Re-Renting Name and Shame: Clegg + 24 Other LibDems

Senior LibDems including their Leader, Deputy Leader and President all funnel parliamentary expenses to their local parties through re-renting, despite the buildings already being owned or rented by the LibDems. Clegg, Hughes, Farron, Ed Davey and Danny Alexander are amoungst 25 LibDems “re-renting” their MPs offices and helping to swell party coffers with taxpayer cash:

Danny Alexander: Inverness East Liberal Democrats
Tom Brake: Sutton Liberal Democrat Party
Malcolm Bruce: Aberdeenshire East Liberal Democrats
Paul Burstow: Sutton Liberal Democrat Party
Menzies Campbell: North East & Central Fife Liberal Democrats
Nick Clegg: Sheffield Hallam Liberal Democrats
Edward Davey: Kingston Liberal Democrat Property Co. Ltd
Tim Farron: Westmoreland and Lonsdale Liberal Democrats
Lynne Featherstone: Haringey Liberal Democrats
David Heath: Somerton & Frome Liberal Democrats
Simon Hughes: Bermondsey and Old Southwark Liberal Democrats
Mark Hunter: Cheadle Constituency Liberal Democrats
Charles Kennedy: Ross, Skye and Lochaber Liberal Democrat Association
John Leech: Withington Constituency Liberal Democrat Party
Stephen Lloyd: The Trustees of Eastbourne Liberal Democrats
Gregory Mulholland: Leeds North West Liberal Democrat Party
John Pugh: The Trustees of the Gladstone Liberal Club
Daniel Rogerson: Launceston Liberal Club Ltd
Bob Russell: Colchester Liberal Democratic Party
Adrian Sanders: Torquay Liberal Association (1949) Ltd
Robert Smith: West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine Liberal Democrats
Andrew Stunell: Hazel Grove Liberal Democrats
Mark Williams: Aberystwyth Liberal Association Ltd
Roger Williams: Brecon and Radnorshire Liberal Democrat Association
Jenny Willott: Cardiff Central Liberal Democrats
Simon Wright: East of England Liberal Democrats

If your constituency party own their offices, charging the taxpayer for rent is what HMRC call “a contrived expense”. Guido calls it a fiddle. The “re-renting” expense fiddle is also undemocratic: taxpayers subsidise incumbent MPs against their ballot box challengers. The LibDems are well aware of this, in 2008 they gave a presentation to their MPs urging them to maximise expenses for party benefit.

Tip offs: 0709 284 0531

Quote of the Day

Boris in The Telegraph on May…

“… it was certainly a serious mistake in 2015 for the Home Office to order a move away from stop and search.”


Guidogram: Sign up

Subscribe to the most succinct 7 days a week daily email read by thousands of Westminster insiders.
Undead UKIP Poll Rise Terrifies Tories Undead UKIP Poll Rise Terrifies Tories
Marr’s May Monopoly Marr’s May Monopoly
CCHQ Begs Association Chairmen CCHQ Begs Association Chairmen
Poll: Voters 2 to 1 for No Deal Poll: Voters 2 to 1 for No Deal
Paul Mason Reported to Police Paul Mason Reported to Police
Etonian Free Cabinet Etonian Free Cabinet
Tory MP Puts Letter In to Brady Tory MP Puts Letter In to Brady
Lord Carrington Lord Carrington
Poll: May’s Deal or No Deal? Poll: May’s Deal or No Deal?
Labour’s Chequers Survival Kit Labour’s Chequers Survival Kit
Whips’ Patsies in Full Whips’ Patsies in Full