Olney Standards Investigation Three Months Into Job

New LibDem MP Sarah Olney is facing an investigation by the standards commissioner just three months after coming to Westminster. Guido understands the complaint relates to using her website for party political purposes, though the LibDems say there are confident it will be dismissed: “This is an utterly spurious allegation without any basis. We are confident this complaint will be rejected at the first opportunity.” A record for quickest standards probe for a new MP?

New LibDem Donor Promoted Anti-Israel Website Which Defends Suicide Bombers

The LibDems’ new million pound donor has posted material advocating a boycott of Israel from a notorious website which expresses sympathy with suicide bombers. Greg Nasmyth, who it was revealed last week had made the major donation to the LibDems, posted a link to the Innovative Minds site calling for a boycott of companies “that support Apartheid Israel”Innovative Minds gained notoriety last year when it emerged the site had published sympathetic articles about suicide bombers, including a terrorist who murdered 19 Israelis outside a nightclub. The site has also claimed Israel has no right to exist and should be “dismantled”. When John McDonnell was caught posting links to Innovative Minds last year he was forced to delete the posts and condemn the site. The unhinged article shared by Nasmyth calls for a boycott of companies including McDonald’s, Starbucks and Coca Cola for “supporting Apartheid Israel“. Unfortunate for the party of David Ward…

Sarah Lol-ney Latest

Guido is not sure what is going on in this new LibDem video with Sarah Olney and Tom Brake. It’s like the beginning of a badly acted porno…

Lib Dem Donations Outstrip Labour, UKIP Short on Cash

Political party donation figures for the last quarter of 2016 are out:

Conservative and Unionist Party – £3,610,983

Liberal Democrats – £1,972,904

Labour Party – £1,970,055

Green Party – £46,228

Co-operative Party – 39,750

UK Independence Party (UKIP) – £33,228

Women’s Equality Party – £30,000

The Lib Dems have had a fantastic quarter, narrowly beating Labour to take their place as the second best-funded party over the period. UKIP are struggling – they took just three grand more than the Women’s Equality Party. The LibDems are cashing in on being anti-Brexit, they just got a million quid donation from Greg Nasmyth. Guido hears they have secured another major donation from a Blairite former Labour donor which we can expect to see in the next Electoral Commission figures…

LibDems Call Cops on ‘Vote Snell or Go to Hell’ Texts

The LibDems have written to the Labour Party and Staffordshire Police after it emerged a Labour activist has sent text messages to Muslim voters warning them to vote for Gareth Snell or “answer for this in the Grave and on the Final Day”. The LibDem letter:

I am writing about several text messages reported to us by members of the public which appear to be distributed in large numbers in support of your candidate and your campaign.

I am concerned by these text messages for two reasons, firstly about the Representation of the People Act 1983 and secondly about the ‘Guidance on political campaigning‘ issued by the Information Commissioners Office.

1 – I am sure that you realise that the religious nature of one of these messages could also be deemed to be covered by the ruling on “undue spiritual influence” in the matter of a mayoral election for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets held on 22 May 2014 when the Labour Party were the victims of such tactics.

2 – These text messages are clearly election material in support of your candidate Gareth Snell as they meet the criteria for an elections expense set out in section 90ZA (6) of the Representation of the People Act “In this Part and in Part 3 of this Act, any reference (in whatever terms) to promoting or procuring a candidate’s election at an election includes doing so by prejudicing the electoral prospects of another candidate at the election”. They are clearly aimed at stopping people voting for my candidate Dr Zulfiqar Ali as well as others.

3 – I am sure that you are aware that such text messages under the ICO guidance should only be sent where the individual has consented to contact of that sort from the organisation for those purposes. Therefore, we have serious concerns about the origin of access to these phone numbers and whether the necessary permissions and opt out procedures have been followed…

Yours sincerely,

Ian Horner, Election Agent

CC: David Mullington, Staffordshire Police; Fiona Ledden, Acting Returning Officer; Gina Jones, Electoral Services, Stoke-on-Trent City Council

As the LibDems say, this looks like Lutfur Rahman levels of spiritual influence…

Order of the OTT: LibDem Compares Brexit to Hitler

One LibDem parliamentary candidate is taking Brexit particularly badly. Kelly-Marie Blundell, torchbearer for the LibDem fightback in Lewes, has compared the government’s Article 50 legislation to Hitler’s Enabling Act:

The Enabling Act gave Hitler almost unlimited powers to make arbitrary law, an integral step towards his reign of terror. The Article 50 bill exercises parliament’s sovereignty to fulfil the will of the people and leave the European Union. As Godwin’s Law goes, a particularly OTT example…

LibDems Choose Brexiteer to Run Against Bridgen

The LibDems have selected a Brexit-backing candidate to take on Tory MP Andrew Bridgen in his Leave stronghold of North West Leicestershire at the next election. Cllr Michael Wyatt is a “LibDem For Leave” who says he wants to “push for a Brexit deal that’s allows the country to take back control of our immigration policy”. So naturally he is running for a Remain-backing party that wants open borders and is voting against Article 50. Takes all sorts…

Julian Huppert Linked to Oscar-Nominated Sexy French Actress

Congratulations to French actress Isabelle Huppert, who has been nominated for an Oscar for her role in the film Elle. Would you believe that the sultry Parisian star of the silver screen is related to bearded former LibDem MP Julian Huppert? Guido has studied the evidence above and – sorry Julian – can see little resemblance other than the unmistakable shock of red hair. Julian fondly recalls his childhood family meetings with a young Isabelle:

“She’s come to stay before. I took her punting around 20 years ago. I’m very proud and delighted. She’s doing well. No-one compares to her.”

Well he certainly doesn’t… 

LibDem Rising Star Suspended After Complaint From Teenage Member

A Liberal Democrat rising star has been suspended from the party and is under investigation over alleged inappropriate behaviour towards a teenage member. Guido can reveal that Paul Halliday, a parliamentary candidate in Newport who was being lined up for another Commons run in the event of a snap election, is facing an internal probe. He has also been a minister at two churches and gave a campaign interview to Christian station Revelation TV. Halliday, who deleted his Facebook account yesterday after we approached his party for comment, denies the allegations and tells Guido his name will be cleared. A spokesman for the LibDems confirms: “He has been suspended and an internal investigation is underway”. A LibDem source says the complainant is under 18. Not the best start for the LibDem fightback…

Olney Summed Up

Sarah Olney is looking for your support, something doesn’t add up…

LibDems Proposed Electoral Pact With Greens

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The LibDems approached the Green Party over a secret electoral pact, Guido can reveal, amid claims the Greens were offered £250,000 to stand aside in Richmond. The email below was sent by the leader of the LibDem group in Kingston, Liz Green, to the Green Richmond candidate who stood aside, Andree Frieze. The LibDem group leader offered a meeting to discuss “smart targeting” of wards in the 2018 local elections, proposing the two parties “work together” to keep the Tories out. The Green candidate then decided not to run in Richmond…

From: Liz Green 
To: Andree Frieze, Dave Ryder-Mills 
Sent: Thursday 3 November, 18:54
Subject: Lib Dems and Greens

Hi Andree
Thank you for your email earlier today. l have switched to my personal email as it is more appropriate than the council one.

My personal view is that local Kingston Lib Dems and Greens should meet to discuss smart targeting for the 2018 local council elections. I cannot give guarantees on wards or candidates, but I would be happy to look at how we work together to ensure the mutual desire that the Conservatives do not retain control of RBK at the 2018 elections. I have to add that the Liberal Democrat aim will be to hold a majority control of the council, post election, but that does not mean that smart targeting of wards and resources could not play a substantial part in that.

This is an electoral pact in all but name, the so-called “Progressive Alliance” working together to keep the Tories out. In the context of local Greens claiming they were offered £250,000 not to stand in Richmond, this raises serious questions about the alleged inducement. There are rumours this sort of deal has been proposed across the country…

LibDems Given Maximum Expenses Fine, Broke Electoral Law, Referred to Police

The Electoral Commission has given the LibDems the maximum £20,000 election fraud fine, ruled they committed multiple offences and referred them to the police. Guido had previously told how LibDem candidates had split their spending between their local and national spend – they even had a handy spreadsheet used to cook the books. Time and time again the LibDems told us they had done everything above board. The Electoral Commission’s investigation uncovered 307 payments totalling £184,676 which the candidate had split between local and national spend, but which were missing from the national return. They have ruled that the LibDems committed multiple offences under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act and issued them with the maximum fine. They also slammed the LibDems for contributing to “damage to public confidence” and “detriment to transparency in politics”. Here’s the real kicker: the Electoral Commission notes that knowingly or recklessly making a false declaration is a more serious criminal offence, of which they believe the LibDems are guilty. They have referred the matter to the Metropolitan Police…

Clegg Gets Brillo’d

Nick Clegg follows in the footsteps of his old spinner James McGrory and takes a pasting from Andrew Neil on the single market. Brillo’s killer line: “Isn’t it time the LibDems had a rebrand and dropped the Democrat?” Cue Clegg silent death stare…

Vid via @liarpoliticians

Sarah Olney Walks Out of Interview, Spin Doctor Forced to Take Over

Sarah Olney has walked out of a car crash interview with Julia Hartley-Brewer on TalkRadio after a spin doctor intervened and said she “had to go”. The new LibDem MP was unable to answer simple questions about Brexit and the single market. Steep learning curve.

Farron: Richmond Win is Rejection of Trump, Brexit and 2015 Election

Tim Farron is getting more than a little ahead of himself claiming Sarah Olney’s win is a rejection of Trump and the 2015 election too. Richmond Park was a 21% swing by a Remain constituency against its incumbent Leave MP. Food for thought for Labour Remainer MPs with pro-Leave constituencies…

LibDems Take Richmond

The LibDems have overturned Zac’s 23,000 majority to win the Richmond Park by-election. Labour lost their deposit.

Sarah Olney – Liberal Democrat – 20,510, 49.7%

Zac Goldsmith – Independent – 18,638, 45.2%

Christian Wolmar – Labour – 1,515, 3.7%

Whatever the LibDems and some excitable broadcasters tell you this morning, calm down, a by-election in Richmond changes not a thing about Article 50 or Brexit…

LibDem Fake News in Richmond

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The LibDems have a reputation as some of the dirtiest campaigners around, and they are living up to it in Richmond Park. Local resident Paul Waugh, 50, had the above fake newspaper put through his door. It’s more convincing than the usual literature used by political parties, and even goes as far as including reports from “a senior Gazette reporter” who does not exist. All with the aim of hoodwinking voters. The most shameless fake news yet?

Bob Geldof Embarrasses LibDems

Instead of learning the lessons from his referendum flotilla humiliation, Bob Geldof has gone to canvas for the LibDems in Richmond today. He’s been chanting “Zac is crap” for the cameras like a poundshop Eddie Izzard. Sad.

UPDATE:

Well done to the LibDems. This has gone about as well as Miliband and Russell Brand.

Richmond LibDem Reveals Pro-Heathrow Reading Habits

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The LibDem candidate in Richmond has given a shocker of an interview to the Standard, offering a highly implausible explanation for her Brexit flip-flop and bizarrely blaming an aide for another disastrous interview in which she attacked Zac Goldsmith. Sarah Olney also posed for a picture in front of her bookshelf, awkwardly revealing her pro-Heathrow expansion reading habits. Heathrow’s Terminal 5 – History in the Making describes it as “an iconic piece on infrastructure, which is a tribute to the best of the world’s design and engineering.” Richmond LibDems have been bigging up Olney’s anti-Heathrow expansion credentials, despite the fact her husband helped build Terminal 5. She finished her Standard interview by admitting: “If I don’t win, I’ve got a nice house, a great husband, lovely children and a good job to go back to.” nice house paid for by her great husband’s work for Heathrow…

LibDem Richmond Candidate Encounters Turbulence

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The LibDem by-election campaign in Richmond has two key messages: that their candidate Sarah Olney will vote against Article 50 and oppose Heathrow expansion even more so than Zac. How is that going?

First Olney was forced to delete her website after saying we should go ahead with Brexit:

“Britain is leaving the EU – OK, I accept that.

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