Top cop suspended in car dealer bribery investigation
When Mark Gilmore got the job of chief constable of West Yorkshire he declared “West Yorkshire Police has a great reputation“.
Indeed it does.
The chief constable of West Yorkshire Police has been suspended pending an investigation by his former force in Northern Ireland.
Gilmore’s promotion was to replace the sadly departed Sir Norman Bettison who was unable to continue in the role.
His resignation followed his denial that he had boasted about the police cover-up of the Hillsborough disaster.
Mark Gilmore was formerly the commander of the tactical support group in charge of major public order deployments in Belfast.
His suspension is connected to an ongoing investigation into a conspiracy to ensure multi?million pound police vehicle contracts went to one of Northern Ireland’s largest car dealerships.
Several men have been questioned about possible bribery over two recent police tenders.
Those who have been arrested and questioned include former Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)assistant chief constable Duncan McCausland and a serving PSNI officer.
Terence Donnelly, one of the owners of Donnelly Brothers, was among those questioned.
Possible offences include bribery, misconduct in public office and procuring misconduct in public office.
Donnelly Brothers has been a longstanding supplier of police vehicles and was recently awarded a multi-million pound contract for the maintenance of its fleet.
Donnelly has denied any wrongdoing.
Police are also looking into the tendering of another multi-million pound contract to armour more than 50 police cars.
It was awarded to Donnellys and a company based in England.
Gilmore released a statement which said, “I have conducted myself with the honesty and integrity expected of someone in my position and have 31 years unblemished professional record.”
Superyachts are back in fashion. The British rich have bought five yachts in as many weeks.
British superyacht sales had been in a slump but now they are back.
The yachts have spas, gyms, steam baths and palatial suites furnished in rolled leather, teak and marble.
The boats have a combined price of more than £32 million.
Things they say
‘Impeachment should now be activated to bring Mr Tony Blair to account for allegedly misleading the House on the necessity of the invasion of Iraq’
Tory MP Peter Tapsell last week
‘He voted against the invasion of Iraq’
Tory MP Peter Tapsell’s website
‘Use all means necessary to ensure the disarmament of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction’
Motion voted in favour of by Tory MP Peter Tapsell 10pm 18 March 2003
‘Russia engaged actively with so-called environmental organisations working against shale gas’
Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen explains that the Russian government is conspiring with anti-fracking campaigners to keep Europe dependent on Russian gas
Education Secretary Michael Gove’s former aide Dominic Cummings says he signs himself Osama bin Laden when visiting Downing Street.
Perhaps Gove should start tackling extremist infiltrators among his own mates rather than making up scare stories about schools
Tory MEPs research beaches and wines
AFTER a gruelling Euro election battle, the remaining Tory MEPs were in need of some rest and recuperation.
Where better than somewhere sunny like Croatia? Dubrovnik’s five star Imperial Hotel, by the Adriatic, was the setting for three “study days”.
The hard working trip cost a mere £30,000 in expenses.
MEPs could research local wines and restaurant menus.
Two on the trip lost their seats in May.
The MEPs dined at a restaurant outside Dubrovnik where they were served champagne, before tucking into home-smoked trout.
They enjoyed a private performance by acclaimed cellist Ana Rucner.
The MEPs all got sent an email from their spin doctor on Monday, “Dear Members, you may have seen that you are mentioned as one of the attendees at ECR study days this week. Our advice is to avoid any unknown numbers for a day or two, but in case you are caught off guard or doorstepped, here is the line...”
Blair makes killing with duty expenses
TONY Blair has been given £500,000 in our cash since he quit as PM—despite his £30 million fortune.
All former prime ministers are entitled to claim up to £115,000 per year to support their “public duties”.
Blair got the full sum in each of the last two years and £270,000 previously. He also draws the maximum PM pension of around £70,000 a year.
Blair charges up to £6,000 a minute for public speaking.
ED Miliband’s shadow cabinet meeting with the Welsh government was held in a plane engine factory hall.
But nobody knew how to turn off the turbines so they all had to shout at each other.
That didn’t work so they had to get in microphones and loud speakers
But that didn’t really work either.
We bought the royals a new helicopter
The Queen has leased an £8 million helicopter for members of the royal family, including William and Kate, to use on official engagements.
The luxury Agusta A109S Grand chopper comes complete with leather seat covering and customised interior and will be used by royals on official visits.
As a mark of our loyalty we are footing the bill.
The figures for how the grant is spent are released this week. The grant is £37.9 million and in 2013/14 it was set at £36.1 million.
The Government Car Service has got in eight new cars for ministers since the end of last November at a total cost to us of £210,000.
How to relieve the stress of moving house
Moving is an expensive business.
Just ask Bank of England governor Mark Carney.
It emerged in the bank’s annual report that the total cost of moving the banker and his family to London last summer was £102,816.
The latest tally of our cash, which included fees for property consultants and “tax advice”, is not to be confused with his £250,000-a-year housing allowance.