October 19th, 2012

You Are Subsidising Andy Burnham’s Property Portfolio

The Manchester Evening News is reporting that Andy Burnham is a rent-swapper. They accuse him of letting out a London home while renting another property in the capital at the taxpayers’ expense. It’s a bit odd given that the Guido did some digging around Burnham this morning and found that he has been claiming thousands of pounds worth of mortgage interest for his home on expenses. Either way a member of the Shadow Cabinet is taking public money to subsidise living in his London flat while renting out another London property at the same time. The people of Leigh should remember that in 2015. Many, many more to come…


132 Comments

  1. 1
    Kebab Time says:

    Andy Bung-ham you mean?

  2. 2
    Helen Goodman says:

    He’s a poor widow, living on a pittance……….

  3. 3
    The Evidence M'Lud says:

    Land and Property

    Flat in London from which rental income is received. (Registered 29 June 2012)

    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmregmem/121001/burnham_andy.htm

  4. 4
  5. 5
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    Guido is only having a go at him because he is a male. Guido is a sexist barsteward.

  6. 6
    Winston says:

    Dave. Action this day!

  7. 7
    Aaron D Highside says:

    Today just keeps getting better. Anything on Bryant?

  8. 8
    Fuct says:

    Guido is doing a fucking good job at routing out the throughers.

    Why are the MSM are so fucking lame when it comes to this sort of journalism?

  9. 9
    Last Quango says:

    How can an mp afford a second property? Not inherited wealth is it?

  10. 10
    jgm2 says:

    He spends all the proceeds on make-up.

  11. 11
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    These MP’s can rob us blind and all the MSM sees is plebgate or some other non news event.

  12. 12
    WIKI says:

    The Daily Telegraph’s revelation of expenses claims by Members of Parliament showed that Burnham requested the Commons Fees Office for the £16,644 cost of renovations and work on a London flat he was buying. The claims, which included a new kitchen were at first rejected. Burnham had written three notes asking for the money to be paid, including one at Christmas 2005 complaining “Otherwise I might be in line for divorce!” Ultimately the Fees Office accepted the claim and reimbursed Burnham. The Fees Office refused to pay a June 2006 claim for mortgage interest which covered both the Lambeth flat and Burnham’s constituency home, and also a mortgage claim which included capital repayment. The rules allowed reimbursement of mortgage interest only and on one home at a time. Burnham also attempted to claim £19.99 for a bathrobe and £0.99 for a toothbrush from IKEA, which was rejected by officials; Burnham said it was a “genuine oversight

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

  13. 13
    Albert Hall says:

    The people of Leigh will have forgotten this within five minutes. They will then vote him back in at the appropriate time.

  14. 14
    Sob story says:

    Shortly before Christmas 2005, Mr Burnham even wrote to the fees office that he “might be in line for a divorce” if reimbursement for his expenses was not forthcoming within days.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mps-expenses/5293553/MPs-expenses-Andy-Burnhams-battle-over-claim.html

  15. 15
    Icarus says:

    We bought it for him,silly!

  16. 16
    Backwoodsman says:

    Fark, don’t mention him – I get flashbacks to ‘that’ photo !
    However, taken in conjunction with the internal bbc memo about managing their current problem (pbuh) and I agree, a satisfactory day.

    Then raise the scarlet standard high.
    Within its shade we’ll live and die,
    Though cowards flinch and traitors sneer,
    We’ll keep the expenses troughing here

  17. 17
    The Toffee-nosed Tit in Number 10 says:

    I give you a cast iron guarantee that I will stop this. Just like I did in 2010.

  18. 18
    Dick Scratcher says:

    The people of Leigh are fucking morons.

  19. 19
    Chris Bryant says:

    Andy Bumhim

  20. 20
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    Our 650 MP’s are very entrepreneurial, they are pooling their cars and forming a car rental company.

    HoC Car Hire Ltd.

    To cover them for their losses they will be given allowances to hire a vehicle in place of the one they have lost.

    I am just telling you this now before shorty gets his D notice in.

  21. 21
    V1le Labour ruined my Country says:

    Another revolting trougher, string him up.

  22. 22
    The Proud People of Leigh says:

    we vote 4 andy burnum bcoz he promisis 2 give uz uvver ppls muhnee.

  23. 23
    Anal Duncan says:

    Spare him his life from this monstrosity
    Easy come easy go – will you let me go
    Bismillah! No – we will not let you go – let him go
    Bismillah! We will not let you go – let him go
    Bismillah! We will not let you go – let me go
    Will not let you go – let me go (never)
    Never let you go – let me go
    Never let me go – ooo
    No, no, no, no, no, no, no –
    Oh mama mia, mama mia, mama mia let me go
    Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me
    for me
    for me

  24. 24
    Dick Scratcher says:

    Yes, a big Albanian rent boy going for it.

  25. 25
    nellnewman says:

    Are you saying that he is claiming rent and mortgage payments? Surely that’s not legal?

  26. 26

    …in a tiny thatched cottage with eyebrow windows…

  27. 27
    Hertz van Rental MP says:

    Here in The Netherlands, we share beds as well.

  28. 28
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    Sorry, thats 649 MP’s because the Great Ex Leader does not drive.

  29. 29
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    Sorry, thats 649 MP’s because the Cyclops does not drive.

  30. 30
    The weirdie beardie party says:

    A former Liberal Democrat candidate for Parliament has been found guilty of 25 counts of fraud at Coventry Crown Court following a Sky News investigation. Dr Vincent McKee, 56, used his national tutorial agency, ICUT, to get clients’ credit and debit card details, then he systematically raided their accounts. Some of the fraud against students took place when he was running for election to become MP for Coventry North West in 2010, while campaigning against tuition fees.

  31. 31
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    But they still have 650 cars because someone has stuck two Jags in.

  32. 32
    Dick Scratcher says:

    …surely that’s eye lash windows?

  33. 33
    Anonymous says:

    The excuse given on the world at one, is that the mortgage repayments are more than the new allowance. I dont really understand that. Could there be an element of truth in it. (i dont thinkso, but want to be fair.)

  34. 34
    Andy Bumhum says:

    This is it, I’m calling the bullying helpline……..oh wait……….

  35. 35
    Pigs says:

    If you wish to let Linda Riordan know what you think of her troughing, email her: riordanl@parliament.uk

    Her office number is: 01422 251800

    Or you can contact her through her website:

    http://www.lindariordanmp.com/contact-us/

  36. 36
    Lord Loocan says:

    Take a google streetview tour of Leigh – it’s all betting shops and pawn brokers.

  37. 37
    LOL says:

  38. 38
    Anonymous says:

    What about Mr. Fox and Mr. Cash?

  39. 39
    Got a new crayon says:

    Doesn’t their Green colouring in book say that their expenses have to appear beyond reproach or something like that?

  40. 40
    Anonymous says:

    and subsidising his make up.

  41. 41
    LOL says:

  42. 42
    ToonBert... says:

    What about ‘em?

  43. 43
    ToonBert... says:

    Mr Smug will be spitting feathers !!

  44. 44
    Anonymous says:

    If they cannot afford the mortgages why don’t they sell up and move into cheaper property. The rest of us have to.

  45. 45
    Downing Street Spokesperson says:

    Unfair, CMD is only the PM and he has a lot of very important issues on his plate.

    Like gay marriage.
    Increasing our taxes and giving as much money as possible away to third world dictators.
    Destroying our energy capacity and de-funding the armed forces to pay for it.
    Building hundreds of thousands of houses on greenbelt and farmland ( sustainably of course ) so the imported millions will have somewhere nice to spend their benefits on.

    Maybe he will be on it as soon as he can, possibly after say, 2015?

  46. 46

    Hmmm! Not seen one of those. Have you put one in? ;-)

  47. 47
    Archer Karcher says:

    The rules the rest of us are forced to live by, do not apply to westminster parasites.

  48. 48

    Bit heavy on the blusher, I would have thought.

  49. 49
    Mr N Griffin says:

    I coughed up a big lump of phlegm onto the pavement.

    My mate said, “That’s looks just like the Prophet Mohammed.”

    I said, “Yeah, it’s a spitting image.”

  50. 50
    Pi55 off somewhere please says:

    Fooking theeving koontin terds imho.

  51. 51
    skudding marks on my y-fronts says:

    Bryant is pants.

  52. 52
    Billy Vague +1 says:

    A-ha. Sorted. Here we come.

  53. 53
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    I don’t know why anyone is surprised by all this. The political class are basically a bunch of self-serving spivs who have no interest in taking responsibility for the people they are supposed to represent. They sit idly by while the EU grabs more and more power and waste ever increasing amounts of money on witless projects such as wind farms and international aid where much ends up in the pockets of the corrupt and well-connected.

    Whilst many of the members of the main parties are stupidly tribal on most issues they immediately unite when their pampered and privileged lifestyle is threatened by public scrutiny. Loyalty to the political class it seems trumps party, public interest and the responsible use of public money.

    Cnuts to a man and woman they deserve nothing more than our contempt.

  54. 54
    Tent dweller says:

    Then they must have unnecessarily large properties for their job, considering that mortgage rates are at an all time low and they will in most cases have bought well before the 2007 peak in house prices!

  55. 55
    A student says:

    Good precis of the British Consitution!

  56. 56
    Andy Burnham. MP's Advice Centre says:

    Looks a nice place. LOL

    http://goo.gl/maps/NQAt6

  57. 57
    Scrounging and meddling fuds allowed says:

    Parasites!

  58. 58
    Good night children, everywhere! Now then, now then! Steptoe and Son! says:

  59. 59
    grumpybumburp says:

    Vote UKIP and march the lot of them out

    We have nothing left to lose

    Good stuff Guido and any bets on how long it will take for the BBC to go with this ?

  60. 60
    Only in the Graun says:

    You have to admit his mascara is lovely though.

  61. 61
    MB. says:

    “A man who disrupted this year’s University Boat Race has been jailed for six months for causing a public nuisance.”

    Unfortunately nothing about deporting him after he is released.

  62. 62
    A drunken thug says:

    What is it about the MPs in the Co-operative Party?

  63. 63
    GUBU says:

    They do do that thought don’t they though…

  64. 64
    UKIP.i.am says:

    Betting shops and pawn shops – people trying to make more money and borrow money. Just like the bankers they despise.

  65. 65
    Tiger Tiger says:

    There should be a body to examine the financial affairs of politicians and senior bureaucrats and generals, to check that they and their associates did not make any financial benefit beyond basic salaries, before during or after their time in office. All crooks should be eliminated from the body politic, preferably by hanging them and their scummy lawyers. We know the current crowd are a bunch of s.h.i.t.s They should be flushed out, not allowed to be flush with our money.

  66. 66
    moby dick says:

    anyone get the feeling no one gives a monkeys about leveson anymore

  67. 67
    Anonymous says:

    He could claim mortgage payments up to August this year. Presumably, when that was no longer possible, he started claiming rent.

  68. 68
    Jimmy Savile's Headstone says:

    I demand a full independent inquiry.

  69. 69
    Tiger Tiger says:

    Those who voted for crooks should be disfranchised at the next election. The crooks should be executed and their party organizations disbanded. If there were only honest people voting for honest candidates political life would improve – which is why it will not be allowed to happen.

  70. 70
    Tiger Tiger says:

    Deport him and his supporters to Hell.

  71. 71
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps senior says:

    I see UKIP Guido is doing the bidding of his paymasters again and barring posts from anyone who dares question him – so I have to amend my handle for the second time in a week. Keep trying Guido. No better than the troughers and tossers are you – or can’t you control your modders?

  72. 72
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps senior says:

    And Guido is absolutely the right man to expose them – being a self serving spiv…..

  73. 73
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps senior says:

    And Guido’s pal, the Pink Panzer, strikes again.

  74. 74
    Lady with Big boobies says:

    Pawn you do talk a load of Bollocks

  75. 75
    Hoaxed says:

    ITV has admitted that This Morning was the victim of a hoax following a story about a new celebrity sperm bank. CEO Dan Richards discussed FameDaddy, the “first celebrity sperm donor service”. But the broadcaster said it now appears Mr Richards did not run the website but was “an actor working for a TV production company”. ITV has apologised to viewers who were “deliberately misled by this stunt”.

    FameDaddy’s website states its “soon-to-launch service” will offer a list of “celebrity donors from the worlds of sport, entertainment and finance – all leaders in their fields, with a proven track record of success”. Its sample donors includes “a rock star with annual earnings of £40m and an aristocrat in the House of Lords with an income of £5-10m”.

  76. 76
    Tessa Jowell says:

    That’ll be due to my 2005 Gambling Act.

  77. 77
    Euroslave says:

    Usually wholly supportive of this blog but what is all the fuss about?
    We elect MPs from distant constituencies and require them to spend a lot of time in London. Expenses wholly incurred in working and living in London are allowable. If I have a property in Wales and rent it out so what? If I have a place in London and rent it out again so what? Are we saying all MPs with a property in London MUST live in it and incur no expenses? If so they will all sell up and buy in Wales (or wherever) and we the public are no better off.

  78. 78
    reports from behind says:

    everyone a wanker!

  79. 79
    a non says:

    Unfair Guido.
    Revelations like the above will cause Andy’s mascara to run.
    Have you no heart?

  80. 80
    Lady with Big boobies says:

    Only that he is still a tosser

  81. 81
    reports from behind says:

    the proper location of pariament is Milton Keynes

  82. 82
    Anonymous says:

    I might as well tell you now, that your mates ED, ED, barney Mcgrew etc will not get in, in 2015. we have seen right through them after the damage they did for 13 years, and mentioning immigration, considering tony opened the floodgates is hilarious.

  83. 83
    Anonymous says:

    What’s the betting that these MP’s haven’t moved properties at all. It will be a swap on paper only.

  84. 84
    Lady with Big boobies says:

    Why? Are they inbreeds like him?

  85. 85
    Jeremy Clarkson says:

    I’d punch the c.unt in the nose if it wasn’t already so flat.

  86. 86
    breaking wind says:

    the world has missed some of my wisdom too

    what a loss!

  87. 87
    Andy Burnham says:

    This is one of the greatest injustices of the twentieth century.

  88. 88
    Halifax voter says:

    Halifax MP Mrs Riordan also employs her partner as a senior researcher, with taxpayers paying his salary of up to £42,500 a year. Nice to know you keep it in the family theeving bouffanted baitch.

  89. 89
    Gawd Help Us says:

    Who?

  90. 90
    a non says:

    Must learn to read from the oldest to the newest comment.
    Must learn to read from the oldest to the newest comment.
    Must learn to……….

  91. 91
    Lady with Big boobies says:

    I called the police to report this suspected crime. They told me I was a pleb.

  92. 92
    Anonymous says:

    But surely we shouldnt have to pay a mortgage or rent for an MP who already has a property he could live in ? We arent talking about the property being rented out before the MP needed it, but a scam that has arisen this year apparently.

  93. 93
    MajorFrustration says:

    I do hope that all MPs who are renting out have told their mortage providers – usually when a property passes from owners use to rental income the mortgage comapny ups that interest rate.

  94. 94
    Mascara Mickey says:

    That eye make-up is expensive. Someone’s got to pay for it and Labour have an aversion to spending their own money.

  95. 95
    gramma says:

    $illy really. Always a problem with boasting about yourself ontablets. ;)

  96. 96
    Kitty Fiddlers says:

    They’re at it again. I thought “lessons had been learned”.

  97. 97
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    Well, they’re playing the whole thing down so the Report, when released (which you’d expect should be any time now), will be a headline story. If everyone were talking about it, all the “findings of fact” and “recommendations,” apart from “Hang Murdoch!”, would seem small beer, as in “Is that all?” Rt Hon Lord Justice Leveson: “Oh dearie me, these sorts of things just won’t do– naughty, naughty, now say you’re sorry and that you’ll behave from now on, and we’ll say no more about it– except YOU, Mr Septic Digger, we’re not quite finished with YOU yet…” Unfortunately for the life of Brian, he’s been overtaken by a scandal having emerged which highlights the incestuous nature of how (print and broadcast) Media, Plod, and politicians took care of each other and never lifted a rock under which a viper was hiding, which sort of nonfeasance, “as it happens,” was within Brian’s remit. Now then, now then, what’s going to happen?

  98. 98
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps INFANT says:

    It’s the way I fecking tell em

  99. 99
    Tristram Smallbore-ffipps INFANT says:

    Drop the Self please Pop

  100. 100
    Where is my helmet says:

    He’s a mate of Tom Watson’s; both big on smearing others making out they are Mr Perfect. I have to laugh at Bryant being caught. What a sanctimonious twaat!

  101. 101
    Bloke in Wigan says:

    I think he was born and bred in St Helens, Lancs. Same place as Johnny Vegas.

  102. 102
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    Maybe, if Burnham would come to Dunsinane. Lay on, MacDuff!

  103. 103
    Labour voters are sick in the Ed says:

    No he doesn’t L.W.B.B. Pawn Sandwich has made a very good point. Oh, and don’t expect the BBC to report on any of these MP filthers.

  104. 104
    Lady with Big boobies says:

    And the Insurance goes sky high. But they will claim it on expenses anyway.

  105. 105
    Labour voters are sick in the Ed says:

    They’re not THAT thick are they Albert? On the other hand……………..

  106. 106
    Big Hands in the Till says:

    At what again exactly ????

    Pleb explain yourself

  107. 107
    Gilbert Fiddler says:

    He really is one of the same approved school that bred gits like Sion Simon et al.

    Bunham’s only ‘commercial’ experience came from a little time in ‘work experience’ with some union, and this qualified him to become a minister for health with that arsehole Brown’s failed cabal.!

    Luckily, his spineless activities are now being looked at by far more powerful people than he is capable of dealing with, and as said here somewhere, a few well aimed clouts at his ugly face may well ensue while he tries to figure out where it all went wrong.

    These little jumped-up prats need some more thumps, and forget a bit of journalism, just get round to his place and give him a fucking good hiding.

  108. 108
    Traffic Cop says:

    Is that 2 Jag’s with boot lids hanging open so not to damage the PIES driven by a big fat c.u.n.t

  109. 109
    Euroslave says:

    I argue we should give all out of London MPs the same daily allowance, plus receipted travelling expenses. If they have a London property and choose to live in it then they get the expenses. If they choose to rent it out and use the expenses to rent another property then so what – cost to us is the same.

    All MPs are expected to have a property in their constituency or near it to be maintained at their cost.

    All MPs are expected to have admin assistance to be paid for by us and if they choose to emply their wives, partners or whoever then we should not care provided they are suitably qualified.

    I despise MPs troughing in so many other ways but this at least to me is within what we should expect.

  110. 110
    Anonymous says:

    He’s still skint from his leadership bid website.

    It was fucking awesome. Who remembers it?

  111. 111
    optional again says:

    Unfortunately, we still pick up the tab and Jay QC’s expenses bill.

  112. 112
    The savant says:

    That s sent the Mercury. Soaring

  113. 113
    Anonymous says:

    You seem to assume this person votes Labour.

  114. 114
    The savant says:

    Did you misspell his company name…

    Did you omit an extra. Consonant …..say….the letter. .. N

  115. 115
    The savant says:

    I do not. Understand any of it .

    If you have a mortgage worth. Say 200. And the new rules only give you say 150 then arithmetic ally you can no longer afford to pay the 200.

    So…you rent the place out for say 250 which allows you to pay the original 200 plus a 50 profit .

    Yes. ….. But where are you going to rent something for 50 unless its a shoebox ????

  116. 116
    ZZZZZZZZ says:

    Warning boring person alert!

  117. 117
    Slimy Chuck-a-Butty says:

    savant, you dont rent something for 50, you rent another pad for 250 which the taxpayers pay for.

    So you get your mortgage paid and your rent paid and you have 50 quid in yer pocket.

  118. 118
    In A Flap says:

    it seems these troughing thieves learnt nothing from the last expenses scandal, which at the time they all claimed “was within the rules” as well.

    A benefits thief is a benefits thief and should be behind bars no matter what party they come from.

  119. 119
    Joe Public says:

    Keep up the good work Guido. You are doing a fine job on these troughing twats.

  120. 120
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Burnham, just like Bryant, is lying scum.

  121. 121
    keredybretsa says:

    I mean they’ve got a nice little fiddle going on between them. Pay my mortgage I’ll pay yours and it goes on exes and the tax payers pay us. Now if this little dodge gets closed down wait for the next one. Won’t be long. heftier farts all round!!

  122. 122
    Anonymous says:

    Is it just me or is this a pile of crap – if you say they cant claim interest – and the cant pay the mortgage themselves – then what else should they do?

  123. 123
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Labour troll = cnut

  124. 124
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    I live in Sadiq Khan’s constituency – the place would be a wasteland if we applied those rules – LOL.

    The sleazy spiv is Shadow Attorney General FFS

  125. 125
    evad666 says:

    It really is high time the Labour members woke up to the arrogance of thjeir political representatives. Justw atch the BBC focus on the spin out of Labour HQ.

  126. 126
    Welloilbeefhooked. says:

    Well they are twats for a start.

  127. 127
    Welloilbeefhooked. says:

    Is Eric Pickles his chaffeur then? Idid,nt know that.

  128. 128
    Horse feathers. says:

    They,re GOOD WITH FOOD.

  129. 129
    Horse feathers. says:

    Hi stroppy.Good to hear from you,You are still as cheerful as ever.

  130. 130
    .N.I hater says:

    They can,t do it enough in my opinion.

  131. 131
    My MP also steals says:

    This dodgy arrangement certain MPs are embroiled in, its interesting when you identify the dates they chose to activate this arrangement. If it was after the practice of claiming mortgage repayments was ended. This would determine beyond any reasonable doubt it was never a ‘misunderstanding or within in the rules’ defence, its prima facie attempting to defraud. A criminal act and as such be tried in a court of law as the MPs were in previous cases of expenses fraud.

  132. 132
    Anonymous says:

    Read the the truth on Burnhams twitter before coming out with all your bile but I suspect the truth wont fit your bitter minds!!!!


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