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. Sign up for our weekly email * 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. She writes a weekly podcast column. Subscribe More Related articles Labour must learn the secrets of the Scottish Conservatives What's going on in Northern Ireland? Hull revisited: What happens when a Brexit stronghold becomes City of Culture?