MPs’ Apple Waste and £5,000 Bookshelves

IPSA has recently published an update to expense claims for the period ending January 2022. As such, Guido can reveal some of the greatest excesses of your representatives over the 2021-22 period. As usual, there are plenty of MPs cashing in on top-end Apple tech, even with more affordable – and equally functional – options on the market. Here are the 38 MPs who thought otherwise:

  • Ben Wallace – £114
  • Douglas Chapman – £119
  • Mark Harper – £128
  • Christopher Chope – £143
  • Liam Byrne – £150
  • William Wragg – £159
  • Leo Docherty – £167
  • Mark Jenkinson – £178
  • Rushanara Ali – £238
  • David Warburton – £296
  • David Davies – £305
  • Andrew Mitchell – £350 (Mac Mini)
  • Claudia Webbe – £456
  • Johnny Mercer – £469
  • Elanor Laing – £499
  • Fay Jones – £747
  • Oliver Dowden – £849
  • Bob Stewart – £889 (Laptop for use by staffer)
  • Mark Spencer – £969 (iPad Pro)
  • Robert Syms – £999
  • Stewart McDonald – £999
  • Greg Smith – £1,018
  • Matt Warman – £1,049
  • Alister Jack – £1,099
  • Lucy Allan – £1,137
  • David Davis – £1,176
  • Mike Freer – £1,288 (iPad and adapters)
  • Barry Sheerman – £1,299
  • Geraint Davies – £1,355 (MacBook)
  • Amy Callaghan – £1,699
  • Andrew Selous – £1,758
  • Sharon Hodgson – £1,799
  • Lia Nici – £1,899 (MacBook Pro)
  • Neale Hanvey – £2,128
  • Kenny MacAskill – £2,263
  • Fabian Hamilton – £3,177 (iPad, iPad Mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Air 13.3 inch)
  • Philip Davies – £6,175

No doubt co-conspirators will be familiar with many of the names on this list. Philip Davies and Fabian Hamilton occupy especially shameful positions. Kenny MacAskill’s shouty opposition to the union doesn’t stop him from spending British taxpayers’ money. Meanwhile Claudia Webbe, the former Labour MP still in post despite a harassment conviction, is evidently taking liberties with the perks of office…

At least the above have been honest with the source of their spending. Other MPs are less open to scrutiny, with four spending over £1,000 on mobile phone purchases without specifying a brand. These are: 

  • Nadine Dorries – £1,687
  • Ian Liddell-Grainger – £1,500
  • Mark Menzies – £1,111
  • Stewart McDonald – £1,181

That brings the total spend to £45,141…

Apple products are not the only source of indulgence. Guido notes that Sir Keir made the third largest single purchase of computer equipment of any MP, coming in at £3,125. It could be worse, Richard Bacon MP spent over £4,670 on three bookshelves…

Search for the expenses of your MP here.

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PM Won’t Rule Out Another Lockdown

Tory  power couple MPs Esther McVey and Philip Davies managed to secure a sit-down interview with the PM, set to be broadcast in full during their show tomorrow, in which the PM says he cannot rule out another lockdown. Guido reckons the PM can announce whatever he likes, the public has declared the pandemic over and after Partygate may no longer listen to new rules…

“I want to avoid any such thing happening again, and I can’t rule out some, Esther, I can’t say we wouldn’t be forced to do non-pharmaceutical interventions again of the kind we did. 

I think it would be irresponsible of any leader in any democracy to say they’re going to rule out something that would save lives… there could be a new variant – more deadly – there could be a variant that affects children badly that we really need to contain, I’m not going to take any options off the table.”

The interview is a real coup for McVey, who both managed to secure an interview with the PM and avoided doxxing his mobile phone number

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Esther McVey Takes Government Transparency to New Heights

The Mirror’s Mikey Smith has recently been on a one-man crusade to call out GB News’ weekend show offering, which unlike any other news channel now has two married Tory MPs – Esther McVey and Phillip Davies – interviewing Tory ministers. Mikey argues this undermines the channel’s anti-establishment nature… 

Since this criticism, it seems Esther McVey has gone out of her way to try and maximise scrutiny of government ministers. Taking to Instagram yesterday, the former minister posted a photo of the show’s running order. Accidentally doxxing the Health Secretary and his SpAd in the process…

 

Say what you like about GB News, Sophy Ridge would never provide such explosive access to Whitehall secrets…

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Philip Davies & Lee Anderson Appointed to Women & Equalities Committee

Guido learns that parliament’s wokest committee – the Women and Equalities Committee – is to welcome two new, perhaps unexpected, members: Philip Davies and Lee Anderson. Philip Davies is making a, no doubt, welcome return after having served on it in 2016 – where he made headlines calling for the word “women” to be removed from the Committee’s name. Lee Anderson is a co-conspirator favourite: from saying nuisance tenants should be forced to live in tents; to recently ranting that he’s torn up his licence fee. Confirming the appointment, Lee told Guido:

“The great women of Ashfield have been the backbone of my community for hundreds of years with barely any recognition.

Yes the men have worked down the pits and gone off to war but its our women that have kept everything together.

The women in communities like Ashfield need a voice in Parliament and anyone who knows me will tell you that I am a firm believer in better rights for women. I am a modern man with a modern outlook who is keen to speak up for the women in my community.

They deserve to be on a level playing field with us men which is not always the case. I will still open doors for women and give up my seat on public transport as I am a gentleman first and a politician second, but you can be assured that I will be fighting on all fronts for the women of Ashfield.”

Both men will no doubt relish the appointments, which they richly deserve. Guido sends his warmest congratulations to the pair. Chapeau to the 1922 Committee on the wit and wisdom of their appointments.

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LIVE at 6PM!

On tonight’s LIVE with LITTLEWOOD:

  • Boris Johnson’s conference speech – Will his wind farms turbocharge Britain?  Or is it just hot air?
  • The Chancellor’s Choices  how Rishi Sunak could avoid tax rises and boost the UK economy
  • The Covid fiasco – how were 16,000 C-19 cases lost on Excel? And can central planning ever work?

Host Mark Littlewood will be joined by the Spectator’s Kate Andrews; Conservative MP Philip Davies; the DUP’s Sammy Wilson MP; the New Statesman’s Stephen BushJohn O’Connell from the Taxpayers’ Alliance; the Adam Smith Institute’s Matt Kilcoyne and president-elect of the Oxford Union, James Price.

 Join us LIVE for the issues that matter – TONIGHT at 6PM – HERE or on YouTube.

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Meet the Candidates: Team McVey

Esther McVey is positioning herself as the most ‘authentic’ Brexit candidate in the Tory leadership race, she’s gone even further than Dominic Raab in actively advocating a no deal Brexit as her preferred option. She’s also set out robust positions on spending aid cash on police and schools and scrapping HS2 in favour of investing in the North and the regions. Combined with her blue collar Tory credentials as a Barnado’s girl from Liverpool, could a different “blonde bombshell” wrongfoot the frontrunners?

Team McVey is a blue collar affair and a youthful one too. James Roberts, a former CTF operative and now Political Director at the TaxPayers’ Alliance, is doing strategy while Tory candidate Clark Vasey, who runs corporate affairs for Fujitsu, is working on policy. Brexiteer spinner Ed Barker is doing her comms, although McVey will be hoping his previous career as a saxophonist for George Michael doesn’t lead to any careless whispers on the campaign trail. Dan O’Neill, former aide to Richard Tice and Michael Fallon, is in charge of the digital side of the campaign. He’s also a saxophonist, will they be tempted to start a band?

McVey is also receiving informal advice from former senior journalist turned PR guru Ian Monk, as well as former Tory MP David Nuttall and of course her famous First Fiancé Philip Davies. Former Tory Vice Chair for youth Ben Bradley is leading her Parliamentary operation. She’s got five MPs publicly backing her at the moment including Remainer Gary Streeter – despite her Brexit position. Can her blue collar agenda reach out further beyond her Brexiteer base?

Social media support: MakeWay4McVey has a great name but only 284 followers and questionable proofreading skills, McVey herself has 34.3k followers on Twitter, she’s new to Instagram but has already got 164 followers in under 24 hours. No sign of a Facebook page…

Mainstream media support: The Telegraph has run a number of supportive op-eds although no major endorsements as of yet.

ConservativeHome members survey: 3.1% (7th)

YouGov public recognition: not yet included

William Hill odds: 50/1 (14th)

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