Downing Street Whitewash Villiers Lobbyist Lunch

Jeremy Heywood’s investigation into Theresa Villiers’ dodgy lobbyist lunch amounted to him asking her if she had done anything wrong, her saying no and him then clearing her. No attempt was made by the Number 10 internal report to find out if there is any truth to Villiers’ unlikely claim that she was merely having lunch with a friend in a personal capacity, given he is the chief lobbyist for developers with a vested interest in getting her onside.  Surely nothing to do with Simon Hoare, the lobbyist in question, also being a Tory councillor in the PM’s constituency.

Heywood’s investigation took four months to produce a one page response to Tory MP Anne Main, who originally reported Villiers. It concluded there was no breach of the ministerial code, specifically that no “conflict of interest could reasonably be perceived to arise”. If Heywood could not see a potential conflict of interest it is only because he wasn’t looking.  Who would have thought a Downing Street investigation into a Cabinet minister would not even try to get to the bottom of the story…




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Paul Goodman as sagacious as ever on Arron’s entryism…

“… one must watch for former UKIP donors and a very few left-of-Party-centre MPs propping each other up, like drunks at the end of a pub crawl. It suits the former to claim the power to organise a programme of mass infiltration. It suits the latter to react by complaining about extremist entryism. The rest of us should keep a cool head.”

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