Lib Dem MP Tells Voters to F**k Off

A Lib Dem incumbent MP, Stephen Lloyd, has been caught on camera telling prospective voters to f**k off. Clearly confident of victory…

The Eastbourne MP – with a majority of only 1,600 – was recorded telling his prospective electorate:

Voter: “You need to stop putting graffitti up everywhere… big boards all up Eastbourne alone.. What do you represent then”
Lloyd: “Fuck off, then vote for me”
Voter: “That’s bloody rude isn’t it”

Lloyd was previously known for quitting the Lib Dems over their anti-Brexit stance, only to rejoin the party after the election was called despite the party’s even more extreme Brexit stance.

These voters weren’t East-born yesterday…

Extinction Rebellion Glue Themselves to the Lib Dems’ Electric Bus

The Lobby were all abuzz today following Extinction Rebellion‘s ongoing ’12 Days of Crisis’ protests, and today was the turn of the Lib Dems. Only eight days left until both the Lib Dems and Extinction Rebellion buzz off…

Dressed as bees, the eco-communists swarmed the Lib Dems’ bright yellow battle bus (perhaps thinking it was the queen bee) and proceeded to glue themselves to the windscreen.

Eventually, even Jo Swinson had to get off and engage with the Wasp-Bee Women…

Just to reiterate – this is an electric bus…

Hat-Tip: @nickeardleybbc

Lib Dem’s Tax Evasion Hypocrisy

The Lib Dem’s Manifesto proudly announces that when they form a majority government and Jo Swinson is supreme leader, they will “Take tough action against corporate tax evasion and avoidance”. 

Guido is wondering, therefore, why the Lib Dems have taken £75,000 from Attestor Services – the UK arm of Attestor Value Master Fund, a $3.1 billion hedge fund domiciled in the Cayman Islands.

Tough action indeed…

Lib Dems Admit Losing Control in “Just a Couple of Constituencies”

Lib Dem President Sal Brinton admitted on last night’s Newsnight that her party had lost control of local branches. Questioned on Newsnight she admitted that it was the case in “just a couple of constituencies.” The central party is at war with some branches over putting candidates up against Labour Remainers in seats such as Canterbury where the local party and candidate wanted to stand aside, whilst London is forcing new candidates upon them. The candidate deadline is today and the central party is scrambling to crush local dissent…

Lib Dems Running Upgrade Petition for Hospital that is Already Being Upgraded

The Lib Dems are getting desperate in their target seat of Hazel Grove. The candidate is currently running a petition to upgrade the local hospital, so far so election data gathering normal. The problem for Lib Dem Lisa Smart is the hospital is one of the twenty Boris announced as being upgraded back in August. It was literally the hospital used to illustrate the national upgrade programme…

Putney Lib Dem’s Nobel Peace Prize Award Claim

The Lib Dems’ Putney Candidate is proudly claiming she “led the campaign to ban landmines in South Africa, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize”. Impressive achievement…

The odd grammar gives the game away, however. Sue Wixley did not win the Nobel Peace Prize – nor did the campaign to ban landmines in South Africa. The 1997 peace prize was split between Jody Williams and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. 

The International Campaign to Ban Landmines was itself made up of multiple national campaigns, including Afghanistan, Cambodia, Kenya and South Africa – the latter of which Sue co-founded whilst working at Oxfam in Johannesburg. It is a bit of stretch to claim she won the Nobel Peace Prize, and worse than misleading bar charts…

UPDATE: Guido thought he’d look into the actual 1997 Nobel Prize winners – unless Sue’s had a drastic transformation, it seems to confirm the Lib Dem did not win here…

UPDATE: Sue Wixley responds:

While I did play a major part in the successful global campaign to ban anti-personnel landmines which was awarded the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, it is clear from this typo I didn’t get the award for proof reading”.

Which is true, as proofreading is one word…

The Lib Dems also claim the true sentence was meant to be:

“Sue Wixley obviously did not personally win the Nobel Peace Prize. As you can see from the leaflet it was a human error, there was a missing “that” from the wording in the leaflet (i.e. “led the campaign to ban landmines in South Africa, that was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.”).”

A clarification that remains untrue. The Campaign to Ban Landmines in South Africa was not awarded the peace prize – The International Campaign to Ban Landmines was. More Lib Dem lies…

Philip Lee is Lost

As co-conspirators will know Philip Lee has raised more money than he can legally spend in this general election. It really does look like he has money to burn. Take his digital advertising for example, Guido knows a little about targeted advertising, he also knows that Lee is standing for the LibDem’s in Wokingham, John Redwood’s constituency. So why is he targeting his advertising to Woking?

Does the former MP for Bracknell in Berkshire feel a little lost? Here’s a tip, aim your adverts at people who can actually vote for you….

Christine Jardine: Brexit is More Important than the Union

Lib Dem Candidate Complained December Election Would Ruin Her Ski Season

The Lib Dems’ Candidate for Hove and Portslade took to Twitter last month to complain that the election “better not ruin my [two month] ski season.” Candidate Beatrice Bass – who grew up in Davos – went on to moan that:

“December and January are for winter sports not campaigning.”

Nice to see the Lib Dems so in touch with their potential constituents. Guido expects Bass’ voters would be piste off with such a part-time MP…

At least the Lib Dems’ candidate embarrassment is over being too posh, rather than too antisemitic…

Hat-tip: Gabriel Gavin

Phillip Lee Receives £70,000 in Donations – Four Times The Individual Spending Limit

As Britain heads for a December Election, Christmas has come early for self-styled ‘Great British Hero’ Phillip Lee. According to his register of interests, he has received a whopping £70,000 to support his new candidature in John Redwood’s seat of Wokingham. The lucky Lib Dem’s donations total 437% of the legal £16,000 constituency spending limit individual candidates are permitted during an election. Guido thought a doctor could have spotted this problem before accepting the donations…

In the last few days, Lee recorded three donations under his Members’ Financial Interests: one of £50,000 from M7 Real Estate Limited; £15,000 from Ceawlin Thynn, and £5,000 from 12 Property Fe Ltd.

Candidates can spend just £16,000 in the 25 days leading up to an election, whilst their parties are limited to £30,000 per constituency on top of that. Even taking both these sums together, Lee’s £70,000 donations smash through the combined £46,000 limit…

The regulated spending period kicked in yesterday, meaning Lee could have cynically dumped £54,000 on his new seat in the last couple of days and fall within the rules. Guido can imagine how much codswallop certain journalists would spew if the Tories did something similar…

Labour and Lib Dems Announce Musical Candidates

As the parties announce their candidates for the upcoming general election, Guido has been enjoying the musical numbers of Labour’s candidate for Old Bexley and Sidcup, Dave Tingle and the Lib Dems’s 18-year-old candidate for East Worthing and Shoreham Ashley Ridley. Tingle starred in a cringe worth viral video from Loughborough SU a few years ago, whilst Ridley appeared on BBC Radio Sussex earlier this year to rap about Brexit.

Tingle’s toe-curling video was so badly received the comments had to be disabled as some started to suggest that they had withdrawn their university applications because of it. Contemporaries of Tingle’s at his university tell Guido that his SU electoral record shouldn’t give his rival James Brokenshire anything to worry about – he didn’t exactly get the voters of Loughborough tingling with excitement.

Ridley on the other hand may want to come up with some new election literature and to improve on his rap lyrics: “The highs, the lows should bring us together, so let’s stop Brexit, this hectic Brexit mess. Less freedom for all of us, Brexit messed us up, so let’s stop Brexit. Hectic Brexit so let’s stop Brexit.” If these lads are the cream of the 2019 Labour and Lib Dem crop, they might be in treble… 

UPDATE: A late musical entry…

Lib Dem Candidate Apologises for Lying Poll Tweets

The Lib Dem election campaign has always relied on misleading polls and bar charts, but the mainstream media have rarely cornered the party about their lies. This election campaign is all about change…

Today’s victim to fall foul is their candidate in Esther and Walton who has been forced to apologise for lying about polling back in July where she claimed polls showed her on track to beat Dominic Raab, by using a national poll and estimating what local voting might be from that poll.

Taken to task on the Today Programme this morning, Monica Harding said “absolutely I apologise, of course I would apologise. This is a purely a mistake and I think that’s the point, this is my mistake for being, if you like, a rookie in this kind of tweeting.”

An excuse that doesn’t stack up when you spot she’s been on Twitter for 9 years…

Lib Dems Called Out on Dodgy Bar Charts

As Guido reported last week, the Lib Dems launched their election campaign with a rake of their traditionally dodgy bar charts. The media seemed to have caught on, with Jo Swinson being skewered yesterday by Sophie Ridge, and Layla Moran taken to task on Today this morning. The Lib Dems are spinning here…

Question Time Teen Takes Down Labour and Lib Dems

Last night this teenager too young to vote in the EU referendum spoke for the nation, taking on Labour and the Lib Dems for failing to deliver the Brexit result. Cummings would be proud… […] Read the rest

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Lib Dems Launch Election Campaign with Spectacularly Dodgy Bar Chart

As the general election campaign kicks off the Lib Dems have released another infamous bar chart, this time appearing to claim the party is just 6 points behind Jacob Rees-Mogg in his Somerset constituency. Eagled eyed readers will read the small print:

“Survation polled 405 respondents aged 18+ living in NE Somerset with the question: “Imagine that the result in your constituency was expected to be very close between the Conservative and Liberal Democrat candidate, and none of the other parties were competitive.

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Lib Dems Facebook Spend More than all Parties Combined

The Liberal Democrats have geared up for the upcoming general election with a whopping £12,205 being spent on Facebook in the last week, more than every other major party put together. Labour and the Tories lag behind at £2,812 and £3,111 respectively.[…] Read the rest

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Clueless Lib Dem MEP Opposes New Withdrawal Agreement Without Reading It

Iain Dale was forced to repeatedly correct Lib Dem MEPs’ Deputy Leader Luisa Porritt after she continuously got basic details about the new agreement wrong. It became increasingly clear that Porritt hadn’t even read the deal she was arguing against. Excruciating…

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Lib Dem Compares Brexit to Nazi Germany and Domestic Abuse

The Liberal Democrat’s parliamentary candidate for Torridge and West Devon, David Chalmers, has become the latest Lib Dem candidate to insult his prospective voters – this time by posting comments on Facebook comparing Brexiteers to Nazis. Chalming…

The candidate claimed that Brexit is causing divisions that have “split families and friends have led to huge rises in violent crime on our streets and domestic abuse in our homes.” He went on to say:

“We have to stop this – just as we stopped the Nazis in Germany and their sympathizers in this country at the time from destroying this country in the 1930s.”

This comes just weeks after neighbouring candidate Kirsten Johnson stepped down following a car crash interview where she insulted her constituents as “98% white, we don’t have a lot of ethnic minorities living in North Devon, people aren’t exposed to people from other countries, they don’t travel a lot.” Nice of so many Lib Dems to reveal what they really think…[…] Read the rest

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Lib Dems Fibbing Here

The Lib Dems have been distributing a corker of a bar chart on their election leaflets in Hampstead and Kilburn, cheekily extrapolating projected EU election results in order to claim that they “won the last election here in Hampstead & Kilburn.” Which will probably come as a surprise to Tulip Siddiq and her 15,560 majority… […] Read the rest

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Lib Dem Candidate Resigns After Car Crash Interview

Kirsten Johnson, the Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate for North Devon who spectacularly imploded (listen here) during a pre-recorded interview for Radio 4, by accidentally letting slip what most Lib Dems think. Turns out claiming your potential constituency voted leave because “it’s 98% white” and “they don’t travel a lot” isn’t a winning strategy…

“It is with the deepest regret that I resign as the Parliamentary Candidate for North Devon Liberal Democrats with immediate effect.

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