Breaking News - Some details of Cabinet Troughing Expenses

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Tremaine

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#2
Should embarrass them all nicely. Not just our esteemed Cabinet including Himself, who may have been at it with Plumbing expenses, or not. And "It is reporting that Gordon Brown's brother, Andrew, received £6,577 over 26 months for cleaning services. " BBC News.

The paper says Jack Straw used his expenses to claim back the entire council tax on his second home despite already having a 50% discount on it. Nice work, on the Westminster Gravy Train, if you can get it. Outrage Bus to POL Point :x
 
#4
I like the idea that the boiler needed replacing because the water was too hot! What a twonk, and £3000 for a new boiler? He's having a laugh!
 
#5
Sadly BtD this won't be a Labour thing, they're all at it. This is bringing the whole institution of Parliament into disrepute, it can't even be laid at Gordons door as they only decided to do something about it when they got found out.
 
#6
Show me a politician who's not at it. Voting the Tories or lib-Dems in instead won't stop our glorious representatives bleeding us dry.

We need to lance the whole pus-filled boil that is Westminster not just slap on a different make-up to hide the zit.
 

maguire

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'Mr Brown has also had to explain apparent discrepancies in his expenses claims, which will be revealed by the Telegraph tomorrow.'

I bet he's going to love that, the miserable one eyed git.

'Paul Murphy, the Welsh Secretary, splashed out more than £3,000 on a new hot water system for his second home, explaining in a letter to the parliamentary fees office that his water was too hot.'

erm - run a bit of cold in your bath you robbing cnut?
 
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Tremaine

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"Among other reported revelations is that Ms (Hazel) Blears claimed for expenditure on three different properties during the period including a hotel where she stayed after selling a Manchester home.

A spokesman for Ms Blears said she had done nothing wrong and the furnishings she had bought were "reasonable".

"Hazel is honest as the day is long," he said. Fine, if you live in Alaska and your Spokesman isn't Rab C Nesbitt.
 
#9
Nice to see that Hazel Blears was able to claim £5,000 for new furniture for the third home that she claimed on in one year.

Hazel Blears, the Communities Secretary, claimed money for three different properties in the course of a year, and spent almost £5,000 on furniture in just four months after buying the third property.
I do love the idea of dear Hazel doing the whole soft furnishing, white goods and all of the other essentials.

You're right CQMS - damaging all round.
 
#10
Tremaine said:
Should embarrass them all nicely. Not just our esteemed Cabinet including Himself, who may have been at it with Plumbing expenses, or not. And "It is reporting that Gordon Brown's brother, Andrew, received £6,577 over 26 months for cleaning services. " BBC News.

The paper says Jack Straw used his expenses to claim back the entire council tax on his second home despite already having a 50% discount on it. Nice work, on the Westminster Gravy Train, if you can get it. Outrage Bus to POL Point :x
I am being rather think no doubt so can someone please explain this too me ... as why would he need to pay too share cleaners?


It is reporting that Gordon Brown's brother, Andrew, received £6,577 over 26 months for cleaning services at the prime minister's private flat in Westminster.

No 10 told the newspaper that the PM shared a cleaner with his brother and "reimbursed him [his brother] for the share of the cost".
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8039108.stm
 
#12
Wheres Guy Fawkes when you need him?
 
#14
You know, i'd like a new sofa and big TV, i'll put that though my work expenses... i'm sure the boss won't mind. Actually, its at least a 5 minute drive to work... i'll get them to buy me a second home and furnish that too. If things don't work out i'll sell it and keep the profits... even though the boss is paying...

... Planet Westminster must be great.
 
#15
I particularly liked this part of the BBC report:

"The paper also says Gordon Brown claimed for the same plumbing work twice at his constituency home in successive quarters.
However, No 10 said the Parliamentary Fees Office accepted this was done inadvertently and had written to Mr Brown to apologise for not spotting the mistake."

Contrast this with this report a few months ago:

"Lieutenant-General Sir David Richards, who takes over as chief of the general staff in August, expressed his concern that servicemen were pilfering and abusing the Army's joint personnel administration (JPA).
Introduced last year, the JPA system allows expenses to be claimed by soldiers via computer, which are checked randomly.
In a document published on The Sunday Times website Sir David wrote: "I am becoming concerned over the prevalence of fraudulent behaviour as well as what I can at best describe as 'sharp practice' and at worst dishonesty.
He added: "There are soldiers and even some officers who view JPA as a 'cash machine' and are processing fraudulent claims in the belief that if caught they will claim ignorance and hope to refund the monies with no further action."

So the lesson is don't just claim ignorance but demand an apology from SPVA for failing to spot your inadvertent mistake and you will probably get away with it. Unless of course there is one rule for MPs and another for the rest of us!
 
#16
No no no no no.


You lot have got it all wrong. Everything was 'within the rules'.
OK so they made the rules.

These are the same bunch of cnuts that want to include the use of our company mobile phones to phone home as a 'benefit in kind' so we have to pay tax on their use.

Have I said how much I hate this bunch of fcuking robbing barstuards!
 
#17
Hang on a mo.
Jackie Smith=Home Secretary=Official (freebie) guarded residence in the Victoria area+ house in constituency. Why stay in sister's gaff (oh really?) with freebie place in London and hubby at home playing spank the monkey and claiming for everything except the man size tissues?
Broon=PM (allegedly)=Official (freebie) guarded gaff in the Whitehall area+ house in constituency. Why then a second home and claims for groceries, cleaners and anything else that comes to mind?
The best of all, biscuit taker of the century, Jack Straw, Minister for "Justice" ripping the tits out of council tax claims over a 5 year period. Bit of a system going on there there then.
If the Old Bill/any other Civil Servant did a mileage claim for 20 miles over the top their feet would not touch, and their DNA would now be on the national database post charge.
And MPs?
As for the opposition, yes they will be also at it, some of them, but they don't get freebie houses and a 24 hour government car service and STILL claim for mileage and any number of houses you wish to make up.
All someone else's fault for not spotting it, not false accounting, deception or making a false instrument then? Someone sign all these claims form then? Would be good to see the originals wouldn't it?
Crack on The Telegraph, this is a paper trail as wide as the M25.
 
#18
Oh yes indeedy. More MP's troughing it, more sleaze... all predicted long ago when I examined the entrails of my Big Mac Double Whopper Burger....

Beware, Oh McRuin... The Ides of June.... The Dark Knight will knock on your door at Numbero Dix.....Oh bugger! I meant PC Plod once more knocks on the door of Number 10.....

Oh the shame of it.... all that lovely dosh being spent on 'Soft Furnishings'...

Were they the blow-up kind with a couple of holes.... and went Baaaaa?? :oops:
 
#19
MPs (especially Labour MPs) obviously haven't heard of a cost/benefit analysis. Surely it would be better not claim as much as they do and have a larger chance of being elected again.

It doesn't actually make financial sense in the long term, let alone moral sense! :roll:
 
#20
Werewolf said:
omegahunter said:
Can't I just toss a couple of grenades into the centre during PM's questions...?
Only if you allow me to be the stop group. And provide a Jimpy. :twisted:
Only one? I'm sure we can find enough of people to man a dozen... and still leave a great many disappointed.
 

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