Sunday, April 03, 2022

The Top 50 (or so) Labour Sleaze Scandals

Was there ever a more hubristic statement than this? "My government will be whiter than white" - Tony Blair in 1997. It provokes a hollow laugh now. Can there ever have been a sleazier government in British political history? The record of this government makes any misdemeanours which occurred during the Major years look rank amateur in comparison. No wonder people think all all politicians are either having it away or on the make. Just in case you're in any doubt about the amount of sleaze there's been since 1997, here's a quick reminder. I've identified 56 (yes, 56!) different Labour sleaze scandals since 1997. I'm sure I've missed out a few though, so do post a comment and I'll add anymore to the list. Any journalists should feel free to reprint the list in their newspaper tomorrow... (hat-tip for graphic to quarsan) UPDATE: We're up to 70 now... UPDATE 1pm Monday: Pushing 90 now... April 2006 Cameron MacIntosh says he was offered Peerage for loan April 2006 Peter Law’s 'peerage' April 2006 Charles Clarke & the failed deportations April 2006 John Prescott's Affair(s) April 2006 Cherie Blair’s hairdressing bill April 2006 - Jack McConnell under pressure over breaking the ministerial code of conduct by giving public backing to a luxury golf resort planned by Donald Trump which could prejudice the planning process for the development April 2006 - Revealed that Jack McConnell met with furniture tycoon Robert Morris over compensation to relocate his factory on the route of the M74 extension. The £35million was more than double the original compensation offer March 2006 - Defeated Labour MP Calum MacDonald gets publicly paid job as Forestry Commissioner March 2006 Tessa Jowell & husband March 2006 Peerages for Cash March 2006 Prescott pays no Council tax March 2006 Margaret Beckett’s Royal Flights February 2006 Ken Livingstone loses Standards Board appeal over anti-Jewish remarks October 2005 Blunkett resigns over links to DNA firm October 2005 Cherie Gets £100,000 for “charity” speaking tour October 2005 Stephen Byers apologies for lieing over Railtrack September 2005 Michael Watson MSP jaimed for arson August 2005 - Revealed that disgraced former Scottish Executive special adviser, Phil Chalmers, is heading up a bid by French IT firm Atos Origin to secure some of the ID card contracts July 2005 - Defeated Labour MP David Stewart gets job with the publicly funded SCVO only two months after losing his seat June 2005 Cherie Opens Shopping centre for Malaysian millionaire June 2005 Labour MSP Ken MacIntosh resigns over non declaration of financial interests June 2005 Cherie Blair cashes in on Tony’s Washington trip May 2005 Birmingham Labour Party accused over post voting irregularities April 2005 - Brian Wilson MP's final section on Register of Members' Interests shows directorships and advisory roles to renewable energy firms. As Energy Minister he promoted renewable energy April 2005 - Revealed that Jack McConnell met with Labour donor Willie Haughey to discuss compensation on a land deal where the M74 would pass through Haughey's property. Initial compensation of £7.4 million rose to £16.5 million March 2005 Labour charges £200 for candidate contact details February 2005 Cherie Blair embarks on lucrative Australian speaking tour January 2005 Candy Atherton’s researcher asked to dig for gay Tory dirt January 2005 - Jack McConnell fails to register a holiday at the Spanish villa of BBC broadcaster Kirsty Wark January 2005 - Sarah Davidson, once an adviser to former Scottish secretary Helen Liddell, lands a £75,000-a-year job enforcing McConnell’s smoking ban. The new job was never advertised. She was the civil servant who presided over a £200m rise in the cost of Holyrood before taking a six-month sabbatical to travel round the world December 2004 Oona King offered £10000 to bed Labour Euro MP October 2004 - Revealed that 70% of Scottish quango appointees have links to the Labour party August 2004 August 2004 - Former Edinburgh Labour Provost Eric Milligan appointed Scotland’s “welcome czar” to the tourism industry. Although not paid a salary he receives expenses to travel the world June 2004 - Willie Haughey, who has donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to the Labour party, appointed to the post of chairman of Scottish Enterprise Glasgow. May 2004 Lord Drayson’s company wins non competitive tender contract after £50,000 donation to Labour May 2004 - Failed Labour candidate Hugh Raven, a former parliamentary assistant to Peter Peacock, the education minister, awarded a £23,415 contract as a board member of Scottish Natural Heritage April 2004 Beverley Hughes resigns over Immigration scandal February 2004 Labour criticised by Electoral Commission for late tendering of accounts January 2004 - Revealed that Schlumberger hired disgraced special adviser Philip Chalmers to run the Scottish Tourist Board’s Visit Scotland website. The website is part of a Scottish Executive PFI contract November 2003 Margaret Hodge forced to resign over libelling Demetrious Panton September 2003 - Harry McGuigan, a leading Lanarkshire Labour councillor appointed as a member of the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration board August 2003 David Kelly commits suicide August 2003 Chris Bryant pictured in briefs on Gaydar website August 2003 - Defeated Labour MSP Iain Gray appointed as Alistair Darling's special adviser at a salary of £60,000 August 2003 - Failed Labour candidate Pat Kelly appointed to board of Scottish Water. March 2003 Clive Betts MP employed rent boy in House of Commons office December 2002 Cherie Blair apologises over links to conman Peter Foster October 2002 - Lanarkshire Labour party hold a Red Rose Dinner attended by a notorious drug baron called Justin McAlroy October 2002 - Forty-four constituency Labour parties in Scotland revealed to have failed to register agreements to accept regular donations from trades unions. Failure to do so is a criminal offence September 2002 Labour MP Alan Meale in trouble over deportation case linked to donation July 2002 Carphone Warehouse chairman claims Lord Levy tried to nobble a £1 million donation June 2002 Ken Livingstone accused of manhandling his partner while drunk at a party June 2002 Black Rod accuses Downing Street of trying to muscle in on Queen Mother's funeral June 2002 Labour spin doctors accuse Paddington crash victim Pam Warren of being a Tory stooge May 2002 Stephen Byers resigns from government after various scandals May 2002 Tessa Jowell criticises Labour for accepting donation from Richard Desmond March 2002 Lakshmi Mittal March 2002 Donnygate Doncaster Labour scandal ends in prison for Labour councillors February 2002 Arthur Andersen & donations to Labour February 2002 Martin Sixsmith forced to resign by Stephen Byers February 2002 Jo Moore resigns over ‘burying bad news’ email January 2002 - Norman Murray, Labour councillor and former convenor of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, appointed board member of the Scottish Ambulance Service at £7,305 a year January 2002 Labour spin doctors trash reputation of Rose Addis January 2002 Enron accused of buying access to Labour after donation December 2001 Keith Vaz criticised by Standards Commissioner over business links December 2001 Nigel Griffiths and £40,000 office expenses November 2001 Henry McLeish resigns as Scottish First Minister after office expense scandal November 2001 November 2001 - Jack McConnell admits to affair with Labour party secretary who he tried to keep in situ by appealing to Labour MPs for funds. He says he has had no other affairs July 2001 Hindujahs receive passports after Labour donation May 2001 May 2001 - Robin Young, a former non-executive director of Bovis (construction managers of the Scottish Parliament) appointed as permanent secretary at the Department of Trade and Industry April 2001 - Failed Labour candidate Keith Geddes appointed to board of Scottish Natural Heritage January 2001 Buyer of Millennium Dome Robert Bourne accused over donation to Labour January 2001 Peter Mandelson resigns for the second time November 2000 Cherie Blair & Nannygate July 2000 David Blunkett fails to declare income from rent on his Wimbledon home June 2000 Geoffrey Robinson in trouble with Belgian tax authorities June 2000 Lord Ali in trouble for using House of Lords as business address April 2000 John Prescott fails to disclose benefit of Union owned flat January 2000 Geoffrey Robinson faces fraud inquiry over Transtec January 2000 Gordon Brown faces Inquiry over flat purchased from Maxwell ruins January 2000 January 2000 - Police arrest Philip Chalmers, who earned £50,000-a-year as head of the Scottish Executive’s strategic communications unit, for being drunk at the wheel of his car in a red light district with a prostitute October 1999 Ron Davies goes badger watching October 1999 October 1999 - Failed Labour candidate Joan Aitken appointed as the Prisons Complaints Commissioner September 1999 Scottish Labour Party lobbying scandal July 1999 Ken Collins, former Labour MEP, appointed chairman of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency with a salary of £45,000 December 1998 Geoffrey Robinson resigns over loaning money to Mandelson December 1998 Peter Mandelson resigns over Geoffrey Robinson loan November 1998 Nick Brown admits paying for gay sex October 1998 Ron Davies’s Moment of Madness on Clapham Common July 1998 Downing Street adviser Roger Liddle investigatedover lobbying links March 1998 Lord Irvine’s £650,000 of wallpaper March 1998 Scottish Parliament building tendering process & construction July 1999 Derek Draper & Lobbygate August 1998 Robin Cook’s affair with Gaynor Regan exposed November 1997 Bernie Eccleston’s £1 million donation investigated May 1997 Mohammed Sarwar accused of bribery Each year Blair's freebie holidays