Hancock’s Handsome Holiday Pay, Corbyn Goes Cap in Hand and Lee’s Elite Meal Ticket

This week in Westminster has been dominated by accusations of sleaze and scandal and – in unrelated news – the latest update of the Register of Members’ Financial Interests is out. The big winner from this update is Matt Hancock, who’s just declared his £48,000 serialisation fee from the Mail and £320,000 I’m A Celeb holiday pay. That works out to £17,800 for every day he spent away from his constituents…

Jeremy Corbyn is also not doing so badly. The grifting grandpa raked in £78,000 more from his legal fee war chest – funded by the many for the few – as he also took home £50,000 in a donation (again for legal fees) from one Wael Kabbani. After Jez settled his case, an update to his gofundme claimed he was liable for £900,000 in legal fees. He’s currently raised about half of that and, by Guido’s calculations, has declared just over £260,000. With Kabbani’s £50,000 on top, he’s still got a long way to go. It seems Jeremy might have to go Russian cap in hand for a while longer…

If there’s a major upset at the next election, at least Emily Thornberry can rest easy knowing there’s always showbiz to fall back on. Lady Nugee earned £250 from her singsong stint on Matt Forde’s podcast. Man of the people, Lee Anderson is also living up to his salt of the earth credentials. He received a donation of £15,000 from… the Carlton Club. 

Amongst other new declarations that might be of interest:

  • Jess Phillips received £2,700 from her Paper Review slot.
  • Ed “we need greater transparency” Davey raked in £7,500 from Lib Dem donors.
  • Liz Saville Roberts and Chris Stephens brought in a collective £63,000 in union funding for their work as union committee chairs.
  • Anthony Mangnall had a successful fundraising event, raising £8,000.
  • Steve Baker received £10,000 from Neil Record.
  • John Healey got £43,000 in funding to support his work as Shadow Defence Secretary.

Co-conspirators can read the full register here.

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Bridgen Suing Matt Hancock for £100,000, Hancock Demands Apology

Andrew Bridgen has followed through on his threat to set the lawyers on Matt Hancock. This morning Chopper reports Bridgen has sued Hancock for £100,000 for his “defamatory tweet falsely alleging that [he is] antisemitic”. Bridgen gave Hancock three days to apologise – he refused…

Hancock, however, isn’t backing down. In fact, now he wants an apology from Bridgen…

A spokesperson for Matt Hancock said:

“What Matt said was obviously not libellous and he stands by his comments. Rather than wasting his time and money on an absurd libel case he will undoubtedly lose, let’s hope Bridgen does the right thing and apologises for the hurt he’s caused and keeps his offensive view to himself in future.”

Popcorn…

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Jolyon Finally Meets Matt Hancock…

Over the weekend, foxbeater-in-chief Jolyon Maugham took a short break from losing in court to try his hand at rock climbing. Who did he bump into? None other than Matt Hancock. The kind of showdown that belongs on the big screen…

A little bit, although Hancock’s team tell Guido the Kimono King didn’t actually have the courage to confront his nemesis. Apparently Matt didn’t even notice him:

“Matt didn’t notice Jolyon at the climbing wall. Maybe, just like De Niro in the climax of ‘Heat’, Jolyon was hiding – to be fair, who can blame him after the GLP’s latest embarrassing loss in the courts last week.”

At least De Niro and Pacino sat down to try settling their differences. Either way, film buffs will remember De Niro ultimately loses at the end. Something Jolyon would, admittedly, know something about…

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Bridgen’s Legal Deadline for Hancock Passes…

Andrew Bridgen’s apology deadline for Matt Hancock has come and gone, and still Matt’s tweet remains online. Bridgen gave Hancock three days to atone for his “defamatory tweet falsely alleging that [he is] antisemitic“, or face the wrath of his lawyers. That was last Friday…

Hancock’s team say they’ve still heard nothing from Bridgen or his learned friends, and Bridgen claims he’s heard nothing in return from Matt. Perhaps they will meet face-to-face now Bridgen’s suspension has expired. Although it doesn’t look like anything’s about to change soon: Hancock’s team told Guido Matt won’t be apologising anyway… 

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Hancock Hair Watch: Part Two

Matt Hancock’s Turkish odyssey continues. Today he was spotted at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, browsing the various well-priced garments and soaking in the sunshine. Parliament returned today. Still no evidence of glistening white teeth or youthful new hairline. Not yet…

UPDATE: Hancock denies visiting Istanbul for cosmetic purposes:

@matthancockRather takes the veneer off the story♬ original sound – Matt Hancock

Hancock Hair Watch is at an end. Hair today, gone tomorrow…

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Dowden: No Further Punishment For Hancock’s Rule-Breaking Jungle Romp

Now that the dust has settled on Matt Hancock’s jungle romp, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Oliver Dowden has written to ACoBA Chair Lord Pickles to offer the final word on the former Health Secretary’s testicle-eating rule-breaking. In a new letter published last night, Dowden agreed that Hancock had breached Business Appointment Rules by “failing to seek the Committee’s advice” before jetting off to Australia:

I agree that undertaking a series of short-term appearances on the assumption they constitute ‘one-off’ engagements should not be used as means of not complying with the Rules. It is vital that all individuals who have held Ministerial positions are seen to abide by the requirement to seek advice about any appointments or employment they wish to take up within two years of leaving office.

He did, however, add that Matt’s newfound celebrity was a low-risk gig, so similar applications to the Committee in future should be “streamlined“. Good news for any other MPs who fancy bathing in cockroaches. He signed off by saying Hancock had suffered enough, and no further punishment would be necessary…

“Due to the highly visible nature of the roles and minimal risks to the integrity of government, we agree with the Committee’s advice that further action would be disproportionate in this case.”

Hancock’s spokesperson said:

“Matt’s glad they are now changing the ACOBA rules after the total muddle they got themselves into. Matt clearly followed the rules when he went into the jungle, as any cursory glance at their website demonstrates. The idea there’s a business conflict going onto the programme is absurd. Now they’re updating the rules to make that completely clear, not a moment too soon.”

Just in time for SAS: Who Dares Wins…

Read Dowden’s full letter below:

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