Denis MacShane is yet to take the Chiltern Hundreds and resign officially as an MP. It seems he dragging his feet on his promise to quit and still loitering around the Commons- taking full advantage of the perks afforded to Members:
Shameless MacShane just left the Members' section of HoC Terrace with two guests. Just go.—
Eye Spy MP (@eyespymp) November 05, 2012
The Standards and Privileges committee need to get a move on and put MacShane’s suspension to a vote in the House. If he goes before then he is likely to be entitled to his absurd MPs resettlement grant. This one payment of month’s salary for every year an MP has has worked, up to a maximum of six months, works out at almost £33,000.
Which will pay for plenty of ‘translation services’…
UPDATE: And like that he was gone:
The Chancellor of the Exchequer has this day appointed Denis MacShane to be
Steward and Bailiff of the Three Hundreds of Chiltern.—
Tom Newton Dunn (@tnewtondunn) November 05, 2012
No word yet on whether he will take the grant. He remains a privy councillor too…
UPDATE II: Seems the suspension was coming tomorrow morning – MacShane has jumped before it to keep the money.