Donor Gives Priti Patel £100,000, Neil Coyle’s Awkward Donor

Stories arising from updates to the MPs’ Register of Interests are like catching a bus: you wait for one and a couple come along at once. Scrolling through today’s updates there are some eyebrow-raising entries: for example, Chris Bryant has received £7,600 for the rights to make a television series based on his book. The book in question isn’t listed, though Guido would be surprised if it’s not The Glamour Boys, about a group of young, gay MPs who helped fight Hitler…

Former Labour chief whip Nick Brown has also registered his departure as a non-executive director of the Mariinksky Theatre Trust – an arts body with links to Russia – though this was less his decision and more a result of the trust closing down just shy of its 30-year birthday following the invasion of Ukraine.

Guido couldn’t help laughing at Neil Coyle’s registering of £3,000-worth of support from the Refugee, Asylum and Migration Policy Project (RAMP), in the form of a policy advisor for 2.5 days per week from January to February this year. According to RAMP’s website they are focused on “re-imagining a world-class migration system for a successful and integrated Britain”. They’re now donating services to an MP suspended by the Labour Party for allegedly making racially charged remarks about a journalist of Asian origin…

The jaw-dropper this month is undoubtedly Priti Patel, who totally puts to shame Geoffrey Cox’s high earnings. She’s just registered a whopping £100,000 donation from Anduyrand Capital Management, “a private fund management company in fundamental commodity strategies with a specialisation in the oil and energy complex.”

Drinks on Priti…

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Business Insider: Apology? What Apology?

Responding to Neil Coyle’s statement – regarding his racist comments levelled at Business Insider’s Henry Dyer – that he’s “very sorry for my insensitive comments, have apologised to everyone involved”, political editor Cat Neilan clarifies:

“This hasn’t been sent to anyone in our team, including [Henry Dyer]”

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Neil Coyle has Labour Whip Removed

Last night Business Insider journalist Henry Dyer revealed that Labour MP Neil Coyle had levelled sinophobic comments at him in one of parliament’s bars. At the time Labour was not willing to go further than saying they took the accusation seriously. This morning however they’ve reevaluated the light-touch response and removed the whip. A Labour spokesperson says:

“The Labour Party expects the highest standards of behaviour from all our MPs and we take allegations of this sort very seriously. Accordingly the Chief Whip has now suspended the Labour whip from Neil Coyle pending an investigation.”

Coyle’s been out of order for years…

UPDATE: Coyle says “I’m very sorry for my insensitive comments, [I] have apologised to everyone involved and will be cooperating fully with the investigation.”

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Coffey Versus Coyle: “If You Want to Bring up Gossip, I Can Bring up Other Stuff That Happened Downstairs”

Whatever could Coffey be talking about

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Red-On-Red Bitch Fight: Manchester Versus London Edition

A fairly innocuous tweet from Andy Burnham made a splash on Twitter this morning after a complaint about overpriced public transport in the North. He lamented a simple 20-minute one-stop journey costing constituents an eye-watering £8, and comparing it to London:

Labour MP Neil Coyle then, unprovoked, accused the King of the North of making “cheap digs at London”:

A riled Burnham would not hear it and was keen to level up the conversation…

Still not satisfied, Burnham has spent the last hour passively aggressively retweeting his Twitter supporters including one who not so subtly wrote: “I don’t get why some Londoners are upset about this”. Meanwhile red wall voters without transit systems, and just one bus an hour, will no doubt be experiencing broken hearts at the plight of their metropolitan comrades…

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Jeremy Corbyn Accused of Failing to Declare Legal Support

Jeremy Corbyn is facing calls for an investigation into his financial interests, after Labour MP Neil Coyle wrote to Parliament’s Standards Commissioner claiming Corbyn has not declared the full extent of the support he received to cover his legal expenses from disputes over antisemitism. Failing to declare any financial support in the MPs’ register of interests is a violation of the members’ code of conduct…

According to Coyle’s letter, Corbyn is alleged to racked up at least £150,000 in legal bills fighting claims of antisemitism, with Unite having fronted nearly £100,000 of that total in just one defamation case (which Corbyn lost). Unite are also said to have lent support in Corbyn’s fight against the BBC over their representation of his comments on shoot-to-kill. Senior members of the Unite leadership, including current general secretary candidate Howard Beckett, were aware of all of this… 

Corbyn’s register of interests states he is “likely to benefit from a legal fund managed by JBC Defence Ltd which was set up on 16 October 2020 to help meet any legal costs which I or my supporters incur in relation to allegations of defamation“, though where this cash is coming from isn’t stated. It also doesn’t include Unite’s contributions…

Hat-tip: Joe Pike

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