The Taxpayers’ Alliance has calculated that the three Labour MPs charged with theft from the taxpayers; Jim Devine, David Chaytor and Elliot Morley, will share between them a pay-off totalling £151,552 come election day. They will also get generous gold-plated pensions. This is an outrageous piss-take.
Given that they are unlikely to have their day in Court before election day, the House of Commons should pass a resolution that any member facing criminal charges for financial impropriety should have payment of resettlement grants and pensions suspended until the result of the charges are known. If found guilty they should lose all their pension rights. They will still be drawing their parliamentary pay every month in any event.
This is what would happen to a servicemen or police officer who was found guilty of gross misconduct. It would be bordering on obscene to expect the victims of the crime – taxpayers – to pay hundreds of thousands to those convicted of thieving from them. Guido completely accepts the principle that these three are presumed innocent until proven guilty, but can see no legal reason why the payments can not be suspended until the Courts have resolved the issue.
Is there not one good MP who will put a motion to this effect before the House?