MacShane Out

Convicted fraudster MacShane was sentenced to six months in prison for defrauding taxpayers of £13,000 in forged receipts. He has served just six weeks. The law should be unsparing when lawmakers become lawbreakers – is this really justice?

UPDATE: MacShane is now comparing himself to Corrie star Bill Roache, found not guilty of sex offences yesterday. The difference: Roache was cleared of all charges and MacShane is a convicted fraudster. 

Another Tim Yeo Lobbying Scandal

Scrapbook have got hold of a letter sent on behalf of Tim Yeo to all members of South Suffolk Conservative Association, begging them not to deselect the poor hard done by lamb:

Not only do the rules state that campaigning is not allowed, how did Sir Kenneth Carlile get hold of the addresses of all the members? Guido has a surprise for troubled Tim later…

Yeo Could Face Legal Challenge for Overt Campaigning

Despite party rules stating that he is not meant to be overtly campaigning, Tim Yeo is fighting hard for his political survival in Suffolk. The trougher even sent members Christmas cards for the first time in a decade and has become uncharacteristically active in his previously neglected seat. Neighbouring MP Dan Poulter is helping to boost support locally, “they’re golf buddies” notes another MP dryly.

If Yeo should win the crunch vote, a legal challenge has been prepared by local Tories desperate to be rid of him. In 1983 Yeo comfortably survived an attempt to oust him as the candidate after a company he chaired was investigated by the London Stock Exchange over a share scandal, this time it might be time to sell shares in Tim Yeo. Local party elders suggest the fall out, division, and defections will be greater if the great greedy green survives the vote.

Say No to Yeo: Tim Gets Tepid Backing

Junior minister and topless enthusiast Dr Dan Poulter has organised a letter of support for the re-selection of his troughing neighbour. Apparently Tim Yeo “has a lot of fuel left in the tank” and “remains very active.” On the golf course perhaps…

On the bright-side for Tim, Poulter’s letter is a marked improvement on the effort by Crispin Blunt, who himself survived such a deselection bid. The former minister said Yeo was an “elder statesmen” and his constituents need someone who knows “how to get around the system”. If Blunt actually spoke to anyone in the seat, he would understand that was the problem…

IMF Contemplating Mass Expropriation in €-Zone

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Christine Lagarde the French chief of the IMF narrowly escaped being charged recently. Her candidacy’s main cheerleader for the IMF was George Osborne, Guido had his doubts at the time. The IMF is searching for a solution for debt laden European states to stop the €uro collapsing. Stop spending more than you tax is considered naive – how will the ruling elites get re-elected if they stop bribing the electorate with their own children’s money? Option 6 in the IMF’s discussion paper on the subject is brutally straight-forward. The final act of financial repression is to steal from everyone who has savings with a 10% wealth tax.

You have been warned now – just like Cypriot political insiders were – don’t keep any capital in €urozone banks. The IMF argues that the element of surprise is essential for the success of a capital levy…

Review of 2013: A Very Bad Year for MPs in Guido’s Crosshairs

It was a very bad year for the lying, cheating, criminal politicians that found themselves in the crosshairs of this blog. Guido was in court to see Chris Huhne sentenced to eight months for perverting the course of justice. You can enjoy it all over again by watching our Guy News specials recapping how Huhne lied and lied and lied again, a musical tribute to him “going down”, and 14 lies in 60 seconds. For the full story of how Guido hunted Huhne, from the day he walked out on his family and went to the gym having just told his wife he was leaving her for another woman, to his guilty plea, resignation and prison sentence, click here.

Santa delivered an early Christmas present by jailing expenses fraudster Denis MacShane for six months. During sentencing the judge said MacShane’s £13,000 expense fiddling constituted “considerable and repeated dishonesty”. The true figure is in the hundreds of thousands. You can read how Guido has pursued MacShane down the years, including reporting him to the police when new evidence of his criminality arose, here.

It didn’t end in court. Patrick Mercer was forced to stand down at the next election after being disgraced in a cash-for-questions sting. Guido has always know Mercer was a wrong’un, so it was no surprise to hear the bent MP’s fear of this blog revealed in his own words. Another sleazy Tory, conflicted Tim Yeo, escaped the same punishment after being exposed in a sting of his own, though he wasn’t so lucky with his local party who decided to give him the boot. Stay tuned as Yeo tries to fight for his political life in the New Year.

Guido has been on the case of randy Lord Rennard, the hands-on LibDem peer known as the ‘Door Locker’, for years before 2013 brought about his demise. Nick Clegg, Danny Alexander and Jo Swinson were slammed in a damning report on Rennard’s sexual harassment and the LibDems’ lies were finally revealed. Read Rennard’s sex pest history in full here.

Finally, spare a mention for Mike Hancock. Forced to resign the LibDem whip as he is privately prosecuted for sexual harassing a disabled female constituent.  The leaks from the unpublished independent report into his behaviour are damning. 2013 has seen MPs targeted by Guido for their various financial, sexual or criminal misdeeds drop like flies. Roll on 2014…

MacShane Jailed for 6 Months

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The thing about MacShane is that although he was convicted for defrauding taxpayers’ of £13,000, the true figure was in the hundreds of thousands.

Read all Guido’s stories about Denis MacShane, bon viveur, europhile extraordinaire and convicted fraudster. Now eating porridge.

Happy Christmas!

MacShame: Stay of Execution

The judge sentencing MacShane has delayed until Monday as he wants time to reflect after defence spent an hour begging for him not to be sent down. Reasons for leniency included being a trade unionist and definitely not a crook. No siree!

Cops Buried Evidence of Expense-Fiddling MPs

More evidence the police let criminal MPs get away with breaking the law during the expenses scandal in the Times today. The Met carried out assessments of 77 MPs suspected of breaking the law, launching full investigations into 14. Four of those investigations were not passed onto the CPS but instead buried, the evidence never to see the light of day. Worth remembering the police would have let Denis MacShane get away with false accounting, assuring him he wouldn’t face trial and only handing his file to prosecutors once the Standards and Privileges Committee published its own damning report. Following the Standards and Privileges Committee report Guido wrote to the police demanding they re-open the case.

The police should now hand over the four buried investigations to the CPS immediately. Who were the four MPs who aroused such suspicion and what were they accused of?

MacShane Sentencing Today Case for a Custodial Sentence

Denis MacShane is listed to be sentenced by Mr Justice Sweeney at Southwark Crown Court at 3pm today. The case for a custodial sentence is clear.

MacShane is guilty of false accounting, fiddling his expenses and defrauding taxpayers out of £12,900 in forged receipts. In November 2012 he was suspended from the Commons by the Standards and Privileges Committee, whose damning report concluded that his was “the gravest case which has come to us for adjudication”. MPs have gone down before, the authorities see MacShane as the worst of the lot.

 They found that he:

  • Claimed nearly £20,000 a year in expenses for an office based in the garage of his South Yorkshire home.
  • Signed claims with a “nom de plume” purporting to come from a General Manager who did not in fact exist.
  • Knowingly submitted nineteen false invoices over a period of four financial years which were plainly intended to deceive the Parliamentary expenses authorities.
  • Claimed thousands of pounds for eight computers that got ‘lost’ or were taken by interns.
  • Claimed £12,900 for invoices from his EPI slush fund. He didn’t provide a single receipt for payments.

MacShane abused his position as a public servant, forging receipts to deceive the authorities, costing the taxpayers and constituents he was supposed to serve thousands. It is true that MacShane has pleaded guilty – usually grounds for leniency – however he did so only after being charged and presented with the incontrovertible evidence of his forgeries. All of which he previously denied, spinning the most ludicrous cock and bull story. Mr Justice Sweeney should remind lawmakers that if they become lawbreakers the law will be unsparing. Only jail time will suffice…

Blundering Cops Lose Crucial Handy-cock Evidence

The police force who dropped the Mike Hancock sexual assault case last month have fessed up to losing a key part of the evidence against him. Hampshire police told Handy-cock’s alleged victim that they can’t find discs which contain his phone records and show the extensive level of contact between him and the claimant. She is now going to the Independent Police Complaints Commission. What a cluster…

Bercow: "No Shared Malice or Corruption" From Jailed MPs

Bercow was spinning hard for jailed MPs caught fiddling their expenses during his speech to the Hansard Society last night.

“The House appeared to be little more than a cross between a rubber stamp and a talking shop which had taken to collective activity such as the imaginative interpretation of what might be a legitimate expense claim as much as an odd form of displacement activity as out of any shared sense of malice or corruption.”

Jim Devine must have submitted claims for cleaning, maintenance and printing work that the judge said were “entirely bogus”, pleading guilty to dishonestly claiming £8,385, and been jailed for 16 months because he was bored.

David Chaytor’s three counts of false accounting worth £18,000, submitting claims for the rent of a flat in Westminster which he bought in 1999 and had paid off the mortgage for in 2003, seeing him sentenced to 18 months, must have been a “displacement activity”.

Certainly no malice or corruption from Elliot Morley submitting 19 claims for excessive mortgage payments and 21 second home allowance forms for a mortgage he had already paid off. Costing the taxpayer £32,000 and seeing him sentenced to 16 months.

And what of Eric Illsley, who made false claims for his second home worth £14,000 and was jailed for 14 months.

Let’s not forget Denis MacShane, awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to false accounting. These MPs were not bored, they were crooks who were banged up for breaking the law…

MacShane Justice Delayed

The MacShane case has been adjourned, at his request, because he is on holiday. Guido will have to try that one next time…

Exclusive: Met “Liaising Closely” With Parliament Over Tim Yeo

Following a complaint by the Sunlight Centre for Open Politics to the Metropolitan Police regarding Tim Yeo’s conflicts of interest and the Bribery Act 2010, the coppers have today confirmed that detectives from the “Special Enquiry Team based at New Scotland Yard” are “liaising closely with the relevant parliamentary authorities.” Tick tock, Tim…

No Show Yeo Incriminated Himself

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Tim Yeo agreed to go on Sky’s Murnaghan Show last night and backed out this morning – perhaps he feared further incriminating himself. Guido believes that on the evidence of what Tim Yeo said on film to the Sunday Times he admitted to offences under the Bribery Act 2010.  Guido will be writing to Metropolitan Police Commissioner drawing attention to the evidence. When we did the same in the Jim Devine case he was sentenced to 16 months…

Vicky’s Next Chapter

What next for Vicky Pryce? She’s been signed up by Biteback to publish her prison diaries, billed as “a very personal book examining prison life, but also a hardhitting economic analysis of the cost to the economy of keeping women in prison”. It will be called ‘Prisonomics’.

Sounds fascinating…

Huhne Out

Released this morning after serving eight weeks of an eight month sentence.

Huhne Offers to Settle For £85,000 Discount

Huhne has some nerve, offering to cough up just £25,000 of the £110,000 asked for by the prosecution in legal costs. Given that his lies cost the taxpayer over £300,000, once again Huhne is sticking two fingers up at those he used to represent. Guido hopes he enjoys his day out from prison…

UPDATE: Huhne and Pryce are expected to be released after two months, with Pryce being let out on May 12 having served just a quarter of her sentence.

UPDATE II: Huhne could be out as soon as May 13.

UPDATE III: The following may be reported:

“In the course of the submissions made on behalf of Christopher Huhne that he should not be responsible for the entirety of the prosecutions costs application against him, the court was referred to the applications he made for witness summonses that resulted in documentation relating to Constance Briscoe coming to light, which led to allegations being made against her.”

Crime Wave Hits Parliament

As revealed by Guido in yesterday’s Sun on Sunday column, taxpayers are paying the price for a spate of thefts across Westminster. 24 top-of-the-range laptops have been stolen from parliament and Whitehall departments in the last year, with three more lost and dozens of iPads and BlackBerries either lost or lifted by light-fingered crims. Worryingly 527 parliamentary passes and 33 departmental passes allowing holders total access to the corridors of power have also gone missing, along with laptop encryption keys and security devices. The total cost to the taxpayer to replace all lost or stolen items has reached nearly £35,000. Confirmation of what we always suspected, parliament is full of thieves…

Evil Philpott Gets Life

Mick Philpott has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the manslaughter of six children, he will serve at least 15 years. Mairead Philpott and Paul Mosley were sentenced to 17 years each, of which they must both serve half. During sentencing the judge made reference to Mick Philpott receiving the benefits payments of his wife and mistress:

“Their wages and benefits went into your account.

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