Fresh problems for Wales Tories – candidate accused….

From the Rotherham Advertiser this week:

Village hall trustees call in police

Published date: 29 April 2011 | Published by: Phil Turner

A TORY candidate in next week’s borough council elections is at the centre of a fraud investigation at a village hall.

Trustees of Kiveton Park and Wales Village Hall have called in police after thousands of pounds allegedly went “missing” from the bar while it was run by Wales Parish Council chairman Gill Shaw, who is standing for the Conservative Party in the Wales ward. Read on….

Disaster for the Wales Tories looks likely at next weeks elections in the light of the above story appearing in the Advertiser with just a week to go before polling day.

Dominic Beck, labour’s candidate in Wales Ward, cannot believe his luck and looks well set to take the seat easily, and become the youngest councillor ever on RMBC at just nineteen! When selected, it was fully expected that Dominic would loose, in what was rapidly becoming a safe Tory seat. That is, until all the controversies blew up!

Gill Shaw appears to be saying that she will sue for libel to protect her reputation.

Why are threats of lawyers and litigation considered as the first option rather than the last these days? It usually ends up making them look very foolish later when they realise that repairing reputational damage through the Courts is prohibitively expensive!

If the Advertiser has traduced Gill Shaw’s reputation? I am sure that the truth will out and be featured prominently in the Advertiser in due course, wherever the full truth lies!

Meanwhile, we would be happy to publish any statement given to us by Gill Shaw or the Tory Party which clarifies this major issue!

Published Previously: Wales Ward – Is political skulldugery involved?

Blue Badge Abusing Councillor – Fresh Insights!

Tales from the Town Hall brings us fresh insight into this rather murky little affair with their recent posting of this story entitled, “Red Faces Over Blue Badge Mystery.”

Readers should especially note the sentence, “The Council is warning that lawyers could intervene to stop the rumours!” A bit like King Canute ordering the tide not to come in, I would have thought?

Wherever council officers gather, for coffee or a gossip round the photocopier for example, you can be sure that this will be topic number one on the bush telegraph and it is entirely possible that by close of play on the first day back everyone will know the identity of this arrogant but rather cowardly man! That is, if they don’t already know?

The councillor involved should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves not only for  abusing the Blue Badge in the first place but for hiding the truth from us by obliging officers to mount a cover up!

The sheer effrontery of this loathsome individual deserves nothing but contempt from the people of this long suffering Town. His actions are positively outrageous from someone who purports to be a ‘public servant!’ The fact that he still seems to be under the protection of ‘Labour Group’ just adds to the outrage!

He should do the only decent thing in the circumstances, fess up and resign his seat! NOW! By his own actions he amply demonstrates his unsuitability for public office of any kind.

Bloggers and super-injunctions?

I am no lawyer, but anyone could be in danger of inadvertently breaking the terms of a super-injunction, without being aware that the super-injunction exists?

Because the Judges, in their infinite wisdom, have decided that no one may know even of the existence of the super-injunction, it is therefore impossible to respect the terms of it!

Am I the only one to find this invidious situation, absolutely absurd? Or should I up the dose of my tablets?

Jacob Rees-Mogg bashes blogger into submission!

When Bath University student, Hadleigh Roberts, started a satirical blog entitled the “Rees-Mogg Blogg“, little did he realise that old Etonian, millionaire, Pension Fund Manager and now Tory MP for North East Somerset Jacob Rees-Mogg, didn’t have a sense of humour.

Roberts blog (Image Left) lampooned Rees-Mogg. Portraying him as a dimwit embarrassing David Cameron as the antithesis of the ‘New’ Tory Party. Something he seems determined to remind us of, every time he opens his mouth! A true Tory toff, if ever there was one!

Jacob Rees Mogg - Candidate for upper class twit of the year? (apologies to Monty Python)

Rees-Mogg used his considerable resources to silence Roberts for good.

The offending Website disappeared from view last December in response to pressure from Rees-Mogg’s legal advisers.

Roberts, not unsurprisingly for a student, could not afford lawyers himself. Now he has been forced to sign an undertaking not to revive the offending blog or to mock him in future.

A truly sad day for bloggers, when the rich and powerful can silence criticism so easily!

Source: Bath Chronicle – read story here.

MacShane puts two fingers up to us all! Claims £11,000 for two months and another laptop!

After much hot air from MacShane about the difficulties and complexity of the new system put in place by IPSA, comes quite a bombshell!

The latest information shows that, within a month of being referred to the police for investigation** over irregularities in his expenses claims including eight laptops in three years, he claimed £11,000.00 and for another laptop to boot! This covers a two month period,  November and December 2010 and although I have not yet had time to study them in detail, the bare facts are quite extraordinary!

Claim includes:

Two bills for “transcription,” totalling £246.

A ninth laptop, a notebook, £455

More than £800 on “office furniture”.

£1,600 on stationery.

Four rental claims for £1,450 a month to fund his London second home.

This last claim really takes the biscuit and a lot more besides! MacShane lives in rented accommodation whilst letting out the property in London we bought for him and upon which he now receives rental income. A disgraceful example of this man’s greed and lack of principle! For more see the MacShane Files.

Notes:**It was announced on the 14th October 2010, that Denis MacShane an ex-minister and a Privy Councillor had been referred to the Metropolitan Police for investigation on the recommendation of the Parliamentary Standards and Privileges committee. He has the singular distinction of being the first, if not the last MP, ever to be referred in this way! Quite a precedent to set! Not a record to be proud of, I would have thought?

MacShane’s Interests 6 – Labour Friends of Israel

Labour Friends of Israel (LFI) is one of the most popular Parliamentary groups and has extensive membership amongst MPs and Members of the Lords as well as having membership within the  Labour Party generally.

Formed during the 1957 Labour Party conference at a fringe event, this lobby group has grown to be one of, if not, the largest special interest groups operating today. It organises and has influence at all levels of Labour Party organisation.

This particular lobby group is part of an interwoven group of lobbyists, bogus Institutes, think tanks,  educational endeavours and uncritical proselytisers for Israel. Quite an industry has developed around the twin themes of antisemitism and defending Israel almost no matter what it does. MacShane operates widely in both these arenas. Corresponding organisations to LFI exist in the other main political parties.Conservative Friends of Israel, Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel, Northern Ireland Friends of Israel, European Friends of Israel, Friends of Israel Initiative.

Why are Israel supporting groups in our political parties so well patronised. Those who speculate on this frequently point to the fact that they are unusually well financed! Need I say more?

Where does Denis fit in? Currently reported to be a member of  the Policy Council of Labour Friends of Israel, not just a mere footsoldier then! Here is a list of those also involved, it makes for interesting reading!

Director: Luciana Berger MP

Chair: Andrew Gwynne MP

Vice Chairs: Andrew Dismore MP, Louise Ellman MP and Glenis Willmott MEP.

Policy Council: Rt Hon Stephen Byers MP, Rt Hon Derek Foster MP, Rt Hon George Foulkes MSP, Jane Kennedy MP, Rt Hon Paul Murphy MP, Rt Hon Don Touhig MP and Denis MacShane MP. House of Lords Chair was Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale.

Members: David Abrahams, Lord Archer of Sandwell, Sir Stuart Bell MP, Tony Blair former MP and Prime Minister, Lord Janner of Braunstone Q.C. Former MP for Leicester West, Former President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews & Current Chair of the British Israel Parliamentary Group. David Blunkett MP, Gordon Brown MP, Chris Bryant MP, Stephen Byers former MP, Wayne David MP, Mike Gapes MP – former Vice Chair of LFI (2004), Anthony Greenwood MP, first Chair of LFI (1957), Fabian Hamilton MP, Joan Humble MP, Baroness Hayman, Barbara Keeley MP, Ivan Lewis MP, former Vice Chair of LFI,  Lord Macdonald of Tradeston, Jonathan Mendelsohn – former Chair of LFI (2002), Alun Michael MP, Andrew Miller MP, Jim Murphy MP – former Chair of LFI (2001), Dan Norris former MP, Nick Palmer MPJames Purnell former Chair of LFI, MP, Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale, John Reid former MP, Terry Rooney MP,
Siôn Simon MP, Dari Taylor MP, Gary Titley MP, Lord Winston, Iain Wright MP, former Chair of LFI (2006), Lord Young of Norwood Green.

MacShane’s Interests 5 – The European Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism (EISCA)

The ‘think tank’ the European Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism (EISCA) was set up under the leadership of Stephen Pollard in 2007.


The European Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism (EISCA) was established in 2007 as an independent think-tank to examine the growth and development of antisemitism in the world today and to explore new strategies for countering this age- old hatred in all its forms.

EISCA is founded on the principle that the key to addressing antisemitism in the 21st century comes from a knowledge of its origins, a grasp of its history and a recognition of its changing shape and centrality when analysing racial hatred and contemporary prejudice.

In addition to carrying out original research, EISCA provides a network to the most comprehensive scholarship in the field and a blog ( devoted to monitoring and examining the discourse of antisemitism in the written, visual and electronic media.”

March 2009 saw the appointment of the Rt Hon Dr Denis MacShane MP, as the new Chairman replacing Stephen Pollard and promising much including the publication of a report that the taxpayer had funded to the tune of £20,000!

The report entitled ‘Understanding and Addressing the ‘Nazi Card’ – Intervening Against Antisemitic Discourse’ was eventually published and can be viewed here.

In fact the most interesting thing about the report is not it’s contents, but those associated with it and EISCA! You would have thought some of these prominent people would think more than twice before lending their names and reputations to this shadowy organisation now run by the currently ‘in disgrace’ Denis MacShane. See notes below for full list. MacShane, it should not be forgotten, is currently suspended from the Labour Whip and under police investigation for expenses irregularities!

Why is this of interest to students of Denis MacShane’s activities? Because since taking over Chairmanship of EISCA most content has been removed from their website, the blog shut down and all details of those involved removed!

They now hide behind the secrecy afforded them by the Companies Act. I quote from the EISCA website:

A private company, limited by guarantee, incorporated in England and Wales with Company No. 6140653 on the 6th March 2007.

European Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism (EISCA)
New Broad Street House, New Broad Street,

So there you have it, not one of the most transparent organisations that Denis MacShane is involved with, see MacShanes Interests 3 – European Policy Institute. Yet again we witness another of MacShane’s interests that operates on the fringes, without benefit of any accountability whatsoever and now hiding from public scrutiny!

MacShane seems to like to operate in secrecy. It is interesting to note that there is no link to their own report on the EISCA website!

Why not, one wonders? As it is the only thing they seem to have done and had £20,000 taxpayers money to pay for it!

The reason? Probably because it is rubbish!

The report is simply a predicable rehash, of old ideas and prejudices, mostly lacking in intellectual rigour, trotting out the same canards that those apologists for Israel constantly rehearse. Embarrassment then, may be the simple explanation for the fact that they they would appear to want no one to read it.


EISCA Board of Directors: Denis MacShane (Chairman), Jon Benjamin, Jeremy Newmark.

Patrons: Lord Carey, Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks, Sir Sigmund Sternberg, Lord Weidenfeld.

Advisory Board: Jessica Asato, Professor Brian Brivati, Professor Vernon Bogdanor, Adrian Cohen, Janet Daley, Lord Dholakia, Daniel Finkelstein, Rokhsana Fiaz, Dean Godson, Michael Gove MP, Tom Gross, Dr David Hirsh, Anthony Julius, Oliver Kamm, Dominic Lawson**, Maureen Lipman, Charles Moore, Fiyaz Mughal, Rt Hon Jim Murphy MP, Douglas Murray, Dr Peter Neumann, Dr Emanuele Ottolenghi, Geoffrey Paul, Stephen Pollard, Baroness Margaret Prosser, Baroness Meta Ramsay, Sir Tim Sainsbury, Dr Charles Small, Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith, MP, Stephen Twigg, Michael Whine.


  1. Denis Macshane and the ‘European Policy Institute’- ‘scooping’ British taxpayers’ money – Neil Clark Blog.
  2. An Oration to Welcome Denis MacShane as Fellow of Birkbeck College, 9th March 2005.
  3. The Culture of Impunity, NATO Style – The Global Realm, author Diana Johnstone. Published on counterpunch first here.
  4. If this is analysis of Anti-Semitic tropes in contemporary media, I want my £20,000 back. published on D-squared Digest.
  5. + + + Denis MacShane Kicked Out of the Labour Party + + + Guido Fawkes asks important questions, and brings us the, now infamous, ‘ EPI receipt.
  6. Former Labour Minister’s £8,000 cash for his poet brother’s ‘translation services’ Mail 20th June 2009.
  7. The same Dominic Lawson** who said this about bent labour politicians when he wrote about, the “type of man of the left for whom the essential and intrinsic virtuousness of his public positions allows him to retain his sense of personal rectitude even when his private conduct is deplorable.”

Labour Abuses Privileges – Martin Kimber Duped?

Yet another sorry tale of Labour abusing their privileges I am sorry to relate. This time in the Eric Manns Building aka ‘the Councillors Club’! This expose′ comes courtesy of the Rotherham Tories, who have been investigating this abuse.

This tale of petty abuse casually done, followed it would appear, by another Officer led ‘cover up’. This time it goes right to the top, the lead Officer involved, none other than the Chief Executive, Martin Kimber!

Someone thought it was acceptable to install an expensive printer, owned by the Labour Party, in the Eric Manns Building and then to use it for printing Labour Party electoral propaganda! Who thought it was an acceptable use of public resources? – we should be told!

In Rotherham both the Councillors and Officers have an extraordinarily loose relationship when it comes to their observance of their ‘Codes of Conduct’.  Martin Kimber’s role here leaves him open to the accusation of naivety if not complicity! This kind of thing should never happen, it must not do so again.

I reproduce the Tory Press Release:

Press release on Labour theft of electricity

Rotherham Labour Councillors caught fiddling the ‘lecky!
Sent by: Cllr Tony Mannion

Phone No 07766441754

Conservative Gp Leader Cllr John Gilding.

Phone No 07795368650

The Conservative Opposition Councillors have caught Labour with their hands in the public purse yet again. This time with a systematically planned operation to print Party Political leaflets using stolen electricity.

They purchased a printer said to have cost £3000 and installed it in a public building, the Eric Manns building, so it’s not just the theft of electricity but the misuse of a public building as well.

The Chief Executive, Mr Martin Kimber, investigated the matter and his initial decision was to charge them a nominal sum for one day’s use of the printer, as that was all the use of the printer that Labour admitted to. We subsequently informed Mr Kimber. that the printer was first seen being used over at the very least a two month period, they have been seen using the printer on several occasions by the Conservative opposition, and that stacks of paper and ink cartridges have been seen in the Eric Manns building for Labour’s use. He stands by his initial decision!

Cllr Tony Mannion. said “we always felt that for Labour to spend £3000 on a machine, go to the trouble of installing it in a public building, with all the inherent risk involved, and then to use it on one occasion was just too ridiculous for words!” he added “ this was not a portable machine, not even a table top model, this was a large free standing machine as large as the professional photocopiers that the public can use for a fee in their local shops and Library’s. This would take at least two men to install, who installed it, who signed for it, and who subsequently removed it, all in plain view of the Council Staff?”

We know from our experience of fighting elections that when you use a smaller machine than the ones used by professional Printers that to get the numbers needed to cover an electoral ward they soon turnout to be more expensive than getting the job done by a professional printer, even with the electricity being paid for by the taxpayer: so the question has to be asked if they were prepared to steal electricity how can we be sure they did not use any council paper or ink cartridges?

Leader of the opposition Cllr John Gilding stated “The installation of this machine was no small affair and from my many years of experience in Politics I know the purchase of such an expensive item has to be approved at the highest levels. Where did the people who approved this purchase think it was going?”

Labour have closed ranks and refused to confirm when the machine was installed, who installed it and who subsequently removed it.

Cllr Cutts said “Its not just the theft of the electricity and who knows possibly paper and ink, it’s the use of a public building as their office. The Labour party, to best of my knowledge do not have an office in Rotherham so to bypass the cost of an office with all its overheads is no mean saving, and we ought to know as we do have an office fully paid for by our members, and we pay our own electricity bills as well!”

An added twist to the tale is that the printer was in the Chair of Planning’s office when it was first spotted but was then placed in the Majority room without actually being moved, they simply changed the name on the door.

Cllr Cutts added “whether or not this was to protect the Chairman of planning or to disguise what they doing we do not know. I do know, even if we hadn’t seen them doing their printing on several occasions, that to ask us to accept that they used it only once is quite unbelievable! We are not satisfied that we have got to the bottom of this scandal yet and we will keep pressing and digging until we do!”

Quite a little tale, this raises as many questions as it answers. More on this as information comes in. If you have any further insights in to this story, please let us know.

Blue Badge Abuse – New Question for Richard Russell?

Peter Thirlwall has asked the following question of Councillor Richard Russell:

Richard Russell - Question he must answer?

Question to Councillor Richard Russell

“Can the Cabinet Member for Town Centres tell this chamber who the elected member is that has been found to have illegally used a blue badge parking permit and has subsequently been let off prosecution on a technicality?”

The answer should be most revealing, but I suspect he will hide the truth from us behind a fig leaf provided for him by Council Officers in breach of both Councillors and Officers Codes of Conduct.

It is no part of the Officers duties to ‘cover up’ Members wrongdoing, especially when others have been prosecuted, found guilty and fined, some heavily, for the same offence we are now told were prosecuted under a ‘faulty Order’! Officers may also be eventually held to account for their own actions in this disgraceful and grubby little episode!

Richard Russell must come clean with us on this, tell us the true identity of the Councillor involved. Further prevarication and silence is simply not acceptable here, there are serious issues at stake and they must be resolved!

No one in Rotherham should be above the law! Justice demands a full and candid answer! Richard Russell has a public duty to tell us and he should do so.

Previously published:

Whistleblower – exposes councillors abuse of his wife’s disabled blue badge!

Blue Badge Abuse by Rotherham Councillor – Fresh Information

Council crow over prosecution of 73 year old for Blue Badge Abuse! Should he get his money back?

Blue Badge Abusing Councillor – New information from ‘the horses mouth’

Blue Badge Abusing Councillor – Council Officers prevaricate!

Blue Badge Abusing Councillor – New information from ‘the horses mouth’

Information just in, raises more questions than it answers!

A source has told us that, in addition to the as yet unnamed Councillor, four other cases were included and most worrying of all, the Order under which all prosecutions had been previously conducted was indeed legally flawed!

This raises a number of very serious questions that Rotherham folk have a right to the answers! The Council must come clean! Those previously prosecuted, successfully I might add, surely have a right to know! It is quite outrageous that this situation has arisen now just when a Councillor was caught, not for the first time we understand, abusing his wife’s Blue Badge.

The full truth cannot be any more damaging than the drip feed of information that is coming our way. We already know that the identity of the abuser is common currency in Council circles and his continued silence demonstrates in spades why he is not fit to be a Councillor!