Ed Davey’s Second Election Data Breach, Found Guilty of Misleading Members

The LibDem returning officer has once again found Ed Davey’s campaign to have broken data rules in his run to become LibDem leader. Just a fortnight after the last

This time, Ed’s campaign has been found guilty of instructing “canvassers not to disclose the identity of the campaign they were actually calling on behalf” of. The returning officer, after taking representations from the campaign, found that in doing so they “acted in a way that was likely to mislead members.” He has been forced to delete the data collected from those calls. To be caught out once may be regarded as a misfortune, twice looks like carelessness…

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Ed Davey Breaches Lib Dem Leadership Contest Rules
After Layla Moran’s GDPR problems yesterday, Ed Davey has one-upped his opponent by formally breaching party election rules. The LibDem Returning Officer has released a statement saying Sir Ed has been using data gathered during his unsuccessful 2019 leadership campaign in this year’s one. Naughty naughty…
“A complaint has been made by an individual about Ed Davey’s 2020 campaign’s use of data gathered in his 2019 leadership campaign for direct marketing.

The party has taken legal advice and received representations from the campaign. 

The party’s advice concludes that a technical breach has occurred in relation to specific consents. We have advised the campaign of the issues, and have required the campaign to cease using the affected data now and to gain new consents before using it again.

A technical breach perhaps, but seeing as Davey has been particularly militant about data protection in the past, this is not a good look.

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Ed Davey’s Permanent Secretary Attack Flops

As the Lib Dem leadership race trundles along, Ed Davey and Layla Moran are tabling a huge quantity of pretty dull Parliamentary Questions. They must be as bored with the race as Guido is…

It looks like Sir Ed was hoping to make a pointed attack on civil service departures under this Government when questioning “how many (a) Permanent Secretaries and (b) Cabinet Secretaries have left their posts in each of the last 15 years.”

Ed will surely have been disappointed to learn that the highest number of departures was in 2005 when twelve secretaries left – half the 2020 figure. In fact, the six who have left this year puts 2020 comfortably in the lower half of departures per year. At one point in the last decade, two Energy Department permanent secretaries (Phil Wynn Owen and Moira Wallace) left the civil service in one 12 month period. Who was Secretary of State at the time? Ed Davey…

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Ed Davey Apologises for Accusing Hartley-Brewer of Being on No. 10 Payroll

Sir Ed Davey has privately apologised to Julia Hartley-Brewer after accusing her of being on the No. 10 payroll during a feisty TalkRadio interview this morning. Watch the bust-up above…

Julia now has informed her followers that following the shouting match over whether NHS England should take responsibility for some of the mistakes made throughout the pandemic, or whether No. 10 should ultimately be accountable, Sir Ed has privately texted her to apologise for the accusation.

Not the best media strategy for someone in the midst of a leadership election…

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Ed Davey’s Over-Confidence

Ed Davey got a bit over-confident when nominations closed last night in the LibDem leadership race. He claimed that nearly 60% of members were backing him to be leader, actually that was the percentage of the nominations he got. Voting has yet to begin and his tweet was deleted minutes later. Is that nominations tally even that much of a strong performance?

The establishment candidate has the advantage of the marketing database he built up during his last tilt at the leadership and his effective incumbency advantage. So you would expect him to sew up the nominations. Punters however think he’s the underdog. Who knows? Who cares?

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Davey Pockets £5,000 from Huawei’s Chief Adviser

Since Guido’s Monday story on Ed Davey’s LibDem leadership fundraising hypocrisy, tens of thousands more leadership funds have been added to his register of members interests. One donation of £5,000 caught Guido’s eye – from Sir Michael Rake, who was appointed to the board of Huawei UK in April, and who’s served as an adviser to the Chinese-based company since January 2019.

The LibDems have long been an anti-Huawei party, with Daisy Cooper MP – who recently made the surprise announcement of backing Davey for leader – saying the Government’s decision to allow Huawei control over parts of the UK’s 5G network shows the Tories have “little regard for Huawei’s human rights record.” Huawei’s advisers don’t splash the cash because of their support for liberal democracy….

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