May 26th, 2011

+ + + Tory Lord Hanningfield Guilty on Six Counts + + +

The seventy-year-old Tory peer racked up £14,000 of fake accommodation charges between March 2006 and May 2009. He wasn’t staying in town, but being chauffeured back to Essex instead. His claims that “they were all at it”, however true, did little to help his case. The prosecution closing statement was damning:

“There was no real honesty in making claims that way, because of four reasons – the written rules, the golden rule of ‘don’t make a claim for more than you spend’, there’s nothing to suggest this was the practice, and his behaviour. The way he filled out the forms does not suggest he really believed the rules allowed him to make false claims. It was a deliberate and dishonest decision on his part to fill in the forms in that way.”

He will be sentenced in three weeks time…


174 Comments

  1. 1
    Anonymous says:

    & another little piggy of to jail…

    • 3
      Gerry and Tom says:

      Don’t you mean guilty of 6 False accounts?

      • 13
        Tax Payer says:

        How can the rules allow false claims? In Parliament, FFS!!

        This is Alice in Wonderland stuff.

        • 29
          Anonymous says:

          There are hundreds of the lords claiming for ‘Attending’ when they didn’t attend.

          This excludes those that turn up and leave straightaway, MEP style.

          • The Duke of Edinburgh says:

            Is there any real point, besides satisfying the blood thirsty mob, to putting this guy on pokey. I say not! He’s ruined his name in his old age and his credibility as a peer is destroyed. The same for those MPs who fiddled, were found guilty and imprisoned. They are ruined all retribution does in these cases is cost the taxpayer even more money….

          • Mercy M'Lud says:

            In the case of Lord Hanningfield I tend to agree.

            He is a bachelor and his only companion is his Bernese mountain dog. Lords are not paid, so he was claiming for someone to exercise his dog while he was in London, to me that does not seem unreasonable.

            And what is going to happen to the Dog while he is in pokey?

            I think for the sake of the dog and considering his ruined reputation he should be given community service.

          • Postlethwaite says:

            Duck of Ed said – let him off

            I say no.
            This ‘kindly ole grandpa’ has probably been making false claims all his life.
            He deserves a very long jail sentence indeed.
            If you dont want to do the time, dont do the crime rings loud in my ears. Compassion no.

          • Ken Clarke, the criminals friend says:

            I think he should be set free and allowed to scamper around the countryside. Nobody should go to prison. Some people are a little lively, I grant you, but that’s no reason to incarcerate anyone. Not for rape, or mugging let alone a trifling matter such as thieving from the taxpayer.

            Chortle chortle.

          • Mornington Crescent says:

            Agreed. Suspended prison sentence and community service, M’Lud.

            Read his updated profile on the Beeb. He’s been a theiving Huhne but it’s Huhnes like, er, Huhne, Smith, Laws, Blears who’ve taken much more out and put a lot less in in their lives.

          • Archer Karcher says:

            Look the thief has friends. He should have thought of the consequences of theft before he decided to steal.

          • Postlethwaite says:

            I’m glad Mornington C agrees with me – a suspended sentence . . . hanged by the neck until dead

          • scratch and sniff says:

            so he’s got a dog – my heart fucking bleeds.

            if you don’t want this lying c*unt to go to jail, why not have both of them put down

          • Lord Mandelbum of Fondleboys says:

            Taking into account all the above, why don’t we sentence him to spend the rest of his life in his pokey little bungalow (as seen on the news) with no time out to parade around as a councillor or a lord. There, that’s a harsh sentence that should teach him a lesson, serve as an example to others and save having the taxpayer pay out yet more for his lodgings.

            P.S. By bachelor are you suggesting he’s part of the self-supporting gay cabal that seems to feature in every local council?

      • 163
        John Bellingham says:

        Please be realistic, there is not enough space in the slammer for all of the politicians who should be behind bars. Did you see how many of the porkers were in Westminster Hall to hear Obama–I have seen smaller crowds at Premier football matches. They have already had to let Chaytor out to make room for a dangerous pensioner who put his bin out on the wrong day.
        Far better to lock them all inside the palace of Westminster for a full five years and be forced to listen to their own speeches over and over again.
        The only difference from prison is that there is probably slightly more sodomy and marginally less booze.

    • 11
      Hoon says:

      Silly Huhne, he should have opted for a plea bargain.

    • 16
      Popeye says:

      Give the thieving bum life with no parole.

    • 47
      NeverRed says:

      Jail the thieving bastard along with the Labour bastards.

      A couple of hundred Lords/Ladies/MP’s should join the handful sent to jail for a few weeks, only the sentences should reflect the taxpayers detestation of these low lifes, at least to serve a couple of years inside.

      As a conservative supporter, I found some pleasure seeing the scum from labour being sent to jail, I feel just as much pleasure seeing this tory scum being sent down.

      • 85
        Hugh Janus says:

        +1

        A thieving Lord/MP is a thieving Lord/MP….

        • 131
          Nemo says:

          There is thought that has passed me by, if any lords/mps have been found fiddling they should be banned from the lords/HoC , now that will certainly reduce eligible lords reducing their numbers to manageable levels, mps banned for life it might make them think

    • 145
      Arsed says:

      he even claimed for paying someone to walk his dog FFS

  2. 1
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Same as Hunt, Hang him!

  3. 5
    Rod Hull TV aerial instalations Ltd says:

    I like him !

  4. 6
    Anonymous says:

    line em up and shoot the lot of them

  5. 7
    Justice will be done ! says:

    Bang him up its Porrridge time …

  6. 9
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    Now for the rest of em, we have had to many examples to know that these are not the only thieves in Parliament, The SFO is now failing to live upto the standards it should (Along with the CPS), Every single expense has now GOT to be fully investigated (last 20 years), if no action is to taken then the public will have no confidence in the police and prosercuting athorites.

    There should be more than 8 standing trial.

    • 37
      Archer Karcher says:

      At a conservative estimate at least 400. Put the thieves in prison and set the taxpayers free.

      • 137
        Nemo says:

        Those convicted so far are relative tiddlers, what about all those that are no longer mps, repaid (mostly only partially) still fiddled the exe’s what about them

    • 67
      Anonymous says:

      If as stated “they were all at it” perhaps now would be a good time to start singing out a few names.

  7. 12
    Wat Tyler says:

    Forget about Hanningfield,it’s Chris Huhne we want to see banged up.

    Police investigating allegations that Cabinet minister Chris Huhne dodged punishment for speeding have made contact with Guido Fawkes.

    The Crown Prosecution Service said Guido Fawkes had “opened channels” over the Energy Secretary’s case,with a view to charging Chris Huhne in a matter of hours.

  8. 14
    Essex Man says:

    First Tory to go down on expenses fiddling, his mate Pickles will be very upset, they will no longer share a train from Liverpool Steet going home in the evenings to Essex

    • 26
      AC1 says:

      AlJaBeebya will mention Archer and ignore Labour parteh villains.

      • 63
        Anonymous says:

        This one might actually get a mention in the Daily Mirror. Even Maguire might be tempted to break his silence.

    • 32
      Anonymous says:

      First Tory to go down on expenses fiddling
      ==========

      Nope, the second. Lord Talyor of Warwick was the first.

  9. 15
    ampersfa says:

    I think, to make sure we get them all, including the crafty ones, we should bang them all up for a couple of years.

    We’ll get fresh MPs who might be more than willing to toe the line.

  10. 17
    Common sense voter says:

    It’s a shame for his sake that he wasn’t Gay and / or Lib Dem, in which case he’d still be in parliament until the voters got a chance to render their verdict.

    I hope no Lib Dem posters say ‘they paid the money back’. I’m looking at you when I say that Lembit.

    Being caught red handed and shame facedly having to pay the money back doesn’t mean you’re innocent, or not a thief, diddler, fraudster or criminal.

    This is one expenses payer who’s not impressed with holier than thou Lib Dems.

    • 20
      Anonymous says:

      Peers aren’t elected.

      • 24
        Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

        Some are , arnt they?

      • 27
        Common sense voter says:

        You get the point though.

        And hopefully peers will be elected in the not too distant future. Then we voters can let them know what we think of them instead of them festering away in the Lords for the rest of their lives.

        • 33
          Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

          Peers elected? You a mirror of the commons?

          • Common sense voter says:

            A second house to reflect on and amend imperfect legislation. Seems desirable to me.

            I’ve wanted a reformed since I was 12, when I heard about Lloyd Georges struggles with the Lords in my history class.

            Proper democracy? Yes please.

          • Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

            what you have now is what you want but without elections, If they are all elected , what house has the mandate? A cans of worms this will open and it will be messy and expensive.

          • Common sense voter says:

            Billy, what we have now is each PM drafting enough of his guys and gals into the Lords to enable legislation to get through. The lords were saying no more Lords please we’re full a couple of weeks ago because of this.

        • 68
          Hang 'em high says:

          If Bliar had reformed the lords in his 10 years instead of trying to be the next Maggie he might have gone down in history for the right reasons.

          This is your one chance to amount to something Nick. Don’t Clegg it up.

          • Common sense voter. says:

            +1 Good point.

            A Lib Dem to be proud of, that’ll be a first.

          • Common sense voter says:

            PS I still want to see Clegg lose his deposit in the next election.

            I’m just so desperate for Lords reform I’ll big up anyone who’s interested in it, and who’s honest, not a diddler.

      • 39
        Archer Karcher says:

        Peers may not be elected, but they should all be removable.

    • 50
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      What actually makes the difference is having a clear paper trail that says you claimed for things that didn’t actually happen.

      • 58
        Anonymous says:

        So David Laws is innocent then? That’s not right.

        • 62
          Hang 'em high says:

          +1

        • 65
          sockpuppet #4 says:

          Illogical. I can’t be bothered.

          • Hang 'em high says:

            Why is that illogical. Apart from anything else he claimed £200 a week rent above the market rate. That’s my and all the other expenses payers / voters money he was stealing.

            As the original post said, why should the Dems get away with theft.

          • sockpuppet #4 says:

            “Innocent” (all meanings of) is not the opposite of “getting done for”

          • Anonymous says:

            Are one of Dem sockpuppet?

  11. 18
    Im free you cunts!!!! David Chaytor says:

    Hang him!!!!!!

  12. 19
    Clarke's Sentencing Policy says:

    If Ilsley and Chaytor are anything to go by, he’ll be out in 4 months.

    • 46
      Archer Karcher says:

      Can’t blame fat boy Clarke for lenient sentencing and prison terms, they are ZaNu’s wretched legacy. That said, Clarke is as weak as piss and will make it impossible to imprison anyone except for crimes against the political and corporate class or the state.

  13. 22
    Stan Butler says:

    How is Jaquie Smith still free?

    • 52
      NeverRed says:

      +26 million taxpayers

    • 56
      simon r says:

      She was on LBC this morning with Mrs Dale – I nearly punched the radio

    • 115
      Postlethwaite says:

      Stan – Jacqui (Porn Queen) Smith still free and on that Andrew Neil programme every soddin week.
      Like you it makes me want to punch her out.
      Makes my blood boil.

      • 161
        Pastimes says:

        A mother who cheated over £100,000 in benefits sobbed in the dock as she was jailed for eight months: yesterday; Preston. Probably went to one of Campbell’s “bog standard comps”, not like Hattie and the Sisterhood, eh? Poor woman, Shudda gone to Westminster.

  14. 23
    Horace Rumpole says:

    Lord Taylor was found guilty months ago – and not a peep about sentencing…..

    • 53
      Archer Karcher says:

      Selective memory? How very socialist of you.

    • 107
      Soon to be Chief Constable Ali Dizaei says:

      He was only convicted because he is black innit ? And I mean like, ‘proper’ black innit ?

  15. 25
    The Whitehall Whisperer says:

    Well, he isn’t a Lib Dem…

  16. 28
    Aless says:

    Pass me that black cap, I’ll be needing that

  17. 31
    ampersfa says:

    That’s a shame, I always liked Lord Hanningfield.

  18. 34
    Anonymous says:

    Isn’t it about time that convicted peers lose their peerage on being sentenced? It would be a good way of riding the HoL of a lot of dross & let’s face it there are too many peers today anyway!

    • 42
      Cynical-old-bag says:

      They should lose everything associated with their peerage.

      Pension, salary, everything!

    • 57
      Anonymous says:

      Yes it is about time.

    • 86
      Sir William Waad says:

      Are you implying that knobs shouldn’t be nobs? In the past, the criteria for becoming a peer have varied:

      Early mediaeval period: Extreme rapaciousness, land-grabbing and violence.

      Late mediaeval period: Backing the right candidate for King.

      Early modern period: Willingess to do the monarch’s dirty work.

      Enlightenment/Romantic period: Olympic-standard sucking-up to the monarchy/government.

      Recent period: Failed politician.

      • 135

        Even taking this as our basis, there is a new element of difference in the modern period. It is predicated on failure and not some degree of success, however unpleasant the details may, or may not, have been.

  19. 35
    Derek Green says:

    What about Ed Balls and Yvette Cooper? Between them they fiddled a fortune from the taxpayer. Neither of them should be allowed to be MPs.

    • 60
      Archer Karcher says:

      Someone somewhere is looking out for the Balls-Cooper duo, their powerful benefactors obviously have plans for the ghastly pair.

  20. 38
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    “It was a deliberate and dishonest decision on his part to fill in the forms in that way”.

    He knew exactly what he was doing. So is he going to be imprisoned, then?

  21. 44
    Tony Blair War Criminal Extraordinaire says:

    Ratko Mladic has fuck all on me!

    • 55
      annette curton says:

    • 61
      Stinkfinger says:

      Ever get the feeling the west backed the wrong horse In Yugoslavia?
      Nothing but shit from Islamists since we helped the fuckers.

      • 77
        AC1 says:

        Yep. A lot of the Anti-Serb stuff was faked.

        Wasn’t the Interweb around then to catch the MSM lying.

      • 124
        Rat's arse says:

        Indeed, Ratko Mladic was a strong leader for his people in a civil war and pushed the Islamists back from trying to take over the whole country. Any of us in his position would have done the same.

      • 127
        bergen says:

        They were all equally ghastly but the Serbs were historically our allies .

  22. 49
    Sophie says:

    Scapegoats of the Rotten Empire.

    Punishing a tiny minority for the wide abuse of taxpayers cash will not satiate the desire to see the political elite under control of the electorate.

    They have proved that they cannot be allowed to set the rules for their own pay & conditions any longer.

    I know Blue Labour said they would change the expenses system, but all Dave Heath has done is fill the troughs up.

    No doubt he will be out in 4 weeks.

    • 59
      AC1 says:

      Fuck off you Labour voting mong!

      • 72
        Archer Karcher says:

        Hi tat, how’s your blog? Oh I forgot you’re a talentless nutter who stalks people and steals their monikers. Ho ho ho, how funny you are.

        Your treatment is not working, seek help.

      • 73
        Sophie says:

        ?

        Sorry AC1, I vote UKIP just to piss Tory trolls like you off.

        Have a shit day.

        • 80
          AC1 says:

          It’s just tat being a mong. He’s obviously forgotten to take his lithium today.

          • Cynical-old-bag says:

            Your always lickspittling for the Tories AC1, it’s about time someone outed you.

          • MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

            The mask slipped AC1, for once in your life man up !

          • AC1 says:

            Haha. Is that another sock-puppet? Tat, the Walk-in medical centre-> That way.

        • 134
          Cynical-old-bag says:

          Please do not use my moniker. Have the common decency to find one of your own!

  23. 64
    MAD FRANKIE HADDOCK son of COD says:

    The fat troughing bastard is on the news saying he is devastated because he is innocent
    I would have called him a fat “lying” bastard but he was telling the truth
    when he said “They were all at it ”

    Chater walked free today after serving less than a third of his extremely lenient sentence
    i’m sure his “Friends in high places will find him a nice little earner somewhere !

    • 74
      Cynical-old-bag says:

      Were you expecting anything else to happen?

      A failed politician is an oxymoron.

  24. 66
    Chris Huhne says:

    Another one of my gags

    Whilst Barack Obama visited the Queen he was shown an old lantern In the palace’s display cabinet.

    “What’s that?” He asked

    “Many years ago we used it as a light if there was a black-out” replied the Queen

    Obama,”fuck me are you going to show me their charred remains too?”

  25. 75
    Loolopy labrador says:

    Hang the bastard I say.. but in saying that leats keep a close eye on the impartial reporting of the BBC and Radio 4 and 5. They will go wall to wall on this depite the others being Labour and bearly getting a mention

    • 81
      Loolopy labrador says:

      yup front centre and on main page of BBC

      Here we fucking go the BBC bastards

      Peer convicted of expenses fraud New
      Former Essex Council leader and former Tory peer Lord Hanningfield is found guilty of six counts of false accounting relating to his expenses.

      Profile: Lord Hanningfield New

    • 92
      dick tracy says:

      Hey the Beeb have the tory between this story
      Ratko Mladic arrested in Serbia – Mass murderer

      and this story
      Life for two 1980s double murders

      Front page and centre

      Cnuts

      • 106
        Beeboid Rentboy says:

        And if it wasn’t for you pesky kids we’d have gotten away with it.

  26. 78
    Freddie Mercury says:

    And another one’s down
    And another one’s down
    And another one bites the dust

    • 170
      Essex Filth says:

      Surely “bites the pillow”?
      But that won’t be much of a punishment for confirmed bachelor Lord H!

  27. 82
    Sophie says:

    Money for troughing Lords & MPs & the EUSSR & DFID & New Wars, but no money to invest in UK power generation:

    Britian to Import Electricty Direct From France:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/8538523/Eurotunnel-to-carry-electricity-from-France-to-UK.html

    Another victory for Dave Camerons New Liberal Party.

    • 87
      ashamed of voting tory says:

      +1

    • 88
      Cynical-old-bag says:

      Perhaps you should look to the previous government before you start blaming anyone, Sophie.

      These idiots spent everything we had, and then a lot we didn’t have. The coffers were empty when this government took office. How on earth can they be expected to work with nothing?

      I am sure that this is not seen as a victory – just another result of Labour’s gross mismanagement over the past 13 years.

      • 96
        Hugh Janus says:

        You speak the truth C-o-b. With rising demand for electricity and a rapidly falling capacity from 2015 onwards to generate it, everyone who finds themselves sitting in the cold and darkness will have time to remember who it was who neglected to plan for the future.

        Well done NuLiebour, another stunning success to add to the list of charges against you.

      • 109
        ashamed of voting tory says:

        And Dave Heath carrys on paying the EU, carrys on paying DFID, starting new wars, paying the jizya to Pakistan – nothing Conservative about that man or his quizzling party of Guardian reading liberals.

        He should put his own electorate first – we have the money to sort ourselves out alot quicker but he keeps on giving it away.

        I wont vote Tory again until he and the rest of them are purged from the party.

      • 118
        Cameron is a utter failure says:

        Well, at least the Dave’s got a grip on imm!gration. Like he promised.

        Oh, hang on.. fuck.. what’s this? Net imm!gration up 45 percent under Dave’s Conservatives. A total of 586,000 new immigrunts in the last year.

        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/8538318/Net-immigration-hits-six-year-high-in-blow-to-Coalition.html

        • 141
          Cynical-old-bag says:

          With all due respect, none of us know what was put into place by the previous government regarding immigration. Perhaps this government has to seek advice before the laws can be changed.

          They’ve only been in power a short while. Give ‘em a chance.

          • scratch and sniff says:

            I’m running low on gullibility tablets, where’s the best place to get 4 years’ supply

        • 152
          Mike Hunt says:

          Yet again this is the dung heap of the last government stinking the place out.

          The immigrants are the eastern europeans coming back, they are EEC types so we can’t tell them to fuck off. Why can’t we? because no restrictions were placed on them when their home country joined. And who failed to put restrictions on? you guessed it – the fucking bunch of cunts in the last fucking liebour government.

      • 146
        Mike Hunt says:

        We have been in danger of running out of electric for ages, the previous government SHOULD have built more power stations, preferably nuclear, but swept it under the carpet for the next one to clean up – again.

        What did they do instead? heaps of fucking wind turbines.

        Prisons are the same, we have a shortage of places which thinking about building new ones will not solve.

        They had 13 years to do something, all they did was piss all the money up the wall with nothing to show for it.

    • 91
      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      “I never hugged him, I bombed him!”

      Baroness Thatcher on Gadaffi.

    • 128
      Postlethwaite says:

      Britain has been supplied with electricity from France for many years via an undersea cable – about 150 megawatts from memory.

  28. 83
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    A prison record doesn’t seem to stop any of them getting jobs after they’ve been behind bars.

    Look at Archer.

    • 94
      Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

      How soon until they are a”Badge of houner” amongest the political class?

    • 105
      Rat's arse says:

      What about that Baroness Udd@n? What has to happen before she gets het come uppance?

      • 111
        Marmite says:

        Can’t/wont touch her because of her r*ce Rats.

      • 167
        Anonymous says:

        her “claims” were over 100k so why wasn’t she prosecuted? Read the official investigation report that suspended her, damning evidence of a fiddle. She should have her day in court, I wonder why she wasn’t charged. Hmm. Perhaps it would damage community cohesion.

  29. 93
    non believer says:

    my goodness, Lord Hanningfield finally gets a mention here

    well done guido, now that didn’t hurt did it?

  30. 95
    Open Doors says:

    “Former MP David Chaytor has been released from jail after serving almost a third of his 18-month prison sentence for fiddling his expenses.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-13560351

    Hang on a minute he went to jail on 7th January and it is still May. I make that four months which is less than a quarter of his sentence. Bloody BBC spin

  31. 110
    Billy Bowden is the greatest umpire ever ! says:

    And after Hunt, turn the cross hiars on Mcshane and piggy Wiggin

  32. 116
    beast says:

    Rehome his dog as well
    That willl really hurt, then forbid him any other pets for life and any social contact with human beings
    Fuck him!

    • 168
      Anonymous says:

      No need to punish his poor dog :/

      P.S. When will uddin be charged, her expenses netted her over 100k and actually resulted in her being suspended! Police/CPS please re-open case.

  33. 121
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    Another one who didn’t take my advice and join the Parliamentary Lodge. If he had done, he would have been in an entirely different position now. All that would have happened, is what happened to me, and many other members. We were just asked to pay the money back, and all was forgiven. Jahbulon.

    • 139
      Elliott Morley says:

      I wish I had taken your advice Mike as does my sore bum.

    • 166
      Peter Carter-Fuck says:

      Ivan says he’s sending Natasha over later. She’s got the schoolgirl uniform you asked for, just be sure to sign the receipt won’t you?

  34. 122

    Nation’s apparent majority of spongers puts Labour 7 points in front.

  35. 123
    M'Learned Friend's Friend says:

    Looks like the “everybody does it” defence has gone for a burton togther with the previously rejected “my mates said that it was OK”. Anybody got a new defence that the next rat can try?

  36. 132
    Brend7 says:

    My friend Ciaran Rehill ended up in gaol for a four stretch and he came out a raving drug addicted homosexual just like his father before him. Could the same fate befall Lordy Lordy My Current Account is bulging?

  37. 140
    Ciaran Rehill says:

    I have no sympathy whatsoever for people like him having to live as I do for the last thirty years on State handouts since I was nineteen, and I couldn’t find a job as a Wolf tracker in Plaistow. I would like to be on his wing when he gets banged up…..and the bro’s make a real woman out of him. de rasclart

    • 148
      Airey Belvoir says:

      I have been happily on benefits for decades since I registered my occupation as ‘Coronation programme seller’, but now the old girl is looking a bit frail, I may have to revert to my previous trade, ‘lamplighter.’

  38. 144
    Kered Ybretsae says:

    Of course these Dishonourable old S++theads have been at it for years, Filling their wallets with dishonourable cash. What has been revealed is a very tiny tip of the iceberg. If ever the full truth was revealed, some of the old buggers would have to be dug up and bought back to life then sent to gaol.
    Time to clean up the European Parliament next!!!!

  39. 147
    KEIR Starmer says:

    Don’t forget I let Uddin off. What a good boy am I.

  40. 149
    Arthur Haynes (Comedian) says:

    Maybe some Masonic intervention will save him from prison. Arthur trusts not!

  41. 151
    Voice of Treason says:

    The other thief Chaytor has just been released after serving 6 months of an 18 month prison sentence. Fucking greedy corrupt bastards and I bet there are plenty more in Westminster.

    • 162
      Defacto says:

      He has served 4 months.

      • 164
        John Bellingham says:

        That’s six grand a month. Or to put it another way a short investment on research for his heartrending book/TV programme.

  42. 169
    Essex Filth says:

    Does anyone else have a queasy feeling that the political class have thrown a few expendable timeservers to the lions while the biggest crooks seemingly enjoy immunity from prosecution.
    I mean how else can they seriously be considering a way back to the front bench for David Laws when people get sent down every day for doing what he did (claiming your spouse/partner is your landlord)? Why has he not been prosecuted for making claims which everyone knows to be false?
    The whole thing stinks to high heaven.

    • 174
      nonomad says:

      Couldn’t agree more,the ridiculous length of time time it’s taken to prosecute for the simplest of offences ,the same with the investigations in the HOC and the length of time to sentence ,hoping perhaps we will all forget those (and theres plenty of ‘em) who really took the piss and are still in goverment and in opposition,the Baroness Udin episode is really beyond the pale ,no one outside the Westminster bubble would have been able to walk away from that,a second home with no water or electricity connected , yeh right.

  43. 172
    wotson says:

    but I do not suppose he ever made false claims while leading Essex County Council

  44. 173
    StrongholdBarricades says:

    Maybe this needs closer attention. From Hansard

    Andrew Stephenson (Pendle, Conservative)

    To ask the Deputy Prime Minister whether his forthcoming legislative proposals for the recall of hon. Members from their constituencies will apply to instances of misconduct committed before the entry into force of the proposed legislation.
    Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 23 May 2011, c380W)

    Mark Harper (Parliamentary Secretary (Political and Constitutional Reform), Cabinet Office; Forest of Dean, Conservative)

    The Government are committed to bringing forward legislation to introduce a power to recall Members of Parliament. We are currently considering what would be the fairest, most appropriate and robust procedure and we will announce the details of our proposals before the summer recess.


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