Labour’s Kate Green to head Commons standards committee

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A Labour MP who voted against a probe into allegations of bullying by Speaker John Bercow has been elected as chair of the Commons standards committee. Kate Green was one of three MPs to oppose an inquiry by the Parliamentary … Continue reading

MPs demand bigger expenses budget to cope with additional workload ‘created by Brexit’

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MPs are demanding a larger expenses budget because they claim Brexit is adding to their “workloads”, the official watchdog has revealed. The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) disclosed that MPs have been lobbying for an increase in the amount they spend on employing staff. The … Continue reading

MPs face sack for taking prostitutes to parliament

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MPs who bring prostitutes into parliament will face the sack under Westminster’s first code of conduct which lays down rules for politicians to follow. The behaviour guidelines, introduced after a sex harassment scandal in parliament, ban MPs from paying for … Continue reading

Rotherham MPs face electoral expenses fraud probe

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Three MPs in South Yorkshire are being investigated by police over alleged electoral expenses fraud. Labour MPs Sir Kevin Barron (Rother Valley), Sarah Champion (Rotherham) and John Healey (Wentworth and Dearne) have all denied the allegations. South Yorkshire Police said … Continue reading

Simon Danczuk faces investigation by MPs’ expenses watchdog

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Simon Danczuk faces investigation by MPs’ expenses watchdog Rochdale MP reported to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority over expenses claimed for having his children stay at his London second home Simon Danczuk, the MP for Rochdale, who was suspended by … Continue reading

@MichaelDugherMP – Lets the cat out of the bag? NOT!!!

Parliamentarians, Michael Dugher included, are entitled to some of our money to assist them in their parliamentary duties.

However, when I spotted these tweets from @Michael DugherMP, I mistook this to be an example of the attitudes to the use of our money common amongst MPs in that, they have little understanding of the rules and appear contemptuous  of them!

Michael Dugher
MichaelDugherMPMichael Dugher

On the train travelling back from Feltham with Jon, Matt and David from my office + @patmcfaddenmp and Gemma #labourdoorstep
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MichaelDugherMPMichael Dugher

In Feltham #labourdoorstep
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Rotherham Politics
rothpoliticsRotherham Politics

@MichaelDugherMP The staff we paid for to do your parliamentary work for you, not to take part in political campaigning, presumably?
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Michael sent us this Tweet in clarification.

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@rothpolitics I paid for the travel – not tax-payer + 2 of the lads are volunteers in my office. The 3rd went to feltham in his freetime.
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Rotherham Politics
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@MichaelDugherMP Thanks for your explanation. Jumped to the wrong conclusion and am sorry for that.
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Rotherham Politics is a twitter user @rothpolitics.

MacShane Still Smarting about IPSA, Will He Ever Learn?

Denis MacShane, is still upset about the new expenses regime that might just put an end to his greed by exposing his imaginative use of the definitions in the Green Book to allow claims that should not have been allowed under the old regime but were allowed under the regime administered by the previous Speaker Martin, who is reputed to have promised relaxation of the claiming rules as part of his campaign to become Speaker. Fill your boots seems to have become the order of the day under Martin and they did!

Extract from Hansard:

Denis MacShane (Rotherham, Labour)

“On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Sir, if you go out into the corridors around here, you will find closed circuit television cameras being installed in the Central Lobby and other corridors that are normally private to Members. Is this known to you? Some people say that it is just to do with the Pope’s visit, and that is perfectly reasonable, but if that is so, can we be sure that the cameras are taken down? I love the surveillance society. I am not sure whether the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority has an investment in making sure that we are all here and that we are going to our restaurants and coming out with the appropriate bills, but I do not like CCTV cameras in this our House of Commons.”

All Parliamentarians must understand now that we are watching them closely and will challenge each and every example of greed that we discover.

The past is gone but not forgotten. In the cases of Eric Illsley, a serving Labour MP and the Ex Labour MP’s, Elliott Morley, Jim Devine and David Chaytor as well as Tories Lord Hanningfield and Lord Taylor, they are grinding through the criminal justice system. Undoubtedly there will be more to follow these six, they cannot be the only ones to have allegedly acted in a fraudulent and dishonest way, we shall see!

There are more Parliamentarians from both Houses whose greed and manipulation of the rules is yet to be exposed. No one who has been guilty of this should relax, as the people are on their case!