May 1st, 2013

MPs Ask For More Staffing Expenses Despite 25% Increase

As Guido reported in his Sun column at the weekend, greedy MPs are asking for even more of our money in expenses cash despite having their staffing budget raised by an unbelievable inflation busting 25% last year. In emails seen by Guido, piggy MPs claim that dealing with an increased number of problems due to cuts to local public advice services means they should be entitled to yet another “substantial” increase. They have been told where to go in no uncertain terms by the clearly unimpressed Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority:

“MPs will be aware that, following a comprehensive review and consultation, we increased the staffing budget by up to 25% in 2012-13. In the current economic climate, we consider this already substantial budget (£144,000 for London Area MPs and £137,200 for Non-London Area MPs) to be at the limit of what we, as a publicly funded body, are able to provide to MPs.”

They have some nerve…


  1. 1
    Bill Roache says:

    wasn’t me guv

  2. 2
    H@rry Webb says:

    wasn’t me guv

  3. 3
    Jack the Ripper says:

    wasn’t me guv

  4. 4
    Ed Balls MP says:

    wasn’t me guv

    Ed Balls

  5. 5
    Ken Barlow's mate says:

  6. 6
    Flash Back says:

    Looks like it’s going to be squeaky bum time for Dan. :-)

    Wonder if he has forgotten about this tweet?

  7. 7
    Anonymous says:

    William Hague – the 14 pints of Beer a day man, and lover of inappropriate Baseball caps, who managed to get 30% in a GE while single handedly saving the £ from no threat what so ever – is calling someone else Clown Like


  8. 8

    Cut their budgets!

    And cut their goolies, while you are at it!

  9. 9
    smileydog says:

    UKIP have ZERO MPs. Any political party that is panicking about UKIP probably needs their head examining. Loads of parties do well in local or European elections but then do significantly less well in general elections. And that has been UKIP’s pattern for it’s entire existence.

    At the last election, in a huge fanfare of publicity, Farage proclaimed that he would take on the Commons Speaker, John Bercow. Farage got his arse handed to him by the electorate as not only did Bercow beat Farage, but a man dressed as a dolphin beat him. So Farage came third, in a contest with no LibDem or Labour candidates.

    Similarly, at the Eastleigh bye-election, which UKIP trumpet as a huge triumph (despite them not winning it), the Labour and Tory MPs were woefully bad and UKIP got beaten by a more efficient local party machine.

    I don’t doubt that UKIP have gained a fair amount of support, but I think there’s some hype involved as well. The fact remains that UKIP’s popularity in local or European elections hasn’t yet been repeated in general election and until they change that, it seems ludicrous to worry too much about a party with no MPs.

    UKIP are too extreme for me and too extreme for a large proportion of the electorate, in my view. They want less regulation of the financial sector. How can they even be sane and hold that position?

  10. 10
    Raving Loon says:

    Just another small wafer….

  11. 11
    Herman Van Aerial Disease says:

    Did someone say that we had to tighten our belts? Did someone say Austerity? .. it’s ok as long as us proles suffer and the political elite live beyond our means.

    What utter €unts!

    vote UKiP!

  12. 12
    Raving Loon says:

    Because it wasn’t private enterprise which caused the crash. Central banks, inflationary policies and government backed mortgages/housing were to blame.

  13. 13

    £19m will no longer go to South Africa as of 2015.

    A start but there are billions more to save.

  14. 14

    Old rubber johnny head Cameron.
    The other day he was in a Morrison’s warehouse condescending to some more workers at the lower end of the spectrum which is what Osborne was doing the other week too……what is going on exactly with these clueless twerps?
    No, he’s not calling anybody anything, good job too because Tories are a big enough insult with their mouths closed.

  15. 15
    bill says:

    ‘they have some nerve’

    to what? want to pay staff? how outrageous

  16. 16
    Its experience but not as we know it says:

    Helps to pay for all the ‘unpaid interns’ I suppose

  17. 17
    The facts of life says:

    MPs should grow some balls and tell their constituents that they are not extensions of the citizen’s advice bureau or local council.

    Takiing on these “menial” roles because they have not got the guts to tell constituents to go elsewhere is why they need more office expenses.

  18. 18
    Cwispy pants Bwyant says:

    Come on, Ukip !

  19. 19
    Anon...........but Voting UKIP.ORG says:

    Perhaps if a few of the worst culprits of excess expenses
    were fitted with Tyeburn Neck Ties by there adoring electors

    The rest of these para*sites, pim*ps, & lee*ches may just
    be able to focus on what is really important… instead of how
    much more of public funds they can gobble up as they believe
    its there divine right to do & handed down from on high just
    to them…….the thie*ving mendacious manipulators…..

    oink oink oink…………………

  20. 20
    Mother Teresa says:


  21. 21

    The parties aren’t worried about UKIP becoming the new Lib dems. They are worried about the UKIP vote poncing off Labour and Tory vote share and making marginals much harder to control.

    That’s the real scare. Not that UKIP gain a seat or two, but that UKIP prevent a range of winnable seats being lost. That’s very damaging for the political parties.

  22. 22
    Will.socialists.ever.stop.being.hypocrites says:

    Liblabcon – liars, thieves and thugs.

  23. 23
    David Cameron says:

    “I am going to try and show people between now and the next election that a Conservative-only government will be able to act on these things further and faster and get more done in terms of turning our country round in a way that people want.”

    Translation: “If we get rid of those pesky Lib Dems with their annoying objections, we can really send this country to hell in a handbasket at twice the current speed!”

  24. 24

    If you are happy with three political parties all offering the same policies and are happy with the ever increasing deficit (let alone debt) and happy with not being able to deport hate preachers and happy to let the part of the City that makes the largest contribution to our GDP become totally destroyed by the Tobin tax and if you are happy with political correctness prevailing and with public servants behaving like public masters and…(will cut this short as it could go on a long time.)

    If you are happy with all these then good luck to you because you will need it.

  25. 25
  26. 26
    Anonymous says:

    troll value =0

  27. 27
    anon. says:

    Aid to Pakistan has been doubled. Money doesn’t grow on trees so others will miss out.

  28. 28
    Rob says:

    That’s a 25% pay rise for MPs’ wives, daughters, sons, girlfriends and assorted other relatives.

    Trebles all round!

  29. 29
    Will.socialists.ever.stop.being.hypocrites says:

    You gotta wonder if the fruitcakes were saying the same at the time the Labour party was formed. Every party has to start somewhere. What UKIP have lacked in the past has been media attention and momentum from the dawning realisation that the country has been conned for far too long by the failing Liblabcons. Low turnout through disillusion with all three branches of the Liblabcons has left a huge void to fill.

  30. 30
    You'll like this then, Tiddly says:

  31. 31
    Ed Moribund says:

    I’m going to have a good day tomorrow.
    people don’t care how useless I might be in reality. I’ve found promising voters bags and bags of new sweets and toys always guarantees sucess.

  32. 32
    Lord Stansted says:

    It’s amazing the amount of news that guy missing, who’s holed up in that Latin American embassy in London. Can’t remember his name now.

  33. 33
    Lord Stansted says:

    Damaging for the political parties, perhaps, but great for the rest of us. I’m all for anything that kicks sitting politicians. And I’ll say the same if UKIP win a seat.

  34. 34
    Wyle Cop says:

  35. 35
    Lord Stansted says:


  36. 36
    David Minibanana says:


  37. 37
    Wyle Cop says:

    Except that the Overseas Aid budget is “ringfenced” (ugh…) so the lovely Justine will send the money to some other Third World hellhole instead.

    Deckchairs, Titanic…

  38. 38
    Anonymous says:

    “robby johnny head”


  39. 39
    Ron Barras says:

    More public sector waste. How can these MPs be trusted to tackle the deficit if they can’t even save money in Westminster?

  40. 40
    Tachybaptus says:

    What makes you suppose that they could be trusted in any way?

  41. 41
    V1le, vicious Labour ruined my Country says:

    This is an outrage, what are these bloodsucking parasites spending £140,000 on. They could carry out this function for less than half the money by hiring school leavers or the unemployed. The political class should be rounded up and executed, they have no value.

  42. 42
    JohnRS says:

    Why not have a one room, two desk office funded by local council and in the building nearest to centre of each constituency. The MP makes his own way to work, he has one desk, the council provides him with a member of council staff to handle his admin and they sit at the other desk. They cover all his office costs. Cabinet ministers would get a second staffer.

    No office rent bills to be fiddled.
    No office phone bills to be fiddled.
    No wages to be passed to be fiddled.
    No family members being employed.
    No postage to be fiddled.
    No IT support costs to be fiddled.
    No transport costs to be fiddled.

    Get these troughers back into the real world where the rest of us live.

  43. 43
    J.A. says:

    I am waiting for the right time when I will creep out when no-one is watching.

  44. 44
    Debt Addiction says:

    Labour = More Debt

  45. 45
    Tory Boy says:

  46. 46

    But the Indians do need more help with their space programme. It is difficult for poor people to do these things.

    Where is your compassion?

  47. 47
    The Foreign Secretary says:

    I pay mine in kind.

    A little TLC goes a long, long way

  48. 48
    The public says:

    Someone please replace the political class

  49. 49
    Julian Assange says:

    How quick they forget. Wish the Swedish Government would do the same.

  50. 50
    The public says:

    How else are they going to fund their re-election now that the public is refusing to give money to the three main parties?

  51. 51
    The Foreign Secretary says:

    I would.

  52. 52
    Lord Stansted says:

    Have the Indians not got Blue Streak to work yet?

  53. 53
    Penfold says:

    What planet are these fuckwits on.

    Most workers are getting by on nil or 1 – 2 % pay increases, most of which depend on productivity increase.
    Who on earth thinks MP’s deserve anything other than a damn good kicking.

    They’ll be wanting their pensions upgraded next…………

  54. 54
    The public says:

    At present we have a system whereby MPs who lose elections get compensated for it by the taxpayer. That shouldbe reverse. MPs who are kicked out of office should be fined £10000.

  55. 55
    bellender says:

    Bill Roach and Gordon Brown both look like blokes who don’t wipe their bottoms correctly

    This is only usally evident when one catches a whiff of poo when standing in a queue at the motoway services

  56. 56
    Bollocks to getting a pseudonym says:

    They could hire interns, and get the “work” done for free.

  57. 57
    The public says:

    The parties really do not get it. UKIP may be all that stands between them and being strung up in the streets.

  58. 58
    Bollocks to getting a pseudonym says:

    UKIP too extreme? You must be a state employee.

  59. 59

    Everything else is run by the EU, they don’t have anything else to do.

  60. 60
    O'right Guv... Where to? says:

  61. 61
    TV Burp says:

    MP’s demand more stuffing.

  62. 62

    Yes, this. I was just thinking this morning that if it wasn’t for Nigel we could well be on our way to serious violent revolution. Personally, I’m gunning for Brown and Blair. Scottish 5th columnists set out to destroy England.


  63. 63
    Bollocks to getting a pseudonym says:

    And Sachin Tendulkar isn’t far off retirement. Where will the Indians find an adequate replacement for him without HM Government giving them billions in aid?

  64. 64
    bellender says:

    it’s like a game of Top Trumps

    Farage is a card from the Top Trumps – Vintage Racers set mixed in with Top Trumps series 2 Locomotives 522-22

  65. 65
    Greedy B'stard says:

    Or they could hire family & get it done for more.

  66. 66
    Bollocks to getting a pseudonym says:

    The only thing they can tackle is a five-course meal (ten courses in Abbott’s or Pickles’ case). On the public’s tab, natch.

  67. 67
    Two Jags one shag and a fag says:

    That’s what listening to Radio 4 in the morning used to do to me when I drove a Taxi.
    The doctor advised me to give up as I had the worse case of boiled piss syndrome he’d ever seen.
    So I sold the radio and bought an MP3 player.

  68. 68
    Fergie Olver, Canada's "Jimmy Savile," eh? says:

    The whole thing was my wife’s idea. She produced the show, eh?
    Hell, at that time we had a daughter that same age– do you really think I wanted people to think, well, you know, eh?
    Trust me on this one, eh?

  69. 69

    No. Being an MRBM it took off OK on most occasions (the occasional failure happened of course) but when it got to the moon it revved up, thinking its job was to destroy its target, and the astronauts became astronoughts. Damn pesky, these things.

  70. 70

    He will have to change his name to Tencrore.

  71. 71
    yvemaria says:

    Sorry but if you were to ask Your Kids and Wife to Reply to Letter’s from Members of Public it would work out a Lot Cheaper than getting Secretaries to do it .
    Also ask Members of Public to enclose SAE for Reply…….again Saving Postage.

    That way MPs,PrimeMInister and Chancellor’s WAGES Should BE DROPPED and all of them COULD BE PAID A MINIMUM WAGE like EVERYBODY ELSE GET’s.

  72. 72
    Socialsockpuppet says:

    It’s not the size that matters, but the way you flash it around in public.

  73. 73
    Matilda says:

    Could cause a few sparks/mistakes/problems/effups if the council is run by one party while the MP is a member of a different one.

  74. 74
    yvemaria says:

    And as they will ALL only be Working for 10 Day’s until June they SHOULD not Be PAID for the Day’s they are Not Working.
    What’s Good for the GOOSE is as Good for the GANDER,I don’t get Paid for Day’s Off nor for Tea and Lunch Breaks……..These TOFFS still get SUBSIDISED in the H of C For their Meals and Drinks in Bars.and ALL Earn a FORTUNE and Claim Expences too.

  75. 75
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    Only minimum wages, though. I expect they’ll pocket the rest.

  76. 76
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    …and a few bottles of bubbly too!

    All courtesy of the good old taxpayer, eh?!

  77. 77
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    They could share offices and then the running costs could be shared.

    It’s not rocket science, is it.

  78. 78
    Cynical-old-bag says:

    If they don’t get elected they lose their deposit – which we’ve probably paid for through expenses anyway.

    It really is a win-win for them.

  79. 79
    Anonymous says:

    They do use interns or they use relatives as grossly overpaid secretaries to double the family income.

  80. 80
    Anonymous says:

    I think they won’t understand until they get their greedy teeth smashed in with a good bout of austerity.

  81. 81
    Anonymous says:

    Don’t forget that some of these scum are only MPs a small part of the time, the rest they moonlight in other money making schemes.

  82. 82
    Anonymous says:

    You must mean the Chosen Ones, they control far too much.

  83. 83
    Anonymous says:

    MPs yet again prove they are incompetent at management.

  84. 84

    Piggy pants all round.

  85. 85
    Jack the Ripper says:

    MPs need more expenses in order to help them fill out their expenses.

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