Southwark Crown Court today saw the beginning of the trial of the former labour Member of Parliament for the Scottish seat of Livingston, Jim Devine.
He faces two charges relating to expenses claims made by him:
The first count alleges that, between July 2008 and April 2009, Mr Devine dishonestly claimed £3,240 for cleaning services using false invoices.
The second count alleges that, in March 2009, Mr Devine dishonestly claimed £5,505 for stationery using false invoices.
Devine’s defence? ‘The big boys told me it was OK!’ It didn’t work for Lord Taylor! Will it work for Devine? We shall see within the week!
Comment: What really astounds and dismays me is the sense of entitlement that this shameful parade of Parliamentary greed has exposed. Depressingly familiar is their cry ‘I have done nothing wrong, the rules allowed it’!
When Parliamentarians go as far as to create false invoices, forgeries to you and me, even they must realise they have crossed the line into dishonesty! How many more have engaged in this kind of dishonest subterfuge? Rik
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