Guido has just got back from a hastily* called Tory press conference, where we were told by Dave that he has ordered:
… Michael Gove will pay back the £7,000 claimed for furniture. Oliver Letwin will pay back the £2,000 for the pipe under his tennis court. Andrew Lansley will pay back the £2,600 for home improvements. Alan Duncan will pay back nearly £5,000 for gardening expenses. Francis Maude will no longer claim any money for his second home in London. And neither will Chris Grayling. Theresa Villiers – the only London MP in the shadow cabinet – will follow suit later this year. I’ve also dealt with some of the smaller, but nevertheless significant, claims that have caused concern, whether that is Ken Clarke’s council tax bill in Nottinghamshire or David Willetts’s electrical bill. George Osborne will pay back the cost of a particularly expensive car journey. And I will pay back the only maintenance bill I have claimed in eight years as a Member of Parliament.
Is this enough? Burglars don’t get off by giving back the telly. Guido wants to see the small print, are they really going to be allowed to keep ill gotten gains because they were in the past?
*So hasty that Guido came late, straight from the pub dressed in traditional national dress – an Ireland rugby shirt. Guido naturally sat down right in front of Sir Michael White.