October 22nd, 2012

Don’t Blame Me! Says Rent-Swapper Burnham

However bad your Monday morning might be going, at least you aren’t as hard-up as poor old Andy Burnham. Over the weekend he published his heart-wrenching sob story excuse for why he has been outed as a shamed rent-swapper. It almost brought a tear to Guido’s eye:

“After the 2010 Election, IPSA changed the rules to stop MPs claiming for mortgage interest. I wanted to stay at my flat but I could no longer afford to do so and was forced to leave by August 2012. In June this year, I moved to an unfurnished, rented flat in Kennington. I now claim accommodation expenses on this new property alone. I make no claim in respect of the old flat. However, all this has left me in the unusual situation of having a flat in London on which I have a mortgage to pay but where I am unable to live. I don’t want to sell it so have had to rent it out. The rent I receive covers the mortgage, the agents’ management fee and on-going maintenance costs. IPSA is right to prevent MPs making capital gains on properties with the help of the taxpayer. I support rules to stop this. However, I believe they could have been introduced without asking MPs to move to more expensive rented accommodation. If the rules changed again to reflect this, I would move back to my old flat at the earliest opportunity.”

It wasn’t Andy’s fault he had to send the taxpayer the bill, it was the rules of course! He “couldn’t afford” to pay his own way despite earning three times the average wage as an MP. He was “forced to leave” his home and live in an “unfurnished flat” with the plebs in Kennington. Don’t believe the spin, Burnham’s snout is so far in the trough he is fast looking like one of the most piggy MPs. Poor Burnham is financing his buy-to-let scheme and building up a little nest egg courtesy of the taxpayer. He is the highest-profile rent-swapper yet…


  1. 1
    Guido(Home is Nevis,Eastern Caribbean) says:

    Guido recently visited Belgrade, Serbia to support the organisers of this year’s Pride march. Much to his disappointment the planned parade was cancelled, with the government citing ‘security concerns’ as the reason. Before his visit, Guido voiced his anger that the Serbian government had failed to protect human rights and had demonstrated that, in this instance, they are incapable of applying the rule of law.

  2. 2
    you gotta larf says:

    I’ve recently bought some towels from John lewis could George Osborne help me fold them up please

  3. 3
    UKIP.i.am says:

    The scourge of poverty.

  4. 4
    Almost Anonymous says:

    Andy Burnham
    ” I’m a dishonest sort of guy”

  5. 5
    Outlier says:

    Sleazy, mealy-mouthed liar, like most of the political class. ALL expenses should be banned, and pay cut to a basic wage – this might deter scumbag “career politicians” and atttract only those who genuinely wish to serve and not line their pockets at the taxpayers’ expense.

  6. 6
    Anonymous says:

    Can any one tell me when the Germans were voted in as overall control of the EU?

    Every time I read something about the EU, the budget and monetary issues, it all has to be referred to the Germans and Merkel?

    Please explain?

  7. 7
    Disgruntled Sheffielder says:

    What has that got to do with Burnham’s troughing? Get a grip do.

  8. 8
    Gordon Brown says:

    Water into wine!!
    I can turn water into pee.

  9. 9
    Philqt says:

    Anyone else would have to sell the flat, whether they wanted to or not. This is just sheer greed and an unjustified sense of entitlement – the kind of behaviour that got MPs into trouble with expenses in the first place

  10. 10
    Anonymous says:

    Dear Guido,
    I hate it when your postings make me cry. I wish you wouldn’t.

  11. 11
    Aunty Matter says:

    Burnham is a twat

  12. 12
    Scamp The Excitable Dog says:

    Wish ‘the rules’ told this fresh faced whinger he had to jump off a cliff.
    *I* demand he be sacked, His position is untenable, How can he serve with this hanging over him? He should be fired, He has no option but to resign, He should be forced to apologise.
    Insert other standard job losing political white-noise cliché here ______

  13. 13
    Almost Anonymous says:

    They have the money. Spend half the proportion of their GDP on defense than we do.

  14. 14
    (I've been renamed) DA-Notice says:

    Probably posted elsewhere already but don’t you have to declare to the mortgage company or aren’t there specific mortgages with particular Ts & Cs if you are buying to let?

    They could be in breach of their mortgage agreements. Possibly they should be paying at higher interest rates.

  15. 15
    Mad Frankie says:

    Odd that his missus was head of marketing for Littlewoods gaming when Two stetsons Prescott was going all out for Super casinos

  16. 16
    Nullbymouth says:

    Don’t spend as much on maybelline then

  17. 17
    Anonymous says:

    The stench from the Westminster cesspit continues!

    May be it will change when Thames water build that new underground sewer? at a cost of £3.5bn

  18. 18
    greedy shite says:

    Can we have a picture of this unfurnished flat please…

  19. 19
    Steve Lloyd. says:

    This is disgraceful, and should be subject to greater exposure.


  20. 20
    Nullbymouth says:

    Are you saying that he is useful?

  21. 21
    Labour voters are off their Ed says:

    No: 1……………. You are a feckin Nutter!

  22. 22
    Plato says:

    Plus, he should declare that he can afford the mortgage if the flat was ever empty. Which kind of destroys his argument, anyway.

  23. 23
    Sweeney, The says:

    5 November is a Monday. Would locking the thieving fuckers in and setting Westminster alight that bad a deal? And they should all be back and at work. Outrage!!!

  24. 24
    Gordon McFuckwit Evil eyed Brown says:

    Burnham is the first up in front the mike when the coalition does anything. Just goes again to show Labour are robbing lying fucking scumbags.

  25. 25

    It s not another world this lot live in, its another bleedin Universe!

  26. 26
    UKIP.i.am says:

    The Newsnight editor responsible for dropping a report into claims Sir Jimmy Savile sexually abused people is stepping aside, the BBC has said.

    It said the move involving Peter Rippon was happening “with immediate effect”.

  27. 27
    JH says:

    Um, is this some sort of rapid rebuttal unit copy/paste bizarreness?

    I wouldn’t care if Guido has a palace on Pluto. It does not mean the mascara’ed one can get away with building up a property portfolio courtesy of the taxpayer.

  28. 28
    Sweeney, The says:

    Ok half a twat. Just one half of krinkly crusty hairy old lopsided minge

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  30. 30
    Trampfed lettings Inc says:

    Yer tis

  31. 31
    JH says:

    I wonder what they’ve offered him to take the bullet.

    That’s it. Lessons have been learned, put a line under this, etc etc.

  32. 32
    A Tory Pleb says:

    David Cameron: “I’ve always supported the principle of serial shagging… I don’t believe that’s old-fashioned, I think it’s vital.”

  33. 33
    Deep Froat says:

    I feel so sorry for him. Can we have a collection very soon please.

    Come on you OAP’s and dole bludgers homeless peeps…dig deep…

  34. 34
    Officer Dibble says:

    “I don’t want to sell it”

    I’m sure a lot of people earning a lot less than Burnham didn’t want to sell their properties either.

    Unfortunately for them, they didn’t have the option of letting the taxpayer pick up the bill.

  35. 35
    Crispy Pancakes says:

    Burnham at stake.

  36. 36
    Mikis says:

    Perhaps Burnham would like to disclose the mortgage interest amount he claims he is “unable to afford”, as against the rent he is claiming on the second flat.

  37. 37
    Ed Millibland says:

    This beggars belief, and I call for a tax payer funded judge led enquiry

  38. 38
    Andy Burnham says:

    F’ing suckers

    Ineptocracy (in-ep-toc’-ra-cy) – a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers

  39. 39
    Labour voters are off their Ed says:

    I’ve just emailed Burnham, and had a right go at him. Please feel free to do the same.


  40. 40
    Only another bloody taxpayer says:

    When most people can’t afford to pay the mortgage on their property they usually are forced either to sell it or let the lender foreclose.

    If only they had been aware of the third option – rent it out and let the taxpayer rent you another property you fancy – a lot of people would have had less problems in their life and would be able to build a profitable property portfolio.

    This letting the taxpayer pay without having to go through the housing benefit hoops is a great idea and should be more widely advertised rather than limited to the House of Commons Tea Room.

    Yet another scrounger from Leigh living by ripping off the taxpayer!

  41. 41
    Plato says:

    The mortgage is less than £215k, anyway – perfectly affordable on a £70k salary.


  42. 42
    Engineer says:

    Can anybody think of a legal way in which an ordinary member of the public can take out a mortgage on a flat (paid for out of salary) and then rent it out, whilst living in another rented flat, the rent for which is somehow paid from the public purse?

  43. 43

    Labour are intensely relaxed about (our) people getting filthy rich (at the taxpayers expense.

    Apart from the privileged upbringing millionaire OxBridge professional politician trustafarians like Balls, MillionaireBand, Harman and Umunna, most of the shadow cabinet entered parliament as poor as church mice and introduced expenses rules to get the electorate to pay the mortgage on their second homes in one of the worlds most expensive cities.

    Labour – Potentia et Pecunia per Hypocrisim

  44. 44
    Am I Sitting? says:

    The whole ‘rent swap’ fiasco just proves what a lying bunch of robbing f_ckers they all are. They spend more time thinking about how to scam the system than the job they should be doing of leading the country of a shit storm in no small part caused by them.

  45. 45
    Screwed taxpayer says:

    Simples Expenses System:-
    1. Expenses are to recompense essential legimate expenditure incurred on Company Business only. No net financial or other gain is to result.
    2. No expense will be paid without a proper dated receipt, including VAT number of supplier.
    3. Expense claims must be submitted monthly to your boss for signature.
    4. Sandra in Accounts will then check each claim with a magnifying glass, and publicly expose the offender if any error is spotted.
    Dave — What is so fxking difficult about imposing a similar basic system at Westminster — Where is the trusty sword of honour and integrity, stuck up your arse?

  46. 46
    Golden Shower says:


  47. 47
    James Carragher says:

    But who would pay for his mascara?

  48. 48
    Broadsword calling Danny Boy says:

    I have always said that my fellow citizens of the People’s Republic of Leigh will one day vote in a pig as Member of Parliament just because somebody stuck a red rosette on it.

    Judging by how far the snout is into the trough, it looks like they already have.

  49. 49
    Skid Mark in Pants says:

    Only a few went to jail, my pig of a MP just wrote a cheque and said it was claimed by mistake. The police failed the public big time. They should all have been investigated.

  50. 50
    Don't need a calculator says:

    A fiddling twat

  51. 51
    Nation shall speak Socialism Unto Nation says:

    And while we are on the subject guido – shurely you have forgotten to add the piggy nose?

  52. 52
    Sewer Rat says:

    But will it be big enough to handle all the crap they put out.!!!!!

  53. 53
    Try and see the wood for the trees says:

    The headlines for these stories should be “MPs OBEY EXPENSES RULES”.

    And nowhere is it mentioned that those MPs who did own properties where the mortgages were paid for by the taxpayer have had to either sell them or make a hefty payment representing the appreciation in value of theses houses while funded by the taxpayer to ensure there was no further personal enrichment.

    Those who paid mortgages under the old system general cost the taxpayer much less than those who rented. It was for optical not economic reasons that the rules changed to stop mortgage payments. Poor policy making in response to a baying press that is costing us all money.

    And it’s hardly surprising that when dozens of MPs with 1-2 bedroom flats near Parliament could no longer pay their mortgages on expenses, they put them on the rental market to be snapped up by… dozens of MPs looking for 1-2 bedroom flats near Parliament to rent because they could no longer pay their mortgages on expenses. It’s just obvious – and I’m sure the estate agents have loved the extra 15% they take in the process.

    If you want any normal people – good god maybe even parents who like to see their children both during the week AND at the weekend – to be MPs then you better rethink this witch-hunt. Otherwise, expect a lot more rich, single, childless people to become MPs. Still, it would help get gay marriage through I suppose…

  54. 54
    Labour voters are off their Ed says:

    The Police? Don’t make me laugh. They need to be bought to book too.

    Remember the days when coppers were respected? Not any more!

  55. 55
    Knicker Rippom Jimmy says:

    Outrageous, what’s the beeb coming too.

  56. 56
    I'll Drink to That says:

    Toast away toast away

  57. 57
    Matt says:

    £65k isn’t enough to pay mortgages on properties in both the constituency and London. If the one in London was his second home (which it sounds like it was) it’s easy to work out why he couldn’t afford to live in it without taxpayers help.

  58. 58
    HenryV says:

    It is a shame that HMG hasn’t got a nice newly built block of flats or three set in landscape grounds say in the Eastend that MP’s from outside London could use as accommodation.

    As I always say the local authority that covers the constituency should provide the MP with a decent house at rate payer’s (the MP’s electorate) expense.

  59. 59
    The BBC are peedo enablers says:

    What a t*rd.

  60. 60
    Hook or by Crook says:

    Yes It’s quite simple for a pleb to understand.

    You get elected as an MP, then start fiddling!!!!!!

  61. 61
    Mornington Crescent says:

    Another bent Scouser for the whom the following was invented:

    All you need is the flat cap, Andy!

  62. 62
    My Piggy Bank is empty says:

    Now I Know Why

  63. 63
    Earl of Croydon says:

    Would be interesting to know if he has this property on a buy-to-let mortgage.
    As its “only” a second home then surely it will be on a standard (probably) interest only morgage.
    That being the case he could only have been granted the mortgage if in the first place he had the monthly funds to service it.
    So how can he complain that he doesnt have the funds to service it now? Surely expences cant be part of your income.
    Sorry but this looks like a bit of morgage application fiddling going on here.

  64. 64
    Skid Mark in Pants says:

    That was my point, the ‘Plod’ did not do the job.

  65. 65
    Madison Bumgarner says:

    Don’t be unkind to nutters!

  66. 66
    Graham says:

    Who owns his Kennington flat?

  67. 67
    So what's the problem? says:

    It has already been referred to here at least 3 times in the past 2 days. You really must learn to read before you comment. Do at least try to keep up.

  68. 68
    One nation shall speak unto one nation says:

    Oh, and we choose who will head up the inquiry teams too.

    What a stitch up! Institutional cover-up by the BBC.

  69. 69
    Last Quango says:

    I wouldn’t WANT to sell my second flat in London if I had one either but I would HAVE to.

  70. 70
    Airey Belvoir says:

    Surely the biggest fiddle still in play is the employing of MPs’ family members on big salaries. An MP’s actual salary is very rarely all that his family is charging the public purse.

  71. 71
    Anonymous says:

    The whole Labour shower are hypocrites of the first water, they are all comfortably off and yet they whinge about the conservatives at every chance. If they dont stop **nnying around and get some ideas out there they will be out for years.

  72. 72
    Anonymous says:

    What on earth is wrong with Lord Ian Blair telling people not to vote in the upcoming police commisioner elections ? i hope there is a fantastic turn out and its a huge success.

  73. 73
    Anonymous says:

    The labour front bench seem to be living in a parallel universe where they are heroes, victims of some dreadful mistake at the last election. They obviously intend to sit tight,and call for enquiries on a weekly basis.They think they will be carried shoulder high by a grateful electorate in 2015, there is something in the smug faces of Millie, Balls x2 Hattie, trougher Burnham etcthat tells me i am right.

  74. 74
    keredybretsa says:

    Another Dishonourable whatsinnitforme trougher hopefully to bite the dust soon. Or he will find a new expenses fiddle. Close one door and the next door opens. Hankies all round,,sniff..sniff …sob!

  75. 75
    Anonymous says:

    There is something delicious about the Beeb having it up them for once.I hope andt Mitchel is having a larf !

  76. 76
    The savant says:

    They actually sell. More than they buy and make a profit as a country. Only one of three. In the EUSSR. To do so the others. Being. Holland and Finland. .

    He. Who pays the piper …… Pleb !!!

  77. 77
    The savant says:

    They should all have been investigated …??

    Don t you mean they should all. Have been. Castrated ?

    And I’m not talking chemical version here . The Chinese Ming Dynasty had a simpler method involving pliers and no anaesthetic .

    And not just the men, this should apply to our tougher women too —-just in case they re concealing a surprise in their nether regions .

  78. 78
    Hadrian (Emp.) says:

    Unlikely to be forced out. His constituency thinks he is wonderful and they would vote for a pig with a red rosette on anyway, likely to see his scamming as no worse than doing the Social scam. Woollyback Scouser some distance from his manor with strange Spock like facial identity, the troughers seem to know no honesty when a plate of money is placed close by.

    Gideon`s train journeys need even closer scrutiny, he has previous form on Virgin as opposed to on the virgin.

    Its about time the religion of peace were banned from carrying ruckracks as well, one day a member with more than an amoeba brain cell will actually get through again, why do we just wait for more mayhem Camoron?

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