Ruffley Crashed Car After Four Glasses of Prosecco

Disgraced former Tory MP David Ruffley – remember him? – was found asleep at the wheel following a midnight prang near his Westminster home in January. The court heard today that

At about 12.30am members of the public flagged down a police car saying a car hit another car whilst parking.

On arrival, Mr Ruffley was slumped over his wheel and it was thought he was asleep.

His car was touching the Land Rover in front of it.

He said he had gone for drinks on Jermyn Street and had not eaten anything as he was on a fasting diet.

He told officers he didn’t think four glasses of Prosecco was too much, and told them “I do it regularly”.

Ruffers has been banned from driving for two years. Not helpful for his optimistic hopes of a peerage. That’ll come as a slap in the face.

Natalie McGarry ‘Arrested By Turkish Special Forces’

Former SNP MP Natalie McGarry – now sitting as an independent after resigning the whip in disgrace – has apparently been arrested in Turkey. Local journalists say she was detained in the Sur district of Diyarbakir by Turkish Special Forces. McGarry is a pro-Kurdish campaigner who has been critical of the Turkish government.

She’s already facing a police probe in Scotland over a missing money scandal. More as we get it…

UPDATE: Her office are refusing to comment on reports she was arrested, though she has now tweeted to say she is “safe“:

UPDATE II: Foreign Office confirms to Sky News that McGarry was arrested by Turkish special forces, her office say she has now been released.

UPDATE III: McGarry’s lawyer says in a statement:

“Natalie McGarry was questioned earlier today but was released shortly thereafter… It appears that a member of the Turkish Security Forces became alarmed as Natalie had her mobile phone out at a security checkpoint. She was taken away for questioning and it was subsequently explained that she was simply recording the sounds of bombs falling across the border in Syria.”

Jim’ll Fix It Staffer Alleges Drugs, Glory-Holes and BBC Corruption

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A former BBC employee who worked on Jim’ll Fix It gets in touch with his experience of Television Centre in the 1970s. Here is his account of drugs, glory-holes and widespread corruption:

I worked there through part of the period. Everyone knew. But the culture was highly sexist, phobic and ignorant. Sex was common currency in most aspects. There was a notorious “cottage” with glory-holes etc in one of the three “assembly” areas in TV Centre. Drugs were commonplace. Favours were sought and corruption was open. That’s the context. That’s why nobody screamed blue murder.

He was far from being alone! I worked on “Fix It”, albeit obliquely. Provided props and and support for the design team. You just avoided the ‘talent’ because he had a famous temper. His predatory sexual creepiness was the least of our worries. He was just a nasty piece of work who enjoyed getting people sacked or in all kinds of trouble. He had few friends amongst the staff. Dressers hated him and the famous cigars were bought in crates at the licence payers’ expense. Horrible man, but not the only one…”

And according to Dame Janet Smith’s report, not a single member of the management knew…

Paedo Tom O’Carroll’s Plan to Emulate Corbyn

Expelled Labour paedo and campaigner against “pedophobia” Tom O’Carroll’s blog is a pretty grim read. Back in September, O’Carroll wrote a disturbing post praising Jeremy Corbyn’s election as leader, implying he wanted the paedophile movement to take inspiration from how a man with controversial views had won “respect” after decades of sticking to his principles.

“The impossible just happened. The “unelectable” socialist Jeremy Corbyn has been elected leader of the Labour Party in the UK by a thumping majority, making him potentially the next prime minister. This earthquake was entirely unforeseen by the know-alls of political punditry… 

[Corbyn and Sanders] have been saying the same “wrong things” for decades, sticking to their principles and fighting for what they believe rather than slavishly following the opinion polls and focus groups. And now, suddenly and unexpectedly, they find they are being respected for it. They are seen as authentic. I wouldn’t mind a bit of that sort of reputation”

Not only does O’Carroll implicitly compare his campaign for paedophile rights to Corbyn “sticking to his principles” down the years, he says he wants to copy him. Dark…

Europol Co-Operates With 18 Non-EU States

Dave’s scaremongering got even sillier yesterday when he claimed Brexit would mean Britain loses intel on “terrorists running around Europe”. Last night the director of Europol, Rob Wainwright, joined in, claiming Britain would be “much less effective” at fighting terrorism if we left the EU. Really?

Europol says on its website that

“because organised crime does not stop at international borders, it is also essential to have cooperation initiatives with non-EU countries”

16 years ago, the EU authorised the director of Europol to enter into negotiations on cooperation agreements with non-EU states. Today, Europol has operational agreements with 14 non-EU countries:

Albania, Australia, Canada, Colombia, Macedonia, Iceland, Moldova, Montenegro, 
Norway, Republic of Serbia, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Monaco and the United States.

It even has strategic agreements in place with Bosnia & Herzegovina, Russian Federation, Turkey and Ukraine.

Why would Europol share information on terrorists with these non-EU countries and not Brexit Britain?

‘Senior Labour Source’ on Putin

Wonder what a “senior Labour source” thinks about the Litvinenko findings?

Here is an idea of Seumas Milne’s view…

CPS Missed Three Chances to Nail Janner

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A independent inquiry has found that the CPS could have brought Lord Janner to justice three times, but failed to do so. The damning findings also lay into the “inadequate” police investigation. The report found:

  • The decision not to charge Lord Janner in 1991 was wrong and there was enough evidence against him to provide a realistic prospect of conviction for offences of indecent assault and buggery. In addition, the police investigation was inadequate and no charging decision should have been taken by the CPS until the police had undertaken further enquiries.
  • In 2002, allegations against Lord Janner were not supplied by the police to the CPS and accordingly no prosecution was possible. This merits investigation by the IPCC.
  • There was sufficient evidence to prosecute Lord Janner in 2007 for indecent assault and buggery. He should have been arrested and interviewed and his home searched.

So, who was responsible for him getting away with it?

Farage: “I Made a Terrible Mistake” Talking About ‘Assassination Attempt’

After the wheels came off the Farage assassination attempt story, Nige tells LBC he probably shouldn’t have spoken to the papers about the story. He did also tell LBC on Sunday that “someone clearly had loosened the wing nuts on all four of the tires of my car”. UKIP are convinced the details of the incident were leaked out by a senior anti-Farage figure in the party…

DJ Neil Fox Not Guilty of All Charges

The radio DJ is cleared of sexually abusing young fans. Another stunning CPS success…

Whistleblower: “CCHQ Failing in Duty of Care”

The CEO of the Conservative Party has been accused of failing in his duty of care by a whistleblower who is the victim of an extraordinary attempt to silence her. Yesterday Guido revealed how a young female witness had received a phone call from a man claiming to be a police officer, threatening her with arrest if she made public allegations of bullying. The caller, who sounded like a “middle aged man”, said he was an officer at Lewisham police station, yet refused to give a name. In an email to Lord Feldman and CCHQ CEO Simon Day, the whistleblower recounted the call:

“They told me that should I comment or repeat my allegations, or contact XXXXX again, they would arrest me. The police officer then mentioned my involvement in the Conservative Party and that “it wouldn’t look good if you got arrested”. He then told me to “grow up” and to not confront people and let my friends, some of whom have been affected by this bullying scandal, to make the complaints to the police. This person also made some personal comments in regards to social media and how he saw it as a medium for bullying.”

Lewisham police station have no record of the call being made. They are now investigating the police impersonator attempting to silence witnesses.

Simon Day responded to the whistleblower’s email, explaining he had passed details of the complaint to the British Transport Police, the force investigating the death of Elliott Johnson. However, despite someone calling young Tory activists attempting to intimidate them, Day refused to have anyone at CCHQ look at the incident. This is his legalese excuse:

“The Party can only investigate alleged acts of members of the Party. In the event that you establish the name of the individual who undertook this act, we will of course look to investigate such a complaint against a member of the Party. Any complaints are investigated in accordance with our formal disciplinary procedures as established by the Board of the Party.​ If I can be of any further assistance please contact me.”

A remarkable way for the CEO of the Tory party to respond to a young female activist who is the victim of shocking intimidation.

The whistleblower, who has asked to remain anonymous, tells Guido:

“Because I couldn’t identify the person on the phone, CCHQ are shrugging responsibility. Someone is being intimidated due to their involvement in the party and they are failing in their duty of care.”

Yet more textbook handling of complaints by young Tory activists by CCHQ…

Corbyn’s Plea For Pensioner-Scamming Fraudster

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Surely this tweet from CourtNewsUK could not be accurate?

Well, according to Mohamed Dahir’s barrister at the Old Bailey today, it is. Dahir and two other gang members preyed on the “frailty, vulnerability and isolation” of victims in their eighties to defraud them out of £600,000. Yet Corbyn wrote a letter to the judge asking for Dahir to be granted bail so he could spend Christmas at home, insisting his constituent wouldn’t abscond:

“He understands the need to be here. He has been here on every occasion.”

The judge ignored Jezza’s bizarre plea and the pensioner scamming b*stard will be behind bars on Christmas Day…

REVEALED: Muslim Convert’s Threats to Tory MP

Muhammad Mujahid Islam, a Muslim convert whose birth name is Craig Wallace, was in court today accused of posting threatening comments to Tory MP Charlotte Leslie. Guido can reveal Islam’s Facebook posts made the day after the Syria vote, in which he threatens to “smash her windows then drop a bomb on her hoyse [sic]”.

In a separate abusive post, Islam makes another violent threat:

No prizes for guessing which politician he does like, though:

He pleaded guilty and was remanded in custody…

Judge Rules Janner Unfit to Stand Trial

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The judge agrees that he does not recognise his own grandchildren and therefore is unfit to stand trial…

H/T LBC

Two MPs Referred to Police Over Expenses Claims

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The expenses watchdog IPSA reveals they have referred two MPs to the Met because they believe a criminal offence may have been committed in relation to their expenses:

During the course of the reporting period I have felt it necessary for the first time during my term of office to refer requests for investigation received from IPSA to the Police. As I referred to previously, the Compliance Officer has a joint working agreement with the Metropolitan Police which states:

“Where, in the exercise of their duties, either IPSA or the Compliance Officer is given a reason to suspect that a criminal offence may have been committed by an MP or a member of an MP’s staff, they shall seek advice from the Commissioner and notify the Metropolitan Police of their suspicions, and hand over any relevant documentation upon request.”

Three cases have been forwarded to the Metropolitan Police for assessment; one has been finalised and two remain with the police.

They won’t say who the two MPs are, and buried the revelation on page 74 of their annual report. Surely constituents have a right to know if their Member of Parliament is being investigated for fiddling their expenses?

H/T Nicholas Cecil

Natalie McGarry Withdraws From SNP Whip

SNP MP Natalie McGarry has bitten the bullet over her pro-Indy campaign group’s financial irregularities. Her solicitor says “she is fully aware that this will lead to automatic suspension from the SNP”. Read all Guido’s stories on McGarry here

Sturgeon on McGarry: Watch This Space

Nicola Sturgeon is considering action against scandal-hit Nat Natalie McGarry. The SNP leader told the BBC:

“Obviously I’m aware of the concern that Women for Independence has raised and has reported to the police about alleged discrepancies in their funding. These are of course very serious allegations. It’s also important to say that Natalie McGarry is adamant that she has done absolutely nothing wrong. Right now, beyond the generality of those concerns, I don’t have detail about the basis or the substance of them but I will consider and continue to consider the matter very carefully and if there is action I think the SNP are required to take then that action will be taken.”

Awkwardly, the complaints to the police about financial irregularities at McGarry’s Women for Independence campaign group were made by no fewer than seven SNP candidates. It is alleged that the only person with access to the group’s PayPal account, from which £30,000 went missing, was McGarry. The Glasgow East MP has since protected her Twitter account from public view, despite previously pledging to constituents that:

“Politicians need to be responsible to the people they represent, and that means being open and accessible … I won’t hide away behind closed doors”

Friends who can still see her tweets say her most recent posts are on her nuptial planning, buying a dress and going to wedding fayres. Meanwhile her Electoral Commission returns are being pored over as we speak…

Pressure Mounts on SNP to Suspend ‘Missing Money’ MP

The SNP wasted no time in throwing their disgraced MP Michelle Thomson under a bus during her property scandal back in September. The allegations surfacing against Natalie McGarry yesterday have also warranted a police investigation, so Scottish Labour have demanded consistency from Nicola Sturgeon:

Dear Nicola,

The allegations about missing donations to Women for Independence (WFI) are very concerning. The alleged involvement of the SNP MP Natalie McGarry only adds to the seriousness of this situation.

When details emerged about the police investigation into property deals involving the SNP MP Michelle Thomson you said: “There is now a police investigation under way into these matters… Michelle Thomson has decided to step aside from the SNP while that investigation is undertaken. I think that is the right thing for her to have opted to do.”

Given that it was right that Michelle Thomson’s membership of the SNP was suspended during a police investigation, can you confirm that it is also right that the same standard will now apply to Natalie McGarry? People in Scotland would be surprised if no precautionary action is taken against Ms McGarry, given the serious nature of the allegations and the involvement of the police.

Sturgeon said it was right for Thomson to stand down because she was being questioned as part of a police investigation. Well, now McGarry is facing a police probe as well. Will she last the day?

Newsnight Tory Sleaze Exposé Coming

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Guido understands that Newsnight are not far from finishing a special investigation into what one source describes as the “culture of aggression in politics”. The report will focus on the Tory bullying/blackmail scandal that has engulfed the party, also looking at the “wider problem” of the poisonous climate that led to a young activist taking his own life. Guido hears the programme has already interviewed around 40 young Tory activists, parliamentary staffers and even non-political Westminster workers such as cleaners, with several agreeing to speak only if their faces were silhouetted and voices disguised. The family of Elliott Johnson are also believed to be helping with editorial input. No chance of them doing a McAlpine with this one, hopefully…

Seumas Milne: “It Wasn’t Only Negative What Happened in the Riots”

As ‘anarchist’ rioters (who want a bigger state) rampaged through London last week, setting a police car ablaze and blinding a horse with a firework, it’s worth asking what Team Corbyn think. Here is Seumas Milne speaking after the London riots. Guess what? He’s a fan. 

“Riots do express fundamental social anger and that’s something that’s happened throughout history… Actually, I thought they were quite, you know, despite the way they were portrayed at the time, there was a lot of very political expressions, certainly in particular, in some areas in particular, certainly in East London but in other places as well, where people were expressing, in quite a strong class-orientated way, a hatred not only of the police but of the system… So, I mean, it wasn’t only negative, what happened in the riots. And I think that those people clearly are part of what, of the people that need to be organised and need to find a political expression and social organisation… But it’s also an opportunity. It’s a huge opportunity to channel that anger.”

There you have it: Labour’s new core vote strategy…

H/T Harry’s Place

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