Politics 7 February 2013 Watch: Lord Ashcroft tries to pwn Owen Jones, fails Owen Jones announces he's donating Ashcroft-funded prize money to Labour candidate and anti-cuts activists; Tory peer fails to deliver a decent comeback. Print HTML Owen Jones caused a bit of a stir last night, when after it was revealed that he had won the Political Book Awards Young Writer of the Year award, he announced he would be giving his £3,000 prize money (donated by Lord Ashcroft) away – half to Lisa Forbes, Labour candidate in Peterborough, and half to the Disabled People Against the Cuts group. He tweeted: Chuffed to win Young Writer of the Year Award at #PBAwards. Given the £3,000 prize is from Lord Ashcroft I'll be donating it to causes (1/3) — Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) February 6, 2013 Half to the brilliant @lisaforbes_ campaign against right-wing Tory caricature @sjacksonmp. Lord Ashcroft money well-spent #PBAwards (2/3) — Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) February 6, 2013 The other half to @dis_ppl_protest who are campaigning for disabled people who are being battered by Tory cuts #PBAwards (3/3) — Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) February 6, 2013 Thanks to Jones, Tory mega-donor Lord Ashcroft’s money is going to be funding a Labour parliamentary candidate and a group of activists who vehemently oppose the actions of the Conservative politicians in the coalition. When he came up on stage to present another award, Lord Ashcroft attempted to have a pop at Jones in return, and delivered an unconvincing comeback. Watch here (from 1:30): Transcript of Ashcroft's remarks about Jones: To Owen Jones, who very kindly said his prize that I was donating he would give to causes – I would like to have a chat with you Owen, because I’m very happy to pay these to charities of your choice for a number of reasons. One, I’ll get tax relief; two, they can get Gift Aid, which will give them a little bit more; and thirdly, you won’t have to pay any tax on the prize. Therefore, if I could invite you to lunch at my local greasy spoon, the House of Lords, to discuss that, I would be delighted. PS If Owen turns down Lord Ashcroft's offer of a date, it'll only be the second time in 24 hours: @lukebozier Naa. — Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) February 7, 2013 › Everything Everything: "The riots were kind of inevitable… if you’ve grown up to 16 with absolutely no opportunities" Caroline Crampton is assistant editor of the New Statesman. Subscribe More Related articles Reading Speaking Out, I found myself agreeing with Ed Balls Word of the week: Jeremania How do I join the Conservative Party?