Dale has put up a defence of Julie Kirkbride. It falls down unless we are to believe she knew nothing of her husband’s financial arrangements. It would help if she came out and defended herself.
Guido does not believe she was unaware that they were as a couple over-claiming and milking the system. In the light of Ed and Yvette Balls being spotlighted over their claims they should have known this was an issue. Ed and Yvette had the sense to claim considerably less than Andrew and Julie. The fact is the double-claiming had been remarked upon previously with no satisfactory response from the pair.
UPDATE : According to Cameron Julie Kirkbride should meet he constituents and explain her position:
“She does have some questions to answer as many MPs have questions to answer… The best thing to do, and I have said this to all my MPs, is to get out to their constituents, hold meetings, talk to them, listen to them, explain what they have done – and hold their hands up if they have done something wrong…”