November 18th, 2013


Bernard Jenkin, chairman of the Public Administration committee, said of the re-renting scandal:

“There must be no impression that parliamentary expenses are being used as back door funding for political parties.” 

Kicked into action, last week IPSA published a list of MPs that rent off their parties or unions. 

When IPSA was set up former Labour MP Tony Wright was appointed as the only politician to its board, on account of his seemingly clean expenses. So awkward then that Wright spent the better part of two decades renting an office in “Jennie Lee House” in his constituency. The clue is in the name – Lee was the widow of Nye Bevan and the building is owned by Labour. Always good to have an expert nearby! 


  1. 1
    Mr Honest Joe says:

    We’re all at it mate.

  2. 2
    Miss Tress says:

    Didn’t Bevan spread it around somewhat?

  3. 3
    Guy News Room says:

    Following our move to our smart, new office in Covent Garden, we are temporarily unable to retrieve anything left in our dropbox…

  4. 4
    Watt Tyler says:

    I think that this is all cobblers! I don’t support any political party, but do recognise that MPs need somewhere to do their constituency business.

    If the Labour Party provides an office for a Labour MP, you apparently expect them to do it for free. So, if the seat changes hands and the Labour MP is replaced by a Conservative, would you expect the Labour Party to continue to provide the new MP with an office?

    Of course not! So why should they provide one to a Labour MP in which to do his/her constituency (non-party) business? Doesn’t make sense!

  5. 5
    The other woman says:

    And Foot did

  6. 6
    What is so difficult about READING the actual post? says:

    Except it is Not Guido expecting, it is Bernard Jenkin, chairman of the Public Administration committee

    “There must be no impression that parliamentary expenses are being used as back door funding for political parties.”

  7. 7
    The HunchBrown of Notre Dame says:

    Exactly – I rent my constituency office off of my brother. Why not? Someone has to!
    And if the money I pay in rent goes towards funding my own campaign for election, so what?
    And if that rent money actually comes from the taxpayer, then who really cares? Its such a tiny, tiny, tiny sum, that is being used to increase the revenue of poitical parties via the taxpayer.

    Or ‘Suckers!’ as I like to call them.

  8. 8
    Loached says:

    Any Ken Loach fans here?

    A bit of a wanker isn’t he? He’s quite remarkable in one sense. He’s basically made the same film 40 times over. Slightly different location and setting each time, but pretty much the same socialist bollocks in each film.

    Some may not know this but at one time in 90s he directed a couple of McDonald’s commercials. He later put this down to being in dire financial straits and needing the money to survive. At one level, that’s legitimate; at another, it suggests he’s more than willing to abandon his principles when he needs the money. I suppose that IS a true socialist.

  9. 9
    The HunchBrown of Notre Dame says:

    Is this the Gay News site?

  10. 10
    Talk sense boy says:

    If the local party don’t want to have their MP using their facilities then don’t campaign to get the c*nt elected.

  11. 11
    Owen Jones says:

    I have no comment to make about Venezuelan dissidents being locked up, or about Muslim fundamentalists, or North Korea’s communist regime.

    Besides, I’m on my way to another TV studio to collect a nice appearance fee for talking utter shit for 5 minutes, before returning to my desk at The Indy to type up another pile of bollocks for my column.

  12. 12
  13. 13
    Len McCluskey, Leader of Her Majesty's Opposition, Labour: A Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Unite says:

    Lefties of the world unite…

    Behind UNITE!

  14. 14
    Tristram Hunt(Prime Minister Designate) says:

    David Cameron,the lying toerag, told us that he backed Sure Start. He’s got rid of 578 centres

  15. 15
    I fucking hate Labour says:

    Typical. He wastes millions of taxpayers’ money and then at the last minute does a Huhne and admits guilt.

    I hope Macshane gets 40 types of cancer, suffers agony for 10 years, recovers completely, only to then be diagnosed with AIDS.

  16. 16
    I fucking hate Labour says:

    Quiet day at Labour HQ?

  17. 17
    The BBC always reports, "The Government has...Labour said..." says:

    Stop Press!! McShame pleads GUILTY!

  18. 18
    Observer says:

    I’m afraid this definitely calls for the matching Monty Python clip, sorry:

  19. 19
    Genghiz the kahn says:

    Can’t find any references to his party affliation on BBC

    and for some odd reason Sky don’t mention it at all.

    Must have plenty of friends in the media.

  20. 20
    Sir William Wayde says:

    What a shame. Jennie Lee was a member of that extinct species, the honest, working-class leftie.

  21. 21
    Not the head of the BBC says:

    I’m sure you don’t need to report that….

  22. 22
    Airey Belvoir says:

    BBC now reporting that Bulgarian doctors plan to emigrate here in great numbers in January. Good for the NHS maybe, but what about the morality of allowing a poor country to be stripped of badly needed medical staff?

  23. 23
    Danny Nolan says:

    Nice scoop, Guido.

    BBC, with their annual £3.5 billion of public theft per annum, missed that one.

    Mind you, they miss every one. Far easier just sitting in their Salford ‘thinkpads’ and cutting and pasting AP reports.

    I say ‘cutting and pasting’ – I think the official term is ‘news-gathering’.

  24. 24
    Middle Class Mother says:

    They were absolutely brill and all for free. Unfortunately, some of the working class mothers heard about them so we stopped going. And then there weren’t enough attendees to make it work.

  25. 25
    Bulgarian Doctor says:

    Don’t worry, all our patients will be in your country too.

  26. 26

    Bulgarian doctors ,that sounds interesting , many of them will have studied under the communists, their medical knowledge is probably stuck in about 1946!

  27. 27
    Danny Nolan says:

    I think Watt posts the same ‘(I pretend I) can’t see what’s wrong with this’ lie every time Guido posts on this.

    Some of these ‘offices’ would not otherwise be able to be offered commercially and certainly not ‘at the market rate’.

    Course the pretrendy left don’t really understand the concept of the market.

  28. 28
    Londinistan Labor Diversity supporter says:

    Mr Fawkes

    It do as we say NOT as we do…….

    after all when have you ever heard anything like this on our BBC

    except when it involves those nasty Tories……who will never change

  29. 29
    ancientpopeye says:

    There’s squeaky clean and then there’s Squeaky Clean, not the Wright description for him either?

  30. 30
    Nmj says:

    Not a fan, then?

  31. 31
    Chilean Red says:

    What a bourgeois comment. Off to D wing with him.

  32. 32
    Baldrick's burger bar says:

    He’ll probably be covered by BUPA, so no point in sending him to Staffs general.

  33. 33
    Bulgarian medical English speaking expert says:

    Periscope, telescope, endoscope. Take your pick

  34. 34
    Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

    Nye Bevan’s International Socialist treatment rationing system killed almost as many British people as National Socialism.

  35. 35
    Carry Hole is a porcine homunculus says:

    Staphs General.

  36. 36
    Anonymous says:

    And what about the morality of subjecting english speaking Brits to poorly spoken & difficult to understand medics in our hospitals?

  37. 37

    High fix costs, low variable costs providing incremental investment revenue. Taxpayer helping to fund political parties. The politicians wrote the rules, they stick to ‘em too.

  38. 38
    BA(Open) says:

    The library on the Open University campus in Milton Keynes was named after Jennie Lee.

  39. 39
    steve p says:

    So long as the rent is a fair rent I can’t see any objection.

  40. 40
    jay p says:

    I think Guido needs to prove his claim that the building is owned by the Labour Party. Think he’ll find it isn’t may want to look at his allegation again

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