Top Cop Calls Afzal Amin Out for EDL Meeting Spin

One of the most explosive lines in Afzal Amin’s extraordinary statement is his claim that a senior police chief in Dudley supported his plotting and was aware of meetings between the EDL and Muslim leaders. Amin claims:

“I made sure I involved Chief Superintendent Chris Johnson from the start and I made clear, which is evident in the recordings, that I refused to do anything illegal… I informed Chief Superintendent Johnson, who was supportive of my plans of resolving very violent tensions through face to face dialogue, and he was aware of subsequent meetings between the EDL and members of the Dudley Muslim community.”

Yet in a statement released last night Chief Superintendent Johnson strenuously denies Amin’s allegations and insists he had no knowledge of what the rogue Tory candidate was up to:

“At no point have we ever discussed an EDL demonstration on the dates in question and I have no knowledge of his alleged plans… I asked for reassurances about the format [of a meeting between the EDL and Muslim leaders] and asked for specific details around who would mediate between the groups, where this would take place and so on. No further details were provided and I did not request that this meeting take place. To the best of my knowledge the meeting between the EDL and mosque leaders did not take place.”

Someone’s telling porkies…

Bercow Chastened as Deputy Cheered

Almost as if the House is pleased the Speaker isn’t in the chair for the Budget…

New UKIP Poster Mocks Dave’s Debt

This new poster from UKIP will be going around Westminster on a truck today.

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Remind you of anything?

Hunt’s PPS Backing Greens in Brighton

Brighton Kemptown Tory MP Simon Kirby has spent the last five years praising the hunting ban, “campaigning for animal rights” and “fighting development to safeguard our precious green areas” as he tries to defend his 1,328 majority. Judging by his Twitter feed in the last 24 hours it appears he is backing the Green Party outright in his neighbouring constituency:

Have to wonder what the Tory candidate for Brighton Pavilion, Clarence Mitchell, thinks about his neighbouring MP backing his opponent…

Tories Maintain Lead in “Gold Standard” 36% Poll

Looks like that Green surge has turned into a Green slump and the votes have gone back to Labour.

Labour up though in Guardian ICM.

 

Demob Happy Hague Blunders War Tribute

You would have hoped that any Cabinet minister, let alone the best selling historian William Hague, might have remembered that VE Day is in May…

Via Ned

UPDATE:

UPDATE II:

Got there in the end!

Tory Jitters: Backbencher Publicly Slams “Dry Economics Lecture” Plan

Just in time for the Budget, former Tory whip Michael Fabricant has slammed the Tory election strategy, speaking out against the “dry economics lecture” currently on offer:

“The Long Term Economic Plan is a means to an end and so is lowering the deficit.

YouTube videos displaying a reduction in deficit are appropriate for a dry economics lecture, but they are hardly going to win the hearts and souls of the electorate.

We’ve got to say why we want a strong economy, what are those sun lit uplands?

We’ve not just got to win the battle of the minds but the battle of the heart.”

Whatever happened to David “let sunshine win the day” Cameron, who promised the Conservatives would be the “party of optimism”?

PM Met Three Top Telegraph Men in Three Months

With whom did the Prime Minister have a “general discussion” early last year?

And who did he meet two months later?

Wonder what they could have discussed

Tories Try to Derail Farage in Thanet

A handy coincidence for the Tory campaign to stop Nigel Farage in Thanet that the government is to announce £12 million of extra funding for HS1 services to the heart of the constituency today. Whether or not they will be […]

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Tory Case Against Reckless Thrown Out

Before Christmas the Tories took Mark Reckless to court in a sour grapes attempt to claw back thousands of pounds spent on campaign literature before he defected to UKIP. Today, the judge has thrown the case out. A doubly expensive […]

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Big Tobacco to Government: See You In Court

Fag manufactures Philip Morris have hit back at the plain packaging vote, calling today’s action “an irrational and unnecessary attack on private property that vilifies products that well informed adults choose to buy”:

“The UK Government is ignoring serious legal

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Bercow Apologises to Esther McVey

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After a point of order from Tory MP Heather Wheeler, Bercow has apologised for his sexist “washing machine” jibe yesterday about Esther McVey:

“If I caused offence by what I said, I very happy apologise to that Member… It was

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