Showing posts with label Parliament. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Parliament. Show all posts

July 1, 2016

Trump Desperate for $$ Money Begs the British for Funds $$

In case “Donald J Trump Jr” hadn’t got the message, Ms McGarry, a former SNP MP who now sits as an independent, explained: “The above is a long way to say NO, and do not contact me again.”

His efforts appear to be generating more anger than interest, however - and even if he did find a receptive audience overseas, any financial assistance he receives would be a violation of US law. Even the act of asking could get the Trump camp a rebuke from the US government.
Members of parliament in the UK, Iceland, Canada and Australia have reported that they are being inundated on their official government emails accounts with fund-raising pleas from the Trump campaign - some from the candidate himself and others from his sons.

One pitch praised British voters for voting to leave the European Union, heralding that they had “taken their country back” - a line Mr Trump himself used while talking to the press at one of his golf courses in Scotland. 

MP Roger Gale says he and his colleagues are being "bombarded" by Trump fund-raising emails
On Tuesday Conservative MP Sir Roger Gale took to the floor of the House of Commons to complain about what he called “intemperate spam" from the Republican standard-bearer.

SNP MP Natalie McGarry tweeted a copy of an email signed by one of Donald Trump’s sons and offered her own, sharper reply.

“Given his rhetoric on migrants, refugees and immigration, it seems quite extraordinary that he would be asking foreign nationals for money; especially people who view his dangerous divisiveness with horror," she wrote.

At least three Icelandic politicians have received emails condemning "crooked" Hillary Clinton and pledging to match any contributions to his campaign, according to Iceland Monitor.
Australian MP Tim Watts tweets that he has received at least four emails since Friday.

A fundraising email from Donald Trump and MP Natalie McGarry’s 

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Roger Gale speaks to protestors outside of the Houses of Parliament in June.
US law prohibits a political campaign from "knowingly" soliciting or accepting donations from foreign nationals. On Wednesday two US public interest groups announced they were filing a formal complaint with the Federal Elections Commission - which oversees US election law. 

A fundraising email from Donald Trump's son prompts a stern rebuke from MP Natalie McGarry
“The FEC needs to investigate how many of these illegal solicitations were sent, to whom they were sent, whether any illegal foreign contributions have been received and, if so, whether the contributions have been returned," Democracy 21 president Fred Wertheimer said in a press release announcing the complaint filed in co-operation with the Campaign Legal Center.

The groups allege that the Trump campaign should have been aware that there were foreign nationals on its email list - and that it continued to send such emails even after the media began reporting on instances of such solicitations.

They contend that the FEC should “impose appreciate sanctions" (ie fines) on the Trump campaign and ensure that it avoids future violations.

Most Americans are all-too-familiar with urgent-sounding campaign fund-raising emails that flood in-boxes during the seemingly endless presidential campaign season...
We need your help! Our opponent is (lying/cheating/surging)! Send us your money or political doomsday will be upon us!

It's a game the Donald Trump campaign has only recently begun playing, however. The New York billionaire relied heavily on free media coverage and personal loans over the course of his successful Republican primary campaign and often boasted of how he was not reliant on traditional campaign contributions.
Bernie Sanders set fund-raising records thanks, in part, to his list of 5.2 million email addresses
The prospect of a match-up with Democrat Hillary Clinton, who has around $42m (£32m) in her campaign war chest, has led the Trump camp to change strategy, however. The presumptive nominee recently has held high-dollar fundraisers and sent out a flurry of emails asking for donations.

The foreign missives (which are likely the result of poorly culled lists and not a ham-handed attempt to violate US law) indicate that the gears of the newly instituted Trump money-generating machine are grinding unevenly. The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to BBC requests for a comment.

Fund-raising email lists are among a political campaign's most prized possession. They powered Barack Obama to victory in 2008 and fueled Bernie Sanders's surprisingly persistent Democratic primary challenge to Mrs Clinton earlier this year.

A well-crafted pitch sent to millions of followers can fill campaign coffers with money that can be directly used by the campaign (as opposed to big-dollar donations to supposedly “unaffiliated" political committees).

The Trump campaign reports that its efforts have brought in $11m in "just a few days". But it also seems to have generated some embarrassing press along the way.


May 2, 2014

Brits Politicians Say They Got Too Many gays in Parliament


A candidate for the European elections has said there are "far too many" gay people in Parliament.

Julia Gasper, of the English Democrats, said there seemed to be "hundreds of them, all in important positions and giving each other favours".

The candidate, who is standing in South East England, called this a "violation of democracy".

The party backed Dr Gasper, saying she was expressing a personal opinion but was "factually correct".

English Democrats spokesman and fellow European election candidate Steve Uncles said she held a traditional and Christian view.

He said: "I don't think people should be persecuted for their sexuality in any way but I think what we want is a certain amount of subtleness about things and a certain amount of discreteness."

Dr Gasper was formerly a parliamentary candidate for the UK Independence Party.

She wrote a paper accusing Gay History Month organisers of exaggerating the level of persecution of gay people in the Holocaust. She said their message was: "Move over, Anne Frank, we are the real victims."

Last month Dr Gasper wrote on her blog: "Thank goodness we still have some newspapers that are prepared to expose the rot inside our Parliament and the extent of the corruption. There are far too many homosexuals in Parliament."

She added: "They are only 1.5% of the population, a proportion that justifies about 10 MPs in total, yet there seem to be hundreds of them, all in important positions and giving each other favours. That is a violation of democracy."

Commenting on the resignation of the chief executive of Mozilla, Brendan Eich, who was criticised for his views on same-sex marriage, she wrote: "Homo fascism is a threat to fundamental human rights."

Mr Uncles told BBC Radio 4's PM: "That is Julia Gasper's personal opinion and actually she's factually correct - as a proportion the amount of people who identify themselves as gay is probably less than 1% of the population."

There was a greater proportion of homosexuals in the House of Commons, he added.

There should be equal rights for all, Mr Uncles argued, not special rights for minorities.

Rifle picture
The English Democrats campaign for EU exit and the establishment of an English parliament.

After intense scrutiny of its candidates, UKIP has highlighted those it says have embarrassed the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats.

The Liberal Democrats have nominated for election a sitting councillor and magistrate who posted a picture online of himself posing with an AK-47 rifle. Ajit Atwal is under investigation by the Derbyshire Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace.

But the Liberal Democrats said he recognised posting the photo had been naive, he had apologised and the party was content that no further action was necessary.

Labour has suspended one of its council candidates after it emerged he was a convicted fraudster.

Yogalingam Dayanamby, who is standing for the party in Harrow, north-west London, was convicted of falsely claiming council tax benefit, according to a press report from 2007.

He was sentenced to a three-month curfew and required to wear an electronic tag after he failed to declare that he owned a second property, according to the report from the time.

As nominations have closed, his name and affiliation to the Labour Party cannot be removed from the ballot paper.

The Conservatives have confirmed that one of their sitting councillors, Dr Peter Moseley of South Kesteven District Council, was previously a member of the BNP.

A spokesman said he he had been a BNP member for a brief period over a decade ago and regretted joining the party.

By Ross Hawkins
for The BBC

April 15, 2014

Tory Inquiry into Expenses Paying for Gay Sex Partying Continues but No Consequences Seen


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. 
The majority of the PRU’s £437,725-a-year income comes directly from the taxpayer via MPs’ expenses. Tory MPs each pay nearly £4,000 a year to the PRU which they claim back through Ipsa.
The organisation states on its website that it only carries out “the same work which would otherwise be permitted to be undertaken within a member’s own office by their own publicly funded staff”.
If the PRU paid for the suite of rooms in Manchester it may have been in breach of parliamentary expense rules – regardless of what went on there. Ipsa’s rules clearly state that “staffing expenditure may not be claimed for any party political activity”. The rules add that “attendance at political party conferences or meetings” cannot be covered by parliamentary expenses.
Last night an Ipsa spokesman said: “MPs who use a parliamentary research company, such as PRU, can seek reimbursement for the cost as a perfectly reasonable claim. Allegations that the PRU has misused public money are deeply worrying and pose serious questions for the PRU board to answer.
“We have received the proper assurances and evidence from all MPs who claim through PRU but, in the light of these concerns, we will be contacting PRU to seek further assurance about their work and that the claims fall within Ipsa’s scheme.”
The Independent understands concerns were raised with senior Tory officials after the gay networking application Grindr was used to “advertise” the party which took place during the Conservative Party conference in 2011.
While there is no suggestion of any wrongdoing on behalf of anyone involved, it follows revelations in yesterday’s Independent that a number of Conservative MPs regularly got drunk, “flirted” and made passes at young male parliamentary workers during Commons drinking sessions. The Independent has been told that some of these researchers may have worked for the PRU.
Separately, earlier this month Iain Corby, director of the PRU, resigned from his job to “return to the commercial world”. His departure was not linked in any way to the booking of the Manchester hotel rooms.
Oliver Heald, the Conservative MP who was at the time the chairman of the PRU, confirmed that members of the unit would go to party conferences and that this was paid for by the organisation.
“They did used to go,” he said. “Three or four people from the unit would go. It was all approved by the Treasurer (of the PRU) and it has all been audited.” Mr Heald said he was unaware that such expenditure might have been breach of Ipsa’s rules.
Henry Bellingham, the Conservative MP and current chairman of the PRU, confirmed that the majority of the PRU’s income came through the parliamentary expenses scheme. He said that, to his knowledge, no one from the unit had attended the Conservative Party conference since he took over in 2012.
Meanwhile, the Director of Public Prosecutions defended the decision to prosecute Mr Evans, the former Commons Deputy Speaker, saying people who have been sexually assaulted do not always consider themselves victims.
Alison Saunders told the BBC that the CPS did not take “weak” cases.
She said decisions to prosecute were normally based on police documents and video interviews, saying “evidence is tested in court in a way in which we are not able to when we make our decision”.
She added: “Victims may not always think of themselves as victims. It rather depends on the relationship they are in with their alleged abusers, so if someone is in a position of power... We have seen it in grooming cases where victims think they are not victims because their abusers love them and take care of them.”
Nigel Evans case: The ‘victims’ who didn’t think they were victims
Several of the seven alleged victims in the Nigel Evans trial told the court they did not believe the MP had committed any crime, seriously damaging the prosecution’s case:
Case One
A Westminster worker allegedly touched by Nigel Evans while drinking with friends at a Soho bar in 2003. According to the case for the prosecution, the man considered it a drunken pass rather than an indecent sexual assault. The two men remained friends.
Case Two
He was contacted by police two weeks after Mr Evans’s arrest in 2013 over an alleged assault said to have taken place at a Tory party conference in Blackpool 10 years earlier when the MP was accused of twice putting his hand down the younger man’s trousers. He believed the incident had been dealt with effectively at the time and did not want to press charges.
Case Three
The prosecution claimed Mr Evans attempted to kiss him in a corridor outside the Strangers’ Bar in the House of Commons. The complainant said he was “embarrassed and bewildered” by the incident but did not feel like a victim of crime. He did not wish to make a complaint.
Jonathan Brown

However I’ve ( Adam Gonzalez)learn from other sources t that:
A senior minister has been criticised after claims that the taxpayer indirectly funded a gay sex party at the Conservative Party conference.
Oliver Heald, the solicitor-general who was head of the Parliamentary Resources Unit (PRU) at the time, has come under fire for his inquiry into the incident.
Mr Heald issued an informal warning to Iain Corby, a senior party official, who reportedly exchanged messages with another man on a gay dating website referring to “cute boys” and “orgy” at a hotel suite hired for Tory researchers.
Mr Corby quit as head of the PRU, which conducts research on behalf of Tory MPs, earlier this month. The unit is paid for by MPs through their taxpayer-funded expenses.
Mr Heald, the member for North East Hertfordshire, started an investigation after party whips were shown a transcript of Mr Corby’s conversation on Grindr, the gay dating website.
He also examined allegations that Mr Corby was rude after returning to work under the influence of alcohol. Ipsa, the expenses watchdog, will this week investigate whether the hotel booking was a breach of the rules, which state that expenses cannot be used to cover the cost of “attendance at political party conferences or meetings”.
Mr Heald said yesterday that he was “unaware” that the expenditure might have amounted to a breach of the rules.
He said: “About three years ago the whips brought to me complaints about a staff member at PRU. I brought in an adviser and the matters were investigated, leading to a final, informal warning.” John Mann, a Labour MP, said: “It raises questions about whether any real investigation ever happened. Mr Heald needs to explain why he failed to spot the misuse of parliamentary money. I would question his judgment.”
The claims come amid growing concern about Westminster’s “drinking culture” and suggestions that young gay researchers are bullied into accepting sexual advances from MPs. The PRU is a team of 20 young researchers who advise Tory MPs on political issues. Each Tory MP pays the PRU £4,000 a year, which can be claimed back on their expenses.
In 2011, Mr Corby and other members of the PRU allegedly attended the Conservative Party conference and booked into Manchester’s Light Aparthotel, where rooms cost as much as £4,500.
The Mail on Sunday claims Mr Corby sent a series of messages to another man on a gay dating website. He reportedly made an open invitation for anyone else logged on to the website to join him in his three-bedroom suite.
Mr Corby reportedly said: “Sharing with two colleagues but I chose the cutest boys from my team.” He refers to a man “just out of the shower walking around naked,” adding that “he knows how to keep his boss happy even if he is straight.” A Tory MP said yesterday he told party chiefs about the “drinking culture” at the PRU but no action was taken.
Michael Fabricant claimed that he complained to Mr Heald after he was approached by two PRU officials.
Mr Fabricant said in a statement: “In 2011, I met with two members of PRU staff, both of whom felt that activities at the time fell far below the standards expected for a professional employers.” Mr Corby was unavailable for comment.

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