WATCH: Lord Hanningfield Doorstepped

“All 600 sometimes go in just to clock in. All 600.”

Lord Hanningfield making the case for the abolition of the House of Lords…

Via @liarpoliticians.

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…

One Plebgate Officer Charged CPS: "Insufficient Evidence Mitchell Was Victim of Conspiracy"

PC Keith Wallis of the Met’s Diplomatic Protection Group is charged with misconduct in public office. But crucially the CPS say that there is insufficient evidence to show that Mitchell was the victim of a conspiracy of misinformation.

“We have considered all of the evidence in this case, including previously unseen, unedited CCTV footage from Downing Street, not referred to by the media. Taking it all into account, including the accounts of the officer at the gate of Downing Street and that of Andrew Mitchell MP before, during and after the incident, we have found that there is insufficient evidence to show that the officer at the gate lied in his account.  The CPS has also found that there is insufficient evidence to show that Mr Mitchell was the victim of a conspiracy of misinformation.

With insufficient evidence to show that the officer at the gate lied in his account, we must consider other matters, as set out below, on that basis.

I have, however, authorised one officer to be charged with one count of misconduct in public office.”

Read the evidence in full here. Interesting that the CPS claim the CCTV footage that was aired publicly was edited and “did not show the full picture” and that the new footage “is consistent with the officer’s account that several members of the public were present”Perhaps this is something Michael Crick might like to investigate… 

Loony LibDem Councillor Guilty of Bombing Campaign

Readers will remember the case of John Larsen, the LibDem councillor charged with being responsible for a series of bombs that had blown up cars and damaged homes in his town. Larsen himself condemned the bomber:

“Everyone is jittery, checking their cars. It’s driving people round the bend. You just don’t know when or where it’s going to happen next and that’s why people are so frightened.”

But today a jury found him guilty of three counts of arson, one of causing an explosion likely to endanger life and another of possessing explosives with intent to endanger life, including blowing up a Land Rover. Another LibDem going down…

LibDem Council Chief Guilty of Child Porn Charges

Derek Osbourne faces prison after pleading guilty to possessing and distributing more than 5,000 indecent images of children, including 50 in the most extreme category possible. Another LibDem guilty of sex crimes, who’d have thought it. Guido hears there is more to come out with this one. Any statement from party HQ will have to be worded very carefully…

MacShane Trial Set For May Next Year

Good of Denis MacShane to turn up at the Old Bailey this morning, rather than, say, go on holiday like last time. Accused of submitting 19 bogus invoices worth £12,900, he will enter a plea on November 18. His trial in front of Mr Justice Sweeney, of Huhne fame, will provisionally take place on May 6 next year. Just in time for the local and European elections…

Sorry Iain Dale Accepts Caution for Assault

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Iain Dale has broken his silence on that beach scuffle and has issued a full mea culpa:

“I want to apologise and say sorry to Stuart Holmes, who is a passionate campaigner and well known to everyone who attends party conferences and was perfectly entitled to do as he did on Tuesday in trying to get attention for his causes. It was totally out of character for me to react to him in the way I did. I also want to apologise for the blogpost I wrote after the incident. It was full of absurd bravado and in the heat of the moment I behaved in a frankly idiotic way. I have embarrassed not only myself but my family and my work colleagues and I apologise to them. I also want to apologise to Labour leader Ed Miliband and his conference attendees. Since the events of Tuesday I have gone through what happened over and over again in my mind. Whatever I felt at the time, nothing can justify what I did.”

Dale will buy the protester a new placard as reparation and has accepted a police caution from Sussex Police. Seems he’s fallen in to a bad crowd, hanging round with that Mr McBride too much…

UPDATE:

Iain Dale’s Date in the Diary

The cops swooped after Iain Dale finished his LBC show last night, quizzing him about his seaside spat with nuke-nutter Stuart Holmes. He has to go back down Brighton to face more questions tomorrow by appointment with Sussex Police. He should be fine, it’s not like there is taped evidence…

Evans in Court

He has been bailed to return for trial on October 4th. 

Pic via @judithmoritz

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…

Call for Union Regulator to Investigate Unite for Fraud Unite Officials Could Face Four Fraud Charges Over Falkirk

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certificationThe official trade union Certification Officer – who by law regulates trade unions – is being asked to investigate Unite over allegations that the signing up of Unite union members to the Labour Party in Falkirk without their knowledge or permission is an act of fraud. The Trade Union Reform Council (TURC), which is backed by 12 MPs, alleges that there are legal grounds for making 4 criminal charges of fraud against Unite union officials.

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The Certification Officer has statutory powers to direct an organisation at any time, if he thinks there is good reason to do so, to produce relevant documents to aid his investigations, this could mean the Labour Party is forced to reveal the suppressed report of its own investigation into the goings on in Falkirk. The Certification Officer is almost certain to begin an investigation which could result in all the dirty washing being revealed. Fraud is an imprisonable offence…

Full text of TURC call to Certification Officer for Unite investigation:

No Show Yeo Incriminated Himself

No Show Yeo

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…

Drugs, Cash and Labour Leaflets

The Jonah curse struck again yesterday as the Prime Mentalist’s photo op pal Abid Hussian was jailed for a £19 million money laundering racket. Labour MP Fabian Hamilton turned up at his trial to provide a character reference, insisting that Abid was a “moral, honest” guy and that “it was far more likely it was a bag full of leaflets” than a bag full of drug cash that he was smuggling into the country. Leaflets like these perhaps?

Probably time to stop talking…

Jailed £19 Million Money Launderer Was Doomed

Community ‘hero’ Abid Hussain has been jailed for his part in a £19 million money laundering racket, working with crime gangs in the Middle East to smuggle drug money into the UK. It all started to go wrong for Abid (second from left next to Labour MP Fabian Hamilton, who gave him a character reference in court) after a trip to Downing Street in 2010:

He was doomed.

Shamed MacShane Becomes Lobbyist

In Guido’s Sun column yesterday we revealed that the disgraced former MP Denis MacShane has become a lobbyist despite still under police investigation for expenses fiddles. The laptop grabber is currently hawking around his CV in which he describes himself as a self-employed consultant based in “London, Paris and Washington”, “advising Asian, US and UK based firms on government policy problems and media strategy”. For some reason the would-be lobbyist’s CV doesn’t mention why he was kicked out of Parliament and remains to this day under investigation by the Metropolitan Police.

His alleged new offices in “London, Paris and Washington” will be a big step up from his old office – the garage of his semi-detached house in Rotherham – for which over 8 years he pocketed £125,000 in office rent expenses from the taxpayer

Eric Joyce Explains Arrest

Eric Joyce has been in touch following his latest arrest:

“The account you have is pretty much it. Unpleasant and unhelpful Edinburgh airport baggage man (I gave him my flight and seat no, 18D, at least six times but he said he was busy and would be back shortly); a ludicrously over-reacting transport cop who’d already identified me and made it clear he’d be taking ‘no nonsense’, when I was simply asking for my ‘phone back (the Telegraph is saying i was trying to get back onto the ‘plane, for some reason).  I said I’d simply leave and one cop said; ‘best thing’ and the other said ‘not ’til I let you’.  I replied pointing out that he wasn’t letting me report my ‘phone missing nor letting me leave. At that point he arrested me with entirely un-necessary physical force.  

I’ve now seen the press reports and I’m literally astonished at the police.  I was not charged, not interviewed, did not even have statements taken, was not examined and when I was released the cops said they were taking no further action at that point. They said it was up to the Procurator Fiscal to decide if any further action was in the public interest.   Now their press folk are telling media I’ll appear in court – you obviously only appear in court if you’ve been charged. Perhaps they’d like to clarify.  Unlike me, ‘phone still in transit.”

Over to them…

WATCH: Bercow Announces Nigel Evans Office Searched

The Speaker has announced that with a Warrant from Preston Crown Court, he allowed a Member’s office to be searched.

“I wish to report to the House that the rooms of a Member were searched yesterday pursuant to a warrant issued by the Circuit Judge in Preston Crown Court on 16 May. The warrant related to the investigation of a serious arrestable offence.

I should remind Members, as did my predecessor in 2008, that the precincts of Parliament are not a haven from the law. In accordance with the Protocol issued by my predecessor on 8 December 2008 on the execution of search warrants within the precincts of the House of Commons, I considered the warrant personally and was advised by Officers of the House that there were no lawful grounds on which it would be proper to refuse its execution.

In addition, as provided for in paragraph 6 of the Protocol, I consulted the Attorney General and the Solicitor General who concurred in this advice. I am very grateful to them. The Clerk of the House was kept fully informed throughout, and also concurred.

The Serjeant at Arms and Speaker’s Counsel were present when the search was conducted. Undertakings have been given by the police officers as to the handling of any Parliamentary material until such time as any issue of privilege is resolved.

The investigation is continuing and it would not be right to comment further. I will not take questions on my statement.”

Nigel Evans was arrested and held at Preston Police Station at the beginning of the month…

Huhne Out

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

Clock Ticking For MacShane

Some good news to end the week on: police have handed a file of evidence against Denis MacShane to the CPS.

Decision time…

Read all Guido’s stories on expenses cheat MacShane here.
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