September 6th, 2012

Wandsworth Tories Worried About Whitewash

The news from Wandsworth Conservatives yesterday that a semi-independent inquiry into serious fraud covered up in the group has been greeted with scepticism by members involved in the exposing of the story. Two sources familiar with previous investigations are particularly unhappy. One emailed Guido saying:

“Every internal inquiry has produced a confidential damning report accompanied by a public “move along, nothing to see here” approach. They even made people sign gagging agreements in order to cover the discrepancies between the public smile and the internal stench. To reassure members and voters that Wandsworth Conservatives have not been complicit in fraud and electoral malpractice the Conservative Party need to commit to publishing the previous internal reports, this report in full and to rescind the previous gagging agreements. That those who know the facts and have been raising concerns have been ignored in this process points towards yet another attempted whitewash and yet another step closer to a full police and electoral commission investigation.”

Another added:

“Finally there is recognition of the huge black hole in the books. However, there is considerable concern amongst members that this inquiry is essentially just a way of killing a story before it gains any more traction. At the end of the day, the guy was sacked for charging thousands of pounds of personal taxi fares to party members and then falsifying accounts to cover it up. You don’t need to be a forensic accountant to work out that the law was broken, repeatedly.”

At the moment it would appear that the investigation’s findings will not be made public…

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19 Comments

  1. 1
    Call in the Cops says:

    One is begining to suspect that Morritt is just the tip of the iceberg of institutional corruption.

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      TT says:

      Yep they love it.
      MPs’ expenses: Andrew Mitchell claimed over £19,000 on cleaning, decorating and gardening
      Andrew Mitchell, a Conservative frontbencher who is in charge of the party’s policy on alleviating world poverty, claimed £19,000 for cleaning, redecorating and furnishing his West Midlands constituency home and garden.
      By Christopher Hope 10:00AM BST 03 Jun 2009
      The Conservative MP, who is shadow international development secretary, also spent hundreds of pounds of public money on an armchair, table, linen sheets, pillow cases and a duvet filled with goose down.
      Records show that early in 2004-05 Mr Mitchell asked the Commons fees office to pay him £2,000 a month from his MPs’ additional costs allowance “until it is exhausted”.
      He spent nearly £12,000 between 2004-05 and 2007-08, including £2,500 on decorating his home and £2,650 on a new boiler.
      The MP for Sutton Coldfield bought a £395 “Lingfield” table, “Santorini” linen sheets, a duvet and pillow cases from the White Company. The purchases were delivered to an address in London even though the claim was for his second home in the West Midlands.
      The report below from the Tory Telegraph says it all

      £9k for cleaning
      £220 gardening
      Altogether he ripped off us, the people, to the tune of £19 grand.

      Having got away without prosecution and imprisonment the sleazy swine is now the new chief Whip, and wait for it “Parliamentary Secretary to The treasury”. I wonder how they get away with it. No doubt he will be safegiuarding his own treasury well. Slimeball grade one.

      MPs’ expenses: Andrew Mitchell claimed over £19,000 on cleaning, decorating and gardening
      Andrew Mitchell, a Conservative frontbencher who is in charge of the party’s policy on alleviating world poverty, claimed £19,000 for cleaning, redecorating and furnishing his West Midlands constituency home and garden.
      Mr Mitchell also claimed more than £9,000 for cleaning and maintaining the garden at the property, including a £220 bill for “gardening and shrubbery removal”.Commons rules state that MPs cannot claim for “furnishings or fittings which are antique, luxury or premium grade” and spending must be “wholly, exclusively and necessarily” for work as an MP.
      Last night, Mr Mitchell said: “The £2,000 monthly rate that I claim is less than the cost that I have incurred maintaining my second home and is less than the amount I would have been entitled to claim.”
      He added that the costs for gardening were purely for maintenance and, in the nine years since he bought the house, it had been necessary to carry out “repairs, redecorations and renewals” and to buy “a small amount of furniture”.
      All items delivered to London were sent to Sutton Coldfield, he said.

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  2. 2
    JadedJean says:

    Refer to post #17 in previous blog.

    These bahaviours are endemic in the political world.

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    • 4
      JadedJean says:

      They (psychopaths) are also endemic in our prison populations too.

      Think of the likes of Archer, Aitken, Morley, Devine, Chaytor etc. etc. who are the only ones, of late, that we know have served prison sentences.

      They were all probably just the tip of the iceberg.

      Has anyone else noticed you cannot get a comprehensive list of MP’s previous convictions who are currently serving in the HoC, even after repeated FOI requests? What are they hiding?

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      • 13
        TT says:

        In 2009, Hunt was investigated by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards after allowing his political agent to live in his taxpayer funded home in Farnham as a lodger from November 2005 to June 2007.[17][18] The commissioner found:
        Mr Hunt was in breach of the rules in not reducing his claims on the Additional Costs Allowance in that period to take full account of his agent’s living costs. As a result, public funds provided a benefit to the constituency agent… But I accept that Mr Hunt received no real financial benefit from the arrangement and that the error was caused by his misinterpretation of the rules.[18]
        Hunt’s offer to repay half the money (£9,558.50) was accepted.[18] Hunt also had to repay £1,996 for claiming the expenses of his Farnham home whilst claiming the mortgage of his Hammersmith home.[18] The commissioner said:
        Mr Hunt has readily accepted that he was in error, and in breach of the rules of the House, in making a claim for utilities and other services on his Farnham home in the period during which it was still his main home. He has repaid the sum claimed, £1,996, in full. It is clear that, as a new Member in May 2005, his office arrangements were at best disorganised.[18]

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  3. 3
    Moussa Koussa says:

    While I cannot stand Tory Council Wandsworth, and all it stands for……I have to say, this line from Guido even has me bored.

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    • 6

      Strange. As a formerly voting Tory, if Guido uncovers abuse of public funds by politicos of any party, I am happy to hear about it.

      Your approach is what these types of guys hope for as they can bury the wrongdoing under the cover of public apathy.

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      • 8
        The Asbestos Filled Basement at Walthamstow Town Hall says:

        +1

        We need to clean up politics and it can’t be done by ignoring the graft, and more importantly, the apologists for graft at the local government level, as this are often where the scum on the surface of Westminster is gong to rise from in future years.

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      • 10
        SP4BS says:

        “these types of guys” … the hangers on, proto-spads, council wanabees of political parties.

        I wonder if MK is one of those types of guys himself.

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    • 14
      TT says:

      Francis Maude claimed for second London home: MPs’ expenses
      Francis Maude claimed almost £35,000 in two years for mortgage interest payments on a London flat when he owned a house just a few hundred yards away.

      Francis Maude at his office in the Commons Photo: CHRISTINE BOYD
      By Nick Allen8:45AM BST 11 May 2009
      The shadow minister for the Cabinet Office owned the house outright but in 2006 took out a £345,000 mortgage on the flat about one minute’s walk away. He then rented out the house and began claiming mortgage interest payments on the flat which is in a grade II listed building with a gym and 24-hour concierge.
      Labour ministers Alistair Darling and Hazel Blears have previously claimed for second homes in the same building.
      Mr Maude also claimed, and was paid, £387.50 for the cost of moving his effects down the road from the house to the flat.
      He claimed £18,112.50 in mortgage interest payments for the year 2006-07, £1,790 for council tax, £2,237 for a service charge and £820 for cleaning.
      A further £9,801.78 was claimed for mortgage interest payments from April 1 to Aug 31, 2007

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    • 16
      TT says:

      This twattt’s claims included a £331 Chinon armchair, a Manchu cabinet for £493 and a pair of elephant lamps worth £134.50 bought at Oka, an upmarket interior design firm set up by Lady (Annabel) Astor, David Cameron’s mother-in-law.

      Now he is Secretary of State for Education. What an example he sets for the kids. he should be in jail not government. Interesting that some of his expenses, all funded by us ordinary people, went to help the poor hard up Lady Astor, Camerons down and out mother in law.

      Stinking corrupt swine the lot of them.

      MPs’ expenses scandal has dealt devastating blow to politics, says Gove
      Shadow schools secretary claimed £7,000 to furnish his London home before ‘flipping’ his designated second home to a house in his constituency

      Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
      guardian.co.uk, Friday 15 May 2009 16.44 BST

      Michael Gove, the shadow schools secretary, today apologised for “mistakes” in his Commons expenses claims and said the scandal engulfing Westminster had dealt a “devastating blow” to trust in politicians.

      Gove became embroiled in the Commons expenses scandal after the Telegraph reported that he had claimed £7,000 to furnish his London home before “flipping” his designated second home to a house in his constituency, Surrey Heath.

      The furniture claims included a £331 Chinon armchair, a Manchu cabinet for £493 and a pair of elephant lamps worth £134.50 bought at Oka, an upmarket interior design firm set up by Lady (Annabel) Astor, David Cameron’s mother-in-law.

      The day after the first disclosure of Gove’s expenses, Cameron insisted that, along with other shadow cabinet members, he repay the controversial claims, forcing him to repay the £7,000 furniture claim.

      Gove also claimed more than £13,000 towards the cost of the move, including search fees and stamp duty.

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  4. 5
    Kebab Time says:

    “At the moment it would appear that the investigation’s findings will not be made public…”

    No chance Guido, am sure someone will leave a copy on the train or park bench.

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  5. 7
    annette curton says:

    It’s now official: M’Lud says one has to be very courageous to commit serial robberies, Gordon rote a bukk about it.

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  6. 19
    lmao says:

    This one will run and run.

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Left on Left says:

The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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