PARASITES: cast-off ministers given golden goodbyes of almost £90,000 including payment to richest MP in Commons

553210_3675287878960_551982437_nTories and Liberal Democrats axed in the reshuffle will receive a total of £88,687 on ‘Money Monday’ in Whitehall.

Taxpayers face forking out almost £90,000 in “golden goodbyes” to reject ministers today.

Tories and Liberal Democrats axed in the recent reshuffle can pocket up to £17,000 apiece tax free on what has been dubbed Money Monday in Whitehall.

Conservative Richard Benyon – the richest MP in the Commons, who stands to inherit £110million – is in line for more than £5,000 of public money.

Officials say that the severance pay is a legal entitlement but Ireland is changing the law to end the cash for cast-offs scheme there as part of austerity measures.

Campaigning MP John Mann said that the UK should follow suit.

Labour’s Mr Mann said: “There is no basis whatsoever for paying this in Britain. We should follow their lead.

“These people are still getting generous MPs’ pay. It is an insult to people struggling across the country that they get a golden handshake.”

All departing ministers are entitled to three months pay if they do not get another job within three weeks.

That means that those dumped in the last reshuffle can claim the cash from today.

Former Cabinet minister Michael Moore is set to pocket £17,042 after he was sacked as Scotland Secretary.

Fellow Lib Dem Jeremy Browne is among five ex-Ministers of State who are in line for £8,086 after being axed.

Conservative Simon Burns can also pocket the huge sum even though he quit to stand unsuccessfully for Deputy Commons Speaker.

Benyon is one of three junior ministers who are entitled to £5,760 each. Three of his fellow Tories get £4,646 after leaving the whips office. Two of them, John Randall and Greg Knight, have also received knighthoods.

In all, taxpayers face paying out £88,687 to ex-ministers.

A Cabinet Office spokesman said: “Severance pay is widely used across both private and public sectors. Ministerial severance pay has been required under legislation since 1991.”

But low tax pressure group the TaxPayers’ Alliance echoed John Mann’s call for the payments to be axed.

Spokesman Jonathan Isaby said: “When money is so tight and David Cameron talks about wanting to reduce the cost of politics, it beggars belief that these golden goodbyes are still being doled out to ex-ministers.

“After all, having left these posts, they will all still get the MPs’ annual salary of more than £66,000.

“MPs taking on a ministerial role know full well that it’s no job for life and ought to be planning their finances accordingly.

“Taxpayers will be especially baffled that even those who resigned of their own accord still get these tax-free payments worth thousands: which of their constituents working in the private sector would get a bumper payday for quitting their job?”

ARTICLE: Britain’s Richest MP Wants to Gag Press and Prevent Stories Which Might Embarrass Politicians

For background information on “press regulation”/State control of media, see The Common Purpose – State Control of the Press by Appointment from the free press.

A Tory MP and landlord making a fortune from housing benefit payments to the poor has called for changes to the Freedom of Information laws used by the Mirror to expose him .

Richard Benyon, the richest MP in a Commons packed with millionaires, wants the rules altered to prevent stories which might embarrass ­politicians being dug up by journalists.

He made nearly £120,000 in housing benefit from just one council last year through his inherited £110m family estate, we revealed last week.

But Mr Benyon has now called for changes to FOI laws stating “we need to make sure that the Act is there for what it is designed to do” rather than “raking up political ammunition”.

He also complained in a blog post for the rightwing website that this newspaper used a “picture of me looking as posh as possible”.

The Mirror’s investigation with the GMB union revealed a string of politicians and political donors raking in housing benefit along with the Crown Estates, which supports the Queen, and Prince Charles’s Duchy of Cornwall.


An investigation by The Daily Telegraph in 2012 found Mrs Miller claimed more than £90,000 over four years for a second home where her parents lived in South London

“PARASITE: A creature which obtains food and physical protection from a host which never benefits from its presence.” (Chambers English Dictionary)


Fraud is fraud but only to the public. If you are an M.P. the criminal, corrupt and decadent System allows you to claim that you “made a mistake” and thus avoid prison. Clearly, people, there is a two-tier justice system –but still the fools keep voting for it. It just never ends, does it Expenses Scandal 2009. By any objective measures this regime is riddled with criminals and parasites.

Culture Secretary to be censured for abusing parliamentary expenses system after overclaiming for her mortgage and making £1m profit on sale.

The Culture Secretary abused the Parliamentary expenses system by over-claiming for her mortgage and then failing to fully co-operate with an investigation into her conduct, The Telegraph can disclose.

Maria Miller, the Culture secretary, is set to have to repay up to £5,000 and be censured for her claims – following an official Parliamentary inquiry which is expected to report as soon as this week.

It can also be disclosed that Mrs Miller has recently sold the south London house at the centre of the scandal for a profit of more than £1million.

The Cabinet minister, who has previously been supported by David Cameron, is expected to come under intense pressure to resign when the results of the official inquiry are made public.

The Prime Minister will be loathed to lose the state-school educated female member of his Government but any minister found to have abused the Parliamentary expenses system is likely to be seen as a major electoral liability.

One Conservative source said: “We simply cannot have a member of the Cabinet found to have abused the expenses system in any way this close to vital elections.”

Parliamentary authorities first launched an inquiry into Mrs Miller’s claims more than a year ago following an investigation by The Telegraph.

She was exposed after claiming more than £90,000 over four years for a second home where her parents lived in South London – rather than submitting claims for cottages she rented in her Basingstoke constituency.

The Parliamentary Commissioner is understood to have concluded that the arrangement did not lead to Mrs Miller benefiting financially. However, the Commissioner is unlikely to have been aware of the seven-figure profit made in recent weeks by the minister.

Mr and Mrs Miller sold the large house in Wimbledon for £1.47 million on Valentine’s Day of this year. They originally bought the house for £234,000 – which means the house value increased by £1,236,000.

Between 2005 and 2009, she claimed £90,718, which was only £115 less than the total amount she could have claimed. Although the house only cost £234,000 in 1995, the Millers took out a large mortgage against the house – and claimed the interest on the mortgage from the taxpayer.

In November 2007, they increased the mortgage from £525,000 to £575,000. The rules state that MPs could only increase their mortgages to pay the costs of necessary improvements – and that these should be signed off with the parliamentary authorities.

The Parliamentary inquiry discovered that Mrs Miller over-claimed for her mortgage and so should repay around £5,000 to the expenses watchdog.

The over-payment is understood to have occurred because Mrs Miller did not adjust her claims downward claims for mortgage as interest rates fell during the period under investigation.

The Telegraph also understands that the MPs want Mrs Miller to apologise to Parliament for not co-operating in a “timely manner” with the Commissioner.

MPs who sit on the standards committee are thought to be waiting for more financial information to consider at their next meeting on Tuesday before finalising the penalty to be imposed on Mrs Miller.

The MPs are frustrated that they have had to wait for months for basic financial details about the amount of money she over-claimed.

The Parliamentary report is understood to contain a memorandum which details the various attempts made by investigators seeking Mrs Miller’s mortgage details.

One source said: “If she had just said sorry she would be in a much stronger position. It will be a question of embarrassment and if she showed the best judgment.

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ARTICLE: Eric Joyce M.P., Patrick Mercer M.P., and Mike Hancock M.P. -”PERFECT EXAMPLES OF PARLIAMENT’S LOW STANDARDS”

In any other profession, the three errant MPs would have been shown the door.

A few weeks ago, James Arbuthnot, after a long and almost pointless career, announced that he was standing down as a Conservative MP. Mr Arbuthnot, whose final position was as chairman of the backbench defence committee, gave an interview which seemed to suggest that he was now hoping to find jobs in the defence business. He could not resist one final, parting bleat: “The constant assumption that everybody in politics is in it for their own good, or is a crook, gets very debilitating after a bit.”

Mr Arbuthnot, whose expenses claim as revealed in the Telegraph included a bill for work on the family swimming pool, money he later repaid, was voicing a characteristic complaint among members of the political class. They are convinced that they are underpaid, under-appreciated and asked to uphold standards that would never be expected from an ordinary person.

This view needs challenging as urgently as ever. Five years after the expenses investigation revealed evidence of criminality, fraud, cheating and greed among a substantial minority of MPs, there is still a problem. I only have space here to look at three examples, one from each main political party, each exposing the way that Parliament tolerates disgraceful conduct that would not be allowed in any other walk of life.

The first involves Eric Joyce, Labour MP for Falkirk, who head-butted a Conservative MP and caused damage and mayhem in the Strangers Bar of the House of Commons. At a later date he wrestled two policemen to the ground during a karaoke night at the Sports and Social Bar. There was another episode in an airport, but that is a complicated story and need not detain us here.

The second concerns the Conservative Patrick Mercer, who was exposed by BBC Panorama and the Telegraph for accepting £4,000 (by a reporter pretending to represent the Fiji government) to ask parliamentary questions.

The third case is the most topical: the Lib Dem Mike Hancock, who has been accused of making a series of inappropriate advances towards a female constituent suffering from mental health problems.

According to an internal Lib Dem report carried out by a QC, and leaked to the Guido Fawkes website, the alleged victim provided “compelling prima facie evidence of serious and unwelcome sexual behaviour by Mr Hancock”.

There are grounds for sympathy for all three MPs. Colonel Mercer will always merit great respect as a soldier who carried out nine tours of duty in Northern Ireland, ending up as commanding officer of his regiment, the Sherwood Foresters. Eric Joyce, an admirable politician in his lucid moments, clearly suffers from a serious drink problem. There but for the grace of God go many of us. The allegations against Mr Hancock are very disturbing, but he denies them, and they have not been proved. I have been told that he is a conscientious local MP.

Nevertheless it is extraordinary that any of them remain in their jobs. MPs often demand more money and expenses with the insistence that they occupy a serious and responsible position in society comparable to senior civil servants, headmasters, GPs or high-ranking members of the Armed Forces.

Yet it is quite inconceivable that Joyce, Hancock or Mercer would have survived for a single second had they occupied a position in a serious profession. A drink-drive conviction is career death in the Army, let alone the kind of drunken brawl that is Mr Joyce’s speciality. A doctor with charges of the gravity being levelled against Mr Hancock, particularly when given credibility by an internal investigation, would surely not be allowed to carry on holding surgeries. Parliament, however, has very low standards.

Messrs Joyce, Hancock and Mercer carry on collecting their salaries of approximately £66,000 a year, not to mention expenses that, according to one estimate, will total, collectively, around £500,000 (enough to pay the annual salary for more than 20 nurses) by the time they finally quit at the next election. The evidence suggests that, in return, they don’t carry out much work.

Eric Joyce has voted 97 times in 489 divisions (19.8 per cent) since being stripped of the Labour whip just under two years ago. Patrick Mercer has voted on 24 occasions out of 184 divisions (13.6 per cent) since he resigned from the Tory Whip. Mike Hancock has much the best record of the three errant MPs, with a voting record of just under 45 per cent since he lost the Lib Dem whip in May 2013, but this is nevertheless a very low total for a backbencher.

It is impossible to avoid the conclusion that three constituencies have gone at least partially unrepresented in recent months, and Parliament is relaxed that this should remain the case. Portsmouth, where Hancock is MP, has cause to feel especially neglected. His neighbouring MP, the Conservative Penny Mordaunt, recently participated in an exhausting televised diving competition, though she claims she scheduled all her training out of parliamentary hours.

One would not expect that Speaker John Bercow, a notorious expense “flipper”, to be much bothered by this kind of conduct, and he hasn’t been. However, it is surprising that neither the Prime Minister nor either of the other two main party leaders tolerate the situation. Their supporters point to the fact that the three MPs have been stripped of the whip; but this argument does not stand up to scrutiny.

Before the 2010 election, the Conservatives, Lib Dems and Labour each pledged that they would legislate to allow voters the power of “recall”, thus giving ordinary people the chance to force a by-election. The proposal was so uncontroversial that it slipped easily into the Coalition Agreement: “We will bring forward early legislation to introduce a power of recall, allowing the voters to force a by-election where an MP is found to have engaged in serious wrong-doing.”

The Coalition government finally published a Bill in draft form last December, but it comes too late and – worst of all – puts a parliamentary committee in charge. As the Tory dissident Zac Goldsmith told the Guardian last week: Recall it is “about empowering voters not parliamentary committees. The Government’s proposals are the opposite of what was intended and promised.”

Why have David Cameron and Nick Clegg broken their promise? It is impertinent to speculate about motive, but my guess is that both the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats are terrified of a by-election. Hancock’s Portsmouth South constituency and Patrick Mercer’s Newark are classically vulnerable to the Ukip electoral insurgency.

Meanwhile, up in Falkirk Ed Miliband and Labour have serious problems of their own. With Labour discredited, the Scottish National Party could easily win. So all three party machines seem to have concluded that it is better to allow Hancock, Joyce and Mercer to wander round Parliament like a foul smell than to allow voters their say.

It is a decision that shows the habitual contempt in which the British political class holds voters. By an interesting paradox, that contempt is the reason for the rise of Ukip in the first place. To answer James Arbuthnot’s complaint, it is no wonder that so many people believe that “everybody in politics is in it for their own good, or is a crook”.

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Brian Binley MP: ‘We have to be careful, politicians scrounge all the time.’

MPs enjoy lavish hospitality at the expense of the British taxpayer and a Maltese bank.

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On a taxpayer-funded trip to Malta, as he enjoyed the hospitality of a bank and prepared to attend a complimentary open-air concert that evening, Brian Binley MP was alerted to the presence of a local politician wandering nearby.

“You see, we are totally corrupt,” he said to one of his hosts.


Former Royal navy engineer Fiona Laing embarrasses Sir Nick Harvey after Remembrance Day service.

A Royal British Legion worker approached a former Armed Forces minister following a Remembrance Day service and ‘reimbursed’ him for £7.20 in expenses he claimed after attending a previous ceremony.

Fiona Laing, 45, marched up to Sir Nick Harvey, 52, in front of other dignitaries, officials and members of the public, and gave him an envelope containing the money.

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(2013) New Labour Cllr. Josie Channer -STEPS DOWN IN DISGRACE OVER £2,000 PARKING FINES

Josie Channer

LABOUR’S parliamentary candidate for the seat of Kingswood has stepped down over parking fines, the BBC reports.


Josie Channer owes more than £2,000 in parking and late payment fees to the Borough of Barking and Dagenham, where she also sits as a councillor.


She also chairs the local authority committee which scrutinises parking.

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Cash for questions: how the deal was sealed with Patrick Mercer

As the former soldier turned Conservative MP strode into what he thought was the office of a lobbying company near Parliament, the offer on the table was clear.

For a fee of £2,000 a month, Patrick Mercer, a popular figure in the House of Commons, would push the Government to allow the rogue Fijian regime to rejoin the Commonwealth.


The smartly-dressed lobbyist Mr Mercer thought he was meeting said the parliamentary campaign was being funded by a group of anonymous businesses that wished to profit from Fiji’s return to the international fold.


Unknown to the MP, the “lobbyist” was an undercover reporter investigating how Parliamentarians are prepared to influence the political process for paying clients.


It is almost 20 years since the “cash for questions” scandal rocked Parliament and became a symbol of Tory sleaze, but there are still persistent allegations that some Parliamentarians are willing to break the rules.


Undercover reporters from The Telegraph and the BBC’s Panorama approached MPs and peers who had been suspected of using their position in the Commons and Lords to advance their clients’ interests. During a series of meetings with Mr Mercer, it appeared that the allegations were well founded.


A senior Labour MP has been banned from driving for eight weeks after police stopped his car and found he had no insurance and an expired MOT certificate.

Jon Cruddas, 50, was driving a Land Rover Freelander near Hyde Park in central London on July 6 when he was pulled over by officers who noticed what appeared to be a defective brake light.

The MP for Dagenham and Rainham, who is chairing Labour’s policy review, was banned from driving for eight weeks for not having any insurance and fined £300 for an expired MOT.

Dressed in a dark suit and red tie, sheepish-looking Cruddas pleaded guilty to both charge when he appeared in the dock at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

Daniel Irving, prosecuting, said: “At 9am on July 6, police saw a grey Land Rover Freelander with a brake light that wasn’t aligned.

“Checks revealed a test certificate had expired in June and no insurance was held. Land Rover had sent a letter saying the insurance expired some ten days before the event.

“When he was pulled over, he said ‘sorry I don’t have insurance’”.

The court heard that Cruddas already had six points on his license for speeding, so a further six points would have meant a compulsory driving ban.

Mark McDonald, mitigating for the MP, said Cruddas put paying for everything on a “to-do” list, but simply forgot about it.

He added: “He thought he had two weeks to pay and simply didn’t read the letter properly. He wrongly assumed and didn’t check and didn’t read the letter basically.

ARTICLE: Was Guy Fawkes the Last Honest Man to Pass through Westminster?

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Imagine a government that would deliberately take millions away from the budget meant to educate its own nation’s children, while at the time use billions to send foreign aid to other nations who don’t need it?

That would be nothing less than treason. You cannot imagine any sane government doing such a thing. Think of, for example, China, or Japan, deliberately depriving its own people of an education while giving money to Korea? It just wouldn’t happen, because the Chinese and the Japanese would—rightly—regard that as nothing less than treason.

Of course, you guessed it: Britain’s House of Treason down by the banks of the old river, has done precisely that—and no-one seems to know or care.

The Tory-Lib-Dem-Labour party—because they are just all the same party—is busy with much-vaunted “budget cuts” to “save the economy” (after they and their big business bank cronies screwed it over in the first place) and one of the first cuts to be announced was in the education arena.

Any parent with university-age going children is well aware that uni fees have now rocketed from a manageable amount just two or three years ago, to an impossible £9,000 per year—and that is just for the tutoring fees, never mind books, resources, living allowances, residence and so on.

Even those students “lucky” enough to get loans, start off their working lives with tens of thousands of pounds of debt—an impossible burden which—even more importantly—makes starting a family next to impossible.

The nuts and bolts of the process are as follows: England’s university budgets were cut by £449 million in 2010, with similar cuts being added each following year. This means that over £1.3 billion has been cut in the last three years, and there is no end yet in sight. By the end of 2014, the total uni education budget cut will be cut by nearly £4 billion.

In practical terms, this means that the universities have had at least 6,000 fewer places each academic year.

In addition, research funding has been frozen and the uni buildings budget cut by 15 percent.

At the same time, the Government has announced that taxpayers will hand over £50.8 billion in foreign aid to the Third World by 2014. This translates to 61 percent of the total “spending review” cuts announced by the Government.

According to a press release issued by the Department for International Development (DFID), the total foreign aid budget will reach the targeted 0.7 percent of Gross National Income (GNI) by 2013.

This would mean a yearly spend of £12.6 billion, the DFID said.

This increased spending, the DFID said, is “in line with the UK’s international commitments to help those living in extreme poverty in our world. Over the course of the Spending Review period, the Department for International Development will increase resource spending by 35 percent in real terms, and increase capital spending by 20 percent in real terms.”

This means that the foreign aid budget was £8.4 billion in 2010, £8.7 billion in 2011, £9.1 billion in 2012, and will be £12.0 billion in 2013, and £12.6 billion in 2014—totalling £50.8 billion by the end of 2014.

So there you have it: cut the education budget by £4 billion, but boost the foreign aid budget by £50 billion.

Who would dare call it treason?  I for one, and I am increasingly becoming convinced that the last honest man to pass through the halls of Westminster was indeed Guy Fawkes.

(2012) Conservative M.P. (Malevolent Parasite) Peter Luff -PARASITE AND RENT-SWAPPER

A quick reminder of the definition of a parasite:

“PARASITE: (Chambers English Dictionary) A creature which obtains food and physical protection from a host which never benefits from its presence.”

Peter Luff was one of the worst expense troughers – his expensive tastes demands from the taxpayers last time around included a £625 china service, £1,583 on dining room table, £500 for Aga servicing, £809.91 for a TV and another china set for £367 a few years later. In short he was one of the worst troughers caught in 2009 to survive the 2010 election.

He has responded to revelations that he is, surprise-surprise, a rent-swapper with a David Laws style defence that the taxpayer would have saved money if he had broken the rules rather than merely gamed the system. In the interests of fairness Guido reproduces his argument in full:

“The new Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) expenses scheme did not allow MPs to claim the cost of mortgage interest. I could not, therefore, afford to live in my London flat and I had no choice but to sell it or to rent it out. Having only recently purchased it, I chose to rent it out and this information has been in the public domain for two years, it having been properly declared in the Register of Members’ Interests. 

IPSA specified that when MPs are away from home they must live in rented property or stay in a hotel. When I am in London, I now therefore live in a rented flat. This is not my preference – I would have preferred to continue to live in the flat I own, but IPSA’s well-meaning rules designed to safeguard the taxpayers’ interests and promote transparency oblige me to do so. Ironically, the costs to the taxpayer would have been lower had I been allowed to continue with my previous arrangements.”

The obvious question that is unanswered is why a Tory MP on £65,738 thinks that he can’t afford to live in the Kennington flat we have so lavishly furnished with tea sets for him – the mortgage was just £657 a month in 2007 and would be considerably less today with lower interest rates. The average wage in London is less than half what Luff earns. Luff is standing down at the next election before the voters kick him out. Good riddance…

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(2012) New Labour M.P. (Malevolent Parasite) Denis MacShane -PARASITICAL RENT-SWAPPER

Let us remind ourselves of the definition of a parasite: 

“PARASITE: (Chambers English Dictionary) A creature which obtains food and physical protection from a host which never benefits from its presence.”

The original expenses scandal cost dozens of corrupt MPs their jobs, the worst offenders ended up behind bars. Now the rent-swapping sleaze that John Bercow is trying to cover up has been blown wide open. This morning Guido is listing the most shameless rent-swappers…

The usual suspects kept cropping up when Guido started digging around last week. Top of the pile was surprise, surprise Denis MacShane, outed in the Times this weekend. In addition to his property back in Rotherham – remember he rented his garage to himself on expenses for £125,000 – MacShame owns a £700,000 house in Pimlico just a few minutes walk from Parliament, which he rents out under the IPSA rules and then claims £1,450-a-month expenses to rent another home in London. Making cash off the back of the taxpayers when he has no reason to exploit the IPSA loophole except to enrich himself…

When The Times confronted him he claimed he had stopped doing it – convenient. We have some further questions for him, when did he stop the fiddle? Why can’t MacShame live in his posh Pimlico pad right next to Westminster? Why does millionaire MacShane have to bill the taxpayer rent for a house he doesn’t need to rent?

Because he is taking us for a ride. Again…

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ARTICLE: Cross-bench Lord Michael Bichard Wants to Force Pensioners into National Service.


  • Former Benefits Agency chief Lord Bichard says older people must stop being a ‘negative burden’ on the state
  • Pensions ‘should be linked to contributions to the community as an incentive for people to look after the “very old” ‘
  • Campaigners condemn the idea as ‘National Service for the over-60s’ which they claim ‘smacks of social engineering’

The elderly should earn their pensions by doing voluntary work in their communities to avoid being a ‘burden on the state’, a retired mandarin  has suggested.

Lord Bichard, formerly head of the Benefits Agency, made the controversial suggestion at a House of Lords discussion on how to meet the costs of Britain’s ageing population.

Last night his plans were branded ‘National Service for the over-60s’ by angry pensioner groups.

The cross-bench peer, a former permanent secretary at the Department for Education, retired from the civil service at just 53.

His taxpayer-funded pension is estimated to be £120,000 a year.

Lord Bichard, 65, drew a parallel between the workshy claiming unemployment benefits and retirees drawing their pensions.

He said: ‘We are now prepared to say to people who are not looking for work, if you don’t look for work you don’t get benefits.

So if you are old and you are not contributing in some way or another, maybe there is some penalty attached to that.’

He called for ‘imaginative’ ideas such as making old people care for the very old.

Lord Bichard added: ‘Are we using all of the incentives at our disposal to encourage older people not just to be a negative burden on the state but actually be a positive part of society?

‘It is quite possible, for example, to envisage a world where civil  society is making a greater contribution to the care of the very old, and older people who are not very old could be making a useful contribution to civil society in that respect, if they were given some incentive or some recognition for doing so.’

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(2012) New Labour M.P. (Malevolent Parasite) Steals from the Taxpayer then Cowardly Cancels Her Surgery

“PARASITE: (Chambers English Dictionary) A creature which obtains food and physical protection from a host which never benefits from its presence.”

Rioradan is a member of the Socialist Campaign Group Evidence (para. 6)

After the Expenses Scandal of 2009 on would have thought that the People would have recognised their enemies and not again given their permission (vote) for said enemies to continue. But no –and so the people of Halifax of voted for this parasite, and the general public who voted for the tri-partite hydra, deserve everything they get.

How much more of this are YOU willing to take?

Halifax MP Linda Riordan is renting out her second home to a fellow Labour MP while claiming thousands in expenses to rent a third property herself.

Mrs Riordan is thought to getting £19,000 a year from the controversial practice.

It is technically permitted under MP guidelines but Mrs Riordan has come under fire from from critics.

She rents out her £400,000 London flat to MP Iain McKenzie.

Mr McKenzie pays her £1,560 a month in rent – £18,720 a year – which he claims back from the taxpayer.

At the same time, Mrs Riordan claims £1,473 a month – £17,676 a year – from the taxpayer for renting a seperate flat in London for herself.

She also has a home in Northowram which she has owned outright for more than 20 years.

Mrs Riordan was due to hold one of her regular surgeries at Halifax Town Hall this afternoon but it has been cancelled.

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(2012) New Labour M.P. Luciana Berger -CASH FOR QUESTIONS?

Luciana Berger is shocked that Guido would possibly see a link between her pushing for property development tax cuts in the Commons and taking money from property developers:

“It is clearly defamatory to suggest there is any link between the donation to my constituency party and my question in parliament. My question in the Commons was motivated by a constituent’s concern about the availability of private rented accommodation. It was completely unconnected to any donation to me or Liverpool Wavertree Constituency Party.”

The notion that it’s all hunky-dory because the donation was to her local party and not directly to her bank account is laughable. And note that she only mentions one donation – we raised twoNow, while we have your attention Luciana, perhaps you could explain another donation that has caught our eye…

According the Electoral Commission in April 2011, Berger’s Liverpool Wavertree CLP received £5,000 from a company called ‘Purple Apple Facilities Management’. According to Companies House, as of 31 March 2010 Purple Apple was “dormant” and it was later dissolved. HMRC say“dormant” is a term for “any company or organisation that is not active, trading or carrying on business activity”. Now the problem for Luciana lies in Section 54 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000. A company is only permissible as a donor if it is a company which “is carrying on business in the United Kingdom”. Purple Apple were not however carrying out any business in the UK. So why was Luciana’s team accepting donations from them?

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ARTICLE / VIDEO: Expenses scandal: MPs block details of new expenses

The Speaker of the House of Commons is attempting to block the publication of MPs’ expenses that are believed to show that some rent their taxpayer-funded homes to each other.

John Bercow has written to the expenses regulator warning him not to disclose official documents that show the identities of MPs’ landlords for “security” reasons.

Publication of the names, which was supposed to take place today, would expose the extent to which MPs are exploiting a loophole in the rules that allows politicians to rent their homes to one another. The loophole means that MPs can still effectively build up property nest eggs at taxpayers’ expense, despite official attempts to stop the practice following the expenses scandal.

Sources at the expenses regulator confirmed that “some MPs” were engaged in the practice.

In a letter released last night, it emerged that Mr Bercow had written to the regulator claiming that publication of details of MPs’ landlords jeopardised their security and had led to “grave concerns” in the House of Commons.

“The processing of the data … could involve causing unwarranted damage and distress,” the Speaker wrote in the letter to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa). “I should be grateful if you and your colleagues would reconsider such a plan.”

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(2012) Conservative Cllr. Chris Boothby -CHARGED WITH BENEFIT FRAUD

A HINCKLEY councillor has been charged with benefit fraud and will appear in court later this month.

Cllr Chris Boothby, who represents Ratby, Bagworth and Thornton on Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, is alleged to have claimed more than £1,500 in benefits, including jobseeker’s allowance, while working as a bus driver for Leicester City Council.

He has also been suspended from the Conservative party – at least until the case is concluded.

Cllr Boothby, from Ratby, is being prosecuted by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) who accuse him of claiming £949 in jobseeker’s allowance, as well as £560 in housing benefit, while still getting behind the wheel of a bus to work. It is also alleged that he was claiming unemployment benefit for his wife, Tina, while she was working in a pub in Markfield.

Cllr Boothby was in hospital at the time of going to press and unable to comment.

A statement from the DWP said: “Christopher Boothby claimed jobseeker’s allowance for himself and his wife on the grounds that he was unemployed.

“Information received by the DWP indicated that Mr Boothby had been working part-time as a bus driver for Leicester City Council and his wife was working at the Plough Inn, Markfield.”

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A LABOUR councillor has been suspended amid allegations of fraud.

Matt Fry, Stoke-on-Trent City Council member for Weston Coyney has been suspended from his post with immediate effect after a police investigation began.

The Sentinel understands the inquiry is focussing on Mr Fry’s handling of public money.

A spokesman for Staffordshire Police said: “We have received an allegation of fraud which we are currently investigating.

“No one has been arrested at this stage.”

Mr Fry, aged 31, who has sat on various council committees including the Staffordshire Fire Authority, was not available for comment last night.

The Stoke-on-Trent Labour Group refused to comment on the nature of the allegations, releasing a statement only to confirm Mr Fry had been suspended.

A spokesman for the group said: “We can confirm that Councillor Matt Fry has been suspended from holding office and representing the Labour Party at any level until the investigation is complete and the matter resolved.

“Suspension of a councillor is normal in these circumstances and it is not a comment on this investigation.”

The news has come as a surprise to colleagues and associates of Mr Fry, many of whom have praised his fund-raising for various good causes, including the Staffordshire Special Olympics.

Councillor Lee Wanger, who sat on the fire authority with Mr Fry, said he was surprised by the development.

The independent councillor said: “I don’t want to speculate about exactly what this could be about.

“He is a bit of a loner but a really nice bloke.

“He’s in an awkward position now where people are going to be asking questions and wondering. That’s going to be hard to live with.

“And if there’s anything I can help with then I will.”

Harry Pointon, an athletics coach who knew Mr Fry through their association with the Staffordshire Special Olympics, said: “He is full of enthusiasm and has done some great stuff as a fund-raiser.

“It wasn’t an official position but he did raise money.

“I believe councillors have money at their disposal to use.”

Sue Bourne, secretary of Weston Coyney Residents’ Association, said: “I have to say I have only met him once through my dealings with the residents’ association.

“I thought he was very young. He’s obviously inexperienced.

“He’s given the association some money from his grant.

“We got £300 which went towards setting up a fete.

“He was one of the members of the residents’ association but he didn’t come to meetings.

“I’ve communicated with him via email a bit more often.”

A spokesman for Stoke-on-Trent City Council said: “City council officers are aware of this issue.

“We understand there is an on-going police investigation and it is not appropriate for us to comment any further at this stage.”

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(2012) Sacked New Labour Parasites Plan to Return and Suck More Blood from the Taxpayer

The Standard have an interesting scoop this afternoon: a number of shamed expenses-hungry Labour MPs who lost their jobs at the last election are apparently planning comebacks in 2015. Guido is generously offering to run their campaigns free of charge:

  • Dawn Butler – Dawn has lived in Brent all her life so she knows the issues that matter to you first hand. In fact, she’s such a dedicated Londoner that she claimed nearly £40,000 of your money for a second home, despite living within ten miles of Westminster! In her spare time Dawn likes to enjoy her “whirlpool” bath paid for by, you guessed it, the taxpayer (allegedly). Vote Dawn – no expense spared for a better Brent!
  • Shahid Malik – They say there’s no rest for the wicked, but don’t tell that to Shahid. After a long day helping constituents the Dewsbury through-and-through Labour stalwart likes nothing more than to relax in his massage armchair. You’ve already shown your appreciation, you paid for it! Don’t sit around – vote for Shahid!
  • Parmjit Dhanda – George Osborne certainly doesn’t have the experience to get us out of this economic mess, but Parmjit does. He’s a money expert, reportedly managing to get away with sneaking an extra £2,000 in mortgage payments by blaming it on“accounting adjustments”If that’s the sort of financial nous you think we need in government – vote Dhanda!

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PARASITE: Cabinet Secretary’s limo clocks up £1,500 a month

Sir Jeremy Heywood has managed to run up a five figure expenses claim paying for his own official car.

David Cameron may have taken a dim view of public official ‘swaning around in chauffeur-driven cars,’ but Sir Jeremy Heywood, the Cabinet Secretary, claimed £23,457 for use of his official car over a 15-month period.

Sir Jeremy Heywood, the Cabinet Secretary, must have breathed a sigh of relief when it was announced last week that he would not have to investigate Andrew Mitchell’s contretemps with the police officers in Downing Street. For all the Chief Whip’s failings, his use of a bicycle has saved the taxpayer a small fortune over the years.

Sir Jeremy, by contrast, has managed to run up a five figure expenses claim paying for his own official car. Figures in Mandrake’s possession show that he claimed £23,457 in business car expenses for the most recent 15 months for which figures are available. This amounts to an average £1,563 a month.

The fifteen months of car expense claims made by Sir Jeremy cover the period January 1 2011 until March 31 2012. In the three months to March 31 this year, Sir Jeremy’s “use of taxi/official car” costs is reported at £2,474. In addition to paying for his own official car on his expenses as a “benefit in kind,” Sir Jeremy has also met the cost of “shared official cars” which amounts to £4,834 of the five figure expense. The civil servant, who raised eyebrows in June when he told an Institute for Government conference that the country should brace itself for a further eight years of spending cuts, began claiming expenses for the use of his official car before the Coalition Government was formed. The perk forms part of his pay package at the Cabinet Office, which amounted to as much as £204,500 last year, including a bonus of up to £20,000. Disclosure of the expenses claims made by senior officials are part of the transparency drive that the Prime Minister championed.

Before coming to power, David Cameron said that he took a dim view of politicians who ran up big bills for official cars. “If there is something that really annoys people, it’s seeing politicians swanning around in chauffeur-driven cars like they’re the Royal Family,” he said.

A spokesman for Sir Jeremy Heywood tells Mandrake: “The Cabinet Secretary has access to a Government car so that he can start working before he reaches the office and continue working once he has left.

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(2012) New Labour’s Keith Vaz & Wife -POLICE TO INVESTIGATE THEIR ACCOUNTS

Keith Vaz’s wife, who works under her maiden name of Maria Fernandes, is the principal of the law firm Fernandes Vaz, which was established in 1995.

Despite the name, the practice has no connection to the home affairs committee chairman.

Ms Fernandes, 53, has specialised exclusively in immigration and nationality law for more than 20 years.

A former barrister, she began her career in immigration in 1986, working for the UK Immigration Advisory Service, before moving to the City where she spent eight years in corporate immigration law.

On her company’s website, she writes that she has “developed a particular following of restaurateurs with whom she has worked for several years to provide recognition of the shortage of skilled staff in this industry”.

Earlier this summer, Mr Vaz held a party at the Red Fort in Soho, which was attended by Tony Blair and Theresa May, the Home Secretary.

Mrs Vaz has previously advised a company in which the owner of the Red Fort is a shareholder.

She is now a part-time judge with the Mental Health Review Tribunal. The couple, who live in Stanmore, north London, have two children, Luke and Anjali.

In 2008, she accompanied Liam Byrne, the then immigration minister, on a trade trip to India. She serves on several panels established by the Home Office and Foreign Office.

She is linked to the Scotland Yard inquiry into Mr Vaz, as production orders were also sought for her bank accounts.

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Expenses Scandal Mark 2? New Labour Parasites Margaret Hodge and John Cruddas Suck Even More from the Taxpayer

'Value for money': Margaret Hodge claimed around £151,000 this year    Move: Jon Cruddas increased his claim by around £20,000 after moving to more prominent offices in Dagenham



The MP for Barking defended her expenses claims today after figures showed they exceeded the average in the House of Commons.

Margaret Hodge spent £151,279, up from £128,646 last year, compared to around £137,000 on average in Westminster.

The Labour MP chairs the Commons public accounts committee, which scrutinises government expenditure.

She said: “We do need resources to support our work – my office receives more than 100 letters and emails a week from people who need my help.

“The vast majority of my money goes on employing the staff I need to provide a good service.

“MPs are funded by the taxpayer and we have a duty to use that money responsibly – particularly at a time when our constituents are having to be careful with every penny they spend.

“People should feel they get value for money out of us. I work as hard as possible to make sure that people in the borough feel they get value from the work I do.”

Figures published by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority yesterday showed the 650 MPs in Westminster had collectively claimed £89.4million or £137,538 per parliamentarian in 2011/12.

Meanwhile Jon Cruddas, the Labour MP Dagenham & Rainham, claimed £125,134 compared to about £104,370 last year.

Mr Cruddas said his claims had increased after moving from an office in Church Elm Lane, Dagenham, to a more prominent location in New Road.

He said: “People want to know where money goes. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has a good system.

“The expenses relate to running a large office in Dagenham, dealing with local residents’ concerns.

“We are based on New Road and rent is about £12,000 a year and the rest of the expenses cover postage, phones, stationary etc.”

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ARTCLE: Met Police Say M,P.s Can Claim for Fake Offices

Denis MacShane has had his police investigation dropped. It was triggered in October 2010 after the Parliamentary authorities suspected him of fraud due to the £125,000 in rent that he claimed for a constituency office that turned out to be the grotty garage at the end of his garden. He also put in a plethora of invoices for translation services, paid in cash. To his brother Edmund Matyjaszek. 

Guido suspected this announcement would be coming after he was tipped that the specialist crime cops that investigated MPs expenses had all been transferred to Operation Weeting and the associated investigations. MacShane will not get the opportunity to ever clear his name in court, instead the enduring image that remains in the public mind will be this:

No further questions Your Honour…

ARTICLE AND VIDEO: Fraud, Corruption, Labour-run Sheffield City Council, and Sir Bob Kerslake -INSTITUTIONAL FRAUD

A major city with a £1.8 billion budget, fraud within Sheffield has affected both national and European funding streams.

Sir Bob Kerslake

Yesterday’s UK Column Live investigated allegations of institutional and financial corruption within Sheffield City Council that has swallowed £millions of public money and defrauded ordinary taxpayers.

OLAF, the European Fraud Office, not only failed to tackle financial abuses, but also assisted in the cover-up.

It was alleged Sheffield Chief Executive Bob Kerslake, now head of the Civil Service, assisted this dirty process.

Not only has the Audit Commission failed to clean up the city, they have acted with a common purpose to protect the Council and key people – including implicated Common Purpose graduates.

Whistleblowers exposing the crimes report that they have been seriously harassed and threatened over many years to shut them up. One of these brave people agreed to speak out on UK Column live.


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(2012) Conservative Party Advises Top Donors How to Avoid Tax

Dave might think that Jimmy Carr is morally repugnant but that has not stopped the Tories from advising their wealthy donors on how to avoid tax. The Conservative Foundation, an organisation run by an array of Tory grandees and city types, is offering donors the chance to dodge inheritance tax through a scheme in which they leave a “legacy” to the Tory party. The scheme promises to “reduce or even remove completely” the inheritance tax liability of rich Conservative backers, while its websiteexplains how to take advantage of rules allowing tax-free donations to political parties. Although the scheme appears to have been set up on the quiet it is startlingly open about its intentions:

Cameron was always going to be a hostage to fortune over tax avoidance, now he faces the inevitable dilemma of having to deal with questions about his party’s wealthy financiers. He’s hardly making it easy for himself.

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(2012) New Labour Party Advises its Donors on How to Avoid Tax

The Labour Party offers an almost identical scheme to help its supporters dodge inheritance tax as well. Labour’s “Leave a Legacy” programme offers advice on three different methods of leaving money to the party, even going as far as to suggest clever a legalistic wording of donors’ wills in order to minimise tax liability:

Labour have led the way on bashing tax dodgers, with everyone from the shadow cabinet to the backbenches queuing up to stick the boot in. Starting with trigger-happy tweeter Steve McCabe, Guido wonders what they have to say about their own party being directly involved in a tax avoidance scheme. They call that red-handed…

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ARTICLE: M.P.s Demands Free Food

PAMPERED MPs want free meals after complaining of MICE and “stinking” cut-price grub in the Commons.

They want taxpayers to pick up the entire bill for all they scoff.

Many complain of “weird” menus served up in “Soviet-style” restaurants INFESTED with mice — and say the food is not worth paying for. But taxpayers fork out£5.8MILLION a year to subsidise their meals.

One MP wrote: “I saw a mouse in the Members’ Tea Room about which I made comment to a member of staff. The member of staff was pretty matter of fact — to the point that I got the impression that the sight of a rodent was par for the course!”

Scores moaned about the standard of their heavily-subsidised food in a survey of politicians and their staff.

They whinged about the wine waiters and complained that coffee bar staff did not know the difference between a cappuccino and a latte.

The complaints about the cheap meals and wine at Westminster come in a survey of MPs and their staff conducted by private pollsters — costing taxpayers another £27,790.

Details obtained under Freedom of Information laws lay bare the full extent of the dissatisfaction. A typical meal — rib-eye steak with hand-cut chips and Béarnaise sauce — costs two quid — £7.80, less a taxpayers’ subsidy of £5.92.

But one MP whinged: “The restaurants are Soviet-style. Vegetables are horrendously overcooked, meat is often raw.

“Sandwiches taste like they have been frozen for three months. It’s a shocker.”

Another blasted: “The food is really starting to stink.”

(2012) Conservative Chairman Baroness Warsi -INVESTIGATED BY STANDARDS COMMISSIONER

Conservative Party co-chairman Lady Warsi will be formally investigated by the Lords standards commissioner. Baroness Warsi referred herself to the watchdog following reports she claimed accommodation allowance while staying with a friend rent-free in 2008. She said she made “appropriate” payments equivalent to what she was paying at the time in hotel costs. Meanwhile Scotland Yard said it had decided not to investigate the matter, passing it back to the House of Lords. Labour had called for a criminal investigation into the Conservative peer’s expenses claims. Following an initial assessment, a spokesman for the Lords standards commissioner said he would hold a formal investigation. The rules for expenses claims by members of the House of Lords, as set out on the Parliament website for the year 2007-08, say members living outside London can claim a maximum of £165.50 a night.

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VIDEO: 12-year-old Girl Eloquently Lifts Lid on the Global Enemies of the People


The former Tory politician was last May jailed for 12 months after cheating the public purse out of £11,277 with bogus claims for travel costs.

He now has no income and has been struggling to find work after ‘losing his good name’, the Bar Standards Board heard.

The 59-year-old had retained his status as a barrister despite not having practised since he became a member of the House of Lords.

Disbarring him for ‘conduct discreditable to a barrister’, Judge Nicholas Riddell said the regulator ‘requires complete honesty and the greatest integrity as regards all members of the bar.’

‘Criminal behaviour of this seriousness is, in our view to a high degree, discreditable to a barrister, whether or not he was practising at the time,’ Judge Riddell said.

‘We regretfully are clearly of the opinion that the commission of this offence is incompatible with his continued membership of the bar, despite all the mitigation we have heard and taken account of.’

Before entering politics, Taylor had practised as a lawyer in Oxford and the midlands for 17 years.

Mohammed Khamisa QC, defending, told the panel Taylor had ‘suffered quite enough’ after his conviction on the criminal charges.

‘He told me, “what more has God, has society, got in store for me?”.

‘He has lost the only thing that he had: his good name – he really hasn’t got very much money, and is living through the benevolence of friends and family.

‘What you are dealing with is a single error of judgement in an otherwise distinguished life.

‘He has been a role model and continues to be.’

Taylor was convicted of six counts of false accounting following a trial at Southwark Crown Court last May.

He had falsely registered a house in Oxford as his main residence, enabling him to claim expenses for travel to-and-from London, and for overnight stays in the capital.


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(2012) New Labour Cllr. Michael Mills -BENEFIT FRAUD

A town councillor fraudulently claimed more than £20,000 of benefits in his wife’s name for nearly two years after she died, magistrates have heard.

Michael Mills, 64, a member of Holywell town council in Flintshire at the time, was caught following a tip-off.

Investigators found that his wife Brenda died in January 2010 but kept observations as he went to the Post Office to claim her benefits.

Mills admitted 14 fraud charges and will be sentenced at a later date.

Flintshire magistrates heard that the couple had been married 44 years but that Mrs Mills had been extremely ill for the last five years of her life, ending her days in hospital.

The court heard that the retired miner from Greenfield felt guilty at agreeing to switch off his wife’s life support machine.

Unable to come to terms with the loss, he carried on life as normal, claiming benefits and paying the household bills.

Prosecutor Henry Hills said that the Department of Work and Pensions received anonymous information that he was continuing to claim his dead wife’s benefits.

Checks showed that retirement benefits of £40 a week were still being paid out in her name together with £402 a month disability living allowance – but checks with the registrar showed that she died on 23 January 2010.

Observations showed that he was attending the Greenfield sub post office weekly, and post office records showed he was still claiming benefits as a married man caring for a disabled wife, as well as her benefits.

After Mills was arrested in January this year, it also emerged that he had failed to disclose his miner’s pension.

‘Genuinely remorseful’

Mr Hills said that the defendant had been overpaid £21,357 – made up of £2,089 pension credit, £5,239 carer’s allowance, £4,066 state retirement pension and £9,962 disability living allowance.

Brian Cross, defending, said Mills had served his local community for 20 years, helping many people in need, and felt guilt for the death of his wife.

“He faced that decision of whether or not the machine should be switched off,” said Mr Cross.

“He felt very guilty about that and went into a state of shock.

“In his own words he was in a trance like state.

“He is genuinely remorseful and wishes to apologise for his behaviour.”

Mills was granted unconditional bail pending sentence.

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STATE CRIME: Foreigners Allowed to Buy-up British Assets and Make the People Suffer

ABOVE: Deregulation: Former Tory Chancellor Geoffrey Howe made it easier for foreigners to snap up British companies

Just for a moment, imagine being a tourist in search of the full British experience. Where would you start? Well, you might take a sight-seeing trip around London on a red double-decker bus.

You’d possibly visit a quintessentially British store, such as Boots the chemist, Selfridges or Harrods, before having a proper English tea at the Savoy, Fortnum & Mason or the Dorchester.

You’d almost certainly go home, via a British airport, thinking you’d seen a slice of the real Britain. But, in one sense at least, you’d be totally wrong.

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Margaret Moran, the former Labour MP accused of falsely claiming £80,000 in expenses, has been found ‘unfit to plead’ after a court heard she felt ‘suicidal’ after being ‘abandoned’ by the Labour party.

Mr Justice Saunders admitted his judgement may be viewed with ‘scepticism’ but concluded that Moran, 56, of Southampton, Hampshire, is unfit to plead.

Moran did not attend the hour long hearing at Lewes Crown Court.

It was found she is suffering from “a depressive illness with associated anxiety” to a “moderate severity” and that she will be unable to enter a plea to her 21-count indictment.

The court heard the shame and “villification” she had suffered after being accused of fiddling her expenses had left her a “broken woman.”

Her illness becomes much worse whenever the case was mentioned, Dr Philip Joseph, a consultant forensic psychiatrist, told the court.

Dr Joseph, called by Moran’s defence lawyer Jim Sturman, said: “She has feelings of abandonment from the Labour party.


A Kenyan Councillor in the UK, who was earlier this week charged before the Nairobi Chief Magistrate with various counts of fraud and forgery, has been suspended by his Labour Party pending the outcome of the trial.

Councillor Daniel Munyambu of Vange Ward, Essex, was on Monday charged before theNairobi Principal Magistrate Esther Maina with three counts of fraud and forgery.

He is alleged to have forged receipts and obtained £18,000 (Sh2.37m) under false pretences on various dates in November 2008.

When contacted, Basildon Labour Group Deputy Leader Phil Rackley said: “Daniel Munyambu is suspended as a labour councillor pending the outcome of the trial. If it takes more than six months to go to trial and he is unable to return to the UK, there would have to be a by-election because a councillor cannot miss meetings for that time,” Rackley said.

But Baroness Angela Smith of Basildon, who has worked closely with Munyambu on local issues said: “This is a bolt of the blue, but a great concern, and we will have to wait the outcome of the trial.”

A Basildon council spokesman said they were concerned to hear a member of their council had been arrested and charged with criminal offences in Kenya but were not willing to make further comment.

“However, we will be following this case closely,” he said.

Munyambu, a source told The Standard, will remain a councillor until the outcome of the case despite his suspension by the Labour party.


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(2012) Ex-U.K.I. P. Nikki Sinclaire M.E.P. -ARRESTED FOR EXPENSES FRAUD

An independent MEP has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud the European Parliament for allegedly claiming road mileage but travelling on a much cheaper flight.

Nikki Sinclaire, from Meriden, West Midlands, was quizzed by detectives from West Midlands Police’s Economic Crime Unit over allegations about her allowance and expense claims.

Miss Sinclaire, who was elected as a UKIP MEP for the West Midlands in June 2009, was arrested at a Birmingham police station last night.

She had the UKIP whip withdrawn in 2010 following rows over policy, but continues to represent the region in the European Parliament as an independent.

Three other people, two women and a 19-year-old man, were also arrested at addresses in Solihull, Worcester and Birmingham.

All four have now been released on police bail.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said last night: ‘West Midlands Police Economic Crime Unit have today arrested four people on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud the European Parliament.

‘Two women, aged 55 and 39, and a man aged 19 were arrested at addresses in Solihull, Worcester and Birmingham this morning, while a 43 year-old woman was later arrested at a police station in Birmingham. All four remain in custody this evening.

‘The arrests are part of an ongoing investigation which followed an allegation made in 2010 into allowances and expenses.’

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(2012) New labour Cllr. John Holden -JAILED FOR £43,000 BENEFIT FRAUD

A LABOUR councillor has been expelled from his party after being jailed for benefit fraud.

John Holden, 62, who represented Inverness South in the Highlands, was sentenced at the city’s sheriff court today to a year in prison for defrauding £43,000-worth of benefits.

He was found guilty last month after a 12-day trial.

Holden was convicted of committing the fraud over nine years, between January 1999 and August 2008.

On sentencing, Sheriff Abercrombie told him: “By deliberately making false claims for benefit and by deliberately failing to notify your true financial circumstances, you together with all other cheats who try to beat the system for personal gain have undermined that social contract. You have shown cold contempt for it.”

After Holden was imprisoned, Inverness district procurator fiscal Emma Knox said: “John Holden was in a position of trust which he flagrantly abused. For a period of over nine years he lied about his circumstances to claim in excess of £43,000 in benefits, to which he was not entitled.

“Mr Holden in effect stole money from the public purse which was intended for those who most needed it.

“The fact that he has been sentenced to the maximum term of imprisonment allowed for such offences demonstrates the serious view that has been taken of these disgraceful crimes.”

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(2012) Conservative Cllr. Tony Brice -GIVEN CURFEW FOR BENEFIT FRAUD

A COUNCILLOR who pleaded guilty to three counts of benefit fraud totalling nearly £3,000 has been given a curfew and ordered to carry out unpaid community work.

But Tony Brice, 67, who represents the Lindley ward on Kirklees Council says he is determined to appeal and to retain his position on the council despite his Conservative group disowning him last year when the 21-strong group voted to expel him.

Magistrates in Halifax heard yesterday that Brice had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing in Dewsbury to obtaining £2,977.32 in benefits to which he was not entitled.

For the prosecution, Samantha Lawton, said the offences related to non-disclosure of information beginning in May 2010 regarding pension income, an HSBC Isa account and a savings account.

This was compounded in July that year by his failing to notify the authorities that there had been a change in his financial circumstances – namely he had been receiving a second pension of £67 a month for five months.

Then in October he failed to declare an increase in income from a pension which had risen from £392 to £442.

Ms Lawton said he had a number of opportunities to notify the council of the changes during 2010 but failed to do so.

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(2012) Conservative Cllr. David Parsons -FINANCIAL IRREGULARITIES

A Labour councillor has called for the leader of Leicestershire County Council to resign after an expenses matter was referred to the Standards Committee.

David Parsons has been accused of not promptly repaying money that he owed for trips to Europe.

A county council report found debts were built up in 2007 but Mr Parsons has denied any wrongdoing.

Labour County Councillor Jewel Miah said Mr Parsons should stand down while investigations take place.

“Do I think he should resign? Yes I do,” said Mr Miah.

“If you’re facing such serious allegations…against you, it is very hard to concentrate on delivering the savings and the budgets we’re going to be debating in the next few months.”

A cross-party committee of councillors at the county council met on Monday to discuss a report into the allegations against Mr Parsons.

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(2012) Ex-New Labour Cllr. Shelina Akhtar -3 COUNTS OF BENEFIT FRAUD


The disgraced Tower Hamlets councillor who admitted in court dishonestly claiming housing and council tax benefit continues to defy calls for her resignation.

Cllr Shelina Akhtar didn’t turn up for last night’s key council meeting—but sent apologies instead.

Mayor Lutfur Rahman had been the latest to call for her to step down, after demands from both the Labour Group leader and Tory Group leader for her to go.

She pleaded guilty on January 9 to three charges of failing to notify a change of circumstance and continued claiming benefits and will be sentenced on February 6.

Akhtar won her seat on the council in 2010, representing Spitalfields for Labour, but then defected to become an independent working alongside Mayor Rahman.

The mayor said earlier this month that council procedures had to be followed and the authority was waiting for the outcome of the court sentencing before deciding any further steps.

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(2011) Conservative Lord Hanningfield -ARRESTED OVER HIS EXPENSES


Lord Hanningfield was arrested today over allegations he made fraudulent claims while leader of his local council.


The former Tory peer – who has already been jailed for fiddling his House of Lords expenses – was questioned over allegations he put in fraudulent claims while leader of Essex County Council, sources said.

A statement from Essex police said: “A 70-year-old man from the Chelmsford area has been arrested today … for fraud as part of an investigation into expenses claims at Essex County Council.”

The politician – who was born Paul White – has been released on bail until January 18 “pending further inquiries”.

Question marks over his claims via the local authority were first raised by the local Lib Dem opposition.

An Essex County Council spokesman said: “Essex County Council is continuing to assist Essex Police in the ongoing investigation, therefore it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.”

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(2011) New Labour’s Margaret Moran -FACING 21 CHARGES FOR EXPENSES SCANDAL

Miss Moran, one of the last politicians investigated over the MPs’ expenses scandal, will appear before magistrates facing 21 charges relating to her parliamentary claims.

The former MP for Luton South, will appear before City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court on September 19, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

The Director of Public Prosecutions said there were no more parliamentary expenses fraud cases awaiting review.

Keir Starmer QC said “there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest” to bring criminal charges against Moran.

Miss Moran, who has been suspended by her party, claimed more than £20,000 for the treatment of dry rot at her Southampton home.

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(2011) (Video) Conservative Party “Lord” Taylor -JAILED FOR 12 MONTHS FOR FRAUD

Lord Taylor of Warwick, the first black member of the House of Lords, defrauded the expenses system by more than £11,000.

The 58-year-old, dressed in black suit, blue tie and shirt, looked impassive as the sentence was passed at Southwark Crown Court.

Mr Justice Saunders said Taylor had ruined his life “not by one stupid action but by a protracted course of dishonesty”.

Taylor was found guilty in January this year for claiming in 2006 and 2007 that his main residence was in Oxford, when he actually owned just the one home in Ealing, west London.

He subsequently claimed an overnight allowance and travelling expenses to which he was not entitled.

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Elliot Morley:

Morley, a former Labour environment minister, pleaded guilty last month to claiming more than £30,000 in bogus mortgage payments.

He entered two guilty pleas for false accounting relating to his home in Winterton, near Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, between 2004 and 2007.

Morley was sentenced at London’s Southwark Crown Court.

A Labour Party spokesman said: “Elliot Morley had already been suspended from the Labour Party and following his custodial sentence he has now been excluded from the party.”

Morley, who appeared flushed throughout the hearing, showed no emotion as the sentence was delivered.

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Ex-Labour MP Jim Devine has been found guilty of dishonestly claiming £8,385 of expenses by using false invoices for cleaning and printing work.

The ex-MP for Livingston, 57, was found guilty on two counts, but cleared of a third count, relating to £360.

Devine nodded as the verdicts were delivered. Sentencing is in four weeks. The maximum jail term is seven years.

He was the first MP to stand trial in the wake of the revelations about Parliamentary expenses claims.

The jury took two hours and 45 minutes to agree their verdicts on the three counts.

Peter Wright QC, prosecuting, said the case against Devine was “very straightforward”, saying Devine made the fraudulent claims “with a view to gain for himself, or with an intent to cause loss to another – the public purse”.

He said the Green Book guide for MPs made clear that when claiming expenses MPs should be guided by the principles of “selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership”.

‘Plainly dishonest’

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Jim Devine’s account ‘incredible’, jurors told

New Labour Parasite Quietly Repays £5,000 of £2,500,000 Sucked from Taxpayer and is Let Off

A Labour peer who claimed £250,000 in parliamentary expenses on a flat she visited only occasionally was spared punishment after quietly repaying £5,000.

Baroness Goudie, a friend of Gordon and Sarah Brown, admitted that she did not spend the majority of her time at the £200,000 flat in Glasgow, despite designating it as her main home for the purposes of her House of Lords allowances.

This enabled her to claim overnight expenses on the £1.5 million mews house in Belgravia, central London, she shared with her barrister husband, James.

Lady Goudie, who grew up in the capital and raised a family there, also admitted that she usually spent parliamentary recesses at a holiday home in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Following a year-long investigation, the Clerk of the Parliaments, Michael Pownall, said he had “doubts” about the designation of the flat as a main residence. But no further action was taken after Lady Goudie apologised in writing.

She also repaid £5,130.50 voluntarily which she had claimed for a three-month period when she had not visited the Glasgow flat at all because of ill-health.

In total, Lady Goudie claimed about £168,000 in overnight expenses and £82,000 for travel to and from the property over a nine-year period.

Three months ago, she sold the flat for a profit of £50,000, and now designates her London address as her main home.

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(2011) Tory Peer Taylor- Guilty of “fiddling his parliamentary expenses” (Stealing from taxpayer).


He falsely claimed more than £11,200 from the public purse after nominating a home outside London which he neither owned nor lived in as his main residence. He lived in west London.

The barrister and former television producer who became Britain’s first black Conservative peer is the first parliamentarian to be tried and found guilty by a jury over the expenses scandal.

The Labour MPs David Chaytor and Eric Illsley both pleaded guilty.

Taylor, who has not paid back any of the money, is expected to hang on to his seat in the House of Lords.

The 58 year-old, who describes himself as a committed Christian, insisted he was only following advice on expenses from other peers but was found guilty of six counts of false accounting by a majority verdict at Southwark Crown Court.

He was given unconditional bail but faces up to two years in jail.

Outside court, his lawyer Eddie Tang said: “Lord Taylor has devoted 20 years of his life to public service. He is clearly devastated about the jury’s verdict.”

In 2006 and 2007, Taylor received £11,277 in expenses after claiming his main residence was in Oxford and that he had to travel back and forth each time he attended the House of Lords.

The house belonged to his nephew Robert Taylor, who had no idea his uncle had nominated the home he shared with Dr Tristram Wyatt, a fellow at Oxford University.

Mr Taylor said he was “shocked and quite angry” when he discovered that his uncle had been using the two-bedroom terrace property as a cover for his expenses. He said Taylor had only visited twice, never stayed overnight and had no financial claim on the house.

Taylor insisted he had been told he would be “crazy” not to claim for a house outside London, even if he didn’t live there.

He said he had been advised by Lord Colwyn, the deputy speaker of the House of Lords, who was summoned to court to give evidence. Lord Colwyn denied giving such advice and added: “I would not have suggested anything being claimed in the House of Lords that was in any way dishonest.”

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Tory Peer Taylor Says Theft from Taxpayer is “perfectly acceptable”

Peers were routinely fiddling their expenses ‘day in and day out’ in the House of Lords, a court heard yesterday.

It was ‘common practice’ to make bogus claims for second home and mileage allowances – and to boost income by doing so was widely regarded as ‘perfectly acceptable’.

Tory peer Lord Taylor of Warwick was even told he would be ‘crazy’ not to charge for a second home outside London, it was alleged – even though his only home was in Ealing.

So the ex-barrister and one-time Tory Party election candidate filled in forms that purported to show his main home was in Oxfordshire, and that he had to travel to the capital and stay overnight on Parliamentary business.

But he had never stayed at the Oxfordshire address, and had no connection with it beyond the fact it belonged to his half nephew.

The alleged deception meant he was able to claim a total of £11,000 in subsistence and mileage allowances between March 2006 and October 2007.

Later he told a journalist his main home until 2007 was ‘the Taylor family home’ in Solihull, where his elderly mother lived. But she died in 2001 and the house was sold soon afterwards, the court heard.

Lord Taylor, who pleaded not guilty to six counts of false accounting, did not deny he had made the claims – but insisted he had not done so dishonestly.



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(2011) Conservative Lord Taylor -on trial over £11,000 expenses ‘fraud’


A Tory peer is to go on trial today accused of dishonestly claiming more than £11,000 on House of Lords expenses.

Lord Taylor of Warwick is accused of registering an Oxford property lived in by a distant relative as his main residence so that he could claim expenses on his own home in London.

It meant that the 58-year-old barrister was able to bill the taxpayer for overnight subsistence and mileage only available to those living outside London, when he actually lived in capital, it is alleged.

The peer, whose full name is full name John David Beckett Taylor, faces six counts of false accounting under the 1968 Theft Act for claims amounting to £11,277 between 2006 and 2007. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

His trial is to begin this morning at Southwark Crown Court.

Lord Taylor became the first black Conservative peer when he was appointed to the Lords in 1996.

MP ‘reports six colleagues to police over expenses’

The MPs are thought to include a former Labour cabinet minister, two Labour MPs, two Conservatives and a Liberal Democrat.

The allegations are said to relate to inflated claims for household expenditure such as council tax, maintenance and utility bills.

According to the Sunday Times, the allegations have been made by a Labour MP, who represents a northern constituency, who passed details of alleged wrongdoing to police because he believes he was unfairly singled out for investigation over his own allowances.

If confirmed, it would be the first time since the expenses scandal erupted in 2009 that an MP has made a complaint to police about fellow members of the Commons.

Scotland Yard said on Saturday that “a small number” of parliamentary expenses cases remain under consideration by a panel of detectives and prosecutors, but was unable to say whether any fresh cases had been brought to their attention recently.

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