February 6th, 2013

How IPSA Tip Off MPs Facing Expenses Exposés

They tried to cover up the rent-swapping scandal, their boss even spends his time trying to convince the public that piggy MPs deserve our trust. Now Guido has learned that IPSA, the parliamentary standards authority set up to hold fiddling expenses cheats to account, tips off MPs facing expenses exposés. Two weeks before they release Freedom of Information responses containing details of MPs’ expenses, conveniently IPSA tip-off the Member in question to warn them of what is to come.

One parliamentary source told Guido that their boss was well aware of the information about to be disclosed to this blog some fourteen days before it was eventually released. This gives expenses cheats two whole weeks to cover their tracks and prepare for the bad headlines. Crucially it gives them enough time to change what they are claiming and putting them on the front foot in fire-fighting allegations.  IPSA are supposed to be independent, yet here are in cahoots with the troughers…


106 Comments

  1. 1
    Joss Taskin says:

    WTF is going on ??

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    • 5
      Mike Litorus says:

      It’s about time we marched on that fucking place with torches and pitchforks…

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      • 9
        Butch Dave says:

        Buggered if I know!

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        • 105
          David Laws Lib Dem Fiddler says:

          They also suggest to MPs, who are subjects of complaint what they might say in response to the allegation. Thereby giving them the answers IPSa want to hear before they reply to the complainant. This is common practice.

          Clegg was going to clean up politics and shut the gates of Westminster until his job was done. I presume, as he would not have anyone left to sit in the cabinet, he shelved the idea. Laws must think he is lucky not to be investigated by the police for false accounting and he was allowed to vote through gay marriage as well.

          Keep going Guido, we need a free press to stop these arrogant self serving greedy corrupt tossers. No wonder the Lib Dems want to regulate the press- as do their Eu comrades.

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      • 12
        Anonymous says:

        Where is the expense? Nothing is shown.

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      • 14
        Anonymous says:

        Ignore the 3 main parties and start to vote for others.

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        • 68
          rick says:

          Agree. Cretins keep repeating the argument that not voting Con gives you Liebore. What exactly is the difference with Gay Dave’s NewCaringCon.

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        • 79
          pissed off voter says:

          spot on but will austerity cure apathy?

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          • PC Dixon says:

            Seems that they are never happy. What with good pay, expenses, free travel, subsidised accommodation, subsidised food and drink, more rip off expenses, loads of freebie entertainment, AND a bloody pension the bulk of us can only dream of followed by all░sorts of good job offers and speaking (rubbish) fees……they want MORE and don’t want the rest of us to know about it.

            Troughers is no way a good enough description of the greedy bastards. Take Hodge as an example of one rich money grabbing pig. Oh, lets not forget multi millionaire Blair and sidekick Brown. Got to hand it to them for filling their own troughs.

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      • 19
        Anonymous says:

        People are paid a fixed salary to work. So why doesn’t MPs get a fixed salary without any expense. Even £65,000 is too much for what they do, lot of MPs (mainly con once) have other jobs and MP jobs are used to get better jobs.

        No more other jobs, no expense, fix salary at £60,000. If they don’t turn up to parliament cut salary.

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      • 30
        Lord Stansted says:

        The rioters attacked the wrong places. Why burn down a carpet shop?

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        • 46
          STuN says:

          +1000

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        • 69
          BURN FILTHY HOSPITALS, BURN NURSING ‘DEGREES’ (sic), - Train Nurses to NURSE, WASH FILTHY HANDS! says:

          JUST FUCKING DO IT! – and while you’re at it rid us of the load of overpaid fat useless besuited label wearing NHS Twats – so they can be returned if found wandering!

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    • 6
      Joss Ayinglike says:

      No wonder these people are so fucking arrogant. You just need to look at people like Huhne to know that they believe they are above the law.

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      • 16
        Pleb Watch says:

        Reading about her court appearance The ex Mrs Huhne has a mouth that is as foul as Mrs Bercow’s.

        What is it with these Westminster elite that they think going around F ing and Blinding is OK?

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        • 18
          Butch Dave says:

          Fuck off!

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          • The savant10.4 highway patrol says:

            No

            I think your actual words in the Commons PMQ s last week , Wavy, were:

            WHY DON’T YOU JUST ……. fuck off

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        • 28
          hank the cat says:

          Mr Squeaker Bercow should be arrested for being seen in public with an offensive wife.

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          • BURN FILTHY HOSPITALS, BURN NURSING ‘DEGREES’ (sic), - Train Nurses to NURSE, WASH FILTHY HANDS! says:

            No need to arrest – waste too much time / form filling

            just string both by their ankles from lamp posts and . . . . .

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    • 13
      same old same old says:

      Nothing has changed has it.

      I will not believe Parliament has been cleaned up until Vaz is in prison and Dave has had to repay all the mortgage payments on his Cotswolds mansion.

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      • 27
        Lord Stansted says:

        +1

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      • 50
        Reality says:

        That Cameron, who is a multi-millionaire with a multi-millionaire wife, actually claimed for a mortgage on public expenses. Displays an illuminating indication of just how obscenely arrogant and greedy these people are and how utterly contemptuous they are, of the people they are supposed to represent.

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        • 60
          Billericay Dickey says:

          So unenlightened.

          All this may be true, but don’t forget that it was Bumsex Dave who gave the British people what they have longed for for decades.

          Haven’t the arsebandits suffered enough?

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    • 43
      Anonymous says:

      What is going on, is what has been going on for ages.

      Anywhere there is an ability of public funded person to take an “advantage”, they set up a watchdog/standards-Authority/ombudsman/commissioner.

      The rules are that all complaints go through this body. The courts frown (no they are plain rude) if you bypass the gate keepers. It is even written in the CPR. The gate keepers task is to delay and frustrate any investigation. The absolute delay limit on Judicial review is shorter than their target resolution time. Real issues are made to last between 6 months and 1 year, Their first task is to inform the corrupt official, and will not honour any promises they make. Why because there is no one watching them. A notable case is the time when the pensions ombudsman ended up in court. That transcript is also a real eye opener and entertaining.

      Dare to compile a record of the “gate keepers” tactics and dishonesty, and they come after you. Never use an Ombudsman or any of the gate keepers. Publish it first.

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    • 65
      Anonymous says:

      Two arrested in care home paedophile ring.Some prominent Tory politicians and other high profile individuals are thought to be involved.

      http://news.sky.com/story/1048282/care-home-paedophile-ring-two-men-arrested

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  2. 2
    Peter Grimes says:

    I for one am not surprised. The number of troughers who have recently changed their thieving is pretty clear.
    More sunlight please.

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    • 101
      T'Old Fella says:

      Guido you are 2 weeks behind IPSA oh dear. Most of the little darlings are at it, anyone who does not do the same is not one of the chaps, and usually avoided by the others. Expenses should be should be classed as allowances thus taxed but the likely hood of that happening is nil.

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  3. 3
    Popeye says:

    Referendum…get out of Europe then sack the lot of them, they are just troughing scum living off the backs of taxpayers.

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  4. 4
    skippy says:

    what fuckers these fucking fucks are!

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  5. 7
    Terrible But True says:

    Totally bent public sector oversight entities in fact dedicated to getting totally bent public servants of the hook.

    Are they going to be renamed a Trust soon?

    Questions being asked, certain powers never getting held to account still.

    Time for Paul Mason to actually leave the planet soon to avoid contact with the studio.

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  6. 8
    None of the above V2 says:

    Asked why a group of great white sharks didn’t attack a MP who fell in the water, the main shark simply replied …

    “Professional courtesy”

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  7. 10
    Gilbert Fiddler says:

    This is utterly disgraceful.

    Lets hope that the outcome will harden the resolution to imprison Huhne for a much longer period, because the public just do not deserve this behaviour.

    It is also probably illegal.

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    • 99
      Anonymous says:

      With his wealth the length of the imprisonment is not crucial to his comfort;his money will buy him a life of riley.
      He will still benefit from the income he receives from the properties he rents out plus the money he gets from the Chiltern Hundreds for resigning as an mp.

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  9. 15
    Trouts in the Snough says:

    Well, if you can´t beat them , join them.

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  10. 17
    Labour says:

    We’ve never heard of Stafford Hospital. We don’t know what that is. It has nothing to do with us. We weren’t in power. We weren’t in the country between 1997 and 2010. We don’t have any comment to make.

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    • 24
      (I don't need no doctor) says:

      Labour also know nothing about a person called Andy Burnham.
      Also the BBC have no knowledge of labour being in power when the incidents at Stafford occurred. The BBC therefore draw the conclusion that it is the fault of the tories.

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      • 35
        An ordinary voter as seen by the BBC says:

        ya, right. The Torries. Ye can’t trust them. THE TORRIES!!!!!!!!

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        • 45
          David Cameron EUSSR lickspittle and snake oil salesman says:

          The Tories should not be confused with the EUSSR loving public schoolboy quizlings currently in Government.

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        • 57
          Terrible But True says:

          Maybe what’s needed at the BBC is to get folk… actors… to play sources… making claims that it was the Tory cuts and not incompetent management and oversight under Labour’s watch that is ALL to blame… to restore trust.

          Trust being all that’s needed to make this go away.

          Works a charm.

          You are all feeling sleepy…sleepy…

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  11. 20
    Wo dunnit? Dial S 4 Schofield says:

    “Some prominent Tory politicians and other high-profile individuals are thought to be involved, said Brunt.

    The arrests were made as part of Operation Fernbridge, which was launched after concerns were raised by MP Tom Watson.”

    http://news.sky.com/story/1048282/care-home-paedophile-ring-two-men-arrested

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  12. 21
    Wo dunnit? Dial S 4 Schofield says:

    Modbot test

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      Wo dunnit? Dial S 4 Schofield says:

      “Some prominent Tory politicians and other high-profile individuals are thought to be involved, said Br unt.

      The arrests were made as part of Operation Fernbridge, which was launched after concerns were raised by MP To m Wat son.”

      http://tinyurl.com/aw9l3bl

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      • 35
        Leo Britain says:

        I’m emigrating. Toot toot!

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      • 48
        Billericay Dickey says:

        As ever, great timing by Bumsex Dave.

        5 February 2013 – vote for gay marriage

        6 February 2013 – start of arrests of (mainly) Conservative bumbandits for buggering vulnerable children.

        Meanwhile – Stafford Hospital.

        Cameron has to be one of the most clueless cun*ts ever.

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  13. 22
    Jokeline says:

    Q: Why did God invent MPs?
    A: So that time share salesmen would have someone to look down on.

    Q: What’s the difference between a jellyfish and a MP?
    A: One’s a spineless, poisonous blob. The other is a form of sea life.

    Q: What’s the difference between a MP and a leech?
    A: After you die, a leech stops sucking your blood.

    Q: How does a MP sleep?
    A: First he lies on one side, then he lies on the other.

    Q: What do dinosaurs and decent MPs have in common?
    A: They’re both extinct.

    Q: What do you call 650 MPs buried up to their chins in cement?
    A: Not enough cement.

    Q: What does a MP get when you give him Viagra?
    A: Taller

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    • 38
      Stop trying to rewrite history says:

      What do you call a bunch of spineless c-unts who fell in line and voted for an illegal invasion, PFI, 10p increase in pensions, ID cards and light touch banking regulations?

      Labour MPs.

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    • 38
      Simon Cowell says:

      Dear Chinese censoring Dave Cee tories Britland

      DO NOT GIVE UP YOUR DAY JOB (IF YOU HAVE ONE)

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  14. 23
    P C Knacker says:

    That sounds to me a bit like :

    a) aiding and abetting

    or

    b) perverting the course of justice.

    GOTCHA

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    • 63
      Reality says:

      If only the police would arrest the right thieves. You never know, people might even start to respect the law again.

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      • 80
        Bollocks to getting a pseudonym says:

        No plod who wants promotion is going to start feeling collars in Wastemonster or Shitehall. No senior police officer is going to jeopardise their xchance of a knighthood/damehood/OBE.

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      • 83
        Anonymous says:

        When a police officer refuses to make contact, after being contacted many times using all possible means, you know they are being selective about the evidence.

        The officer even agreed he saw the problem also, but after contact with the higher ranks, he would not, or could not, look at the actual evidence. Without this evidence the case went ahead. I went to watch them testify, as they skirted around the issue.

        The police officers are generally fine, it is their masters that are the problem.

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  16. 29
    David Camoron EUSSR lickspittle and snake oil salesman says:

    Anyone know if Andy Burham is doing any interviews today on the Mid Staff death camp scandal ?

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    • 37
      hank the cat says:

      No he is hiding, the CEO of Staffs hospital at the time of this debacle walked away with a massive golden handshake, he has also been to ill for the inquiry to interview him, pulled the maragaret Moran defense

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      • 41
        Time to move on , nothing to see here says:

        The incompetent fucks who make up these quangos are usually graduates from the “Bull baffles brain” school of impressive interview techniques. Wankers !

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  17. 31
    Time to move on , nothing to see here says:

    The Nazis at Nuremberg may have got away with it if they had used the “lessons have been learned” defence .

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  18. 32
    The Blind Man, to his deaf daughter, says:

    IPSA are the “good cops,” letting them off with a warning, and not the “bad cops,” banging them up?
    A nod’s as good as a wink, guv.

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    • 47
      Bollocks to getting a pseudonym says:

      The word “Independent” in IPSA has no business being there. No public sector organisation is ever indpendent.

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  19. 33
    A W_G says:

    Yet even with two weeks to think of something, Esther McVey couldn’t come up with a valid reason why she was paying rent to a company that didn’t exist . . . . . it makes me feel so much better about paying my tax bill!

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    • 49
      fangfarrier says:

      She can take her teeth out, for you.

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    • 55
      Billericay Dickey says:

      good for a tit wank though.

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    • 56
      Yeah, Labour have the real babes says:

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      • 74
        Reality says:

        You really are a retard, Nia Griffith is one of the thieves you dimwit.

        “In June 2009 Griffith was named as one of the MPs who had claimed the maximum allowable amount in expenses for food. Following a review of expenses Sir Thomas Legg ordered Griffith to repay £4,099.77 in mortgage interest claims.[10] As a result of the controversy surrounding her clainms Griffith vowed never to eat at the taxpayer’s expense again.[11]

        In June 2010 Griffith had to repay the cost of sending 71 letters having been found to have breached Parliamentary rules on using House of Commons stationery for political purposes. The Department of Resources ruled that the letters, sent out just before the general election, “sought to communicate information about the Labour Party and that its intention was to persuade constituents to vote accordingly for the sitting party member.”. Griffith also apologised for her actions”

        No wonder Labour piss all over you dupes in the valley, you can’t see the toilet pan for the shite.

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  20. 34
    Mrs Wilson says:

    Have you seen this dear?

    John Barton ‏@JohnJohnbarton
    Will @RobWilson_RDG NOW write to @tom_watson to apologise. And, as previously, put the letter in the public domain #fernbridge #arrests

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  21. 40
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    Is anyone surprised that those scumbags in Westwinster are still lying & thieving?

    They are all in it together.

    Vote UKIP – destroy the Lib / Lab / Con cabal of crooks.

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    • 44

      Sandra dear, UKIP’s record on troughing is pretty poor.
      If they ever do get some MPs expect them to enjoy the very best money grabbing illegal payments money can buy.

      Its how the system works. And they’ll be part of the system.

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  22. 42
    Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    MPs expenses you say.

    You have a fancy list of names below on this Board .

    I have taken two out of the hat .

    ROSIE COOPER LANCS WEST

    HENRY SMITH CRAWLEY

    Let us have a random Taxpayer audit.

    Go for it Guido !

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    • 54
      STuN says:

      +1000 Well said Yvonne, there should be a monthly audit, MP chosen at random, a bit like the lottery but not hosted by an orange poof.

      How about it Guido? more fun than the caption competition eh

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  23. 53
    Seth the pig farmer says:

    I am sure IPSA has documented policies and procedures on handling FOI requests and i would be surprised if tipping off MP’s is part of them.

    Another FOI request on FOI processes, followed by an official confimation or denial on tip offs and then all that is needed is to drop the “I” and rename it the parlimentary cover up agency.

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  24. 59
    Where are Tony Blair's expenses says:

    This is just more evidence that our ruling classes ( not just politicians)are above the law

    * BBC The Saville cover up

    * BBC Lord MacAlpine

    * BBC Climate change lies

    * Bankers PFI, LIBOR fixing, interest rate swaps

    * Police Hillsborough

    * Police Phone hacking cover up.

    * Police Andrew Mitchell conspiracy

    * MPs Vaz, Hodge, Burnham, Huhne,Uddin, Bercow, Brown, Blair – the list is just endless

    * NHS – Stafford Health Trust

    The middle classes need to take to the barracades and join the rioters

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    • 66
      Richard the Lionheart. says:

      Don’t forget Thacker in Rotherham.

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      • 70
        Where are Tony Blair's expenses says:

        The list is endless, please add more examples as you think appropriate

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        • 76
          Revd. (£rd Fucking Way) Phoney B£iar, sanctimonious git and £iar, emoting and wiv stupid grin says:

          Hi !!! and Hullo !!!! My expenses? . .. sorry to bore you, but as I’ve said before – sorry to say I mislaid them – I was so busy wiv running the country and doing what is Right that I feel in my heart – I mislaid them. I reckon the cleaner put them in the macerator – or Big Al’s mouth for short!

          Remember you voted for me? – so …. Please …. no more questions or I’ll have to ask Cherry Pie for an in junction thingy order.

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        • 96
          VERITAS says:

          Check out the three who represent the Sunderland Constitiuencys massive claims two of them employ their relatives one rents from a retired MP and the three of them havnt a brain between them.They all have big majorities because Sunderland is a city with the highest proportion of benefit claimants in the country Vote Labour keep the benefits rolling in welcome to GB 2013!

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      • 75
        STuN says:

        Or Greg Mullholand Lib Leeds Expenses in excess of £200,000.00

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  25. 62
    albacore says:

    Ooooooh! What a bombshell and so very unexpected
    Don’t only honourable members get elected?
    Pure as driven slush and real dedicated, they are
    Dedicated to stuffing us and the cookie jar

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  26. 67
    Vote UKIP says:

    Thousands of people murdered by the NHS and nobody sacked, let alone prosecuted. This could only happen in the grubby public sector.

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  27. 81
    Mary Whitehouse says:

    What we need is MPs to be accountable for there actions , they hide behind ” I’m fire proof because I was voted in by the public therefore I am not responsible for my actions” And the public have got to stop voting the same way because there father voted that way . Read the manifestos and then decide you dumb idiots. Party politics is dead and must end , every vote should be free and not whipped .

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  28. 82
    Ed the fed says:

    Isn’t it standard procedure for any organisation to consult with individuals about whom information is going to be released to ensure that said information is correct and to ask for any objections – such as those that were registered by several MPs when IPSA disclosed the names of landlords on the basis that doing so would enable people to identify their address.

    Try a bit harder.

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  29. 85
    Lawyer says:

    Guido, ipsa has a legal obligation under data protection legislation to inform MPs when releasing FoI… There’s no story here. Well done on Huhne but my oh my.

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  30. 86
    Dave "I love the NHS" Cameron says:

    That Rosie Cooper MP for Lancs West has saddled us taxpayers with a bill for £604.20 for legal expenses insurance .

    I never knew such insurance was compulsory .

    She has also claimed £2180.18p for “travel”

    £1160.30 has been spent on rail fares . As she is from Lancashire this might seem reasonable . However she spoils her copy book by claiming £598.58p from us for her “own vehicle” plus £199 for “parking” .

    Perhaps when she comes off the train she should take to the Tube !

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    • 95
      VERITAS says:

      No because shes a fat ugly bastard about 20st overweight and as thick as a bulls lug no use to man or beast.

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  31. 88
    Christmas Turkey says:

    IPSA was set up as a fig-leaf in the first place.

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  32. 89
    Vazoline says:

    This is disgraceful and I want a full explanation. There is no place for any dishonesty in the House of Commons.

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  33. 90
    Jacque Smith, McNulty, MacKay, Killbride, Blears, Brown says:

    Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!!!!

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  34. 92
    Geordieboy says:

    IPSA probably taking backhanders from fiddling MPs’

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  35. 93
    Sir Klit Taurus says:

    Should not an FOI request be held confidential by the public authority to which the request has made?
    In future I shall mark my FOI requests “Confidential”.

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  36. 94
    VERITAS says:

    Ian Kennedy is as much use as a chocolate fireguard he should be sacked,here we are 5 years on form the scandal and they are still at it the whole of the HOC is corrupt.

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  37. 97
    Anonymous says:

    What are the Conservatives hiding with their infatuation over gay marraige?
    Could it be the fact that the EU is lacking competence in the areas of Agricultural and Fisheries Policies and is in breach of its own policies on public health and citizens employment rights as defined under the Lisbon treaty?

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  38. 102
    inside- out says:

    They are all in it together,civil servants,MP’s none them have a proper job.They are all troughers at the same swill bin.Most MP’s,civil servants do not have a clue about the real world of employment.They think they are a different breed,put on this earth to rule over us plebs who finance them.The time is fast coming when we should disavow them of that notion.We could start by private prosecutions for fraud,over fiddled expenses.A few more joining Huhne for porridge breakfasts might concentrate the minds.

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  39. 106

    Good Lord Guido! You sound surprised. But like any group, family, or close-knit institution they protect their own against all outsiders (i.e. Voters)

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