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Tessa Jowell sleaze: Olympic bungs, the 2012 fiasco drags on.

Hot on the heels of the last sleaze story from champagne swilling New Labour we have this one.....Labour has been plunged into a fresh storm after a leaked email suggested that Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell promised money from the 2012 Games in exchange for the selection of a family friend as a General Election candidate.

Miss Jowell stands accused of trying to 'bribe' a private meeting in the Erith and Thamesmead constituency by telling party members that if they selected Georgia Gould as their candidate, the area would be in a good position to benefit from the £9billion Olympics budget, which Miss Jowell controls.

In an email, written the day after this month's meeting and seen by The Mail on Sunday, 22-year-old Miss Gould - the daughter of Tony Blair's poll guru Lord Gould - wrote: 'I hosted a great meeting last night for Tessa Jowell, the Minister for the Olympics. Tessa spoke with real passion about the opportunities for investment that will result from the Olympics ...

'Tessa said it was the job of the local MP to fight for Erith & Thamesmead and for future investment ... She was kind enough to say that I was the right person to do this.'

Under Government rules, Ministers are banned from using Government resources for party political purposes.

Last night, Tory MP Douglas Carswell said he would write to the Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell to demand an investigation into the allegations.

'Labour seems to have trouble distinguishing party political matters from official Government business,' he said. 'What was Ms Jowell doing talking about the potential benefits of the Olympic Games to this constituency at the same time as talking up her preferred Labour candidate? I shall now be writing to the Cabinet Secretary.'

Tory Philip Davies, a member of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport select committee, said: 'This sounds like a bribe to me. It's entirely wrong for the Olympics Minister to use the promise of Olympics investment as a tool to try to win a power struggle in the Labour Party.'

Miss Jowell is one of several senior Labour figures connected to the Gould family who have supported Miss Gould's bid to win selection to the safe seat in a deprived part of South-East London.

The contest has been dogged by a bitter dispute between factions within the party, with accusations of attempted vote-rigging and claims that Miss Gould is exploiting her powerful political connections to guarantee victory over local candidates....

(working hard for the 2012 Olympics - as we can see below zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz)
Previous bits on comrade Tess, who has shown her concern for the workers by travelling to see F1 racing in Brazil first class.

Comrade Tessa has shown herself a typical champagne socialist with her the so called Jowellgate sleaze story.

Tessa is known for her decisive decision making support local post offices and also voting to close them.

Sadly Tessa has not followed through on her pledge to former PM Tony Blair that she would "Jump under a bus for him.". 

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