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Osborne resigns as Tory MP

George Osborne has announced his resignation as MP inside the paper of which he is now an editor. He was only paid £74,962 for being an MP but as you can see his other jobs are more lucrative:

Editor, London Evening Standard: Paid £200,000, according to reports
Adviser, BlackRock Investment Institute: Paid £650,000 a year
Kissinger Fellow at the McCain Institute: £120,212
Washington Speaker’s Bureau: Paid nearly £800,000 for engagements since July 2016

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In 2009, he received criticism for the way he had handled his expenses, after he was found to have “flipped” his second home, changing which property he designated as his second home in order to pay less capital gains tax. The Lib Dems estimated he owed £55,000 to the public purse as a result of this. He had previously paid back £1,193 on ‘overpayments’ on his mortgage and chauffeur fares after a complaint from a Labour activist, and it also emerged that he had claimed £47 for two copies of a DVD of his own speech on “value for taxpayers’ money”. Parliament’s standards commissioner’s report found that although Mr Osborne had breached the rules the offence was “unintended” so they would let him off. 

In 2012 he was caught on a train sitting in first class with only a standard ticket

In 2013 his Land Rover was caught parked in a disabled parking bay

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We mark 4 years since the Tories put themselves above the law

On Tuesday 19th March 2013 the Tories voted to overturn a court judgement telling them they must pay back the money they stole from illegal sanctions.  Meanwhile the majority of Labour abstained from the vote.

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It’s a steal – The Jobseekers (back to work schemes) bill

On Tuesday 19 March 2013 the Tory coalition retrospectively changed the law on Workfare preventing refund of illegally sanctioned Job Seekers Allowance.

The reasoning behind the law change is that “The Government cannot afford to pay back what it illegally sanctioned”.

It sent a message that if citizens defeat the Government in court, it can overturn that court ruling retrospectively with primary legislation – effectively making the Government above the law if it chose to do so.

It is akin to a council putting in a law change to prevent members of the public claiming damages for breaking their arm/leg falling down a pothole – only at the Government level.

It is akin to a court case of breach of health & safety of a company causing great loss to be thrown out on the basis that the company cannot afford to pay it – only at the Government level.

It is akin to a thief stealing your money and the Government ruling it is perfectly legal thing to do.

As for the claim that the Government cannot afford it – David Cameron said in February 2014 “Money is no object”.

It was ridiculous to claim the Government could not afford it as it already was the job seekers money to begin with. It’s also like saying the job seeker was sanctioned because the Government couldn’t afford to pay them.

Not sure who your MP is? Find out here then see whether they voted to keep money illegally stolen from jobseekers below

Something to remember on polling days-

The 57 MPs against keeping money illegally stolen from jobseekers were:

Anderson, Mr David
Brown, rh Mr Nicholas
Burden, Richard
Campbell, Mr Gregory
Connarty, Michael
Corbyn, Jeremy
Crausby, Mr David
Davidson, Mr Ian
Dobbin, Jim
Dodds, rh Mr Nigel
Donaldson, rh Mr Jeffrey M.
Durkan, Mark
Edwards, Jonathan
Esterson, Bill
Flynn, Paul
Glindon, Mrs Mary
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Goggins, rh Paul
Havard, Mr Dai
Healey, rh John
Hoey, Kate
Hopkins, Kelvin
Hosie, Stewart
Howarth, rh Mr George
Lavery, Ian
Lazarowicz, Mark
Leech, Mr John
Llwyd, rh Mr Elfyn
Long, Naomi
Lucas, Caroline
MacNeil, Mr Angus Brendan
Mactaggart, Fiona
McCrea, Dr William
McDonnell, John
McGovern, Jim
Meacher, rh Mr Michael
Mearns, Ian
Mitchell, Austin
Moon, Mrs Madeleine
Morris, Grahame M.
Osborne, Sandra
Pearce, Teresa
Riordan, Mrs Linda
Ritchie, Ms Margaret
Robertson, Angus
Rotheram, Steve
Shannon, Jim
Sheridan, Jim
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Sutcliffe, Mr Gerry
Twigg, Derek
Walley, Joan
Weir, Mr Mike
Whiteford, Dr Eilidh
Williams, Hywel
Winnick, Mr David
Wood, Mike

Something to beware of on polling days-

The 277 MPs in favour of keeping money illegally stolen from jobseekers were (and they weren’t all Tory):

Adams, Nigel
Aldous, Peter
Alexander, rh Danny
Andrew, Stuart
Arbuthnot, rh Mr James
Bacon, Mr Richard
Baker, Norman
Baker, Steve
Baldry, Sir Tony
Baldwin, Harriett
Barclay, Stephen
Barker, rh Gregory
Baron, Mr John
Barwell, Gavin
Bebb, Guto
Beith, rh Sir Alan
Beresford, Sir Paul
Berry, Jake
Birtwistle, Gordon
Blackman, Bob
Blackwood, Nicola
Boles, Nick
Bone, Mr Peter
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Bradley, Karen
Brady, Mr Graham
Brake, rh Tom
Bray, Angie
Brazier, Mr Julian
Brine, Steve
Brooke, Annette
Bruce, Fiona
Bruce, rh Sir Malcolm
Buckland, Mr Robert
Burley, Mr Aidan
Burns, Conor
Burns, rh Mr Simon
Burrowes, Mr David
Burstow, rh Paul
Burt, Lorely
Cairns, Alun
Campbell, rh Sir Menzies
Carmichael, rh Mr Alistair
Carmichael, Neil
Cash, Mr William
Chishti, Rehman
Clappison, Mr James
Clark, rh Greg
Clegg, rh Mr Nick
Clifton-Brown, Geoffrey
Coffey, Dr Thérèse
Collins, Damian
Colvile, Oliver
Cox, Mr Geoffrey
Crabb, Stephen
Crouch, Tracey
Davey, rh Mr Edward
Davies, David T. C.
Davies, Glyn
Davies, Philip
de Bois, Nick
Djanogly, Mr Jonathan
Doyle-Price, Jackie
Drax, Richard
Duddridge, James
Duncan, rh Mr Alan
Duncan Smith, rh Mr Iain
Dunne, Mr Philip
Ellis, Michael
Ellison, Jane
Ellwood, Mr Tobias
Elphicke, Charlie
Eustice, George
Evans, Graham
Evennett, Mr David
Fabricant, Michael
Field, Mark
Fox, rh Dr Liam
Francois, rh Mr Mark
Freeman, George
Freer, Mike
Fuller, Richard
Garnier, Mark
Gauke, Mr David
George, Andrew
Gibb, Mr Nick
Gilbert, Stephen
Glen, John
Goodwill, Mr Robert
Graham, Richard
Grant, Mrs Helen
Gray, Mr James
Grayling, rh Chris
Green, rh Damian
Greening, rh Justine
Grieve, rh Mr Dominic
Griffiths, Andrew
Gummer, Ben
Gyimah, Mr Sam
Hague, rh Mr William
Halfon, Robert
Hames, Duncan
Hammond, Stephen
Hands, Greg
Harper, Mr Mark
Hart, Simon
Harvey, Sir Nick
Heald, Oliver
Heath, Mr David
Heaton-Harris, Chris
Hemming, John
Henderson, Gordon
Hendry, Charles
Herbert, rh Nick
Hinds, Damian
Hoban, Mr Mark
Hollingbery, George
Hollobone, Mr Philip
Holloway, Mr Adam
Hopkins, Kris
Horwood, Martin
Howarth, Sir Gerald
Howell, John
Hunt, rh Mr Jeremy
Huppert, Dr Julian
Hurd, Mr Nick
Jackson, Mr Stewart
James, Margot
Javid, Sajid
Jenkin, Mr Bernard
Johnson, Gareth
Jones, Andrew
Kawczynski, Daniel
Kelly, Chris
Kirby, Simon
Knight, rh Mr Greg
Kwarteng, Kwasi
Laing, Mrs Eleanor
Lamb, Norman
Lancaster, Mark
Lansley, rh Mr Andrew
Latham, Pauline
Laws, rh Mr David
Leadsom, Andrea
Lee, Jessica
Lefroy, Jeremy
Leslie, Charlotte
Lewis, Brandon
Lewis, Dr Julian
Liddell-Grainger, Mr Ian
Lilley, rh Mr Peter
Lloyd, Stephen
Loughton, Tim
Luff, Peter
Lumley, Karen
Macleod, Mary
Main, Mrs Anne
May, rh Mrs Theresa
Maynard, Paul
McCartney, Jason
McCartney, Karl
McIntosh, Miss Anne
McLoughlin, rh Mr Patrick
McPartland, Stephen
McVey, Esther
Menzies, Mark
Mercer, Patrick
Metcalfe, Stephen
Miller, rh Maria
Mills, Nigel
Milton, Anne
Moore, rh Michael
Morgan, Nicky
Morris, Anne Marie
Morris, David
Morris, James
Mosley, Stephen
Mowat, David
Mulholland, Greg
Mundell, rh David
Munt, Tessa
Murray, Sheryll
Newmark, Mr Brooks
Newton, Sarah
Nokes, Caroline
Norman, Jesse
Nuttall, Mr David
Offord, Dr Matthew
Ollerenshaw, Eric
Opperman, Guy
Ottaway, Richard
Parish, Neil
Patel, Priti
Pawsey, Mark
Penning, Mike
Penrose, John
Percy, Andrew
Phillips, Stephen
Pickles, rh Mr Eric
Pincher, Christopher
Prisk, Mr Mark
Pugh, John
Raab, Mr Dominic
Randall, rh Mr John
Reckless, Mark
Redwood, rh Mr John
Rees-Mogg, Jacob
Reevell, Simon
Reid, Mr Alan
Rifkind, rh Sir Malcolm
Robathan, rh Mr Andrew
Robertson, rh Hugh
Robertson, Mr Laurence
Rogerson, Dan
Rosindell, Andrew
Rudd, Amber
Ruffley, Mr David
Rutley, David
Sandys, Laura
Scott, Mr Lee
Selous, Andrew
Sharma, Alok
Shelbrooke, Alec
Shepherd, Sir Richard
Simpson, Mr Keith
Skidmore, Chris
Smith, Miss Chloe
Smith, Julian
Soames, rh Nicholas
Soubry, Anna
Spelman, rh Mrs Caroline
Spencer, Mr Mark
Stanley, rh Sir John
Stephenson, Andrew
Stewart, Bob
Stewart, Iain
Streeter, Mr Gary
Stunell, rh Andrew
Sturdy, Julian
Swales, Ian
Swayne, rh Mr Desmond
Swinson, Jo
Syms, Mr Robert
Tapsell, rh Sir Peter
Teather, Sarah
Thornton, Mike
Thurso, John
Timpson, Mr Edward
Tomlinson, Justin
Tredinnick, David
Truss, Elizabeth
Turner, Mr Andrew
Tyrie, Mr Andrew
Uppal, Paul
Vara, Mr Shailesh
Vickers, Martin
Walker, Mr Charles
Wallace, Mr Ben
Ward, Mr David
Watkinson, Dame Angela
Webb, Steve
Wharton, James
Wheeler, Heather
White, Chris
Whittaker, Craig
Whittingdale, Mr John
Wiggin, Bill
Willetts, rh Mr David
Williams, Mr Mark
Williams, Roger
Williams, Stephen
Williamson, Gavin
Wilson, Mr Rob
Wollaston, Dr Sarah
Wright, Jeremy
Young, rh Sir George
Zahawi, Nadhim

 

 

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Tories change the law after court judges rule against them

The Tories have overturned two tribunal rulings on personal independence payments, including one that found people with extreme anxiety should be given the same status as those who are blind.

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Should we really be surprised following the result of the United Nations Inquiry against the UK Government?  Far from complying the Tories are heading the opposite way.

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MoD remains above the law

Ministry of Defence remains above the law.

The government has rejected proposals that would have stripped the Ministry of Defence of its Crown immunity and given prosecutors the option of charging the MoD with corporate manslaughter if personnel are killed during training.

The Defence Select Committee released a report in April recommending that the military exemption in the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act be reversed, allowing the MoD to be charged as a corporate body.

But in its official response, published on 6 July, the government has said that the current regulatory arrangements and the possibility of making civil claims for compensations over a breach of duty of care, “provide a strong system both for discouraging failure by the MoD and for learning lessons where things go wrong”.

The government said when there has been a fatality on a training exercise, the MoD always implements corrective measures identified by the HSE and treats Crown censures “as a matter of the utmost seriousness”.

“It is not therefore clear how the proposed amendments to the [Corporate Manslaughter] Act, which would only take effect once MoD has been subject to a Crown censure, would result in any tangible improvement to the safety of military training,” the response says.

It goes on to say that: “While a gross failure by an individual carrying out training and resulting in death can feasibly be assessed, it would be extremely difficult, perhaps impossible, to apply the concept of manslaughter (even in its very special form under the 2007 Act) to the role of the senior management of the MoD.”

Crown bodies – government departments or bodies formed by statute – cannot be prosecuted for breaching health and safety law. However, they must still abide by the law and the HSE continues to investigate any failings.

Madeleine Moon, a member of the Defence Select Committee and chair of the subcommittee that was convened to produce the report, called Beyond endurance? Military exercises and the duty of care, said she was “disappointed” that the government rejected its “modest proposals”.

“We continue to believe that these proposals would have improved accountability in these matters. This is not the end of our interest and we intend to pursue these matters with the MoD in the coming months,” she added.

The defence subcommittee was established in September 2015 over concerns about the number of fatalities during training exercises. Between 1 January 2000 and 20 February 2016, 135 armed forces personnel died on training and exercise, rather than on operations. Of these, 115 were regular personnel and 20 were reservists.

The committee wanted to examine whether effective processes existed for learning lessons from the accidents and whether there the suitable levels of accountability and sanction.

Following an investigation, if the HSE feels that there would have been, but for immunity, a realistic prospect of conviction, it will seek to apply a Crown censure.

Since January 2000, the HSE has served the MoD with 11 Crown censures. The most recent relates to the deaths of three reservists who died on the SAS selection march in the Brecon Beacons on 13 July 2013.

A clause in the Corporate Manslaughter Act states that, in general, Crown bodies do not have immunity from prosecution under the Act. However, a further clause says that hazardous military training is exempt.

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Member of Royal family part of pedo ring allegedly covered up for ‘national security’

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Royal family member part of pedo ring

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Petition to Cameron & May: Establish national inquiry into organised child abuse – no more delays, ifs or buts as it suggests you have something to hide

Petition to Cameron & May: Establish national inquiry into organised child abuse

Petition to Cameron & May: Establish national inquiry into organised child abuse - no more delays, ifs or buts as it suggests you have something to hide

Petition to Cameron & May: Establish national inquiry into organised child abuse – no more delays, ifs or buts as it suggests you have something to hide