I just don't know where to start today. Here's a little compliation to get us going on the deparvity and degeneracy of those who have made their political careers in the LibLabCon and who, despite the scandals and embarrassments of the last few years are still at it.
Inquiry into Tory conference ‘gay-sex party paid on expenses’
from The Independent
Parliament’s expenses watchdog is to investigate claims that the taxpayer indirectly funded a hotel suite that was used for a gay-sex party during a Conservative Party conference.
The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) said it was “deeply worried” by allegations that public money was used to pay for a suite of rooms used where the party took place.
It said it would be investigating the claims, which come in the wake of revelations about inappropriate relationships between young Tory researchers and MPs following the Nigel Evans trial. Mr Evans was cleared of a string of sexual assaults on young men following a five-week trial at Preston Crown Court.
The Independent understands that a suite of rooms costing up to £2,500 per night was booked at Manchester’s Light ApartHotel by an organisation called the Policy Research Unit (PRU). The PRU, which is overseen by senior Conservative figures, provides “parliamentary research” for the party’s MPs that is carried out by a team of mainly young researchers and interns.
Monstrous cover-up: How the Liberal party, police and MI5 concealed MP Cyril Smith’s child abuse
from The Daily Mail
The shocking scale of the Establishment cover-up of former Liberal MP Cyril Smith’s sickening sex abuse of boys is revealed today.
‘For four decades, the depraved 29st politician was free to prey on vulnerable children as young as eight.
Police received at least 144 complaints by victims of the predatory paedophile yet the authorities blocked any prosecution – allowing Smith brazenly to continue his abuse.
The Liberal Party even put his name forward for a knighthood in 1988 in spite of the rumours of his sordid activities swirling around Westminster.
David, now Lord Steel nominated him for the honour despite knowing of the allegations about the bachelor MP for Rochdale, the ex-Liberal leader’s involvement emerging only in recent weeks after a Freedom of Information battle.’
Sexminster - Hattie Harperson Outs sexual Harassment Culture
from BBC News
A male hierarchy at Parliament is part of "a recipe for a culture in which sexual harassment can prevail", Labour's deputy leader has said.
Harriet Harman said the problem was also caused by "the hours, and people being away from home".
A voluntary code of conduct has been issued to Conservative MPs telling them not to "bully, abuse or harass" staff.
Conservative Douglas Carswell said a power to recall MPs would raise standards at Westminster.
Ms Harman said Labour was reviewing its codes of conduct.
A Channel 4 News investigation this week reported that a third of the young men and women working in Parliament said they had suffered sexual harassment.
It said young men were more likely to be sexually harassed than women, with 40% of the men interviewed saying they had received unwanted sexual advances.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today, Ms Harman said: "When it comes to sexual harassment we certainly have been looking again at our codes of conduct which we've had for some time in the party, which sets out specifically what behaviour is not acceptable for an employer towards their employee in terms of sexual harassment and what the procedures are to deal with it.
from Guido Fawkes
It is not just the chairman of the Standards Committee who is a trougher of the highest order. Sir Kevin Pork Barrel is aided and abetted on the troughers’ union by nine other MPs including Tory Christopher Chope, who was exposed during the expenses scandal for charging the taxpayer £881.25 to transport a sofa 85 miles from his second home to his constituency in order to have it reupholstered. Expenses piggy Chope also repaired the roof of his house on the taxpayer at a cost of £10,377, and installed a £2,600 bathroom paid for by us. Not satisfied with his fill, Chope also tops up the family income by employing his wife as his secretary.
Shamed former LibDem armed forces minster Nick Harvey is another member of the committee. Harvey stuck two fingers up at servicemen when he claimed £7 on expenses to attend a Remembrance Service. A furious Royal Navy officer marched up to Harvey and gave him the cash in an envelope in disgust. He only lasted a few more months in the job.
Also on the homework marking committee is Labour MP Alan Whitehead. Whitehead was found by the fees office to have overclaimed for his mortage interest in 2009, submitting a bill for £380 when should have claimed £198.66.
Tory MP Patrick Mercer expected to be banned for up to six months
from The Daily Telegraph
A former shadow Tory minister is likely to be suspended from the House of Commons after being caught in a cash for questions investigation.
The House of Commons’ Standards Committee is understood to be considering banning Patrick Mercer from being an MP for between four and six months.
News of the likely ban will cap a difficult week for David Cameron who has had to cope with the resignation of Maria Miller, the Culture Secretary, over an expenses scandal.
The Prime Minister’s attempts to launch his European Parliament elections campaign on Thursday were also overshadowed by the resignation.
Channel 4 Investigates Britain's Parliament's Looming Sex Scandals
from Breitbart UK
While Evans was found not guilty of all the charges before him – including sexual assault and even one count of rape – the culture of sexual harassment in Westminster is often spoken of, observed, and even experienced – as Breitbart London contributor Alex Wickham told Channel 4:
"Time and time again you hear the same stories with different people. They're all known about. They're known about by anybody who is a researcher or staffer in parliament".
"Stories of men and women from all three parties saying they've been treated inappropriately and there's nothing they can do about it, and that there's a real climate of sexual harassment going on in Parliament".
Wickham has previously written about Westminster's sex scandals for Breitbart London.
Westminster Sex Scandals: Tony Grew Misses The Scoop Of His Career
Guido Fawkes blog
Last night’s Channel 4 News investigation found that young men working in parliament were more likely to be sexually harassed than women, and specifically that there were a group of gay MPs who preyed upon men in Westminster. Back in January Guido publicly tipped off one journalist to the story on Twitter, he didn’t want to investigate, instead PoliticsHome’s Tony Grew said the allegations were untrue:
Today the story is on the front pages of two newspapers, has been heavily followed up by the rest and is dominating the airwaves on 24 hour news channels and radio, yet gets only a fleeting mention on PoliticsHome. They should have a word with their Lobby correspondent about his news values…
More on this at Guido Fawkes