warning in March 2011:

“He cannot be trusted and he is a liability to women, public and also your party. Stop the behaviour from him and his staff and whoever is involved with Mr Hancock as this is holy wrong. And please reply to this letter as it is very important to me that I get answers from you”

Nick Clegg said on Friday that he was “appalled” when he “first heard specific allegations” at the beginning of 2013 and that he had “acted immediately” to suspend Hancock as MP. He said “some letters were sent and some were not received.” This one was.

Guido can now reveal that “Annie’s” damning letter definitely reached the Deputy Prime Minister’s office in Downing Street. A secret tape recording has emerged proving that No. 10 civil servants had received the letter and told “Annie” and it would be specifically passed on to Clegg’s Political Office. Guido is not running the full tape in order to protect “Annie’s” identity, but the extract below proves the Downing Street communications office, having checked “Annie’s” postcode, were clearly aware of the content of the letter and had passed it on to Clegg’s people:

No.10: Ok, this is a complaint regarding your MP Mike Hancock… 

Annie: Yes

No.10: Because this is a political issue it is being passed to the political section to deal with rather than us at the communication office because we are civil servants we are not really able to comment on matters like this. So what I can do is get in touch with the Political Office and say that you have called up inquiring about your letter.

Nick Clegg’s Political Office never replied to “Annie”, ignoring her warning “before it is too late before someone else gets hurt and abused by him.” Shame on them.

Hogan Howe Faces Two Police Complaints Investigations

The Met Police chief commissioner stands accused of claiming he gave a statement to the Taylor inquiry into Hillsborough, when it appears he actually did not. The Independent Police Complaints Commission now say he will face two investigations into his conduct…

Monday Morning LibDem Sex Scandal Round Up

The eternally classy Lord Rennard has threatened to go nuclear and leak “where the bodies are buried” in regard to other LibDem sex scandals. As Guido pointed out in the Sun yesterday, we’ve heard Nick Clegg’s excuses before:

“Last year it emerged that Clegg had also ignored two letters sent to him by lawyers representing men who claim they were attacked in the Sixties and Seventies by the late Liberal MP Cyril Smith. Law firm Pannone said: “We have formally written to Nick Clegg’s office on two occasions requesting the chief whips’ files on allegations of abuse at a hostel in Rochdale”. Another case of lost in the post, no doubt.”

Here are the developments in the Mike Hancock scandal this morning:

  • The Sun has revealed Hancock victim “Annie’s” heartbreaking pleas sent to Nick Clegg and the chilling warning the DPM ignored – Guido will post when it’s online.
  • Portsmouth Council LibDem Group have gone into to coalition with Indepedent Councillor Mike Hancock, despite having a majority, so he can keep his job in the council cabinet. This is a direct challenge to Clegg’s authority.
  • The most senior female LibDem on Portsmouth Council has quit in disgust.
  • Portsmouth LibDems are selecting a new candidate for 2015.
  • “Annie” is demanding to meet Nick Clegg for answers on why she was ignored for three years.

Guido has something up his sleeve. Stand back…

Friday, January 24, 2014

WATCH: Clegg Admits He Knew Specifics Last Year

You can’t hide those Nick Clegg eyes… 

Via @liarpoliticians.

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