MacShane – police investigation celebrates first birthday!

After almost a full 24 hours without an internet connection, I am beginning to have some sympathy with those caught up in this weeks Blackberry and Apple crumble. Connection thankfully re-established today! Hadn’t realised how dependent I have become on digital connectivity, definitely a bad week for technology!

Back to the main story; A year on from Denis MacShane’s disgrace being made public with the simultaneous announcement of the launch of a police investigation into his expenses claims and the suspension of the Parliamentary Labour Whip, the Standards and Privileges Committee, Parliament, Rotherham’s voters and the public generally are still awaiting the results.

October 14th 2010, seems so long ago since the Standards and Privileges Committee called in the Yard to bottom out what they themselves had uncovered lurking in his expenses claims, you would have thought it would have taken much less than a year to produce results?

Picture pinched from the Mirror, Photo Shopped and sent to us by Mr T.

Has Mr T correctly identified one important piece of evidence, linking MacShane to the Letwin waste paper bin story?

Elliot Morley’s disgrace complete – thrown out of Privy Council – first for 90 years!

Elliot Morley’s disgrace is now complete, he has been thrown out of the Privy Council, by the Queen no less, on the recommendation of Nick Clegg.

This is the first time in 90 years that this has happened. The last person actually expelled was Sir Edgar Speyer, who was thrown out in 1921 for siding with the Germans in world war one.

In the more recent case of Jonathan Aitken who was imprisoned for perjury, and much longer ago, former  ministers John Stonehouse and John Profumo, all resigned voluntarily to avoid their own further embarrassment and that of the Queen. I must be getting old, I can remember all three!

Previous Posts here on Elliot Morley, click here.

Elliot Morley Sentenced – 16 Months!

Elliot Morley made history today when appearing for sentencing as the first former Minister to be sent to jail. His sentence? The surprisingly lenient term of 16 months!

Morley, former environment minister 2003-06, pleaded guilty last month to claiming more than £30,000 in bogus mortgage payments.

He fraudulently completed a total of 40 separate forms relating to payments for his home.

He claimed £16,800 on a phantom mortgage and £15,200 after inflating the amount he was previously paying, he should have been entitled to only £1,572.

Previously published: Click Here.

Elliot Morley – In Court Today

Elliot Morley

Elliot Morley, the disgraced Ex-Labour MP for Scunthorpe, appears at Southwark Crown Court this afternoon.

He will appear before Mr Justice Saunders, scheduled for 16:00.

Morley, 58, faces two charges of false accounting in relation to the claims against his home in Winterton, near Scunthorpe, between 2004 and 2007.

Morley has been charged with claiming £16,800 on a phantom mortgage. He is also accused of pocketing £15,800 on mortgage claims, exaggerating the amount he was paying.

Elliot Morley, Jim Devine and David Chaytor had previously challenged the involvement of the courts, claiming Parliamentary privilege covered them. They rather unsurprisingly lost the argument and now with Devine and Chaytor safely tucked up in prison, Morley is the last of the trio to face justice!

More on this later.

MP Expenses Scandal – Balls & Cooper, A Tory Complains!

Yvette Cooper, shadow Home Secretary and her husband Ed Balls, shadow Chancellor, both Yorkshire MPs, are in further difficulty with their expenses claims. It has emerged that Andrew Bridgen, a Tory MP for North West Leicestershire, has written to John Lyon CB, the standards commissioner (AKA the sleaze buster, by some) complaining about the high number of claims made by the pair for family travel.

The ‘Green Book’ allows an MP to be reimbursed for 30 journeys per child, per year.

The couple claimed for 375 journeys taken by their three children between 2007 and 2010 between London and Yorkshire.

This adds further to the recent embarrassment for the Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Labour Party after Eric Illsley, Elliot Morley and Denis MacShane! One by-election victory in Barnsley does not repair the damage to their reputation.

They still have to face up to the fact that the expenses scandal is not going away any time soon and won’t, until the past is properly dealt with and the expenses fraudsters brought to book!

Why are Cooper and Balls of interest to us? Yvette Cooper, threw her hat in the ring in 1996, for selection as Wentworth’s replacement Member of Parliament for Peter Hardy. John Healey won comfortably, Yvette polled just 14 Votes from a then membership of 900 plus. Oh dear! I did warn her!

Her exceedingly poor performance in terms of votes was affected by an indiscretion at a Brampton Parish Hall Christmas do, a fortnight before the final selection meeting. Yvette’s  husband  to be, Ed Balls, put his foot in it when he was overheard to say, “This was his first visit to Yorkshire and he hoped it would be his last!” Not the best way to endear yourself to a bunch of Yorkshire folk wanting to find a suitable candidate to be their next MP!

Breaking News! MacShane File Passed to Prosecutors?

Greedy Pig MacShane. Picture thanks to Guido

I can report to readers a breaking news story said to relate to Rotherham’s own greedy piggy of an MP, Denis MacShane.

After an investigation by the Metropolitan Police a file has been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service for their consideration.

This is the ninth file passed to the CPS. Of the other eight, six have resulted in prosecutions still going through the Courts system and two were not proceeded with.

This will now be considered by the special team, set up last year to consider political expenses cases, by Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer and Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson.

Former Labour MPs David Chaytor, Elliot Morley and Jim Devine have been charged with theft by false accounting. earlier this year. David Chaytor now faces jail after he pleaded guilty to stealing more than £20,000 at the Old Bailey last Friday. He will be sentenced in the new year.

Former Tory Essex County Council leader Lord Hanningfield, also known as Paul White, faces six charges of making dishonest claims for allowances. former Tory peer Lord Taylor, full name John David Beckett Taylor, is to face six charges of false accounting.

Eric Illsley, the sitting former Labour MP for Barnsley Central, now sitting as an Independent (as is MacShane), is currently suspended from the Parliamentary Labour Party and is awaiting trial and is accused of dishonestly claiming more than £20,000.

In March, Labour peer Lady Uddin was told she will not face prosecution over expenses for a flat in Kent which was apparently not occupied for long periods.

Lord Clarke of Hampstead is the second person to be told they will face no further action.

The small number of cases still under investigation by police are believed to include former Labour MP Margaret Moran, former Labour MP Harry Cohen and Labour Independent MP Denis MacShane.

Who says Christmas only comes once a year! Celebrate!

See also:

News from the Courts 1 – Greedy Pig, Chaytor Pleads Guilty! Aitken Moment?

Labour’s Greedy Pigs, David Chaytor, Elliot Morley and Jim Devine – Still Fighting Justice!

Supreme Court Judgement – David Chaytor, Elliot Morley and Jim Devine. No Parliamentary Privilege! Crown Court Looms!

Reading the Runes? or would that be Runiczny?

Democratic Outrage! Was there a ‘conspiracy of silence’ that concealed the full truth about ‘Dissembling’ Denis from the Voters of Rotherham?

Rotherham Hangs It’s Head in (Mac)Shame! Denis MacShane – Metropolitan Police Investigation! Suspended from Labour Party! More links of interest at end of this post.

News from the Courts 1 – Greedy Pig, Chaytor Pleads Guilty! Aitken Moment?

The Courts are a bit like buses, nothing for a while then several come along at once!

The surprise move by David Chaytor to suddenly change his plea to guilty has a historical precedent!

Jonathan Aitken was faced with the same dilemma when he realised that to proceed with his defence would put his daughter at risk of prosecution for a number of criminal offences.

David Chaytor has taken the same way out as Aitken and many others have done before him. The crimes of his daughter, ought not to be expunged by the  father avoiding cross-examination by pleading guilty at the last minute.

Investigations should be completed into his daughters role in this and she should be brought to justice too if she was up to no good!

What will happen next with the cases of Labour’s Greedy Pigs, Elliot Morley, Jim Devine, Eric Illsley and the Tory greedy pig, Lord Hanningfield has yet to be established as they are still wriggling and squealing! Or for that matter, the current police investigation into Denis MacShane and others or the ongoing parliamentary investigations yet to complete. Plenty more to come!

Labour's Greedy Pigs, David Chaytor, Elliot Morley and Jim Devine – Still Fighting Justice!

Previous Story:

Supreme Court Judgement – David Chaytor, Elliot Morley and Jim Devine. No Parliamentary Privilege! Crown Court Looms!

The Supreme Court Judgement has been made public and can be downloaded as a pdf Here.

Guido reports today that they are still as he puts it, Piggies Squealing, Still Trying to Avoid Justice.

They are apparently exercising some of the outer reaches of  the law and are now claiming that they cannot get a fair trial because of all the publicity!

Some hope! I am not a lawyer but I cannot see this avenue being ultimately profitable. Otherwise no notorious criminal could be tried because it would be unfair? Peter Sutcliffe comes to mind.

Interestingly, the QC’s were all instructed by Steel & Shamash Solicitors, the Labour Party official solicitors. Are the Labour Party still paying the bill? We should be told!

Supreme Court Judgement – David Chaytor, Elliot Morley and Jim Devine. No Parliamentary Privilege! Crown Court Looms!

The Supreme Court has today announced it’s ruling on the application by Former Bury North MP David Chaytor, 61, of Todmorden, West Yorkshire, ex-Scunthorpe MP Elliot Morley, 58, of Winterton, North Lincolnshire and Jim Devine, 57, of Bathgate, West Lothian, formerly MP for Livingston, That the expenses system was part of the proceedings of parliament and therefore covered by parliamentary privilege.

Piggies, thanks to Guido Fawkes.

The Court has ruled that parliamentary privilege does not apply in these cases and have removed the last legal obstacle to their Crown Court trials.

The three are on unconditional bail and due to face separate trials to take place at Southwark Crown Court. Chaytor, Devine and Morley deny these charges.

Elliot Morley’s trial is due to commence on November 22, 2010. At Southwark Crown Court.

Elliot Morley is accused of ‘falsely claiming a furnishing allowance’ after claiming more than £30,000 expenses for a mortgage he had already paid.

He claimed £16,000 at £800 a month in mortgage interest between March 2006 and November 2007.

A second charge alleges that between April 2004 and February 2006 Morley made a further false mortgage interest claim.

Again he is accused of claiming £800 a month, a total overpayment of £14,428.67.

David Chaytor’s, trial is due to commence on December 6, 2010. At Southwark Crown Court.

David Chaytor faces  three counts of false accounting.

The first charge alleges that, in May 2006, he dishonestly claimed £1,950 for IT services by using false invoices.

The second charge alleges that, between September 2005 and September 2006, he dishonestly claimed £12,925, for renting a property in Regency Street, London, when he was in fact the owner of the property.

The third charge alleges that, between September 2007 and January 2008, the MP dishonestly claimed £5,425 for renting a property in Bury from his mother.

Jim Devine’s trial is due to commence on , 2 February 2011. At Southwark Crown Court.

Jim Devine is accused of falsely claiming expenses in March 2009 after submitting two misleading invoices for printing services worth £5,505.

Also charged with dishonestly claiming allowances for repair, insurance or security between July 2008 and May 2009 by submitting false invoices for services, cleaning and maintenance of £3,240.

I repeat the above statement, that all three involved deny the charges.

Guido Fawkes has reported that there have been reporting restrictions imposed without the public having been aware of them. We only know now, because they have been lifted. This lifting of reporting restrictions was vigorously opposed by all three ex-parliamentarians, but they lost on this issue.

This raises questions as to whether there are similar reporting restrictions being used in the other cases of Labour’s unfinished dirty business. Eric Illsley,  has started the judicial process and Denis MacShane has been referred to the police for investigation. There has been a dearth of information coming out into the public realm at the moment, I wonder why?

See also:

Disgraced Parliamentarians, Elliot Morley, David Chaytor, Jim Devine and Lord Hanningfield, to face Trial! – case not privileged! Appeal Court gives judgement.