Guido has in front of him a press release from London’s most expensive and least value for money MP, Andrew Dismore. You may remember him, his expenses were dubiously high, in particular his travel expenses were incredibly high for a parliamentarian with a constituency less than 5 miles from the Palace of Westminster. He claimed thousands for travel, more than some Scottish MPs, when an annual London tube travel card costs hundreds of pounds. Guido speculated that he must travel home by helicopter.
Apparently not, his press release is about his question to the Home Secretary last Thursday asking how will people get home, which he ends by whining “Some of us face a very long walk indeed if no public transport is available.” So how exactly does he travel home? Somebody audit this waste of public money.
His pointless press release also might also explain why he wastes £38,755 a year on stationery and postage – six times the average spend for MPs, and he is only a backbencher.
“This is, at its heart, a matter of public trust,” he told the PM, concluding: “I cannot reconcile the terms of the proposed deal with the promises we made to the country in our manifesto at the last election… I believe that the regulatory regime proposed for Northern Ireland presents a very real threat to the integrity of the United Kingdom. I cannot support an indefinite backstop arrangement, where the EU holds a veto over our ability to exit…”