Illsley Can Keep Troughing for a Month

The Speaker has decreed that because Eric Illsley’s case is still sub judice no move to expel him can be made until sentencing.  So the thief can continue troughing on his taxpayers salary for another month. To the public such a measure looks absurd and antiquated. Nearly 2,000 people have signed the petition calling for Illsley to do the right thing and fall on his sword. Guido hears there are plans to deliver the names to the disgraced member in person…

UPDATE: Paul Waugh reports of the distinct unease at the Speakers ruling:

“Well, to all of us hacks we found this jaw-droppingly wrong. How on earth can something still be sub judice when a judge rather than a jury is the only person left in the legal process? Judges cannot be influenced by words in newspapers, unlike juries. We’re not the only ones who think the Speaker’s advice was misguided. Labour clearly have their doubts and are desperate to call for the resolution and avoid getting the blame for Illsley being allowed – let’s not forget this – to pick up at least another month’s taxpayer-funded salary as an MP.”

Apparently Downing Street aren’t too impressed either…

Tell the Speaker what you think.


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