BBC: Lucy Allan Pulled Out of Interview “Because She Wasn’t Allowed to Veto Questions”

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What’s going on here then? Embattled bullying row Tory Lucy Allan has apparently pulled out of an interview with the BBC because she wasn’t allowed to veto the questions she’d be asked. BBC Shropshire report she was due to be interviewed for the Sunday Politics:

“The Telford MP Lucy Allan has pulled out of an interview with the BBC because she wasn’t allowed to veto the questions she’d be asked. The Conservative politician was due to be interviewed for Sunday Politics in the West Midlands tomorrow.”

Allan says she wanted to make “sure that malicious false allegations made by ‘aliases’ were not repeated as if fact on a mainstream serious political programme”. She now says the suggestion she pulled out over not being allowed to veto questions is untrue:

Curiouser and curiouser…

Hannan & Carswell Share Joke

Guido chuckled today when he came across a video of Daniel Hannan regaling an ASI audience with a joke about canvassing back in 2009. It’s a joke which Guido has heard the Tory MEP tell before. However in a remarkably improbable coincidence, a clip has been unearthed of Douglas Carswell telling the exact same joke six years later. Guido thinks Hannan tells it better…

May and Fox’s Public EU Summit Over Antipasti

A co-conspirator tucking into his ravioli in Westminster’s Quirinale restaurant looked up to see Theresa May and Liam Fox settling down to lunch. An hour earlier Fox had asked the Home Secretary for assurances over the government’s line on Russia, so you can bet that was on the menu. Though the main topic for discussion will almost certainly have been Europe.

There has been speculation that May has been meeting with leading Eurosceptics as she keeps her options open ahead of the referendum. Where better for Dr Fox to lobby her to lead the Out campaign than one of the pricier Italian restaurants in SW1? It’s not the first time Theresa and the good doctor have had a very public lunch

Could South Thanet’s Result Be Overturned?

Crick is alleging that the Tories smashed the spending limits in an effort to defeat Nigel Farage.  It was treated by CCHQ like a by-election.  Even if UKIP prove it, would the Electoral Commission do anything about it? 

UPDATE: A legal source reminds Guido

The South Thanet misspending a not an Electoral Commission matter. It is a police matter and a criminal offence under sections 81, 82 and 84 of the representation of the people act 1983. If only someone could get the police to take it seriously.

Crispin Pleads for Poppers

blunt-poppersThis afternoon could see the the banning of amyl nitrate “poppers” – a psychoactive substance popular in the gay community and with clubbers. Crispin Blunt is worried about the government banning poppers and has emailed fellow MPs:

From: BLUNT, Crispin
Sent: 20 January 2016 13:06
Subject: Psychoactive Substances Bill
Importance: High

Dear all,

This afternoon there may be an amendment moved to support the Home Affairs Select Committee’s recommendation to exempt alkyl nitrates, also known as “poppers” from the Psychoactive Substances Bill. The relative paragraph is 45 of their first report:

“We accept the evidence given by Professor Iversen, the National Aids Trust, and the Gay Men’s Health Collective on alkyl nitrites, also known as ‘poppers’. Professor Iversen said ‘poppers’ were “not seen to be capable of having harmful effects sufficient to constitute a societal problem” and therefore we recommend they should not be banned. If in the future there is any evidence produced to the contrary, then ‘poppers’ should be removed from the exempted list or controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act”.

I am very concerned about this measure which would have the consequences outlined in paragraph 43 of the Home Affairs Select Committee report.

If amendment 5 is put, I will be voting for it, and I hope Colleagues will join me so that they might at least not be party to a grave error of judgement by the Government.

Yours ever,

Crispin

Guido understands that inhalation of poppers at the point of orgasm results in an extended woooooohhhh!

UPDATE: “I use poppers, I out myself as a popper user, and would be directly affected by this legislation.”

15% of Tory Election Budget Went to Crosby’s CTF

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The new Electoral Commission data dump out this morning shows that some £2.4 million, or 15% of the Conservative Party’s £15.5 million election budget, went to Lynton Crosby’s CTF. They spent £369,000 on the services of their American former-Obama campaign guru Jim Messina. Given the against the odds result, that surely represents great value for money…

The BBC point out that UKIP had the most cost-effective campaign:

  • Conservative Party: £1.38 per vote
  • Labour Party: £1.29 per vote
  • Liberal Democrats: £1.46 per vote
  • UKIP: £0.73 per vote
  • SNP: £1.01 per vote
  • Green Party: £0.98

Labour managed to spend £577.58 on chicken suits. Guido has some expertise in this area and bought his for £30.chicken

Labour, overspending as usual…

Osborne’s Chopper Donor Benefits From Planning Reforms

Who paid for Osborne’s helicopter so he could fly around the country to schmooze the Tory grassroots? Anthony Gallagher is a property developer worth £500 million who is in the Leader’s Group of major Conservative donors. A member of the Chipping Norton set, Gallagher’s generosity earned him dinner with David Cameron at Chequers in 2014. His firm, Countywide Developments, stumped up the £8,000 for the Chancellor’s chopper. 

Gallagher makes his money by buying up vast land banks and then developing them into houses or retail parks. So he has directly benefited from Osborne’s “we are the builders” development drive. Not to mention the liberalisation of planning laws to make property development easier. Gallagher’s companies own 35,000 house-building plots throughout the UK, so an £8,000 chopper is a good investment to keep the housing-bubble inflating Chancellor sweet. Paging John McDonnell

Another Happy Reader: McDonnell Mocks Osborne’s Chopper

Not every day John McDonnell quotes Guido stories in the Commons chamber, though he clearly enjoyed our scoop on George Osborne’s helicopter trips to fundraising dinners:

“He’ll jump into a helicopter for a Tory fundraiser, but it’s taken him four months to lift a finger to save steelworkers’ jobs.”

Heli freezes over…

What the Heli? Osborne Cops Copter Flak

George Osborne has bemused Tory MPs and amused leadership rivals by travelling to schmooze local Conservative associations… by helicopter. Osborne flew to Clearwell Castle in Gloustershire in November so he could deliver a speech to 138 guests at the Forest […]

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Lucy Allan Speaks: ‘I Was Silly… Stupid… I Understand the Rage’

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Bullying row Tory Lucy Allan, who spent the week before Christmas with her office phone unplugged to avoid journalists, has finally broken her silence. Allan tells her local paper she regrets screaming at a young staffer, saying she understands “some […]

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Muslim Women Gagged at PM’s ‘Freedom for Muslim Women’ Speech

David Cameron is speaking from a secret venue today announcing more money to boost female migrants’ language skills, in order to help them escape the “control” of men in some communities. So it looks pretty bad that Downing […]

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David Mundell Comes Out as Gay

Scotland Secretary David Mundell has come out:

New Year, new start! I have already set out my political priorities for the year and now I am setting out my personal one. Having taken one of the most important decisions of

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