Guess who’s gone off half-cocked again? On this occasion, Louise Mensch accuses a former MP of being “a disgrace to Labour”, which certainly came as a surprise to Matthew Banks — the former Conservative member for Southport.
Absolutely classic Mensch.
Announcing she is to become a US citizen, constituency-abandoning Louise Mensch has left the door open to running for political office in America:
“You never rule anything out. But I’ve got no plans whatsoever in that direction.”
”It’s five years to citizenship. Goodness knows what, if anything, I will be doing by then.”
Her refusal to say “no” will do nothing to quash the claims in Tory circles — which have been doing the rounds for at least twelve months — that she has “taking soundings” from US political operatives on a career over the pond.
Five years is certainly enough time for a Blair-esque Mid Atlantic twang to creep in.
While Tories and their neo-McCarthyite cheerleaders would have us believe that all union-backed candidates are imposed by a machine against the wishes of activists, they conveniently forget the Conservatives’ own policy of forcing candidates such as Louise Mensch (then Bagshawe) and Adam Rickitts, pictured above, on local associations.
From 2006, Tories in target seats were obligated to select their candidates from a list of 100 people pre-selected by, errrr, a closed back-room meeting of Cameroons.
A meeting of local party officials that year saw the national Tory chairman booed and jeered while attempting to defend the so-called A-list. One member of the National Conservative Convention claimed:
“I have never seen open revolt like that against the party chairman and senior officials”
Conveniently enough, Grant Shapps quietly ditched the policy in November last year.
Presenting Louise Mensch, columnist for the Sunday Sun:
Defending Murdoch for saying that phone hacking was “next to nothing”, Corby’s leading expatriot is certainly fulfilling the fawning promise she showed when an MP on the media select committee.
At least he’s paying her now.
In his new book, political defector Luke Bozier has spilled the beans on the back-of-a-New-York-taxi phone call in which former his business partner and former Tory MP Louise Mensch cut him dead. She has just seen the salacious hacked contents of his email and would shortly report him to the police:
Mensch: Don’t come anywhere near me. You’re a paedophile.
Bozier: What? That’s ridiculous. I’m not a paedophile.
Mensch: I’ve seen what’s been posted on your blog. There are pictures of teenage girls, you are a paedophile.
Bozier: Louise, my whole life is ending, I just need to put this right and get back to Britain. I need help. You are practically my only friend in New York.
Mensch: I think you should consider turning yourself into the police immediately.
The first chapter is available for free here.
Louise Mensch’s social media website Menshn — previously touted as a “rival to Twitter” — is to close in the wake of her co-founder’s widely-publicised arrest on suspicion of viewing indecent images of children.
Luke Bozier writes:
It was widely publicised in the days following the hacking of my private email account that I had resigned from menshn, the company I founded and co-own with Louise Mensch. It wasn’t the case that I had resigned as a shareholder, and continue to retain my 50% of the shares in MenschBozier Ltd. However, Louise and I no longer have anything resembling a working relationship, and she no longer wishes to run a company in which I own shares.
I think we call this sort of business practice summary justice. Louise is judge, jury and god all rolled into one, and made a sweeping knee-jerk business decision based on something written online by a malicious hacker. Alas, I am forced to agree that we don’t have a basis for a working relationship, and frankly no longer wish to hold shares in a company she runs.
Statement to follow, presumably.
More: Mensch’s passive-aggressive response to Bozier »
Nearly a year after Scrapbook challenged Luke Bozier’s somewhat dubious CV claims, yesterday’s Sunday Times showed the penny may finally be dropping when it comes to the “senior Blairite adviser”. In a break with the media’s previous lack of curiosity regarding the claimed Blair links of Bozier, who was recently arrested over child porn allegations, the paper reported:
“The Sunday Times has established that far from being a senior aide to Blair, Bozier … held a junior position at Labour’s headquarters at Millbank for just eight months.”
It wasn’t long before the Mail jumped on the bandwagon of enlightenment with a similar piece crediting the Sunday Times for the discovery of Bozier’s bogus claims. Newspapers and onine outlets have spent months describing variously as a “Blairite former Labour official”, “former aide to Blair” and “e-campaigns manager for Tony Blair” with no qualification whatsoever.
Yesterday’s Sunday Times piece did bring fresh amusement, however, forcing the sometimes business partner of Louise Mensch to concede in public that his “Silicon Valley-backed start-up company Municipo” had, errr, received no investment from Silicon Valley. He told the paper:
“Silicon Valley backing comes in various forms, one of which is mentorship and support”
It seems Bozier’s determination to become famous has finally paid off, though perhaps not in the way he had hoped.
Luke Bozier has been arrested on suspicion of viewing or possessing indecent images of children after being reported to the police by his business partner, former Tory MP Louise Mensch.
Bozier was arrested at 1pm on Friday — some hours before correspondence and images allegedly from his email account were uploaded to Bozier’s personal and business web domains, which had been taken over by a computer hacker.
The material published includes screengrabs which the hacker alleges show attempts to access material on a web forum used to share explicit images of young girls.
When Mensch and Bozier launched their joint company, MenschBozier Ltd, back in March, Scrapbook remarked that “This won’t end well”.
Prescient isn’t the word.