The only interesting thing in mine is £750 a year web and domain hosting services
The problem is security services will never allow an mp village as it would cost just a much to secure. Lets have all uk MPS in one place hmmm think that idea is a non starter..
Blank Cheques Scots Mps Claimed 25m In Three Years (from The Herald )
You couldnt make it up......Christopher Fraser claimed more than £1800 for cherry laurel and red cedar trees, Fabian Hamilton £135 for an iPod Nano and Liberal Democrat Lembit Opik £20 for a wig for a charity event.
... George Osborne claimed £47 for two DVDs of his speech on "Value for Taxpayers' Money"
As everyone should be aware of the official MP's Expenses have all been published............Alistair darling claimed £3 for a bus ticket!!! £3!!!
heard it on LBC this morning
1) Should MPs get the second home allowance etc? I'm not convinced they should, I feel a hostel arrangement would be better, and although it would be a security issue, at least you would only have to protect one location, not 600+. However, this is how the rules stand at the moment. This is what we should be judging them against.
2) If an MP "plays" the rules but doesn't break them, flipping homes and profiting by this, should we be giving him a royal slapping? Yes.
3) If an MP continues claiming his mortgage after paying off the home, should he go to jail; just like a benefit cheat? Yes, in spades! Bring back Lord Denning, he'd send the bggrs down!
My MP - Annette Brooke is one of the good guys - she rents a tiny flat in London and claims very little else. She works ridiculous hours, she spends more time in the Commons than most MPs but she also spends a huge amount of time in her constituency, where she has lived for many years. We sometimes think that she may have been cloned, as she seems to be everywhere at the same time. (she's a Lib Dem, BTW)
Another point: if a political party 'parachutes' someone into a constituency - but they don't live there - why should we, the taxpayer pay for a big 'second home' in that constituency? The party that chose them for the post should pay for their accomodation in that case.
As for the rest - I agree that people will always claim as close to the limit of what they are allowed if they can - twas ever thus - and to be honest, I think a lot of us would, if we could.
What I want to know is - is something going to be done about the fees office allowing some of these very dodgy claims?
As for accomodation, a Met policeman friend of mine reckons that, whilst you wouldn't want all the MPs in one place for security reasons, several locations of flats across the city wouldn't be a problem at all
Latest news 19/6/09:-
Scotland Yard are to investigate some of the cases!
That will be an utter waste of time! I bet!
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