Even a cursory review of the background of this oleaginous and arrogant politician, throws up serious questions about him. This information should have prevented him from even standing as a Labour candidate, never mind for the Shadow Cabinet! It speaks … Continue reading
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Parliamentary Labour Members are furious at Harman for her statement that it was, “not part of Labour’s politics for somebody to be telling lies to get themselves elected”.
When calling for her to resign, I am forced to conclude that they were perfectly happy for lies to be deployed come election time! Are they on a parallel universe? Do they believe that the laws that they make don’t apply to them?
Labour MPs still don’t understand the gulf of trust opening up between them and the electorate. They are acting in the most arrogant of fashions. A little humility would be most appreciated at this time. I note none of these cowardly, disgraceful and arrogant Members has gone on the record! That speaks volumes in itself. Reports indicate that George Howarth, Stephen McCabe and David Watts were among them however. No surprise there then! Denis MacShane was absent as he is currently suspended but Kevin Barron apparently put up a bit of a defence of Harriet, well done on this occasion Kevin! Nothing yet on Wentworth & Dearne MP, John Healey’s views on the matter.
Harriet Harman spoke for all of us, when she repudiated what Woolas had been proved to have done. She should be congratulated, not denigrated by members of her own side! Shame on them!
Jack Dromey, the MP for Birmingham Erdington and Harriet Harman’s husband, said on the BBC’s Daily Politics show today,
“I think Ed Miliband and Harriet have done absolutely the right thing, It is no part of our politics to tell lies, to fan prejudice to win votes. What happened was wrong.”
“I’ve always believed in what I’ve called standing on the moral high ground. How we conduct ourselves is of the highest importance.”
Jack Dromey is obviously more plugged in to public sentiment that most of his colleagues who simply do not understand how bad it looks to the public, according to a YouGov poll published today. The people have little sympathy for Woolas. Only 7% in fact, with 71% agreeing with the courts decision!
It is also becoming apparent that the legal position is, to say the least, complicated! There may be no judicial avenues open to him after all, which will make yesterdays Speakers ruling that, as far as Parliament was concerned, the matter was Sub Judice look ill-advised and perhaps premature.
The Speaker’s wife’s recent twittering might also not be particularly helpful either. There are no real precedents to this Constitutionally difficult situation and I would have thought it might have been better for her to have refrained from her tweets.
David Cameron, it has been announced, has appointed Andy Parsons as his personal photographer, at a cost of at least £35,000 per year. This is in addition to the appointment of Nicky Woodhouse, famous for ‘Webcameron’, again at a cost to us of at least £35,000!
Tony Blair even at the height of his hubris never thought to put a personal photographer and videographer on the public payroll at a total cost to us the tax payers of at least £100,000 once ‘on costs’ are added.
Parsons and Woodhouse are just two of at least a dozen former employees of the Tory Party to have been put on the Government Payroll since the election. Others include, Chloe Dalton, an adviser to William Hague in opposition, who is now a civil servant in the Foreign Office, Ameetpal Gill and Clare Foges, have civil service jobs in Downing Street, they were previously speechwriters to Cameron, Sam Freedman, has been made an adviser in the DfE and Rishi Saha, formerly, head of digital strategy for the Tories is now deputy director of digital communications at the Cabinet Office.
Forced to defend this at yesterdays PMQ’s his defence to R’Ed Milliband’s question “Is it really a wise judgment when he is telling everyone to tighten their belts to put his own personal photographer on the civil service payroll?” was pretty pathetic given that he must have prepared to be asked this question, he merely stated, pretty limply, that his government was slashing Labour’s spending on communications and publicity.
This kind of behaviour from a coalition Government, committed they claim, to the National interest does not look at all as though they understand why the public have so little confidence in politicians or the broken political system.
We deserve better than this! The government must stop this profligacy, Now!
R’Ed Miliband yesterday in Sheffield. He doesn’t seem very pleased to be having to take questions about further exposures of embarrassingly greedy MPs.
A posting on Richard Wilson’s blog, the excellent, Don’t Get Fooled Again, raises some very serious constitutional issues concerning the fact that the voters were deliberately deceived about their Labour Candidate.
He points to the fact that significant material facts about Denis, were concealed from public view before the election.
“I’ve argued before that cleaning up Parliament will require a wholesale clear-out not only of the corrupt MPs who have been abusing the system for personal gain, but also of the unelected, unaccountable officials who have worked so hard to help them get away with it.
The Parliamentary Standards Office made a deliberate decision to withhold crucial information from UK voters ahead of the 2010 General Election. The voters of Rotherham – and for all we know many other constituencies around the country – were thus prevented from making an informed choice about the candidates seeking their votes. It’s only now, five months after the election has taken place, that the full picture is beginning to emerge. It may be another four years before Rotherham voters can express their judgement on this at the ballot box.
Yet again, the Standards Commission has put the “privileges of Parliament” before the rights of the electorate, and brought our democracy into further disrepute.”
I couldn’t agree more with these sentiments!
If this was a job he had applied for and was now in post, he would have been escorted off the premises, by some security man earlier this week, when the story finally came out! Having been summarily dismissed from his post.
We have been disgracefully deceived! Who by? Those we trusted to tell us the truth! The Parliamentary Authorities, The Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards and most of all, the Labour Party for not weeding out this greedy politician even though they knew all this information well before the election. They also knew about ‘honest’ Eric Illsley, from Barnsley, yet they let him stand as well!
The Labour Party is the real villain of the piece, it is incredible to realise that they knew all this and more and they still let them stand as Labour Candidates! So much for trusting Labour, look where that has got us!
The real ‘good guys’ on the Labour benches and even in the Shadow Cabinet must be feeling badly let down by their party for this ridiculous affair that should have been properly dealt with before the election. So that the exposure would have been Ex MPs, a much less damaging outcome than the parade of Labour Members of Parliament’s Greed, Sleaze and Corruption that is coming out now!
Gordon Brown lied to us! He asserted that all Labour Candidates had been thoroughly vetted and passed muster as honest, honourable and decent people who could be trusted with confidence. ‘Dissembling’ Denis and ‘Honest’ Eric prove that he did indeed lie to us!
Labour evidently can no longer be trusted, at least in the Yorkshire Region. The Labour Party Regional Director, Paul Nicholson and Yorkshire MP and Leader, R’Ed Milliband, should get a grip and now move swiftly to expose the rest of their ‘rotten apples’ and to deal with them expeditiously, requiring them to stand down from Parliament forthwith, if they are to emerge from this with any credit at all.
They had no right to foist Denis or Eric on their electorates knowing what they did about them, they should remedy the situation now, not let it fester on for months!
No by-elections, no trust left!
It has been revealed today, that Rotherham’s Labour MP, Denis MacShane is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police for his less than open and now it would appear, less than honest approach to his parliamentary claims.
The complaint of 7th July 2009 was indeed submitted by a BNP activist, who is being referred to as the ‘Sleaze buster’, one Michael Barnbrook. The responses to his original complaint can now be viewed here on the website of the BNP Reform Group. Despite the source of the complaint, we should all be grateful that this sorry saga is now to be thoroughly investigated. There are further issues, that go to the heart of our democratic procedures, that will be the subject of a later posting.
In the report of the 12th October Meeting, published 14th October, 2010 of the, Committee on Standards and Privileges reads:
‘the Committee agreed that the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards should report to the Metropolitan Police Service the conduct of the Rt hon Member for Rotherham, Mr Denis MacShane’.
This blog, Peter Thirlwall’s Parliamentary Website and Rotherham Independents has featured many of the questionable purchases made on Parliamentary expenses and has openly criticised him for this. Now we feel totally vindicated and Peter Thirlwall’s attempt to raise many of these issues during the General Election campaign now fully justified.
We warned the voters of the Rotherham Constituency and Denis Himself, that MacShane would be eventually forced to answer the many justifiable questions his constituents have asked him but have gone unanswered. Now it has come to pass! We are willing to present our evidence of MacShane’s less than honest or justifiable expenses claims to the Metropolitan Police who we feel confident will be asking Denis many questions and they will. no doubt, get the answers we were denied.
This slippery, oily, arrogant and self-aggrandising politician looks set to follow ‘Honest’ Eric Illsley, Barnsley’s own disgraced MP, into Court to pay the price for his wrongdoing, along with Elliot Morley, Jim Devine and David Chaytor as well as Tories Lord Hanningfield and Lord Taylor.
Now suspended from the Parliamentary Labour Party and presumably the Labour Party, it is further evidence that Labour did a very poor job at vetting it’s candidates prior to the General Election and gives the lie to Gordon Brown’s claims to have done so, yet again Labour has let us down so badly! How many more greedy MPs will will come out of the ‘woodwork’ into the light one wonders?
Attached to his house in Rotherham just off Moorgate Road this is his rather expensive Constituency office in Rotherham.
No services are provided to this ‘office’ so without using his house attached his staff could not possibly work there! This may be a good time for Kath Sims, his secretary who works in this ‘office’, to look for a new job, I would have thought?
His brother, Edmund Matyjaszek, is also embroiled in this expenses controversy as Denis made a number of payments to a rather shadowy organisation called the European Policy Institute for ‘research and translation’. Headmaster Edmund, may come to regret this grubby little arrangement with his brother.
Many questions are still being asked about the eight laptops he bought from his parliamentary expenses, where are they now? Where have they been? Who has been using them? All unanswered.
These issues and the many other questionable expenses arrangements he has made over the years look set to bite him on the backside, big style!
We may now have a clue as to why he is so upset with IPSA and the new arrangements, making it more difficult to conceal any ‘Spanish’ practises from the authorities, perhaps?
In some parts of the Rotherham Constituency Labour Party there are quiet celebrations at Denis’s discomfiture and the sound of knives being sharpened ready for another attempt to rid themselves of this odious and disagreeable man, who they didn’t want in the first place. Power to their elbows I say!
There is also a small group of very embarrassed supporters who are ruing the day they signed his nomination papers only a few months ago. They should be suitably chastened, because their actions now look foolish indeed! I hope they are proud of themselves for the shame they helped to bring to our Town.
Roll Call of Dishonour, MacShane’s signatories to his nomination:
Anna Chester, Keith Brisland, Barry Kaye, Ian Barron, Julie Currie, John Foden, Ian Jones, Kath Sims, Richard Crow, Sarah Crow, Mahroof Hussain, Zlakha Ahmed, Tracey Jones, Nellie McHale, Christine Burgess, Quereshi Parveen, Diana Swanson, Roger Swanson, Dave Pickering, Subodh Kapoor, Jahangir Akhtar, James Burgess, Simon Currie, Rekha Kapoor, Stephen Parkin, John Price, Tom Henley, Craig Mitchell, Alan Buckley and Ruth Hobson.
In the Press: