January 16th, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Tory MP Claims Rent For Same Address Twice
Expenses Money Paid to Family of Donor

James Gray is the Tory MP for North Wiltshire. Readers may remember his crowning career achievement of cheating on his cancer-stricken wife with a married woman.

Now a Guido investigation can reveal that Gray double claims on the rent for his constituency office and constituency accommodation, separately charging the taxpayer thousands of pounds for each despite them being at the same address.

Gray claims £4,800-a-year in expenses for his constituency office rent. His constituency office address listed on the official parliament website, shown above, is that of his local Conservative association. Guido phoned the number given, and indeed the person who answered was sitting in the Tory association office. Yet IPSA records show Gray is claiming constituency office rent expenses for a separate address.

Guido’s investigation has discovered that Gray separately claims both constituency office and accommodation rent expenses for the same Wiltshire address: Ganbrook Farm. He claims a further £13,474-a-year for his accommodation, also charging the taxpayer up to £35,000-a-year to employ his new wife Philippa as his diary secretary on the farm they live in together. Yet if you call his listed constituency office number to book an appointment, the phone rings in a building miles away. Gray therefore appears to be doubling up on his rent expenses for his home and office, a ruse last tried by Denis MacShane.

IPSA rental arrangement files show that the landlord of the property is the “Andrews Settlement”. Guido has learned that the Andrews Settlement is the trust for the Neston Park estate, a large local estate controlled by Sir James Henry Fleetwood Fuller, 4th Baronet. Gray has confirmed that Fuller is the recipient of both his office and accommodation expenses, for the same farm. Electoral Commission data reveals that Fuller and his family have donated £1,250 to Gray through his association, and over £20,000 more to the Conservative Party.

Despite the photo evidence, Gray says that his constituency office and accommodation are “entirely separate” properties with separate leases, merely “adjacent” to each other on the same farm. He insists the arrangement is “open, declared… wholly above board [and] absolutely legitimate and honest”. Despite the publicly-listed address and telephone number for his constituency office being the local Tory association, Gray claims they merely “field very occasional calls and forward the tiny amount of post which arrives there”. However you cannot write to him at his real constituency office – for which we pay – because IPSA told us, it is kept private for the “protection of the MP’s security”.

Gray rather amusingly warned Guido: “you might want to be very cautious how you phrase your story.”


148 Comments

  1. 1
    The British media are cunts says:

    Tory scum.

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  2. 2
    Joss Taskin says:

    Why won’t these people EVER learn ?

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    • 7
      Uncle Joe says:

      They need a bullet or two to help them learn.

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      • 18
        Westminster is full of stinking corruption says:

        Hang, draw and quarter a couple of the bastards, and stick the body parts on the HoC railings. That would deter a few of them.

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    • 15
      Westminster is full of stinking corruption says:

      Why should we learn? We can just keep on stealing regardless. The LibLabCon hierarchy are all in it, so have a vested interest in doing nothing to stop us.

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    • 82
      Psyche the Dog says:

      Well constituency offices should be the local MPs stated office and be made to foot the bill, could cause a personal problem for say a Con going to the Liebore const. office or visa versa, another alturnative would be for say a library in a central part of the constituency, be nominated as the constituency office, the MP would not be able to claim the expenses and hire of the room would be paid direct to the council. As to the little matter of flipping houses all mps outside 11/2 hours travelling time should be housed in a block of flats rent free within walking distance of the HoC, if they want to provide their own housing in London, great, let them pay for it no travelling exes paid, for those who live within 11/2 hours of travelling time of the HoC they should live in their constituency, again if they have another home in London, great, but they get no exes for that. All very simplistic I know, but if they cannot behave themselves tough measures need to taken.

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      • 145
        cynic says:

        When they took the job they knew the location of their workplace. Where they live and how they get there is their concern. There’s no need to waste tax-payers money on MP’s . Let their supporters pay for them and their accommodation. The number of applicants far exceeds the number of places available, there’s plenty of people who would take the position for no pay.

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  3. 3
    RED ED - SON OF BROWN says:

    But, but……..2013 was a CWISIS year….
    People starving, living without heating, having to turn to pay-day lenders. Why aren’t people in the UK as miserable as Ed Balls ?

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  4. 4
    Disgusted of Mitcham says:

    The BBC today spinning for all it’s worth pumping out every white pa’edo story they could find on R4 this morning to obviously deflect attention away from the Roma Peterborough 5 pa’edo case yesterday.

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    • 6
      Uncle Joe says:

      Ah, the dark people. We know how to deal with them in Russia!

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    • 23
      Casual Observer 2 says:

      Animal Farm — Two legs good — four legs bad.

      Beeb — Immigrants good — White British bad.

      Simples.

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      • 31
        cheche says:

        Lets be honest, Its not “deflect attention” its COVER UP. So extensive is the BBC attempts to deflect attention in Warrington, Sheffield, Barnsley, Blackpool, Bradford that its cover up.

        What part does the fact that the media will not report it play in encouraging these men to think that will get away with it??????

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      • 70
        Social engineer says:

        “Animal Farm — Two legs good — four legs bad.

        Beeb — Immigrants good — White British bad”

        You left one out…

        Beeb — LBGT good — Straight bad

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      • 106
        Peter Mandelscum says:

        Where did this MORONIC word “simples” come from? The only ones who’re simple are the idiots who use it.

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    • 52
      John Bellingham says:

      I have been following the progress of this. The Phillipines pa’edo story was actually published in the Guardian and elsewhere last November. The main character was arrested in March 2012 and convicted in November 2013. Although the “new” story seems to emanate from the Child Protection agency as of yesterday, it appears to contain nothing new from previous reports. Interestingly the Police force in the UK who led the local investigation is Northamptonshire constabulary–the same one that let the Peterborough Roma gang to operate for so long.
      Someone is good at playing the internet game here. As of 6.00pm on 15th (yesterday) when the BBC led with the item on the main TV news bulletin, Google threw up two references–the BBC website and the Child Protection Agency. By 6.00am on 16th (today) there were hundreds of repeats as the press release was picked up by newspapers world-wide, so much that the original story is now hard to find–but it is still there.
      Herr Goebbels and Winston Smith would have been proud of this coup!

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    • 65
      Tax Slave says:

      The propaganda and bias is relentless now. BBC Toady R4 is an enemy broadcaster.

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    • 115
      Pick litter for bennies says:

      Listened to BBC Radio4 midnight news last night,Peterborough Roma criminals name mentioned once late into report BUT the names of two defendants (TVand radio)in ongoing trail mentioned 4 times and 6 times respectively.Sometimes the bias is subtle and often not.

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  5. 8
    OUT DAVE OUT DAVE OUT DAVE OUT says:

    Dave — What are you going to do about this latest thieving cnut?

    Fuck all as usual — you weak bastard.

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    • 32
      David Cameron's limping spin machine says:

      Look, I am weaker than diabetic piss, lessons will be learned, that’s cast iron guarantee for the next government if I win 2015, what else can I say other than I will be working on this with our European partners.

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  6. 10
    civil engineering plant says:

    What a truly hateful individual. I don’t want to lower myself to his level, but I honestly hope he gets a life threatening disease and his current lover fucks off with the gardener (who is prolly paid for by us as well).

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  7. 11
    General Pinochet says:

    Back in Chile, in the good old days, he would have disappeared along with his expenses. He’s starting to make me look good…………………..

    Viva UKIP!

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  8. 12
    Nick Clegg, man of his word says:

    Cameron needs to show bottle and actually do something concrete. The electorate are fed up of hearing simply soundbites and rhetoric.

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    • 27
      M­a­q­bo­ul says:

      Like blocking all blog websites so we don’t have to hear these cautiously phrased stories….

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  9. 14
    Deselect his troughing arse says:

    Scumbag. As Bìlly Blowjob used to say, hang him!

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  10. 17
    Bilda Berger says:

    One of his neighbours in Forest Gate is a business called “Brian’s Well Hung Garage Doors”.

    Just thought you’d like to know that :-)

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  11. 20
    cheche says:

    Its a good job on third of the license fee goes to pay for the pensions of the BBC staff, think what they could do if they could use all the money for propaganda purposes

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    • 24
      Paniagua V5.1 says:

      And of course the rest of the Pension pot is topped up by ramming the green agenda down everyones fucking throat while simultaneously investing in green initiatives that benefit from the media attention.

      COTHO’s

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  12. 21
    Ron Barras says:

    Another scummer.

    Line him up the crosshairs Guido and pick him off.

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  13. 22
    G. Rey's mum says:

    this pillar of society has:
    1. claimed for remembrance day wreaths out of public funds
    2. claimed £2000 to decorate his 2nd pigsty – the day he moved out
    3. been accused of racism
    4. supposedly taken photos of wounded soldiers and retained the photos, when told not to
    5. left his cancer stricken wife for another woman

    Hmmmm – sounds like a typical tory to me!

    North Wiltshire you know what to do in 2015. Order of the Boot!

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  14. 25
    P l e b says:

    Will Plod investigate? Will he go to jail?

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  15. 26
    Casual Observer 5 says:

    The other building might be legally separated but that is going to be a tough one to sell to the public. Perhaps ‘Earl’ Gray needs to have cup of global warming Kool aid.

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  16. 28
    Robert Gates says:

    UK military becoming unviable as a fighting force

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    • 36
      M­a­q­bo­ul says:

      MOD Procurement department still as big as ever. Unfortunately all those pen pushers have nobody left to buy for.

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    • 48
      Sanity check says:

      Blame the banksters Mr Gates, blame the banksters.

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    • 60
      albacore says:

      Parliamentarians fiddling their expenses
      Means sod all while they degrade the nation’s defences
      Hanged for stealing a sheep, not tampering with a lamb
      Would be their fate – if only the nation gave a damn

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    • 105
      FTFofff says:

      Good! There is no enemy likely to invade. The military would only carry on being used to die for the Chosen Race in distant countries that are not threat to GB.

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  17. 30
    Tin foil top hat says:

    Why is there an article about gay people every day on the BBC new website?

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  18. 33
    M­a­q­bo­ul says:

    By the time the IPSA investigators arrive there will be a big white line painted through the barn with a yard brush, one side marked “office”, the other “accommodation”.

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    • 69

      One can imagine an expense claim submitted for that task, as well.

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      • 77
        Casual Observer 5 says:

        May be the first time that Whitewash has been claimed on expenses to cover up an expenses fraud.

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        • 101

          Grateful for your remark last night.

          I also see a raising in the level of skill in interpretive judgement happening – exactly because of the net.

          Your experience is similar to mine but we manage most of the time to answer the necessary question Do I trust this or not?

          Suggest we are witnessing evolution at work here. Darwin is right, yet again! :-)

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  19. 35
    BBC says:

    If we can stop the hideously white folk popping out sprogs, to keep some space for our enriching brethren then we will.

    If that involves us pushing the gay agenda at the same time as the Government putting estrogen in the water supplies then so be it.

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  20. 42

    Only twice?

    What a model of rectitude.

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  21. 45
    von Hagens. says:

    Vould you like me to plasticise der arschloch?

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  22. 46
    Anon says:

    Simple question: can he find a cheaper solution?

    If yes then he should adopt it right away otherwise he’s a troughing tea leaf.

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    • 61
      Casual Observer 5 says:

      Looks like the fraud has been committed so he is a troughingNtea leaf. Might wriggle on the hook a bit but should be dealt with the same way as Macshane eventually was.

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    • 78
      M­a­q­bo­ul says:

      He has found the cheaper solution – single premises serving two functions – the issue seems to be that he is trousering the saving rather than passing it back to the tax payer.

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  23. 56
    Cynic2 says:

    Do we pay to clean the swimming pool at the constituency accommodation as well? Its a rather fine Wiltshire farmhouse that’s listed on Google so you can just zoom in for a view

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  24. 67
    Wanker Alert says:

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  25. 68
    sunderland is a labour ghetto that why its shyte says:

    Gray has been a wrongun from the day he was elected total trougher.

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  26. 72
    sunderland is a labour ghetto that why its shyte says:

    These fuckers will never learn and neither do we for letting them get away with it.

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  27. 74
    David Cameron supports the r'ape of English kids by Roma says:

    Why else would he be so keen to let them in ?

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  28. 79
    Jack Ketch says:

    2010 election
    Conservative James Gray 25,114
    Liberal Democrat Mike Evemy 17,631
    Labour Jason Hughes 3,239
    UKIP Charles Bennett 1,908
    Green Philip Chamberlain 599
    Independent Philip Allnatt 208
    Majority 7,483
    Turnout 48,699 73.4%

    Pretty safe seat–unfortunately.

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  29. 81
    Justice will be done says:

    What’s the difference between this guy and Dennis MacShame?

    Time

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  30. 88
    Pointless says:

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  31. 89
    RomaBob.... Beeg Issue, Beeg Issue! says:

    Chop off ‘is knob, the knob!

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  32. 103
    Igas Fracking corp Whitney Oxfordshire says:

    Hack his hands and feet off , disembowel him , hang the fucker on a chain , pour petrol over him and set fire to the troughing fucker
    The same treatment should befall All public servants who betray the trust put in them and steal taxpayers money
    Fucking low life scum !

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  33. 108

    Reblogged this on maltbyblogger and commented:
    As one of the commenters on this says – seems very similar to Dennis Macshame and look what happened to him. Became partner to Vicky Pryce … and got locked up.

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    • 116
      Airey Belvoir says:

      McShame was never touched for the garage fiddle itself, it was the forged invoices that got him.

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  34. 109
    Border Terrier says:

    We Tories know the man’s a shit, but our good ladies like to vote for good looking shits at selection meetings. The Jeffrey Archer syndrome.

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  35. 111
    Excalibur on hols down under says:

    Here in 46 degrees, nice, err that’s Celsius folks!

    Lead stories…bush fires, hotness, tennis, philly pae’does, Egy’pt muzzies fucked and Syr’ia big bennies pot led by baroness am’os of the enrichment. This causes your sword some concern… Does our previous one billion count in the new pot or has that just gone.

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  36. 112
    ex Tory Voter says:

    Perhaps we should all phone that number.

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  37. 113
    Excalibur on hols down under says:

    Also… Aussie navy shooting leaky asy’lum boats before towing them out of their waters, that is of course denied.

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  38. 114
    n.a.a.f.i says:

    Never trust a ficker wearing a bow tie.

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    • 122
      Sir James Crudginton-Smythe says:

      “Never trust a ficker wearing a bow tie.”

      Excuse me, as a leading gynecologist I can assure you that sometimes there are trustworthy persons wearing them for very good reasons. Saves a fortune in tie dry cleaning bills!

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  39. 119
    John Lyon CB - World Famous For Doing Nowt During A Well Paid 4 Day Week says:

    I did tell you all that it would be business as usual, adding an I to an acronym will not changes years of carefully managed pocket lining.

    That’s my girl! Peerage and 300 British quids a day for doing nothing, coming your way in due course!

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  40. 120
    Phil from Pentonville says:

    What a bastard!

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  41. 121
    Yvonne from the Colliers Arms Clydach says:

    My grannie told me never to trust men who wear bow ties.

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  42. 123
    Blimey says:

    “Diary secretary” 35k PA. Nice eh. For the new wife.

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  43. 125
    Stephanie Kinnock Labour's female candidate for Aberavon. says:

    Is this the same turd who claimed Remembrance Day wreaths on his expenses ?

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  44. 129
    carlo gambino says:

    ‘also charging the taxpayer up to £35,000-a-year to employ his new wife Philippa as his diary secretary on the farm’

    Diary secretaries on farms in Wiltshire all on 35 a year then?

    Utterly shameful that Cam the Sham hasn’t cracked down on this lark.

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  45. 134
    Tracey Worthless says:

    Nice little ‘earners like this is why me and me other ‘alf became Tory Members. Trouble is we both have marginals and can’t see it lasting past 2015

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  46. 135
    CYNICAL OLD GIT says:

    WHERE ARE THE FUCKING POLICE ??

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  47. 138
    AJC says:

    Denis MacShane rented his garage as his constituency office. It was not one of the specimen charge at the trial as I recall.

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  48. 139
    Not yet sure there's a story here says:

    Guido,

    You haven’t explained in your piece why you disbelieve his explanation – that there are two properties with different leases at the same address (one his office, the other his constituency home).

    If that’s true, then there doesn’t seem to be any story here at all.

    The rents don’t seem particularly high either.

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  49. 140
    A Maimed Badger says:

    Cameron should remember the Days are rushing past to the next election… without action, much of this will come back to haunt his Campaign, just as the Top Frog has found out, to his cost.

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  50. 142
    nick says:

    Ye from immigrantst another reason why we are all against immigration. Of course Mps live(and charge double) well away from any immigrants, so do not care. easiest way is to show fatbots painting at Heathrow warning immigrants that thi sis what happens to you!!

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  51. 143
    Edinburgh Shitty says:

    These leeches never leatn. Scum!

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  52. 144

    Anuvver super trougher, innit?

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  53. 147
    Anonymous says:

    What a twat!

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