MacShameless – A Pack Of Lies!

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If you cast your mind back, Denis MacShane has explained himself and his expenses claims in several different ways over the period since they were first exposed. This explanation, in the Advertiser of  Feb 5th 2010, was presented as the … Continue reading

What the Judge said to Denis

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Mr Justice Sweeney’s sentencing statement, pretty damning which ever way you try to spin it! “You are aged 65 and of positive previous good character. You have pleaded guilty to an offence of false accounting which encompasses a total of … Continue reading

Denis MacShane Doesn’t Know the Meaning of Contrition

Denis MacShane Doesn’t Know the Meaning of Contrition

“I found it interesting to read the letter from Zeb Khaliq in last week’s Advertiser defending Doctor Denis MacShane.
Zeb couldn’t really say much else, could he, because if I recall correctly, he wrote to the Advertiser earlier this year, when the police investigation was stopped, telling us how honest Denis was.
I can tell Zeb that Doctor MacShane is the only doctor who, having seen him you feel worse. In fact if Zeb would like to read MacShane’s, so called, apology for his fraudulent behaviour again, he would see that it reads more like the curriculum vitae of Mother Teresa.  
Most of his apology was in fact a list of all the wonderful things he claims to have done for our Town.
He tries to make it sound like he had become a true Man of Rotherham, when in reality he never lived in Rotherham with his family and his children never went to a Rotherham school. He thought Rotherham was good enough for the likes of us and our children but not good enough for him and his children.
He tries to suggest that all the information on his expenses has now come out, but this is not true, The Police and Parliament only looked into the European Policy Institute and computer fraud.
 In fact, I will make the same offer to him as before and that is: I will hire and pay for a meeting room if he will come and answer questions about the anomalies in his expenses claims, For example:
Why did he claim £100 each week for food for the three days he was in London and why did he also claimed for food even when he was away from London and when Parliament wasn’t sitting?
Why is it that before the rules were changed and it became necessary for MPs to submit receipts for claims above £25/month, he consistently claimed over £200/month for cleaning but when it became necessary to submit receipts in support of claims, his cleaning costs fell to £24/month.
Why did he claim £1,450 on his office expenses for the replacement of a gas boiler in his private home when his office was heated by electric convector heaters?
Why was it, that throughout 2004/5, he claimed £1,730/month against a listed expenditure of only £1,480/month? In October 2004 this error was brought to his attention but he nevertheless continued to over claim on his expense until July 2005?
Why does he claim £1,450/month to rent a second home in London when he already owns a £700,000 house in Pimlico just a few minutes’ walk from Parliament, paid for, in the main by the taxpayer and which he now rents out?
 Why didn’t he pay anything for his share of the Utility costs on his Rotherham home and why did he claim all his personal utility costs on his office account?
Why does his council tax claim for his London home not correspond with any of London Boroughs’ council tax bands ?
Why did he claim around £700/month for telephone costs? Why was this cost so high and were all the calls made on parliamentary business?
In reality MacShane has lived completely free for the last 18 years at the expense of the taxpayer. It is no wonder that he voted on every occasion in Parliament to keep MPs expenses a secret.
Had Denis made a sincere apology and truly accepted responsibility for all of his fraudulent expenses claims, I would have, by now, let the matter drop. However, because of the way in which he has sought to excuse himself, I am not prepared to allow him to think that he has hoodwinked the people of Rotherham once again. Until he has properly accepted responsibility for his actions and paid the price for his betrayal of the hard working and honest people of Rotherham, I will not stop in my attempt to expose him.”
Peter Thirlwall

Through Gritted Teeth?

Statement by Rotherham Labour Group

“Why we’re backing Sarah Champion.

ROTHERHAM’S Labour Group are pledging their support to Labour’s candidate for the by-election, Sarah Champion.

The selection process for our candidate has been difficult, but the focus now must be on returning a Labour MP for the town.

Rotherham needs a Labour MP that can stand up for ordinary working families in these tough times.

We want a Labour MP to work with, so that we have a united and strong team focused on bringing jobs and investment to Rotherham. Sarah’s experience at Bluebell Wood Hospice will stand her in good stead to become a strong and passionate voice for our town. We look forward to working with Sarah.”

Rotherham Labour Group

One is forced to ask if someone could have done a bit better than this? Anyone might be forgiven for surmising that their support, is less than total!

MacShane – The Coup De Grâce!

The BBC have selected the whole lot for our amusement, go to:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20221401

MacShane not above the law! Kevin Barron.

The full report referred to, can be viewed using the link below:

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmselect/cmstnprv/635/635.pdf

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!

Illsley Sentenced – One Year!

Eric Illsley appeared at his sentencing hearing today at Southwark Crown Court overnight bag in hand. He is the first sitting MP to be successfully prosecuted over expenses. He stood down as an MP on Tuesday, at the last minute, after receiving his salary and benefits for a full month more after he admitted his guilt! He has pocketed a further £5,400 by means of this delay!

Mr Justice Saunders sentenced Illsley to a year in prison and has now started his sentence.

Extraordinarily at the court, Eric Illsley also emphatically denied being the whistle blower who has reportedly implicated six other Parliamentary colleagues in the expenses scam, three Labour, two Tory and a Liberal MP have been reported to the authorities for investigation, it is understood.

Now that Eric Illsley’s name can be removed from the list, suspects are running out fast! After all, how many male MPs representing Northern Constituencies, who have also been investigated by the police and who are still sitting MPs, can there be? The answer is now obvious, at least to me! Share your thoughts – leave a comment by clicking the button below.

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) – Latest MP Expenses Published Today!

The, much loathed by MPs, Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) has today updated their Website to include latest details of parliamentarians claims.

Citizens throughout the country will be able to see what has been going on. No small wonder then that MPs are still angry, perhaps they have realised that the ‘Spanish practises’ of yesteryear are over!

What exactly is wrong with demonstrating that you have actually expended the money before getting reimbursement, especially in the light of recent cases involving, David Chaytor, Eric Illsley, Lord Taylor and the ongoing case of Jim Devine, demonstrates in spades, why the new system was needed. Have they forgotten already? We haven’t!

We also remain convinced that there is still ‘unfinished business’ yet to be exposed and dealt with! Dealing with it properly is the only way to restore trust in politicians, not more cover ups!

IPSA Home Page, IPSA Publications Page, IPSA Search Here for your MP.

For Rotherham readers, their MPs are: Rother Valley, Kevin Barron (Labour); Rotherham, Denis MacShane** (Independent); Wentworth & Dearne, John Healey (Labour).

Note ** Denis MacShane, Rotherham’s MP, now sitting as an Independent, was suspended from the Labour Party last October, when it was revealed that he had been referred to the Met Police for investigation for as yet undisclosed irregularities in his expenses claims. Previously it has been suggested that Laptop purchases and payments for translation services were said to be involved amongst other issues. News of progress of this little bit of ‘unfinished business’ is awaited shortly from the Metropolitan Police or Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). Denis is also a leading critic of IPSA, embarrassingly so at times! Start here for detailed previous coverage.

Labour MPs were selected and approved after Gordon Brown promised, that all Labour candidates had been thoroughly vetted, were honest and could be trusted in May. Only for Labour to be disown them soon afterwards when information, already known to the Labour Party, became public.

One rotten apple getting through may be considered unfortunate but two, both from South Yorkshire! We are left with the inevitable conclusion that Labour’s attempt at clearing out the rotten apples from amongst themselves did not work! At least not in the Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Labour Party! Red faces all round, from Director down I shouldn’t wonder! How can they have done such a poor job of weeding out those who should most certainly not have represented Labour in May 2010? Remember they already knew about Eric and Denis yet they still let them stand, Why? When their exposure was inevitable! It beggars belief!

We can also conclude, that there will be others yet to be exposed, in addition to Eric Illsley and Denis MacShane. We gather that those MPs with the most to fear, are those who habitually provided less than complete sets of receipts.

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.