Right Dishonourable Members: Hoist by your own canard

By DeusExMacintosh


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 they had complied with the “spirit and letter” of rules over the sale of London homes. They both insist they did nothing wrong by not paying capital gains tax…

After hearing about the latest expenses revelations, Tory leader David Cameron told Gosport MP Sir Peter he faced the removal of the whip if he did not announce that he would withdraw at the next election.

The Conservatives’ scrutiny panel will decide what figure Sir Peter will have to pay back. Sources say it will be a “substantial sum”.

Sir Peter said the claims he made “were in accordance with the rules at the time, and were all approved by the fees office”.

BBC News


  1. sweeney
    Posted May 27, 2009 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    Sigh… politicians playing ducks and drakes with taxpayers’ money, again.

  2. Posted May 30, 2009 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Easy for you to snirtle.

    It’s not cheap to house the family ducks!

  3. Posted May 31, 2009 at 1:26 am | Permalink

    And the cry goes up from the British public…

    “Why don’t you all, why don’t you all, why don’t you all get ducked?!”

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  1. […] This high profile expenses probe may have cost in the vicinity of half a million pounds but so far has shown savings of close to £4 million, which is how much MPs expenses claims for housing have dropped since the scandal. No wonder the government believes in the efficacy of “sending a strong message”. If nothing else, the revelations surrounding the expenses furore have at last proven that The Rich are EXACTLY like us… and just as prone to take the p*ss. […]

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