June 18th, 2009

Pay Points for Political Piggies

If you see any good expenses spots link to them in the comments and Guido will highlight them here all day:

pig-in-shitPaul Waugh notes George Osborne had us pay £47 for a DVD of his speech on “Value for Money”.

pig-in-shitJames Arbuthnot thinks it wholly necessary for us to pay £138 for a “chainsaw for logs”.  Massacre him at the general election.

pig-in-shitTerry Rooney claims off us £125 pcm for “cleaning” and his landlord bills him for cleaning too. No receipt was required for the cleaner because it is was below £250. He cleaned up.

pig-in-shitJulia Goldsworthy made us pay £734.30 for her Meniscus “rent” under incidental expenses.  What is that about?

pig-in-shitDoug Henderson claimed for tax advice from the taxpayers and claims frequently for the maximum amount for food.

pig-in-shitAlan Duncan takes £250 petty cash each and every month without any justification. Because he could.

pig-in-shitLembit Opik claimed £19.99 for the “Mother of All Wigs” – justified apparently as a sundry cost “incurred while supporting a Charitable Event”. It actually appears that we taxpayers supported it with cash Lembit.

pig-in-shitDid Jim Devine MP really claim £938 for a Mink coloured suite? He could have just made it up like his electrical bills.

UPDATE : There is just so much troughing that it is impossible to do it all justice…


892 Comments

  1. 1
    Giles Brandwreath says:

    Breathtaking !

    • 7
      freddie flintoff says:

      fuckin hoons all of em to the tower they must be sent

      • 15
        Freddie Flintoff says:

        he is super pompous

        • 396
          Peter Jukes says:

          Now, God be praised, that to believing souls gives light in darkness, comfort in despair. William Shakespeare

          There is a lesson there for us all.

        • 793
          Gideon "cripes!" Osboobery says:

          It was all within the rules !!!!
          Me and call me Dave are transparent I tell you, we just have these little memory lapses.

          Thank Heavens the Telegraph Disk isn’t currently getting re-bid on by some of the other papers who will unquestionably look at some of the detail more thoroughly than the Telegraph did.

        • 794
          AnonyMouse says:

          you’re not the real freddie flintoff

        • 795
          Lord Gideon Partisan Babblingbigot says:

          The DT clearly hasn’t been doing a very good job, has it ?

          If all this was availablr in the redacted super censored versions then what else have they missed in the raw data ?
          This isn’t over. The piggies should still live in fear.

      • 231
        Charles E Hardwidge says:

        I think, you would benefit from examining your world view and self image
        before getting too certain about that. Certainly, this statement can be
        considered arrogant and grossly insensitive. Unreal. La-la.

      • 424
        I hate the corruption under Labour says:

        Agreed

      • 779
        Vince south clegg says:

        I am only on page 6 of Chris Graling’s expenses. However, it appears that he’s
        claimed £87 for A BANNER.Since when has it become vital for an M.P to use a banner for their esteemed parlimentary duties. The owrst part of the ‘incidental expenses’ is that the have the now infamous words duties incurred ‘wholly and necessarily

    • 111
      Airey Belvoir says:

      Guido,

      Meniscus (Cornwall) seems to be a garage/automotive business – better check it!

      • 411
        anistorian says:

        on Julia Goldsworthy; the accountant’s £411.25 fee for filling in her S.A. tax return appears to be claimed : (HW Fisher and Co.) just like Al Darling

        page 6 of the pdf.

        • 487
          Craig says:

          Katy Clarke (North Ayrshire & Arran) is the same, with regular payments of £800 to HW Fisher for “Preparation and submission of your Tax Return” and “Dealing with the enquiry into your Tax Return”. See http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/katy-clark/Katy_Clark_0708_IEP.pdf page 52.

        • 799
          Anonymous says:

          Andy Love Labour MP for Edmonton North London also uses H W Fisher for tax returns 2 payments £763.75 and £669.75.

          Unhandy Andy has claimed £820.62 for curtain cleaning, £549.00 arlanda sideboard £332.50 bathroom cabinet, £950 reduced to £750 for a television, window cleaner £240=4x£60

          Legal fees £705.00 Valuation £1741.91 Legal Property Costs £3500 Economist Subscription £186 along with all the usual mortgage payments etc

    • 338
      michel de montaigne says:

      still no answer on here as to why the amounts seem to be written by the same hand?

    • 470
      jean says:

      It’s boring ….. Brown’s ministers in the Fees Office authorized every penny. Those responsible (and answerable to taxpayers) are either totally inept and running a corrupt system.

    • 769
      John Evans says:

      In the dictionary ‘meniscus’ means something concave or convex.
      I presume that could be meaning something BENT.

    • 884
      moi says:

      First one I clicked at random: Diane Abbott claimed for a box of Nurofen. See pg 28 of her freebies.

  2. 2
    James Arbuthnot says:

    James Arbuthnot;

    £138 for a “chainsaw for logs”
    £25 for “vases”

    Average £700 per month for swimming pool and garden maintenance – the gardening firm lives 1/2 a mile from my house.

    The weekly pension is £90.40 per week = £391 per month so Arbuthnot claims twice the monthly pension just to keep his mansion garden and swimming pool spick and span.

    • 59
      Gwyn Prosser says:

      Gwyn Prosser:

      Food – £375.00
      Redacted ‘Other’ – £54.60
      Flowline – £411.25 (Plumbers I think)
      TWO notebook computers – £1125.30
      Tax Return prepared by Chartered Accountants – £989.35

      It just goes on and on…

    • 88
      James Arbuthnot M.P. says:

      Do pop round for a chat – I’ve claimed for a new house sign too so we’re easy to find.

      I’ll be round the back checking the new wiring in the stables – the gardeners will show you the way, or you can ask the pool cleaner.

      Tootle pip

      • 563
        Anonymous says:

        James Arbuthnot wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth, he bought them with our expenses. £85.80 for Teaspoons!

    • 586
      hampshirehog says:

      I voted for you – no more! You have done some good, quiet work. But my sodding labour went into paying for your chainsaw, your garden work, your rewiring – and your £100/week food bill, all “wholly, exclusively and necessarily,” etc. My arse. And you thought it was all going to be “secret” and OK because it’s within the rules? Do you think any small businessman in your constituency would countenance such behaviour – personally or from employees? Do you honestly think public money should be used for the upkeep of your £2m Hampshire pile – main house and cottage? Do you really think you can face your voters? My business is tits up, but I’m still paying for this crap. I suggest you have a deep think, a good shit, and step down without delay.

      • 692
        James Arbuthnot M.P. says:

        As a constiuent I’ve had quite a bit of contact with Arbuthnot regarding planning issues locally and I must say he has been quite supportive on this. As a gesture of thanks I offered to help campaign for him at the next election (should we be lucky to get one). Having read his expenses no need to say that the offer is now withdrawn.

        It’s shocking what he has got away with but no doubt there are worse than him in the Commons. Very dissapointing all the same.

        BTW, what on earth was he doing claiming subscriptions to the Salisbury press – since when has Salisbury been in East Hants?

      • 789
        NATIONAL UNION OF SHIT SHIFTERS AND ARSE WIPERS says:

        why is it esential for an MP to rewire his stable ? does he ride to parliament on a fucking horse ?

        • 862
          Zaragon says:

          All these country house claims fall into a pattern. They originate out of the difference between ‘expenses’ and an ‘allowance’. Long serving Tory MPs representing country constituencies typically have London homes and large country houses. They designate London as their main home and claim the ‘Additional Cost Allowance’ as a contribution towards maintaining the country pile. Of course, these houses cost much more then the £24k per year to buy/maintain/run. But an ‘allowance’ is a sum of money awarded to compensate for some general circumstance and the recipient of an allowance is not usually expected to declare what they spend it on. They were just paid this amount to help compensate them for the need to live both near Westminster and in the constituency. In order to provide receipts to back up the claiming of the allowance the grandees had to dig up some estate bills to support their claims – but it did not much matter what these bills were for – anything estate related would do provided it took them up to the limit of the ACA. Presumably they just lifted bills off the top of the accounts payable tray. If they had known what they know now they would have been very careful to put the moat cleaning, duck island and stable re-wiring invoices to one side and stick to the more mundane stuff. That is why Douglas Hogg was saying that he did not claim ‘specifically’ for the moat cleaning but equally it was not specifically excluded. It was just in the bundle of stuff he submitted. None of them ever dreamed that anyone would be interested in the receipts – they were just there to satisfy the bean counters in the fees office that they had incurred sufficient costs to claim the full ‘allowance’.

          I am not writing this to defend these people. It’s an explanation as to how some intelligent and experienced people have got themselves into this mess. What was once an allowance (and still bears that name) has sort of morphed into expenses. Expenses are quite different from an allowance. They are the reimbursement of specific invoiced items acquired wholly and exclusively for business purposes. The House of Commons has collectively allowed itself to get into this confusion and they have nobody else to blame.

          When they reform the system they need to be clear that we are now looking at expenses – not an allowance – and that the public will not stand for anything more than a modest level of cost for their nights away from home. In my view home should be the constituency and expenses should be allowed for nights in London (for non London MPs) up to a strictly controlled level. No mortgage interest should be allowed as the idea that they can make capital gains from these arrangments is abhorent.

  3. 3
    A firm pair of breats says:

    Bastards the lot of them!

    • 4
      zobbit says:

      Tut Tut Madam such Language about our Honerouble Members

      • 27
        Riff Raff says:

        Fucking bunch of wankers. Should be put up against a wall and shot

        • 274
          Anonymous says:

          It’s not like they actually do anything either. My MP told me the reason why legal aid/public finance is made too difficult to claim (In my case against the local council for their alleged breach of s17 crime and disorder act 1998 to prevent anti-social behaviour, which was backed up by the legal aid board barrister btw,) is because “The legal aid scheme was being abused by others making genuine claims unaffordable”. You know who you are if you’re reading this and I won’t forget it.

    • 212
      Anonymous says:

      I certainly like a firm pair, although yours appear to be missing something?

    • 258
      Anonymous says:

      So much black ink! I wonder how much that has cost us. Our honourable members are still fighting a rearguard action against honesty and transparency. They would do well to view current scenes in Iran.

    • 607

      Apparently nowadays you can train to become an MP, with “Teach-A-Leech”
      http://www,fridaynightsmoke.co.uk/teachleech.ogg
      Radio ad in the style of “RED Driving School”

    • 867
      Anon says:

      I note Gordon Broon didn’t claim for the oxygen mask he so badly needs when he is talking. One should be bought for him, as it makes me feel quite ill watching the idiot when he speaks and ‘smiles’ whilst labouring for breath!

  4. 5
    Be gone Gordon! says:

    Terry Rooney – Zanuliebour – Bradford North
    Nice little scam claiming £125 pm for “cleaning” under Incidental Expenses Provision for his shared office, yet Bradford Mechanics Institute from who the premises are rented also invoice him for cleaning ! Nice work if you can get it.
    Seems we also paid for shreading 1996kg of paper and pay for his tax return to be done
    http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/terry-rooney/Terry_Rooney_0708_IEP.pdf

    • 323
      On Harman Pride's Dossier says:

      2 tonnes of paper?

      That works out to 320,000 sheets of 100gsm A4. What did he have to get rid of?

      • 403
        Peter Jukes says:

        I oft send him examples of my poetry, perhaps…. no, the thought is too, too appalling to contemplate.

        I am utterly bereft (but you will notice my language remains temperate).

        Adieu!

      • 445
        Be gone Gordon! says:

        Will be an interesting question to ask if he dare show his face door to door knocking for the eventual General Election.

        Just checked the other two Bradford MP’s out – Gerry Sutcliffe & Masha Singh – both have £400 pm food “habits” – that means the 3 Bradford MP’s cost us £1100 a month to feed – and Sutcliffe seems to have a lot of suits to dry clean or he’s a mucky beggar, maybe spills too much of his £400 food down them !

        • 546
          William says:

          Having recently lived in Bratford (sic) for a number of years, I can categorically state that food (in and out) is amongst the cheapest (and best, especially at the Karachi) in the land.

          That’s an awful lot of curries!

      • 511
        Nick says:

        2 tonnes of paper. Shouldn’t we see the invoices for the purchase of that paper in his expenses.

        Thought not.

        • 677
          Dogsbollocks says:

          Shows how fucking thick they are ! After shredding two tonnes why not sell the waste for recycling, Bet you can get extra cash per tonne. Probably to lazy to get off there arses and collect.

    • 666
      A.Johnson says:

      That office must be such a cess pit because my MP, Mr G Sutcliffe (Bradford South), has also claimed for cleaning there …besides his bag of Maltesers and weedkiller and Peanut Pecker.

      • 888
        Sir Arthur Strebe-Greebling says:

        peanut pecker? That’s Ed Balls’ nickname isn’t it?

    • 711
      BradfordEye says:

      Plus he keeps assorted Labour councillors on his payroll

  5. 6
    cynic says:

    Peter Robinson

    Even some of the items on which he spent the money hyave been redacted so we can see what was spent but not what it was spent on. Very open Government!

    We also aren’t even allowed to see who has signed the expenses claims forms.

    • 11
      iain says:

      Perhaps the Daily Telegraph will fill in the details hidden. I am very interested.

    • 57
      Anonymous says:

      The MP themselves sign the forms.

      • 248
        Anonymous says:

        Correct. MPs staff can not sign forms.

        • 274
          Lord Jukes of Boolschidt says:

          Peter Robinson is doing an excellent job and is to be commended for turning the British economy round from being the poor man of Europe to being the poor man of the World.

          Adieu from moi x

          (Peter Jukes is a regular blogger on Labour’s Lost)

        • 294
          tory troll (original and best) says:

          Peter Jukes is a right old tw*t.

        • 506
          Celiac E Stobart says:

          It’s like Foes Reunited round here.

          Where’s Charles?

        • 658
          Charles E Hardwidge says:

          I’m here, my beauty!

      • 369
        Anonymous says:

        Robinson claimed that the forms were prepared for him by a ‘menber of staff’ and that he and his wife simply signed them…resulting in the error where they both claimed £1400 odd for the same expense.
        I wonder if the person preparing the form was one fo the many family members they employ.
        Fucking chancers.

      • 787
        cynic says:

        “And someone else wipes his arse no doubt?”

        I assume we pay for that too. Is it listed?

        • 798
          ShugNiggurath says:

          We’re paying for their office bogrolls, just look for who buys the Kleenex Velvet for the office and you’ll know who’s arses we’re paying to wipe.

      • 788
        cynic says:

        The why are all the signatures redacted? Might be find out that some sign with an X?

  6. 8
    Nigel Allery says:

    Gareth Thomas MP – does not have his listed making me more curious.

  7. 9
    Throbber says:

    Humphrey Malins – £4 for a toilet brush.
    For christ sake – they even expect us to clean up their shit.
    I think we need a completely new set of MPs to clean up all the shit this appalling lot have left.

    • 16
      NATIONAL UNION OF SHIT SHIFTERS AND ARSE WIPERS says:

      now now if you had to trough through £100 of food per month you would shit a lot wouldn’t you ?

    • 104
      Steve Expat says:

      Sir Humfrey Malins (Con). MP for Woking.

      10 grand a year for second home allowance. He’s the MP for WOKING – EVERYONE who lives in Woking works in London as it’s the first main town on the train line.

      It’s 25 mins on the train, there is a train every 10 minutes and they stop at Waterloo, 5 minutes WALK from the Commons. The trains also run pretty much all night.

      Dave, do the decent thing with this man and get him deselected, the people of Woking will NEVER vote for someone who thinks Westminster is too far to commute!!

      • 109
        Master Baiter says:

        There’s no waking the people of Woking.

      • 151
        O'resurgemus says:

        Chorley you don’t mean that ?

      • 195
        It doesn't add up... says:

        Actually I believe he lives in Dorking, appropriately enough, since it makes him a dork.

        Moreover he has already decided to retire at the next election. Woking Conservatives have allegedly been champing at the bit to find a replacement, but CMD won’t let them just yet.

        • 224
          Steve Expat says:

          I’ll put money that most of Dorking works in London too, it’s about 3 stops down the Gatwick/Brighton line, trains every 15 minutes on that one.

          Why does he live in Dorking if he’s MP for Woking? No wonder he’s off. CMD will have people fighting over themselves for that seat though, a monkey with a blue rosette in Woking would still be elected!!

        • 250
          Siberian Tory says:

          Actually, I would think it’d be very difficult to get back home if Parliament was in late session.

          However, that’s a reason to stay in a travel lodge not own a second home.

        • 286
          Fells Point barfly says:

          Just when was Parliament in late session recently?

        • 393

          The last train from waterloo goes at around 1.30am and calls at Woking.

    • 168
      Twizzle says:

      It’ll take us decades to clear up their shit this time.

  8. 10
    Anonymous says:

    It would appear that a certain Peter Gerald Hain has a US Dollar Libor Mortgage. What does this mean? Maybe the city types that read this blog could explain.

    He also spends an inordinate amount of our money on oil. How appropriate.

    • 17
      zobbit says:

      Anonymous. Would that be his Holiday Home???

      • 35
        Barry says:

        well he has been hosed then as sterling has collapsed vs dollar. ie his borrowing is in dollars and his asset is in sterling.

        unless its for a US holiday home

    • 37
      Anonymous says:

      Ne Libor, New Britain

    • 40
      Hedley Lamarr says:

      His claims for mortgage interest payments seem to be about £1100-1200 a month yet the letter from Skipton says the monthly payment is between £500-600 a month.

      Am I missing something?

    • 172
      Twizzle says:

      It tracks the US LIBOR rate rather than any BoE or UK LIBOR rate. Haven’t looked but bet the deal is with the Derbyshire or the Skipton Building Society.

      Oh, and there is no currency risk. That’s sorted from the providers end.

  9. 12
    going down the pan says:

    IVAN Lewis (bury north) £720 utility bill for one month SCUM !

    • 431
      Peter "Wimsey" Jukes says:

      Oh! how I detest random capitalisation.

      It is aggrieving to my aesthetic sensibilities.

      Please desist forthwith and henceforth.

  10. 13
    Dr Feelgood says:

    A lot of people here are naturally looking up their own MP first. As most commenters here are centre right plus, this might bias the sample towards Conservative MPs and play into the hands of the trolls.

    • 21
      Thecatwithnotail says:

      Well I just disproved your theory there matey.

      Harry ‘where did I put my second home?’ Cohen, Lab, Leyton is my MP for about another year…

    • 25
      Charles_E_Hardwidge says:

      You might be correct that many of the commentators on here are centre right – it doesn’t follow that they necessarily live in Conservative constituencies however.
      We should concentrate on Government Ministers first though, since they hold the purse strings – it was only a few days ago that Vince Cable and Nick Clegg called for the head of Alastair Darling over his dubious expenses – but he is still there as Chancellor of the Exchequer. Then of course there is snouter in chief, Shahid Malik, still porking away in Government – what a disgrace!

      This rotting pustule will only be lanced by a general election – we need an election now and the British people should take to the streets if necessary to force one!

    • 28
      Master Baiter says:

      Horse manure

    • 105
      Anonymous says:

      Dont be ridiculous. This is beyond tribalism now. Can’t you even see that?

      • 179
        Dr Feelgood says:

        Precisely, that’s why I was raising concern about risk of biased analysis.

  11. 14
    A Friend says:

    Lembit Opik claimed £19.99 for the “Mother of All Wigs” – justified apparently as a sundry cost “incurred while supporting a Charitable Event”

    http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/lembit-opik/Lembit_Opik_0708_IEP.pdf

    (see page 108-109)

    • 61
      Trough Mixture says:

      Cheeky fucker!

    • 67
      bacon, egg, sausage and tomato on 3 says:

      Cheeky boy!

    • 171
      Chutzpah says:

      Not just that… why did he need to buy a £39.98 mobile phone headset in November 2007, and then buy a £19.99 handsfree kit in March 2008?

      These poor MPs must be worst off than we thought…. Mind you, with mobile phone bills like those maybe he wore out the first one.

    • 288
      syrup says:

      It looks like we supported the charitable event rather than him.

      • 430
        Berenike says:

        Syrup has made a very valid point here.

        We are the ones who paid for him to get the publicity of being seen to be doing something charitable.

    • 801
      going down the pan says:

      doesn’t he set the world oil price ?

  12. 18
    Thecatwithnotail says:

    I’m wondering why Harry Cohen (Leyton) seems to go through a lot of rugs and carpet cleaning… can’t he just get us to pay for a doormat?

    Also he seems to go through new gas boilers and repairs really quickly…

    • 63
      Anonymous says:

      Is it each time he has released the TAX funded equity, or has he kept them all as a portfolio?

      • 290
        Thecatwithnotail says:

        Or will his wife have another sudden and debilitating illness that requires the Cohens to extensively remodel another home? Perhaps Cornwall or the lakes this time eh Harry?

  13. 19
    Newbie says:

    Incidentally…

    Paul Flynn (Newport West) has a nice little earner going. Every month on his list of itemised items there’s an item called ‘Incidentals’ – at £200+! That’s almost £5,000 a year – tax-free!

  14. 20
    A firm pair of breasts says:

    They are all a bunch of BLANKS. Off with their Hoons!

  15. 22
    onlooker says:

    There’s only one conclusion to draw from all this, Britain is rotten to its core. It’s useless to make sense of it. There is no sense in a failed society, no order, no faith in anything. It is a nightmare.

    Britain, irrespective of any economic upturn, is finished, as a nation, a culture, a people. It died years ago, that is now plain to see. Its purpose went decades ago, held together unnaturally in the British empire state. It’s like the Soviet Union but that went with a bang, allowing rebirth. It’s not within the present degraded Britons to smash up what they cling to and have the courage to start again. It’s unique, never seen before, a people willingly becoming their own jailors and tormentors, in what they see as a safe, gilded cage, still preferable to the scary outside world.

    • 29
      Charles_E_Hardwidge says:

      All true! We need a general election now to discuss these issues – MPs expenses, public spending and borrowing, immigration and asylum, multi-culturalism. These issues need addressing now and a general election is the proper way of bringing the issues out into the open!

      • 50
        Anonymous says:

        No, Britain needs no election. That will merely perpetuate the mess. None of the current parties are serious about reform and none has the vision/ability to make the changes necessary. Major change is needed. I mean a new system of governance, not the antiquated priviledge system currently in place. I mean something representative, fair, equitable and so on.

        • 68
          Charles_E_Hardwidge says:

          You will have a long time to wait in that case. The argument for an early general election is unanswerable. It will give a chance for the voters to turf out the worst piggies (of whichever party). It will allow a proper debate about the scandalous state of the public finances – Brown is simply lying over the need for big cuts in public spending. If people have the balls to raise the topic, it will allow a proper debate over immigration and asylum – in my view the asylum system should be completely scrapped as no longer fit for purpose.

          The current Parliament should not be allowed to continue for another day – it is preposterous, full of weak, inadequate, troughing MPs who constantly ignore what the voters want – honesty on all topics and an end to open borders and a criminal asylum system!

        • 110
          Steve Expat says:

          Anon, YES Britian needs an election – and it needs it YESTERDAY.

          The only people these troughing Hoons answer to is us, their electorate – we are the only people that can sack those that need to be sacked.

          GENERAL ELECTION NOW http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/GoToCountryNow/

        • 314
          Charles E Hardwidge says:

          I’m so ahed of the curve I’ve been calling for an election since before the last one, which we got.

          I am all powerful and all knowing.

          Off for some chemo, god I love those drugs.

    • 185
      Tin Arsely says:

      Stop whinging about Britain.
      The trouble is the disparity between openness and what MPs think they are entitled to.

      I doubt many countries have MP’s that are much better. Perhaps sweden or switzerland.
      I know for a fact that many countries aren’t this open – and there arent even the receipts to look at.

      • 397
        Anonymous says:

        Your case is that as most other politicians in the world are corrupt we should also accept corruption? Maybe we should send all our politicians off to Zimbabwe to work there, not only would they fit in splendidly they could learn a thing or two about good governance from Mugabe!

        • 459
          Tin Arsely says:

          Plainly absurd. Zimbabwe my arst

          Even some of the worst of british MPs would not fit in if they were in other European countries close to the UK – they’d look like squeaky clean, nerdy little do-gooders. Not to name names, but for example germany- a politician from there rekons we’re probably on a par with them.

          Its the dire whinging about Britain that silly. Bunch of bloody drama queens.

      • 521
        deluded kunt says:

        Mate, you protest too much.

        Just as one example of what can happen to pols abroad when caught:

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duke_Cunningham

        The original Top Gun pilot a decorated hero for chrissake, now doing 8 years in the slammer, for small beer compared to some of the frauds going down in UK. So don’t come the shit of UK pols being in junior league in bentness.

        • 555
          Tin Arsely says:

          Me or the other guy?
          MPs shouldnt claim for all that shit. Simple statement.
          Do you really go for all that “rotten to the core” “worse than the soviet union” stuff?

          “Cunningham resigned from the House on November 28, 2005 after pleading guilty to accepting at least $2.4 million in bribes ”
          The current batch aren’t anywhere close.

          Perhaps you think 95% of the nations on earth are rotten to the core.

    • 713
      barefootcontessa says:

      But who’s going to do it?

  16. 24
    Sir William Waad says:

    It’s sad to see Lorely Burt claiming £200 for stress management sessions and advice. It’s also sad to think that any other employee would be taxed on that £200 if their employer paid the cost for them.

  17. 26
    Paul says:

    Having a quick nose through the expenses, where to start. I know, lets look at (Saint) Vince Cable (apparently an MP beyond reproach and all time good guy) surely his expenses will be whiter than white.

    Well they are interesting, especially claiming £1.79 for some wet wipes!

    Anyway, the thing with Vince is that he is always banging on in the press about how firms should pay on time, firms are “screwing” suppliers (his words in one of the many articles / speeches) and casuing cash flow problems. Even suggested that there should be legislation to force prompt payment.

    So I was extremely surprised to find that in his invoices to support his expense claims there were many invoice reminders from electricity companies, stationary suppliers and BT seemed to be always sending him reminders and even a few of those “pay now to avoid further action” letters. Hypocrites the lot of them. Vince Cable is just like the rest of them, just has better PR!

    Finished coffee now, time for some real work, rant over.

    • 569
      William says:

      Well they are interesting, especially claiming £1.79 for some wet wipes!

      Isn’t he a colleague of that Oaten chap?

    • 691
      Mary Hinge says:

      Why does he get reminders? Why doesn’t he pay by direct debit?

    • 710
      barefootcontessa says:

      Don’t be cruel about vc, he’s only absent minded. Like the rest of them.

  18. 31
    wanna eat the cake? says:

    Julia Goldsworthy.

    £734.30p for Meniscus under incidental expenses

    Julia is a very fit young lady who competitively rows gigs in her spare time, why is the taxpayer funding treatment for her sports injuries?

    http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/julia-goldsworthy/Julia_Goldsworthy_0708_IEP.pdf

    • 45
      dave says:

      it’s the same with all these North Briton types, they love money.

    • 75
      Meniscus - not a knee thing,more a Caravan Park says:

      Looked up Meniscus cornwall – comes out as a automotive/caravan co.
      Gave them a ring just now (new number to the one on google) – they are not called Meniscus anymore.
      They seem to be a Caravan/Holiday Park.

    • 158
      MisterE says:

      On page 21 of that document she claims a further £3316.40 for “Meniscus”.
      Then on page 23 there’s a receipt, redacted, but it comes from “Meniscus (Cornwall) Ltd”…. looks like it’s for rent of some sort.

      • 207
        Anonymous says:

        Looks like it must be the company she rents her office from; nothing to do with knee injuries at all. Might be worth checking Companies House to see if she (or another Lib Dem/family member) has shares in the company, but if not then that doesn’t seem to be a story.

        • 328
          Fells Point barfly says:

          She’s renting a CARAVAN as an office? Hmmm. Great idea, mobile MP surgeries may just catch on. Haven’t seen or heard from my MP in a long while, though he claims the maximum on his Communications expenses.
          Must put the idea to him!

    • 419
      Airey Belvoir says:

      Goldsworthy: A false trail – Meniscus (Cornwall) seems to be a car rental place.

    • 773
      Martin C says:

      ‘Wanna eat the cake’ is almost certainly correct, Meniscus is an orthopaedic term for a torn or damaged cartelege. She was probably having treatment for it. Not surgery – thet would have been far more than 750 quid, but perhaps ultrasound or massage sessions.

      • 874
        Zaragon says:

        See the other thread on this topic that begins with post 536. Meniscus was a company owned by the local Lib Dem agent Leigh Ibbotson. The company changed its name in Feb 2008 to Cher Varya Ltd. The company rents an office in Cambourne to Goldsworthy which also doubles as the local Lib Dem office.

  19. 33
  20. 36
    Anonymous says:

    Bob Ainsworth thinks we should be paying £575 for an “old charm dresser”.

    As well as a startlingly regular £53.50 for dry cleaning.

    http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/bob-ainsworth/Bob_Ainsworth_0607_ACA.pdf

  21. 41
    citizenx says:

    Doug Henderson (Newcastle North – Labour)

    “Dealing with your personal tax affairs from 9 February 2007 to date inclunding completion of your Tax Return for the year ended 5 April 2007″

    He has also submitted claims frequently for the max ammout for food.

    http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/doug-henderson/Doug_Henderson_0708_IEP.pdf

    The greedy, smarmy little wanker :o(

  22. 42
    VotR says:

    Expenses should be banned, just a limited fuel allowance and parliamentary-owned flat for overnight stays rented out to the MP which goes straight back to the treasury. The rest gets paid for by the trougher, just like anyone else would have to.

    Roll on general election for some pay-back from the public.

  23. 43
    Anonymous says:

    You folks getting the message about George Osborne yet? The 50K flip, all the rest of it. Wake up and wake up now.

  24. 44
    Anonymous says:

    Alan “to-the-max” Duncan appears to take £250 petty cash each and every month without any justification

    • 53
      Anonymous says:

      This man should terrify any right thinking individual.

    • 54
      Bill Wiggin says:

      So do I.

    • 62
      Anonymous says:

      He also claimed an exorbitant amount to get his lawnmower fixed. He had to pay this back. How this was ever passed as a bona fide expense in the first place is beyond me.

      This is the man who once said on national TV that MP’s were not paid anything like what they were worth. He sat there in his very expensive suit, sporting bouffant hair and well manicured nails. We don’t need parasites like him and I hope he loses big time at the next election.

      • 82
        Bang bang says:

        One bullet,that’s all

      • 732
        barefootcontessa says:

        Bouffant, sun-streaked, coiffeured hair, moved into place carelessly by effeminate tanned hands, super white teeth (gap in bottom set unfortunately), and – oh that dazzling smile! Could it be Mandleson? could it be alan duncan? no
        it is that gorgeous gorgeous deliriously gorgeous I’m up my own arse – in a big way – brownite b bradshaw. Examine his expenses.

    • 78
      The Beast Of Clerkenwell says:

      It goes on anal lube

    • 715
      barefootcontessa says:

      And he was on the radio at lunch time saying the expenses scandal had to be cleaned up! What a nerve.

  25. 47
    citizenx says:

    Doug Henderson (Newcastle North – Labour)

    “Dealing with your personal tax affairs from 9 February 2007 to date inclunding completion of your Tax Return for the year ended 5 April 2007″

    He has also submitted claims frequently for the max ammout for food.

    http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/doug-henderson/Doug_Henderson_0708_IEP.pdf

    The greedy, smarty little wanker :o(

  26. 48
    Diane Abbott MP says:

    £6,325 for 40,000+ newsletters
    The company that printed them is Italian

    Why couldn’t the silly cow get the newsletters printed locally?

    http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/diane-abbott/Diane_Abbott_0708_CA.pdf
    (scroll to bottom)

  27. 52
    alan says:

    My MP, Rosie Cooper, took food cash, £5,600 from us, even though she receives a salary of £64,000+, and before she went to the trough in 2005 she weighed 9stone, now she weighs 15stone, and that’s just her waist! Fat sow!

    • 60
      Pogue Mahohn says:

      Thanks to this Government I’ll soon weigh about 9 stone, I did weigh 15 stone before I lost my job though.

  28. 56
    Pogue Mahohn says:

    I’ve recently been made redundant, married with a young child and a mortgage. It makes me sick that some of these people claim more per month for food than I get to live on! I mean, £400 a month for food, they have to eat anyway so why should we pay for it? I get £60 odd quid a week to live on – that’s all I can get, although if Iived in a council house I’d get almost everything paid for. Apparently I don’t ‘qualify’ for help yet because I have my own home and I have to wait 6 months or so – by which time we’ll be bankrupt, homeless or both.

    They really do live on another planet, paid for by us. Greedy sponging two faced bastards!

    • 588
      Bob the Squaddie says:

      Sorry to hear about your troubles.In the eyes of new Labour you don’t deserve to be helped because you tried to make your own way in the world and put your self beyond their control. If I and many other people were in charge people like you would be first in the queue for Government help ahead of pikeys and other thieving scum bags.I hope you find work soon and I wish you all the best for you and your family!!!

    • 734
      barefootcontessa says:

      I sympathise, it’s really awful isn’t it?

      • 889
        Sir Arthur Strebe-Greebling says:

        I too am out of work and also don’t “qualify”. I feel sorry for you but don’t allow it to get to your self-esteem. They can’t take that away from you.

  29. 58
    A firm pair of breasts says:

    All this talk of big bucks is making me perky.

    • 357
      Fells Point barfly says:

      OOh, you are naughty, but I like you.

      Both of you.

      (No discrimination here)

  30. 64
  31. 71
    man from IMF says:

    get it while you can thieves:

    GAME OVER: UK Govt. Borrowing £20bn in May

    one month, -£20 billion

    http://www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?id=206

    indoctrinators, quacks, superbug transferers, sundry uncivil servant diktators you too better trough while the going’s good – within two years you useless Hunts will see your pensions smashed and tens of thousdands of you wankers out on your arses and a populace just itching to redistribute, up close and personal, some of your ill-gotten, redistributed gain under this marxist regime.

    Party Over dudes, beware.

    • 80
      Charles_E_Hardwidge says:

      Jesus! And lying turd Brown tries to claim Labour will make no cuts. What a twat! Go and stick you head in a bucket of vomit Brown – you deserve it!

  32. 73
    Get with the program says:

    At least I now know what to do on my next Tax return. Fill it all in and then black marker the lot.
    I’ve just noticed my local MP has claimed maximum second home allowance and a hefty sum of expenses £162k.
    It is now apparent that becoming an MP means you get a free house as a bonus and you get a huge savings account of at least £64k a year. That would be a wage to you and me.

    They’ve done nothing wrong either, which means that if I get 10 weeks sick a year with my company, I should take the lot. It isn’t breaking the rules is it?

  33. 74
    Jonathan Cook says:

    Geoff Hoon seems to have lucked out and got a free pair of Remington Hair Straighteners after buying some office supplies paid for by us?! Page 156 of 189

    http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/geoff-hoon/Geoff_Hoon_0506_IEP.pdf

    Maybe he’ll sell the hair straighteners and give the proceeds to charity?

  34. 76
    Anonymous says:

    Ben Bradshaw:

    Seems to have an interesting mortgage arrangement.

    He has two separate accounts for the same property.

    Looks like in 2006/07 he only claimed for one of thise accounts (around £8K per year) then last year he claimed for both of them (around £20K per year).

    Can’t think of a good reason why he would have the mortgage for the same property with the same provider split over two accounts.

    http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/ben-p-bradshaw/

    • 99
      Tin Arsely says:

      I used to have a setup like that actually, but I doubt it applies to MPs.

      Bought 1st property with a small mortgage with cancellation clauses.
      Move to bigger house, need bigger mortgage. To avoid cancellation fees, ended up with a second mortgage (they were about 50% and 30% of the value of the house).

    • 134
      Moley says:

      I have a split mortgage, one part interest only, with capital to be repaid when a shrinking endowment policy matures, the other part is a repayment mortgage.

      They are both with the same company so there is only one payment going from my bank and paperwork is consolidated.

      I did it that way because I already had the endowment policies which I wanted to keep because they included life assurance which I could not otherwise obtain.

      Are taxpayers paying for capital as well as interest?

    • 214
      Twizzle says:

      Second mortgage from the same lender. Different rate payable. ‘First’ loan may still be in a period where he would need to pay penalties – therefore take out a ‘top-up’ with different terms.

      He’s borrowed more money. Simple as.

      • 647
        Gordon brown's moral compass swinger says:

        Sounds a bit suss to me.
        Has a mortgage, subsidised by the tax payer.
        Increases his mortgage (to release some of the equity in his second?) and has the interest on this additional mortgage also paid by the taxpayer?

        • 688
          Tin Arsely says:

          yes. the wise ones just buy a big second home at the right point in time.

    • 741
      barefootcontessa says:

      Thanks for the info, see my comment 736 re ben bradshaw.

  35. 77
    Be gone Gordon! says:

    Terry Rooney really likes to “clean up” doesn’t he
    Just moved on to his second homes allowance – claiming around £300 pm for food and guess what ……….
    £100 pm for “cleaning” at his second home ! No names, no receipts, no pack drill ! Surprise, surprise.
    Thats a nice £4800 a year – don’t you just love it !
    Looks like another graduate from the Zanu school of troughing

    Grrrrrrrrrrr – General Election NOW !

    http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/terry-rooney/Terry_Rooney_0708_ACA.pdf

    • 84
      Posh Tory says:

      Apart from the fact that he didn’t provide a receipt, whats wrong with hiring a cleaner? If its for his 2nd home where he stays when doing his duty, £125 seems a reasonable amount.

      • 86
        The Beast Of Clerkenwell says:

        Id suggest that he buy a hoover but the Hoon would charge us for it.

      • 497
        MrPeregrination says:

        If he doesn’t want to clean the free house we gave the bastard then he can stay in a cheap hotel instead and get the cleaning thrown in. Theft.

    • 672
      A.Johnson says:

      It could be that he has an arrangement with his colleague MP for Bradford South who seems to have claimed for a Dyson and then for a vacuum cleaner.

  36. 81
    Democrat says:

    Greg Barker, Battle & Bexhill, who follows the Conservative tradition of leaving his wife for another man claims £39 for the website http://www.tellgreg.com [normal price £2.99] – and it doesn’t work.

    Carpets for new lovenest @ £1800

    Free the English ™

  37. 83
    Anonymous says:

    Has anyone had more success than me looking at Ed Balls pdfs ? My screen freezes when it should download. Seems odd

    • 114
      Be gone Gordon! says:

      Downloaded alright for me.

      Blinky is a tight wad – sponsored a match ball for Ossett Town AFC to the tune of £58.75 and then the wannabee Chancellor had the bare faced cheek to claim it back of us !!

      http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/ed-balls/Ed_Balls_0708_IEP.pdf

    • 136
      A load of Ball's says:

      His food claims suddenly stop in Jan 08 onwards – perhaps his trousers were getting TOO tight?
      A claim runs all the way from Q3 06 to Q2 07 and is a totally blanked out entry under “other” and blanked out for the “please specify” box too – this is all very odd – why blank out both entries – what can it be for?

      AND – there is no totally blanked out receipt for the totally blanked out entries!

      I added up the claim for 1/3/07 to 31/3/07 and it actually totals more than he claimed!
      Then the previous month – Feb 07- totals £1,266.14 and the claim is for £1,282.14,making the totally blanked out entry £16.
      What is it?

      WHY HIDE SOMETHING?

      We have to make our own assumptions.

  38. 87
    Master Baiter says:

    If I were a MP, instead of a Goebbels lite Labour propaganda troll, I would claim for a nice duster so that I could polish Gordon’s rocking horse shortly before and after my masters morning ride.

    Hope the nappy holds tight this time, had to get a steaming bucket and the antiseptic wipes out last week when the Dear Leader was pooing himself about being carted off in a straight jacket! He should have got a grip and realised what a spineless set of drones operate under him!

    Oh, should I be saying this? I hear footsteps…*slap* arrrgggggggggh

    I hate Tories, ‘Ere stop messin’ abaaaht! Etc etc drone, drone

    • 106
      George Osborne says:

      ‘Ere stop messin’ abahht!

      They put me on view during PMQ yesterday.
      I’d promised not to try and catch flies, then I thought I saw one so I couldn’t help it. You know what it’s like.
      I bet I get pushed over for baldy Billy boy Hague, again.

  39. 89
    Anonymous says:

    Alan Simpson Nottingham South.

    Big song and dance about his eco house he was converting from an old warehouse in Nottingham in 2006.

    His expenses make interesting reading…new kitchen (11 grand)…new central heating system (12 grand)…building work (1390.)…garden work…(1170)….painting outside of house (700)

    A shame we can’t tell if he flipped his second home to Nottingham as the addresses are blacked out. I wonder if the eco house and expenses are related.
    Did we pay for the eco house ? As he announced ages ago he was standing down it would be silly to spend so much on a house you are going to give up at the next election.

    • 262
      Flying Scot says:

      BUT the TELEGRAPH is going to publish ALL its info on Saturday so we will be able to compare the real info and the what we were going to be allowed to see version

      LOTS of SHIT about to hit the fan as thousands of people get to see what their MP has been up to

      Thousands of people going over these records will find out lots more than the Telegraph’s team ever could ever do.

      Lets hope then know about this site :-)

      FUN times ahead

  40. 90
    Anonymous says:

    Peter Atkinson claims for accountancy advice – £619.41 – page 128 of 07/08 claim

  41. 94
    Anonymous says:

    Anyone want a job working on George Galloway’s website?

    Apparently it will involve 12 hours’ work a week at £30 an hour, each and every week. But you’ll have to agree to cap your fees at £10,000 for every 6 months.

    http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/george-galloway/George_Galloway_0708_CA.pdf

  42. 95
    Dougie - Glasgow says:

    Jim Murphy – East Renfrewshire – Blair/Brown Arselicker in Chief

    B & Q Bathroom 1 £1888.90
    Bathroom 2 £4884.22

    Dishwasher £299
    Tumble Dryer £329
    Round Soft White x 8′ £4.29
    Soft Candles
    Voyager Torch
    Duracell
    Velvert Satin Throw £99

  43. 96
    Anonymous says:

    Hugh Robertson – paid over £8,300 to his local Conservative Association in 07/08. And claimed a night at the Malmaison Hotel on office costs.

  44. 98
    Anonymous says:

    I think Meniscus is some form of company in Cornwall (hard to tell what they do due to the redacting) rather than referring to the part of the knee.

  45. 102
    citizenx says:

    Ok, back to Doug Henderson and his tax returns. Up to now he has claimed back as far as 2004.

    According to http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1188552/Alistair-Darling-40-MPs-investigated-taxman-expenses-claim-accountancy-fees.html

    the situation is -

    “The standard answer provided by the 14 read: ‘Under HMRC rules. tax should be paid where accountancy fees are paid for in connection with the completion of a personal tax return.I can confirm that I have honoured my tax liabilities in connection with this and paid in full.’ ”

    However, the claims appear to be for the full value including VAT.

    So, can i report him? If so, to whom? HMRC, Parliamentary Standards?

    Lets teach these bastards a lesson and go after them for their greed.

    • 648
      Alex says:

      That’s tosh. All Henderson is saying is that he has aid tax on the receipt as a taxable benefit. Maybe, but the eal issue is that it should not have been reimbursed to him under the IEP.

      The Green Book rules allow MPs to claim for consultancy under the IEP, but the overriding provision is that the advice should be for parliamentary purposes. The reason the law (&HMRC) don’t exempt the cost of preparing tax returns is because they are incurred for personal purposes not parliamentary purposes.

      Ye gods. MPs are supposed to vote on our tax laws and their own house rules and yet they seem to understand none of this stuff.

  46. 107
    Anonymous says:

    David Heathcote- Amory spends over £500 a year to pay for an exclusice parking space at his constituency office in Wells.

  47. 112
    Disgusted of Dorset says:

    Annette Brooke, LibDem, Mid Dorset & North Poole:

    £2,720 Communications Allowance (2007/8) for a “health survey”, billed “via Liberal Democrats”.

    In other words her local party ran a campaign, but she got us to pay for it.

    • 150
      Disgusted of Dorset says:

      She also makes us pay £9,500 per year to the local Lib Dems for her “constituency office” (i.e. their campaign headquarters). £9,500 rent for a little office seems a bit steep for down here.

      And there are lots of office expenses where the recipient is blacked out – looks like the local Lib Dems have been buying things in their own name and getting her to pay for them.

      The Green Book said “You must avoid any arrangement which may give rise
      to an accusation … that public money is being diverted for the benefit of a
      political organisation.”

    • 159
      Disgusted of Dorset says:

      December 2007, Incidental Expenses Allowance – £64.63 where the description has been blanked out. No invoice, no idea what it’s for.

      Christmas presents?

  48. 118
    Lyttelton says:

    What a farce. How can you decern anything of importance with all the ‘blacking’ out. If MPs wish to regain our trust they need to show the public trust. This hasn’t. On a more positive note it seems all my local MPs (Doncaster) have been ‘honourable’. However as much is ‘blacked’ out how do you truely know?

    PS The one item that does irritate me is the almost ‘standard’ claiming of £400 for food by many MPs (Not my local MPs). I take it they pay for ‘their normal’ food and this is in addition! If so then a lot of them must spend an amazing amount of time at the gym burning off the calories!

  49. 119
    • 135
      Charles_E_Hardwidge says:

      Hardly amounts to a can of beans old chap – can’t you do better than that?

  50. 120
    Anonymous says:

    Phil Hope – Corby

    Claimed a blanked out amount of cash for a replacement electric razor!?>!?!!

  51. 121
    MPs are Crooks says:

    My porky MP Garry Streeter claimed

    £198 for a couple of rugs. Like he needed them to carry out his job as a public servant.

    £158.99 for a digital camera (15/5/07)

    £0.40 for a cream egg (buy your own food you greedy piggy)

    Worst of all, he pays £1000 a year to his god squad friends for his pathetic web site. (Which claims its standard compliant ..joke..)

  52. 122
    Laurie Brown says:

    http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/chris-mole/

    Chris Mole– Zanuliebour – Ipswich

    Comments.

    We are paying the (interest-only) mortgage (total £196,000 approx; £12,000 p) and service charges of ~£1200 pa on a leasehold flat somewhere.

    He’s paying the Ipswich Labour Party £6,000 pa rent on an office. Whether that’s a true reflection of the rent, or a hidden bung to the Labour Party I don’t know, but round here, £500 a month would get you a pretty good office.

    He seems to be buying, outright, a new mobile every year, but his Vodafone bills seem to be minimal… He also seems to spend a lot of money on phones, fax machines and headsets, but the bills submitted are very small for the number of calls one would expect for all that equipment.

    Ipswich Labour Party are also charging him for paper and printer consumables, but he is also claiming significant quantities of those on other expense documents…

    A new kettle seems to be required a lot as well.

    There is no record of staff costs in these documents, despite the document titles. Have they been hidden as well?

    He’s had 2 laptops and a PDA during the period, plus several very expensive printer/scanners, and spends serious amounts of money on toners/inks for printers, and appears to regularly pay his landlord (Ipswich Labour Party) for similar items. I haven’t got time to cross-check dates, items and quantities, but it looks suspicious to me.

    In total he’s spent well over £3k on Xerox scanners. Seems excessive…

    Several claims are for under £5, the lowest £1.35

    IEP0708:

    £135 for spectacles in January ’08. How can these be permissible expenses?
    £85 for “Completion of 2007 tax return” etc. November 2007.
    Total £500 “petty cash” in same document.

    ISP0607:

    £165 Accountant’s bill for tax returns ’05 & ’06
    £2163.25 December ’06 for redecoration of office. Aren’t we renting that for him?
    £144 May ’06 more goodies from the optician
    Total £400 “petty cash” in same document.

    ACA0506:

    £1100 (!) for a nice shiny new LCD TV. No sign of it not being paid in full…

    IEP0506:

    £2408.75 March ’06 for web site design and hosting. That’s a lot for a piss-poor site…
    £2727.74 Feb ’06 to Suffolk County Council. Virtually the whole invoice is redacted, so why, and what was it for? We should be told.
    £20.42 July ’05 for an Ipod Shuffle dock. Why would he need that to perform his work as an MP?
    Total £850 “petty cash” in same document.

    ACA0405:

    Nice new house in May, with around £3K of fees paid. Also claimed, at the same time:
    £6.29 – lightbulbs
    £269.99 – misc electrical and other stuff
    £723.60, Jan ’05 -carpets
    £380, Jan ’05 – Sony DVD recorder

    IEP0405:

    I’ve almost lost the will to live by now…
    Total £1200 “petty cash”.

  53. 123
    Anonymous says:

    Shahid Malik:

    Navigation Traffic Subscription: £90
    Satnav System: £430
    Wreaths for British legion: £33
    Reset burglar alarm which he had set off: £40
    Petty cash on the nose £250 every month
    The Immigration, Nationality and Refugee Law Handbook £50

    His ACA’s are a joke.

    This is a month (a typical one) from 2005

    Mortgage: £375
    Food: £400
    Utilities: £130
    Council tax: £225
    Telephone: £215
    Cleaning: £233
    Service/Maintenance: £220
    Repairs/Insurance: £217
    Water bill: £240
    HiFi Speakers: £240

    I can go on, but have to go out. Suggest someone has a good look at his.

    • 436
      Sir Mufbourne-Harbor says:

      When they re-write the rules can they either lease/return this stuff when they are voted out or it should all end up on charity ebay IMO. Chainsaws, aircon units, etc, etc sat nav, etc, etc

    • 467
      Anonymous says:

      Water bill of 240 a month? What the hell is the bloke doing to run that up?

  54. 124
    More Tories Please says:

    A quick look at Harriett Harman’s claims for 2004/5 I am intrigued by the regular payments to an anonymous consultant;

    Invoice Date Sum Billing Period
    12/03/2006 £881.00 Feb
    30/01/2006 £881.00 Jan
    28/11/2005 £881.00 Nov
    25/10/2005 £881.00 Oct
    25/09/2005 £881.00 Sep
    30/06/2005 £881.25 June
    05/05/2005 £293.75 April
    25/03/2005 £587.50 Feb & Mar
    31/01/2005 £587.50 Dec & Jan
    29/11/2004 £587.50 Oct & Nov
    29/09/2004 £587.50 Aug & Sep
    21/07/2004 £587.50 June & July
    04/06/2004 £587.50 May
    06/05/2004 £587.50 April
    04/04/2004 £587.50 March

    I may have missed the odd invoice in the 300 or so pages. But that little lot is £10K+. But we are not permitted to know the name of the consultant.

    • 127
      More Tories Please says:

      I presume this consultant must be Scarlett MccGwire.

      • 146
        Scarlett O'Brown says:

        Wasn’t Scarlett McGuire in “Gone With The Wind”

        As in;

        Mr Brown; “Frankly taxpayers,I don’t GIVE a damn”…..

      • 815
        Junior hack says:

        Sadiq Khan has paid Ms MccGwire many months of £500 + vat = £587.00 for consultancy work….?? whatever that is?????

    • 132
      Pogue Mahohn says:

      Derek Draper?

    • 144
      Hedley Lamarr says:

      Isn’t that for Scarlett McGwire, the ‘media consultant’?

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/bsp/hi/mpexpenses/html/115.stm

    • 161
      streamfisher says:

      IVF treatment?

      • 339
        Anonymous says:

        Nah, that’d be £49.99 for a John Lewis Turkey Baster and £2.79 for postage of a donation from Mr Timney

    • 177
      Anonymous says:

      Funny how her expenses claims rose sharply after April 2005. What happened then, I wonder?

      • 466
        Of course I am on a course,I'm an MP aren't I? says:

        She got a bigger calculator as part of her attendance on a course entitled;

        “How to make mega claims on the scum taxpayer and get away with it”

        – a one day (but you can claim for an overnight stay and loads of food),presented by world renowned expenses shredder Mr A Blair.

    • 274
      Flying Scot says:

      you will on Saturday :-)

    • 308
      MisterE says:

      Maybe she employs her own big-game hunter…
      Well, somebody has to track down and kill the giraffes to make her suits.

    • 598
      Bob the Squaddie says:

      I knew it ! She is not only a Man- Hating FEMINAZI bitch but a rascist troughing cow as well . What has she got to hide ? Perhaps the consultant is her spineless NEW MAN NONCE of a husband Jack ” I know nothing about cash for peerages ” Dromey?

  55. 125
    BOF2BS says:

    Stephen Williams – Bristol West

    Some don’t add up! Literally/numerically eg Additional cost allowance May & October 2007.

    He also seems to have an ongoing relationship with Dell as well as a propensity for guillotines!

  56. 126
    An M.P (misunderstood and poor) says:

    Life’s a bitch, I ain’t done nuffink wrong, that’s why I paid the money back and resigned (for the health of my family), but when I resigned I did not mean like now, like strait away, that’s why we call it StandDown I can hang on with Gordon for another 12 months and pick up another £300.000 in salary, benefits and relocation allowances, not to mention a pension to die for (but I wont be doing that any time soon, I am confident I have many more years of troughing ahead of me at the taxpayers expense).

  57. 130
    Anonymous says:

    God this is officially become the most boring subject of the year. WHEN WILL IT ALL GO AWAY?

  58. 131
    Betrayed & disgusted says:

    David Lepper – Brighton Pavilion
    Seems he claimed a few pence under a weeks pension money – for a Japonica tree! I guess we are not allowed to see where that was for.

    Also claimed for ‘Abbey Tax Protection’ this is a ‘professional expenses insurance and consultancy services that will protect you from the sting of tax investigation’. Essential for the job of pigging at the trough!!

    http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/david-lepper/David_Lepper_0708_IEP.pdf

    ELECTION NOW!! – cant we demonstrate like Iranians have – someone name the day and I’ll be there even tho I’m in my 70′s

    • 145
      70 is just a number - an MP's average IQ.... says:

      Your age equals these fraudsters IQ levels – did they REALLY think they could get away with it – there will be more than 50 MP’s leaving once people digest all of this eveidence for themselves AND their local papers get their Journo’s on to it.

      • 530
        MrPeregrination says:

        Not only did they think they would get away with it, the proved they could. How many resignations (and standing down next year does not count)? How many have been arrested for fraud? How many will actually get re-elected next time simply because there is no choice? Under the current system they own us and there is fuck all we can do about it.

        And if you think anything is going to change after the next election I have a slightly used duck house to sell you. I’ll even throw in an almost new massage chair for free. Until the electoral system changes radically these bastards will continue to steal from all of us. The only thing that will change is how they hide it from us

      • 803
        barefootcontessa says:

        Of course they thought they would get away with it! And they’re still trying to get away with it. They’re all inveterate liars, like their king of liars – Bliar.

  59. 137
    RfS says:

    Jim Sheridan, the sitting MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire North, was quoted in Hansard during previous debates on reform of the Parliamentary allowance system as saying that removing such features as the ACA would result in politics becoming the preserve of the independently wealthy.

    Today, thanks to the publication of his heavily redacted expenses by Parliament I now fully understand the hardships this £65,000 a year backbencher has to endure to represent us.

    I now accept that he requires the £220,000 second home and that we tax payers should pay almost £1,000 a month in interest payments on top of the £3,700 in professional fees that he charged to us during purchase. I also have come to realise the extent of his hardship after he had to claim a little under £4 for the use of a community hall in Erskine and £3.75 for the Bargarran centre for an hour in 2007. So destitute is he that he has to claim £400 a month in food. As a father of 2 young children I spend about £100 a week from my net salary on the family shopping so I know how it can rack up.

    I look forward to hearing from him again via one of his pristine full colour portrait carrying letters printed on a machine costing £1,700 designed to fold the letters for his staff. That is of course if he can find the time away from his £700 plasma TV that he billed us £1,000 for.

    I look forward to the election.

  60. 138
    Steve Expat says:

    BREAKING ON SKY – Fred ‘the shread’ Goodwin to be made by the Govt to pay back some of his pension.

    What interesting timing

    • 155
      Goodwin's carcass - a mere diversionary tactic says:

      That’s another of Brown’s tricks – divert the feeding frenzy that the publication of this stuff is creating by throwing Goodwin’s carcass in to the ring –

      BUGGER ME – you could not make this up – do they think we are stupid?

  61. 139
    The Fall of The House of Ussher says:

    The troughing Hoon sat tight hoping that her 1 month flipping, leading to a £16L tax gift, would be overseen by the Telegraph and The Great Unwashed.

    She was banking on the “redacting” aka censoring of her claims obscuring her flipping.

    At 1 minute to midnight she learns that she has been found out and resigns.

    Lying, cheating and still fucking us until the very end in full expectation of the resurrection of the righteous.

    Her bye-bye note from Gorgon-Hoon makes no mention of this fact, just her service to him.

    Says it all really.

  62. 140

    It looks like Ed Balls claimed for two Poppy Wreaths on 17th August 2007 for £33 but I can’t tell. Perhaps someone else can make it out

    Goto page 101

    He certainly likes using the Boston Office Solutions for his stationary IT stuff but I can’t seem to find it on Companies House.

    • 170
      A load of Ball's says:

      Yep – looks like he claimed for a wreath at £18.
      The front of the letter talks about a donation for £33 made – tried to track it back to the main claim sheet but cannot see it.

    • 181
      Shatterproof ruler for Ball's says:

      He did buy a plastic SHATTERPROOF ruler – probably to use to bat the flying Nokia’s away……

    • 213
      Ball's buys "Reasons To be Cheerful" - are there any? says:

      He also bought a few books from Waterstone’s;

      “Reasons to be Cheerful” for £7.99,written by Mark Steel

      and one called;

      “The Rebels” !!

      Quote from Amazon review;
      “Reasons to be Cheerful reads like a confessional rant: both a travel guide for the political ingénue and a nostalgic trip down memory lane for all those who helped fight the good fight and wondered if it was all worth it”

      Exactly – is it really worth it Ball’s?

    • 408
      Betrayed & disgusted says:

      Balls – Also claimed for ‘Three hot meals’ at Westminster.
      Their many restaurants and bars are heavily subsised by us the taxpayers.
      As we are also having to pay the bills for these subsidised meals why don’t they just make them free. It would save the poor piggies from having to put in claims.

      Election now!!!!

      • 443
        Sir Mufbourne-Harbor says:

        Good point! Why are they subsidised? A= because, presumably, they pay out of their ‘hard earned’ salary

  63. 141
    Pogue Mahohn says:

    We really need a mass rally, something like the old Poll Tax ‘riots’ we saw in the 80′s, I’d go even if I have to hitch hike all the way to London. Out, out, OUT!

    • 175
      Marching says:

      Ready and waiting sir – tell me the date and we shall be there – march peacefully and silently (the Iranian nation can teach us a bit,eh?).

    • 329
      Charles_E_Hardwidge says:

      Yes! Yes! Yes! Please someone organise a mass rally at Westminster to demand an early general election. I will attend for sure!

    • 415
      Betrayed & disgusted says:

      I’ll be there – someone please arrange, if I were younger I would.

  64. 143
    Anonymous says:

    Malik:

    Looks like he claimed to the council tax that his place was unoccupied (and then of course claiming expenses for it) and made amends to council tax bods in 2007/08.

    Dodgy as fcuk.

    http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/shahid-malik/

  65. 147
    The Truth Will Out says:

    I see we paid for TONY WRIGHT’S peppermint tea. Still working through the rest of it.

  66. 149
    The PM shouldn't be disturbed but our cunt is says:

    Millionaire Alan Duncan needs 250 quid a month for incidentals does he?

    As a hardcore Tory I would laugh if he got the tin tack from his constituents.

    His level of contemptibility is somewhere approaching lying, bullying, inadequate Brown’s bum boy, Tom fat slug Watson.

  67. 154
    sick as a parrott says:

    Just a quick glance at ms Keen of Brentford and Westminster and she seems to buy a banner every other week how many flags does this woman need..

  68. 157
    Junior hack says:

    Tom Brake MP

    Accountancy bills for £1269.00 since 2004.

  69. 160
    Plato says:

    How much do you pay to clean your windows?

    My MP [Hendry] charged £1080 a year for his. Perhaps he lives in Kew Gardens.

    And bizarrely there are three items totally over £1200 which have been paid but have been blacked out from his HoC allowances.

    These don’t appear on the face of it to be staffing costs either – a couple of these appear elsewhere in nice round figures like £200/£400.

    How can these be private if he uses them to do his job?

    http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/charles-hendry/Charles_Hendry_0607_IEP.pdf

  70. 162
    NotaSheep says:

    Whilst you peruse the heavily censored MPs expenses, do bear in mind that every claim has to be signed by the MP next to the declaration that the costs were “incurred wholly, exclusively and necessarily in the performance of my Parliamentary duties”. Why should any claims for items other than those that meet that tight requirement be seen as anything other than fraudulent?

    jpg of declaration here.

  71. 164
    Moley says:

    Remember the “good day to bury bad news”.

    What else is happening that they don’t want us to pay attention to?

    • 201
      Olaf says:

      Any distraction, such as the Goodwin business, is to try to obscure bigger things than this endless expenses business.

      How about the Bank of England kicking McBust where it really hurts, his financial reputation.

      Think about it, worth taking the expenses blinkers off once in a while. Better for the Brown Stasi that the expenses issue consumes the news space, than what are actually even more important issues.

      • 337
        Charles_E_Hardwidge says:

        Dead right! Don’t forget that the Government is borrowing its way to perdition – our perdition! 20 Billion in May alone!!!!

    • 217
      Just a small diversion says:

      Nuclear strike on N Korea AND Iran simultaneously?

      • 700
        Dogsbollocks says:

        You forgot Westminster but make sure all the troughing bastards are there ! Maybe give a special 500 quid allowance for this day. It would work out cheaper for all!

    • 221
      Media brains says:

      If the media had ANY brains,they would leave the Goodwin story alone for next week and concentrate on the expenses.

      But of course they don’t have brains.

    • 351
      Steve Expat says:

      PSBR figures out today £19.9bn in May – That’s £700 million A DAY borrowed!!!

      May 2008 was 12.2bn, the 2009 figure is the highest monthly figure ever recorded.

      That would be #1 story any other day.

      Sky news have bought the govt line and are leading with Goodwin paying back half his pension :-(

    • 362
      Anonymous says:

      Admiting that the ID card scheme is pretty much dead in the water?

      http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/06/18/id_card_end/

      “The Home Office confirmed yesterday it is delaying awarding the key contract for the national ID card project – actually making the cards for UK citizens.

      Fujitsu, IBM and Thales were all in the running to make the cards. But this contract will not now be awarded until autumn 2010 – after the general election, which at the moment is the Tories’ to lose.”

  72. 166
    Anonymous says:

    Have just checked out Rob Wilson (Reading East). Thought he was a good guy as he does not claim for 2nd home. But, whilst submitting invoices for miniscule amounts for stationary items, he regularly claimed the maximum £250 per month petty cash. Not in the same league as duck houses but troughing nonetheless.

  73. 169
    Seth the pig farmer says:

    My MP submitted the same receipts for more than £1200 on at least 2 occasions. Gonna do some more digging and then post the full details……

  74. 173
    Gerald Kaufman MP says:

    Gerald Kaufman MP expenses

    Kitchen ceiling painted (2 coats) 19/3/07 – £145.00
    Kitchen ceiling painted (3 coats) 22/03/07 – £169.00 – (5 coats of paint in total following a water leak from property above – would this not be covered by insurance??)
    Cotton Sheet – £24.00
    Carpet – £598
    3 x claims @ £245 – “Miscellaneous”
    Link

    Carpet – £866.00
    Painting & electrical work – £1803.62
    Bathroom – £2913
    TV – £750 (allowed from a £8865 Beovision TV he bought)
    Link

    —-

    Kitchen and bathroom repairs – £2033.43
    Kitchen and bathroom repairs – £3319.37
    Kitchen and bathroom repairs – £7790
    Kitchen and bathroom repairs – £9987.49
    Kitchen and bathroom repairs – £4626.56
    New boiler – £2000
    6 claims @ £245 each for “Odd Jobs” – £1470
    Link

    Doors and Windows – £3402.80
    Radio – £150.00
    4 claims @ £245 each for “Odd Jobs”
    Link

    —-

    Other:
    Luggage – £247.50
    Nokia N95 Phone – £499.95

  75. 174
    Hedley Lamarr says:

    OK, looking at Hain’s mortgage claims again:

    1) He seems to get 2 statements a month from Skipton Building Society for his mortage
    2) The amounts on those stagements add up to what he claims on the ACA form
    3) If he’s got a US dollar mortgage, wouldn’t the statement be in dollars rather than pounds? It’s not clear from the statement.
    4) Why would you get 2 mortgage statements per month for different amounts? Does he have 2 mortgages on the same place?

    Given Hain’s history as a slippery bastard it wouldn’t surprise me if something fishy was going on.

    • 234
      Twizzle says:

      Sorry to say, the statements would be in sterling. It’s just the rate he pays that tracks the US Libor – there is no currency liability.

      He’s got 2 mortgages with the same compnay ‘cos he borrowed more money. As with a previous reply, his first mortgage was probably in a penalty period and he ‘topped’ this up with the same lender on a difefrent rate.

      The guy has borrowed more money, simple as. And expects us to keep on paying…and paying… and paying for his extra borrowings.

  76. 180
    Anonymous says:

    I’m glad we paid for Brown’s damp proof course. I had one put in once – had to pay for it out of my salary.

    Might be worth adding up how much he paid his gardener over the years?

  77. 181
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      Charles_E_Hardwidge says:

      And don’t forget how her hubby paid off their joint mortgage – of course, she was completely unaware of this……

    • 365
      Bardirect says:

      More significantly

      She has a BT account in her own name “Mrs T J Jowell” and has claimed a proportion of the bills she pays by direct debit.

      However since at least January 2004 we have also been paying BT Bills for one “Ms S Jowell.”

      Who is Ms S Jowell and why are we paying her phone bills?

      there’s a BT bill for Ms S Jowell claimed by Tessa Jowell for £92.27 (£23.57 calls) dated 13th April 2004,
      another £85.78 (calls £18.33) dated 11th July 2004,
      another £94.25 (calls £26.03) dated 11th October 2004,
      another £75.34 (calls £8.33) dated 4th January 2005,
      another £66.62 dated 4 April 2005,
      another £68.42 (but only 25p on calls) dated 4th July 2005,
      another £68.33 dated 3rd October 2005 (18p calls),
      another £68.12 dated 3rd January 2006,
      another £68.72 (51p calls) dated on 3rd April 2006,
      a claim for a similar sum as telephone £73.20 in June 2006 but without a receipt,
      another £68.12 dated 2nd October 2006,
      another £70.33 dated 2 Jan 2007.

      Looks odd.

      • 368
        Bardirect says:

        and another “overdue” bill £48.45 dated 22nd June 2007
        another for £68.12 dated 2 Oct 2007

  78. 183
    Master Baiter says:

    Gordon is a narrow minded tribal ball of lard, surely you Tory fellows know this.

    There is no low tactic he will not employ in the narrow interests of keeping his rotten carcass and those of his henchmen in power.

    ‘Ere stop messin’ abahht!

    (I love catch phrases, d’you remember ‘Shell suits all round’, yeah that was crap as well).

  79. 184

    What’s that sound? Could it be the sound of hundreds of bloggers and journalists Flogging a Dead Horse?

    Come on, guys. The information that’s been released today is a drastically censored version of what the Telegraph has had for weeks.

    Meanwhile, Gordon Brown is still Prime Minister, churning out blatant lies about his spending plans, and ‘Shadhi’ Malik is still in a job, despite thinking that Muslim’s Don’t Do Direct Debits.

    Priorities?

    • 205
      Olaf says:

      Bravo, well said, couldn’t agree more.

      Lots of people on here have been neatly parked in a siding by the usual manipulation from the so called government and friendly elements of the media.

      Wake up!

      • 229
        Keep focused! says:

        There’s enough of us out here to spread the load Constantly F – keep it going man keep it going!

    • 237
      RfS says:

      Yes, but the Telegraph has only published what it wanted to. This stuff (while really censored) is the first time I can see that my MP has a £220,000 second home that he askes me to pay £1,000 a month towards, furnished it with quite a lot of beds and expensive furnature and topped it off with a £1,000 plasma TV package. All while representing some of the most deprived areas in Scotland.

      So no, this is not a dead horse, this is the opening battle of the next election.

  80. 186
    iMPrison 'em all says:

    Meg Hillier (Lab: Hackney South and Shoreditch) has charged for both personal taxation advice, and for her annual eye examinations …

    • 230
      iMPrison 'em all says:

      … and charged a grand in 05/06 for “Design and build of the Meg Hillier website”

  81. 187
    Austin V Mitchel says:

    Austin V Mitchel, Lab Grimsby Alan Duncan takes his full whack of £250 petty cash each and every month. His wine consumption is also a couse for concern.

  82. 188
    It's a lot less bover with a hover says:

    David Davis £702.83 for mowing paddock from June to October 04

    http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/david-davis/David_Davis_0405_ACA.pdf

  83. 189
    M says:

    Mark Williams MP charged £117.50 for ‘Inspecting Property and preparing rental valuation’ pg 22 of his Incidentals.

  84. 190
    David Chappell says:

    The ever-so-upright Dennis Skinner in 2007/08 regularly claims GBP400 a month for food and 200-250/month as petty cash. Bought 13 dozen Pentel pens in one go. Claimed for preparation & filing of “self-assessment” tax return. One claim for 1000 pounds for “maintenance/service charge” very rapidly seemed to go to his solicitor as a deposit against costs involved in a “collective purchase”, whatever that might mean.

  85. 191
    Austin V Mitchel says:

    DOH!
    Prev entry should have read
    ustin V Mitchel, Lab Grimsby takes his full whack of £250 petty cash each and every month. His wine consumption is also a couse for concern.

  86. 193
    Salford slim says:

    Where is Smiths gay porn claim. I cant be arsed trawling through all the blacked out forms.

    Please let there be more on show. Please please please. If I were a gambling man, which I am, I would have £500 on him/her being an habitual “Sky box office” user.

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      Aint worth it says:

      He needs to watch the news and then also catch up on old war movies on the other TV – he’s the Minister of Defence,don’t you know.

  88. 198
    maggie says:

    The amount of information that’s been hidden on these expenses is ridiculous. Since when is the address of a branch of Staples commercially sensitive. I’ve been looking at the expenses for Andrew Turner (MP for the Isle of Wight) and many of his receipts even have the date hidden. On page 50 of the incidental claims for 2005/2006, the date does show on a travel claim of £88.50 but both the means of travel have been blacked out so it’s impossible to tell if the amount is reasonable.

    This is not what was required under the freedom of information judgement. All expenses should be republished with only the truly confidential information hidden (bank accound and credit card details)

    • 242
      Twizzle says:

      Maggie, you been on Wightlink or Red Funnel lately? Seen the prices? Scandalous!!

  89. 200
    chronic says:

    Have made a statistical analysis of all the claims published and it seems that 90% of the information has been redacted, which leaves, guess what ??%.

  90. 203
    A Blogger says:

    Alan Duncan isn’t the only one ripping off the petty cash – Janet Anderson seems to claim £250 for both her House of Commons and Constituency offices every month – that’s £500 of our money on what, exactly? It’s not being spent on stationery or printer cartridges because she submits bills for those separately.

    My house windows are cleaned for the princely sum of £6 per month, yet she is paying £50-£60 per month. I drive past that office regularly, it’s not a mansion…

  91. 209
    Stronghold Barricades says:

    My MP Steven O’Brien (tory)

    appears to have a penchant for taxi’s although his claims are often reduced by 50%…to about £50

    Why are his service charges/insurance/repairs redacted when they aren’t affecting the bottom line of the form and

    Scruffily fills in his forms too…crossings out and adding up on the hoof? Are these legal documents so therefore once submitted can not simply be redone with the correct figures?

    Boring anyway…doesn’t appear to claim for food but does Newspapers

    Also seems to claim for everything on the 1/1 every year, so his household must be joyous over the festive period

  92. 211
    Lyttelton says:

    As a Conservative born and bred I need to give a plug for my MP Ed Miliband (Labour – Doncaster North) who rents his house in Doncaster and in the main just claims utilities etc with the odd claim for food. Doesn’t appear to have his snout in the trough! Even travels ‘Saver’ on the railway. Only had a quick glance at his expenses but looks like he is an ‘Honourable’ member. Just wish there were more like him and the on-line expenses were not so redacted.

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    Anonymous says:

    We also paid 48.99 for a Freeview box for Ainsworth.

    £2000 for repainting his garage/extension

    £53.50 almost every month for dry cleaning

    And I think the full £400 for food

    Over £2000 for a new ‘lounge corner unit’

    http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/bob-ainsworth/Bob_Ainsworth_0607_ACA.pdf

  96. 225
    More Media Manipulation says:

    It’s pretty clear that Kitty Ussher’s resignation was announced just before the redacted expenses were published to try and bury the bad news.

    • 247
      Attention to the details says:

      There must be loads of other resignation cases in this lot we have got today – I am off for a final job interview today and will hopefully get a job to be able to pay that shit Brown and his debts off.

      There has GOT to be some sackable’s in here

  97. 226
    King Miguel of Tonga says:

    In spite of all his fine words Dave Cameron has done precisely nothing about his own party’s trough guzzlers. This was his great chance to take a moral lead and show the difference between his party and the others. He has clearly decided to do nothing and hope that it will all go away but it will not. There is a smouldering fury in the country which will express itself sooner or later. We need strategically placed canididates in the constituencies currently held by the worst abusers on all sides. That would concentrate the minds of these charlatans!

    • 259
      Infamy, they've all got it infamy says:

      There would be nobody left.

      The system allowed them all to push the boundaries and they thought they would never be caught out even if published like today.

      Therefore it is the flippers that are the worst offenders.

  98. 227
    Infamy, they've all got it infamy says:

    Ref Hiding bad news: from Sky

    Public sector net borrowing reached £19.9bn in May, compared with £12.2bn a year earlier, new figures have revealed and is the biggest figure since the Office for National Statistics’ (ONS) records began in 1993.

    The country’s overall net debt now stands at a £774.8bn.

    That is almost £150bn higher than a year ago and equivalent to 54.7% of the UK’s
    entire annual economic output – the biggest proportion for more than 30 years.

    Say no more

    • 359
      Charles_E_Hardwidge says:

      And lying Brown keeps on lying – “no spending cuts under Labour” – the jibbering idiot should be certified! LabourLiesLabourLiesLabourLies!

    • 367
      Anonymous says:

      there’s at least a trillion more off the balance sheet, probably more like 2.

  99. 228
    Sunonmars says:

    How much Bloody Gardening does Gordon Brown need, all i see is tonnes of invoices for gardening on a weekly basis.

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    Here is another one, it is a wonder this woman hasn’t burt!

    Helen Jones MP is a hungry little piggy

    Unreceipted food costs:

    In January 2008 she claimed £100.00, in February it rose to £200.00 and by the last month published March 08 it reached the incredible level of £300.00!

    Always rounded to the nearest £100, you couldn’t make it up. (but obviously she could.)

  102. 238
    Anonymous says:

    Over most of the last 4 years Jonathan Djanogly has been claiming £250 per month for food and around £400 per month for cleaning. Not a recepit in sight!!

    Looks like Duncan could learn a thing or two from him!!

    • 249
      Porky Pies Mp says:

      Only £250? There are 30 MPs who have claimed the maximum £400 every month even when the House of C**** wasn’t sitting. One of these is Phil Woolas who isn’t as fat as Tom Watson so what does he do with all his troughing food – put it in a nosebag to feed Margaret Beckett!

  103. 243
    Anonymous says:

    Gillian Merron:

    A few bills from a camera shop (George Tokarski) one of which is completely censored – October 30th 2004 – but looks like the same sort of service as the 17th of March 2005 one.

    “To necessary work to digital image of Gillian Merron with photoshop ref background”

    So she charged someone to touch her up.

  104. 246
    52 Festive Road says:

    Parmjit Dhanda (Lab Gloucester) seems to have claimed £750 pcm for his mortgage in 04-05 but the interest was only £600 and something. Some months the fees office have reduced the claim others they have let it go through.

    • 307
      • 316
        Aristotle says:

        Still he thinks is a value for money Piggie !

        http://www.parmjitdhanda.co.uk/parmjits-expenses

        My expenses are based on some clear principles. I have never “flipped” main and second homes, my main home has always been, and will always be in Gloucester, with my constituents – a principle I maintained even when I was a minister. I have never played the property market, or avoided taxes – the flat in London is the only property I own, other than our family home in Gloucester. I am informed that since the last general election I have been the second cheapest MP in the county even though I represent the 16th largest electorate in the nation. My claims are lower than MPs from the other parties in the county and each year I look to find further efficiencies – reducing the proportion of the housing allowance I claim.

        I do, however, hope that the current system is reformed. I will press the Kelly Enquiry to consider my principles – banning the practice of flipping homes, ensuring MPs are resident in their constituencies and also banning the employment of spouses. Maybe then politicians can start to rebuild the trust of their constituents.

        To help do this I will be putting my expenses online to show maximum transparency. I am even publishing this year’s invoices taking us right up to the end of the 08/09 financial year

  105. 251
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Interesting to see that in 2007-8 Saint Clare Short was taking her £200 a month for food, charging us £180 a month for cleaning, £139 a month for gardening and £50 a month for window cleaning.

  106. 252
    Hugh Janus says:

    Charles Hendry claimed £270 for 3 window cleans. Must be a bloody big house or I’m in the wrong job:

    http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/charles-hendry/Charles_Hendry_0708_ACA.pdf

    • 267
      Hugh Janus says:

      Sorry I got that wrong – he charged us £110 in Aug 07 for just one clean!

      Window cleaning every month? Would you actually spend this kind of money if you were paying for it out of your own pocket?

      No, I thought not.

  107. 253
    Anonymous says:

    edward leigh, chairman of the Public Accounts Committee.

    – £5000 to the Catholic Trust

    – AUgust 05 – £387 to Wilkins kennedy accountants – tax avoidance?

    -

    • 269
      Steve Expat says:

      Is he renting an office from the Catholic Trust, or it could be an event in a church hall?

      Surely he’s not expensing a charitable donation to the church?

      Maybe if they had let us see a few more details there would be less speculation…..

    • 271
      Seth the pig farmer says:

      How can he recharge a donation to the Catholic Trust to the public purse?

      Surely this is not acceptable?

      • 287
        Anonymous says:

        looks like he hired an intern from The Catholic Trust? Interns are not usually paid.

        Using taxpayers money to give backdoor donations to the catholic church

        • 313
          Tin Arsely says:

          Why would one hire an intern like that from an organisation?
          So they can charge a “finders fee” or something?
          Should just pay them as staff.

          I note that theres no staffing indications – apart from one-off payments that are completely blanked out.

        • 452
          Fox in the Henhouse says:

          No different from using these guys

          https://www.parliamentaryresources.com/text.aspx?id=2

        • 538
          Steve Expat says:

          Fox, that actually seems like a pretty good idea.

          Hire 18 specialised researchers and rent them out to MPs – more efficient than each MP hiring a couple of his own general researchers. Most MPs’ researchers are students, interns or first-jobbers looking for a way in, they generally get paid peanuts. If I were an MP needing something really detailed or specific it makes sense to hire a ‘consultant’ researcher for that job.

          Still not sure why the Chair of the PAC has paid five grand to a trust though, there’s too much black ink on the page – I guess it could be something similar but we will never know.

  108. 255
    Sunonmars says:

    Jesus, Gordon brown charged us £4700 on 30.1.05 for a whole new kitchen and lounge partition.

    Its on pages 28/29/30 of 2004/05 ACA.

    Cheeky git.

    • 264
      Brown having a smashing time says:

      He probably smashed the whole lot up in a rage when he didn’t get his way.

    • 486
      Sand pit says:

      It’s when you see the claim for 10 tonnes of Dorset sand to re-create Obama Beach that we will know he is gone to the land of la la’s

  109. 256
    bingo bango says:

    Tom Harris MP (Glasgow South & Crap Blog West) claims the full £400 for food every month without fail. Also claims for home phone and internet. Managed to pocket £261 for a dinner set, including 6 x Pasta Bowls for £69 and 12 plates for £123.

    http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/tom-harris/Tom_Harris_0708_ACA.pdf

    Mohammed Sarwar (Glasgow Central & Blue Plastic Bag Filled With Used Twenties East) has a mortgage for £407,787 – was claiming £2,106.90 for mortgage interest, this has recently risen to £2,137.48. The son succeeds him as Labour candidate and will no doubt carry on the old man traditions.

    http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/mohammad-sarwar/Mohammad_Sarwar_0708_ACA.pdf

  110. 261
    Attention to the details says:

    Guido – the Julia Goldsworthy knee injury claim is not so – look at my post 71 responding to the original claim – post 27.

    I rang up Meniscus Cornwall – it’s a Caravan Park.

  111. 270
    Anonymous says:

    susan kramer MP, LibDem, seems pretty clean. 220 pages of office expenses mostly. she’ll get my vote. can’t fathom the idea of voting for Zac.

  112. 273
    Steve Expat says:

    Yvette Cooper Balls – 148.50 PENALTY TRAIN FARE – reported on Sky

    • 360
      Plato says:

      I wonder how the DT missed that …. not.

      • 542
        Steve Expat says:

        Do I detect a little cynicism there Plato?

        Apparently she’s trying to defend it now, saying that it’s not what it seems – obviously not generous enough with the black pen…

  113. 277
    pissed off voter says:

    Jo Swinson shared a flat and generously allowed the taxpayer to pay 2/3 of the costs.

  114. 279
    Sunonmars says:

    Gordon Brown 19/04/06 £1396 for redecorating his ceilings and get this “rearranging the 2 bedrooms” as discussed.

    We paid someone to rearrange his fucking bedrooms at £140 a day for 7 days. Page 19 of the 05/06 ACA.

    • 828
      cynffeeaarr says:

      279- All the money in the world wouldn’t get me to” redecorate ” his ceilings or “rearrange ” his bedrooms!!!

  115. 281
    Porky Pies Mp says:

    Wonderful this democracy when we cannot check the allowances of the Ponce of Darkness because, despite being the Prim Minister, he isn’t elected. Only guessing but I bet toilet rolls would feature a lot for this reptilian beast.

  116. 282
    Stronghold Barricades says:

    MP Mike Hall Weaver Vale (Lab) claims for food £200+/month, cleaning (£121), dry cleaning, laundry, ironing (£110/month), TV licence, and £200+/month on others

    On top of all the other usual stuff, with no receipts

    Free and easy with his Communication Allowances, he does seem to buy a lot of stamps on this although he also seems to buy them in his office costs too

    Rents Constituency office, claims for tax accountant, and maximum petty cash without receipts every month. £1000 for a new computer and peripherals from PC World, banners, £100 a month for his website, £186 for his Commercial Combined insurance (in full), folding steps, Ikea storage boxes…it goes on and on

  117. 284
    Matt says:

    Everyone’s favourite giant, Daniel Kawczynski, spent £1266.70 on taxis over three years as well as claiming £7330 of petty cash. Just as well he paid an accountant £722.63 to help him with his tax forms.

    (he also claimed £108.10 for Polish lessons)

    • 366
      Plato says:

      So he could pronounce his surname?

    • 686
      Polish him off says:

      Kawczynski’s family came to Britain from Poland in 1940.

      So his dad didn’t bother to teach him then?

      • 736
        Mary Hinge says:

        There were a lot of half-Polish kids in my school. Their fathers were Poles who’d fought in the war and married British girls.
        A lot of them went to Polish (language) school on Saturdays to get some sort of grip on the Polish language.

  118. 291
    Alex says:

    Why are we aying for MP’s personal tax returns? What has that got to do with the buysiness of parliament? How they account for their income to the tax man has #nothing to do with Parliament.

  119. 292
    Not over there says:

    Robert Neill (Con Bromley & Chislehurst)
    By claiming back all the interest on an interest only mortgage. I suppose he’s put his money where his mouth is by guesing correctly that the value of the pound would be trashed. There by reducing the value of the lump sum repayment in 25 years to a bit of loose change lurking down the back of the sofa.

  120. 295
    Seth the pig farmer says:

    How do you make an official complaint?

    My MP has submitted the same receipts on more than one claim and been paid out each time.

  121. 296
    • 341
      Nobby says:

      She also claimed 967 quid for a new window. 40 quid a month for newspapers, and strangely, bought cases of “Scott Performance 200 Toilet Tissue”! She also took the 250 a month, and why is she paying South Bristol Labour Party 1250 a quarter for rental? This appears as though the taxpayers are funding South Bristol Labour Party!

      • 370
        Charles_E_Hardwidge says:

        Dim Prawn needs to be treated like a lobster – dunked alive and kicking in a vat of boiling water! She is the prune who imposed IR35 on contractors and talked endlessly about “paying the right amount of tax”. Lying hoon!

  122. 298
    Ayayay says:

    Re: Goldsworthy

    other posters are correct, Meniscus is clearly the company she pays rent to (presumably her office). You will need to correct.

    However, Goldsworthy has claimed expenses to pay her accountant for self assessment – naughty.

  123. 299
    Nick says:

    The Rt Dishonourable Daviod Maclean MP, Penrith & The Borders. http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/david-maclean/David_Maclean_0708_IEP.pdf

    1 x F Type Wreath £19.00 26/10/07 – Royal British Legion!!

    The Rt Dishonourable Elliot Morley – http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/elliot-morley/Elliot_Morley_0708_ACA.pdf

    Claiming (apart from a non existent mortgage) £400.00 per month on food!! Fat bastard!!

  124. 300
    Sunonmars says:

    Can Gordon Brown answer why we apparently paid £199.00 for a new hoover when he doesnt do the cleaning?

    • 490
      Hoover a Nokia says:

      It’s a specially adapted Hoover that can suck up Nokia’s that are lying around…

  125. 301
    WitteringsFromWitney says:

    David Cameron criticized the Communications Allowance yet used it.

    see http://witteringsfromwitney.blogspot.com/2009/06/do-as-i-say-not-as-i-do.html

    • 373
      Charles_E_Hardwidge says:

      Why wouldn’t he? He has said publicly that it should be scrapped, but since it is available to all MPs, why would they not use it? Not to use it would disadvantage them versus the MPs that do. Can’t see a problem with using something, even though you believe it should not exist to be honest.

  126. 304
    TOO FAR says:

    What’s this £400 for food per month? Is it for the MP’s consumption only, or the whole family? No wander some of them are such fat pigs!
    Most claim the same (max) because they can. Bloody disgusting. That must be benifits in kind as far as the IR are concerned. How can it be they get fed by the taxpayer? £400 is easily enough to feed a small family.
    Every one of us prolls have to manage to pay for our grub out of our salary.
    THAT REALY FUCKING PISSES ME OFF. If I try to put £400 as an tax free allowance on my tax return, the IR would fuck me off.
    The next time one of these troughers knock on my door to ask for my vote I’ll…………..!!!!!!!

    • 491
      Welcome! says:

      Welcome to the land of fraudsters and criminals…aka Planet MP.

    • 614
      Anonymous says:

      “Other food – reasonable additional costs while
      you are away from your main home”

      This is what they are allowed to charge for food as set out in Green Book – the Balls manage £600 pcm – heavens knows what they eat in their main home!

  127. 305
    Anonymous says:

    Ian Liddel Grainger MP Bridgwater…for completing tax return £822, Camera and extras£700, Mobile Phone £190

  128. 306
    Lesser Spotted Conway says:

    Former Tory, now independent MP Derek Conway, claimed for:

    £352 for a hands free car kit
    £349 for a sat nav
    £903 for TWO digital cameras

    And this was just in 2007/8!!!

  129. 308
    Anonymous says:

    Russell Brown (Dumfries + Galloway) appears to have claimed £179.99 for a DVD/ CD player in 07/08.

    On page 19 here – http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/russell-brown/Russell_Brown_0708_ACA.pdf

  130. 310
  131. 311
    Sunonmars says:

    and the award for funniest receipt of the day.

    Gordon Brown

    24/01/07

    Clear Choked WC pan in upstair bathroom. £88.13 Megaturds.

  132. 312
    Anonymous says:

    Christine Russell (City of Chester) and Helen Southworth (Warrington South) share a flat (£1,100 pcm each)
    and must find it very difficult sorting out their cleaning expenses, e.g. HS claimed £140 for 1.11.07 – 31.1.08 (x3)
    while CR claimed £175 for 27.9.07-9.12.07 (x2 +)
    and £140 for 10.12.07 – 31.1.08 ( x1 +)
    They are certainly very clean girls.

  133. 315
    Anonymous says:

    Guido, you need to look at Ainsworth’s mortgage/rent situation. Up until July 07 he was paying a mortgage (I think) of £268.55. In July 07 he started having to pay £322.88. From Aug 07 he started claiming £1208.33 in RENT

    He also tried to claim £4500 for fencing!!!! in April 07 which I think the fees office refused. He also claimed for fencing and gate in Apr 06 for £951.50. And I think he claimed for fencing AGAIN in July 05!!!!

    I think his 06/07 and 07/08 claims are identical!

    He claimed £1,004.94 for a 32″ Samsung TV, but only got £759.00

    We also paid £5925.75 for ‘repair and decoration’ in ‘front lounge’ in july 05.

    £2600 for decorating in June 04.

    £1300 for decorating in Sept 04.

    £300 for flooring in Sept 04.

    £387 for flooring in Oct 04.

    He TWICE claims for ‘validation claims’ which includes ‘addresses comply with central records’ and ‘invoices relate to 2nd home address’. He doesn’t do this in later years though…

    Apr 07: £268.55 (m/r) (mortgage I think…)
    May 07: £268.55 (mortgage or rent)
    June 07: £268.55 (m/r)

    FROM 1 JULY 07 MORTGAGE PAYMENT £466.79 (INC £322.88 INTEREST PAYMENT)

    July 07: £322.88 (m/r)
    August 08: £1208.33 (m/r)
    Sept 07: £1208.33 (RENT)
    Oct 07: £1208.33 (m/r)
    Nov 07: £1208.33 (m/r)
    Dec 07: £1208.33 (m/r)
    Jan 08: £1208.33 (RENT)
    Feb 08: £1208.33 (m/r)
    March 08: £1208.33 (m/r)

    http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/bob-ainsworth/Bob_Ainsworth_0405_ACA.pdf

    It makes me sick – I’m offf! Happy hunting!

  134. 317
    Sunonmars says:

    nd the award for funniest receipt of the day.

    Gordon Brown

    24/01/07

    Clear Choked WC pan in upstair bathroom. £88.13.

    Depth charges must be needed to unblock that.

  135. 318
    Sir Reginald Titbrain says:

    This is about as exciting as shooting fish in a barrel, Guido.

    Anybody who could can pocket £250 a month without receipt, just for the asking, and chooses not to is a bit of a head case.

    Meanwhile, Brown, he of the mental health problem the cost of which £250 a month for eternity will not recoup, and anxious for his place in history as the great reformer, seeks future parliaments to be stuffed with career oiks like him. No outside jobs, please.

    You can go to Labourlist and have a look at some of them, photos down the LHS, all striking romantic poses and most with names which would make “dickhead” look classy. I particularly commend to the reader little girl lost Laurie Penny, the deeply moody ShamiK Das and the grinning half wit Johhny Innes.

    Link

    This is the real disaster awaiting our democracy, not a few chancers trousing some cash.

    • 383
      Charles_E_Hardwidge says:

      You have reason – part of the problem with the present Parliament are all the career politicians who don’t have a clue about life for ordinary citizens, for struggling businesses and job seekers. We need a minimum age before someone can become an MP – 40 sounds about right – means they will have to have spent a real life earning a real living before entering Parliament.

    • 394
      Dr Feelgood says:

      Good post, Sir Reg.

      Brown is using the second jobs issue purely to try and score points off the Tories – not for the good of the country.

      Perhaps we should:
      1) Raise the age qualification for being an MP to 30
      2) Prevent central party lists and have open primaries so that the general public can be involved in candidate selection

  136. 321
    Stronghold Barricades says:

    Derek Twigg (Lab) Halton

    Cleaning (£20 a month), food, a radio, bedding, renewal of tenancy agreement (even though he then forgot to pay the increased rent the following month and had to submit a reminder note from his landlord to cough up the extra), council tax, utilities etc Not a lot of receipts

    Fairly freely uses his Communication allowance keeping the post office in business, but only £45 for his website for the year

    £11.22 for a tin of nescafe coffee, £528 for preparation of his self assessment

    He has redacted “Halton” from most of his receipts…why? He’s the MP for Halton, isn’t that a major clue to where he holds his constituency meetings?

  137. 322
    Stevie C says:

    Ed Balls claimned for 2 poppy wreaths from the British Legion, 20 AUgust 2007.

    Simply unbelievable.

    • 508
      Why do I feel so bloody angry? says:

      This is the Cxunt who earns £15,000 per month with his wife , after tax and NI.

    • 609
      Sylvia's Mother says:

      Ed Balls the scumbag. Trougher is to kind a word for him. Arrogant tosser.

  138. 324
    Geoff Hoon MP says:

    Geoff Hoon Expenses

    Wardrobe – £310
    Chest of Drawers – £25
    Television – £449
    Storage Boxes – £67.58
    Washing Machine – £378.95
    Link

    —-

    Speedo Massage Poolshoe – £6
    Curtain Cleaning – £413
    Carpets £405
    2 x Drawer Chests – £140
    Lamps – £100
    Roof Work – £60
    Redecoration – £785
    Link

    —–

    DVD player – £250
    Digital receiver – £179.99
    TV – £750
    Link

    Decoration – £1505
    Carpeting – £1188.76
    Furniture – £541
    Oven = £445
    Link

  139. 325
    righty right wing (mrs) says:

    Outrageous.Those pigs.

    Imagine all of the taxpayers like me who had to sell a family home to cover the Death Duties “Inheritance tax” to pay for this.

    Prison is too good for them, really it is.

    A cabal of crooks for a cabinet, a lunatic unelected unmandated head case as Prime Mentalist presiding over the most rotten Parliament in our history.

    These b_stards have turned the British people into a laughing stock.

    Dissolve Parliament. Arrest the troughers.

    Where are the Metropolitan Police? Where is HMRC?

  140. 327
    streamfisher says:

    Jim Devine… service charge, estimate for year ending March 2008 = £738.
    Everything else is blacked out, have we gone from porno’s to prostitution?.

  141. 330
    Sunonmars says:

    Page 41 of the 06/07 ACA

    Installation of a solar power, wind power, central heating and pv electric system.

    £6464.56 for the total cost and at the bottom and then it requests to pay this over 10 years at £646.45 per year and £165 per quarter.

    Was Brown trying to slip this in under petty cash or other bills.

  142. 334
    Barbie Tourette says:

    ZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz…………………………….

  143. 335
    Dame Davina Pancake says:

    Fantastic – Ed Balls claimed £11.67 for replacement Henry hoover bags from his Communications Allowance (P18) – what does he do with the bloody things, give them to Yvette to put over her head when she meets her constituents?

  144. 336
    Stevie C says:

    what did ben bradshaw claim from SOuth West Trains for 283.40 that meant the whole receipt has to be blacked out? In August 07.

    This is a sham.

  145. 345
    Stepney says:

    The next Speaker of the House?

    Stand up Maggie Beckett – £600 for flowers and hanging baskets and £1800 for food in 8 months May 05 to Jan 06.

    I wonder if those pensioners in South Derby struggling to ay their council tax eat quite so well and have such lovely gardens?

    Nothing’s too good for the working classes…

    Greedy, troughing, hypocritical COW

    • 372
      righty right wing (mrs) says:

      And dont forget that the troughing sow wnated to claim over £2000 for a Pegoda to park her caravan under.

    • 643
      Sylvia's Mother says:

      How can this woman get to be Speaker. She is so partisan and is yet another labour person that is now three speakers in a row and what’s more she has been a member of this government pretty much since 1997 it is just out of fucking order. Christ I am so angry right know I could crush a grape!! We need a clear out and I never thought I would say but Gorbals is far more attractive than Beckett in every sense of the word.

  146. 347
    Anthony Steen MP says:

    Anthony Steen £340 to Top Cherry by 15%

    Ouch.

    • 353
      Anthony Steen MP says:

      Drainage (to the lower field?) – £1146.16

    • 377
      streamfisher says:

      Top Cherry…Obviously a euphemism ( not about trees), bet they were all having a good laugh about the most outrageous expense claim it would be possible to get away with, but it seems that point was never reached.

    • 523
      Steen - blood pressure rise guaranteed says:

      I will not look at his expenses online – why?

      Because if I did,I know that I would get so angry that I would drive down to his house and xxxxx the xxx and xxx the xxxxx.

  147. 349
    Odds Bodkins says:

    Here are a few gems from my porky pig member for East Lothian, Anne Moffat:

    £250 per month every month petty cash come what may, and from the additional costs allowance:

    £639.93 – “Domestic Appliances”
    £190 – “Fridge”
    £160 – “Crockery set” (how many plates does one need to eat from??)
    £76 – TV Ariel
    £2300 – “Boiler”

    … and on and on it goes, this is by no means exhaustive. Her travel allowances were stupendous especially before she got rumbled.

    This has put me in a foul mood, especially when I think of my local after school club being threatened with closure for lack of funds. We will be up shit creek without it.

    If its any consolation many of these pigs will be unemployed in the not-too-distant future.

    • 578
      Lt General Sir Barbour-Jacket KFS RAC MOT says:

      The sweet bit is that their little ex-MP pension & payoff will prevent them claiming dole, and goodness knows what else.

      I hope that, when they start whinging, the benefits guy/gal points out that they implemented the policy and things are so expensive because they let Gordo raise taxes.

      They can then point out that they should get their ass in every 2 weeks and prove that they have been looking for work.

  148. 350
    Seth the pig farmer says:

    The Telegraph says they will publish the blacked out bits on Saturday.

    Bet they don’t

    • 718
      Snooper says:

      The redaction is all bollocks anyhow. Receipts haven’t carried credit card data for years, and only invoices carry home addresses.

      There is NO reason to cover up the suppliers address or the date of the invoice or receipt at all.

  149. 352
    excellentcatblogger says:

    Ian Davidson’s Council tax 06/07 was paid in full. OK, nothing wrong with that (ish), but not only was he late paying but summons charges were paid by the taxpayer as well an extra £60 on top of £1280. Have these people not heard of diredt debit?

    He also submits either a claim for 6 months or 1 year.

    In other MP’s entries the writing is barely legible, numbers are crossed out and then overwritten. If you filled a benefit claim form like this you would get nowt.

  150. 355
    Praguetory says:

    On page 49 of Jacqui Smith’s ‘communications allowance’ claims is an invoice of £600 from the Redditch Advertiser which the invoice classifies as ‘party political’.

    That’s the same Redditch Advertiser that printed letters from her husband/employee/wanker Richard Timney without attribution.

    • 392
      Charles_E_Hardwidge says:

      Interesting – just as well her constituents will vote Jackboots out of Parliament at the next election. She will have time on her hands then – she will be able to use them on her husband instead of him doing it by himself!

      • 842
        ShugNiggurath says:

        Think she’s another one on the Direct Debit scam with the gas and leccy; £200+ per month constantly paid, then reclaim the refund of overpayment at year end.

  151. 356
    Glen says:

    Peter Hain Claimed for 2 Faux Lether in tray’s

    It doesn’t say if they were Tan Colour!

    Fake tan fake Leather what does that say ;-)

  152. 364
    JCohen says:

    Dr. Phyllis Starkey’s (Milton Keynes South West) are rather fun. Amongst them are receipts for £2.50, £1.50 and – best of all – 50p. She was obviously out to take us for every penny she could, then!

    See ‘em here

    Or if you have a life and as a result insufficient time to trawl through that lot, here’s the highlights

  153. 370
    Sunonmars says:

    Go and have a look at Malik’s expenses, stunning to say the least.

    • 381
      Sunonmars says:

      Shahid Malik’s Council tax bill from 10 Aug 2007 shows he charged the taxpayer £62 Authority summons cost and £3 court summons cost.

      Sack the bastard now. He broke the law got summoned for it and then charged us.

      Page 18 of 07/08 ACA.

      Whats even worse is he is claiming a 10% unnoccupied allowance, he’s claiming for an unnocupied 2nd home. What the fuck.

      • 389
        Sunonmars says:

        how can you claim unnoccupied council tax discount and then buy furniture for that 2nd home. Simple council tax fraud or expenses fraud, take your pick, its one or the other.

        • 654
          Wild Willy says:

          Michael Jack (Con, Fylde) claims the 10% discounted council tax as Unoccupied/second home, but his electricity & gas bills are more than three times mine, and I live here all the time. Who is living there permanently and using all that power? I cannot even afford a holiday since the interest on my tiny savings is now only 0.13%. The pension hardly allows me to live. I would live really well on the £400 food allowance plus the £250 unexplained expenses allowance. Just those two together comes to £236 more than my pension each month. I really need some paint, too, before the walls are bare.

      • 807
        barefootcontessa says:

        It’s fraud, sheer fraud!

  154. 375
    Dave says:

    Scum

    • 379
      righty right wing (mrs) says:

      Seconded

      • 384
        mad fred 2 para retired says:

        3rded

        and to think they sent our lads out to win the hearts & minds of 7th century intellectuals with NO PROPER FUNDING FOR ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT!!!

        I guarantee you the lads out there will be reading these and getting very angry indeed that this lot put their own luxuries above the essential kit the British Army needed.

  155. 378
    vulpus_rex says:

    Frank Dobson 2007_2008.

    Claimed for his tax return to be completed by professional accountants, but looks like he claimed for it TWICE!

    See claims:

    20/02/08
    22/01/08

  156. 382
    charcoal says:

    Fabian Hamilton – an 8gb Ipod Nano as part of his communications allowance.

    An £800 video camera so he could podcast !!!!

    And I’d love to know the relationship between him and Serif Systems who he spends an awful lot of my money with.

    • 514
      charcoal says:

      Oh I’ve found it – he founded the company – though I’m sure he and his family no longer have any financial interest in it.

      No wonder the charges are so fucking outrageous.

      • 593
        Anonymous says:

        Current director and owner – one Malcolm Naylor posted an article in the Yorkshire evening post saying “The latest revelations of MPs’ expenses show what two-faced hypocrites these overpaid charlatans are” …. Too right matey – looks like it takes one to know one!

        http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/Register.aspx?ReturnURL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk%2Fletters-to-the-editor%2FAnger-over-twofaced-hypocrites.5263131.jp

        • 602
          Anonymous says:

          Fabian Hamilton listed as the company secretary in the first annual return of this company in 1996. Looks highly suspicious to me!!

      • 644
        charcoal says:

        Yes, Fabian was the comnpany sec with a 50% shareholding, Malcolm Naylor from Sheffield was the other founding director.

        Who has his 50% shareholding now.

        • 703
          Anonymous says:

          Malcolm Naylor 65 shares
          Colin Griffiths 5 shares
          Abigail Clare Naylor 30 shares

          They are also connected to Pi Internet Ltd. Any claims for that company?

        • 720
          charcoal says:

          yes, PI internet have been used for supplying ADSL VPN etc

      • 655
        charcoal says:

        and the comnpany that do his ADSL/VPN in the additional costs also seem to be connected to Serif.

        • 748
          Anonymous says:

          He seems to have double tapped his ADSL bill – 1 April 08 he charged £1,715.50 in his additional costs allowance – with the supplier’s details blacked out, and the same invoice is claimed in the incidental expenses allowance, with no blackout. Payable to Pi. Gotya!

          Can’t be bothered to cross check it all but who pays that much for ADSL anyway?? why does he need all those accounts?

        • 762
          charcoal says:

          One of the invoices has not been blacked out and lists four accounts

          Home Leeds
          Office Leeds
          Home London
          Office HOC

          But what really amuses me is, he advertises with the Jewish Chronicle in a very muslim constituency

  157. 385
    mad fred 2 para retired says:

    How much body armour and decent APC vehicles could the £109 million a year the MPS claim in expenses bought?

    We know what the MPS thought was the priority – hence the shoddy quality of the body bags bringing home our heroes.

  158. 387
    Anonymous says:

    Gordon banks – £2497.93 for “External Decoration”

  159. 391
    Anonymous says:

    The average price of petrol rose almost 5p between mid-May and mid-June – the second highest monthly increase ever, the AA has said.

    Vote Labour

    hahahahaahahhahahahahaha

    http://uk.news.yahoo.com/21/20090618/tuk-average-price-of-petrol-soaring-6323e80.html

  160. 398
    Jon Trickett (Lab, Hemsworth) says:

    Jon Trickett (Lab, Hemsworth) regularly claims unreceipted amounts of £400 per month for food and £250 petty cash. He is MP for one of the most deprived constituencies in the UK, and it would take his average constituent 124 hours at minimum wage to earn what he claims without receipts.

  161. 399
    Eddie says:

    Well Gordon Brown failed to fix the roof while the sun was shining, but Tony Blair certainly didn’t…

    A £7,000 claim for roof repairs, 2 days before stepping down as PM.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/5567079/Tony-Blair-claimed-7000-for-new-roof-two-days-before-leaving-No.10.html

  162. 400
    Sir William Waad says:

    Gordon Brown tried to claim for some gourment chutney to put on his cheese, but Mandelson palmed him off with relish.

  163. 402
    arthur says:

    Elfyn Llwyd; £857.75 for preparation of is tax return.

  164. 405
    Windsor Tripehound says:

    Are Ed Balls and Yvette Cooper both claiming mortgage repayments or am I misunderstanding something?

    • 413
      Lt General Sir Barbour-Jacket KFS RAC MOT says:

      I have a suspicion that husband/Wife teams designate each residence as main/secondary.

      Husband: Home A main, Home B secondary.
      Wife; Home B main, Home A secondary.

      So they pay no mortgage, and can claim food and allowances for each residence.

    • 423
      Steve Expat says:

      They are, but it looks like they are paying half each. Their ACA (2nd home allowance) claims added together are the same as the maximum for an MP.

      Unbelievably, it looks like they are in the clear, at least as far as second homes are concerned. Their two 141 grand salaries are obviously enough on which to get by…!!

      • 577
        PT Barnham's shit shoveller says:

        See 434 below for YC’s claim for a fine for not having a train ticket. Not that squeaky.

  165. 406
    JamesW says:

    Frank Doran represents Aberdeen North. Although both his name and constituency are blacked out from his Additional Costs Allowance forms. In February 2005 he spent an impressive £543.62 on gas. I guess it’s cold up in NE Scotland. We’ve also paid £225.71 for maintenance and monitoring of his intruder alarm system.

    Kind taxpayers have shelled out over £1500 for his bathroom. Unlike Prezza, Doran just needs the one loo seat. But he has blinged his up with a chrome hinge – a snip at £22.

  166. 407
    Cream Puff says:

    Im hoping someone can shed some light on the following
    Both Alistair Darling and Mark Lazarowicz (there maybe other Scottish MP’s involved) have been claiming expenses at the Scottish Parliament, sharing, presumably with an MSP. Considering MP’s are never seen within the 10 mile exclusion zone around Holyrood, let alone wold need to share offices. Why are Scottish MP’s lodging this expense?
    By the way Mark Lazarowicz is another MP, who seems happy asking for monthly £ 100 petty cash

    • 465
      1984: The Manual says:

      David Cairns – Inverclyde

      Doing the same thing. Got Remittance Advices from the Scottish Parliament. Shares his office with the Duncan McNeil MSP, but claiming rent seperately. Areas are blanked out, so we don’t know what we’re paying for.

      Anyone got any ideas?

      Another MP here charging us for “professional services to personal taxation” – tut tut

  167. 409
    Simon Wentworth says:

    ‘Dr’ Tony Wright made us pay £222 for 2000 calendars in 2008. WTF?! TWO THOUSAND CALENDARS? So he can do his job? How many rooms has his house got?

    • 468
      Matt says:

      I imagine he posts them out to his constituents and that they have useful information on them (council numbers, NHS numbers etc).

      Or he might just be really shit at diary management.

      • 527
        Simon Wentworth says:

        Well we all get the phone book for free, and I resent paying for his propaganda sheets.

  168. 412
    Cream Puff says:

    Mark Lazarowicz claimed for a Lothian Buses bus pass in 2004/05 which the taxpayer stumped up £ 396
    Question is why? considering Mark Lazarowicz should be in London most of the time or are Edinburgh Buses bus passes accepted in London?

  169. 414
    A firm pair of breasts says:

    Looks like the MP’s gravy train is made of fucking solid gold!

  170. 418
    Fox in the Henhouse says:

    Liam Fox seems to have claimed £730 for “debt recovery services.”

    Top ACA report, Page 22.

    Plus, of course, 6 Grand to the Parliamentary Resources Unit.

  171. 420
    Charles E Hardwidge Senior says:

    Why no payments for rent-boys yet ??

  172. 428
    Dudley Zoo says:

    Ian Austin, Browns PPS has double claimed repeatedly.

    In 05/06, he regularly claims a generic figure for Broadband, then also claims for the BT Business Broadband bill as well. In addition, he has claimed for electricity from Powergen on both the original bill and on the reminder in October and November 05 and has also claimed 3 BT bills twice, once on the reminder and once on the original bills, also in October and November 05.

    He also claimed twice for two invoices from Dell dated 13/07/05 and 15/07/05 totalling £336.51, once on 30/8/05 and again on 09/09/05 – just 10 days later!

    All this and I’ve only got halfway through the first year!

  173. 429

    What a steaming pile of horse shit. Parliament should be sacked.

    Fucking wankers.

  174. 432
    MisterE says:

    Gordon Brown -

    http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/gordon-brown/Gordon_Brown_0607_ACA.pdf

    On pages 12 & 13 of Gordon Brown’s ACA form for 2006-2007, an invoice is made out to [REDACTED] Brown – ie the first name is blacked out, just showing the surname ‘Brown’.

    Why would Gordon Brown black out the first name on his receipts? Is the receipt actually made out to a family member, and Gordon’s stuck it through on his expenses…?

    It’s for a total of £265.95 – a vacuum cleaner & some storage boxes.

  175. 433
    John Bercow MP says:

    John Bercow MP – £264 for Sanitary Towel Blockage

    Engineers receipt for £264.37 says:

    “Attend site to rectify problem with moderator. Engineer strip down pump. Check to find SANITARY TOWEL blocked in pump. No responsibility to ourselves.”

    Link

    And no responsibility of the taxpayer either John!

  176. 434
    Fox in the Henhouse says:

    Funny thing, too. The first letter in the Shadow Defense’s ACA dated 31 March 2007 is advising that his tracker mortgage rates have risen, so he’s retrospectively claiming more money backdated to October 2007.

    For some strange reason, I can’t find a commensurate one when the payments go down.

  177. 435
  178. 436
    skint says:

    Mrs Balls was fined for not having a train ticket.£150. Guess who paid the fine?No prizes will be awarded for correct answer.

  179. 439
    JamesW says:

    Ann Clwyd claims for around £700 – £1500 a month. Except for 19/8/04 where she puts in a claim for £12,182.50. Grateful tax payers are helping her move house. We’re even paying her stamp duty for her. Bless. Why pay taxes yourself when the rest of the hard-working tax payers can stump up a bit more instead?

    • 513
      Aristotle says:

      In March 06 she asks the Taxpayer for over £3,000 for decorate a couple of bedrooms and a £675 chair.

      The chair is on familiar Order form – issued by Maskrey’s a South Wales furnisher not a South Kensington one :-)

      The bedroom invoice includes £148 transport costs – I’m sure the Telegraph
      can help the suspicion is that the supplier is not in London / 2nd home area – Why should the taxpayer pay for the transport cost as well ?

      Ms Clwyd’s constituency is in South Wales. – you have to applaud the tax payer supporting local suppliers, but frankly I’d rather my Tax was spent on the NHS, Education etc

  180. 442
    Brown study says:

    I see that ‘Dr’ Tony Wright paid on our behalf, to his own Cannock Labour Party, £380 for a copy of the electoral register.

    • 450
      Brown study says:

      And £995 for wooden (Chiltern teak and snowflake) venetian blinds. Does not say what home it is for.

    • 492
      Simon Wentworth says:

      And £560 in 2005 to Cannock Labour Party for the same.

  181. 446
    Anonymous says:

    http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/vera-baird/Vera_Baird_0708_ACA.pdf

    I’m worried, our Vera seems to have claimed the deposit of £914 on some rather agreeable furniture in Feb 2008 (Toulouse, which I believe is a range of oak furniture by Christian Harold) but I can’t see that she remembered to charge us for the balance of £3,656.? Why on earth not?
    Still, she remembered to charge us for replacing and varnishing her internal doors – would be awful if didn’t match the furniture. Perhaps she could pop into Anna Racoon and clear this up for us.

    • 770
      Anonymous says:

      Possibly the balance is in 08-09 – not published yet. I’m sure her constituents about to lose their jobs at Corus will not begrudge her these few modest sticks of £4 grand furniture though.

  182. 449
    Anonymous says:

    Chris Chope: £881.25 to strip down and recover a chesterfield.

    Refuse sacks: £2.99

    And that was just for the receipted items; most of the items had no receipts and no description or had been blacked out to be unknown.

    I’m glad the telegraph got the raw data; this blacked-out shite is a complete waste of time; it might as well not be published with that much stuff censored; you can’t tell what anything’s for.

    They’ve just been taking the piss for years.

    These are *not* expenses, these are perks and listing them as expenses is tax fraud, besides which they shouldn’t even be given as perks either.

    Reading them made me just think this:

    “if all of our legislators are fleecing the tax payer like this then it makes me think fuck earning a fair days pay for a fair days work, I might as well go out and rob a bank instead.”

  183. 451

    meanwhile…

    Britain’s overall net debt now stands at a mammoth £774.8bn. That is 774,800,000,000, and equates to approx £13,000 debt per person inthe UK.

    This is almost £150bn higher than a year ago and equivalent to 54.7pc of the UK’s ENTIRE ANNUAL ECONOMIC OUTPUT – the biggest proportion for more than 30 years.

  184. 453
    Anyone in Swansea seen Alan Williams? says:

    I suggest you check out Alan Williams in Swansea West – £400 for a deposit on a suite, £30 for window cleaning, Sky being paid for by us, some nice food bills of £300, £800 and £600 plus utilities like electric, water bills, council tax.

    The Sky rental seems to be for £126 but there is also TV rental for £108 in the same year – how’s that then?

  185. 455
    Anonymous says:

    Nice to know that I am paying for Ed Balls toilet rolls! Cheeky bastard. Bloody expensive ones as well.

  186. 456
    Rog says:

    It would appear that Kerry McCarthy supports her local Labour club (with our money) by renting constituency “office space” from them for £3,000 per quarter.

    Knowing the area, and how desperate the club is for cash (I seem to remember a sign saying “free room hire” plastered up there), it would possibly be “slightly” over the going rate.

    • 478

      I hope that sanctimonious cow gets spit roasted at the GE.

    • 544
      Rog says:

      I also see that she’s spent lots on “targetted mailings” (sic) and “delivery of promotional material” too.

      Tsk, tsk. Isn’t this stuff specifically prohibited from the communications allowance?

      I could be wrong of course.

      • 819
        Rog says:

        Just totted it up:

        Targetted mailing, glossy flyers, delivery of promotional material, leaflets and a Royal Mail Freepost account came to £3984.20

        Let’s ignore the £3627.50 cost of our vegan whip’s new website…

    • 623
      Rog says:

      … Make that rental £3,000 p.a. not per quarter.

      Still overpriced, and still going into Labour Party coffers.

  187. 456
    Henry Cargill says:

    Nice to see we paid for teabelly Tony Wright’s eyetest at Specsavers. That’ll be for the specs he only wears at Westminster then (I presume, as the branch address is ‘redacted’).

  188. 461
    Mrs Miggins says:

    I was having a quick peak at Nick Ainger (Lab). Seems to get through a lot of food. Then I thought something had gone wrong with my laptop because the screen went black. Turns out there were just a few acres of redactings.

    Another one for the bacon factory, with any luck. Next!

  189. 469
    The Wasp says:

    Been looking up Essex’ Angela Smith.

    So she thinks it’s fair we pay for her TV license? And bug wipes from Homebase? £340 for food? And we pay her council tax? Also noticed that we’ve bought her a new washing machine and shower curtain!? And a fridge freezer? And a replacement boiler (what is it with MPs and boilers?)

    Looks like we’ve paid to furnish her house. Don’t you just love a champagne socialist?

    I don’t know why the local council estate scum keep voting for her.

  190. 472
    JamesW says:

    Is Robert Smith – West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine – doing a Clare Short? His Additional Claims Allowance for 08/02/04 to 31/03/04 has mortgage interest claim of £716.78. Accompanying that is a letter from the Halifax stating that his monthly payment is also £716.78. Of course, he could have an interest only mortgage, but those details aren’t provided.

  191. 476
    Anon says:

    Dear Alex Salmond MP,

    Who is Emily Dean and why did I have to pay ‘Woodford Rascals Nursery’ in Plymouth £196 for her fees? O_o

    http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/alex-salmond/Alex_Salmond_0708_IEP.pdf Page 262

  192. 479
    Government by Cluster-Fuck says:

    Seeing as you linked Lembit Opik …….

    Why are we paying for a £31 return rail fare for someone using a young persons railcard ??

    Page 95

    http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/lembit-opik/Lembit_Opik_0708_IEP.pdf

  193. 480
    al says:

    What gets me is on the incidental expenses form it says petty cash claims can’t be more than £250 per month. So guess what most claim the full £250 a month. In an office what do you use petty cash for? Buying stationary or food etc, well they already claim for them! Also how many companies would spend £250 a month in petty cash surely spending that amount of money would require receipts. Plus this £250 a month petty cash is for an office of probably no more than 5 people!

  194. 481

    This is off target and I understand if you pull it. Thanks any way.

    Scuffles as extremist Muslim group orders men and woman to be segregated at public meeting…

    A public debate organised by banned Islamic sect Al Muhajiroun was cancelled today after an angry confrontation broke out over the segregation of men and women.Management at the meeting’s venue said ‘fundamentalist thugs’ forced the event to be called off after they physically prevented men and women sitting together.Giles Enders, Chairman of the South Place Ethical Society, which runs Conway Hall in Holborn, London, said scuffles broke out over the group’s heavy-handed approach.

    so nice to know that there isn’t any islamification going on in the UK

  195. 483
    Labour are Liars says:

    I see that the late MP for Glenrothes hasn’t had his expenses published. The new MP Lindsay Roy has a flat £0

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/nol/shared/bsp/hi/mpexpenses/html/707.stm

    So it would seem that the simple way to hide the expenses scandal would be for all MPs to get a by-election going. Why is a dead person’s expenses hidden from us? Said late MP isn’t going to care now.

  196. 485
    It doesn't add up... says:

    Suggestion for Guido…

    Troughing should be analysed by MP’s surname in reverse alphabetical order, one letter per day. After all, it’s a Z list.

  197. 493
    Anonymous says:

    Guido,

    I think that you should also start a thread for those MPs who have acted responsibly.

    Bizarre, I know, to celebrate the fact that some of our representatives acted with moral rectitude. But, credit where credit is due.

    I propose Boris. He only claimed for mortgage interest, council tax, and the occassional electricity bill. Never food, utilities, maintenance, decoration, or any of that other bullshit.

    Although he does have very redacted claims….

  198. 501
    GeeWhizz says:

    Barbara Follett’s accounts are interesting. In her 2004-5 ACA she has a claim for HOME CONTENTS insurance £3029.30. In the following years’ claims (2005-6, 6-7 and 7-8) the words HOME CONTENTS are blacked out and we can only see that she is claiming for insurance, but not the kind of insurance. Looks like she forgot to redact it the first time round.

    Are the greedy swines allowed to claim for Home Contents insurance?

  199. 504
    Mrs Miggins says:

    A quick reccy of my boy Adam Price. He seems to eat a great deal for someone who’s all skin and bones!

    The “redacting” on so many of these MPs is completely arbitrary. In young Adam’s case he hired a community hall in Brynaman for about £37. Must have been a very secret meeting because most of the detail is blacked out. Another time he bought a kettle from an independent electrical goods place, but although the name of the shop is visible, and you can see the name of the town written in by the retailer on the invoice, the address and telephone number are blacked out. As it happens, I know the town/village concerned. Population about 1,500. There’s only one shop that sells kettles there, so why black out the address?

    • 699
      Tin Arsely says:

      Skinny?

      I’ve been to that london place. The more you pay for food the less you get.

  200. 505
    Anonymous says:

    Patrick Cormack is worth a look.

    Highlights include 700 per month for ‘cleaning.’ This appears to happen every month too.
    Incidental Expenses for one month: 1, 700
    He claimed his tax advice back: 587
    Subscription to Vacher’s Quarterly: 79
    ‘Petty Cash’: 250 per month, every month
    Food: 400, every time, of course.

    I can’t go on. It’s just too horrible to endure.

  201. 509

    I think this is a big one given the moral high ground Mr Field claims to occupy.

    Frank Field’s halo slips.

    He is claiming thousand in unreceipted expenses, here is just one example from his last published claim for 1/1/08 – 29/02/08

    Food £200
    Cleaning £400
    Housekeeping £200
    Misc Expenditure £200

    Not only this but we have bought him so many household good that it reads like a generation game conveyor belt.

    • 522

      Bugger I forgot to mention the highlight. £119 for a trouser press, yep it looks like the same one as Chris Huhne.

    • 556
      Labour=scum says:

      that fucker gives me the creeps. how people could be taken in by that shit especially after his climbdown on 10p tax. better off with in-your-face thieving scum than shit like that creature.

  202. 510
  203. 517
    Swinehunt says:

    In 2004, Tony Wright spent £499 of our money at John Lewis on one item. What for? Dunno. All product details have been ‘redacted’. And there are several like that. What is he hiding?

  204. 519
    Mike Rouse says:

    Jim Cunningham (Lab, Coventry South) claimed £15 for a George Foreman “Lean mean fat reducing grilling machine”. He also almost always claimed £400 for food, so it probably got good use.

  205. 524
    Solid Tory (until this year) says:

    What about Maria Millar MP for Basingstoke just 45mins from Waterloo 2 stops away yet claims £23,000 for housing allowance in London
    Fucking lazy ugly bitch with a personality of a half a pound of haddock
    I have to commute every day as my company would laugh (or sack me) for asking.

    • 565
      Steve Expat says:

      MP for Woking (half way to London on the Basingstoke line) also has a second home – theiving fucking Hoons the lot of them

  206. 525
    blondini says:

    Martin McGuiness and Gerry Adams must be renting a house together. They both submit bills for £1800 (each) a month from the same ‘company’. £3600 a month rent? Blimey.

    • 535
      blondini says:

      Fuck me! I spoke too soon. Their incidental expenses dwarf the above rental costs!!!

      • 549
        The Wasp says:

        Perhaps they will let the Romanians move into these properties knowing what great humanitarians they are.

  207. 526

    What I want to know is this. Given that vast amounts of dosh have been claimed for items &/or services that clearly have nothing to do with the essential business of being an MP, whay the fuck aren’t these thieving bastards require to pay all such claims back.

    It’s one thing being allowed to pick our pockets. Quite another to be found out, but allowed to hold on to the swag.

    Cûnting cûnting cûntfaced cûnts.

  208. 529
    Junior hack says:

    Tom Brake and Paul Burstow MP’s…. the 2 Lib Dem’s for London Borough of Sutton appear to have been sent the same invoice, for the same day, for the same sum of money, £757.88, for the Sutton Community Safety Booklet, whatever that is???? Botrh have claimed the money for it.

    Burstow also claims accountants professional fees for his SA tax asessment over many years.
    He also charged us for an “Staff Away Day”

    He also charged us for a stay in a Croydon hotel @ £125.00 for the night when he lives less than 5 miles away.

    But interestingly he subsidises the “liberal Democrats” for numerous amounts (£100′s per month) for office equipment ink ect.

  209. 532
    On Harman Pride's Dossier says:

    The Petty Cash Maximisers are basically claiming £3000pa as extra untaxed cash income. As higher-rate payers, that’s equivalent to a £5000 annual bonus.

    More than the bonuses of most middle-level bank workers.

  210. 534
    Gordon Bum says:

    In Julia Goldsworthy’s case, Meniscus (Meniscus (Cornwall) Ltd.) sublets an office to her, as her constituency office. And it’s way more than £734.30.

    If you scroll to about a 3rd of the way down the pdf (see the link in the topic list) you see an expenses claim (dated 02/07/2007) for £3316.40, and a bit lower, a statement from Meniscus (Cornwall) Ltd. (dated 6 June 2007) for £6632.80. The claim for £3316.40 being for 6 months rent.

    Meniscus (Cornwall) Ltd.

    75 Trelowarren Street, Camborne, TR14 8AL Tel: 01209 612738

    Classification: Automotive – Caravans, wholesale;

    PARK HOME SUPPLY & CONSULTANCY

    On further investigation, her constituency office is at 75 Trelowarren Street, Camborne, Cornwall TR14 8AL. This is the exact same address as
    Meniscus (Cornwall) Ltd.

    Curiouser and curiouser – if you

    1. how big is the office she’s paying £6632.80 of taxpayers money.

    2. Why is she sharing office expenses with Meniscus (Cornwall) Ltd.

    3. What financial or other interest does she or her family members have in Meniscus (Cornwall) Ltd.

    If you look about a quarter way down the pdf, you see that Meniscus (Cornwall) Ltd. (invoice dated 30/09/2007) are billing Julia Goldsworthy £895.96 (£762.52 + £133.44 VAT @ 17.5%) “For share of bills between 01/07/07 and 30/09/07″

    WTF!

    If you Google map TR14 8AL you see 75 Trelowarren Street, Camborne, Cornwall is a small office – - How the hell can it ramp up £1791.92 (£895.96 x 2) in less than 3 months.

    Julia Goldsworthy is a dirty pig and her claims stink of thieving and corruption.

    Meniscus (Cornwall) Ltd. is not listed in Yell.com nor is it listed with Companies House.

    It looks like it’s just a fake company.

    • 561
      Aristotle says:

      >> more links to Meniscus and LibDem’s

      Leigh Ibbotson, of Meniscus Ltd, Camborne, Cornwall, said: “It’s not the increase that is the problem so much as the knock-on effect for the rest of the wages structure. We have had to reduce our staff by 20 per cent recently because of this effect.”

      http://trurofalmouth-libdems.org.uk/results/931.html

      Published and promoted by Leigh Ibbotson on behalf of Terrye Teverson (Liberal Democrat) at 3 Charles Street, Truro, TR1 2PQ

      Local Party Office
      3 Charles Street, Truro TR1 2PQ
      01872 279 776
      info@trurofalmouth-libdems.org.uk

      CHAIRMEN OF CAMBORNE TOWN
      COUNCIL
      1990/91 L R Ibbotson Esq.

    • 570
      blondini says:

      Shome mishtake, shurely?
      Cher Varya trade from that address. A property developer.

      http://www.shopcamborne.co.uk/content/cher-varya-group

      This could get interesting…dig people, dig!

      • 583
        blondini says:

        Oh no, silly me. According to Companies House, Cher Varya are now trading from:

        CHER VARYA LIMITED
        THE OLD CARRIAGE WORKS
        MORESK ROAD
        TRURO
        CORNWALL
        TR1 1DG

        Only 2 shareholders in the company, as well…

    • 580
      Anonymous says:

      Search Meniscus (Cornwall) Ltd in “previous names” at companies house and it comes up as Cher Varya Ltd
      Link here but not sure if works:
      http://wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk/727ed70611daadac30dfe1e67577e152/compdetails

    • 601
      TOO FAR says:

      MMMM! Plod might be interested in that one.. if true she’s in deep shit. clearly fraud. A written complaint to the local cop shop is required

    • 606
      blondini says:

      So let’s get this straight. Julia Goldsworthy was paying rent for her office to Meniscus (Cornwall) Ltd, a rental agency in Camborne, while sharing the room above them to use as her constutuency office. Meniscus were bought out by Cher Varya Group who then moved to Truro. She however remained in Camborne with the extra use of the downstairs room. Um…..

      • 761
        Gordon Bum says:

        It was just a name change from Meniscus (Cornwall) Ltd to CHER VARYA LIMITED.

        sic. From Companies House:

        Previous Names:

        Date of change Previous Name
        06/02/2008 MENISCUS (CORNWALL) LTD.

        According to this website:

        http://www.hotfroguk.co.uk/Companies/Cher-Varya-Group

        they were still at 75 Trelowarren Street, Camborne, Cornwall TR14 8AL (phone 01209 612738 fax 01209 612519) when the name was changed from MENISCUS (CORNWALL) LTD on 06/02/2008.

        So when did CHER VARYA LIMITED move to -

        THE OLD CARRIAGE WORKS
        MORESK ROAD
        TRURO
        CORNWALL
        TR1 1DG

        and who is Julia Goldsworthy paying rent to now?

        Who owns 75 Trelowarren Street, Camborne, Cornwall TR14 8AL?

        I smell thieving and corruption and lies and fraud.

        Who is this Leigh Ibbotson?

      • 792
        Zaragon says:

        No that doesn’t look correct to me.

        Meniscus (Cornwall) Ltd simply changed its name to Cher Varya Ltd on 6th Feb 2008. Presumably this change will be reflected on invoices from them after that date. Their address at Companies House is listed as:

        THE OLD CARRIAGE WORKS
        MORESK ROAD
        TRURO
        CORNWALL
        TR1 1DG

        But Yahoo local has them listed at:

        Cher Varya Group. 75 Trelowarren Street, Camborne, TR14 8AL 01209612738. estate agent. property agent. real estate agents. property management

        So either they’ve moved recently to Truro – they have offices in both Cambourne and Truro – or their registered office is different from their trading address (nothing wrong in that).

        It might be interesting to know who the Directors and shareholders of the company are…..

    • 673
      Meniscus - not a knee thing,more a Caravan Park says:

      I rang Meniscus this am – lady told me the co name no longer exists and gave me a number for another business involving Caravan Holiday Parks.

      • 681
        blondini says:

        Was that Julia Goldsworthy who answered the phone in her consituency office?

      • 724

        Any one on here based near enough to go and do a bit of digging? Could be very interesting!

        The Penguin

        • 809
          Zaragon says:

          Further to this – the documents from Meniscus are statements – not invoices. The fees office should not be accepting statements as there is a danger of paying things twice (as they often seem to do) if you work off statements. In the private sector proper VAT reciepts or invoices are required for expense payments. The interesting one is on page 48 because the detail has not been blacked out. The description is “Lib Dem rent” – not “Julia Goldsworthy MP rent”. This is significant because rental of the local Lib Dem office is not a legitimate expense and it’s clear from the local Lib Dem website that the address in question is indeed their local office. The MPs office (from which constituents are served) should be distinct from the local party office (from which political campaigns are managed). If the same location is used it is important to be transparent about what the local party pays and what the taxpayer pays to support the work of the MP. So there is not just a question here about who are Meniscus / Cher Varya but also what are the Lib Dems paying and what is the tax payer paying for the use of these premises.

          I’m also interested in page 60 – £500 to the Lib Dems for support of “CMITS”. I’ve seen this on other Lib Dems expenses. CMITS is some kind of case management application – presumably developed in house. If so we need to know that the total claimed by all Lib Dem MPs for support of this does not exceed the total cost. Otherwise taxpayers are being hoodwinked into making donations to the party. I for one would not wish to do so.

    • 755
      Laurie Brown says:

      According to Companies House it’s the previous name of CHER VARYA LIMITED:

      http://wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk/97f5b415acb347d9c8e7ebcb38da5c75/companysearch?disp=1&frfsh=1245339115#result

      03058700 F MENISCUS (CORNWALL) LTD. C of N 06/02/2008

      As in changed its name in Feb of 2008…

      http://wck2.companieshouse.gov.uk/97f5b415acb347d9c8e7ebcb38da5c75/compdetails

    • 844
      Sylvia's Mother says:

      Very interesting many questions and not many answers. I hope the local papers are investigating this. I live in Cornwall and intend to write to the Guardian and W Briton Papers and seek their response. This is something they should clearly investigate in the public interest.

      • 871
        Zaragon says:

        I did a bit more digging on this….

        Cher Varya has some history prior to Feb 2008 but I’m not sure if it was incorporated or not. The Cornish Business directory has this entry:

        The Cher Varya Group
        75 Trelowarren Street
        Camborne TR14 8AL
        Tel: 01209 612738
        Fax: 01209 612519
        Year Est: 2004
        Main Contact:
        Mr L Ibbotson – Director
        Emp Band: 1-5
        Property development and
        investment.

        In 2004 one of their proposed developments was not universally popular….

        Residents angry at flats threat to historic house

        From The West Country archive, first published Thursday 19th Aug 2004.

        Residents angry at flats threat to historic house Angry residents and councillors have rallied round to stop plans to demolish one of Camborne’s historic buildings to make way for modern flats. An application by developers, Cher Varya Group, to knock down 106-year-old Lanyon House in Bassett Road and replace it with eight modern flats was unanimously condemned by members of Camborne town council and residents alike…..

        Meniscus (Cornwall) Ltd was established in 1995 – originally operating in Caravan Parks or something like that. Whether this company (now Cher Varya) Ltd originally belonged to Leigh Ibbotson I don’t know but it does now. He owns 51% and Mrs Leslie Ibbotson (wife?) is the other director and owns 49%). The company has fixed assets of over £2.1m suggesting that it owns property.

        Leigh Ibbotson is clearly involved with the Lib Dems. You can find him on Facebook if you’re a member. He’s on the imprint for Terrye Teverson who is the Lib Dem candidate for the new Truro and Falmouth seat. At the bottom of the website it says “Published & promoted by Leigh Ibbotson on behalf of Terrye Teverson (Liberal Democrats) both at 3 Charles Street, Truro, Cornwall.” This suggests he’s the ‘agent’ but I don’t know what his official title would be.

        So this is the person that we pay rent to on behalf of Julia Goldsworthy MP. He runs a property development company. Presumably he also runs the Lib Dem office that should be paying for the use of his company’s premises – not the taxpayer. Of course the local Lib Dems may also pay money to Cher Varya Ltd – we don’t know. But clearly Leigh Ibbotson has a conflict of interest in negotiating these arrangements.

        MPs have been accused of profiteering by funding property empires on ACA. This might be another angle on the same scam. As a party official you can benefit your commercial property portfolio by renting space to your party’s MPs at the taxpayers expense. This may help politically as well if you effectively subsidise your local party by having the taxpayer meet the cost.

        • 872
          Zaragon says:

          Update….

          Leigh and Lesley Ibbotson have owned Meniscus (Cornwall) Ltd from its inception on 19/5/95. So presumably in 2008 they decided to transfer the ‘Cher Varya Group’ property development business into Meniscus and change the name to Cher Varya Ltd.

  211. 536
    Disgusted of Dorset says:

    Robert Syms, Tory (useless), Poole – claims £250/month for food, no receipts, even in August and September when Parliament isn’t sitting.

    • 539
      Disgusted of Dorset says:

      Also pays for the Conservatives to print his campaigning leaflets, and claims for that.

    • 548
      Disgusted of Dorset says:

      Claims £250 petty cash (no receipts) nearly every month. Some months he’s more modest, and only asks for £150.

    • 550
      Disgusted of Dorset says:

      Claimed for his accountant to do his tax return

      • 552
        Disgusted of Dorset says:

        Claims £450 per month for his constituency agent, which goes to the local Tory party.

      • 582
        Disgusted of Dorset says:

        October 2005, claimed for more accounting help, including claiming for “Class I NIC deferment and adding [something blacked out] to the deferment”

    • 566
      Disgusted of Dorset says:

      Claimed £89.90 for a replacement vacuum cleaner in September 2006, and then £99 for another one in January 2008. What does he do to them?

      No receipts for either.

    • 576
      Disgusted of Dorset says:

      May 2005, claimed £220 for a “painted made-to-measure blanket box”.

      How twee.

      I’m sure it’s very nice, but “wholly, exclusively & necessary” for the performance of his Parliamentary duties?

    • 585
      Disgusted of Dorset says:

      February 2006, £200 for having his photograph taken.

      Obviously took several shots to get one that didn’t make him look like a troughing porker.

  212. 537
    David says:

    Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley, LAB) claimed 5.40 for disposable overalls (04/05), although I never saw her wearing them for parliamentary business. Possibly useful for getting through her maximum food claim each month, without getting any stains on 1945 pounds worth of ‘Pale Chestnut Rib 100% wool’ carpets?

  213. 543
    Bill Cockburn says:

    Isn’t it amazing that Geraldine Smith (Morecambe and Lancaster) claims £400 almost every month for food, £250 for Misc. expenses each month and she also pockets a sizeable amount of petty cash most months.

    Just what is her salary exactly for because everything else in her life has been claimed and paid for! She was a lowly admin clerk in the Post Office with no management experience before joining the Union (good mates with Alan Johnson!). She then became an MP – she must feel that she has won the lottery!

    Have a think Geraldine as you sit in your free second home in the evening, counting your bags of tax free money – just how does this sit with your ‘comrade’ background?

    • 579
      Anonymous says:

      Yep; that’s champagne socialism for you; don’t try to dissect/analyse it because it’ll just drive you mad and make you want to kick someone in the head. The only solution is to publicise/highlight the hypocrisy and never vote for the wankers.

      • 845
        Sylvia's Mother says:

        More to the point why the fu*k did they vote for her in the first place. Its OK if you have an IQ of 10 you qualify to become a labour backbencher.

  214. 545
    PT Barnham's shit shoveller says:

    Nick Palmer, Broxtowe

    Despite my MP claiming for three banners of increasing cheapness in 07-08, I am most perturbed by the fact that he is or was homeless, either first or second. He had two homes in 04-05 with a £1500 pcm mortgage cost, but now he only has an office with lots and lots of printer cartridges in it.

    A valued customer of Dell and AOL – is this good value for money?

    Also, we know now why he is so invisible. He only holds surgeries in Kimberley. Kimberley, for the love of mike! They’ve barely evolved there above algae level.

    • 558
      PT Barnham's shit shoveller says:

      Oh, and he’s also pulling the same gag of claiming precisely £250 in petty cash per month. Every month. Must be a man of settled habits.

    • 690
      Nick Palmer MP says:

      Er…funny, but just for the record…
      - I’ve never bought a banner in my life. Think you’re thinking of Banner, who sell stationery.
      - I’ve never claimed for a mortgage of any kind. I rent a flat in London. But there was a period one summer when I was moving so as it was recess I just put my stuff in storage and claimed no rent – maybe you hit on that one?
      - I have surgeries in Beeston, Satpleford and Kimberley, but the first two are in public offices so don’t cost anything. Kimberley charge for the room hire.

      • 729

        Cor, got one to reply!

        The Penguin

      • 775
        Blooming Britain says:

        You do not deny then, that the people of Kimberley have barely evolved above algae level?

      • 802
        PT Barnham's shit shoveller says:

        I doff my virtual hat to you, Sir, if you are who you say you are – no other MP has dared venture on here and your reply is, shall we say, reassuring. And has all the ring of truth.

        But, if you’re still reading, why claim, like clockwork, the £250 pcm ‘petty cash’?

        PS while this has and will earn me derision here, I’m a lifelong Labour voter, if not supporter.

  215. 551
  216. 553
    Jacqui Smith MP says:

    I have had no luck in finding Jacqui Smith’s porn video claim yet, but there are lots of claims for BEDS, DIY, and, bizarrely, a battery for a palm.

    Is Richard’s hand really that tired?

    • 595
      Jacqui Smith MP says:

      The staggering amount of DIY and gardening items bought on Jacqui Smiths expenses leads one to believe that either her or her husband is a DIY expert or a handyman of some local repute.

      The DIY receipts include one for 22 SEPARATE LENGTHS OF WHITE ROPE. What the f**k is that about?

      Also lots of claims for white goods and Accountants fees

      Link

  217. 554
    Anonymous says:

    Mark Oaten;

    Glass Coffee Table £350
    Plastic Sheets £49.99
    Vanish stain remover £2.50

    I’m sick of paying for these MP’s scat fetishes. Why on earth should we fork out our hard earned cash, so these MP’s can watch rent boys pooing?

    • 571
      Bill Cockburn says:

      That was SO funny!

    • 786
      Dame Sybil Crumb says:

      I can understand the plastic sheets and the stain remover for Mark boy…but where does the coffee table cum in?

      • 847
        Sylvia's Mother says:

        It’s very simple it is a glass top table and Mark lies underneath. Steams up a little though.

  218. 559
    Anonymous says:

    Somebody with the web savvy set up a searchable public database to input all of this data into! There are just too many piggy snouts to get the full impact of the snorting

  219. 560
    Anonymous says:

    I see that aside from buying towels and candles and paying for his cleaning to be done, we are also buying Sammy Wilson his Pringles.
    http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/sammy-wilson/Sammy_Wilson_0708_ACA.pdf

  220. 562
    Plato says:

    Would you claim for a 1p phone call?

    Jeremy Hunt MP did

    • 584
      Taking the P says:

      Bugger me rigid – this is the one that will bring out the 5 million people march – 1 pence and he even took time to write this claim out when we are paying him £64K basic!!!!!

      • 618
        TOO FAR says:

        Taking the piss!!!!! the bloody claim form cost more than that!!!
        These dishonourable arseholes are going down!

    • 610
      Anonymous says:

      They (and their staff) should get paid by the hour and the filling-in/processing of expense forms shouldn’t be done within paid time; that way you wouldn’t get stupid claims like that because it wouldn’t make financial sense to spend the time making the claim.

      Self-employed people (like me) have a similar situation where it often makes more financial sense to not make a claim or to do something else instead, because time is money. If it takes me an hour to ferret around trying to find a receipt for 5p to get 1p tax back then it’s not worth it because during that time I could have earned an hour’s wages instead, so quite often I’d be better off not making a claim.

      MPs should be using a similar mind-set; if it’s small then don’t bother with it and just swallow it up as part of the normal cost of living.

      • 694
        Fells Point barfly says:

        Stuff like this is what the (up to) £250 per month is supposed to cover. What the hell are these people thinking? People… sorry, hardly qualify within the general meaning of humanity. Thinking…..sorry again, they obviously do not think, at least not about us, the taxpayers.

  221. 564
    Anonymous says:

    Jeff Ennis: up to £400 a month for food, without receipts.
    George Galloway: £30 an hour for someone to run his website under the Communications Allowance.

    • 611
      Up the workers says:

      If you were as fat and idle as Jeff, and in such a safe seat, you ‘d trough like a good ‘un too – don’t forget he needs £100 per month petty cash for those little extras!

      That £6000 pa is almost what my wife earns as a full time teaching assistant in his constituency.

      Your seat is not safe any more Jeff, the world has already turned upside down in the Doncaster mayoral elections.

      Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind.

      • 683
        Anonymous says:

        And thanks to the Boundary Commission, my part of the constituency will be under Ed Miliband next time round, who may as well be as unelected as the seven peers now in Brown’s Cabinet (same with his brother and Ed Balls and probably several others). The idea that the working man always votes Labour is balls, the party’s full of upper middle class champagne socialists pontificating about how to make the world better, and haven’t got a clue. They make me sick.

  222. 567
    spray them with hanging baskets says:

    Margaret Becket claimed £1,000 for scaffolding and ‘spraying’. (page 19) Was she preparing for an attack from the sheeple ?

    • 573

      no she was puting her make up on

    • 848
      Sylvia's Mother says:

      You have not seen anything yet. When she is speaker watch out. I would like to sit her in her caravan and push it off Beachy Head. Better still leave her in the van and have Blears drive in front a thelma and louise moment. I appreciate it a waste of taxpayers money as the car and caravan were probably paid for by us but it would be money well spent IMHO.

  223. 568
    KC says:

    Jane Kennedy £307 for camera

  224. 572
    52 Festive Road says:

    A Thief walks into a bar with a parrot on his sholder.
    The barman asks “where did you get that?”
    To which the parrot replied “Westminister, is full of the little fockers.”

  225. 574
    Concerned of Sevenoaks says:

    Could someone explain how Michael Fallon is able to claim the rates bill for both a private residence in Sevenoaks (IEP04/05)(his main residence?) and his second home in Central London (ACA 04/05) over the same period. Given that he was allowed to resubmit his claims because he couldn’t distinguish between capital and interest repayments – you might think he would get it right the second time – but then he is on the Treasury select committee! They might also want to explain why he needed to move to a new 2nd home with a much bigger mortgage and then also claim for all the legal costs associated with the move – since he has yet to provide such an explanation to his consituents.

  226. 575
    A firm pair of breasts says:

    Stephen O’Brien(Eddisbury) must love a good wank as he usually buys The Sun when filling up for petrol.

  227. 590
    resurgemus says:

    Haven’t seen many MPs on TV today,

    is something going on ?

  228. 592
    redacted rascals! says:

    Dawn Primarolo the new Children’s Minister spent £120 of our money on WHO’S WHO 2006.

    She tried to claim £82.25 for Legal Fees in 2007?

    We also paid for her Garage Rental and T.V license.

    • 777
      Mildred Fish says:

      That’s odd because Patrick Cormack’s copy of Who’s Who cost £140.00–FIVE YEARS AGO. Which means that Who’s Who, in five years, has gone down twenty quid in price… Unless, of course,… no, surely not, they wouldn’t would they?

  229. 594
    Lestweforget says:

    My friends,

    Every day the scale of the trough and the troughing grows. I am beginning to think it is bottomless,much like our great leader. 1p for a phone call…..!

    Scum

  230. 596
    That Guy says:

    Liz Blackman MP for Erewash pays £9,000 pa (no VAT) to Labour Party Properties Ltd for a “share of office” . That is at least double the going rate in the area for a fully private office.
    Her constituency contact is given as 23 Barratt Lane Attenborough. If you check on Google Street it is a very pleasant residential street leading to Attenborough Nature Reserve with not an office in sight. In fact it is not even in her constituency. Why has it been necessary to censor both the address of this shared office and the address of Labour Party Properties Ltd?

    She also claims £100 a month for “home office”

    There is also an invoice from Grant Thornton, no less, of £628.00 for doing her tax return.

    And finally invoices totalling precisely £1,000 (no VAT) from Eric Gregory for taking photographs of Labour Party dinners hospital visits and the like

    • 849
      Sylvia's Mother says:

      Smells to high heaven. Being B for Blackman alphabetically surprising DT did not do an expose on her!!!!

  231. 597
    yojimbo says:

    not sure how this fits with the rules but I note in 2008, my local MP Glenda Jackson paid Hampstead and Kilburn Labour party £7500 for “provision of constituency services”

    I’m sure there is other juicy stuff but the amount blacked out is ridiculous.

  232. 599
    Anonymous says:

    Should Nick Raynsford really be claiming £2000 a quarter for renting a room from his own consituency party? Seems a little Dodge… I can imagine the conversation: “please have the room for free”….” nono don’t worry I can’t claim it back… how much do you want”…

    http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/nick-raynsford/nick_raynsford_0708_IEP.pdf

  233. 600
    iluvni says:

    I see Rev Paisley was caught out trying to claim £1200 for 2 months food expenses. Thieving bastard.
    They reduced it to £800 to fill his greedy mouth.
    http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/ian-paisley/Ian_Paisley_0708_ACA.pdf

  234. 603
    Extra Extra read all about it says:

    Julia Goldsworthy

    £69.09 Lib Dem News 1/1/08 to 31/1/08, claimed from incidental expenses. Isn’t this a political party expense?

    http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/julia-goldsworthy/Julia_Goldsworthy_0708_IEP.pdf

    • 851
      Sylvia's Mother says:

      She has a whole strewn of stuff to answer. Her ex’s are going to be put through the ringer.

  235. 612
    Plato says:

    What I find so stunning is that there are only 650 odd of these people and look how many of them have been caught with their hand in the till ???

    And they didn’t go into Parliament for the money – yeah right…

    • 714
      Mr Moneybags says:

      I’m sure many of them didn’t enter politics because of the money.

      But now that they’re there, boy how they’ve enjoyed themselves…

    • 852
      Sylvia's Mother says:

      It’s all about the money. Follow the money and it shall set you FREE. Sorry getting carried away.

  236. 615
    They don't like it up 'em says:

    Let’s start a competition for the biggest trougher of them all and present with a trophy.

    Top Troughs

    • 628
      Plato says:

      Nah, not a trophy – a card game.

      Categories:

      Most embarrassing claim
      Most outrageous
      Most penny pinching
      Most illegal
      Most expensive
      Most number of family members empoyed
      Most houses
      Most saintly
      Most pathetic justification

      Any more ideas?

  237. 617
    cityboozer says:

    File under “boring but true”

    OCD is not a disease of pickiness about grapefruit bowls. It is an anxiety disorder. Know the feeling of getting half way to work and wondering whether you unplugged the iron and getting fretful? Checking every 90 seconds while at the airport that you haven’t lost your passport?

    It is that, at debilitating extremes, which we call obsessive-compulsive disorder. It makes it impossible for security worriers to leave the house. It hospitalises hygiene conscious OCD patients because they cannot eat or drink. Despite the lack of limb-loss, baldness or weeping pustules, it is a serious and deeply unpleasant condition.

    That arse Kaufman’s “self-diagnosed OCD” is nothing of the sort. It’s what we in the Psychological-Therapy-Consumption business call being a picky twat who should pay for his own sodding peccadilloes.

  238. 619
    Joshua Chambers says:

    Angela Watkinson MP (Upminster) tried to claim for a tax accountant, just like Alistair Darling. I’ve put the requisite snapshot up here:

    http://joshuachambers.wordpress.com/2009/06/18/angela-watkinson-mps-tax-accountant/

  239. 620
  240. 622
    streamfisher says:

    @533.
    McCafferty more like Macavity… the fictional cat that was never there, figures though, all those food claims and the stains on the carpet.
    Old Possums: the poem accuses Macavity of misbehaviour that would be within the capabilities of an ordinary cat, such as stealing milk, but also holds him responsible for major crimes. He is referred to as a “fiend in feline shape, a monster of depravity” and has been suspected of stifling Pekes, vandalism, theft, cheating at cards, espionage and controlling an organized crime ring with Mungojerrie, Rumpleteazer and Griddlebone among the members. He also possesses the mystical power of levitation, effectively “breaking the law of gravity.” That’s Got to be Gordon Cat though:
    Macavity, Macavity, there’s no one like Macacity,
    There never was a Cat of such deceitfulness and suavity.
    He always has an alibit, or one or two to spare:
    And whatever time the deed took place–MACAVITY WASN’T THERE!
    And they say that all the Cats whose wicked deeds are widely known
    (I might mention Mungojerrie, I might mention Griddlebone)
    Are nothing more than agents for the Cat who all the time
    Just controls their operations: the Napoleon of Crime!

  241. 624
    Seth the pig farmer says:

    Nigel Griffiths (Edinburgh South) has been double dipping.

    Receipts for £980 dated the 1/11/07 and £250 dated 26/9/07 were submitted in 2 different claims, one covering the period 18/6/07 to 12/12/07 and the second 20/8/07 to 19/1/08.

    Fraud, plain and simple.

    This on top of the usual IT equipment, stationary and print toner fetish, shagging hookers in his office, claiming rent for an office he owns, full sky TV package in his flat, excessive claims for flat screen TV, maxed food and incidental claims (unreceipted of course), etc etc etc

    • 634
      Plato says:

      Blimey Seth – you have been eagle eyed today. I’ve only spotted a double fuck-off for £500 cleaning bill for my MP.

      • 657
        Seth the pig farmer says:

        Can someone please set up some sort of wiki database that we can populate with the data from the website, and then highlight discrepancies and irregularities?

        With about 5 million people working on it, I think that we will get a pretty accurate idea of who is doing what by tea-time….

  242. 638
    Anonymous says:

    MICHAEL MEACHER

    http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/michael-meacher/Michael_Meacher_0506_IEP.pdf

    Page 46 of 282

    560 quid paid to……..The Labour Party.

    Honestly. He paid Labour head office to give him a list of his own constituents. A ha ha hahahahaha.

    Twat.

    • 853
      Sylvia's Mother says:

      Why can he not visit the local library or bo online. It’s a bloody joke these people just do not live in the real world. Westminster now known as la la land. Getting more and more angry by the second.

  243. 641
    Daniel1979 says:

    I have had a bit of a look through Cheryl Gillans – there are regular claims for “Petty Cash” – yet items right down to staples are being claimed for – so what is £200 / £250 a month going towards? Looks like a straightforward cash withdrawl courtesy of the tax payer to me.

    http://daniel1979blog.blogspot.com/2009/06/mps-expenses-release-petty-cash-is.html

    Too much to look through for one lunchtime – but i definately see some other suspicious trails in the receipt/claims that I hope to look through in the coming days.

  244. 642
    Who's the Hoonest of them all? says:

    Speedo, don’t know if you saw Hoon has been buying Speedo too?

    http://order-order.com/2009/06/18/pay-points/#comment-159254

  245. 645

    The incredibly sanctimonious nanny Patricia Hewitt (Leicester West), 2006/7:

    £194 Roller blinds
    £295 Floor rug
    £154 Lamps and shades
    £923 Two piece suite

  246. 650
    A.Johnson says:

    Gerry Sutcliffe (Bradford South) needed a mower (£79), edging shears (£17.99), weedkiller (£3.49), guttering (£2,226.38), vacuum cleaner (£44.98), monthly food of £400 (max allowed), bed (£279.99) and bedroom fixtures/furniture (£3790), and a bag of Maltesers (45p) to ensure that he was able to function properly as my MP. Still ploughing through, but so far. thinking to myself, wtf?

    • 656
      Be gone Gordon! says:

      Still trying to get to the bottom of what the three Bradford Zanu MP’s are up to with thier sharing of an office at the Mechnics Institute Library

    • 660
      A.Johnson says:

      Quote from Mr Sutcliffe in the local paper

      ‘There has been some outrageous behaviour that needs to be dealt with.’

      Wonder if his claim for a Peanut Pecker (£1.39) is outrageous enough ?

      The guy is a minister, so will be on over £100,000pa, yet claims for a Peanut Pecker?

      Maybe something to do with a bird-brain I’m thinking.

      • 670
        Snickers says:

        Lord Peter Piper picked a peanut pecker.

      • 696
        Disco Biscuit says:

        What the fuck is a Peanut Pecker anyway?

        • 719
          spray them with hanging baskets says:

          scan to bottom of page.

          http://www.selections.com/garden-products/wild-bird-care/birdfood/

        • 727
          Porky Pies MP says:

          I always thought it was something that Lord Mandelbum of Poncedom pleasured himself with. No – I’ll not explain.

        • 783
          A.Johnson says:

          That’s a de-luxe model. It costs £1.49 (10p more)

          I’ve written to Mr Sutcliffe asking how these things (and others) have enabled him to enhance his performance as my MP, and should there be no reply, then it looks like trips to his surgeries (held in local supermarkets, so lots of people to listen to my ranting) will be necessary.

          Oh, maybe attending his surgeries will be worthwhile regardless?

  247. 651
    Gordon McMental says:

    Pampers £15
    Rocking Horse polish £25
    Stammering lessons £30
    lessons that I wont take from the Tories £40
    False teeth £10,000
    Lord Volderbum bribe £2 million
    Fucking up the country…. Priceless

  248. 652
    Peter Bottomley MP says:

    Peter Bottomley MP has submitted a receipt for £9450.00 for replacement windows, but there is NO VAT on top of this amount. There is no company letter heading, just a typed up A4 sheet (redacted).

    Is he a friend of Mr Jim Devine by any chance?

  249. 659
    Fred Goodwin says:

    I was saying only the other day to my good friend, Andy Hornsby of Boots, what thieving pigs these MPs are. He was good enough to give me a Boots discount card. Times are hard you know, living on a multi-million pension pot.

    I had to fire another servant today.

  250. 661
    The Wasp says:

    Next time I’m voting for my local independent, Winston Smith.

    He seems to represent the political party of the future.

  251. 664
    Anonymous says:

    Has the ex-Speaker claimed for accountants to do his taxes? (07/08 IEP p11)

  252. 665
    Mandy's feather duster says:

    Why is this country not erupting onto the streets like in Iran? We need a leader to kick it off – I’m a bit too old.

  253. 667
    Rosie Winterton says:

    Rosie Winterton submitted a single typed receipt for £2854 for:

    Labour – £1490
    Materials – £190
    Labour – £190
    Materials – £95 (install TV arial)
    Materials, new LCD TV – £600
    Labour – £80
    Materials: £69.99
    Hire of Ladder: £140.00

    Once again, no company letterhead on the receipt and NO VAT PAID.

    • 685
      Disco Biscuit says:

      No VAT would be payable if the trader was too small to be registered.

      • 693
        VAT novice says:

        Would the trader not normally include the amount he paid for VAT on the TV in the invoice, or submit a separate receipt for it, in case the Winterton’s were VAT registered?

        How many TV’s sell for exactly £600 inclusive of VAT anyhow?

    • 855
      Sylvia's Mother says:

      No VAT her husband is good at DIY.

  254. 669
    Anonymous says:

    Julie Morgan MP Cardiff North
    22″ SAW from Focus £6.99!
    £25.49 to CPAG reclaimed
    IKEA dining room table £95
    IKEA tea towel £1.29
    IKEA mug £2.76
    Bleach 39p
    Toilet duck 72p
    Gel air freshener 59p
    ARGOS £32.99 dimplex convector
    All party group on tibet £5
    Drill bit £3.29
    Andrew tiolet roll £3.58
    details and links
    http://juliemorganmp.blogspot.com/

    • 750
      Creamy substance. White. Sticky. says:

      Those tea towels sound like a bargain. Is that the IKEA Kräp range?

  255. 671
    A firm pair of breasts says:

    I’m laughing madly with tears in my eyes at the sheer miserableness of this.

  256. 674
    Max says:

    Close Parliament.
    Send every MP back to their constituency for re-selection.
    Hold a General Election.
    Start from scratch after the summer recess.

  257. 675
    Memo: GB to Sir Fred Goodwin says:

    GB: Fred, you can keep you knighthood if we can announce that you are giving back some of your pension on redaction day. How’s about it?

    FG: Done.

    ps. Any jobs available in the cabinet yet?

  258. 676
    Mark Carlson says:

    ‘Whiter than white’ so-called-Dr Tony Wright got us to pay his accountancy fees for ‘all advice related to tax’.

    • 687
      Lester Pickle says:

      I always thought Wright was a big phoney, now we all know it.

    • 765
      hoof-hearted says:

      There’s an MP (whose name escapes me) whose husband is an accountant and he has prepared tax returns for other MP’s. Nice work if you can get it.

      • 866
        Zaragon says:

        Meg Munn MP – the husband is called Dennis Bates – did work for at least 5 MPs including David Milliband. It’s not clear that Bates is in fact an accountant. He used to work for HMRC. We paid him £345 a pop to ‘advise’ the MPs about their tax returns.

  259. 679
    baz says:

    Anyone remember a couple of weeks ago – the honest majority being tainted by the Telegraph ruthlessly exposing a few rotten apples. The vast majority have behaved entirely properly.

    I thought that the redactions would prevent us from finding the full picture – but this is looking worse than I thought for the Honourable Members.

  260. 684
    Anonymous MP says:

    You all are moaning hypocrites
    I am a sitting MP and fiddling expenses helps fill in the day as we have nothing else to do but go home weekends and listen to you lot of bastards winging on about being homeless, not getting enough welfare or losing your job at my surgery
    Also if you were MP’s and given the scope to steal thousands of pounds legally you all know you would all do the same .
    If you only knew it was the fault of my mother a serial shoplifter you never breast fed me or cuddled me that turned me into a serial shirt lifter who likes to have a Polish man poo on my face and becoming the laziest lying ,slimy bastard that I am now
    Its not my fault I am just a product of the system.

  261. 689
    David Cameron is a Kunt says:

    Who said I had any intention of voting for the bastard?

  262. 697
    Statistician says:

    It’s becoming clear from reading these expense claims why consumer spending has been rising so dramatically over the last five years, and why the Government is now having to borrow £20 billion a month.

    • 858
      Sylvia's Mother says:

      Good point. The £20 billion might be a little short given the changing climate and interest rate rises that are inevitably going to come.

  263. 701
    Ever Vigilant says:

    When the DT started to publish expenses details I had the misfortune to see the tv interview withthe preposterous (and ugly)old fraud ,Sir Stuart Bell.

    At the time he claimed that the DT were making a mockery of the theft laws and that the public should wait for the official release of the data .

    That proposed courrse of action can now be seen to be the propasal of a complete charlatan,uttered by someone as dim as a Toc H lamp or should Iimake allowances for the fact that he is one of labour for life parasites from Mcguire country?

  264. 709
    MonkeyBot5000 says:

    Mine spent £89 on a “________ polished metal bin” for his kitchen.

    The receipt was blacked out so that you couldn’t see it was listed as “deluxe” by John Lewis.

    • 746
      RfS says:

      I have commented on the other thread: Galloway submitted his reciepts for 2008 and has had a single line blacked out in all his invoices for his headed notepaper. But in a 2006 invoice from the same company the fees office has not blacked out the single line showing that the content of that line is the security endangering information “George Galloway MP Details”.

      On headed notepaper? He had his name written on it? Like everyone else? Why was this blanked out in 2008 and not 2006?

      I don’t carry a torch for George, I highlight this to show that the Fees office are not only redacting stuff that is not “security sensitive” or even “embarrasing” but are doing it in a half arsed way.

  265. 716
    Mr Dell says:

    I’m confused – why are there so many claims for laptops/PCs from the likes of Dell and others??

    Isn’t all the IT equipment centrally purchased and distributed?

    • 728
      The Wasp says:

      I thought there was a deal with Viglen? Who owns an interest in that again…..? Is that Labour’s definition of enterprise?

      • 771
        Matt says:

        Computers are provided centrally yes, but only a certain number which may or may not have included a laptop depending on what they chose (3 computers/1laptop or 4 computers). Some staff may also have needed a laptop…

    • 859
      Sylvia's Mother says:

      Should not computers and other equipment come from the MP’s office allowances? It seems there is a strong black market around westminster for laptops and desktop computers. Funny I thought I saw Arthur Daley in parliament square recently now I know why.

  266. 726
    Andy says:

    Rochdale’s Lib Dem MP, Paul Rowen, claimed 40p for a banana and 15p for a knob of butter!

    Not sure what he planned to do with these???

  267. 731
    The Wasp says:

    I’m starting a business selling pitchforks.

    Discount available for group purchases.

    http://www.peasantpitchforks.co.uk

    quote snotgobbling for 25% discount.

  268. 733
    The Wasp says:

    Perhaps we could have a list of everyone who works at the fees office. They need to all resign as well.

  269. 740
    RfS says:

    George Galloway claims £178 for a keyboard.

  270. 758
    Dudley Zoo says:

    It seems Ian Austin employs Barnard Braggins Partnership – which seems actually to be BBM consultants – to write his newsletters to his constituents, spending almost £10,000 a year with them. What with being a busy boy and all that running around with Gordon, I can fully understand how he needs help putting together literature to tell his electorate how wonderful he is!

    They claim on their website (http://www.bbmconsultants.com/bbm2.html) to be engaged “at the highest level to win elections by the Labour party “.

    I’m checking to see if they make corporate donations to the Labour party, recycling our taxes back to party funds, but has anybody else looking at Labour MPs seem this crew pop up? Joan Ryan’s name was linked to them on a google search.

  271. 760
    A Silent Emission of Bowel Gas says:

    I wrote to my MP and offered to take the bad publicity of his expenses off him.

    I wouldn’t give a fuck what people thought of me and I’d split ‘em with him fifty-fifty. We’d have made a good twenty thou each over the year.

    He wrote me nice letter back , but pointed out that I wasn’t even in his constituency.

    Fucker.

  272. 764
    Sunonmars says:

    who said Alan Johnson was clean.

    In 2007, Alan Johnson spent £8289.04 of public money on a device to fold paper and insert it into envelopes. It is capable of filling and sealing up to 2,200 envelopes an hour.

    • 772
      Gordon McMental says:

      I bet the Hoon also claimed for one of those red boxes on wheels that posties use

    • 814
      Zaragon says:

      Our MP Ed Davey (Lib Dem) bought one too. His cost a whopping £14,687.50 but he only billed us for half – so that’s alright then. The reason why we should pay half is that in theory the ‘inserter’ gets used for ‘communications’ from the MP as well as for Lib Dem party political stuff. But in the time I’ve lived here the ratio is more like 80-20 in favour of the Lib Dem propaganda. So – in effect Davey is conning me into making donations to the Lib Dems.

    • 860
      Sylvia's Mother says:

      What is this for? Are his staff so busy that they cannot fold a letter and stuff it in an envelope! What a joke.

      • 865
        Zaragon says:

        Well most constituencies have about 75,000 electors so that’s a lot of letters. I don’t care if the local Lib Dems think it’s a good use of their money – but I resent being charged half of it when it is predominately used for political purposes.

  273. 768
    GeeWhizz says:

    Nadine Dorries bought two different Sony digital cameras in just 6 months, back in 2005-6.

    She also bought rather a lot of large boxes of McVities DeLuxe biscuits. For the office, of course. “No doubt, because she’s worth it”.

    • 833
      David says:

      Yes, she bought 2 digital cameras but actually claimed for THREE! She has an interesting little habit of claiming TWICE for many of her stationery/luxury biscuit purchases from Banner by entering both the invoice and the statement in consecutive claims. Just looking through her Banner claims reveals errors of over £1,100. Perhaps she needs more advice from the accountant whose £176 bill for filling in her Self-Assessment form she also claimed.

      • 864
        Zaragon says:

        That seems to be a common problem with the fees office – paying on statements. In the private sector you can never use statements to claim – only invoices or VAT receipts. This is precisely because the use of statements invariably leads to overpayment. If the House of Commons can’t organise this basic shit properly then no wonder the country is in a mess.

  274. 776
    Dame Sybil Crumb says:

    My MP, Andrew Tyrie, Chichester, has blanked out every piece of information on his ASA returns except the final figures on each bill…hows that for a vote catcher….I think I will take that nice Mr Tebbit’s advice and look elsewhere…

  275. 778
    Sunonmars says:

    Dougie Alexander what a complete hoon.

    http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/douglas-alexander/Douglas_Alexander_0708_ACA.pdf

    Page 31 and 32.

    A new set of garage doors £420 and to reline and fit a new chimney £928.31

    Pages 6-9 Bedding £550, dvd, tv, aerial system £1700, 48 element wideband aerial £155.

    Nice if you can get it.

  276. 780
    Mildred Fish says:

    FOOD CLAIM RECORD!! I bid for the food claim title:

    Patrick Cormack: Claim: £920 for 46 days!!!

    Now that is troughing of the highest order.

  277. 784
    Servalan says:

    Bridget Prentice, the Junior Minister at the MoJ responsible for “access to justice” and saving the taxpayer money on legal aid, claimed every year for the “preparation of 200x tax return” service from accounting firm Abrams and Ashton (usually for about £230). There’s also a claim for the services of the same firm for £102.87, but no invoice showing what it was for. This is all under her Incidental Expenses Provision which I assumed was for the running of her office.

    She also claimed £50 for shredding by Shred Secure. Whoever runs her office must be more than a touch disorganised – a fair number of the bills are late or final demands threatening legal action.

  278. 791
  279. 796
    aykarin says:

    Well, Lynne Jones Labour MP for Selly Oak found it expedient to strip and re-line her bedroom for £1200 in 2007-08; prior to this, some decoration had taken place in November 2006-07 to the tune of £1750 and before in October 2006 for £1306.90. Then there was £1250 in March 2006 on decorations. Do you think the service providers ever capitalised on the MPs rodgering of the public and charged them more than the ‘normal customer’?

    Also for Lynne Jones:

    x1 brass ceiling rose; x1 toaster; x1 can milk paint; £168 for a curtain rail; x1 £183.62 picture frame; x1 £240 picture + frame; x1 £250 table; x1 £1298.30 bed

    How are any of the above relative to her parliamentary duties? Damn scrubbers…

  280. 808
    The Beast Of Clerkenwell says:

    The best of the day has to be McMental having his bog unblocked.
    Im pretty sure that if had been his colon that was blocked Lord Volderhoon would have done it for nothing, probably even have paid to do it
    With our money

  281. 810
    Trough Mixture says:

    Could I suggest that any article of adornment Mr Opik calls a ‘wig’ would be more accurately described as a Merkin.

  282. 811
    Junior hack says:

    Sadiq Khan MP Minister Tooting Labour

    Sadiq Khan MP Tooting

    IEP 2005 /06

    16.1.2006 claimed £2737.10 allowed £1868.55 reason not known

    Payments to Scarlett MccGwire (Publicity???) various £587.50

    page 49 goods /services Impact 28.11.05 Cost £1051.34 (same as 102…..double claim?)

    page 61 Photo frames and clips @ Rymans cost £25 + (unclear)

    page 62 Photo frames and clips @ Rymans cost £31.95

    page 63 Photo frame @ Rymans cost £3.99

    page 102 3 packs of 18th birthday cards cost £1051.34

    page 140 Electoral Registration payment to Labour Party cost £560.00

    page 157 petty cash £250 pm……. Claimed £1250

    IEP 2006 / 07

    Page 4 Rhodes and Rhodes Chartered Accountants fee £470.00

    Page 27 Scarlett MccGwire 2 payments of £587.50 = £1175.00

    Page 31 Scarlett MccGwire 1 payments of £587.50

    Page 47 Public Impact Wallet Cards cost £134.84

    Page 151 XXX XXX 1 payments of £587.50 Scarlett MccGwire?

    Page 170 Payment to Solicitors Slater Bradley & Co £587.50 a matter for the Labour Party.

    IEP 2007 / 08

    Page 10 Rhodes and Rhodes Chartered Accountants fee £470.00

    Page 29 refunded to HoC Newsletter costs £500.00

    Page 33 Specsavers Cost £169.00

    Page 45 Specsavers Priv test (eye test?) Cost £19.50

    I especially liked the double dipping on the 18th Birthday Cards.

  283. 813
    Mildred Fish says:

    Alan Duncan is once again championing himself as the great sponsor of openness. It’s nauseating:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8106678.stm

    • 831
      Anonymous says:

      I remember HIGNFY making a great deal of Duncan’s assistance with the purchase of his elderly neighbour’s council property under the Right to Buy legislation before the 1997 election. Was it Smith Square, I can’t remember now but the implication was that he would do very well out of it.
      I probably have the video somewhere.

  284. 818
    Ming the merciless says:

    What you are not reading in the Scottish press is that Jim Devine MP who recently appeared before Labour’s Star Chamber in connection with the 6k plus expense claim was actually settling a bar tab with his local pub landlord. This is the landlord who carried out re wiring and shelf erecting on his behalf

  285. 821
    Odds Bodkins says:

    Besides gouging us financially what tangible things are these people doing for US that’s what I want to know.

    I have been badgering my MP on a number of issues: lack of allotment spaces, pisspoor care given to our boys in Afghanistan/Iraq/Any Other Dungheap, the current state of education, to name but a few but it only feels like they’ve got time to screw us, let alone give a satisfactory response.

    Democracy? Kleptocracy more like…

  286. 825
    1984: The Manual says:

    No wonder the greedy gits fought tooth and nail to stop the expenses being released! Half the expenses are blacked out (for security you know), but we can still see what’s going on!

    Can’t wait till the weekend to see what else is coming out….

    I love how they’ve got loads of time write out their expenses down to the last detail, teaspoons, moats, gardening, porn, penny phone calls.

  287. 826
    Brown of Borg says:

    Conservative non-entity David Tredinnick (Bosworth) appears to have claimed £744.16 for….astrology.

    Bought from a company called “Crucial Astro Tools” (whose URL seems to be http://www.crucialastrotools.co.uk) under various headings (one redacted) of “computer software”, “instruction” and “consultancy services”.

    In other words, *we* bought some of their awful looking software for the astronomical price (pun intended) that they list, then paid them another fortune to teach him how to use it.

    • 870
      Barracck Obuma's best friend says:

      Well, maybe he is studying for a new career when he is booted out at the GE.

  288. 827
    James says:

    Kaufman, like a lot of the elderly MPs sits in the commons looking like a corpse. Why doesn’t he retire and let a younger person come through? Also he claimed for an £8000 pound TV and failed to show any remorse!

    Some of the Scottish bloggers have debunked Jim Devine’s electrical job even further. TV pictures showed that the equipment supposedly installed by his contractor is technically several years out of date and would have been illegal to install at the time of the contract.

  289. 829
    Sir Ged Foodwin says:

    Why are Lemsip Obit’s ‘phone bills so HUGE ?????

  290. 832
    Junior hack says:

    Stuart Bell MP Labour

    IEP 2004 / 05

    Page 13 Webmaster 30.4.2004 maintenance = £250.00

    Page 17 Webmaster 1.6.2004 maintenance = £250.00

    Page 22 Webmaster 1.7.2004 maintenance = £250.00

    Page 28 Webmaster 1.8.2004 maintenance = £250.00

    Pages 30 to 34 5 separate BT bills for July 2004 including light user..Homes??

    Page 38 Webmaster 1.9.2004 maintenance = £250.00

    Page 40 Webmaster Design 15.8.2004 £750 for “bi-annual redesign”

    Page 41 Webmaster 1.10.2004 maintenance = £250.00

    Page 44 Webmaster 1.12.2004 maintenance = £250.00

    Page 49 Webmaster 1.11.2004 maintenance = £250.00

    Page 57 Webmaster 1.1.2005 maintenance = £250.00

    Page 64 Webmaster 31.1.2005 maintenance = £250.00

    Page 70 Analysis of French Text for use in his booklet £1500.00

    To avoid doubt assume Webmaster goes on and on at £250 pm + £750 bi annual checks.

    ACA 2004 / 05

    April 2004 Total £2496.78

    Highlights
    £1180.42 Mortgage
    £250 Food
    £200 Cleaning
    £121 TV license

    May 2004 Total £1712.08

    Highlights
    £1180.42 Mortgage
    £250 Food
    £200 Cleaning

    June 2004 Total £1801.64

    Highlights
    £1180.42 Mortgage
    £350 Food
    £200 Cleaning

    July 2004 – Feb 2005 More of the same

    March 2005

    Mortgage = £1010.00

    IEP 2005 / 06

    Webmaster again £250 maintenance……… take as read this is monthly with £750.00 bi annual reviews.

    BT Again 5 separate telephone lines.

    ACA 2005 /06 More of the same.

    Page 24 attempted to claim £750 for food. Fees office allowed £400.00

    IEP 2006 / 07

    Webmaster has gone down to £200.00 pm. In October increases to £250.00

    BT lines have now INCREASED to 6 lines??????????

    ACA 2006 / 07 More of the same.

    IEP 2007 /08

    Webmaster has been sacked!!!!!
    Page 28 Littlefire Web Design Balance of payment = £1384.15
    Where is the rest of it?
    Although his Webmaster site is still running. ?????????

    ACA 2007 / 08 More of the same.

    As a general observation it appears that he claims for telephone in the ACA AND in the Incidental expenses……. So apparently DOUBLE Dipping on the phones.

  291. 834
    A firm pair of breasts says:

    We paid for Martin McGuiness’ Binari Cappucinno Maker and Black Wrist Pillow in 2004-05.

    You fucking couldn’t make it up!

  292. 835
    Steve Expat says:

    Record of the day, think about it…

    How many have you/i> seen today..?

  293. 836
    A firm pair of breasts says:

    • 837
      Steve Expat says:

      Was thinking of that one too, but a little too late (’91?) for Guido – I figured ’89′s black box was better given that most people here have spent all day looking at hundreds of the fucking black boxes!!

  294. 841
    Hazel Blagger says:

    Leaving aside her hysterical flood of claims for food and furniture, including mountains of towels and bedding, I wonder why Hazel Blears consistently claimed £800 for mortgage interest repayments in 2004/5 when the statement provided seemingly shows that she was being charged £770.47?

    http://mpsallowances.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/hocallowances/allowances-by-mp/hazel-blears/Hazel_Blears_0405_ACA.pdf

  295. 843
    fatter than prescott says:

    because over payment £29.53 looks cheaper than £30

  296. 863
    Anonymous says:

    What about Lindsay Hoyle who thinks he can charge the taxpayer £368 for a digital camera, then a year later charge us another £145 for another digital camer! Also a digital radio/CD for £180.

    Twat

  297. 869
    A firm pair of breasts says:

    What we need is true Communism.

  298. 873
    Anonymous says:

    Fabian Hamilton seems to have double tapped his ADSL bill – 1 April 08 he charged £1,715.50 in his additional costs allowance – with the supplier’s details blacked out, and the same invoice is claimed in the incidental expenses allowance, with no blackout. Payable to Pi – a company owned by the same bloke who he set up Serif with. Not only is he paying huge amounts to two companies he is obviously connected to, he has double claimed for at least one of the invoices.

    I can’t be bothered to cross check it all but who pays that much for ADSL anyway?? why does he need all those accounts?

    The police need to investigate this one.

  299. 875
    A firm pair of breasts says:

    It’s like shooting fish in a tea cup.

  300. 877
    hoof-hearted says:

    This was the government who got rid of MIRAS (mortgage interest relief at source). They made sure they still got it, though, didn’t they.

  301. 878
    Anonymous says:

    In November 2006, that bastion of probity, Stephen Hammond, MP for Wimbledon, seems to have tried to claim £33.00 for two Remembrance Day wreaths from the Poppy Appeal.

    What better way to show the public’s appreciation for their sacrifice than by laying a publically funded wreath?

    He’s also spent about £15k with the PLS PR firm, but it’s hard to know what that was for.

  302. 879
    A firm pair of breasts says:

    Ed Balls seems to have been building up quite a collection of USB cables over the years. I’m sure he’s just using them for the kinky S&M games with Yvette.

  303. 880
    Anonymous says:

    Stephen Byers – thieving bastard.

    Claims every month max £250 petty cash.
    Claims every month max £400 food.
    Claims every month £235 for newspapers
    Claims regularly £200 for using his office at home!!!! (He only charged £66 in 2005 – must have had it upgraded at taxpayers expense so he could rent it out for more!)
    He has also claimed at least two bills twice.
    Communications allowance – 8th Jan 08 – claimed £1,410.00 against invoice from Accent Distribution Services.
    On 22 Jan he submitted another claim, this time with the remittance advice as his document, for the same invoice!!
    In March 07 he claimed twice for insurance – £769 paid directly to the supplier from the fees office, then he used the receipt to claim £769 for himself as well!!

    There are hardly any invoices to support his claims and a lot of his expenses are blacked out. I am sure this is just the tip of his iceberg.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/5301736/Stephen-Byers-bags-125000-for-his-partners-flat-through-MPs-expenses.html

  304. 881
    Anonymous says:

    Lovely GBP163 fountain pen for Andy Slaughter (Lab, Shepherd’s Bush)

    http://mps-expenses.guardian.co.uk/page/156265/

  305. 882
    Anonymous says:

    David Anderson – Blaydon

    Wonder why he pays consultancy fees to Mapset Ltd? Could it be that he is best mates with the owner – Gary Haley – Labour Councillor? Paid £2056 in March 06 for “constituency office support and development.” What does a tin pot company which is technically insolvent know about that? He also paid them £4459 in Dec 07 for some leaflets.

    He has a habit of blacking out another supplier who gives “consultancy”. Eg 05/06 IEP page 58 – “please accept this invoice for the consultancy work in office systems development in your consituency office. £900″ Not vat registered – loads of invoices from this set up, all blacked out. Hmmmmmm.

    • 883
      Anonymous says:

      Just found out that David Anderson owns a company called DAVID ANDERSON BUSINESS SERVICES LIMITED. Wonder if that is the company blacked out offering consultancy services to David Anderson??!!

  306. 885
    A firm pair of breasts says:

    They are still a bunch of Hoons!!!


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Rod Liddle on the loony UN sexism special rapporteur:

“There is more sexism in Britain than in any other country in the world, according to a mad woman who has been sent here by the United Nations.

Rashida Manjoo is a part-time professor of law at Cape Town University in the totally non-sexist country of South Africa (otherwise known as Rape Capital Of The World).

Mrs Magoo has been wandering around with her notebook and is appalled by the sexist “boys’ club” culture here, apparently.

I don’t doubt we still have sexism in the UK. But is it worse than in, say, Saudi Arabia, d’you think, honey-lamb? Or about 175 other countries? Get a grip, you doolally old bat.”



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What’s he been doing FFS, mining bitcoins?


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