Sacked Boris Aide Lunched His Mistress on Expenses

Andrew Gilligan and Paul Waugh have been digging into Ian Clement’s expense claims for restaurant meals charged to the public purse on a City Hall credit card. It appears he was taking out his mistress

+++ Jim Devine MP Referred to Met Police +++

little porkbusterHopefully Jim will have got his story straight by the time they ask him to explain the fake invoice from a fake company with a fake VAT number.  He has given the Scottish press various explanations involving pubs and cash.  That should work Jim…  Not.

+++ Shahid Malik Being Investigated +++

Malik Reported to Parliamentary Standards Commissioner
Standards Commissioner today confirms he is investigating if Malik’s parliamentary expenses were used to defray his personal expenses.  He has written to Malik asking him to explain himself…

UPDATE : Letter is now up on Sunlight COP’s site.

MEPs Vote Themselves Lower Taxes Then Deny It

Euro Vote 09A TaxPayers’ Alliance/ComRes poll (report) asked 101 MEPs and 1020 members of the British public their opinions.  One of the statements respondents were asked to agree or disagree with was a bit of a trap for those on the Brussels gravy-train

MEPs should pay a lower rate of income tax than the people they represent;

The public were overwhelmingly opposed to the idea that MEPs should enjoy lower taxes than their constituents, by 82% to 15%.  10% of MEPs were openly in favour of the proposition of lower taxes for themselves, whilst 75% were publicly opposed.  Not so bad you think, they on the whole accept that all should be equal before the law.

Except MEPs have already voted for themselves a special tax rate. They say one thing to the public but vote in the opposite direction in the EU Parliament itself.

UPDATE : The BBC also polled the British public, finding that most people think most MPs are corrupt and when asked whether they trusted MPs to tell the truth, 20% said they did and 76% said they did not.  Which shows the truth that of the saying “you can fool some 20% of the people all the time”….

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62% said they believed MPs put their own self-interest ahead of the country and their constituents. You can’t fool all of the people all of the time…

Sunday Sleaze Round-Up

Sunday SleazePost links to sleaze stories in the comments and Guido will summarise them here.  It is a dirty job, but someone has to do it…

Andy Burnham was assisted by the Common’s authorities who bent the rules after he got a bung from a property developer and managed to over-claim in the same year by £10,000.  More support for Guido’s thesis that the Palace of Westminster is less about public service and more like gangster racketeering.

millionaire-mp-logoEric Joyce has claimed over a million, paying zero capital gains tax on his property flipping over the years.  He told the Mail on Sunday that this ‘This conversation may have cost me £160,000’, it will hopefully cost him his seat as well.  Though he will have sworn year after year on his tax return that he was making a full and true statement.  A criminal offence.

LibDem MP Malcolm Bruce managed to claim for two different properties simultaneously.  Cleverly he put his wife on the payroll at his constituency home and used the incidental expenses provision to feather bed that home and the ACA to featherbed his London home.  Guido thought he new every trick in the book by now, this is a new one.  Bruce won’t tell us how much he paid his wife.  Our money into his household income and he wants it to be kept secret?

Angela Browning, a former Tory minister, claimed £10,000 for her website, which looks like it took three hours to throw together.  She claimed for the usual long list of interior design features including the kitchen sink (£2,714). Worse than Jacqui Smith…

Derek Conway tried to claim for a £160 pig-skin walletHow appropriate.

The news isn’t all bad, according to the Sunday Times half the occupants of the parliament of whores could be swept away on the tide of righteous anger sweeping the nation. Guido is betting on 50 resigning or standing down in disgrace and perhaps a 100 more incumbents suffering the wrath of the fleeced voting taxpayers – over and above party swings. The Sunday Times reckons 325 troughers will be forced onto their index-linked gold-plated pensions. Guido’s heart bleeds…

9 / 10 Voters Want More Heads to Roll

According to PoliticsHome, who interviewed 1225 voters immediately after Michael Martin resigned, the public overwhelmingly wants more politician’s blood.  This is far from over with the dispatch of the Speaker.

We Need a Name for this Scandal

Simon Hoggart makes a very good point this morning, the MPs expense scandal is un-named.  “Expense-gate” somehow isn’t right.  Guido likes “The Troughalypse”, though that isn’t self-descriptive.  Maybe “Snoutgate” Suggestions in the comments welcome…

2/3rds of Tories Say MacKay Should Resign

ConservativeHome polled 1,414 grassroots Tory members today and it don’t look good for troughers:

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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.

[…] Read the rest

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Dave Orders Shadow Cabinet Pay-Back

Guido has just got back from a hastily* called Tory press conference, where we were told by Dave that he has ordered:

rsz_pay-it-back… Michael Gove will pay back the £7,000 claimed for furniture.  Oliver Letwin will pay back the £2,000 for the pipe under his tennis court. 

[…] Read the rest

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+++ Hogg Claimed for Moat Dredging +++

moat_telegraphIt is looting of the taxpayer.  There is no other word for it.  They are looters.[…] Read the rest

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Sleaze Meter Poll Looks Bad for Blears

PoliticsHome polled its PHI100 panel of Westminster insiders for their assessment this morning and on a scale of zero to 100 Hazel came out worst. Is this reallynot just a factor of visibility? Blears has behaved disgracefully, but twice as bad as the next sleaziest government minister?[…] Read the rest

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+++ Letwin Claimed for Tennis Court ++++++ Maude Flipped Property +++

UPDATE : Story is now up on Telegraph site.

Story Guido didn’t already have: Andrew Lansley renovating a property just before flogging it and flipping for another.  Chris Grayling claiming £100,000 for council flat story is an old one done here before. […] Read the rest

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+++ Cameron Expected to Make Statement Tonight +++

UPDATE : Cameron basically said it was a bad day for the Conservative Party and he was sorry.[…] Read the rest

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+++ Gove Claimed for Nights at the Garrick ++++++ Osborne Claimed for Chauffeurs ++++++ Cheryl Gillan Claimed for Dog Food +++

Guido’s turn to do a spoiler on Telegraph Now we’re even…

UPDATE : Telegraph is flagging up Alan Duncan’s Jacqui Smith style claims for gardening.[…] Read the rest

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+++ HMRC Official : MPs Will Be Investigated +++

Benefits in kind going undeclared by MPs and flipping primary residences to evade capital gains taxes will now be investigated according to a statement released by HM Revenue Commissioners.

Listening to the politicians who lecture us on redistribution and tell us “it is right that those who have more, pay more” explain why they evaded capital gains taxes is going to be fun. […] Read the rest

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