another complaint made about wacky jacqui...

maguire

LE
Book Reviewer
#1
#3
It should be relatively easy to prove - presumably her security detail have to log where they are and what they are doing every night they are on duty - if nothing else there must be accommodation claims to account for when they are away from London. Perhaps some enterprising young journalist should look into it.

God, I'd love to see her weasly little face in the dock.
 
#4
Unfortunately, the Opposition (who should be nailing New Labour for this type of dishonesty) is just as culpable, hence the complete lack of discussion in the house. They are all in it together. :x
The fact that she is a complete waste of space in her job is being completely buried in the margins. Once again, I despair.
 
#5
The most sickening aspect of this debacle is the obvious collusion that has taken place by all parties in relation to Additional Costs Allowance (ACA).

This has caused a media “hue and cry” and it was painfully obvious that raising the issue at PMQs was deemed as off limits. Whether or not this absence of transparency at PMQs was whipped to avoid further controversy is irrelevant as the avoidance of the issue has created its own furore.

It is an interesting insight to look at the breakdown of votes on retention of ACA on 3 July 2008 below:

Labour:

Nick Ainger (Carmarthen West & Pembrokeshire South)
Graham Allen (Nottingham North)
David Anderson (Blaydon)
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen)
Ian Austin (Dudley North)
Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West)
Gordon Banks (Ochil & Perthshire South)
Kevin Barron (Rother Valley)
Margaret Beckett (Derby South)
Clive Betts (Sheffield Attercliffe)
Liz Blackman (Erewash)
Roberta Blackman-Woods (Durham, City of)
Bob Blizzard (Waveney)
David Borrow (Ribble South (South Ribble))
Nick Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend)
Richard Burden (Birmingham Northfield)
Colin Burgon (Elmet)
Andy Burnham (Leigh)
Stephen Byers (Tyneside North)
Alan Campbell (Tynemouth)
Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley)
Ben Chapman (Wirral South)
David Chaytor (Bury North)
Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston & Bellshill)
David Clelland (Tyne Bridge)
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley)
Ann Coffey (Stockport)
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead)
Michael Connarty (Linlithgow & Falkirk East)
Rosie Cooper (Lancashire West)
Ann Cryer (Keighley)
John Cummings (Easington)
Jim Cunningham (Coventry South)
Tony Cunningham (Workington)
Wayne David (Caerphilly)
Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West)
Janet Dean (Burton)
Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras)
Brian Donohoe (Ayrshire Central)
Jim Dowd (Lewisham West)
Angela Eagle (Wallasey)
Maria Eagle (Liverpool Garston)
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough)
Bill Etherington (Sunderland North)
Caroline Flint (Don Valley)
Paul Flynn (Newport West)
Michael Foster (Worcester)
Michael Jabez Foster (Hastings & Rye)
Mike Gapes (Ilford South)
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North)
Linda Gilroy (Plymouth Sutton)
Nia Griffith (Llanelli)
Andrew Gwynne (Denton & Reddish)
Mike Hall (Weaver Vale)
David Hamilton (Midlothian)
Dai Havard (Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney)
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West)
Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West)
Jimmy Hood (Lanark & Hamilton East)
George Howarth (Knowsley North & Sefton East)
Beverley Hughes (Stretford & Urmston)
Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood)
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East)
Eric Illsley (Barnsley Central)
Adam Ingram (East Kilbride, Strathaven & Lesmahagow)
Brian Jenkins (Tamworth)
Diana Johnson (Hull North)
Kevan Jones (Durham North)
Martyn Jones (Clwyd South)
Tessa Jowell (Dulwich & West Norwood)
Eric Joyce (Falkirk)
Alan Keen (Feltham & Heston)
David Kidney (Stafford)
Peter Kilfoyle (Liverpool Walton)
Bob Laxton (Derby North)
Tom Levitt (High Peak)
Ivan Lewis (Bury South)
Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central)
Ian Lucas (Wrexham)
Tommy McAvoy (Rutherglen & Hamilton West)
Stephen McCabe (Birmingham Hall Green)
Christine McCafferty (Calder Valley)
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East)
Sarah McCarthy-Fry (Portsmouth North)
Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham & Morden)
James McGovern (Dundee West)
Anne McGuire (Stirling)
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes)
Rosemary McKenna (Cumbernauld, Kilsyth & Kirkintilloch East)
Tony McNulty (Harrow East)
Denis MacShane (Rotherham)
Khalid Mahmood (Birmingham Perry Barr)
Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West)
Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South)
Alan Meale (Mansfield)
Gillian Merron (Lincoln)
Andrew Miller (Ellesmere Port & Neston)
Madeleine Moon (Bridgend)
Jessica Morden (Newport East)
Elliot Morley (Scunthorpe)
George Mudie (Leeds East)
Denis Murphy (Wansbeck)
Paul Murphy (Torfaen)
Mike O'Brien (Warwickshire North)
Eddie O'Hara (Knowsley South)
Sandra Osborne (Ayr, Carrick & Cumnock)
James Plaskitt (Warwick & Leamington)
Bridget Prentice (Lewisham East)
Gordon Prentice (Pendle)
Gwyn Prosser (Dover)
Ken Purchase (Wolverhampton North East)
Nick Raynsford (Greenwich & Woolwich)
John Robertson (Glasgow North West)
Terry Rooney (Bradford North)
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd)
Christine Russell (Chester, City of)
Alison Seabeck (Plymouth Devonport)
Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield)
Jimmy Sheridan (Paisley & Renfrewshire North)
Angela C Smith (Sheffield Hillsborough)
Angela E Smith (Basildon)
Jacqui Smith (Redditch)
Anne Snelgrove (Swindon South)
John Spellar (Warley)
Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West)
Gavin Strang (Edinburgh East)
Gisela Stuart (Birmingham Edgbaston)
Gerry Sutcliffe (Bradford South)
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside)
Gareth Thomas (Harrow West)
Emily Thornberry (Islington South & Finsbury)
Don Touhig (Islwyn)
Derek Twigg (Halton)
Kitty Ussher (Burnley)
Keith Vaz (Leicester East)
Lynda Waltho (Stourbridge)
Claire Ward (Watford)
Tom Watson (West Bromwich East)
Dave Watts (St Helens North)
Phil Wilson (Sedgefield)
Rosie Winterton (Doncaster Central)
Shaun Woodward (St Helens South)
Phil Woolas (Oldham East & Saddleworth)
David Wright (Telford)
Iain Wright (Hartlepool)
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey)

Conservatives

David Amess (Southend West)
James Arbuthnot (Hampshire North East)
Henry Bellingham (Norfolk North West)
Brian Binley (Northampton South)
Sir John Butterfill (Bournemouth West)
Christopher Chope (Christchurch), John Greenway (Ryedale)
Gerald Howarth (Aldershot)
Bernard Jenkin (Essex North)
Julie Kirkbride (Bromsgrove)
Eleanor Laing (Epping Forest)
Anne McIntosh (Vale of York)
Andrew Mackay (Bracknell)
Andrew Rosindell (Romford)
Hugo Swire (Devon East)
Sir Peter Tapsell (Louth & Horncastle)
Angela Watkinson (Upminster)
Ann Widdecombe (Maidstone & the Weald)
David Wilshire (Spelthorne)
Lady Ann Winterton (Congleton)
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield)

Independents

Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent)
Robert Wareing (Liverpool West Derby).
To say that this was not a whipped Labour vote is a blatant denial of facts. The voting record is proof enough. Much canvassing had taken place behind closed doors.

More than half of the 646 MPs did not take part in the contentious vote. Of the 172 who voted to keep the old system of allowances, subjected to internal audits (External auditing was voted against), 146 were Labour MPs.

This issue is unlikely to go away, and until the Commons puts its own house in order, these damaging revelations will continue.
 
#7
Quite a "trousering" can occur when one considers the variety and costs of items which can be claimed.

Additional Costs Claims Guide
(the “John Lewis List”)

Staff are instructed to use the list as a guide when assessing whether purchases are allowable under Green Book section 3.14.1 – non-allowable expenditure: “furnishings (inc white goods, TV/DVD) or fittings which are antique, luxury or premium grade”, and section 3.10.1 – allowable expenditure: “Members should avoid purchases which could be seen as extravagant or luxurious”.

Costings For ACA

Air conditioning unit £299.99 Max 1st April 06
Bed £1,000.00 Max 1st April 06
Bedside cabinet £100.00 Max 29th March 06
Book case/shelf £200.00 Max 29th March 06
Bookcase/cabinet £500.00 Max 29th March 06
Carpet £35.00 Sq. Mtr.
Carpet fitting £6.50 Sq. Mtr. "
Coffee maker £100.00 Max 21st June 06
Coffee table £250.00 Max 29th March 06
Dining chairs each £150.00 Max 8th March 06
Dining chairs each £90.00 Max 8th March 06
Dining table £600.00 Max 8th March 06
Dishwasher £375.00 Max 28th March 06
Drawer chest (5) £500.00 Max 6th April 06
Dressing table £500.00 Max 29th March 06

Dry cleaning both personal and household are allowable within reasonable limits

Food mixer £200.00 Max 18th Nov 05
Freestanding mirror £300.00 Max 29th March 06
Fridge/freezer combi £550.00 Max 28th March 06
Gas cooker £650.00 Max 21st July 06
Hi Fi/stereo £750.00 Max 04/05
New bathroom £6,335.00 Max 6th April 06
New kitchen £10,000.00 Max 04/05
Lamp table £200.00 Max 29th March 06
Nest of tables £200.00 Max 29th March 06
Recordable DVD £270.00 Max 07/08
Rugs £300.00 each 16th March 06
Shredder £50.00 Max 31st October 06
Sideboard £795.00 Max 15th May 06
Suite of furniture £2,000.00 Max 1st October 05
Television set £750.00 Max 04/05
Tumble dryer £250.00 Max 04th April 06
Underlay (basic) £6.99 Sq. Mtr. 29th March 07
Wardrobe £700.00 Max 29th March 07
Washer dryer £500.00 Max 03th April 06
Washing machine £350.00 Max 04th April 06
Wooden flooring/carpets £35.00 Sq. Mtr. 29th March 07
Workstation £150.00 Max 31st October 06

Personal items not allowed for example: hairdryers or hairstylers- shavers-toothbrushes, toiletries and bathrobes 05/06

Any form of payment protection or illness cover is not claimable from ACA in relation to mortgage payments. 05/06

In order for a member to claim the mortgage interest against his ACA home his/her name must appear on the mortgage. Feb 05/05
Garden furniture such as patio sets , loungers and barbecues are not allowed 04/05

Basic garden maintenance is allowed, but plants, shrubs, flowers, hanging baskets or other decorations etc are not. 04/05
Nice earner if you can get it!!!!!!!
 
#8
Why not wait until the summer,and with a bit of luck the "Monocularly Challenged,Caledonion,Idiot(apologies,my thesaurus isn't playing)",might just call a General Election,so that Labour can all go on holiday secure in the knowledge that,when parliament reopens at Christmas,they can come back and start slagging of the Tories for their 6 months of,sleaze/backhanders/fiscal mismanagement/higher taxes,etal! :wink:
 

the_boy_syrup

LE
Book Reviewer
#9
She'll get away with it
Bet she comes out with some bollax like:
I work from 06:00 - 23 :00 so they don't see me
I go home for parlimentry breaks (ABOUT 4 MONTHS) Plus weekends
I stay in town for all night debates ad briefings etc etc

This lot will grab as much as possible untill they go
 
#10
FREE MONEY..... £150 for each chair..... Would they buy 1 or 6 chairs for their second home I wonder.

It's blatant theft by those who rule. And who cares? Not those that rule.

Some of those allowances I would save weeks to afford or take out HP and when chossing an iten, i.e. a new fridge I'd economise probably buying a fridge nearer the £200 mark. They have allownaces beyond £300 because it's 'free money'.

Some items I'd go without.

I am fighting my own will but starting to bend, I don't think I can live here much longer.

God Save The Queen.....
 
#12
I look back at the days of the last Conservative government from 1979 – 1997 and was aghast at the “sleaze” allegations being raised against our right honourables.

In particular, Graham Riddick and David Tredinnick in the "cash for questions" scandal, Jeffrey Archer for perjury, Neil Hamilton for misconduct, and Jonathan Aitken for perjury.

These pale into insignificance when I look at the list of sleaze by this current government.

The alarming aspect is the way in which Labour has manipulated its own sleaze and has attempted to put a veneer of legitimacy on it. This attempt at legitimacy is often in contradiction of facts, and serves on other purpose than to treat the electorate with contempt.

Just one example, from a myriad of others serves to reinforce this point.

December 1998: Is forced to quit Government after details emerge of a secret loan of £373,000 he took from his ministerial colleague Geoffrey Robinson to buy a home in Notting Hill - despite Mr Robinson's business dealings being under investigation by Mr Mandelson's department

October 1999: Is brought back to Government surprisingly quickly by Mr Blair. Is made Northern Ireland Secretary, taking over from Mo Mowlam. Helps negotiations over the creation of Ulster's power-sharing government

January 2001: Is forced to quit for a second time over allegations that he attempted to help with a passport application for the Hinduja brothers, who had sponsored the Dome's "Faith Zone".

June 2001: Is re-elected as Hartlepool MP, declaring himself "a fighter, not a quitter" at the election count. Remains MP for three more years, also becoming a columnist for GQ magazine and chairman of the Policy Network, a left-of-centre think-tank.

November 2004: Returns from political wilderness to take up position of EU Trade Commissioner. Gives up Hartlepool seat for his move to Brussels. Labour's majority slashed from 14,571 to 2,033 at by-election won by Iain Wright.

March 2007: Announces that he will not seek a second term at the EU after the completion of his tenure in 2009, apparently in order to prevent Mr Brown - now expected to soon be prime minister - from removing him.

October 2008: Returns to the Government as Business Secretary under Mr Brown, as it is announced he will be appointed to the House of Lords.
It is no surprise that this current government has the reputation as the filthiest government since Lloyd George.
 
#13
mad_mac said:
I look back at the days of the last Conservative government from 1979 – 1997 and was aghast at the “sleaze” allegations being raised against our right honourables.

In particular, Graham Riddick and David Tredinnick in the "cash for questions" scandal, Jeffrey Archer for perjury, Neil Hamilton for misconduct, and Jonathan Aitken for perjury.

These pale into insignificance when I look at the list of sleaze by this current government.

The alarming aspect is the way in which Labour has manipulated its own sleaze and has attempted to put a veneer of legitimacy on it. This attempt at legitimacy is often in contradiction of facts, and serves on other purpose than to treat the electorate with contempt.

Just one example, from a myriad of others serves to reinforce this point.

December 1998: Is forced to quit Government after details emerge of a secret loan of £373,000 he took from his ministerial colleague Geoffrey Robinson to buy a home in Notting Hill - despite Mr Robinson's business dealings being under investigation by Mr Mandelson's department

October 1999: Is brought back to Government surprisingly quickly by Mr Blair. Is made Northern Ireland Secretary, taking over from Mo Mowlam. Helps negotiations over the creation of Ulster's power-sharing government

January 2001: Is forced to quit for a second time over allegations that he attempted to help with a passport application for the Hinduja brothers, who had sponsored the Dome's "Faith Zone".

June 2001: Is re-elected as Hartlepool MP, declaring himself "a fighter, not a quitter" at the election count. Remains MP for three more years, also becoming a columnist for GQ magazine and chairman of the Policy Network, a left-of-centre think-tank.

November 2004: Returns from political wilderness to take up position of EU Trade Commissioner. Gives up Hartlepool seat for his move to Brussels. Labour's majority slashed from 14,571 to 2,033 at by-election won by Iain Wright.

March 2007: Announces that he will not seek a second term at the EU after the completion of his tenure in 2009, apparently in order to prevent Mr Brown - now expected to soon be prime minister - from removing him.

October 2008: Returns to the Government as Business Secretary under Mr Brown, as it is announced he will be appointed to the House of Lords.
It is no surprise that this current government has the reputation as the filthiest government since Lloyd George.
Mandleson is an uttererly corrupt individual and should be a long term guest of Her Majesty,not continuing to draw wages from the British taxpayer on the pretence of serving the British public in his current appointment.

His 'performance' during the dispute involving foreign workers in Britain two weeks ago is a glowing example of his uselessness.
 

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