Think the public have a right to know what happens to public money? The Sunday Times reports that expense receipts to be released in July will be cesored so that we don’t know what they were for, where the taxis went, the names of shops or hotels.
Labour MP Jim Devine has fiddled a total of nearly £17,000 in “car” and “mileage” costs, but the office manager, Marion Kinley, told the Sunday Herald she did all the driving and “I received only £60.” Devine has some improbable excuses.
The Sunday Times reports that the Labour peer Baroness Uddin has named a flat in Maidstone, Kent as her main residence and claimed around £100,000 in Parliamentary expenses for it. This is despite the flat being empty and Baroness Uddin living in Wapping, East London – just four miles from the House of Lords.
After the Sunday Times challenged Uddin about her “main residence”, she appears to have done a quick “move in”. This is prima facie fraud.
David Miliband wants a private jet and spare on standby according to the News of the World. Despite the fact that he invariably could fly commercial for a fraction of the price.
Well, even so, it is going to be hard for a Labour MP to cover up building a sauna on expenses…