Tag Archives: right dishonourable members

Bizarre benefits fraud excuses revealed

Celebrity squares are: Top left: Jacquie Smith MP (Lab) – former Home Secretary who claimed her husband’s pay-per-view porn on expenses. [no action] Top right: David Laws MP (LibDem) – almost coalition Home Secretary until he admitted claiming for rent paid to his undeclared male partner. [suspended from Parliament for a week, under police investigation] […]

Moral Hazard isn’t just for Poor People

What has amused me most about the financial crisis are the endless media interviews with “real” people (and the occasional self-confessed bludger auditioning for Shameless). Those chosen are more usually hardworking folk previously on average incomes who are claiming welfare for the first time in their lives and getting a rude shock at the paucity […]

Right Dishonourable Members: Do unto others… not us!

Some MPs are planning to challenge requests they repay money following an independent review of expenses claims. Auditor Sir Thomas Legg has reviewed second homes expenses claims since 2004 and applied new retrospective limits on allowances for gardening and cleaning. Labour’s Martin Salter, who does not claim for a second home, said some MPs were […]

RDM: Damn poor show…

A senior Conservative has called for MPs’ pay to be doubled – in return for scrapping their second home allowance. Sir Patrick Cormack says MPs annual pay should increase from £64,766 to more than £130,000. He was condemned as “out of touch” by Labour, while Lib Dem Foreign Affairs spokesman Ed Davey said the veteran […]

RDM: Iron Rations

Shadow Commons leader Alan Duncan has apologised “unreservedly” after he was secretly filmed complaining about MPs’ pay and expenses. The Tory MP was heard to say MPs were being treated badly after the expenses scandal and “have to live on rations”. Mr Duncan said the remarks, made to film maker Heydon Prowse of Don’t Panic […]

Are homosexuals still Toryphobic? (with bonus RDM* sprinkles)

Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw has said “a deep strain of homophobia still exists on the Conservative benches”. Mr Bradshaw, one of three gay men currently in the cabinet, made the comments as a new poll suggested more gay people were turning to the Tories. Chris Bryant, another gay minister, said: “If gays vote Tory they […]

Right Dishonourable Members: We need a Cable for that Speaker

MPs in the running to succeed Michael Martin as House of Commons Speaker on Monday have come under scrutiny in more allegations over expenses claims. Details of tax-funded expenses have been published in The Sunday Telegraph. The paper says Labour’s Margaret Beckett claimed more than £11,000 for gardening and Tory MP John Bercow twice claimed […]

Right Dishonourable Members: STBO*

Sir Christopher Kelly today accused MPs of exploiting their allowances for personal gain, as he opened his long-awaited inquiry into Commons expenses. The chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life said that MPs appeared to lack principles, when they should have shown honesty and integrity. “These values are timeless,” he said, at the […]

Right Dishonourable Members: Will the last minister to leave, please turn off the lights

James Purnell the work and pensions secretary, last night dealt a monumental blow to Gordon Brown’s chances of holding onto office when he dramatically announced he was quitting the cabinet and asking Brown “to stand aside to give Labour a fighting chance of winning the next election”. His statement, in effect declaring Brown unelectable, will […]

Right Dishonourable Members: Hoist by your own canard

A Tory MP is to retire after admitting he claimed a £1,645 “duck island” on expenses – as two Labour ministers face questions over capital gains tax. Sir Peter Viggers, whose gardening claims totalled £30,000, is to quit at “the direct request of David Cameron”. Meanwhile Gordon Brown defended James Purnell and Geoff Hoon, saying […]