Cat Smith’s London Flat Out for Rent, While She Rents Another London Flat on Taxpayer Cash

Earlier this year the Daily Mail revealed shadow minister Cat Smith is living in central London with her family in a rented “cheap flat” costing the taxpayer £25,655.23, just six miles from a home already owned by her husband. It was originally reported that the flat is lying empty. Guido can today reveal that the flat, owned by Smith with her husband, is being rented out for £26,208 – which could more than cover Smith’s new taxpayer-funded pad.

Whilst she is technically entitled to have a flat funded by the taxpayer as an out-of-London MP, she appears to have potentially broken multiple Parliamentary rules by not registering her original family flat as out for rent with the Parliamentary authorities. She also did not disclose to IPSA she already lived in East London and owned the property when applying for the cash to rent another property on the taxpayer.

Despite in June telling the Lancaster Guardian that “we put my husband’s flat up for sale, but it was virtually impossible to sell due to all the new legislation brought in after Grenfell,” there is no evidence the flat has ever been put up for sale, and other similar ones are selling according to Zoopla. Smith’s flat is instead now listed to rent. A Tory MP has told Guido “it’s clearly a case for the commissioner for Parliamentary standards to investigate.”

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Labour Targets Hard-Working, Red-Wall Family with Eye-Watering Council Tax

One of the sideshows of the Dominic Cummings lockdown affair earlier in the year was a revelation that the construction of a property on the farmland of Cummings’s father, in which the PM’s top aide isolated after travelling north, had been completed without permission in 2002. Last week It was revealed the Valuation Office Agency had decided to not backdate the unpaid council taxes on the property, thus saving the Cummings family tens of thousands. Yet the saga didn’t end there…

Today it has emerged the Labour leader of Durham County Council Simon Henig has instructed officers to find a way to force Dominic Cummings and his family to pay at least £30,000 in backdated council tax, asking that “all options to appeal this decision be considered“out of a sense of “fairness“. Labour always default to whacking hard-working families with tax…

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Lords Defeats Government Over Internal Market Bill

By 395 votes to 169, as expected the Internal Market Bill has been defeated in the Remainer-stuffed House of Lords. Even though Lib Dems and Labour peers combined outnumber the Tories, there were 39 Tory rebels. Rebels included Lord Keen, who recently resigned as Advocate General for Scotland…

This doesn’t end the Bill. Expect the Commons to simply ping it back in its original form…

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Sadiq Khan Calls for 10pm Curfew To Be Scrapped “Immediately”

The Mayor of London has released a reasonable request of the Government, now that his city has been placed under Tier 2 restrictions. Cancel the counterproductive curfew…

“Now London and other parts of the country have moved into Tier 2 and higher restrictions, which prohibit household mixing, the current 10pm curfew policy makes even less sense and should be scrapped.

“Immediately scrapping the 10pm curfew would allow more sittings of single households in restaurants throughout the evening, helping with cashflow at a time when venues need all the support they can get.”

Sadiq’s new statement is a little rich given the curfew was his idea in the first place. Better late than never, Mr Mayor.

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Belgian Life Science Giant’s Billion Pound Boost #DespiteBrexit

Despite Brexit and Coronavirus, the positive inward investment news keeps coming for the UK. Today Guido learns that one of Belgium’s premier pharmaceutical companies has announced a £1 billion investment into new UK facilities over the next five years. Especially ironic given they have a Brussels HQ and members of the Belgian establishment as major stakeholders and board members…

Business and Industry Minister Nadhim Zahawi tells Guido “UCB’s investment demonstrates the huge opportunity for companies investing in UK science and research with government support, cementing the UK’s status as a global science superpower.” Health Minister Lord Bethell said: “This investment is a major vote of confidence in our incredible life sciences sector and is further proof the UK continues to lead the way in ground-breaking medical research.” They’re basically cock-a-hoop that Brexit Britain has pinched one of Belgium’s blue-chip pharma investments…

An industry insider tells Guido the firm, ‘UCB’, embarked on a downsizing initiative in which they attempted to shut down their UK operations entirely and shift everything to Belgium, only for the highly-skilled workforce to refuse to move. In the end they gave up, and so the pharmacologists have announced £1 billion of new investment on a 47-acre British campus. A bitter pill for remainers to swallow…

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Chris Bryant’s Herd Immunity Tantrum

TalkRADIO’s audience were treated to a classic politician/interviewer bust-up last night as Dan Wootton took Chris Bryant on over Wales’ impending two-week “fire breaker” lockdown, which saw the Rhondda MP kicked off the interview after calling Wootton a “dangerous” “nutcase”. It wasn’t long before the feud resumed on Twitter…

Despite SAGE’s own top scientists espousing herd immunity just a few months ago, Bryant tried mocking Dan, repeatedly saying “so you subscribe to herd immunity?!” While it’s fair to point out issues with the so-called Barrington Declaration as Matt Hancock did last week, Bryant avoided that ever tiresome duty of an MP to debate the points civilly, merely resorting to abusing Wootton:

“You’re a nutcase, a complete and utter nutcase and you’re dangerous as well”

Bryant is getting increasingly short-tempered, and it is not as if he had a long fuse to begin with…

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