This video from Britain is called Joanna Lumley and Phil Woolas discuss the plight of the Gurkhas.
From Liberal Conspiracy blog in Britain:
Good riddance: Woolas found guilty [updated]
by Don Paskini
November 5, 2010 at 11:40 am
Phil Woolas has been found guilty of breaching section 106 of the 1983 Representation of the People Act, by making false statements about where his Liberal Democrat opponent lived and his relationship with Muslim extremists.
The election has been declared void, and there will be a by-election – Woolas will not be eligible to stand, so it is the end of his political career.
On behalf of all of us at Liberal Conspiracy, good riddance.
Update 1: The judgement is here (via @virtualstoa)
Update 2: The press release by the Libdem lawyers is here.
Update 3: Statement from Phil Woolas at the Guardian. Hilariously, he says the judgement will have a “chilling effect” on political speech.
Update 5: She also added that the Labour party would not support his appeal. “We believe in good community relations – in fact that is central to our politics – and Phil Woolas has been suspended.” (via @AlfieConn)
Who was this politician Woolas?
Philip James Woolas (born 11 December 1959) is a British former Labour Party politician who was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Oldham East and Saddleworth from 1997 to 2010. He was the Minister of State for Borders and Immigration in the Home Office, as well as being the Minister of State for the Treasury. On 5 November 2010, he was found to have breached the Representation of the People Act 1983 in the course of the 2010 general election, and the Speaker of the House of Commons will make a statement on Monday, 8 November about his status as an MP. He was also suspended from the Labour Party. …
He first won his seat for Labour in the 1997 general election, having contested the predecessor Littleborough and Saddleworth seat at a by-election in 1995, which was marked by Labour’s particularly vicious and personal campaign, attacking the Liberal Democrat candidate, Chris Davies, as, “high on tax and soft on drugs“. …
In the United Kingdom Parliamentary expenses scandal of 2009, Phil Woolas reportedly claimed expenses for items not allowed under the rules. …
In November 2008 Woolas attacked lawyers and charities working on behalf of asylum seekers, accusing them of undermining the law and “playing the system” by taking legal action. …
Phil Woolas gave his backing to close political ally David Miliband and represented him at events throughout the country.
How Woolas voted in parliament:
# Voted very strongly for introducing ID cards
# Voted strongly for a stricter asylum system …
# Voted moderately for replacing Trident.
# Voted very strongly for the Iraq war
# Voted very strongly against an investigation into the Iraq war
# Voted moderately against a transparent Parliament
# Voted very strongly for allowing ministers to intervene in inquests
# Voted moderately against laws to stop climate change
There is strong and “credible” evidence of the “systemic” torture and abuse of hundreds of Iraqis by British troops while in detention, the High Court in London heard yesterday: here.
Iraqi civilians claim abuse by British soldiers: here.