One of the Tories’ top council leaders is to quit, Political Scrapbook can reveal. The resignation of Stephen Greenhalgh has sparked speculation the controversial leader of Hammersmith & Fulham council will be given a seat in the Lords.

Alongside a string of idiotic gaffes, Greenhalgh’s contributions to local government include hiking parking charges by 110% and spending £1 million per annum on propaganda, including a newspaper which was shut down by Eric Pickles. Inviting the deputy prime minister to a children’s centre which was, erm, being closed down, Greenhalgh memorably steered Nick Clegg into a media car crash (video) described by Thick Of It creator Armando Ianucci as “a political shuttle disaster”.

And as top Westminster Tories heap praise on him today, perhaps they should reflect on his remarks that they “haven’t run a piss-up in a brewery”:

“My mates are all in the shadow Cabinet, waiting to get those [ministerial] boxes, being terribly excited. I went to university with them, they haven’t run a piss-up in; a brewery. They’re going to get a department of state, in one case running the finances of the nation.”

At least we can thank him for his candour.

  1. And let’s not forget turfing deserving charities out to accommodate Toby Young’s so-called “free” school.

  2. I would prefer to remember him for cutting council tax 5 years in a row, halving debt and increasing resident satisfaction to record levels. Couldn’t give a toss if he was a bastard, he seems to be able to get the job done.

  3. @Henry – you “couldn’t give a toss if he was a bastard” because you probably never got anywhere near him and, equally probably, don’t give a monkey’s arse for anyone but yourself . Well, I spent some time close to him; and, let me inform you, he couldn’t give a toss about you or what you think of him. He absolutely doesn’t give a damn about your opinion. To him, you are an insignificant little git. To him, the Prime Minister is an insignificant little git – like the Pope, the Queen, Nelson Mandela… etc. The only person The Great Hulk gives a toss about is himself. He is arrogant, selfish and stupid – not to mention malodorous: a potent – and dangerous – mix. You may not give a toss now… but you will when you grow up and face a few responsibilities. Good luck.

  4. yes, and its right, if these kind of persons do not want to be real part of europe, then its the proof, that ist better, that they keep out of europe. completely please!!

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