November 8th, 2012

Margaret Moran Accused

Margaret Moran’s expenses trial got under way this morning, even if the former Labour MP’s mental health means she will not appear in the dock herself.

Moran is alleged to have claimed some £53,000 in false expenses. Here are the nine counts that were read out in court earlier today:

  • Count 1: Claiming £575.78 for a washing machine, fridge and kettle for her 2nd home in London, though they were really for her main home in Luton.
  • Count 2: Claiming £181.37 for a locksmith at her office. The work was done at her main home in Luton.
  • Count 3: Claiming £87.09 for gas fire repair at second home. The work was done at her main home.
  • Count 4: Claiming £527.20 for a bed and £2678.76 for carpets for her 2nd home. They were really for her main home.
  • Count 5: Claiming £979.84 for an estimate for kitchen work. The work was never done.
  • Counts 6 & 7: Using a bogus invoice and claiming £4756.40 for kitchen units that were never installed.
  • Counts 8 & 9: Ten claims for utility bills totalling £2424 when the true cost was £286.35.

The trial continues…


  1. 1
    Mike Hunt says:

    About fucking time.

  2. 2
    Kebab Time says:

    I hope Mcshame gives her moral support!

  3. 3
    Fish says:

    Nothing about this on the Beeb. What a good day to bury bad piggies

  4. 4
    Steve Miliband says:

    Not exactly subtle..

  5. 5
    jm says:

    I wonder what the going rate for buying a doctor is?

    I just hope I’m not paying for it…

  6. 6
    Margaret Moran says:

    I am to tired and stressed to attend court. I have taken to resting,,,

    On my patio at my Spanish villa

  7. 7
    dunstall says:

    If she is found guilty she should be remanded to Broadmoor as being criminilly insane

  8. 8
    None of the above says:

    Actually Broadmoor is where us plebs should be for putting up with all this crap, and voting the feckless wankers in.

  9. 9
    Mike Hunt says:

    They were actually booted out in 2010…

  10. 10
    None of the above says:

    Yes I know that, but just the tip of the iceberg (McShane et al)

  11. 11
    alexei says:

    She should have been put in charge of the Home Office,obvious flair for home improvements.

  12. 12
    Anonymous says:

    Did she buy her Watford FC scarf that she used to wear in the HoC on dodgy expenses too? Did Dennis MacShane help her out with her fraudelent claims?

  13. 13
    Chris Huhne says:

    She should just come clean, best all round really.

  14. 14
    god says:

    Moran is a disgrace to the already disgraced members of parliament! Sadly, she probably represents the tip of a very large iceberg. Hopefully an example will be made ooof her and she will not escape by claiming to be “mentally-ill”, although one is tempted to wonder whether this is a pre-requisite for the job!

  15. 15
    Bob the builder says:

    I’ll do the Home Office – cash – no questions asked

  16. 16
    Margaret Moran says:

    I am so sorry that I have let my fund manager down.

  17. 17
    Rent-a-Shrink says:

    Hi! I’m Rent-a-Shrink! I provide bespoke psychiatric evaluations for use in trials. For an easily affordable fee, I can give you a complete package to meet any of your legal needs, including fully certified diagnosis of your choice and a letter on officially headed paper to the judge at your trial!

    Need a judge to believe you’re not fit to stand trial? Need to avoid a lengthy and potentially embarrassing trial by having a psychiatrist deem you clinically depressed? Then don’t delay! Call Rent-a-Shrink today! I’ve had hundreds of satisfied customers!

    Mrs M Moran says: “I was caught stealing from the taxpayer and faced a trial and potential prison sentence. But thanks to Rent-a-Shrink, the judge declared I was unfit to stand trial. Thanks, Rent-a-Shrink. You saved me from the slammer!”

    So call me today and let me get you off the hook!

  18. 18
    Anonymous says:

    How can she be named and not the peados in the Tory party?

  19. 19
    Fund manager says:

    It’s ok. I invested all your portfolio into Facebook.

  20. 20
    B Boyd says:

    All very BBC. Mrs Moran is not a Tory, is she?

  21. 21
    Abu Qatada says:

    Expect some Lords to be giving you a call

  22. 22
    Rotherham says:

    She has been charged; they have not (yet)

  23. 23
    Anonymous says:

    This is why we should pay MPs a living London wage and nothing more, after all they are serving the country and they expect us to be grateful for it.

  24. 24
    Anonymous says:

    Sack all the greedy, robbing bastards and start again with proper expenses rules!

  25. 25
    Rotherham says:

    That lot above doesn’t add up to £53k?

  26. 26
    Earnest Saunders says:

    The trick is to moan a bit and get your eyes revolving as soon as Plod come down the garden path.

    Wait ’til it all blows over and then bounce back miraculously.

    Keep dribblin’!

  27. 27
    bluerobbo69 says:

    Thieving Slapper!

  28. 28
    None of the above says:

    Sacking them gets them a Resettlement Grant so is to expensive in these time of austerity.

    Send em all overseas with no passport and a one way ticket. They all like going abroad on paid jollies so it shouldn’t hurt to much

  29. 29
    dunstall says:

    Its aLuton scarf

  30. 30
    Anonymous says:

    What about the double figure pedos at the BBC?

  31. 31
  32. 32

    It’s a tough one, if she REALLY is contemplating suicide then I think your childish school drawing of her with a piggy nose is a bit of a cheap shot.

  33. 33
    646 and counting ... says:

    You reckon?

  34. 34
    Iris says:

    I was depressed not mentally ill….

  35. 35
    Iris says:

    worked for me

  36. 36

    Sure, I mean, you’d think twice before posting a pic of a disabled politician with go-faster stripes added to their wheelchair if they’d allegedly stolen money

  37. 37
    Anonymous says:

    Just shoot them all then.

  38. 38
    Rotherham says:


  39. 39
    and when you recover you can have a nice day out... says:

  40. 40

    Mental health is a disability, just as much as physical

  41. 41
    Rotherham says:

    Keep it to yourself, but there are people on here who think she may be faking it to avoid justice.


  42. 42
    646 and counting ... says:

    errr No I wouldn’t. But I suppose its people like you who the politico like. Oh whats the word yeah thats it – suckers

  43. 43
    Admiral Akbar says:

    Is William Hague one of the gays Dave was on about? Didn’t he share a hotel room with his aide?

  44. 44
    646 and counting ... says:

    What a MP (former) not being truthful.

    Get the fuck outa here !!

  45. 45
    Rotherham says:

    We agree. And not to be claimed lightly, or indeed falsely.

  46. 46
    646 and counting ... says:

    Is stealing a disbility? Is troughing at someone else expense a disability?

  47. 47
    Steve Miliband says:

    Phillip Schofield: ‘If any viewer was able to identify anyone, I would like to apologise…there may have been a misjudged camera angle’

    Misjudged publicity stunt you mean

  48. 48

    Haha, I’m actually a massive nasty bastard really, I just felt a bit sorry for her on a human level when I saw the before and after pic of her. I don’t think she’s bluffing. If she is, then I say… burn the witch ;)

  49. 49
    Gáry McKínnón says:

    Hi, thanks for that “autism” diagnosis!

  50. 50
    BBC says:

    Mmm! Good idea. We’ll see if we can find a link to enable us to run the story.

  51. 51
    Philip Schofield says:

    This guy in Nigeria says he owes me £250k. Today is certainly getting better!

  52. 52
    Fish says:

    Good try Phil but it won’t wash. Lawyers are en route to the studio as we pixel.

  53. 53
    dunstall says:

    As Jim Royle would say suicide my arse

  54. 54
    Norman Stanley Fletcher says:

    Yes, Liebore were booted out in 2010, but they were replaced by more of the same.

  55. 55

    Whoa – tough crowd ;)

  56. 56
    The Impartial observer says:

    “Sure, I mean, you’d think twice before posting a pic of a disabled politician with go-faster stripes added to their wheelchair if they’d allegedly stolen money”
    Who would? Think twice?

    Don’t need to think twice

    Superglue the bastard into the chair then find a steep hill’d be more like it.

  57. 57

    haha, well if it’s gonna be that kinda party, I’m gonna stick my dick in the mashed potato

  58. 58
    Kevin T says:

    Thieving cu nt.

  59. 59
    Mad Maggie Moran says:

    Once I knew a thing or two,
    But now I’m a bufferoo,
    Inky dinky parlez, vous vous!

  60. 60


    isn’t Moran derived from the Irish for moron used to identify the village idiot?

    Who are the idiots here – as it is we the tax payers who permit these cheats, liars & scoundrels to endlessly get away with their criminal behaviour.

    These low lifes make the laws we have to obey – well actually they used to but now they do nothing as the laws are made by the undemocratic EU and imposed. Our MPs no longer have a job or any relevance – they are just a rather odious breed of parasites akin to The BBC & much of the civil service & the ill mannered bullying plebs in the police farce


  61. 61
    She really takes the biscuit. says:

    Oink! Oink!

  62. 62
    Anonymous says:

    Mental health issues my arse. Any old excuse to try and keep out of the slammer. The depths these scumbags go to is beyond belief.

  63. 63
    dunstall says:

    Has she been sectioned? if not why not? will she be claiming sickness benefit we should be told

  64. 64
    Mental Elf says:

    You are proud that you never vote
    You boast about it.
    Irritating but mostly barking self-harming.

  65. 65
    Backwoodsman says:

    Good, save the expense of a trial, just section the thieving bitch in Broadmoor & let her know after she ‘feels better’ , say 10 years after, she can be considered for release on licence.

  66. 66
    Keith Vaz says:

    What is David Laws up to these days?

  67. 67
    Archie says:

    Give the woman a break! As the photo shows, she is obviously in dire need of a square meal or two!

  68. 68
    Ed Balls fisted my hamster says:

    Fucking hell. Check out the Sky live blog. The woman was a) shameless and b) a total fuckwit thinking any of this could have been seen as anything other than fraud.
    “Moran also submitted a claim for “rather a lot of carpet” for a small one bed flat in London, claim the prosecution.
    Invoice submitted mentioned 3 bedrooms to be fitted and the square footage was vastly greater than that of her London flat.
    The fitter was tracked down. He has never fitted carpets in London. He has however, worked in Luton where Moran has her main home. “

  69. 69
    lojolondon says:

    Alleged health issues – just like Labour – claiming off for disability.

    Hope she gets hard time.

  70. 70
    AllanSkerratt says:

    Sorry Guido buy you are full of shit. Anna Soubry had just had 90 grand in donations from companies in  Medical industry what was that if not a bribe

    Sent from Samsung Mobile

  71. 71
    Anonymous says:

    Seeing the picture of Ms Moran reminded me, is the lovely Jacqui Smith, ex Home Secretary, up in court yet?

  72. 72
    Anonymous says:

    It’s greedy of all those ex Labour MPs to hog the top spots in the HoC expenses scam, so far 4 have been imprisoned, fatty Moran would be too if she hadn’t been taken poorly & of course Dennis MacShane could soon be behind bars!

  73. 73
    dunstall says:

    What about Morans partner was he complicit ? did he know? and if he didnt why ? giving the list lodged in court it seems inconcievable to me

  74. 74
    Anonymous says:

    His balls in his boyfriend’s bum?

  75. 75
  76. 76
    Anonymous says:

    His b@lls in his boyfriend’s r£ctum?

  77. 77
    Diogenes' stand-in says:

    Of course Moran is f***ing “depressed”. McShane must be “depressed” too. Anyone caught out like that and publicly humiliated would be “depressed”. Doesn’t mean she’s seriously mentally ill and unfit to plead though!
    After her expenses scandal broke, while already claiming to be too ill to serve her constituents and to co-operate with the initial investigation, she was well enough to tout herself for lobbying work in the “Dispatches” sting
    And why only nine counts for less than £10,000 today? Wasn’t she charged with 21 offences and, as the headline states, false claims of £53k?

  78. 78
    Small World says:

    Greg Lance-Watkins, eh? Are you the same Greg Lance-Watkins who claims that the Hollie Greig case is a hoax?

  79. 79
    keredybretsa says:

    She wasn’t depressed when she was fiddling and cashing in. It’s when she got caught that the mental challenge started.

  80. 80
    abcott says:

    Wasn’t there a lot of work done to a property in Southampton that she claimed for too, although her homes are in Luton and London?

  81. 81
    Eric Morecombe spirit says:

    Not like that, just like that…….

    ask little ‘Ern…..

    still can’t see the join, up here as well……..

  82. 82
    Handycock (Teen Fondler) says:

    That would be my defence as well Margaret if I wasn’t being looked after by the Grand Master. Boaz.

  83. 83
    Sir Mary Flappes says:

    An attack by a PCP addled chimp could only improve that porcine visage.

  84. 84
    Hear Rat Hair Man says:


  85. 85
    Tom Catesby says:

    Mc Shane needs to have a mental breakdown quick!

  86. 86
    Tom Catesby says:

    Moran is unwell? Are there no prison hospitals?

  87. 87
    Polish Emigre says:

    He needs to effing well apologise. Just being a tiny bit humble about his disgraces would do something to alleviate public anger.

  88. 88
    Michael's Mum says:

    Time to come home for your pie Michael. And dont forget your pills darling.

  89. 89
    Anonymous says:

    Does if Gordon’s Counting

  90. 90
    Quiet Bat Person says:

    Margaret Moran MP is worse than Audrey Cockburn MP.

  91. 91

    thanks mum, I’m on my way, don’t mind if I bring my meat cleaver too honey, ok?

  92. 92
    Anonymous says:

    I wonder if she’ll recover after the case is over – using the “Ernest Saunders defence” gambit!

  93. 93
    just asking says:

    Nevermind her, possibly fictional, mental health issues, what about her troughing greedy fucking bastard thieving arsewhipe issues?

  94. 94
    Charon says:

    So did Baroness Uddin get away with it…??

  95. 95
    Anonymous says:

    Hope she gets poverty-striken and has to live in a council flat with her constituants on a sink estate.

  96. 96

    Looks like she been using the Colonel Saunders a bit too much of late.

  97. 97
    Anonymous says:

    Cuba is opening their doors to let their people travel abroad in December, so there will be plenty of room in that country for socialists who don’t like it here when the big exodus begins

  98. 98
    Anonymous says:

    Then put the makeup back on and dye your hair back to black.

  99. 99
    Chef says:

    I was cooking pork for dinner, but that picture has put off.!

  100. 100
    Fish Bones says:

    Brillo did mention moran briefly and quietly.

  101. 101
    Uncle Joe says:

    Exactly my thought

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