Jim Miller is a constituent of Bill “Piggin” Wiggin, has been scrutinising the David Cameron’s close friend and fellow Old Etonian for many months. He has published a recording of a meeting where he grills the expense fiddling Tory backbencher over the fact that, as regular readers will remember, despite claiming to the Fees Office that his main home is in Herefordshire, he told Hammersmith and Fulham council that his London home was his main home so he could get a parking permit. Wiggin felt it necessary to bring his lawyer to the meeting.
Wiggin told the local papers before the general election that he was “cleared” over his expenses in reference to the Legg report, but was in fact later found to be in the wrong by the Parliamentary Standards commissioner and had to repay thousands in false claims. Miller met Wiggin to challenge him over what he says are his lies. This recording (made by Wiggin) is long but worth a listen. Wiggin wriggled around the points, but admitted he has not one but two parking permits that are apparently essential for his work – in Parsons Green, where Wiggin’s family home is, those permits are like gold dust. Wiggin now claims he was entitled to the permit because his kids are at school in the area – when the Sunlight Centre contacted him he previously claimed it was “a misunderstanding“. The rules don’t seem to confiem that though.Wiggin confesses he told two different authorities (H & F council and the Fees Office) that two different properties were his main home:
Having listened to the recording Guido has a few more questions for Wiggin:
- If Wiggin and his wife have two parking permits from H & F council, why was the one he claimed on expenses in his wife’s name?
- Could it be that Wiggin didn’t want the Fees Office knowing that he was telling H & F council that his London home was his Main Home not his second home?
- Since he and his wife live together with their children at school in London, in what is clearly his family home, how come he told Parliament that his “main home” is in Herefordshire? Anything to do with the Second Home Allowance perks?
- Also why can’t Wiggin travel the nine stops on the District Line from Parsons Green to Westminster like everyone else? Why should we pay for him to drive into Westminster which probably takes longer anyway. He can’t wriggle out of that one.
The tape proves Wiggin is a regular reader of the blog and very, very good at dodging questions… If he is prepared to answer any of these then do get in touch…