MacKay : “I’ll Pay It All Back”Calling Emergency Meeting in Constituency Next Week

He has sent out a statement to Conservative Party members in his constituency:

Message from Andrew.
11 a.m.
15th May 2009

I wanted you to know immediately that this morning I resigned as David Cameron’s Senior Parliamentary and Political Adviser.

As you can imagine I have been working very closely with David over the expenses issue, and particularly his excellent tough stance, which has gained such approval this week.

Along with senior Shadow Cabinet members, I was among the first to submit my claims and receipts to internal Party examination. This morning, I was told that whilst I had acted on the advice of the Head of the Fees Office and been transparent in submitting annually my designated home and second home addresses, my arrangements would not necessarily pass David’s reasonableness test.

Consequently in a very early morning conversation with David, I submitted my resignation, which I thought was the right way forward.

I am sorry that we have all become embroiled in this expenses row, particularly as I was following advice. I am now traveling up to the Constituency to see as many of you as possible, and will of course be fulfilling engagements tomorrow and on Saturday, as well as campaigning for the European elections.

I have decided to call a public meeting in the Constituency on Friday, 22nd May, so that any constituents who have concerns can put them to me. I will let you have details as soon as this is arranged.

Andrew

rsz_pay-it-backUPDATE : According to numbers collected by Bloomberg, MacKay and his wife Julie Kirkbride have claimed £282,731 since 2001. So that is £141,000 worth of over-claiming. No wonder why Cameron sacked him at sunrise this morning. This is straight forward looting.

+++ Police / Parliamentary Officials Discussing Elliot Morley +++

UPDATE 13.00 : He has referred himself to the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner.  Unfortunately for him the Taxpayers’ Alliance has already referred his case to the police.

+++ Lord Truscott and Lord Taylor To Be Suspended +++

That Balls Injunction Rumour

This blog’s comment threads have been rife with rumours that Ed and Yvette have got an injunction preventing reporting of their financial affairs.  Guido hasn’t had an injunction, nor has anyone he knows received one.  So if the Telegraph is injuncted no one is letting on.  If you know different get in touch.

+++ Andrew MacKay Resigns Over Expenses +++

Sky reporting that Andrew MacKay has resigned as Cameron’s senior adviser over “unacceptable” expense claims.  Andrew MacKay was last seen having a run-in with the police over Damian Green.

UPDATE : MacKay is of course married to Julie Kirkbride MP.  So this could be double interesting…

UPDATE II : MacKay has just described the situation with his expense as an “anomaly” to Andrew Neil on the Daily PoliticsThey are shameless.

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MPs Crying Into Their Subsidised Beers

Guido was on the Commons terrace last night drinking subsidised Guinness.  In the bar were some of the shadiest racketeers in Britain, hanging around for a Finance Bill vote on Bingo (Guido kids you not). In the bar were wannabee Red Rag bloggers Charlie Whelan and Kevin “Make it up” Maguire – they made a swift exit before Guido could say “hello”.  Gordon’s thuggish enforcer and chief whip Nick Brown was holding court like the mafia boss he resembles.  A glum Lembit was literally propping up the bar all night.  Outside on the terrace another disgraced LibDem, Andrew George, was glued to his mobile phone – no doubt still spinning that his daughter “sometimes” stays at his taxpayer financed flat – in reality it is him who sometimes stays there from Monday to Wednesday night and his daughter is there all week.  (If he wants to challenge Guido on this he’ll be sorry).

lovelyGeoff Hoon was glumly sipping his beer, he downed his last pint and did that “I know who you are” stare thing that Labour figures have taken to doing with Guido, before  presumably leaving for the bed we have bought for him.  Rosie Winterton, Phil Woolas and a large gang of Labour cronies all looked pretty miserable.  The low morale of Labour MPs was palpable, the perfect storm of smear and sleaze revelations has broken them.  Guido will drink to that for some time…

Met Police Gearing Up for Investigations

millionaire-mp-logoOn Tuesday Guido saw confirmation that the Metropolitan Police were preparing to make enquiries into MP’s expenses.  Separately the Serious Fraud Office was referring enquiries to the Committee on Public Standards – who as far as Guido knows do not have powers of arrest.

Thieving Eliott MorleyThis situation is so bad that it seems clear to Guido that only prison sentences will satisfy the public.  Politicians have been operating a racket costing the taxpayers millions, stealing from the public purse on a scale that beggars belief.  Labour MP Elliot Morley now claims  he made a mistake.  Morley deliberately lied to the fees office to steal from the taxpayers – he expects us to believe that he forgot he (we) had paid off his mortgage and carried on claiming long afterwards.  That is unbelievable.  He is not the only one who should be prosecuted for theft and fraud.

UPDATE : The Prime Minister is “very concerned” about allegations Elliot Morley claimed £16,000 for a non-existent mortgage.

PMQs All Within the Rules Edition

France Cuts Tax on Booze to Boost Economy

Guido is looking forward to summering at the Maison Secondaire even more this year. France has just cut booze and restaurant sales tax from 19.6% to to 5.5%. Booze taxes are already reasonable in France, this makes going out even […]

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+++ Health Minister Phil Hope to Repay £41,709 +++

phil-hopeHe has been troughing for years and employing his children as well.  The real pressure on him is coming from his local paper which has really got the measure of him.  Expect to see more local papers bringing pressure to […]

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Harman’s Response to Cameron’s Plan is Pathetic

After Dave wowed even Brown nosers like Sir Michael White and Steve Richards with his crackdown on Tory grandees and shadow cabinet troughers, Harman wrote to the chairman of the Member’s Allowance Committee proposing that he should set out a […]

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+++ Blears “I’m Sending a Cheque for £13,332” +++

She says even though she is not liable, but because people are angry, she is going to pay an amount equivalent to the £13,332 capital gains tax she dodged.  Her own decision she says (but she did speak to Gordon).[…]

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