November 14th, 2013

IPSA Confirm Re-Renting Scandal
244 MPs Exposed, Cost to Taxpayer of £3.6 Million

Readers will remember Guido’s preview of the “re-renting” scandal, well today the full figures have been released. The taxpayer has been charged a total of £3,632,220 for 244 constituency office leases where the landlord is a political party. MPs claim expenses for their constituency office rent, then pay the money to their parties. It is taxpayer funding of political parties through the backdoor…


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  1. 1
    EC1 PhD says:

    Maybe taxpayers should fund the lot through the front door too

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      There is no doubt that the politicak class is too expensive. They have ruined our country. says:

      I think a dictatorship would be better. There’s only one choice so getting it right should be easier.

      If that fails then we do have a front line Monarchy to fall back on.

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      When I was a Boy says:

      I grew up in a white Great Britain when John was the most popular British name.
      Now the United Kingdom is mainly black with today, Mohammed the most popular UK name.
      Cultural diversity is good.

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      • 13
        Rubbing the right's nose in it says:

        Weak civilisations wither and are subsumed by the strong.

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        • 16
          David Cameron touched me in my special place says:

          In our case we are being strangled by parasites, like an oak destroyed by ivy. When the host dies, the parasite will go with it.

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    • 10
      anthology of fatuous commercial claims says:

      value for money!

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    • 14
      Sur Nob Skelpoff says:

      Well, maybe parliament should be opened up to ALL taxpayers not just partays who use scammed resources to keep it an exclusive club. Oh, sorry, apart from the soon to binned, there is only one genuine independent MP.

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        cynic says:

        Do we really need politicians? People could be chosen by lot, for a single term of parliament, as for jury service. When in parliament they could argue with each other and let shifts in public opinion come to the surface. There’s no real need for a class of political parasites.

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  2. 2
    h67 says:

    CORRUPT SCUM! Get the pianowire ready.

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    • 6
      LibLabConners stealing taxpayers money AGAIN says:

      We’re all ready. Westminster lamp posts.

      P.S. Shall we just hang them normally, or go for the inverted pose Mussolini and Clara style?

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      • 22
        cynic says:

        This class of scum appears to be immortal. If one lot died, they’d immediately be replaced by others very similar. No doubt they’d even attempt to claim the costs of the piano wire and lampposts on their expenses.

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  3. 3
    Mustapha Djinn says:

    As Pope Francis preached the other day – tie them to rocks and throw them in the sea.

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    Government releases plans for the Hs2 rolling stock says:

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      Sur Nob Skelpoff says:

      Nahhh, it’s not like Cameron at all because that metal train actually has more sympathy for those who didn’t go Eton,

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  5. 9

    Guido. Can you publish the full list so’s we can create a fuss locally if our MP is involved?

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    Never believe anything you find on Google (or anywhere else on-line) says:

    The bigger question is whether this gives better value for money and improves the service that MPs provide to those who voted for them than paying a private landlord for an office which never has anyone there: with all the duplicated coats and waste entailed.

    This is whipping up a storm in a Westminster Village tooth mug, divorced from a real world where voters expect their MP to work with local councillors and party volunteers to respond to their complaints about “them” (Whitehall, Townhall, Hospital, Social Services etc. etc.) at the same time as lobbying (yet lobbying) for local (as opposed to some-one else’s) interrsts.

    I know this blog is about Westminster tittle tattle but I do get bored with some of failure to think about the consequences of the role overload (national policy formation and scrutiny at the same time as acting as constituency ombudsman) imposed on UK MPs and their staff (compared to thsoe in other nations).

    Do readers we really want to restore a functioning democracy in which the overwheening power of the state can be held to account?

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    john77 says:

    If the rent is fairly calculated as a pro-rata share of the rent the local party pays then is above-board and a common-sense solution to the (variable) amount of work that arises from letters to the MP that should have gone to the local councillor as they relate solely to the actions or inactions of the local council’s employees.

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  8. 19
    Watt Tyler says:

    MPs are expected to look after their constituents – whoever they voted for – not just their own supporters. For this they need an office, and it is entirely reasonable for this to be funded by the taxpayer.

    MPs also conduct party business and campaigning in their constituency for which they need an office. This should be funded by their party.

    There is no reason whatsoever why these offices cannot be one and the same, provided that the costs are split equitably between the party and the taxpayer.

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    Sacked Tory (cos wife supported UKIP!) says:

    Thank Goodness for a bit of “informed” argument from the last three posts.

    I’ve not much time nowadays for the current Tory hierarchy in Romsey BUT the MP does certainly have her office and staffing claimed for correctly. She is in fact getting the local Working Men’s Club subsidising her – and very few of them are fully paid up Tories.

    So it’s them who should be aggrieved and not you Guido! Take her off you list please!

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