Downing Street in the Dock, Yet is Judge and Jury

So the PM appoints as a Minister a man who has paid the Labour party £8.5 million (assuming he hasn’t forgotten another £2 million). Let us ignore, for the moment, that David Sainsbury has ministerial responsibility for GM foods, an industry in which he has financial interests via his holding in Diatech Ltd.

Guido can’t see Sainsbury being sacked in a re-shuffle, can you? Imagine the situation, Blair says “you’re fired”, Sainsbury says “you’re bankrupted” and calls in his loans to the Labour party (well, the ones he can remember). Is that any way to appoint Ministers of the Crown, on lend-lease terms?

David Sainsbury’s failure to declare £2m he gave to the Labour party is “in the clear” according to Downing Street. Doesn’t parliament have any say in this? We know Blair plans to abolish parliament, but it hasn’t happened yet.

UPDATE : Guido has been informed that Sainsbury has given Labour a total of £13 million. Blair made him a life peer in 1997 and Minister for GM Crops Science in 1998.

Tip offs: 0709 284 0531

Quote of the Day

Dominic Raab wrote in his letter of resignation…

“This is, at its heart, a matter of public trust,” he told the PM, concluding: “I cannot reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country in our manifesto at the last election… I believe that the regulatory regime proposed for Northern Ireland presents a very real threat to the integrity of the United Kingdom. I cannot support an indefinite backstop arrangement, where the EU holds a veto over our ability to exit…”


Guidogram: Sign up

Subscribe to the most succinct 7 days a week daily email read by thousands of Westminster insiders.