November 19th, 2012

Dispatches: Rent-Swappers Revealed Tonight

This evening’s Dispatches will blow the lid on five more troughing rent-swapper MPs. Throughout October Guido revealed names of several of the MPs who were billing the taxpayer for the rent for their London accommodation despite owning properties in the capital that they themselves were renting out. Tonight’s programme alleges:

  • John Denham has the nerve to charge the taxpayer for rent even though he has receives income from a London property he rents out. When Guido asked greedy expenses-guzzler Denham why he had decided to become a rent-swapper at the height of the scandal he sobbed that: “I was forced to vacate the property (and rent a flat) directly and solely as a consequence of changes in IPSA rules. For the avoidance of doubt, I would strongly prefer to be living in this property and not a rented flat”.
  • Tory DCMS select committee chairman and rent-swapper John Whittingdale has started claiming rent for a considerably more expensive property than the London flat the he owns, used to live in and now receives rental income for.
  • Mark Pritchard is billing the taxpayer for the rent for a London property despite the fact that he also owns a flat in the capital.
  • Labour’s Michael Meacher has pulled the same trick in Oldham.
  • While Pat McFadden has done the same in Wolverhampton.

Here is the list of MPs claiming for rent in full:

There are some very interesting names on that list. It would seem that Peter Luff is renting off a Frank Lampard. According to the chants, there is only one Frank Lampard, so it must be the Chelsea footballer. Keith Simpson rents off Tory peer Howard Flight. Stephen Williams rents off disgraced LibDem peer Jenny Tonge while Julian Huppert rents from Channel Four’s much loved old political editor Elinor Goodman. Jessica Morden rents off Madeleine Moon. They’re both Labour MPs.

Every single one of these MPs is relaying the same old sob story word for word to try to excuse their rent-swap troughing. 

They can blame the rules all they like, the fact is they are profiting thanks to the taxpayer…

UPDATE:


108 Comments

  1. 1
    Frank Lampard says:

    Watch it, or i will send round John Terry to sort out everyones wife!

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    • 7
      JT says:

      People accuse me of being racist. Rubbish some of my best friends wives are black.

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      • 52
        Norfolk's Finest says:

        Why can’t MPs have ‘buy to lets’ in the same city that they rent accommodation for their own parliamentary purposes? Are they not allowed to have private business interests?

        I don’t see how this can be denied them unless we deny all MPs ANY financial interests outside their Westminster salary. And if we did that, we’d probably end up having to vastly increase the salary to make up for their losses.

        These are simple, taxable, accommodation arrangements than everyone in temporary jobs would need to avail themselves of. (An MPs job is quite plainly temporary since it goes away every time there’s a general election and isn’t guaranteed afterwards)

        I simply cannot get worked up about this.

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        • 63
          Big Jim says:

          Bang on NF – the media and ‘order order’ are really scraping the bottom of the barrell here. In a nutshell they are having a go at MPs who are working within rules laid down by an independent body?!? This is not a story.

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          • Roy Cropper says:

            So if IPSA are an independent body, how come John Bercow is telling them what to do?

            IPSA are about as independent as the IPCC.

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          • Fruity Man says:

            Imogen Thomas, ey Frank Lampard?

            OK Frank, so I shagged her as well, behind a bus shelter in Hendy, so? We were also picked up on cctv having things down the canned friut aisle in Tescos Fforestfach, but the management agreed to wipe the tape. Coluld sell for lots now. But I am sure Imogen won’t do that to me.

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        • 81
          Go Team GB says:

          Which Constituency is yours then?

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      • 77
        The Cunt Watching JT says:

        Your fucked mister

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    • 19
      Anonymous says:

      Stop dribbling: you’re sidestepping this serious snout- in – trough creaming-off the hapless taxpayer issue which should concern you as it does the rest of us

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    • 23
      bergen says:

      Chants are wrong-his father was also Frank and played for West Ham and England.

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    • 59
      Kebab Time says:

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      • 64
        Blowing Whistles says:

        But didn’t Michael Dugher have some dealings with Dr Kelly – while Dugher was Buff Hoons second Special Adviser and wasn’t he of a want to do anything to get himself elected – as his former uni colleagues stated from Warwick Uni on that red-star website – which has disappeared?

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      • 90
        Arthur Foxache says:

        Proof please….

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      • 92
        Blowing Whistles says:

        What Andrew Pierce failed to mention in his article today about Dugher was

        That Dugher was the PR frontman for Sir Ken Kackson [The AEEU - now Mclusky's Unite] Jackson of course was Blairs ‘favourite’ Union nabob. However and all the same time Blair was in thrall to Murdoch.

        Blair was to have sung Ken Jacksons praises at the TUC conference in Brighton on 9/11 – save other matters took over that day.

        Dugher disappeared quietly out of the AEEU when Ken Jackson was booted out amidst a ‘vote rigging scandal’ then he resurfaced at Millbank towers – ‘threatening’ civil servants > The Telegraph know all about that.

        Richard Taylor was Hoons other spad over at the MOD. Taylor and Dugher took the rap for a Hoon Gaff Re Bush > The D Mail know all about that.

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    • 65
      Ehtch says:

      ducking and diving mate

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  2. 2
    Bored says:

    Yawn.

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  3. 3
    The Spirit of the Law says:

    Keep at ‘em Guido.

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  4. 4
    Confederation of Landlords masquerading as MP's says:

    STFU

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  5. 5
    Now then now then says:

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  6. 6
    Cunts says:

    Not more of same old bollocks

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  7. 8
    Oh No says:

    Oh No

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  8. 9
    Millie-Wank-Stain says:

    I’m playing with myself again.

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  9. 11
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    Bloodsucking leeches.

    They have no more civic duty in them than my old calculator.

    Meacher! The Old Labour property millionaire – how many houses does that troughing socialist now own?

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    • 48
      Michael Leecher says:

      I’ve lost count but I would like to thank the British taxpayer for giving me the opportunity to own such a large portfolio.

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  10. 12
    Jackboots Jacqui says:

    How many of these
    (a) have online pron as standard?
    (b) are the front bedrooms of relatives’?

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  11. 14
    kebabmon says:

    The primary goal is to fleece the taxpayer. Who needs reform? The rules are there to be worked around. Vote them out ffs!!

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  12. 15
    Kebab Time says:

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    • 21
      Angry Man says:

      Look if I applied for and was offered a job in London I would have to find somewhere to rent and pay for it myself…

      1. Who forced any of you hunts to work as an MP?
      2. Why are you any different than any other employed person?

      No wonder the electorate hate your fucking guts

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      • 58
        Scamp The Excitable Dog says:

        Amen to that.
        The whining, excuse ridden ‘culture of entitlement’ starts right here.
        If they don’t get it now, they never will, Time to flush the drains clean.

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        • 73
          Big Jim says:

          Get off the bandwagon your both talking nonsense. How can democracy in the UK work if only the independently wealthy can afford to stand for election to parliament? If it was done that way we would be back to the old days of the local squire being the only person able to afford to stand for office. You must accept that they need to kip down somewhere and the taxpayer has to foot the bill (within reason). That’s how it works in every democracy on the planet.

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          • restore the monasteries says:

            I liked it back in the old days,lived in a tied cottage,walked to work,no rent,plenty of fuel,and eviction.The mp,s are very strange,still, every ill man has his ill day.!

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    • 41
      Sir Denis Thatcher says:

      The point is that you can ‘easily’ afford to live in your own property. However, by doing it this way you can make more profit. ‘According to the rules’, as though that makes a difference.

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    • 51
      Anonymous says:

      Who do you swap with Mr Mitchell?

      I guess you took the usual advice that your union comrades are given – don’t forget to claim ALL of your expenses. After all those years as the MP for the safe seat – or should it be the rotten borough – of Great Grimsby I guess you just can’t help yourself!

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  13. 16
    M.Hassan says:

    This is rigged !

    NN Breaking Poll: Americans Support Israel 4x More Than Palestinians: CNN BREAKING NEWS tex… http://bit.ly/U9eFot

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  14. 17
    Dave says:

    Is the Donald Macintyre that rents to Macshane THE Donald Macintyre from the Indie?

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  15. 18
    Hang em, flog em says:

    Good to see this resurrected. As there has been little mention of it recently, i thought the bastards had dodged the bullets.

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    • 66
      Blowing Whistles says:

      When are the free press going to get around to exposing all the Local Councillors around the country – who have been ‘havin it away’ with the taxpayers money as well?

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  16. 20
    The Preposition Police says:

    Off. Rents off, for God’s sake. Where did your intern go to school? Eton?

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  17. 22
    Websters Dictionary says:

    Tax Payer

    A simple organism designed to be extorted by greasy pole climbers

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  18. 24
    Not surprised says:

    What are the “rules” that prevent them living in a house they own?

    Perhaps what is really meant is “I can’t claim for it anymore!”

    What I do find staggering is the number who live with easy commuting distance yet are still claiming thousands!

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    • 60
      Anonymous says:

      Messrs Cameron, Clegg and Brown done such a good job of covering MPs’ arses last time round that it was bound to continue. Expenses fiddling for politicians is a win-win – no penalty if you are caught, big profits whither you are caught or not.

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  19. 25
    Bluebottle says:

    Will you please remove your hands from my pockets , kind gentlemen .

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    • 96
      Your Westminster Correspondent reporting live from MPs' tea room balcony overlooking the Thames says:

      *push*…. *splash*…

      He’s fallen in the water…

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  20. 29
    A W_G says:

    How can Esther McVey rent a flat from Glover Industries Ltd when that company has been dissolved and the management company doesn’t even exist! . . . . .

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    • 42
      The times they are a changing says:

      As a constituent of Wirral West, I’am sure we have an MP of that name, I forgot about her, still 2015 is not too far away and she won’t be voted back in, but I think like all scousers who end up in Londonistan they forget where the originate from and don’t return .

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      • 45
        A W_G says:

        Yes McVey is the halfwit we were lumbered with for Wirral West

        Now seemingly caught red handed with her fingers in the till and P Davies fingers in her

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  21. 30
    String them up! says:

    They still don’t get it, do they? Piano wire may be the only solution.

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  22. 31
    MB. says:

    Don’t believe football chants, there has been births of seventeen Frank Lampard registered since 1940. Some might have died but there must be a few others around.

    (I presume there must be a footballer with that name from the comment in the item?)

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  23. 33
    Chris Bryant says:

    I only rent swap with boys.

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  24. 34
    freddie fraudster says:

    Why are so many redacted?

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  25. 35
    the stench of hypocrisy says:

    I thought Michael Meacher owned loads of properties?

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    • 44
      Anonymous says:

      It’s the socialist way….

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      • 50
        Uncle Joe says:

        He is an old Trot and should be shot (and his family sent to some northern shit hole). As for the rest of these rent swappers I follow Lenin’s example take the 10 most extreme cases and shoot them. If this does not work shoot them all and take all their property into state ownership. In fact your corrupt Peoples Congress serves no use at all why not just shoot them all?

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  26. 36
    Call me Dave says:

    Tomorrow I will pre announce that I will pre announce a speech on something that noone will give a toss about.

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  27. 40
    Justine Thornton QC Wife of Millonaire Ed says:

    Ed have you been bloody cross dressing again

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  28. 46
    I don't nee d no doctor says:

    Margaret Millionaireband is for gurning. You can gurn if you want………..

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  29. 47
    Anonymous says:

    It is interesting how Ester Mcvey and Philip Davis have the same landlord?

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  30. 49
    Hamish says:

    Can’t see what’s wrong with this. Granted it was misguided to allow expenses to be used to buy rather than rent. It is not allowed anymore.
    So MPs who took out a mortage under the old system can now claim only if they rent or stay in a hotel — even if that costs the taxpayer more.

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  31. 55
    Rinka Scott says:

    I am glad I am not working as a lawyer in the CPS .

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  32. 57
    curious says:

    sensible answers only please……why are some redacted?

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  33. 62
    Anonymous says:

    When the EU dam finally bursts there will be a terrible price to pay and politicians are a natural target for angry revolters.

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    • 101
      Ewe R dead rite pal says:

      .. along with their Common Purpose stooges in the various departments of state who have tirelessly pushed this agenda. Sharpen your pitchforks mes amis.

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  34. 67
    Anonymous says:

    ducking and diving mate

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  35. 69
    Anonymous says:

    money for ol’ rope pal

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  36. 70
    Anonymous says:

    money for old rope pal

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  37. 72
    keredybretsa says:

    Rules are like pie crusts, made to be broken. But these dishonorable renteratis or RENT Rats really know how to bend the rules without breaking them.

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  38. 75
    Anonymous says:

    Mrs Hodge and the rest of the select committee attack Google, Starbucks etc for not paying corporation tax on the grounds that even though their “avoidance” tax structures complied fully with UK tax law (and as an ex Tax Inspector dealing with similar structures on a daily basis I know of what I speak) they should pay on the basis of what the MPs consider as MORALLY RIGHT regardless of what was legally due under the UK tax legislation.

    It seems to me that the rent claiming MPs who also own London properties are also using the letter of the rules re expenses rather than what is MORALLY RIGHT.

    Why am I not surprised.

    It’s the same old story do as I say not as I do.

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    • 84
      Blowing Whistles says:

      And behind every dirty filshing expenses cheating MP – there are rank and file lawyers – who ‘make it all happen for them’.

      Too many Lawyers seem to … no – are running this country and the legal chicanery [Tax evasion or tax avoidance] that allows the few to rob and thieve from the masses 27/7.

      When enough people develope the ability to be able to tear the weasel words of lawyers to shreds – then we can get them lamposts swinging.

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      • 87
        Blowing Whistles says:

        As Mark Twain once said (to the best of my recollection)

        “The mere mention of the word lawyer is enough to deprive a man of any public confidence”.

        As for Mark Lewis – giving it largesse about libel laws on CH4 News about the McAlpine (who strikes me as being almost dead from the neck up guided by Andrew Reids fee gathering hand) – Lewis is only promoting his own 5hit trade.

        Then there’s the High Priestess her lickspittalness Mad Mel Phillips spinning it up in the Blackmail today oooh all them nasty tweeters! add some more adjectives Mel it wasn’t scary enough – Huh and her hubby Joshua Rusenberg in cahoots with Carl Gradner – fuck the lot of em. And they damned well know who I am.

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        • 104
          MARK LEWIS says:

          it is a shame that you don’t do research before you write. If you did then you would see that I spent two years at the risk of no pay to defend all the sheffield wednesday fans who were sued by their club and three years defending Peter Wilmshurst a NHS cardiologist being sued by an American company for libel. Maybe you should look at the libel reform campaign. The point is that bullies should not be able to use libel to silence proper dissent whilst at the same time lack of funds should not prevent you from pursuing a claim. My conscience is clear. I gave up a well paid job to act honestly – earning £10,000 in 2009/10 and £30,000 in 2010/11. As for being dead from the neck up – maybe you are confusing my disability – I am dead on the right side from MS. Please check your facts.

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          • Blowing Whistles says:

            Reread the comment I made the ‘Dead from …’ applied to MacAlp.

            So knickers in a twist there. Please don’t ‘use’ the hillsborough issue – to mix up others as a weasel excuse.

            BTW – and Mr loophole is a saint – well for getting the ‘loaded guilty’ – off of their transgressions; while minor transgressions by the ordinary man are ‘overlooked’ by the coruts administrators to nick them regardless.

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    • 102
      Ewe R dead rite pal says:

      Quite so, but Marge accidentally forgot to mention that she and her ‘business interests’ are up to their ears in the same scam. Lovely people this fair land has representing the ordinary folk.

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  39. 85
    Bluebottle says:

    Why are these people sending me all these bills ?

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  40. 86
    dunstall says:

    Lilian Greenwood Labour MP rents of Ms Gillian Merron ,wasnt she the former MP for Lincoln who got booted out last time,so we are still paying for her mortgage

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  41. 88
    dunstall says:

    Postscript to #82 Merron was ordered to pay back 6and half grnd by Sir Thomas Legg after the 2009 scandal,things never change!

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  42. 91
    Troughing in East Herts says:

    Amber Rudd on the list. She has more money than most people could ever dream about.

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  43. 93
    Kay Hyde says:

    This should settle a proper and legal way.

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  44. 94
    Anonymous says:

    Build a hostel on the banks of the Thames offer them 1 room each at DBB rates. Tax payer pays a flat accomodation fee. That will sort out the committed political types from the troughers.

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    • 103
      Ewe R dead rite pal says:

      Could move them all into St Tom’s hospital as they all seem to be suffering from something nasty and incurable.

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    • 108
      Look Outer says:

      Saw a low countries film, where blocks of flats one bedroomed were bulit for post war fucked up sons and daughters were allowed easily to say in safe, and swop stories. Can’t for the life of me remember the film’s name, was it The Sex Life of the Belgians? Glory be, I think it twas.

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