Lavery Gets Angry Over Crick’s NUM Bung Questions

Ian Lavery got riled up yesterday by Michael Crick’s impromptu interview concerning his huge payments from the National Union of Mineworkers before he became an MP.

Considering his £165,000 pay off bung from the NUM when he went off to be an MP, he was a curious frontman, therefore, for Labour’s new strap-line about the miners being ripped off. As Guido previously reported the incident was reported to the police for investigation…

When he ran the Northumberland branch of the NUM, Lavery received:

  • £73,000 to pay off his mortgage.
  • Nearly £90,000 in a juicy redundancy payment when he went on to another lucrative job as a Member of Parliament.

If he really believes miners are so hard done by, maybe Lavery should give them some of their NUM membership fees back…

mdi-timer 4th December 2019 @ 10:25 am 4th Dec 2019 @ 10:25 am mdi-comment Comments
Crick on NOLS

Michael Crick on the closure of the National Organisation of Labour Students

“This must be the only case in Labour or Conservative history where a party youth organisation has been closed down for not being extreme enough!”

mdi-timer 18th September 2019 @ 9:40 am 18th Sep 2019 @ 9:40 am mdi-comment Comments
Media Moan About Missing May

Broadcasters have ignited a media spat with Number 10 over access to Theresa May, with Channels 4 and 5 particularly aggrieved about not getting time with the PM compared to the BBC. An indignant Michael Crick tweeted “if Number Ten is not careful it could soon look like the BBC has become the state broadcaster.”

May’s comms chief and former BBC exec Robbie Gibb was the recipient of a strongly-worded missive from the broadcasters earlier this afternoon:

Robbie wasn’t having any of it, hitting back with a long list of the PM’s recent interviews and challenging them over whether they’d made the same fuss over Corbyn last week:

Over to you, Channel 4…

mdi-timer 2nd October 2018 @ 5:56 pm 2nd Oct 2018 @ 5:56 pm mdi-comment Comments
Mandela: Margaret Thatcher Is An Enemy Of Apartheid

Channel 4‘s interview with the Prime Minister in South Africa has again given rise to the internet myth that Margaret Thatcher somehow supported apartheid. Here’s Nelson Mandela setting the record straight.

“[Margaret Thatcher] is an enemy of apartheid. Our differences are in regard to the methods of inducing the Government to dismantle apartheid.”

Also worth noting that Michael Crick’s accusation that “Mrs Thatcher believed that Nelson Mandela was a terrorist” is nonsense. In fact when she met the leader of South Africa in 1984, official records show that Thatcher told Botha “very firmly” that “apartheid had to be dismantled, [and] Nelson Mandela and other prisoners released”. Anti-apartheid movement president Trevor Huddleston wrote to Thatcher to say her words were “truly all I could have wished for”.

Channel 4 should be better than to peddle comprehensively disproven internet myths.

mdi-timer 29th August 2018 @ 4:30 pm 29th Aug 2018 @ 4:30 pm mdi-comment Comments
Michael Crick on Safe Seats

Michael Crick on Safe Seats:

“In effect, new MPs are being elected day by day now, as, amid huge secrecy, small cabals of party bigwigs pick candidates for safe seats.”

mdi-timer 28th April 2017 @ 1:51 pm 28th Apr 2017 @ 1:51 pm mdi-comment Comments
Top May Aide Nick Timothy Gets Crick’d

The long legs of top Theresa May adviser Nick Timothy allow him to run away from Michael Crick’s Tory election expenses questions…

mdi-timer 28th February 2017 @ 6:28 pm 28th Feb 2017 @ 6:28 pm mdi-comment Comments
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