February 4th, 2010

Legg Report Live Updates

£1.3 million in fiddles repaid. Average fiddle was for £4,000.

Link to report [PDF] here.

Post info in the comments…

UPDATE : John Redwood MP had to repay £112 for the cost of re-seeding his lawn, uncharacteristically he wanted us to pay for the green shoots of recovery.

Bob Ainsworth to payback  £1,526.50 for antique dresser and brand new gate-gate.

Dr Julian Lewis MP double claimed £829.85 for mortgage interest and over-claimed for a £789 for a washer/drier.

Balls for overpaid mortgage repayments £1,363.44.

Phil Hope to pay back a whopping £42,674.13.

Rt Hon David Heathcoat-Amory MP overshot the gardening allowance by £26,696.58.

Douglas “Moat Cleaning” Hogg paying back £20,639. Elliot Morley ‘has no issues’. We know he is guilty.

Bercow has repaid £978.51 for mortgage overpayments.

Margaret Beckett still owes for illegitimate claims for gardening. She has still not repaid the £2,539.75 Legg asked for.

Keith Vaz, £414 for a foot-stool.

Iris Robinson £1,614 for a bed. No further comment.

John Baron MP cashed in by re-mortgaging his house to the tune of £8,821.10. Re-mortgaging is specifically against the Green Book rules.

Gordon has repaid £13,723.04 for his cleaning claims despite being asked for “only” £12,888.03. A shame he wasn’t so diligent with our deficit.

Ed Vaizey paying back £2,449.45 for amongst other things, a dining table. How did he break the old one?

Jeremy Richard Browne appealed a demand to repay £17,894.24 for re-mortgaging his home, which is specifically disallowed in the Green Book rules. He has successfully appealed this down to £0.

CCHQ: Total cabinet repayments since 1 April 2009 = £35,036. Brown’s £13,723 represents 40% of total

George Galloway to pay back £3,187.28 of mobile phone bills. Calling the Middle East is expensive!

Julie Kirkbride had to repay £29,243 scammed. Oink.

Yvette Cooper was overpaid by £1,363.21 in mortgage interest for the home she shares with Blinky.

Nick Clegg has had to repay £910.00 for gardening costs.

Jonathan Djanogly was ordered to repay £17,364.76 for gardening and cleaning costs. The limit was £1000.

Parmjit Dhanda had to repay £2,208.28 for overpayments of mortgage interest.

Quentin “Belltower” Davies claims were at least so outrageous that most of them didn’t even get past the placid Fees Office. He did, however, manage to over-claim for cleaning to the tune of £658.00.

Wayne David was ordered to repay £12,959.69 for a combination of insurance and mortgage fiddles (switching to a higher rate on the taxpayer’s dime) as well as £430 for a bedroom chair.

Alistair Darling claimed more than double the recommended amount for a chest of drawers and has been ordered to repay £554.00.

Anthony Steen claimed for “a flagpole rope and binding” for his very nice house.

CCHQ: Ed Balls paid Brown’s former press officer – Fiona Gordon – £4,000 in exes in 08/09

Vaizey appealed to Legg over £30.

Michael Spicer failed in his appeal to avoid paying back £15,109.37 for gardening, cleaning and a dishwasher. £10k of this is therefore still owed.


359 Comments

  1. 1
    Lamp post says:

    And we get done if we forget to pay a simple tax bill for £100.

    Hang them all.

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    • 3
      The reply from my MP when I complained; says:

      “The root of the problem of the old system was that because of the way it grew up – party leaders refusing independently recommended pay increases but sanctioning instead absurdly generous allowances – MPs began to treat the allowances as their own money rather than the public’s money. So they spent it on things they would have spent their own money on. This should never have happened, and nobody regrets it more than I do”

      So that’s okay then.

      Oh by the way,this is the moron who claimed for three garlic presses – he bought a £1.9M house without taking out a mortgage.

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      • 7
        Conmen and criminals. says:

        And they were so absurdly generous,that I just had to claim them…….

        By God,if only we could rid ourselves of these scum.

        Vote them all – refuse to vote.

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        • 46
          Hang The Bastards says:

          BROWN – IN THE TOP 5% OF WORST FIDDLERS !

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        • 50
          Porkbusters says:

          Shameless Piggy thieving bastards, here’s a couple we all know

          Ms Nadine V Dorries MP Mid Bedfordshire

          Ms Dorries was paid £882.31 twice for hotel expenses in January 2007.
          She was also paid £161.04 twice for internet service in April 2007.
          She was further paid £271.02 twice for a telephone bill in 2008-09.

          Total repayment recommended: £1,314.37
          Total repayments received since 1 April 2009: £0.00
          Balance recommended to be repaid: £1,314.37

          Rt Hon Geoffrey Hoon MP Ashfield

          Mr Hoon was overpaid by £1,013.13 for mortgage interest in 2008-09.
          He was also paid £138.29 twice for a gas bill, also in 2008-09.

          Total repayment recommended: £1,151.42
          Total repayments received since 1 April 2009: £383.76
          Balance recommended to be repaid: £767.66

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      • 11

        Imagine popping his privates in to a garlic press and giving it a good squeeze.

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      • 16
        From an underpaid employee says:

        “Dear employer (choose Factory Owner/Telesales Centre/Retail Shop etc etc);

        You are not paying me enough so I shall start stealing from you

        Good day.”

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      • 17
        Gordon Brown stole my pension says:

        Interesting logic from your MP.

        My customers are not paying quite as much for my services as I’d like, and therefore I’ve decided to treat my neighbours’ property and possessions as if they were my own. Tonight I shall break in and take them. Including their 19 year-old daughter. She’s hot. And mine.

        Please forward any concerns you may have about this to your MP, who’ll confirm it’s all above board. You know where to find him/her/whatever.

        Ta.

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      • 296
        Batty Hattie Harmanescu says:

        Ther reply you recieved echoes very much excuses offered The Anne Widecome and Shirley Williams; “it’s the system”. Presumably MP from all sides got together to come up with this rediculously lame excuse.

        No, you scumbags, the “root” of the problem is that MPs are crooks. Even those not implicated (if there are any) must have know this troughing was going on, and kept quiet.

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    • 5
      David Hodge says:

      Now is also the time to chop the number of MPs from 650 down to 199. That would be real savings.

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      • 20
        Arthur Haynes (Comedian) says:

        All 52% of the troughers should go. The rtest given a gold star for covering up their tracks so well. Enterprising!

        AH (C)

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      • 35
        Gordon Brown stole my pension says:

        Good plan. I’ll pop down to Robert Dyas and get an axe.

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        • 96
          Sorry sir,we can only sell an axe to those wearing a hood. says:

          But you can’t even buy a bloody quiche from Tesco nowadays – how will you get an axe from RB?

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          • Tennerpants. says:

            Tesco sold me a cheese and chive quiche yesterday, and didn’t even ask for prooof of I.D, mind you I didn’t have me school uniform on….I just walked straight out of the door with it..ha ha, mugs.

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    • 22
      Gordon Brown claims; says:

      “The Prime Minister was paid a total of £21,189.53 for cleaning costs between April 2004 and March 2009, exceeding the maximum allowable by £11,189.53.

      He was also paid £1,396 twice in April and July 2006 for internal redecoration.

      He was further paid £1,302.50 in 2007-08 for garden maintenance, exceeding the allowable maximum by £302.50.

      Total repayment recommended: £12,888.03 Total repayments received since 1 April 2009: £13,723.04

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    • 26
      Barbara Follett must have six pairs of hands and ears! says:

      “She was also paid a total of £8,908.36 for six telephone lines at her second home between April 2004 and November 2008. The number of lines and the amount claimed are excessive, and half the allowance, i.e. £4,454.18, should be repaid”

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      • 59
        Hang The Bastards says:

        The bitch was running some telephone sex chat line

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        • 245
          Mike Litorus says:

          Boke! How do I get puke out of my laptop? Apart from claiming the cleaning on expenses…

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          • James Dyson says:

            We have a product called the ‘Dyson micro puke vac’. So small it fits in your top pocket, not only will it remove puke from your lappy, it will also make small change of those nasty bits of lamb that get stuck between your teeth, after a bhuna.

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    • 109
      I Fucking Loathe Tesco says:

      The wife of a friend of mine is being done by the Revenue for underpayment by 42 pence – that’s PENCE – on last year’s tax return. Her husband is also being subject to the forensic thumb-screws. The worst aspect of this for me is that almost NO-ONE gives a shit about MPs troughing.

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      • 123
        Tax expert says:

        Tell the tax office to go and fuck themselves.

        Anarchy in the UK following this shambles!

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        • 312
          I Fucking Loathe Tesco says:

          Mr (Ms?) Tax Expert – the forensic Revenue investigation is most unappealing. It also happened to a GP friend, one of whose partners wrongly valued a car being traded in by £125. All the practice partners were taken to the cleaners, as well as every one their spouses, none of whom had ANYTHING to do with the alleged discrepancy.

          I agree with every word in your post. If enough of us don’t get off our backsides before the election and explain to the 30% who don’t give a fuck and who barely know what’s going in in their own country just what another five years of the one-eyed c’nut and his mob will mean, then we’re all doomed.

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      • 143
        Gordon Brown stole my pension says:

        I think people do care, and the pressure needs to be kept up.

        Guido could have a wall of shame, with portraits of our esteemed MPs (available from their websites) made out like police mugshots, except instead of police numbers at the bottom, they’ve got the sum of money they stole from us.

        You could even turn this into an Adobe Flash game, like an online Trivial Pursuit, in which one is presented with a list of stolen items which one has to link to each ‘Honourable’ thief.

        Trouble is, it will take a while to code and by the time the project’s completed, half of these fuckers will be unemployed.

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        • 317
          I Fucking Loathe Tesco says:

          GBSMP – only a small minority give a damn. I work occasionally in Prescott-land and talk to dozens of locals, both bright and sub-normal. I doubt if 1% care what’s going on in Beverley, never mind London. The capital might as well be on Uranus as far as Hull is concerned. I assume that huge swathes of Birmingham, Liverpool, Leicester and other cities with massive benefit-dependent populations feel the same. They have their ciggies, their tellies, their junk food and their old bangers and that’s all that matters. MPs troughing? Who gives a shit? Change of government? What for? Dame Shirley Bassey – I mean Williams – has a lot to answer for. The dumbing down of Britain has been carried out with the utmost thoroughness.

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    • 137
      Anonymous says:

      I think we need to create a breakdown report of the amount per party per head, with a split into how much was officially against the rules, and how much was just extravagant, which is also against the rules but subjective.

      Then if needs be find a way to split it to ensure that labour worse (although probably not needed)
      Then kill gordon brown.

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  2. 2
    Captain Black says:

    £1.3mn in fiddles? You could buy a bloody Stradivarius for that…

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    • 14
      Gut_Wrencher says:

      I wonder if this Stradivarius complies with the new emissions standards.

      When will Clarkson get to road test it?

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      • 162
        EC1 PhD says:

        The trouble with a Stradivarius is that it might be finely tuned, unlike the cheaper Japanese models, but they still come with strings attached.

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        • 167
          Max the Impaler says:

          There’s enough ‘fiddling’ going on without you lot starting.

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          • Jeremy Clarkson says:

            I did a test drive on the Strad Cello recently for a one-off special for the BBC Concert Orchestra who were filing in Vienna but spent the next day pulling splinters and wire out of the radiator.

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      • 295

        The tone and timbre is absolutely incredible! Its not often that something this good gets used around the Top Trumpet Test Track.

        Now we have to hand it over to our tame concert virtuoso.

        Some say he can print money just by staring at a laser printer, and that the fees office have had to REPAY him for expenses.

        We just know he’s the STIG!

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    • 24
      Arthur Haynes (Comedian) says:

      No you can’t matey. Stads are much more expensive and a lot more useful.

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    • 37
      Homer Simpson says:

      Stradewhovious?

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  3. 4
    MAD MOO ARMOUREDDINNERJACKET says:

    Who was “Top Trougher” ?

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  4. 6
    Mr Ned says:

    Well we know what to do. Sack the lot of them and start afresh!

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  5. 9

    Keith Vaz, £414 for a fucking footstool

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  6. 10
    Spank Sinatra says:

    What a report! Apparently Elliot Morley ‘has no issues’ (other than about to be very very careful when he bends over in the shower).

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  7. 11
    Fees Office Clerk says:

    Legg spent a million producing this report? I want the fucker investigated!

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    • 233
      EC1 PhD says:

      Spend a million to save a million (OK, it creates jobs).
      Spend £200 billion to save how much exactly?

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  8. 15
    Steve Expat says:

    Fabian Hamilton to pay back 6 grand, 5 of which were to do with dodgy mortgage payments

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    • 91
      jgm2 says:

      Fabian-fucking-Hamilton if you please.

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    • 297
      Anonymous says:

      yeah – lived rent free at his Mum’s house in London and had his family home in Pudsey done up at our expense. Then bought an allegedly rundown flat in London and refurbed that at our expense.

      Thieving twat.

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  9. 19
    Steve Expat says:

    Douglas “Moat Cleaning” Hogg paying back £20,639.

    He claimed 1/12 of the full amount allowed every month, on the basis that the costs of running his house was higher than allowed, producing little in the way of receipts in the process!!

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  10. 23
    Steve Expat says:

    Looks like Nadine got away without having a “Main Home”, her name’s not in the report at all!

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    • 57
      john reid says:

      with those legs she could get away with anything!

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    • 69
      Porkbusters says:

      oh yes it is

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      • 101
        Steve Expat says:

        You’re right – £1,000 for double claimed hotel bill and telephone bill – still no reference to the main home issue though!

        I was looking at the HTML version rather than the PDF, seems to have a few names missing – changing to the PDF now for more troughing pigs!

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  11. 25
    Spank Sinatra says:

    Ian Gibson (ex labour MP for Norwich North) has yet to repay £16.025 after his accommodation scam – can anyone beat this? (page 161 refers)

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  12. 29
    TonkaTom says:

    This is why we need PR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 43
      Captain Black says:

      I’m struggling to see why changing the way we elect MPs is going to change their behaviour once elected.

      If anything it will reinforce the longevity of certain politicos.

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    • 71
      manseman says:

      …so we can be more like Italy. Real crooks in that neck of the woods. None of this petty pilfering, full on colusion with organised crime. Bodies, birds (and boys) smack… the lot. bring in on.

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  13. 30
    TheCourtOfPublicOpinion says:

    HOC will forever be known as the House of Corruption.

    Well done our Right Honourable servants – you totally betrayed the trust we put in you when you promised to act in our best interests.
    Protecting the public purse? We’d be on porridge if we defrauded HMRC for half that.

    And they want our vote in May?

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    • 59
      Gordon Brown stole my pension says:

      All six of your postal votes have already been filled in and filed.

      Thank you for voting Labour.

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  14. 31
    Captain Black says:

    John Lyons has done a bunk (page 165).

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  15. 32
    Centre Parting says:

    Mr Gerry Adams MP
    Belfast West
    Windsor
    Mr Adams has no issues.

    What the f………..!!!!

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  16. 34
    Arthur Haynes (Comedian) says:

    Tip from the media: look carefully at the section on entertaining in the H o C by members.

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  17. 36
    Anonymous says:

    Iris Robinsons must repay £1,974.89, including £1,644.90 for the cost of – wait for it – a new bed!

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  18. 39
    Steve Expat says:

    Julie Kirkbride paying back £29k and Andrew McKay paying back £31k – they are married to each other and had two homes, one of which was the “first” and the other the “second” for each of them!

    Troughing little fucking pigs!

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  19. 41
    Anonymous says:

    Ruth Kelly having to cough up over £ 1,700 +

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  20. 42
    Er, you owe me says:

    May I ask why there are no UNDER claims?

    Not one of these shits have actually underclaimed for anything – what a surprise!

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  21. 44
    Anonymous says:

    Barbara Follett has already repaid £ 29, 243…

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    • 108
      Steve Expat says:

      This little piggy thinks living in London is dangerous!

      Ms Follett was paid a total of £34,776.30 from April 2004 to November 2008 for
      mobile security patrols at her second home. This went beyond the Green Book
      provisions limiting claims to ‘basic security measures’.
      She was also paid a total of £8,908.36 for six telephone lines at her second home
      between April 2004 and November 2008. The number of lines and the amount
      claimed are excessive, and half the allowance, i.e. £4,454.18, should be repaid.
      Ms Follett was further overpaid by an estimated £2,812.95 in 2004-05 – 2006-07 for
      an additional household insurance premium for fine art, which is not allowable.
      She was also paid £221 twice for boiler insurance in June 2004 and again in August
      2004.
      She was also paid £193.78 for pest control in April-June 2006 for an address other
      than her second home.

      Total repayment recommended: £42,458.21
      Total repayments received since 1 April 2009: £32,976.17
      Balance recommended to be repaid: £9,482.04

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      • 348
        FF says:

        It is a bit unfair to never mention why she might be more sensitive than most about security — her ex-husband was murdered for political reasons at home while their young children were in the house (in South Africa).

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  22. 45
    Bruce Bellend says:

    Mandelson forced to repay £800 in gardening costs. Doesn’t say if it was uphill gardening or not.

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  23. 46
    The IMF is coming says:

    OOPs seem to have lost my paperwork

    Ms Diana Organ _ex Labour MP)
    Forest of Dean
    In default of evidence to support payments for mortgage interest of £15,964.01 for
    the period April 2004 to May 2005, I must regard these payments as having been
    invalid. Accordingly my recommendation is that Ms Organ should repay the whole
    of this sum.
    Balance recommended to be repaid: £15,964.01

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  24. 49
    Anonymous says:

    Denis McShane is worth looking at..

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    • 67
      MacShane full says:

      An average of £57.90 claimed PER WEEK,EVERY WEEK for dry cleaning in 2004 – 2005.

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      • 75
        More MacShane full says:

        “In September and October 2008, he was paid £153.39 for gas without providing sufficient evidence to show that this was a cost incurred at his second home, since the only address on the bill related to his main home.

        He should also provide mortgage interest statements to support payments totalling £6,001.34 for the period April 2004 to January 2006.

        I recommend that he should be allowed until 1 March 2010 to do this.

        If he does not do so, then in the absence of any special or exceptional reasons to the contrary, he should repay the whole amount of the allowance involved”

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        • 116
          Dennis Macshanovitch says:

          you anti-semitic Hunts!

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          • Anonymous says:

            Dennis Mac~~ If you are unable to make pertinent or relevent comments please don’t add to the numerous contributor comments that are rapidly making this website lose its value & interest.

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  25. 51
    Steve Expat says:

    Peter “Duck House” Viggers paying back £13,245 for overclaimed council tax and employing a gardener

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    • 68
      Steve Expat says:

      Anthony “I like in a big house” Steen, paying back £11k for excessive gardening and house repairs

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      • 80
        Drop shot says:

        And you shall hang from an extra big scaffold you c*unt.

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        • 307
          Batty Hattie Harmanescu says:

          They should hang him (and a few others) from one of those mobile cranes -“Iran style”

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      • 113
        Flagpole rope - halfway to a hanging already! says:

        Anthony “Big House” Steen;

        “£184.89 in May 2004 for skip hire, 23 garden plants, and a flagpole rope and binding. The plants (£39.39), it is said, were not allowable under the Green Book rules, and the skip hire (£117) and the flagpole rope and binding (£28.50) were claimed without evidence as to their necessity.”

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    • 120
      Porking good stuff says:

      You have to pay Council Tax for a Duck House ?

      I wonder what band it was in

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  26. 52
    Anthiony Blair - no issues...... says:

    “Mr Blair has no issues”

    And he doesn’t have any sodding expenses records because he shredded them!

    Why not give Adolf Hitler a Victoria Cross while you are about it?

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    • 105
      Doc Trough says:

      Mr Blair will most certainly have no issues when Tariq the Tikrit Tallier of Testicles gets hold of his diabolic bollocks.

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    • 119
      media watch says:

      Surely Blair remortgaged his Sedgefiekd gaff to help him buy his Marylebone place? Sedgefield cost £30,000 to buy but was later mortgaged for £300,000. Has Sir Thommy actually looked at this, or is it ignored becuase, as we all now, Blair is such a “straight kinda guy”?

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    • 132
      Adolf says:

      Don’t compare me with Blair,I’m not that bad.

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    • 159
      Gobsmacked says:

      If he (Blair) claimed then there MUST be accounts. Are were they really so incompetent in the handling of PUBLIC money?

      I can’t believe it.

      If he claimed then the amounts paid must be recorded.

      If he can’t justify the claims from his records then it must be assumed that the claims are invalid.

      I keep ALL records going back five years.

      Why didn’t he?

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      • 194
        Bertie Bagshott says:

        Shredding expenses paperwork is no excuse – if you can’t provide the evidence, then you should repay! It’s so simple! That’s how it works with the Inland Revenue! Why should these “Porkers” be treated differently?

        (Brown’s face and body language at yesterday’s PMQ’s was a real picture! You’re on your way out matey…and who would employ you with your misplaced morals and principles…?)

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        • 211
          giant bee says:

          Thing is I’m sure he actually believes he can walk into any one of a number of cushy jobs after this. If there was any justice in this world he’d be shovelling shit til he drops. Which would hopefully be many pain-filled years later.

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          • Batty Hattie Harmanescu says:

            I am sure you’re right, what I can’t quite understand, is why people are paying thousands to her him speak. Even if we ignore his being a scumbag war monger, the sale of peerages etc. He was a massive FAILURE, just about everything he touched turned eventually to shite. Why pay to listen to a failure?

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  27. 55
    Arthur Haynes (Comedian) says:

    ‘Mr Younger-Ross was paid £1,475 for a five-drawer chest and £725 for a mirror in August 2004…’

    Mirror Mirror on the wall… you greedy chunt.

    AH (C)

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  28. 56
    Anonymous says:

    Denis McShane is worth looking a

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  29. 58
    Anonymous says:

    What a fucking shambles the whole process has been – from start to finish. I have no doubt this has been deliberate with a different referee introduced every time a decision went the wrong way. I mean who is the ultimate arbiter – the one who lets the hoons off with most?
    A ‘culture of deference’ – what does that mean? It means that that hoon Martin, and his cronies, bullied the shit out of the fees office staff – when will one of them stand up and say so? It is so obvious. Did you see that a member of the fees office has resigned over a fraud issue and is being investigated by the police? Why is this not being looked at more closely in the press?
    What no one should forget is that these snivelling whining hard done by ‘only followed the rules’ HOONS went to unimaginable lengths to stop all of this coming out – led by that Harman woman. That says all you need to know about how they viewed what they had done.

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  30. 61
    Anonymous says:

    John Selwyn Gummer – £ 29k + !!!!!

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  31. 62
    Steve Expat says:

    Kitty Ussher spend £16k doing up her kitchen – didn’t she then flip to avoid CGT when she sold the place?

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  32. 63
    Mr Ned says:

    “Mr Cameron was overpaid by £237.07 for mortgage interest in April to November 2006.

    Total repayment recommended: £237.07
    Total repayments received since 1 April 2009: £965.45
    Balance recommended to be repaid: £0.00″
    —————————————————-

    Well no fucking wonder the recommendation is to repay £0.00. He has overpaid what he took by more than a factor of three!

    WTF??? There must be more to this. Why repay £965.45 IF he only over claimed by£237.07? This does NOT add up…

    So why Has Cameron repaid too much?

    Is he that bad at maths?

    Has he over claimed for something else that we do not know about?

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  33. 66
    Anonymous says:

    Mike Hall MP – Balance to be repaid £ 12, 639

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    • 88
      Arthur Haynes (Comedian) says:

      And the rest Anon:

      ‘..Mr Hall was paid a total of £10,364.28 during the period 2004-05 to 2007-08 for
      cleaning, laundry, dry cleaning and ironing. This exceeds £2,000 per year by
      £2,364.28.
      He was paid £250 per month for petty cash from April to August 2004. This is not
      allowable under Green Book rules.
      He was also paid £250 per month for incidental expenses in September and October
      2004. Incidental expenses are not allowed under the Green Book rules.
      He was also paid a total of £8,789 for household sundries (variable amounts up to
      £250 per month during the period November 2004 to March 2008, and £24 a month
      for 11 months in 2008-09). No receipts were provided….’

      Greedy chunt

      AH (C)

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      • 126
        media watch says:

        So. incidentall expenese are not allowed, but apparently £400 per month, unsubstantiated, for additional food beciause you’ve got two houses is perfectly OK on Planet MP.

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  34. 70
    Anonymous says:

    Douglas Hogg QC repayments received £20k ++

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  35. 74
    Arthur Haynes (Comedian) says:

    ‘Mr Tyrie was overpaid by a total of £1,638.99 for mortgage interest in 2008-09…’

    He claimed mortgage relief for his home, second home being in the Barbican. He’s never there! We know, Dermott was his neighbour.

    AH (C)

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  36. 77
    Anonymous says:

    Phil Hope MP repayments received £ 42,, 674

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  37. 79
    Anonymous says:

    Michael Howard QC repaid £ 7k +

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  38. 80
    Brown's Buggered Britain says:

    “Gordon has repaid £13,723.04 for his cleaning claims despite being asked for “only” £12,888.03.”

    I expect he forgot it was HIS money he was giving away.

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    • 86
      Fiddling the books says:

      He will get it back via his £50K fund he managed with the exercise book that of course he knows not what you are talking about……

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      • 115
        dinsdale says:

        even though the Parliamentary Standards commission is investigating and he has had a letter about the matter.
        And then there is the book
        and the newspaper articles.

        So Gordon is safe

        He just has to admit he can’t read and write

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    • 251
      Major Bong Downers says:

      But it isn’t HIS money, that’s the whole point.

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  39. 94
    They're all at it says:

    Given the response from MPs and Kennedy, I think that Legg should have suggested two payback amounts per MP.

    One would be for outright abuse (double dipping mortgages…etc), which would be mandatory, and the other would be a “goodwill gesture” where it was outwith the accepted norm for the population (£400 each and every month for food…etc).

    I would then publish who pays the “goodwill” ones, so that they can be held accountable to their electorate.

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    • 300
      sean says:

      the whole point about saying sorry and paybacks is defended these bastards and letting them off. In any other world this would be seen as theft and fraudulent abuse of public money. they should all have their day in court and answer to the system that each of us would have to. parliamentary privilge should be removed from each of them and they should stand alone in the dock

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      • 316
        Anonymous says:

        Sean @ 300: The general public do see it as “theft & fraudulent abuse of public money”.The bastards will not appear in court, & even if they do it will be in front of carefully selected judges.(Look at the various results from the “suicide” of Kelly through to Chilcot when that reports, not to mention “you know where you can find me”.)
        The only judges available are the general public at the next general election & even they won’t be able to deal with the bastards who are standing down.

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  40. 97
    Fool me once.... says:

    And how many of you will vote them back in?

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    • 107
      Mr Ned says:

      Unfortunately far too many.

      I can guarantee that I will not be voting for the over-claiming MP in my constituency because (A) he is standing down and (B) if I ever voted labour, I would have to remove my own heart with a rusty spoon.

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  41. 98
    Porking good stuff says:

    Mr Mike Hall MP
    Weaver Vale

    Mr Hall was paid a total of £10,364.28 during the period 2004-05 to 2007-08 for cleaning, laundry, dry cleaning and ironing. This exceeds £2,000 per year by £2,364.28.
    He was paid £250 per month for petty cash from April to August 2004. This is not allowable under Green Book rules.
    He was also paid £250 per month for incidental expenses in September and October 2004. Incidental expenses are not allowed under the Green Book rules.
    He was also paid a total of £8,789 for household sundries (variable amounts up to £250 per month during the period November 2004 to March 2008, and £24 a month for 11 months in 2008-09). No receipts were provided.

    Total repayment recommended: £12,639.28
    Total repayments received since 1 April 2009: £0.00
    Balance recommended to be repaid: £12,639.28

    Rt Hon David Heathcoat-Amory MP
    Wells

    Mr Heathcoat-Amory was paid cleaning costs of £12,995.35 over the five years of the review period. That exceeded £2,000 a year by a total of £2,995.35.
    He was also paid a total of £30,696.58 for gardening during the four years 2004-05 to 2007-08. This exceeded £1,000 a year by £26,696.58.

    Total repayment recommended: £29,691.93
    Total repayments received since 1 April 2009: £6,122.24
    Balance recommended to be repaid: £23,569.69

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  42. 103
    Arthur Haynes (Comedian) says:

    ‘Mr George was paid £1,397.34 twice for hotel costs for May 2005.
    He was overpaid by a total of £159.44 for food during 2004-05 and 2005-06.
    He was also overpaid by £233.83 for hotel costs for June 2006.
    He was further overpaid by £694.44 for council tax in 2008-09, the amount of a
    rebate which should have been claimed.
    He was also overpaid by a total of £1,695.12 for mortgage interest in 2008-09, as a
    result of two monthly claims being duplicated.
    He was overpaid by a total of £168.08 in 2008-09, through duplicate payments of
    telephone and electricity costs.
    Total repayment recommended: £4,348.25
    Total repayments received since 1 April 2009: £3,160.41
    Balance recommended to be repaid: £1,187.84…’

    This chunt has double vision methinks.

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  43. 111
    Arthur Haynes (Comedian) says:

    ‘Bob Ainsworth to payback £1,526.50 for antique dresser and brand new gate-gate.’

    If he wanted someone to tie his shoes in the morning I’d have done it for less than the minimum wage!

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  44. 117
    Anonymous says:

    Why pay back more than requested? Something ahead that may come and bite them in the arse!

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  45. 118

    Margaret Moran, of Southampton, Spain, Timbuctu and MP for Luton south.

    Moran was also paid a net total of £527.20 TWICE in 2005-06 for a mattress. Could have been a double claim, but with Mo it is quite likely to have been two mattresses. You know how she wears ‘em out.

    She was paid a total of £3,140.42 for gardening costs. This exceeded the allowable maximum by a total of £1,140.42. Why are we allowing them any gardening costs? I don’t get gardening costs from the public or even allowable against tax. Do you?

    She was further paid £2,282.65 for repairs after a front room roof collapse in April 2007. Home insurance should have covered a substantial part of this cost, but the cover had run out two months previously. Does your employer pay out when you let your insurance lapse?

    She has paid back £6k She’s going to walk with the severance package and the guaranteed pension.

    P.S. does anybody know if the Legg report means they HAVE paid back the money or just that they’ve agreed to, but it has been listed as if it was paid. I’m fed up with that trick where they appear on camera saying “I have in my hand a piece of paper”.

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    • 135
      Steve Expat says:

      For some reason the £22k she spent on the dry rot at her partner’s house in Southampton (100 miles from her Luton constituency, and further away from Westminster) is not mentioned. Any ideas why??

      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/5298395/Margaret-Moran-Second-home-flip-paid-22500-dry-rot-bill.html is the story, for anyone who forgot about this fat pig

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      • 182

        I’m hoping the omission is because the police are investigating.

        There’s ‘within the rules’ and outright fraud becaise she claimed to be resident where it could be proved she was definitely not. Even the HoC rules won’t stretch round that. Her local party attacked a Tory candidate for not living in Luton, then her long-term friend and party co-worker wrote to the paper confirming that she lived in the Luton and that’s why she should be re-elected.

        This fact of the whereabouts of her dwelling could be verified by her partner who was a director of a small charity she helped set up. He gave his residence as the Luton house, not the Southampton one, on documents at Companies House. This would indicate that in no sense was the Southampton property a second home, let alone one for the purposes of facilitating her travel to Westminster, on account of Southampton being even further away from the HoC than Luton is. Pull the other Legg, it’s got bells on.

        Another mystery is that the cost claimed of treating the dry-rot in a modest dwelling seems to be unusually high, an extension to the house has appeared, and it isn’t clear where the money came from to do work on the Spanish holiday properties. All things which are possibly beyond Legg’s scope.

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      • 195
        Engineer says:

        It might be sub judicae, as might Morley, Chaytor etc. Legg saying nothing because the courts will in due course. I hope.

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  46. 125
    The IMF is coming says:

    Seems to me we have been take to the ‘cleaners’ by many of them

    Also that stupid arse Morgan is giving Brown the chance of an hours free electioneering courtesy of ITV.
    Christ which one do I hate more. Tricky but Brown every time.

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  47. 129
    Spank Sinatra says:

    Kelly being interviewed by standards committee here –

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/hi/house_of_commons/newsid_8167000/8167512.stm

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  48. 131
    They're all at it says:

    Nadine V Dorries…

    Ms Dorries was paid £882.31 twice for hotel expenses in January 2007.
    She was also paid £161.04 twice for internet service in April 2007.
    She was further paid £271.02 twice for a telephone bill in 2008-09.

    Total repayment recommended: £1,314.37
    Total repayments received since 1 April 2009: £0.00
    Balance recommended to be repaid: £1,314.37

    She was paid TWICE for fex sake, no queries or questions….!!!! Get her to pay now or go to jail. Theiving scum

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    • 144
      Top political research assistant says:

      I’ve done some expert researching on this and these are all vindictive lies designed to upset mummy.

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  49. 138
    Dr Pangloss says:

    Dear People,

    Things are never as bad as they seem. After all the entire bill does not equal one reasonable bankers bonus. And as many of these politicians will shortly leave politics for a place on the Board of major banks, where they will be paid much more money and therefore more taxes, we may ultimately make a slight bonus on the deal. And after all, this theft has been done in the most discreet and polite manner and not in a ‘populous’ way at all. Would that all all crime could be dealt with in such a delicate and understanding manner and that we could follow this extraordinarily successful example of expropriation of other people’s money with so little conscience or fuss.

    As with all things political, everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds.

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  50. 139
    jdennis_99 says:

    Bunch of thieving troughers.

    I like the fact that they can’t even work out what the new system should be – they’re all just arguing about it.

    I can’t even understand why they need all these expenses anyway – they should be paid a normal, adequate salary, like everyone else. And taxed until their tits turn purple, like everyone else. Maybe then they’d be less inclined to inflict their so-called ‘policies’ on us.

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  51. 140
    The Crooked Parliament says:

    Only four hundred quid for the stool otherwise known as ‘ Slippery Vaz’ surely must be more!!!!

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  52. 145
    Something Fishy says:

    Look into those that paid back more than they had to.They paid more back for a reason.

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  53. 147

    I do wonder with most of these claims how these MPs “didn’t notice” that they were getting the same money for claims twice or how some “forgot” that their mortgage had been paid up and carried on claiming. You couldn’t make it up.

    I would like to point out that although Phil Hope repaid £42k, he was only required to pay back £4k. Bernard Jenkin is a big story there, £63k reduced on appeal to £37k. That is a monstrous “oversight”.

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  54. 148
    Emperor Mong says says:

    Children, children – expenses outrage is soooooo 2009.

    Catch up with the cool kids and lets discuss those do nothing Tories and how we can screw the Armed Forces some more.

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  55. 151
    Anonymous says:

    Isn’t expenses fiddling some sort of gross misconduct, and therefore should it not lead to dismissal without transition allowances etc? Just a thought.

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  56. 152
    They're all at it says:

    Ms Anne Snelgrove MP – South Swindon
    Ms Snelgrove has no issues.

    Now this I find curious. I happen to know that she claimed very frequently for flowers for her second home – certainly not “essential to carry out her duties”. I wonder how many others have slipped through the net.

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  57. 154
    Something Fishy says:

    I did’nt see the hospitality part in the report?

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  58. 155
    Cast-Iron Dave says:

    Top 6 ‘blaggers’ – 1 Lab and 5 Cons – says it all.

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  59. 156
    TheCourtOfPublicOpinion says:

    The Legg report cost £1M and they must repay £1.1M – fivebellies alone stole more than what’s left over so as usual the taxpayer gets shafted.

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  60. 157

    Did Mark Oaten follow Vaz’ example and put a stool on expenses too, I wonder?

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  61. 158
    Gorfoons Blownit says:

    leaving aside the MPs…

    This whole process has been a complete shambles. How much has it cost and who is paying for it? Is there going to be any contribution from the offenders? – you even get a victims surcharge on a speeding ticket.
    Has Legg been paid? Do we have a figure on how much has been successfully appealed?

    What has happened the the boss of the fees office for his complete mismanagement?

    But then what should we expect from a process set up by Gordon involving money- certainly nothing that would be mathematically sound.

    Revolution anybody?

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    • 163
      Steve Expat says:

      £130,000 was appealed sucessfully

      details of alll the appeals at
      http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200910/cmselect/cmmemest/348/34807.htm

      Total to pay back of £1.3m, of which £1.1m was Legg’s team’s cost of the investigation!!

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      • 231
        Oink says:

        they should divide that between every MP investigated and upheld and add it on top as an administrative surcharge

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    • 166
      Cast-Iron Dave says:

      The system of claiming ‘expenses’ in lieu of pay was established by the Blessed Margaret. That’s when the rot set in.

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      • 224
        jgm2 says:

        Hurray. It’s all Maggie Thatcher’s fault!!!!

        BINGO!

        That’s the one I was waiting for.

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        • 235
          John Terry I am snide and treacherous says:

          Yep, it never fails. Somebody has to bring in it was all Maggie Thatcher’s fault. She also caused climate change and the Battle of Culloden did you know?

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        • 239
          WMD says:

          factually correct though
          doesn’t mean it was her fault, that’s simple minded hyperbole, but it does mean that’s when the timebomb started

          everyone seems to forget the expenses claims that have caused such outrage and chaos are the cleaned up ones
          those pre-dating the reforms which weren’t leaked were said to have been jawdropping and if they had been leaked would have caused mass resignations on the spot

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      • 249
        It's all Margaret's fault that we are corrupt toerags says:

        Margaret came from a world in which pilfering was not ‘imaginable’ for respectable folk.

        O tempora, o mores

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        • 267
          Clarence says:

          Thatcher was the worst trougher of them all.

          She refused to draw the full prime ministerial salary to which she was entitled – a criminal waste of tax-payers’ money.

          Irresponsible witch.

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      • 356
        John says:

        Expenses were started by Harold Wilson in 1970.
        If you want to lie, don’t say something that can be checked in a minute, it is an insult to our intelligence

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  62. 161
    John says:

    The set-up of this report just clouds the issue – lots of cases where the expenses were claimed under the wrong heading (ACA instead of Incidental expenses) or filed in the wrong year, plus the application of retrospective limits on the cost of cleaning and gardening, which distracts attention from the outright cheats. Putting in a claim for mobile ‘phone bills under ACA is mere administrative incompetence not troughing.
    This whole report only looks at one part of MPs expense claims – so misses a lot of troughing. What do you see for Jacqui Smith – just a claim for garden furniture and an overclaim for cleaning – none of the stuff that hit the headlines
    What we need is a junior accountant (not a judge who costs more than he saves) to go through every expense claim, not just ACA, for the last twelve years since NewLabour brought in this system and reclaim ALL double charges and ALL charges that aren’t necessary

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    • 183
      Troo Bloo Pooh says:

      The system started back in the early 80’s when Thatch wouldn’t give them a pay rise.

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      • 213
        Mitch says:

        there were REAL criminal claims then – no receipts, no rules. This stuff over the last few years is trivial compared to then.

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      • 346
        John says:

        The system started under Wilson in 1970, with allowances for secretarial and research assistants, but it has been vastly expanded since then and the current is vastly more expensive than under any previous government.
        New Labour has vastly increased the range and size of allowances: a graph sourced to the House of Commons Library shows MPs allowances more than trebling since Thatcher resigned and close to doubling since 1997 in a report from the LSE which is hardly going to show a pro-Thatcher bias http://personal.lse.ac.uk/lodgemc/ukrewards-final.pdf
        Claims over the last few years are more than three times as high but the cost of living has not trebled, so the rip-offs must be a lot more than three times as much. I don’t call more than trebling trivial.

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    • 352
      Y says:

      Well, the situation is nicely confused by adding extra people through applying caps retrospectively to those who stayed within the rules.

      Have you noticed anything strange about which items were capped? Where do you find bigger gardens and bigger houses? Oddly enough, in the country — in rural constituencies which are more likely to be held by Conservatives or Lib Dems.

      Would Legg make a deliberate attempt to bury Labour overclaims in a manufactured heap of fud?

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  63. 165
    Anonymous says:

    When are Morley. Chaytor and Uddin in court?

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  64. 168
    Oink says:

    send the Bailiffs round to the Pigs who haven’t repaid all their cash yet

    It’s the only way they might learn

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  65. 173
    Steve Expat says:

    Still no word from our Dear Leader on the subject this morning.

    Cameron and Clegg both got ‘doorstepped’ on their way to work, why has Flash not chosen to add his own voice to the debate?

    MAYBE IT’S BECAUSE HE’S ONE OF THE WORST OFFENDERS???

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  66. 175
    Anonymous says:

    god this blog is turning into one long Libral swearing WAH.

    while some of the expenses are unjustified most are acceptable given the climate at the time, ffs people have know for YEARS that MPs get to claim this kind of crap, and quite frankly its a pittance compared to the shit that is wasted by MPs overseeing departmental spending.. THATS what people should be holding them accountable for.

    mind you, the troughing by those champagne socialists is by far the worst as its greedy and deliberate

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    • 203
      It was all within the rules says:

      rearange these words

      OFF FUCK DO

      It’s thievery and the public wouldn’t get a slap on the wrist they would get a court summons and jail time if guilty of fraud

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  67. 177

    I have to pay back for the silver letter opener! What does he think i do with it. I use it to open letters from constituents you dick!
    £53.00 to pay back!
    I would appeal but he appears to have missed the £33,098 on crack whores,
    so its probably best to leave it.

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  68. 180
    Coke dealer says:

    The bastards owe me grands

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  69. 181
    Disco Biscuit says:

    Derek Wyatt LIED to the Review:

    “Unfortunately, as you know, your recollection of what took place in July 2009 differs from the recollection of the Fees Office staff.”

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    • 222
      Groucho says:

      No double standards there then. Had this been Joe Public under investigation by the benefits office or the tax man, the above sentence would have been quickly followed by an arrest.

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    • 237
      Anonymous says:

      The Fees Office staff member in question having been arrested by the SFO and forced to resign this week………

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    • 274
      Unsworth says:

      Yep, the man’s a dissembling prat. He’s stepping down now – hardly surprising with a majority below 100. Still gets the payoff, of course, together with the various other ‘benefits’.

      I wrote to him when this whole thing blew up. He, of course, denied that there was anything wrong at all, and in particular that he’d done nothing wrong. Nice to see that Legg thinks otherwise.

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  70. 186
    A concerned voter says:

    Oink. Roll on election day.

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  71. 187
    House of Common Criminals says:

    call me Dave said he wanted to reduce the number of MPs
    that’s 390 the public won’t miss at a stroke

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  72. 188

    I’ve done some quick analysis: http://bit.ly/bJcnmo

    Tory and Lab are both 60% troughing bastards, but Tories steal more on average (£3,400 vs £2,100) despite Gordon helping Labour with his £13k!

    Angry Walrus

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  73. 188
    EdwardShearHands says:

    I am a self employed gardener.

    Can anyone point me in the direction of obtaining contact details for all MP’s?

    I’m sure i can offer a more cost effective service which i am sure will be more favourable to the tax payer and also provide me with plenty of work as MP’s gardens appear to be a gold mine for people in my game.

    Does Alan Titchmarsh currently have the gig as resident MP gardener? might explain the crazy sums involved…..

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  74. 191
    View from the Solent says:

    From the political correspondent at The Mash

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  75. 193
    G Brown says:

    Choff! Choff! Choff!

    Anyone want a secret slush fund?

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  76. 196
    Anonymous says:

    Guido do you have any info on Labour MP Jim Fitzpatrick?

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  77. 197
    Oink says:

    someones claimed for a swimming pool boiler ?!?!

    how in the name of fuck could that possibly be ‘essential to carry out their duties’

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  78. 200
    .243 Win says:

    Second kick in the bollocks for the taxpayer :

    Cost of the enquiry : £ 1.13 Million.

    So not only have none of the troughers had their collars felt by plod, all in all, we, the taxpayers haven’t actually seen any money back from this.

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  79. 206
    ronnie and reggie says:

    so how do we prosecute them?

    the establishment are all bought and paid for!

    private prosecutions?

    or a more traditional east end solution?

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  80. 214
    I NEED it to do my job..... says:

    Bob Ainsworth should be worrying about the unholy mess in the middle east – instead he wants an antique dressing table – it must be an antique because when he looks in the mirror he must still think he is in fashion.

    They should all be made to stand up and apologise starting with Brown.

    How can Balls and Cooper both be allowed to claim for a mortgage?

    makes me sick.

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    • 257

      Technically it was a Welsh Dresser, and given that Bob is such a divot it could easily be a modern pine effort which had been bashed about, worth at most £150. Ironically, he’d have probably been allowed to claim for it if he hadn’t insisted on writing the word ‘antique’. Wonder who sold it to him? That could be a more interesting question than it sounds if he knows them on a personal basis.

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  81. 216
    Chester White MP says:

    Wee wee wee wee weeee! Squeal!! Groffle snort grunt! Squeeeeeeal!

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  82. 217
    John Terry I am snide and treacherous says:

    Barbara Follet the millionairess is the biggest trougher of them all. What a greedy cuunt she is, not content with all her and her husband’s immense wealth she still tries to con the taxpayers of over £42,000. Sometimes I wonder if was worth winning WW2!

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  83. 218
    REEVO says:

    Troughing MP’s wet dream is that the voting public will draw a line under under the exes scandle after they were forced “kicking and screaming” to pay back a few quid the pinched in the first place via the dodgy rules they made for themselves.

    Dream on….

    There are a lot of people in jug or at least with a criminal record that would have liked the opportunity to get away with rewinding the tape for a clean sheet..

    How about M P’s misappropriation of taxpayers cash then!

    Where are the criminal proceedings against these scum!

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  84. 218

    Look, this has been gone over before. its old news. Can i just say..

    Only a handful of MPs were guilty..all within the rules..the system needs to be changed…all work together for reform..the rules were unclear..green book..MPs are considerably undervalued for the work we do..have to a second home..changes would mean poor people couldn’t be in parliament..time to move on..draw a line..get on with the real job of politics which is..legitimate expenses in most cases..lessons have learned…open up the whole system to an independant body of MPs to run the fees office in future..bad Mps are stepping down anyway..won’t happen again..
    Move on Move ob move on Move on move on Move on..Ohhh look proles! Jordans got a new shag! That’s much m,ore interesting than boring old politics..ITV 2.That’s what you want to be watching.Not this Legg Crap.

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  85. 220
    Red Rag says:

    Any news on the Shadow cabinet….apart from being fucking useless. I,ve heard Foxy has been hit for £24K?

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    • 236
      Steve Expat says:

      Indeed so – he has already repaid £24,900 – he overclaimed mortgage interest at about £5k a year for 5 years

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  86. 225
    BROWNED OFF says:

    Ed Balls asked to repay £1349.73 plus £13.44. Ed Balls pays back £1363.44. And this is the guy who wishes to be Chancellor ffs.

    Anyone know why are some MP’s not mentioned in the list? E.g. Joan Ruddock, Bridgette Prentice.

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  87. 226

    Paul Clark MP Gillingham

    Couldn’t provide documents to support his claim for mortgage interest payments of £11,750.35

    Legg recommends that he repay the entire amount.

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  88. 232
    Groucho says:

    £55 million paid in second home allowance between 2004 and 2008.

    Jesus wept. These pigs can’t get their snouts far enough into that trough, can they?

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    • 343
      PDM says:

      That’s an average of £22,700 per MP per year. What the fuck can you find to spend a midgie’s dick under £100k on over 4 years in your SECOND HOME??

      Bastards all.

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  89. 234
    giant bee says:

    Well roger me with a splintery gate-post, Pravda have *changed* their article and announced that no, it isn’t a Tory MP that has the biggest snout, it’s one of the Heroes Of Communism: –

    “The highest amount recommended for repayment, following the appeals process, is £42,458 for junior minister Barbara Follett.”

    I looked at this earlier and they were stating Conservative MP Bernard Jenkin was the piggy owing the mostest.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/8496729.stm

    Amazing – some truth from Labour’s press wing ?

    On the other hand, they’ve removed the MP’s names from the sidebar and replaced it with an amorphous “amounts to be repaid”. Earlier this showed 6 or 7 Labour MP’s and what they owed, a couple of LibDems and a couple of Tories.

    So blatantly being instructed from the bunker. The Beeb must be dissolved. Cnuts.

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    • 261
      .243 Win says:

      True to form, the local Pravda outlet here is only reporting on Tory MPs who’ve been forced to pay back.

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      • 278
        +++ The Director of Politically Correct ‘n Convenient Troof at AlJaBeeba, - the Brhoon Bullshit Corp says:

        So . . . . !!!! ?????

        We’re in power mate – and it’s gonna stay that way.

        All Hail to our Glorious ‘n Beloved Leader, The Telly Tax, our lovely moolah, and my pension.

        Now crawl away – scum!

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  90. 238
    She said it not me says:

    Looks like Barbara Follett MP (honourable) is not looking to get far at the next election:

    “Barbara has urged local people in Stevenage to take advantage of the Labour Government’s boiler scrappage scheme”.

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  91. 240

    Barbara Follett MP

    Still owes £9482 from the £42458.

    £34776 of which was for “Security Patrols”
    £4454 of which was for phones and comms
    £2813 was for Insurance for fine art
    £221 for a second claim on boiler repairs
    £194 for pest control at a home that was not her registered second home.

    Theiving bitch. Send her down!

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  92. 241
    MPs' expenses watchdog claimed £15,000 in taxi fares says:

    The man charged with overseeing MPs’ allowances under a new Whitehall regime claimed more than £15,000 of taxpayer-funded taxi fares in his previous job.

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  93. 243
    Steve Expat says:

    Offtopic

    Interest rates held at 0.5%

    Printing Money held at £200,000,000,000

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    • 253

      Gotta keep the interest rates low.

      HM Treasury leaning heavily on BoE to keep them down.

      If interest rates go up, the treasury will not be able to service its own debts.

      The only way that HMT can see out of this mess is to inflate the debt out of existence.

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    • 280
      udderly 'orrible says:

      Any one know if Treasury £billions are million millions or thousand millions?

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      • 314
        Steve Expat says:

        they’re definitely thousand millions –

        the old British billion of a million million and the old British trillion of a billion billion are now obsolete

        1 million = 1,000 thousand
        1 billion = 1,000 million
        1 trillion = 1,000 billion
        are now the SI divisible units used in all official stats

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  94. 244
    Groucho says:

    Kevan Jones, Labour, Durham North: no issues.

    Nice one Kev, managing to be consistently one of the biggest claimaints out there and still keeping below the radar.

    That takes skill, mate. Well done.

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  95. 247
    Moscow says:

    Contrast and compare…

    Paragraph 97: At this final stage, a total of just over £1.3m. has been recommended for repayment by
    390 MPs.

    Paragraph 103: The total cost of this review from its commencement to the submission of this report has
    been approximately £1.16m.

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  96. 248
    Groucho says:

    OT – Cherie spares violent thug from jail sentence because he is a ‘religious man’.

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    • 255
      John Terry I am snide and treacherous says:

      Is that ‘religious’ in a similar manner as the paedo priests that lurk in her particular fairy tale faith?

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    • 271
      Watcher says:

      uhm…. if the weird witchy woman wiv the big gob were go east to some place-names ending in ‘stan she might find more religious thugs who would love to have her try them.

      I’m sure they’ll repay her clemency(?) in bucketfuls.

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    • 288
      Rt Hon Gordon Brown says:

      Religion is a wonderful thing. Ask the peedo preests of Blair’s religion.

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      • 311
        Groucho says:

        Yes, religious conviction allows you to lie in order to send your country off to war resulting in massive bloodshed – and still sleep at night!

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  97. 250
    John Terry I am snide and treacherous says:

    Why are we waiting until May for the election? I wish the Scottish mong would just get on with it right away so we can get shut of these pigs. They really are disgusting and to call themselves Honourable is the biggest laugh of all.

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  98. 252
    That's Democracy says:

    Remember the assurance by Brown, Cameron, Clegg et al of “transparency”? Wel, wait until you see the “new MP expenses reporting system.” It is impossible to see who claimed what. It is disgusting.

    How long will the British people tolerate these lying, cheating, sleazy charlatans?

    United Kingdom: The best democracy money can buy

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  99. 258
    That's Democracy says:

    Over 22k troughed by Moran. Repayment amount? 4k

    Sickening.

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  100. 259
    John Terry I am snide and treacherous says:

    Just trying to find out what caused “awaiting moderation” – was it the word religous?

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    • 263
      John Terry I am snide and treacherous says:

      Ahh, that’s it. It was peedo you know what that caused “Awaaiting Moderation”. How strange.

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  101. 262
    Anonymous says:

    Robert Key, Salisbury:

    Mr Key was paid for a replacement microwave and oven in March 2008. The total
    cost was £1,400, plus £250 for installation (including rewiring). The guideline price
    for a gas cooker is £770. £100 would seem a reasonable cost for a microwave. This
    leaves an excess of £530.

    This kind of thing can only exist within a conspiracy. 1600 for a microwave. Theft anyone?

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  102. 264
    An end to Brhoon and Bust says:

    Looks like it’ll never happen in my life time

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  103. 265
    Anonymous says:

    BBC NEWS – Quantitative Easing ‘paused not stopped’..

    Yikes..

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    • 273
      John Terry I am snide and treacherous says:

      They’ve probably run out of paper – or ink.

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      • 279
        Unsworth says:

        Well the bastards have certainly run out of our money.

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        • 290
          Mr. Growser says:

          They don’t need us when they can print their own cash.

          I just can’t think why we didn’t print all this money years ago so we could have been ‘idle rich’ instead of working.

          This is Ten Zillion times worse than the piggy MPs. This is an attempt to destroy the UK and its society.

          Arseholes !

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    • 282
      Mr. Growser says:

      Should I shift more money into Dollars, Euros or Swiss Francs, or what ?

      Economists must be even lower shits than Bankers. They should all be shot.

      If they’d studied just O level Economics they might have been OK, but then Keynes invented all this pseudo scientific shit. He has a lot to answer for.

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  104. 269
    bonesontour says:

    Come leave OUT the HON bit in MP please.

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  105. 272
    Kevan Jones-Harperson Toady MP says:

    I am pure as the driven snow.

    You can’t catch me. Ask Eric Joyce-Prat.

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  106. 283
    Baroness Uddwer of Gravy Train and uvva Noo_Lie_Bore Wimmin says:

    It’s coz we’re worth it.

    innit.

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  107. 284
    John Terry I am snide and treacherous says:

    Mark Oaten MP only overcharged for mortgage repayments. He did well, nothing for the rent boys. I’m proud of him.

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  108. 286
    Rt Hon Gordon Brown says:

    I don’t know what you lot are complaing about. I’ve got rid of boom and bust! Well, okay definitely the ‘boom’ bit.

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  109. 287
    Red Rag says:

    Christ – Liam Fox has appealed his £24K – so much for taking a hard stance Cam the Sham.

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  110. 292
    John Terry I am snide and treacherous says:

    Ignore 262 it was in reference to Cherie (does my mouth look big) Blair giving a light sentence to a thug because he was religious. Off topic anyway.

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  111. 299

    Nice big entry from Alan Meale of Mansfield. Here are the gags, on top of the obscenities they should never have been allowed in the first place:

    He was paid £390 TWICE, (£780) for a radiator cover. He was paid £1,900 for furniture which does not appear to have been necessary. He was paid £700 for garden furniture.

    He was paid TWICE for intruder alarm annual service charges of £210.33. He was also paid £1,367.76 for stairs and landing carpet at a cost of £56.99 per square metre. This exceeded the guideline price of £35 per square metre by a total of £527.76.

    He was further paid gardening costs of £11,355.78 over the five year period, which exceeds the maximum allowable of £1,000 a year by a total of £6,355.78.

    Note to burglars: be sure to go for the radiator cover, it’s worth more than you think. I’ve no idea how people manage to work for the public without adequate radiator covers.

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  112. 301

    Is there a website listing MPs excesses in Constituency AND surname order? We need one so we can publicise it for the election.

    If there is such a website in clear English can someone post a reply to this with a link?

    Thanks.

    Ampers.

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  113. 318
    DisgustedOfMitcham2 says:

    What a total fucking whitewash. I see Jacqui Smith has been asked to pay a trivial sum relating to cleaning and garden furniture, and they’ve totally overlooked her thoroughly dishonest designation of her sister’s spare bedroom as her second home.

    I wonder how many others have been asked to repay trivial amounts just to make it look like something is being done when they’ve been allowed to get away with all the serious troughing scot-free?

    And I also note that this only seems to relate to the ACA. What about the other ways in which MPs have been abusing the system? My own MP didn’t claim the ACA (because she lives in London), but has blatantly abused her communications expenses for party political purposes. Why is she allowed to get away with it?

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    • 353
      Cheese Sandwich says:

      Totally agree, Disgusted, she should be fucking hanged for her second home misclaim, £116,000 I seem to remember.

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  114. 320
    Smash Labour says:

    Meanwhile on planet BBC Scabby Logan on Radio 5 only seemed interesting in the expenses of Tory MPs, I wonder why?

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  115. 321
    Anonymous says:

    Andrew MacKay repays nothing and continues to `advise` David Cameron. Julie Kirkbride asked to repay 29k amd appeals = real figure should be at least 290k and a prison sentence!

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    • 325
      Julie Kirkbride says:

      I WILL be back, just mark my words, you low-achievers!

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    • 327
      Anonymous says:

      Julie Kirkbride and husband remain the biggest scandal of the lot, and with low-profile low-publicity they are getting away with it.

      Like

    • 328
      Bromsgrove Man says:

      They still influence their clique in the Bromsgrove Tories and the new candidate selection through their cronies the Dent family. Another rigged tory selection with their chum Charles Barwell collecting his inheritance from them.

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    • 329
      THE THIRD ROUNDEL says:

      Those who want to restore integrity to the Tory Party should monitor this situation very closely indeed. The seeds of yet another scam and scandal are beginning to take root.

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    • 331
      Steve Expat says:

      MacKay was asked to repay £31k, according to the document linked at the start of the article.

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      • 335
        Anonymous says:

        Yes, but 31K is a trivial amount in comparison to the total of the abuse, he has appealed, and has let it be known that he does not intend to pay. Even if he did repay he would have got off lightly. Just add up akk the figures on this one over the past 5 years to see just how outrageously trivial 31k actually is.

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      • 337
        Bromsgrove Man says:

        Figures are deceptive and bear little relevance to reality. This saga needs watching and analysing very closely indeed, and its impact on the general election will be interesting to say the least. Come on, Cameron, clean it all up publicly and openly.

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      • 339
        Julie Kirkbride says:

        I have decided that Charles Barwell will be my successor in Bromsgrove. Like me he is an important politician of the utmost integrity and he will do exactly as he is told.

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      • 342
        Anonymous says:

        This is all very dangerous for the Cpnservative Party and iys electoral prospects both nationally and locally.

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  116. 322
    Odds Bodkins says:

    This would be one step of many to help fix our rotten system. It’s good that so many MPs have had to swallow Legg’s medicine, but we still need drastic surgery to help restore the patient to full health.

    MPs that are thinking this is end of it, and that the public are no longer angry shouldn’t be. This was but one aspect of a rotting political system.

    What we now need is a system whereby voters set the rules and not the politicians.

    It is about time we had a ‘None of the Above’ option in the ballot sheet. This would clarify once and for all the true protest vote out there, as distinct from non-attendance (protest or chav-inspired laziness) or spoiling of ballot papers (protest or chav-inspired fuckwittery). That would be the only effective way of providing us disenfranchised voters with a way of saying “we fucking hate you”.

    Other cures of mine would include:

    Proportional representation
    the scrapping of ID cards and DNA databases
    A written constitution like the US constitution / Bill of Rights
    Strictly fixed term parliaments
    Greatly expanding of the freedom of Information Act
    The right to recall rogue MPs (I can think of a few)
    Holding of elections on the weekend
    A referendum on the Euro
    Replacing the television licence fee with a subscription based system
    Directly elected mayors

    There. Lunchtime soapbox rant over.

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  117. 330
    DisgustedOfMitcham2 says:

    And another thing: why did this inquiry cost £1.16 million? Where did all that money go?

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  118. 345

    “Phil Hope to pay back a whopping £42,674.13.”

    His website Phil Hope to pay back a whopping £42,674.13. says “Rules set by Parliament require that as this website is funded by parliamentary allowances it ‘must not be updated or amended in any way’ from 1st January 2010. ”

    What’s that about?

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  119. 347
    Alex says:

    Quite clearly there have been massive pisstakes from all three parties – Julie Kirkbride should never show her face in public again, let alone stand for election.

    However I do find it interesting that the Conservative and Libdem leaders’ scams totalled less than a grand each whereas Gordon the Moron tried to cheat his way to £12k.

    Clearly they’re all thieving scum, but the glorious leader leaves his rivals in the traps when it comes to being an all round dishonest, grasping piece of shit.

    Stick him in the stocks for a week outside Parliament during the next recess. Rotten fruit £5 a throw, with all proceeds going towards better equipment for the armed forces ot any number of other good causes that wouldn’t be an issue if we had a half competent person running things.

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  120. 350
    Anonymous says:

    Just sorted the troughers list on the BBC by party, very amusing where they put Bercow:
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8493634.stm?table=party&order=asc#mprepayments

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  121. 354

    Wayne David’s claim has been added up wrong.

    The total he was asked to repay is £40 more than the sum of the itemised list of repayments.

    £40 backhander for Legg?

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  122. 355
    Joe Public says:

    Not one of Bill Rammell’s 48 consecutive claims 2004/5 – 2007/8 was fully-allowed or not-in-part clawed back.

    Is this a record.

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