Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Dave Ducks Pre-Summer Deckchair Reorganisation

Despite it being widely reported last week and over the weekend, Downing Street sources now say there will not be a reshuffle before the summer break. The idea of creating a new batch of disgruntled ex-ministers and letting them stew over a long hot summer did seem a little odd, yet their new claim that “it was never going to happen” should be taken with a lot of salt; especially given the imminent were being openly discussed by Tory staffers as late as last night at the PM’s media drinks party. That faint sound you can hear is Claire Perry gently sobbing…

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

VICTORY: Lobbyists Have Passes Removed

Victory for Guido’s campaign against passholder lobbyists as 80 people who work for APPGs have their parliamentary passes taken away from them. Last year Guido revealed Patrick Mercer, then Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Security, received almost £10,000 from a private security firm, sponsoring their MD’s pass for his troubles.

Now the House of Commons Commission has decided that “APPG staff passes should be withdrawn with effect from July 18 and that this category of pass should not be used in future”Bad news for lobbyists…

H/T Jon Craig

Monday, July 15, 2013

Dave’s Party Charm Offensive Continues

As Guido revealed in yesterday’s Sun column, it is not just Tory MPs who are on the receiving end of the PM’s summer charm offensive. Former Chairmen of the Conservative Party also got the Downing Street drinks party treatment. Current Chairman Grant Shapps and his disgruntled predecessor Sayeeda Warsi were joined recently by blasts from the past like Norman Tebbit, Cecil Parkinson, Norman Fowler, Chris Patten and Maurice Saatchi.

The old guard and more modern faces like Liam Fox and Theresa May – all of whom have done time in the Chairman’s seat – were on hand to offer advice, though Guido understands not all of it was greeted with enthusiasm.

No sign of Eric Pickles…

Moves to Deselect David Ruffley
Tory MP Seeks Professional Help to Solve Staff Problems

Guido readers will be well aware of Tory MP David Ruffley’s fearsome Hulk-style temper. Staffer after staffer has felt his wrath, so much so that his almost monthly adverts for new office helpers are going unanswered. Things are so bad that Ruffley has had to enlist the support of “professional services” specialising in recruitment to fill his empty office. The extra cost to the taxpayer? A blood-boiling £7,560. As Guido revealed in yesterday’s Sun column back in Ruffley’s constituency of Bury St-Edmunds, moves are afoot in the local Tory party to deselect their MP. End of the line?

Tories Replace Ed at Miners’ Gala

Last year Ed Miliband went to the Durham Miners’ Gala to march with his union paymasters. In the wake of the ongoing scandal, it is no surprise to hear that he kept his distance yesterday. Filling in the gap was new Tory campaign group Renewal. Guido understands that they survived their trip to Durham. The group have their official launch tonight, though given their aim is to win working class northern votes, finding the right venue in SW1 was tricky. The usual swanky hotels that these sort of launches use would not really cut it. Free bar at the slightly dingy Old Star seems about right. Guido will be there at around six. Flat caps optional.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

“Bol****ed By Bercow”

When Michael Gove sat in John Bercow’s chair during the Tory parliamentary party photograph last week, his impressions of the Speaker had his colleagues in stitches. Following Bercow’s savaging of Philip Hammond, Gove ripped into the Defence Secretary in the style of the increasingly short Speaker. Much to the amusement of his backbench detractors. The Mail has a prototype of a badge disgruntled Tories are planning to wear as members of the new “Bol****ed by Bercow” club.

The Education Secretary would be the perfect patron…

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

FLASHBACK: Cameron’s Cash For Access

Labour and the unions might well be in a different league to the Tories when it comes to donors buying access, policy and stitching up seats, though that doesn’t mean Dave is not up to his neck in dodgy donations as well. Adrian Beecroft was  in the “premier league” of Tory donors, he gave well over half a million to the Tories since 2006. Beecroft lobbied Cameron on workers’ rights and no-fault dismissal and he even got to write a report on it. Kerching!

Then there is the case of JCB chairman Sir Anthony Bamford, who Cameron personally advised on the process of making a donation. An impeccable Cameroon source told Guido that he was in the room when David Cameron was directly advising JCB Chairman how to make a donation. He was obviously listening: Bamford has donated over £2.5 million in recent years and lent Cameron his helicopter many times. In 2012 Downing Street commissioned a report from him. Bonus!

And what about Michael Spencer, who boasted in an interview that he knew the government would veto the Financial Transactions Tax, saying he had it “first hand” from a “very, very senior” government figure. Spencer refused to reveal his source: “I’m not comfortable telling you who I speak to in private”. Guido hears that it was David Cameron, over dinner…

How Union-Funded ‘Transparency’ Website Smears Tory MPs

Search the Money, the website funded by the GMB, Unite and CWU trade unions that promises to “bring transparency to Conservative Party funding”, has made a string of untrue claims about donations made to Tory MPs. The website collates data from the Electoral Commission by constituency, attributing all of the donations on record in that constituency to the current serving MP. However, for the 2010 intake, this means that many of the alleged donations published by Search the Money actually apply to before they were even selected. Search the Money allude to this in a disclaimer on their website, admitting “it is possible that some of the money listed may pre-date new MPs having been adopted as candidates”. That’s an understatement.

Take Sam Gyimah, to whom Search the Money claim to have “found” £107,176 worth of donations. One of those donations, £1,400 from a Claire Ainsworth to the East Surrey Constituency Association, was made on April 1st 2009. That name rings a bell. Could Claire Ainsworth possibly be the wife of Peter Ainsworth, the Tory MP for East Surrey until 2010? Sam Gyimah was his successor, he wasn’t even selected until February 2010. Almost a year after that donation was made. Guido hears a host of Tory MPs are considering taking legal action against Search the Money over similar untrue claims. Oh dear…

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Harriet Baldwin Gets Paxo’d

Tory spin doctors have noticed a change in their coalition partners, believing that the LibDems are deliberately dodging tricky interviews. Last week junior minister Esther McVey was put up for an early morning Today mauling over the so called “bedroom tax”, despite being responsible for the disability brief. Last night a PPS to DWP was put up to face Paxman for his standard performance. It wasn’t pretty for Harriet Baldwin, but it was a tough gig. Not having the right figures in front of you is never a good idea though. Watch from 35 minutes in.

JP: Do you know how many single bedroom homes were released last year?

HB: Well of course, what we need to take into account…

JP: Do you know or not? Do you know? Do you know?

HB: I haven’t got that number with me.

JP: It’s 85,000.

So where are all the Ministers? Well mysteriously Steve Webb, a LibDem, refused to go on the air last week and was absent again last night. This could become a running source of tension as the LibDems try to distance themselves from their own actions in government…

Monday, July 8, 2013

Fabricant ‘Sacked’

When Michael Fabricant encountered a group of blond-wigged fans this weekend, what could possibly have gone wrong? Only a pretty spectacular ‘sacking‘ from the joker on the right, obscured since this is a family blog:

It could only happen to Fabbers…

H/T Kebab Time

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The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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