Thursday, February 22, 2024

Is Evgeny Lebedev’s Goose Cooked?

As the government is forced to publish confidential security advice about him, is Evgeny Lebedev’s goose cooked asks Matthew Steeples?

The Right Honourable The Lord Lebedev of Hampton in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and of Siberia in the Russian Federation (or just Evgeny ‘Two Beard’s’ to his multiple multi-millionaire mates) owns an Umbrian castle that features an especially shiny ‘industrial chic’ kitchen with lacquer cabinets by Minchilli.

 

That kitchen no doubt cost a fortune to install, but perhaps though he’s unlikely to be found their imitating domestic goddesses like ‘Highgella’ Lawson, the Evening Standard and Independent proprietor is now finding the heat being turned up on him in the pressure cooker that is the expense lover’s paradise that is the House of Lords.

 

Now with news that the government has been forced to publish “confidential information on how Evgeny Lebedev got a seat in the Lords, after a Parliamentary move from Labour,” Lebedev has finally decided to share his views.

 

Taking to Twitter the man once branded a “Londongrad playboy” shared:

 

“Openness and transparency are pillars of our democratic system, so I welcome the call for security advice about me provided to HOLAC to be released. I have nothing to hide.”

 

“And in the spirit of transparency here is a text to me from @Keir_Starmer: ‘Congratulations on your elevation to the House of Lords. All best wishes, Keir.’”

 

“There’s a war in Europe. Britain is facing the highest cost of living since the 1950s. And you choose to debate me based on no facts and pure innuendo. What’s become of you @UKLabour ?#shadowofyourformerself”

 

Brusquely remarking about Labour’s Sam Terry MP and Matt Western MP, the peer added:

 

“Thank you Madame Deputy Speaker for reminding @SamTarry this debate is about process and I remind him I have no links to the Kremlin. Never even been inside apart from the museum.”

 

“Can I remind @MattWestern_ that it’s not what ‘the former minister’ said. In the future he should either provide some evidence for this nonsense he speaks, or keep his mouth shut.”

 

Of him, Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner raged:

 

“It’s time for the prime minister to come clean today on if, and why, he interfered with British intelligence to award a peerage to his close personal friend…. [Boris Johnson was] willing to jeopardise the security of the British public for the sake of a personal friendship.”

 

Responding last night on Twitter to the 41-year-old crossbencher – whom I briefly met at his father’s book launch at Northcliffe House in Kensington in September 2019 – I pointed out:

 

“I know James Stunt claims to be a mate of yours and we did meet at your dad’s book launch in Kensington via publishers Quiller and I must say it seems unfair you are attacked for simply being Russian, you should speak out in the House of Lords where you have a platform in my view.”

 

Unsurprisingly, I have yet to have a response and whilst we’re not quite yet at the stage where Lord Lebedev’s goose is totally cooked, the peer’s decision to take to Twitter rather than to speak out – as I suggested last week also – in the House of Lords is the most telling indicator in this sorry story.

 

Today, I again reiterate: Come on ‘Milordo’ – it’s time to return from your Umbrian castle and it’s time for you to speak up and it’s time for you to actually prove that you are more a man than a mouse.

 

Pictured top – The kitchen at Castello di Santa Eurasia in Umbria, Italy (left); the peer who doesn’t participate yet (right).

 

Harvey Weinstein
The Russian-British businessman with amongst others the now incarcerated sex offender Harvey Weinstein.
Elizabeth Hurley
The self-declared “ex-oligarch’s” son was snapped “packing on a PDA” with his at the time supposed girlfriend, the ‘actress’ Elizabeth Hurley, in November 2014. The “romantic smooch” complete with a “whopping kiss” outside the ritzy Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge, London did not ultimately lead to a marital union.
Elton John and David Furnish
The ennobled peer with the titleless twerp Mr David Furnish and actress Dame Eileen Atkins DBE and ‘Rocket Man’ Sir Elton John CH CBE.
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Yesterday on Twitter, LBC Radio shared a 3:23-minute interview by Andrew Marr with the ‘Tortoise’ journalist Paul Caruana Galizia – the son of the courageous and subsequently tragically assassinated Maltese anti-corruption activist and journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia – about Lord Lebedev’s parliamentary career. In it, it was highlighted that the peer has submitted two questions to date, but never voted or spoken (other than to follow tradition and give a relatively uncontroversial maiden speech in which he stated that “children should not be going to school hungry” and claiming “free speech” was “under assault”).
Matthew Steeples
Matthew Steeples
A graduate of the London School of Economics, Matthew Steeples is a writer and marketing consultant. He conceived The Steeple Times as a media arena to fill the void between the Mail Online, The Huffington Post and such organs as the New York Social Diary in 2012.

1 COMMENT

  1. I agree. He’s in the position where he can make a huge difference and show the contents of his ‘working’ wallet. I’m so tired of these cobweb covered cowards called ‘Lords’,q who are so archaic, backward out of touch with everything, except salaries which are equivalent with salaries 100 years in the future.
    Nows yr chance 2 beards!

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