October 14th, 2013

Eleanor Laing: the MPs’ MP

Eleanor Laing is the still the front-runner in Deputy-Speaker election. She has public support from Labour’s side; Kevin Barron has written to Labour colleagues calling on them to support Laing and Chris Bryant is sounding out support for her. If Chris is her campaign manager on the Labour side, his own failure to win election to the Shadow Cabinet doesn’t bode too well. After Laing was exposed for not paying capital gains on the £1 million profit she made when she “flipped” her home in the great 2009 expenses scandal, she told Guido she would stand down in 2010. She obviously didn’t.

As for her supporters; Kevin Barron, chairman of the Standards and Privileges Committee which judges MPs’ ethics, sold his taxpayer funded home for a tax-free £500,000 profit, whilst Chris Bryant flipped his ‘second home’ twice in two years at taxpayers expense.

Quite a flippin’ team.

UPDATE: Eleanor Laing called within seconds of this post going up to deny she ever said to Guido that she would stand down. We both agree where and when we had a conversation, she denies saying anything of the sort. Guido’s recollection is different. She also points out that Sir Thomas Legg’s inquiry did not result in her being ordered to make a repayment – because, we both agree, “it was all within the rules”. We’ll leave it at that…


  1. 1
    *yawn* says:

    Any moment now Guido will tell us who he is supporting… Other than Nads, the comedy candidate.


  2. 2
    Flipper says:

    No wonder they are reinflating the housing bubble…all in it together ha ha…I get the feeling that these people are on borrowed time though.


  3. 3
    Margaret Moran says:

    Why is it just me that has to carry the can?

    Oh wait …


  4. 5
    Polly Toynbee says:

    It’s the [INSERT HISTORIC TRAGEDIES HERE FOR POLITICAL POINTSCORING] who are paying for this Tory vandalism.


    • 6
      Ed Davey says:

      I have the answer to stopping population growth. It’s called Green taxes.


      • 20
        Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Ecoloons says:

        It’s also the answer to ridding us of the LibDemon party in 19 months time.

        tick tock,tick tock.

        Remember vote early,vote often,vote UKIP :-)


      • 45
        Let it all hang out says:

        Au contraire Ed, if young couples can’t afford to keep the lights and heating on, there is only one thing they can do to keep warm; and, in the past when there was no telly, cuddling under a nice warm duvet has been been blamed for population growth…


  5. 7
    Britain's Obama says:


  6. 14
    Thick as pig shit says:


  7. 16
    Mehdi Hasan says:

    New idea for wrist bands: ‘What would Owen Jones do?”


  8. 18
    Axe The Telly Tax & Religion & Kill All Ecoloons says:

    She’s just topping up her pay before she loses her seat along with 150 other Tories in 19 months time.

    Tick tock,tick tock.

    Remember vote early,vote often,vote UKIP :-)


    • 30
      Anon E Mouse says:

      Nope she’s in a rock solid seat in rural Essex so she’s safe barring a a self-inflicted disaster. The real reason that she’s got the support is that given her expenses troughing she won’t be in a position to do anything should future ‘incidents’ arise. Effectively the Speaker’s office acts as ‘Union reps’ for MPs nowadays.


  9. 23
    lescrompsblogg says:

    Eleanor Laing #forhardworkingpeople


  10. 31
    Epping Trough Watch says:

    When the expenses scandal broke she refused point blank to explain her behaviour to her constituents, telling the local paper that she ‘always acted in order with her expenses’ and saw ‘no need to hold a public meeting’ with her constituents.

    Instead, she thought we should all be sorry for her: “It’s been a horrible time but most people just want me to carry on in my job as an MP. All I have done was in order.”

    “I’ve been very upset by some of the things that have been said about me, but I’ve also been touched by all the supportive comments I have received.”

    She added that the £25,000 she had pledged to pay back to the fees office would be repaid “within months”.


    • 43
      Liar, liar. pants on fire says:

      “I’ve been very upset by some of the things that have been said about me’

      Babe, you should see the number of voodoo dolls made in your image.


  11. 34
    Observer says:

    Perhaps the electors will stand her down next time.


  12. 35
    Here we go again says:

    Another of the pigs in the trough with no conscience.


  13. 37
    Henry VIII says:

    This is why the death penalty should be brought back, you see.


  14. 44
    Anonymous says:

    Is Mr Speaker sir standing on a box ?


  15. 47
    Sunny Jim says:

    A troughing awd trout…


  16. 48

    Runty Bercow wants her because she’s the only small enough to lick his arse without bending down too low at the trough.


  17. 50
    All the world says:

    she must be a midget cos hes a dwarf


  18. 51
    Penfold says:

    Grubby little oiks, or oinks if you will, with their trotters in the troughs.

    I hope that the great accounting will not be long in the offing………………..

    I always worry whether we have enough rope and lamp posts ;)


  19. 55
    James Slater says:

    For anyone who actually looked into this matter at the time would know Eleanor Laing would never consider resigning when she had done nothing wrong. Quite the opposite, she fought hard to clear her name and transparently show her electorate what had happened. She didn’t just chose to ‘flip’ properties to avoid taxes, she had to move and downsize her primary residence following the end of her marriage after the Mirror uncovered her husband’s affair. She was not only subject to Thomas Legg’s inquiry (which found she had done nothing wrong), but she was also grilled for several hours by constituents, tax experts, legal specialists and others who all agreed that she was entirely innocent and the Prime Minister wrote to her local party members to reaffirm his belief that she had been caught up in the scandal. She felt so bad at what had happened that she then took out a bank loan to make a £25,000 donation to Banardos children’s charity.
    As we have grown to see in all major competitions, the front runners will always be attacked before the final leg of the race, but it is evident that so many MPs from across the House support Eleanor Laing because she is the best candidate. She has experience, class and is prepared to fight for what is right, even when it’s not popular or means taking a stand against her party.


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