October 22nd, 2012

Labour MP’s Rent-Swapping Amnesia

When Guido was doing his own digging into rent-swappers last week one potential name that cropped up was that of Labour MP Meg Munn. Sheffield Heeley’s finest is a well-known trougher, employing both her husband as her researcher and her sister-in-law as an assistant in her constituency. When Guido asked Meg if she was a rent-swapper on Thursday she denied it outright:

It seems Munn is suffering from a convenient case of amnesia. It turns out she did use a rent-swapping arrangement up until April of this year, with the Register of Members’ Interests revealing her little trick ended just six months ago. She claimed for over £16,000 in rent-swapping expenses over the last financial year alone. Now Munn is quickly rowing back, suddenly recalling – that’s right – that the rules are to blame:

“When in London I now live in a rented flat. I would have preferred to continue to live in the flat I owned, but IPSA’s rules do not allow this.”

Funny how she forgot to mention all this when Guido first came calling…


64 Comments

  1. 1
    Labour voter says:

    I’ll still vote for her because the tories steal money off of the working man and only look after themseleves.

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  2. 2
    Guido Joke says:

    She’s keeping Munn on this one!!

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  3. 3
    Typical Labour hypocrisy says:

    I loved how Labour’s Helen Goodman claimed sexism motivated the thread on Linda Riordan, only for it to be followed by several threads about male Tory MP troughers.

    Any apology forthcoming, Helen?

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  4. 4

    ‘Twas on a Monday morning
    The MP claimed her monthly rent
    She claimed it every day
    Because she was so bent.

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    • 40
      Verse 2 says:

      Twas on the Tuesday morning
      Guido found out more
      ‘It wasn’t me, twas within the rules,’
      Fatty piggy did implore.

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  5. 5
    just asking .... says:

    what sort of 2 bedroom apartment would £1500 a month get you in London..
    a dump or somewhere rather nice?

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  6. 12
    Never forget, never forgive says:

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    • 27
      Rat's arse says:

      That reminds me NFNF – is this odious woman going to be prosecuted, or has her timely ‘breakdown’ saved her?

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  7. 14
    Walanker says:

    IPSA’s rules do allow this, you just have to pay your own mortgage!

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    • 22
      Its all withi the rules wot I wrote says:

      So its perfectly acceptable to take the money whilst going on about landlords, rent caps, living wages and so on?

      Its not a tad hypocritical?
      Not a shade immoral?
      Not a little..in light of the recent expenses indignation, completely unfucking believable?

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      • 50
        Anonymous says:

        Why can’t MPs pay for their flats by accepting donations from property developers?

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        • 58
          The savant says:

          Why can t she sponsor. Herself. By. Having.

          I,m. virgin. Atlantic. — Fuck. me

          On the back of her skirt ??

          That. Should bring in a. Few. Scheckels

          down. Brewer. Street ,

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  8. 15
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    Lying and financial dishonesty – looks like Munn has the two core skills for the modern politician

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  9. 17
    The only good Chucky is the killer doll in Child's Play says:

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  10. 20
    Bullington Big Girls Blouse says:

    sounds like a Peabody Buildings flat

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  11. 23
    Isn't Sheffield a Labour benefits/cider/ciggies heartland? says:

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    • 33
      Plato says:

      This is the 21st Century – most British towns and all cities have a significant underclass.

      Our grandparents fought and died to allow us to drink cider to excess?

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      • 43
        Tay King-dePisse says:

        In some of those neighbourhoods, the 1940 generation is more like great- and great-great-grandparents.

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      • 63
        socialist shitstain says:

        on churchill’s sunlit uplands they’re beginning to suspect
        surely this can’t be the freedom we fought so hard tp protect

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  12. 31
    Anonymous says:

    You’re not allowed to live in your own flat? Seems draconian.

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    • 38
      Anonymous says:

      Perhaps she means she is able to live in her own flat, but would have to herself pay for doing so, and wouldn’t be able to make an annual 5 figure profit?

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  13. 32
    Tallyban says:

    See what happens when you let women ot of the house.

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  14. 34
    UKIP.i.am says:

    If property is theft then renting is grand larceny.

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  15. 35
    Treat em ruff, these dogs says:

    Needs a fookin slap. Ugly biatch.

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  16. 36
    dunstall says:

    This woman is a serious trougher has been for years you wonder how these constituency parties select year after year it seems its worst with Labour lets get out all the names I want to know if any of the 3 sisters in Sunderland are troughing

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  17. 39
    rich and mark says:

    We don’t like Munn days

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  18. 42
    Brown out and pay me damages says:

    What a bunch of chancers.

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  19. 46
    8illy 8owden, the world's greatest umplre says:

    And now she has remembered.

    Not sure what story Guido is contriving here.

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  20. 48
    Lou Costello says:

    Now let’s see if I have this straight: You’re not allowed to pay off a home loan and claim the expense. So you have to find someone to let the apartment to, in order to pay the loan. They pay the amount of your loan payment as their rent. You then have to lease an apartment, for which the rent you pay is able to be claimed as an expense. So if you have two MP’s with roughly equivalent loan payments cross-letting/leasing their apartments, all you’ve done is added a layer to the subsidy of the mortgage loan, but you’re still pretty much where you started, just in a different location– is that right?

    Who came up with these rules– Bud Abbott? I know it probably wasn’t Diane!

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  21. 51
    A Burger Flipper says:

    Fuck just shat myself. No problem it’s flipped on the grill
    4 times and charge the taxpayer.

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  22. 56
    keredybretsa says:

    Another Dishonourable whatsinnitforme trougher hopefully to bite the dust soon. Or she will find a new expenses fiddle. Close one door and the next door opens.

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  23. 57
    Cicero says:

    Love the way she tries to imply that rotten old IPSA won’t let her live in her own flat.
    Boo hoo, poor me, feel sorry for me – what a victim I am, even though it’s me that’s been doing the troughing.

    They just can’t help themselves, can they?

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  24. 59
    Gonzo says:

    Now then, now then, let’s have a bit of fair play, if you don’t mind.

    The question was “are you a rent-swapper?”. She answered correctly – “No”.

    If the question had been “were you a rent-swapper?” she would have then been correctly admonished.

    I believe that you now owe the trough snouting rat-faced old slag a profound and abject apology.

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  25. 61
    dunstall says:

    Trougher Munn noticeably absent from the Hillsborough debate in the House of Shame absolutely no bottle

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  26. 62
    Jimmy says:

    The answer was entirely accurate. The question was poor.

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