The names are coming out. The names of MPs fiddling the system to maximise their expenses by renting their mortgaged property out so that they can then rent another property with the taxpayers picking up the bills for both. Say goodbye at the next election to Linda Riordan, the Labour MP for Halifax, not satisfied with earning three times as much as her constituents she employs her partner in her office on £42,500. Pushing their take from the taxpayer over the £100,000-a-year level.
That just isn’t enough for this little piggie, she rents out her London flat to another MP and skims off an extra £1,000-a-month in profit from the taxpayer, charging a rent of £1,560 on a property where her mortgage costs her some £500-a-month. She also claims £1,473 from the taxpayer to pay the rent for her own property. The combined £3,000 monthly claim represents an extra burden on the taxpayer which would not have been necessary had Riordan not contrived her tenancy. Housing benefits fraudsters go to jail for less.
UPDATE: Linda Riordan is a member of the hard left Socialist Campaign Group.
Her friend Helen Goodman MP thinks Guido is motivated by sexism:
@GuidoFawkes And what about all male MPs who do that? You tweeting them too or is your attack pure sexism?
— Helen Goodman (@HelenGoodmanMP) October 19, 2012
Incidentally, we’re working on more names – mostly male- from all parties…