The Sun has the full taped phone call between Tory MP Lucy Allan and young staffer Arianne Plumbly. She goes proper shouty-crackers around five minutes in. And rather foolishly gives the staffer permission to record the call and give it to the press…
The stereotypical Westminster career trajectory is from bag-carrier to MP, yet for Mary Macleod the opposite is true. Macleod was one of the ten Tory MPs who lost their seat in May when she was beaten by Labour in Brentford. Do not fear for her bank balance, though. Within weeks she landed a cushy new gig as Special Adviser to the Secretary of Scotland, David Mundell. Macleod did the job unpaid until August as she had just pocketed her ex-MP’s resettlement grant, though now she is being paid a full taxpayer-funded salary, which is undeclared though will be around what she earned as a Member of Parliament. Don’t say the Tories don’t look after their own…
On the final day of term, Downing Street has at last released the updated list of government special advisers. As ever, Guido gives you the names in full:
Despite Cameron’s promise, the SpAd bill for 2014-15 was £9.2 million…
UPDATE: Government sources get in touch to stress that next year the bill will fall to £8.4 million.
Tory MP Lucy Allan, who is already under pressure after making up a death threat, is now accused of bullying several staff members in tonight’s sensational Standard splash. They have a tape of Allan screaming and swearing at a staff member, mocking her and threatening her:
“Listen — if you think you’re going to be clever Arianne you are going to come off worse. Please believe me. If you think you are going to be clever you are going to come off worse.
“I’m advising you to work as normal or resign. We all know you’re not ill. We’ve seen a pattern of it. You’ve taken three days off once a month for four months.”
“You don’t not turn up for nausea. What planet are you on. I’m sorry, “gum disappointments” or whatever you say — you just don’t not turn up for that.”
“By the way, if you think you can go to some sort of tribunal — you’ve got to think about your benefits here Arianne.”
“I actually have a life too, okay? And you have pissed, pissed around on my life. You’ve made it incredibly difficult.”
Former staff Katie Woodland goes on the record:
“She would scream, shout, throw her toys out of the pram, have a full-on two-year-old’s tantrum. You couldn’t have a conversation with her. She’d stand, fists clenched and barrage you with viciousness. If you are looking at a definition of bullying, she ticks all the boxes.”
Given how badly the Tories handled the Mark Clarke scandal, will they act swiftly to deal with Allan?
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Tory MP Lucy Allan has been under pressure since Guido revealed she doctored a constituent’s email to add a death threat. It’s fair to say she could be handling the ensuing scrutiny a little better. At around 11 pm last night she posted this regrettable status update on Facebook, making a series of allegations against local councillors and dramatically concluding: “It was never about me. You got that wrong. It was always about Telford”. The post has since been deleted.
Strangely, Allan claims in the post that it is all a “disgusting lie”, despite previously fessing up. You know how it is, you post a Facebook status late at night then regret it in the morning and delete your account. A word of advice from Guido: ignore the trolls and put down the keyboard …
UPDATE: She’s deleted this fightback video as well:
“I know I should not have engaged with these people on social media..” Just stop…
The CEO of the Conservative Party has been accused of failing in his duty of care by a whistleblower who is the victim of an extraordinary attempt to silence her. Yesterday Guido revealed how a young female witness had received a phone call from a man claiming to be a police officer, threatening her with arrest if she made public allegations of bullying. The caller, who sounded like a “middle aged man”, said he was an officer at Lewisham police station, yet refused to give a name. In an email to Lord Feldman and CCHQ CEO Simon Day, the whistleblower recounted the call:
“They told me that should I comment or repeat my allegations, or contact XXXXX again, they would arrest me. The police officer then mentioned my involvement in the Conservative Party and that “it wouldn’t look good if you got arrested”. He then told me to “grow up” and to not confront people and let my friends, some of whom have been affected by this bullying scandal, to make the complaints to the police. This person also made some personal comments in regards to social media and how he saw it as a medium for bullying.”
Lewisham police station have no record of the call being made. They are now investigating the police impersonator attempting to silence witnesses.
Simon Day responded to the whistleblower’s email, explaining he had passed details of the complaint to the British Transport Police, the force investigating the death of Elliott Johnson. However, despite someone calling young Tory activists attempting to intimidate them, Day refused to have anyone at CCHQ look at the incident. This is his legalese excuse:
“The Party can only investigate alleged acts of members of the Party. In the event that you establish the name of the individual who undertook this act, we will of course look to investigate such a complaint against a member of the Party. Any complaints are investigated in accordance with our formal disciplinary procedures as established by the Board of the Party. If I can be of any further assistance please contact me.”
A remarkable way for the CEO of the Tory party to respond to a young female activist who is the victim of shocking intimidation.
The whistleblower, who has asked to remain anonymous, tells Guido:
“Because I couldn’t identify the person on the phone, CCHQ are shrugging responsibility. Someone is being intimidated due to their involvement in the party and they are failing in their duty of care.”
Yet more textbook handling of complaints by young Tory activists by CCHQ…
“Why don’t we see Stop the War’s anti-beheading marches, the anti-mass rape marches or the anti-crucifixion marches? Why no anti-Isis campaign?”
Not an unreasonable question…
Patrick Sullivan is the Tory activist who sombrely told Newsnight he had complained about Mark Clarke’s behaviour as far back as 2010. He also featured heavily in the Mail on Sunday, claiming Clarke subjected him to a “terrifying ambush with two henchmen” last week. Yet they weren’t always such bitter enemies…
On 17 August, just four months ago, Sullivan described Clarke as a “wonderful potential MP”, sharing a post by one time Clarke ally turned enemy Paul Abbott:
So Sullivan complained about Clarke in 2010, then backed him for parliament this summer, and now says he was a wrong ‘un all along? Very odd…
More evidence has emerged seeming to contradict Lord Feldman’s claim that he was “wholly unaware” of bullying allegations against Mark Clarke before August 2015. Newsnight say Tory MP Ben Howlett, then a young party activist, handed a dossier of bullying […]
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