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Clegg facing demolition in Sheffield

Nick Clegg's office in Sheffield

Those who can’t wait to see Nick Clegg booted out of his (Whitehall) office next May could be getting an early sneak preview — but only if a Sheffield planning application gets the go ahead.

Proposals for the “Demolition of existing buildings and erection of building to form 4 self contained apartments” at the site of the deputy prime minister’s constituency office have been filed with the city council.

The building has previously featured on Scrapbook as the venue of a questionable money merry-go-round featuring taxpayers’ cash. Rather than renting directly from the owners, Clegg sublets from his local party — who don’t own the building themselves either and who failed to reveal what they’re paying to help IPSA-mandated surveyors establish what the true “market rent” is.

He’ll need to find somewhere else to print leaflets suggesting that government policies are nothing to do with him.

Did DCMS stitch up Miliband and Clegg over WWI wreaths?

Wreathgate

With Ed Miliband slammed for not preparing a hand-written note on a WWI memorial poppy wreath — before it subsequently emerged that David Cameron was the only dignitary to have signed his ‘from’ card — this is a VERY awkward quote from Poppy Scotland:

“Our normal procedure is that we would just send the cards directly with the wreaths.

“We were asked to send [the cards] to the DCMS (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) and the wreaths were sent through to Glasgow in advance, but the blank cards to London.”

There are strict rules on the political impartiality of the civil service.

So having received the cards in derogation from “normal procedure”, who at DCMS offered the Tory prime minister the opportunity to sign his card — but not the Lib Dem deputy prime minister or Labour opposition leader?

UPDATE: Official DCMS line …

“The same wreaths and pre-written messages were provided to all wreath layers. Some chose to write personalised messages.”

Scrapbook understands that (a) Cameron’s office asked for a card in advance and it was added to the wreath in the morning and (b) that no one was given time on the morning to write a message — but some wreath layers bought their own message or wreath and substituted it on the morning.

Nick Clegg slumps to new poll low

Nick Clegg cutout reviews on Amazon.co.uk

If the deputy prime minister fancies some retail therapy to distract himself from dire personal ratings, perhaps he should steer clear of online shopping. Nick Clegg’s cardboard equivalent has been given the lowest rating by a majority of reviewers on Amazon.co.uk.

Apparently it’s a bit flimsy:

“I tried to stand this up outside my local university, but it just collapsed. It’s like it hasn’t got a spine. I had a lot of expectations and hopes reading the description, but it was quite the opposite.”

Worryingly, customers are receiving an additional product they didn’t order:

“A lot of people bought this a few years back. I didn’t. Nevertheless i’ve since inherited it against my will. It’s sadly very unstable, flopping around quite a bit. Entirely unreliable. Unexpectedly, it came with a David Cameron, David Cameron Lifesize Cardboard Cutout Standee which has wreaked havoc in my home. Also, i keep getting bills sent to me saying i owe money to cover the costs of Cameron, whom i never ordered. They are threatening to annex my closets as bedrooms and cut my wages if i don’t comply”

Problems have been blamed on a lack of communication between different cardboard cutouts:

“I was extremely disappointed with the price of this product; when I was informed of its delivery I was assured I would pay no more than £3290 for every year I owned it. Now I’m stuck paying £9000 a year – which was always the plan, apparently, because my Nick Clegg cardboard cutout was unaware of what my previous Tony Blair and Gordon Brown cardboard cutouts had been doing”

Cleggy averages 1.7 stars — but Scrapbook isn’t sure what the margin of error is with a sample of seven people.

Clegg offered Mike Hancock ‘best deal possible’ to stay in Lib Dems

Mike Hancock: with Simon Hughes, Alistair Carmichael and Nick Clegg

A top Liberal Democrat boasted that Nick Clegg had offered Mike Hancock the “best deal possible” by allowing him to remain a full member of Portsmouth Lib Dems — despite growing evidence that he sexually exploited a vulnerable constituent, an exiled party member has claimed.

Portsmouth councillor Eleanor Scott, who quit the party over the Hancock scandal and claims of bullying, told a full council meeting that local party leader Gerald Vernon Jackson — arguably the most prominent Lib Dem in local government — made the comment at a meeting of their local council group.

Gerald Vernon Jackson, known locally as ‘GVJ’, even travelled to London last June to back Hancock up at a disciplinary meeting with chief whip Alastair Carmichael and Simon Hughes (inset above) organised at the behest of Nick Clegg.

What’s more, Vernon Jackson hopes to succeed Hancock as Porstmouth South MP — despite being at the helm of both the Lib Dems and the council during a massive cover-up of the scandal. The local party even printed the leaflets which smeared Hancock’s victim.

Knowing a by-election would wreck his Westminster ambitions, GVJ is even backing disgraced Hancock to continue as MP.

Seriously ill woman confronted Clegg on Bedroom Tax 10 MONTHS AGO

  • Clegg finally calls for reform of hated Bedroom Tax
  • But victim with illness confronted him nearly year ago
  • Used small ‘spare’ bedroom to store oxygen concentrators

Just watch him trying to weasel his way out of it on the detail by asking her about Discretionary Housing Payments — which she had already been refused.

Hancock ‘review’ body has his friend on management committee

Mike Hancock support from Lib Dems

Having ignored concrete evidence that Portsmouth Lib Dems were helping Mike Hancock’s campaign even after his behaviour was exposed, Nick Clegg and party president Tim Farron have finally stuck their heads above the parapet — promising a “review” which will examine “inappropriate behaviour” as well as wider allegations of bullying under the now deposed Lib Dem regime on the City Council.

But chair of the local party, Simon Dodd, clearly didn’t get the memo. He told the local press that it was a “routine review” to be conducted by the Association of Liberal Democrat Councillors (ALDC) after local elections, adding:

“It’s got nothing to do with any allegations that have been made”

And if that doesn’t sound like a whitewash, guess who is on the ALDC management committee …

… Cllr Gerald Vernon Jackson, friend of Mike Hancock and the, errrr, leader of Portsmouth City Council during their massive cover up.

SEE ALSO: How the Lib Dems are still backing ‘suspended’ Hancock

Nick Clegg outdoes Dennis Skinner with spoof ‘Recall Bill’

Clegg and Cameron: the new politics

Cracking a tame gag (VIDEO) as Black Rod entered the Commons prior to the Queen’s Speech, Dennis Skinner’s comedy powers looked to be fading today — as he was overshadowed by Nick Clegg.

Flexing his satirical muscles, MPs smirked as it transpired the so-called ‘Recall Law’ Clegg is credited with inserting into the coalition’s programme wouldn’t actually allow their electors to trigger a by-election.

Some people seem not to have got the joke though:

How we all laughed!

SEE ALSO: Voters can’t recall MPs with proposed recall law

Has Cable breached rules on declaring £4,000+ Oakeshott poll?

Vince Cable as Yoda

As Michael Crick observed earlier this week, a private constituency poll is a substantial donation-in-kind which should be declared as an interest by any MP lucky enough to receive one:

It’s not just Cable who was given details of Oakeshott’s ICM polling either. Cable’s PPS Tessa Munt was briefed and Oakeshott is also close to Ian Swales, whose Redcar constituency was surveyed. Cable admitted this week:

“in one particular case concerning … Tessa Munt from Wells, we sat down and discussed the details with her”

Scrapbook understands a 500-person constituency poll with 12 questions would come to an absolute minimum of £4,000 a popwell above the £1,500 threshold for declaration under Section 4 of the rules for the Register of Members’ Financial Interests.

Section 4(a):

“This category deals with sponsorship or other forms of support by companies, trade unions, professional bodies, trade associations and individuals.”

The support must be “linked to a Member’s candidacy” — which localised general election opinion polling unquestionably is:

“For the purposes of the Register of Members’ Financial Interests, support should be regarded as “linked” directly to a Member’s candidacy or membership of the House if it is expressly tied to the Member by name, eg if it is a contribution to the Member’s fighting fund …”

With the register published every two weeks, MPs’ disclosures up to Monday 26 May — one day before the scandal broke — are due for publication. When it drops we’ll know what interests were declared by Oakeshott’s pals and exactly when they were registered — this needs to be within four weeks of receiving the support.

Calculations on the timings aren’t straightforward but could result in apologies from multiple MPs — including Saint Vince …

  • Commons authorities would presumably take the view that the date on which sponsorship was ‘received’ was the day on which an MP was shown the polling by Oakeshot — but we don’t know these dates.
  • We do know when the fieldwork for the polling was completed, however, and Oakeshott is likely to have received the tabulated figures from ICM within 2-3 working days.
  • The Twickenham fieldwork, for example, was completed on Wednesday 16 April, so let’s assume Oakeshott had the details by Monday 21 April at the latest.
  • The scandal of the provenance of the damaging polling — and the prospect of disclosure of details under article 2.6 of the British Polling Council rules — developed this week on Tuesday 27 May.
  • If Cable registered his interest in the poll after the scandal broke on Tuesday, then in order to be ‘in the clear’ with the rule on registering interests within four weeks, he’d need to have been shown the poll by Oakeshott on or after 29 April (four weeks prior).

If a declaration of Oakeshott’s Twickenham polling doesn’t appear in Cable’s entry in the next published update of the Register of Members’ Interests, then a defence against a rule breach would rely on the claim that Oakeshott received the results on an expensive poll of his friend’s seat — and then kept the details secret from Cable for more than a week.

There are a number of working assumptions, but the table below breaks these down for the different MPs involved (Sheffield and Inverness were ‘attack polls’ but included for completeness):

Oakeshott polling and Register of Members' Interests update 1

Curiously, Tessa Munt has decided to pretend she’s on holiday:

We’ll know more next week.

 

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