Breaking News – Labour suspends MP Kelvin Hopkins


Labour suspends Kelvin Hopkins MP over sexual misconduct claim Party launches investigation into claims, which Guardian understands were brought to then-chief whip’s attention two years ago, following fresh evidence Labour MP Kelvin Hopkins has been suspended from the party after … Continue reading

PMQ’s – Or the weekly where is Denis sat today game?

If there is one session of Parliament that is simply unmissable for MPs, Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQ’s) is it.

It provides many subtle signs for the sophisticated observer to interpret. Rothpol always amuses himself by looking out for Denis MacShane and as importantly where he was sat.

Since Denis MacShane was relieved of the Labour Whip in October 2010, when it was announced that a Police investigation into his expenses claims had been launched, Denis has frequently inserted himself on the Labour benches as though he wasn’t suspended! Sitting there as bold as brass despite being cold shouldered!

Labour Whips have had great difficulty over the last 16 Months in controlling their suspended, and therefore for the moment Ex-Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) member, Denis MacShane. He insists on sitting amongst Labour MPs on the opposition benches, confusing the casual observer.

The Speaker normally obliges us, by calling Denis MacShane. This week the Speaker couldn’t call Denis because he wasn’t even there!

One hopes that the investigation by the Metropolitan Police concludes very soon, it has been 16 Months so far.

Even if the Met Police and the special CPS group recommend no prosecution, Denis MacShane is still the subject of a, currently suspended, Parliamentary investigation. The report of the Standards and Privileges Committee, Chairman one Kevin Barron, will be published in due course and thought to be so damaging, that suspension of the whip would then be made permanent.

How did Miliband do? Not much better than a score draw. Monday was just a flash in the pan if today’s exchanges are anything to go by?

Doncaster – Councillors in mobile phone abuse scandal

Fridays Yorkshire Post saw this story of abuse, mostly by councillors, exposed!

Councillors lose free mobile phones after bills scandal

Published on Friday 21 October 2011

ABUSE of mobile phones will stop at a council where employees ran up unauthorised charges of thousands of pounds, according to those behind a new policy designed to crack down on the problem.

Doncaster Council said it was set to save £100,000 a year on its bill after officers carried out a root and branch review of its policy, with new, stringent limits being placed on mobile use. Read on………

Ed Miliband, Rosie Winterton and Caroline Flint are all Doncaster MPs! Oh dear, how embarrassing! Donnygate2 anyone?

An observant reader spotted this from the London Evening Standard. This form of abuse appears to be widespread and very wasteful of public money. What’s the Rotherham position on this? Councils ‘waste’ £500,000 on Blackberry and key fob courses